The Latest Food-Related Happenings

An opportunity to honor doing good deeds, plus a historic space welcomes craft-beer making.

Sometimes to “do good” isn’t enough. Sometimes doing good really is “doing great.”

That’s the way it is with The Arc of Essex County’s Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer and Food Fest, the fourth annual edition, which this year is taking place from 6:30 to 9:30 pm on Thursday, September 28 at the Westminster Hotel, 550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue in Livingston.

The Arc event benefits people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To that end, professionals in the culinary and hospitality industries gather with food and beverages, offering samples, as a silent auction and raffle take place, followed by awards presented to those deserving of “doing great” acknowledgement.

Such honorees this year include: Corporate Partner Award: Enterprise; Public Partner Award: Township of Irvington; Department of Economic Development & Grants Oversight; Community Partner Award: Essex County College Public Safety Academy; Lifetime Achievement Award: Barbara Ashurst.

Setting the culinary stage will be more than 100 sampling options from some 40 vendors, including new participants Glazed and Confused, Ironbound Hard Cider, Tommyrotter Distillery and Stone Water at Three Peaks Marina.

Also on tap are foods/beverages from Aidil Wines and Liquors, A-List Wines, Chef Jesse Jones Cuisine Catering, Claremont Distillery, Das Creamery, Eight Hills Caterers, Fedway, Flying Fish Brewing Company, Frutta Bowls, Jersey Girl Brewing Company, Jersey Spirits Distilling Company, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs, Magnify Brewing, McLoone’s Boathouse, Nero’s Grille, Nicastro’s, Nourished Meal Prep, The Office Tavern Grill, Paragon Tap & Table, Philly Pretzel Factory, Piattino, Sixpoint Brewery, Twelve Islands Greek Taverna, Verona Inn, Walia Ethiopian Restaurant, Wegmans, Westminster Steakhouse, Weyerbacher, Winebow, Whole Foods and Yards.

Event tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by visiting

Uncorked & Uncapped is supported by Enterprise, PSE&G, Oratory Prep, TD Bank, Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga LLP, Bird Pharma Consulting, Primepoint LLC and Cadillac.

For more information on The Arc of Essex County, visit


Beer and history: perfect together

Looking for an unusual food-world event?

The Newark Museum is hosting a home-brewing workshop that starts next month.

Considering Newark is the place where Ballantine—as in the legendary beer—was king, it makes perfect sense.

Participants will learn the art of home brewing and connect to Newark’s beer-making legacy at the workshop, which will run from 6 to 8 pm starting Wednesday, October 25 and continuing at that same time Wednesdays, November 1, 8 and 25 at the museum at 49 Washington Street. The museum has a wing known as the Ballantine Mansion, built in 1885 for Jeanette and John Holme Ballantine of the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family.

Thomas Jambor, founder of Morris Area Society of Homebrewers and Official Tasting Judge, will lead participants through a hands-on brewing process of creating the mash for fermentation and racking the beer into bottles.

The cost is $120 for museum members and $140 for non-members. Course fee includes all four classes, materials and two six packs of beer.

The workshop also includes a gallery tour to inspire D.I.Y. bottle labels and a tour through the historic Ballantine Mansion. Admission is limited to those age 21 and older with valid ID.

To register, visit

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