Learn About the History of Champagne at Morton’s Steakhouse

Plus: Other food and drink events in Asbury Park, Mount Laurel, Whitehouse Station and beyond.

The History of Champagne at Morton’s
Thursday, January 17, 7 pm

Thursday nights are usually treated with all the pomp of “Weekend Eve,” but Morton’s Steakhouse in Hackensack is putting all the focus on Thursday night with a glitzy Champagne tasting. They’re tackling no less than “The History of Champagne” (done by the glass, not the history book chapter), with a menu running through a list of bubbles and four accompanying courses. French Champagne is the focal point (the climactic “Clash of the Titans” main course is a Wagyu Filet alongside Dom Perignon Cuvee and Duval-Leroy Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs), but there will be “imitators” (Spanish Cava, Italian Brut), even some bubbles from the U.S. Tickets, no surprise, are up there at $175. Reserve quickly. Morton’s Steakhouse, One Riverside Square, Hackensack; 201-487-1303

Booze & Chews at Langosta Lounge
Thursday, January 17, 5–9 pm

With a little help from Local Smoke BBQ, Langosta Lounge on Asbury Park Boardwalk is hosting its first “Booze & Chews” of the year. The concept is pretty simple (and much needed): bourbon meets barbecue. Tickets are $30, which you can call to reserve. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Asbury Park Fire Department. The Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-455-3275

Better Brewing at Home: Pour Over Edition
Saturday, January 19, 1-2 pm

Proving that not every outing has to involve alcohol, Black River Roasters in Whitehouse Station is hosting an hour of its “Better Brewing at Home” series. The goal: help demystify all the gear and grind options dedicated to your morning cup o’ joe. This Saturday’s subject is Pour Over, the trendy, maybe over-ritualized, definitely time-consuming brewing method you may or may not have seen in your local coffee shop. Fear not: Black River staff plan do not intimidate—you’re in good hands, it’s a coffee shop and roastery, they know their beans and brewing methods). Tickets are cheap, $15, and at the very least you’ll leave with a kick and some snazzy new coffee buzzwords. Black River Roasters, 424 Route 22, Whitehouse Station; 908-823-4715

Chef’s Table Food & Wine Pairing at Redz
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 pm

Redz Restaurant in Mount Laurel is kicking off its Chef’s Table series with this dinner from chef Goelof de Groot. The dinner of five courses will play up the restaurant’s bold American style (i.e., Caviar Parfait with Avocado, Braised Short Rib Lollipop), each course paired with a wine chosen by long-time industry experts Charlie Beatty and Fillipo Cammarata of Wine Works in Marlton. Tickets are $100, and can be reserved online. Redz Restaurant, 515 Fellowship Road, Mount Laurel; 856-222-0335

The 9th Great Beer Expo
Saturday, February 2, 12:30–4pm, 5:30–9pm

We don’t tend to flock to expos, for good reason—crowds. But if you like beer, this is one expo you’ll want to try. There are two sessions of the Great Beer Expo taking place at the Meadowlands Expo Center—more than enough time to sample a lot (if not all) of the 150+ beers on hand from 70 breweries, with plenty of Jersey talent on hand. (The expo will update their list of breweries as they add them.) Tickets are $46 in advance ($60 the day of, if any remain), and just $10 for designated drivers. There will be food available for purchase, and beer seminars during the day. Kids (of any age) are not permitted. Meadowlands Expo Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus; 201-330-7773

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