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The Best Food Events in New Jersey This February

Make the most of the shortest month with these cook-offs, bar crawls, wine and spirits events and more. Check back for more as the month continues.

February 5

Over 20 contestants are signed up to see who makes the best chili in Jersey. Two winners, one in traditional red chili and one in salsa, will each gain a spot in the International Chili Society’s World Championship Chili and Salsa Cook-Offs, as well as additional cash prizes. A People’s Choice chili will also be selected. All guests can sample and vote for their favorites.
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford; 201-843-2446

February 5, 2:30-8:30 pm

Jersey Club Sports is hosting its 3rd Annual Onesie Bar Crawl. Grab your favorite onesie and head to Morristown bars such as Horseshoe Tavern (the starting point), Iron Bar, Grasshopper and Revolution. Jersey Club Sports will do fun giveaways throughout the crawl. Tickets are $10pp and $15 at the door. Guests must wear a onesie to the bar in order to participate.
36 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown; 973-998-8447

Galentine’s Party, Calandra’s Italian Village • Caldwell

February 10, 6-10 pm

Hosted by New Jersey foodies @FindingFrancesca_ and @Wandering_for_eats at Calandra’s, this is a Galentine’s party for all the ladies. The prix-fixe menu, crafted by Food Network veteran Chef Francesco Palmieri, includes asparagus flatbread, salmon cake, petite filet mignon, lobster and shrimp Francese, banana bread pudding, and more. The party will start with a mix-and-mingle cocktail hour, with dinner to follow. $65pp.
234 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell; 973-226-8889

Organic Wine Dinner, Long Branch • The Whitechapel Projects

February 11, 6:30 pm

A five-course dinner will be served with wines by Jean-Louis Denois and Gérard Bertrand. The night features live music and a reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine to start. The courses include winter salad, cauliflower bisque, pork chops with walnut and chili crema, boeuf bourguignon and, for dessert, dark chocolate and avocado mousse. Proceeds will benefit FulFill of Monmouth and Ocean. $102pp.
15 2nd Avenue, Long Branch; 732-963-9218

February 18, 6 pm

Sip craft bourbons and enjoy a four-course menu. Each course will come with a different bourbon, as well as teachings to enlighten guests about what they’re drinking. The menu includes sweet potato bisque, pork belly confit with tart cherry glaze, bourbon-glazed short rib and, for dessert, king cake—a circular, sweet-roll dough. $85pp.
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-884-9000

Bin Night (Half Off Wines), Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas • Clifton

Mondays

Start the week with a special deal. Every Monday, Spuntino will select a group of wines customers can order for half price. With over 600 varieties, Spuntino can keep the choices fresh. The tapas menu includes salads, meats, pastas, pizza, seafood and more.
70 Kingsland Road, Clifton; 973-661-2435

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