Celebrate Dads and Grads at These Food Events

Plus: Other sake, whiskey and beer events.

Redemption Whiskey Dinner/Father’s Day Brunch at the Greenview Inn
Thursday, June 6, 6:30–8:30pm

OK, so not every dad is into golf and whiskey. But some are—and if yours is one of them, here are two chances to make dad happy on, or before, Father’s Day. First is the Redemption Whiskey Dinner at the Greenview Inn at the Eastlyn Golf Course in Vineland. Considering the relatively niche pairing—rye whiskey and New American fine dining—there’s a chance you can still score tickets ($60 each) and surprise your dad (or just surprise your own palate). But if you can’t swing tonight, so to speak, call ahead to reserve a seat for their Father’s Day Brunch. Granted, there aren’t any details available online yet, but considering they just wrapped a special Mother’s Day Brunch, we’re guessing Father’s Day Brunch is a safe bet. Just call ahead and pack your 9-iron. The Greenview Inn, 4049 Italia Avenue, Vineland; 856-691-5558, Extension 2.

Sake Pairing Dinner at Ani Ramen Summit
Wednesday, June 12, 8pm

New York’s first-ever sake brewery, Brooklyn Kura, will be dropping into Ani Ramen in Summit next Wednesday for a sake pairing dinner and general American craft sake education course. Brookyln Kura founders Brandon Doughan and Brian Polen have been obsessing over sake together ever since they met in Tokyo in 2013 and rapidly bonded over a shared love of the stuff. They’ll be on hand Wednesday to guide the night’s tasting of a range of Brooklyn Kura sakes, which will be served alongside some specially prepared dishes. Tickets are $72.99 via Cambridge Wines, and if you’re looking to expand your palate (and your summer pairing options), get yours quickly. Ani Ramen, 427 Springfield Avenue, Summit; 908-679-8157

Dads and Grads BBQ at Alba Vineyard
Sunday, June 16, 11am – 5pm

Because you and dad are classy—or because you are a dad, and you’re classy—there are Father’s Day events like this: the rolling hills of the Muscetanong River Valley, some light jazz, wines by the flight, and lots and lots of meat. To be fair, the “BBQ” here is fairly basic—hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs—but the setting and wine pairings put it over the top in terms of obligatory Father’s Day meat consumption. The cost is $35 just for food ($25 for kids under 12); accompany wine flights are $12 to $25, depending. You can also just pay $10 to enjoy the original Mintel Quartet jazz. Alba Vineyard, 269 County Road 627, Milford; 908-995-7800

10th Annual New Jersey Beer and Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort
Saturday June 15, 3pm – 7pm

If you’re still scrambling for a Father’s Day event that doesn’t require charcoal maintenance, a crowded restaurant, or some ill-advised tackle football, you might check out Crystal Springs either Saturday or Sunday of Father’s Day Weekend. Their 10th Annual “New Jersey Beer and Food Festival” includes a taste of over 200 beers from around the world and lots of food prepared by chef Aishling Stevens (house-made sausage, pulled pork, spit-roasted lamb pork, etc.) There are additional golf events Dad can register for and games for the whole family (though “Archery Tag” sounds suspect). Sunday, June 16, will feature a Brews & BBQ luncheon in the Chef’s Garden featuring Sam Adams beers from 10am to 3pm, with dishes like Beer Can Chicken, Smoked Beef Brisket, and NJ Lobster Roll. Saturday tickets are $75 ($100 for VIP, entrance at 2pm); Sunday tickets are: Adults $43, kids 4 to 12 $16. Call to reserve. Crystal Springs Resort, 1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg; 855-977-6473

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