Montclair Food & Wine Festival Hosts Frost Bites

New Jersey native and Food Network star chef Amanda Freitag will take part in a meet-and-greet that will also feature food from many local purveyors.

Tickets are now on sale for Frost Bites, which will be held on January 28 at The Women’s Club, 200 Cooper Avenue, Montclair. A VIP meet-and-greet with New Jersey native and Food Network star chef Amanda Freitag will be part of the event, and attendees will take home a copy of her new book, The Chef Next Door. The evening will also feature small-bite fare from Ani Ramen, Applegate Farms, Ariane Bar & Kitchen, Blue Jay Syrup, Burg, Costanera, Dolce Federica, Escape, Fitzgerald’s, Java Love, Mish Mish, Miss Nicky’s, Pig and Prince, The Orange Squirrel, Villalobos and Vital Dining; wine from Amanti Vino; bubbles from Taittinger and music from Julie’s Party.

VIP tickets gets you early entry at 6:15 PM; $135. Sip, savor and enjoy time mingling with chef Amanda Freitag before the crowd arrives. All VIP tickets will receive a copy of her new book, The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking. General admission 7:30 PM, $75; with copy of chef Freitag’s book, $95.

Tickets available at this website.

FEAST OF SEVEN FISHES INSPIRED BY MARIO BATALI COOKING CLASS AT HEIRLOOM KITCHEN
Impress your family and friends by serving a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner that is celebrated on Christmas Eve in many parts of Italy. On Wednesday, December 16, Heirloom Kitchen, 3853 Rt 516, Old Bridge, will offer a hands-on class where attendees will learn how to make Mario Batali’s Feast of the Seven Fishes. Dishes will include Clams with Oregano and Bread Crumbs (Vongole Origanate), Marinated Fresh Anchovies (Alici Marinati), Spaghetti with Mussels (Spaghetti con le Cozze), Salt Cod with Tomatoes and Capers (Baccalà alla Vesuviana), Broccoli Sautéed in Wine and Garlic, Chocolate Chip–Orange Cannoli (Cannoli di Ricotta), and Christmas Honey Fritters (Struffoli). 7 PM; $95. Reservations: 732-727-9444.

OTHER NJ FOOD EVENTS

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE BERNARDS INN
Enjoy a festive buffet breakfast at The Bernards Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville that includes made-to-order omelets, pancakes with toppings, bacon, sausage, salads, fresh fruit and caroling by the Bernards High School Choir. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photographs with Santa and delight in the spectacular Gingerbread House. Special holiday treat tables for children will feature gingerbread and a selection of holiday cookies, cupcakes, candy canes and more. 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM; $35; $20 children 3 to 12 years old; children 2 and under. Reservations: 908-766-0002.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
RIEDEL GLASS COMPARATIVE TASTING
An interactive comparative tasting featuring Riedel Veritas collection will be held at Mana Contemporary, Fifth Floor Gallery, 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. 6:30 PM; $50 includes three Riedel glasses with the option to purchase more at a special price. Register at this website or call 201-484-1495 for more information.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset is hosting a Holiday Celebration which includes a buffet, DJ, photography, and holiday decorations. 6 to 10 PM; $60 inclusive of service charge & tax and 2 free drink tickets. Information or reservations: 877-PALACE4

HOLIDAY MENU AND OFFAL NIGHTS AT THE BROTHERS MOON, HOPEWELL
Through December 23, The Brothers Moon, 7 W Broad Street, Hopewell, will be offering a special three-course holiday menu. Additionally, from December 16 through December 18, “Offal Nights” will be celebrated when chef Will cooks up the following: chicken fried sweetbreads, grilled chicken hearts with parsley and vinegar, chicken liver pate, pig’s ear salad, beef heart with chimichurri, steak and kidney pie, pig’s cheek raviolis, tongue tacos, beef liver and onions. Reservations: 609-333-1330; BYO.

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