It's March Madness time and springtime as we spring forward into daylight savings time. As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, what better way to while away some time than to take in Atlantic City's Restaurant Week, food and wine tastings, a cooking competition or just learning about planting a garden, preparing tasty healthy meals and making your own mozzarella and wine-infused chocolate?
March 3-9 - Atlantic City Restaurant Week – There is still time to try some of Atlantic City’s finest dining! Participating restaurants range from casual to classy and serve up an incredible variety of culinary delights from around the globe. During A.C. Restaurant Week Lunch is $15.13 and Dinner is $33.13. You get your choice of one appetizer, entree and dessert. For participating restaurants, take the jump here.
March 10, 11 a.m. – Planting Your First Vegetable Garden - There is no taste like fresh veggies from your home-grown garden! Learn the basic principles of how to start your own vegetable garden, how to pick a location, and preparing the soil. Sickles' experts will discuss choosing the right plants, their placement and basic care to get the maximum yield of vegetables. Call 732-741-9763 for reservations. $10 per person. Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver
March 13, 6:30 – 9 p.m. – Culinary Concoctions, a cooking class with dietitian Diane Henderiks. Learn how to turn simple ingredients into delicious healthy dishes. Taste and Technique Cooking Studio, 5 ~97 River Road, Fair Haven (732-741-2665). $55 per person. To register, visit Diane Hendericks.
March 13, 7-10 p.m. –Five-course Food & Wine Pairing - Join Winemaker Thomas Nye and Executive Chef Steve Mezzadri from Green Olive for a five course food and wine pairing at The Grape Escape. Chef Mezzadri will prepare the five-course dinner, each course paired with wines from around the world. The Grape Escape, 12 Stults Road, #301, Dayton, 609-409-9463.
March 15, 7-9 p.m. – Girls’ Night Out is a night for just the girls to celebrate happy and healthy living at a benefit for the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Bresat Center co=sponsored by Sickles Market and The Two River Times. Enjoy the coming of spring amid the lush beauty of flowers and greenery in Sickles’ magnificent greenhouse. Tickets are $35 prior to March 9; $40 after and came be purchased here or by calling 732-741-9563. Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Avenue, Little Silver
March 16th - Chef's Secrets Cooking Class - Come out to Villa Milagro Vineyards and discover your inner chef! Nutritionist Dr. Audrey Cross will be teaching the class and showing you how to prepare delicious meals from scratch. Even if you think you're the worst chef in America, come out for this cooking class and let Dr. Cross prove you wrong. She will teach you how to make healthy and delicious meals from scratch. The class costs $65 per person; space is limited so reserve your spot by calling 908-995-2072. The fee includes the food, wine and all course materials used. Make it a fun date night or a night with your friends. Villa Milagro Vineyards, 33 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Finesville.
March 21 – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - The 7th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz® LIVE Cook-Off Contest - Mayor Corey Booker Proclaims The Day – The winner will take home $25,000 at the Only National Live Kosher Cooking Competition. Live Cook-off from 12-2 p.m.; Recipe Tastings with celebrity chef and cookbook author, Jamie Geller, from 10-11:30 a.m.; Matzo Plant Tours all day at the Manischewitz Headquarters, 80 Avenue K, Newark. For further information, visit Manischewitz Headquarters.
March 23 - Grape Escape Classes - Make Your Own Wine-Infused Chocolate, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Make Your Own Mozzarella, 9-10:30 a.m.; Bottle Your Own Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, 12 noon -2 p.m. The Grape Escape, 12 Stults Road, #301, Dayton. to register, call 609-409-9463.
March 23 & 30 - Wine Tasting Basics - Do you feel like your friends are all experts when it comes to wine? Do you feel left out when everyone is ordering fancy wine that you've never heard of? Then join Villa Milagro Vineyards and train your taste buds! Experts will teach you how to taste the fruits and flavors of the wine, smell the sulfur and chemicals in the wine that make it taste "off" and swish and swirl like a pro. Come out for this event and everyone will be coming to you for wine tips.The fee is $25 per person which includes the wines, gift monogrammed wine glass and instruction materials. Great way to spend the afternoon with your girlfriends Villa Milagro Vineyards, 33 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Finesville. Reservations required. Call 908-995-2072 for further information.
And be sure to mark your calendar in April for the Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, April 5-14.
Enjoy this article? For up-to-the-date food news, recipes and an inside look at great restaurants and events, please enter your e-mail address above to receive e-mail alerts and be sure to visit me visit Shore Region Restaurant Examiner and TastefulLiving.net.