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The Best Food Events in New Jersey This November

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Make the most of the state’s dining scene with special menus, booze-centric meals and more.

November 1–7; all month long

Through November 7, this Italian tapas bar will feature fig specials including prosciutto-fig pizza and a fig mule. Through the end of the month, the restaurant is also offering 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 debut the launch of Kingfisher, a special Maker’s Mark bourbon, with craft cocktails and a hot bourbon cider. Executive chef Seadon Shouse will serve oysters, steak tartare, cured 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 shop in Montclair and Morristown, for this pairing dinner. Dishes will include grilled octopus, scallop affumicato, braised short rib and fried sweet cheese 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 South Orange restaurant for a special show. During the performance, guests can sip cocktails by Mission Spirits and enjoy a three-course dinner by chef Kristopher Welz. Tickets are $100 per person; call the restaurant to reserve.
19 Valley Street, South Orange; 973-419-6773

November 5, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

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

Fall Chili Cook-OffMeadowlands Racetrack • East Rutherford

November 5

Chili competitors can register 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 sample and vote on the chilis; their favorite fan will walk away with a $250 prize. All three grand-prize winners will earn a spot in the 2023 International Chili Society’s Annual World Championship Cook-Off.
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford; 201-843-2446

November 6, 11 am

For the 8th year in a row, Cancer Support Community New Jersey at Gilda’s Club (CSCNJ) is hosting their annual brunch fundraiser. This year, Jim and Amy Malamut will be honored for their dedication to philanthropy. Guests will 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 proceeds go to CSCNJ.
500 Shore Drive, Linwood; 609-927-6134

November 18, 6 p.m.

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

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