What To Do: Food Events

St Paddy's Day events and more.

Juniper Hill, a restaurant that made waves and won acclaim when it opened last year at 73 Beaver Avenue in the Annandale section of Clinton Township, is planning a wine dinner, serving specially priced wines on Wednesdays, and sending its chef-owner, Josh DeChellis, to teach classes at an esteemed cooking school.

First up: On Thursday, March 15 starting at 6:30 pm, Juniper Hill will partner with Carol Berman of Panebianco Wine and Class in a Glass to present a four-course dinner paired with Italian wines from Panebianco’s portfolio. Seating is communal and the cost is $85 per person, not including tax and tip. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 908-335-8905. For additional information, visit juniper-hill.com.

Also at Juniper Hill: Wine Wednesdays: wine by the glass is $7 and a special wine from the by-the-bottle list is offered as a by-the-glass selection for the night. Wine Wednesday takes place every week from 3 pm until closing.

Chef DeChellis will make his cooking class debut at The Farm Cooking School, 67 Pleasant Valley Road, Titusville, with a session Monday, March 26, from 10 am to 1:30 pm.  The well-respected school is operated by former Gourmet magazine staff members Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman. “Local Goes Global” is the theme of the chef’s class, during which he will teach a menu of dishes that explore his culinary travels in Singapore, Paris, Tokyo, San Francisco and New York. Ingredients sourced from New Jersey’s farms and waters will be featured.

Here’s the menu for the class and the lunch that follows the teaching session:

First course: Chawanmushi, potato confit, leeks, salmon roe
Second course: Shrimp Tied Scallop, Point Pleasant squid, Barnegat clams, lentils. mirepoix, XO sauce
Third course: Whole-roasted Flatiron of Beef, salsa verde, mojo rojo, potatoes and six-minute egg
Fourth course: Juniper Hill’s Chocolate Mess
The class-with-lunch costs $95 per person. Registration is required. For details and registration, visit thefarmcookingschool.com.


Meanwhile, there’s a lot more happening at The Farm Cooking School. The school has released a new roster of cooking classes and a cooking camp for children; classes geared for adults in baking bread and making cheese and pasta; series of sessions that focus on techniques or fundamentals; and classes that explore cuisines ranging from Mexican to the Mediterranean. For registration and further information, visit the web site.

Speaking of cooking classes, Brian Gualteri, chef-owner of Piccola Italia at 837 West Park Avenue, Ocean Township, has scheduled a new class for Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm. The cost is $49.95 per person, not including tax and tip. The menu for the class includes a strudel and crab cakes. Registration is required: 732-493-3090; piccolaitalianj.com.

“A Taste of Ireland” is coming on Saturday, March 17 to 100 Steps Supper Club + Raw Bar, 215 Centennial Avenue in Cranford. For more information about the  St. Patrick’s Day celebration, call 908-276-0153 or visit 100stepssupperclubrawbarnj.com.

Wine Fest will take place this Saturday, March 10 from 6 to 9:30 pm at Harborside, 34 Exchange Place in Jersey City. Hundreds of wines from around the world will be available for sampling. General admission is $60; designated driver tickets are $15. For tickets and additional information, visit harborsidejc.com.

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