By Samantha
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Here’s what the New Jersey and Eastern PA area are dishing up this month! Keep checking back as this page will be updated as new events come to our attention. If you have an event you would like to submit, click here.


Month of December: Gingerbread House Competition

Peddler’s Village (Lahaska, PA)

“Peddler’s Village is a dazzling winter wonderland with one million jewel-colored holiday lights and our whimsical Gingerbread Display in the Village Gazebo until January 6! Open until 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. The Gingerbread Competition & Display is a feast for the eyes with more than 50 creative and whimsical entries on exhibit in the Village Gazebo. Admission is free and the display will be open during shopping hours through January 6, 2018.”


December 3: Edible Jersey’s Annual Holiday Market

Willow School (Gladstone, NJ)

“Shop your local favorites at Edible Jersey’s 3rd Annual Holiday Market! Purchase delicious foods, beverages, and holiday gifts all in one place–and all local!”


December 5: Dine & Donate

More Than Q (Lambertville, NJ)

“Kick off the season of giving by joining RobustWealth and More Than Q on Tuesday, December 5th from 5:30-8pm for a Dine & Donate event sponsoring Toys for Tots! A portion of the evenings proceeds will be matched by RobustWealth and donated to the organization. We will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children this holiday season!

Bring your friends & family to celebrate the season of giving while enjoying great food! We hope to see you there!”


December 9: A Farmer’s Food Tour

Princeton, NJ

“The quaint and charming town of Princeton is so much more than the University! Surrounded by more than a dozen farms, the small town of Princeton is home to some of the best farm-to-table eateries in the state. Get in the holiday spirit as we stroll through town, bright with lights and decorations, to kick off our first ever Farmer’s Food Tour!

Why take this tour:
This tour places a strong focus on ingredients brought to our tables by surrounding Princeton farms, as well as other sustainable sourcing practices.
Meet select farmers who work so hard to bring quality ingredients year-round to Princeton eateries. And of course, sample delicious food and spirits along the way, meeting chefs, owners, and specialty shop keepers who make it all happen!

Tour Stop Locations Include:
Blue Point Grill
Agricola Eatery
CoolVines Princeton
Olsson’s Fine Foods
Jammin’ Crepes
To-go dessert from Lillipies Bakery”


December 10: Dining with Shakespeare (A Gourmet Production)

Cradle Valley Farm (New Hope, PA)

“On Sunday December 10th in a magnificently restored private barn in beautiful Bucks County, PA, New Place Players and Thomas Keller protégé Max Hansen will present The Tempest. The evening will feature a magical, immersive production with live music and a simultaneous three course feast including hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings inspired by the world of the play.

The performance, staged by Richard Crawford, master Lecoq movement director (War Horse) will surround and envelope the guests to create a multi-course journey of the senses. Now in their fourth season, New Place Players are a company of Equity actors and world-class musicians, acclaimed for their ground breaking version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was seen at the historic Players in New York City as well as at Casa Duse in Park Slope and in private homes and select venues.”

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December 12: NOFA-NJ Book Club: The Third Plate

Brick Farm Market (Hopewell, NJ)

“Join Jon McConaughy and NOFA-NJ for a book club discussing topics at the core of the good food movement. This event is free to the public (although donations for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ are gratefully received). Our kitchen will be open and dinner be ordered up to 7pm. This month’s discussions is about The Third Plate by Dan Barber, an award-winning chef, moves beyond “farm-to-table” to offer a revolutionary new way of eating. After more than a decade spent investigating farming communities around the world in pursuit of singular flavor, Barber finally concluded that–for the sake of our food, our health and the future of the land—America’s cuisine required a radical transformation.Barber charts a bright path forward for eaters and chefs alike, daring everyone to imagine a future for our national cuisine that is as sustainable as it is delicious. Free to attend.”


December 20: Heirloom Kitchen Dinner at The James Beard House

The James Beard House (Greenwich Village, NYC)

“The dinner will be composed around the theme of ‘Winter in the Garden State’ and feature New Jersey’s winter bounty. The wine will be paired by sommelier Nick Pizzonia of Court Liquors in Long Branch, NJ. Mr. Pizzonia will focus on smaller boutique producers of natural, biodynamic, and organic wines. ‘So many great chefs have performed at the Beard House—I feel truly privilaged to be invited and included in their company,’ says Chef Viana. ‘…and I can’t wait to showcase what Heirloom and the Garden State have to offer.’ Sommelier Nick Pizzonia adds, ‘I am thrilled and honored to pair wines for Heirloom Kitchen and Chef Viana’s creative New Jersey ingredient driven menu.’”


December 23: Ugly Sweater Party (And More!) 

Great Barn Brewery Taproom (New Hope, PA)

“Join us from 4:00pm to 11:30pm for our Ugly Sweater Party, including pictures with Santa and free food!”


December 29: End-of-Season Tasting Menu

Blue Bottle Café (Hopewell, NJ)

“Back by popular demand… the last Friday of the menu, the kitchen will serve a ‘best of’ tasting to enjoy some really great food before the dishes are retired. Menu is typically 5-7 courses. Seatings arranged on the half hour. Our A la carte menu will not be available.”


That’s all, folks. Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday and New Year!

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