Jersey Shore Wine Weekend Comes to Long Branch

The Jersey Shore Wine Weekend will be held February 19 and February 20 at the Ocean Place Hotel & Spa, One Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch. On Friday, the four-course Great American Steakhouse dinner will be paired with wine; 6:30 to 9:30 PM; $85, includes tax and gratuity. On Saturday, there will be wine seminars, tastings and a cooking demonstration from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. That evening a Grand Tasting, from 6 to 8 PM, will include a premium wine table. For information and tickets, visit the event website.

COOKED AND UNCORKED FIREFIGHTER COOK-OFF & FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
On Monday, February 29, twenty New Jersey fire departments will compete for the best Firefighter Chef at the Cooked and Uncorked Food and Wine Festival, which will be held at the Pines Manor, 2085 Rt 27 Edison. Ten contestants will compete in the “Gourmet” section and ten will compete in the “Firehouse” section and attendees will vote for their favorite chefs. There will also be 35 restaurants and 30 tables offering wines, spirits, beers and cordials. Proceeds will benefit the St. Barnabas Burn Center and the NJ FMBA Foundation. 6 to 9 PM; $60 in advance; $65 at the door. For tickets, visit the event website or call 732-499-9250.

OTHER NJ FOOD EVENTS

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17,
ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS DINNER
A four-course Altos Las Hormigas dinner with Antonio Morescalchi will be held at Ariane Kitchen & Bar, 706 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. 7 PM; $95, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 973-744-0533.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
Enjoy a five-course tasting menu featuring a twist on breakfast favorites at Rat’s Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture, 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton; 6 PM. For reservations and pricing information, call 609-584-7800.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20
JOSEPH CUCCIA AT BEARD HOUSE, NYC
Joseph Cuccia from 17 Summer Restaurant in Lodi will be presenting at the James Beard House, 167 W 12th Street, New York City. 7 PM; $170; members $130. Reservations: 212-627-2308.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
BEEF STEAK DINNER
A Beefsteak dinner will be held at the Park Steakhouse, 151 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge. 7 PM; $95 inclusive of tax plus gratuity. The menu will include buffalo mozzarella, Caesar salad, crabmeat & shrimp cocktail, and then massive amounts of certified, aged sirloin of beef with all the “fixings” served family style. Reservations: 201-930-1300.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26
NJ WINTER WINE FESTIVAL
The NJ Winter Wine Festival will be held at the Hilton Short Hills Hotel, 41 JFK Parkway, Short Hills featuring 150-plus wines along with light hors d’oeuvres and live music; 7 to 10 PM. Tickets available at the event website.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
CELEBRITY WAITER & COMEDY DINNER
The Warren County Community College Foundation will host their 10th Annual Celebrity Waiter &  Comedy Dinner at Hawk Pointe Golf Club, 4 Clubhouse Drive, Washington. 6 PM; $85. Tickets available here.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29
LEAP YEAR DINNER WILL HAVE YOU JUMPING FOR JOY AT TERRE A TERRE
Chef  Bryan Gregg of Escape, Montclair, chef  Robert Ubhaus of Redux, Madison,  and  chef Todd Villani of Terre a Terre, Carlstadt will present a Leap Year Dinner at Terre a Terre, 312 Hackensack Street, Carlstadt. For information and reservations, call 201-507-0500.

TUESDAY, MARCH 1
WINE CLASS IN FLEMINGTON
George Staikos, a wine educator, sommelier, and corporate speaker will teach a New Jewels from the Old World wine class at 55 Main Restaurant, Flemington. The class will feature 7 memorable wines, as well as three dishes and cheeses expertly prepared to pair with the wines. 7 to 9 PM; $80. To register go to his website, or call George at 973-699-2199.

PAOLO MANZONE DINNER
A Paolo Manzone dinner with Vic Rallo and Paolo Manzone will be held at Undici Taverna Rustica, 11 West River Road, Rumson. 6:45 PM; $79, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 732-842-3880.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15
FEED YOUR SOUL DINNER AT JBJ SOUL KITCHEN, RED BANK
A four-course Feed Your Soul dinner with Elizabeth Falkner and Diane Henderiks will be held at  JBJ Soul Kitchen, 207 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. 6:30 PM; $150. Tickets available here.

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