Eat, Drink and Donate at the Uncorked and Uncapped Food Fest

Plus: Other special food events and classes in Morristown, Hoboken, South Hackensack and Little Falls.

5th Annual Uncorked and Uncapped at the Wilshire Grand Hotel
Thursday, September 27, 6:30–9 PM

It’s a big night for eating and drinking and charitable donation at the Wilshire Grand, where the Arc of Essex County is hosting its 5th annual Uncorked and Uncapped event. There will be plenty of wine, beer and spirits on hand—local beers include fixtures like Hoboken Brewery, River Horse, and Flying Fish, and you should see something on offer from Jersey Spirits Distilling Co. There will also be food from places like Glazed and Confused (doughnuts), Magic Mike’s Smoked Meats, Walia Ethiopian, South + Pine, Piattino, among others. Tickets are $100, and proceeds go to benefit the Arc of Essex County, a non-profit founded in 1948 to help residents of Essex County with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Wilshire Grand Hotel, 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange; 973-535-1181

Bourbon and Blues Night at Blue Morel
Thursday, September 27, 5–10pm

Music doesn’t start until 7 PM, but show up early if you’re a bourbon fan, especially early if you’re a Maker’s Mark fan. A Maker’s Mark brand ambassador will be on hand at Blue Morel to offer tastings of the famous red-capped bourbon, as well as special cocktails, with a few food pairings from chef Dennis Matthews. Tiphinie Doucet and La Parisienne will perform. Blue Morel, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown; 973-451-2619

Macaron 101 at Dana’s Bakery
Saturday, September 29, 11:30 AM – 1 PM

It’s fall, which means it’s also baking season. For some of us that means throwing on an old apron and churning out the season’s first pumpkin bread, but more serious bakers might want to head to Dana’s Bakery in South Hackensack, where one of the staff bakers will be leading a serious (as in $100 per ticket) 2.5 hour lesson in the art of classic French macarons (the delicate, often technicolor French sandwich cookie, not to be confused with shaggy coconut macaroons). Leave with serious baking savvy, and 36 of your own macarons. Dana’s Bakery, 69 Wesley Street, Suite 2, South Hackensack. For more information email [email protected]

20th Anniversary Brunch Party at Anthony David’s
Saturday, September 29, 10 AM – 3 PM

Making it for 20 years is hard in any industry—harder still in the restaurant industry. So Anthony David’s has plenty of reason to celebrate as it toasts two decades of feeding Hoboken this Saturday. The brunch is going to be on 10th Street, with tables and chairs set up between Washington and Bloomfield, and chef Pino himself is manning the grill (keep an eye out for a 1998 Blue Plate Special). There will be a sangria bar courtesy of Unionville Vineyards, a handful of former Hoboken mayors, and goody bags for the first 100 guests. Part of the proceeds go to benefit Hudson County CASA, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting foster children, and a passion of chef Pino’s. Anthony David’s, 953 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken; 201-222-8399 

Food Truck & Craft Beer at Yogi Berra Stadium
Saturday, September 29, noon – 7 PM

It’s 25+ food trucks, 75+ craft beers, and a lot of family-friendly fun all day at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls. Normally home to the Jackals, Saturday will find the stadium crowded with food trucks (Taste of Poland, Tacoholics and Grumby’s BBQ to name a few) and plenty of beer—$5 for a 12-ounce pour, with plenty of local suds on hand. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance. Yogi Berra Stadium (on the campus of Montclair State University), 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls; 973-764-7434

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