New Jersey’s Best Food Events in November

Make the most of the state’s culinary scene with these special menus, alcohol-centric meals and more.

November 1 to 7; all the month

Until November 7, this Italian tapas bar will be offering fig specialties, including prosciutto and fig pizza and a fig mule. Until the end of the month, the restaurant also offers a truffle menu in honor of Italy’s annual truffle festivals; dishes include fig and mascarpone bruschetta, truffle burrata, cacio e pepe, seared duck breast and chocolate terrine.
70 Kingsland Road (Clifton Commons), Clifton; 973-661-2435

November 2, 6–8.30 p.m.

This event will kick off the launch of Kingfisher, a special Maker’s Mark bourbon, with craft cocktails and hot bourbon cider. Executive Chef Seadon Shouse will serve oysters, steak tartare, smoked salmon, squash risotto balls and more. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online.
225 River Street (W Hotel), Hoboken; 201-253-2500

November 3, 6:30 p.m.

Osteria Morini is teaming up with Amanti Vino, a specialty wine boutique in Montclair and Morristown, for this pairing dinner. Dishes will include grilled octopus, scallop affumicato, braised short ribs and sweet cheese fried ravioli. Dinner is $75 for wine, plus $75 for food per person. For reservations, call Amanti Vino at 973-267-9463.
107 Morristown Road, Bernardsville; 908-221-0040

November 3

Magician John Stessel will stop by this restaurant in southern Orange for a special show. During the show, guests can sip cocktails by Mission Spirits and enjoy a three-course dinner by Chef Christopher Welz. Tickets are $100 per person; call the restaurant to make a reservation.
19 Valley Street, South Orange; 973-419-6773

November 5, 11am-3pm

This chocolate factory is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The event will include a live radio broadcast from Thunder 106, a prize wheel, party favors, face paint and a special birthday cake made by J&M Bakery. Discounts will be offered on Suzi’s products, and guests can indulge in a chocolate tasting.
1100 Hwy 35 South (village mall), Middletown; 732-796-0115

Chili Fall CookingMeadowlands Racecourse • East Rutherford

November 5

Chili competitors can enter in three different categories: Homestyle ($1,000 grand prize), Chili Verde ($1,000 grand prize), and Salsa ($500 grand prize). At the event, guests can taste and vote on chili peppers; their fan favorite will walk away with a prize of $250. The three grand prize winners will earn a spot in the International Chili Society’s 2023 Annual World Championship.
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford; 201-843-2446

November 6, 11 a.m.

For the 8th year in a row, Cancer Support Community New Jersey at Gilda’s Club (CSCNJ) is hosting its annual brunch fundraiser. This year, Jim and Amy Malamut will be honored for their dedication to philanthropy. You can enjoy gourmet bites, a Bloody Mary bar and mimosas. The event is limited to the first 250 people; Tickets can be purchased online. The cost is $110 per person or $200 for a pair. All profits will go to the CSCNJ.
500 Shore Drive, Linwood; 609-927-6134

November 18, 6 p.m.

La Mer’s waterfront restaurant, the Pier House, hosts a four-course dinner with whiskey. Dishes will include stuffed quail, watercress salad with smoked peck, gorgonzola and maple pepper vinaigrette, chilli-crusted pork rib eye and peach and blueberry clafoutis. Dinner is $85 per person; One must reserve.
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-898-2244

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