Partake in a Pork Celebration at Piattino

Plus: Other food events in Freehold, Jersey City, Camden and Cherry Hill.

House-Cured Prosciutto Dinner at Piattino
Thursday, September 20, 7 PM

If you’re at all porcine-inclined, book tickets sooner rather than later for Piattino’s House-Cured Prosciutto Dinner. The event takes place at Piattino’s Summit location, which opened in 2016 and began in-house prosciutto production almost as quickly. Consider next Thursday’s dinner a kind of porky unveiling, with dishes like Prosciutto Carpaccio with grilled late summer peaches and a Berkshire Porchetta, or massive pork belly roulade, stuffed with prosciutto and served with truffle polenta. Tickets are $85 per person including wine pairings, and available here. Piattino, 67 Union Place, Summit; 908-219-4801

Other events:

17th Annual Taste of the Harvest
Friday, September 14, 7–10 PM

This Friday marks the 17th annual tasting and fundraiser to benefit the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center at Freehold’s CentraState Medical Center, the largest MS center of its kind in the state. The event is major—last year it had over 600 guests—and tickets are $150, but that buys a night of high-end food and drink (including more than 70 wine, spirit, and craft beer samples), plus raffles and all manner of harvest-y adult fun. Proceeds go to the Cardinale Center’s mission, finding a cure for MS. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the center. CentraState Medical Center, The Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, 901 West Main Street, Freehold; 732-294-7030

Claws II at Surf City
Through Sunday, September 16

If you haven’t been to Jersey City’s Surf City on Marin Boulevard yet, here’s your last chance to take in the massive seasonal indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant. For the second year in a row, Surf City chef Franco Robazetti (who appeared on Food Network’s Chopped and runs the nearby Zeppelin Hall kitchen) is cranking out 10 lobster dishes (aka “Claws II”). Available through the 16th, Surf City’s last day operating, the Claws II menu is built around Maine lobster, with everything from lobster rolls and nachos to the stunningly old school Lobster Thermidor. Surf City, 1 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City; 201-516-9000 

Feast in the Fields at Camden Children’s Garden
Sunday, September 16, 4–7 PM

The profits from Sunday’s “Feast in the Fields” go to the Camden Children’s Garden, a horticultural teaching garden for Camden kids operated by the Camden City Garden Club. Literally held in the fields, and catered by chef Mark Smith of Collingswood’s The Tortilla Press, the night’s “farm-to-fork” menu mixes summery and fall flavors, with dishes like Cherry Vegetable and Goat Cheese Empanadas followed by Steak Medallions with Mushroom Sauce. Call for your tickets, which are $125, but for a good cause. Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden; 856-979-3333

Bancroft Autism Fundraiser at Habit Burger Grill
Monday, September 17, 4–9 PM

Bancroft is one of the New Jersey’s largest, leading nonprofit service providers for children and adults with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those in need of neurological rehab. Habit Burger Grill is a burger chain founded in 1969 in Santa Barbara, California that has brought burger culture to various New Jersey locations, including Cherry Hill. Support Bancroft and get your burger fix at the same time by registering (for free) online. Habit Burger, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill; 856-488-0459

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