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Food events in New Jersey for February 2014

Feb 1, Italian Dinner Night at Laurita Winery with Tenor Ensemble
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Laurita Winery, 35 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Join others in the winery’s vineyard for a wonderful Italian Night Dinner Show. Branches Catering is preparing an exceptional gourmet evening for lovers of Italian cuisine. Come enjoy fine Italian food. Dinner is at 6:30 pm while the Musica Italiana starts at 8:15 pm At 9pm there will be dessert and coffee.
The evening will include live entertainment that will provide a mix of Italian music while you enjoy the special menu prepared for the evening.
Cost: $39.50 per person plus tax and 18% gratuity. Seats are limited. To guarantee reservations, please contact Branches Catering at or by calling 732-542-5050
For more information call 1-800-LAURITA or 609-752-0200 or visit

Food display at food festival
Photo by Brian Ach

Feb 1- 28, Ultimate wine and dine tour
Time: Tuesday - Friday tour departs at 3.15, Saturday tour departs at 4.15
Tour departs from Brighton Park, Atlantic City, NJ
Come wine and dine at the historic Renault Winery Resort & Golf. Nearly one century and a half young, Renault is one of the oldest wineries in the country and is registered as a New Jersey Historical site. The Ultimate wine and dine tour package includes dinner, wine tasting, tour of Prohibition alley and museum, gift shop along with round-trip transportation.
Cost: Adult $79.95, Children $69.95. To purchase a ticket online go to
For more information; Call 1-888-353-9162 or visit

Feb 5, 5th Annual Wine tasting/art
Time: 5 pm -8 pm
Location: Atlantic City Country Club, Northfields, NJ
Attractions will include a wine tasting, and art show, appetizers, a cash bar and raffle drawing. This year’s event will feature a silent auction and a selection of fine Gallo wines for tasting and for sale, as well as 15 local artisans who will display and sell their creations. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association (GACCA)/Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority (ACCVAF) Scholarship Program to eligible Hospitality majors from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Atlantic Cape Community College and Farleigh Dickenson University.
Cost: Advance ticket - $25, at door - $30. To purchase tickets call Joyce Cook at (609) 449-2295 or
For more information call 609-449-7145 or visit

Feb 8, Five-course food and wine pairing with Christopher’s Kitchen
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
Location Grape Beginnings Hands on Winery 151 Industrial Way East Building B
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Grape Beginnings and Chef Christopher Dutka have partnered for a night of culinary and wine experience with a five-course food and wine pairing event. Chef Christopher will prepare a five-course dinner for you with each course paired with Grape Beginnings award winning wine. As each course is presented to you, it will be matched with a specific wine to each course and how and why the wines match will be discussed.
Dinner Menu
First Course
Proscuitto wrapped shrimp, sage, brown butter, fig glaze, amaretti dust
Second Course
Pappardelle pasta, sweet sausage, San Marzano tomatoes, peas, mascarpone
Third Course
Arugula, radicchio, goat cheese crostini, pine nuts, pears, pink peppercorn vinaigrette
Fourth Course
Cabernet and porcini braised beef short ribs, stone ground manchego polenta, grapefruit gremolata
And of course Dessert…
Mascarpone crepes cake, shaved bittersweet chocolate, vanilla poached cherries, basil
Cost: $95 a person or $169 for a couple (gratuity is included.).To purchase tickets go to
For more information about this winery call Phone: 732-380-7356 or visit

Feb 8, A winter wonderland of wine
Time 5 pm - 8 pm
Location: Riegel Ridge Community Center, 910 Milford Warren Glen Rd (Route 519)
Milford, NJ
This is a wine tasting to benefit the Holland Township Free Library, featuring at least 50 wines and 20 beers from around the world. A light buffet will also be presented.
Cost: Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door
For more information, visit

Feb 8 and 15, Make your own mozzarella
Time: 9 am
Location: The Great Escape Winery, 12 Stults Road, Dayton (Near Princeton), NJ
Join the "Make Your Own Mozzarella" event at The Grape Escape winery. Learn the art and science behind making your mozzarella. These fun workshops sell out months in advance, so secure your tickets today. The event include the following features:
Hands-on instructions on how to make your own mozzarella (Notes and recipe are provided), creation of two person teams - master cheesemaker and assistant, each guest will make their own mozzarella and then switch roles with their assistant, purchasing a ticket for one will enable you to go home with 4-5 large mozzarella balls; ticket for two will be 7-8 large mozzarella balls total., you will also learn the proper way to freeze and unfreeze your mozzarella balls.
Come by, bring your friends and discover unbelievable wines and olive oil from Dayton NJ.
Cost: $85.00 per person or $160.00 per couple. Reservations are required and space is limited. To purchase tickets go to
For more information call Phone: 609-409-9463 or visit

Feb 8, Bottle your own Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar event
Time: 12 noon
Location: The Great Escape Winery, 12 Stults Road, Dayton (Near Princeton), NJ
Reservations are required and space is limited for this completely unique culinary experience. Join others at this event at The Grape Escape winery. A full dinner will be served. Not only do you experience an olive oil & balsamic vinegar tasting and bottling, you also receive dinner during the cooking demonstration.
The full line up of activities include Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar tasting (enjoy different snacks with seasonal items), cooking with Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar (two Grape Escape recipes will be prepared for you to enjoy), design your own labels (state of the art software instantly builds your custom label (perfect for gifting to friends and loved ones)), bottle your Olive oil and Balsamic vinegar using Great Escape bottling machine and finally label it with the labels you create.
Take home 2 bottles of premium 12 year aged Balsamic vinegar (375 ml bottles) and 2 bottles of extra virgin Olive oil and Grape Escape Olive oil & Balsamic vinegar recipe book inspired by Tom and Nancy Nye's favorite recipes and recipes from local restaurants.
The Balsamic Vinegar is from the famous Modena, Italy region and was painstakingly researched for months before selecting the perfect award winning Balsamic Vinegar.
Come by, bring your friends and discover unbelievable wines and olive oil from Dayton New Jersey.
Cost: $95 per person or $165 per couple. To purchase your ticket go to
For more information, visit

Feb 15, Make your own Gourmet ravioli event
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: The Great Escape Winery, 12 Stults Road, Dayton (Near Princeton), NJ
Reservations are required and space is limited for this completely unique culinary experience. If you delight in making your own gourmet ravioli, this is for you. The full line up of activities include learning and preparing your pasta dough by hand for making the ravioli, Winery chef will step you through the creation of 3 different fillings for your ravioli - Balsamic roasted summer vegetables stuffing and sun dried tomato, Asparagus broccoli rabe and roasted garlic stuffing, Sausage and grape tomato, Arugula & Goat Cheese. You will also stuff, cut and box your gourmet raviolis.
Take home 12 raviolis of each kind for a total of 36 raviolis, you will custom label the ravioli boxes - Great for gifting or just showing off. You will also take home the ravioli recipes for sauces and fillings
Finally, delight in fresh ravioli with artfully matched sauces - served and prepared by Chef Martinez
Come by, bring your friends and discover unbelievable wines and pasta from Dayton NJ.
Cost: $95 per person or $169 per couple. To purchase your ticket go to
For more information, visit

Feb 20, The South Jersey’s 2014 Men R’ Cookin’ event
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
Location: The pool at Harrah’s, Atlantic City NJ
South Jersey’s Men R’ Cookin’ draws participants and guests from throughout Atlantic County and beyond. This event will feature a host of South Jersey’s men preparing their favorite dishes, providing a relaxed evening of great food and entertainment.
With a wide array of appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverage of every kind, gourmet coffees, teas and other frothy confections, this event has something for everyone.
Cost: Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Purchase ticket by calling the Boys and Girls club at 609-347-2607 or online at
For more information call 609-347-2697 or visit

Feb 21, 2nd Annual Winter Wine festival
Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
Location: Hilton, Short Hills, 41 John F Kennedy Parkway, Shorthills, NJ
New Jersey Wine Festivals is pleased to invite you to the 2014 Winter Wine Festival on Friday, February 21, 2013 at the Hilton Short Hills Hotel, New Jersey’s Premier Urban Resort.
Taste the night away and enjoy an amazing array of 150 plus wines selected by the Wine Library. Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — great wines for mid-winter!
Hang out and meet up with other wine lovers. A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to event co-host Family Promise of Bergen County, an organization dedicated to alleviating the plight of the homeless in Bergen County
Cost: Not provided on website. Online purchase of ticket is now closed. However tickets may be purchased at venue or by calling 866-811-4111
For more information and event details call 866-811-4111 or visit

Feb 21 - 23, Jersey Shore Wine weekend
Time: Varies daily
Location: Ocean Place Resort and Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ
This event is presented by Jersey Shore Restaurant Week.
If you love wine and food, this is for you. Come enjoy a delicious Pio Cesare Italian wine dinner, Champagne, Pinot Noir and Cabernet tastings, a cooking demo and a Grand Tasting. Visit for more information and tickets. Special hotel rates are available as well.
The weekend schedule is as follows:
Friday Feb 21, Wine dinner - Ocean View Lounge, Ocean Place Hotel, 6 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $85 per person (tax and tip included). To purchase ticket and for menu details go to
Saturday Feb 22, Wine seminars - Ocean Place Hotel, 11 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: varies by seminar Go to for event details and prices.
Sunday Feb 23, The Grand Tasting, Ocean Place Hotel, 6 pm - 8 pm
Cost: $60
This is a wine pairing event. Taste over 50 wines from around the world. Enjoy cheese, artisan breads, crackers, olives, nuts, fruits, charcuterie, delicious pates and scrumptious desserts. The following restaurants - The Cheese Cave, Red Bank, New Jersey and Alexian Pates, Neptune, New Jersey, are the sponsors of this event.
Cost: As detailed for each day
SPECIAL HOTEL OFFER: $129.00 per night during Wine Weekend
Includes accommodations, breakfast for two and a $50 spa credit.
Call 732-571-4000 for hotel reservations and use group code JSWW0214
For more information visit

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