The Best Food Events in New Jersey This October – New Jersey Monthly

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Enjoy New Jersey dining and drinking this October with spooky events, beer pairings and more.
A week-long Hispanic Heritage Month is happening at two Chevys locations in New Jersey. The celebration includes live music, mariachi bands, tequila tastings and more. In addition, a donation drive is sending supplies to Puerto Rico, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Fiona. Collection trucks can be found at the Linden location on October 5 and the Clifton location on October 7.
1150 S Stiles St, Linden; 908-862-9800
365 NJ-3, Clifton; 973-777-6277
In celebration of National Noodle Day, Ani Ramen is hosting its fourth annual ramen eating contest. The winner is the person who eats the most bowls of ramen in 15 minutes or the first person to eat 10 bowls. All entrants must be 18 and older and the entry fee is a $25 donation that benefits Ani Ramen’s Employee Emergency Hardship Fund. First place receives a $1,000 cash prize and a pair of golden chopsticks, second place receives a $500 cash prize, and third place wins a $250 cash prize.
37 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-371-8200
Executive Chef Seadon Shouse is curating a special five-course menu featuring one of his favorite fall ingredients, mushrooms. Each dish is paired with an American wine from California, Oregon and New York, plus a special sparkling wine from Shouse’s native Canada. The menu includes lobster mushroom carpaccio, snow crab egg custard, raviolo al uvo, Millbrook venison and candy cap mushroom gelato. Tickets are $150 per person.
225 River Street, Hoboken; 201-253-2500
The newest addition to this resort’s pairing dinner series is perfect for Fall. The four-course dinner is paired with seasonal ales, porters and IPAs. The menu includes ginger pork belly, cured salmon, braised short rib and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. The dinner is $85 per person.
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-898-2244
This rooftop is hosting a special Halloween party. The theme is Day of the Dead and guests are encouraged to dress up for the night. The event includes a live DJ, craft cocktails and a costume contest. The next day, the Bradford is hosting a Halloween Brunch for guests who stay over at the hotel. The Concourse Club, The Bradford’s sister rooftop, is also hosting a Great Gatsby-themed Halloween party with a DJ and costume contest on the same night.
The Bradford Rooftop, 600 Somerset Corporate Blvd (Floor 7), Bridgewater; 732-384-6831
379 NJ-17 South, Wood-Ridge; 201-710-6459
The Meadowlands Racetrack is hosting Halloween festivities all month long. Every weekend, the track features live entertainment, carnival games, free hayrides around the track, a pumpkin patch, food vendors and more. After 9 pm, Haunt After Nine begins, with frightful characters roaming around the track. Tickets are $35 per person.
1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford; 201-843-2446
Guests at the Seaview can ring in the Fall season with a new beer and brats combination. For $14, the shop snack bar is offering a freshly grilled bratwurst wrapped in a toasted pretzel bun, paired with Cape May Brewing Co’s Oktoberfest brew. The offer is available to golfers, hotel guests and Galloway locals. In addition, the hotel is also offering a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar every Sunday from 9 am-12 pm.
401 S New York Road, Galloway; 609-652-1800
Marcello De Feo (owner of The Fare Porter) and Dane DeMarco (owner of Burgertime) have teamed up for a good cause this month. Through the month of October, both burger spots agreed that whoever sells more burgers this month will donate 75% of the proceeds raised to their local parks and recreation department— especially for baseball field upkeep. The Fare Porter’s burger is called the “Tallow, is it Me You’re Looking For?” and topped with shaved Brussels sprouts, abruzze jawn cheese and sweet onion pickles. Burgertime’s “Green Wave Burger” is topped with green chili relish, pickled onion, ranch and salsa verde tortilla chips.
Burgertime, 123 West Merchant Street, Audubon; 856-323-8389
The Fare Porter, 109 Kings Highway E, Haddonfield; 856-843-8003
This recently opened diner is embracing the fall season this month. The diner’s outside patio is being transformed into a pumpkin patch, complete with hay and autumn decor. Each pumpkin sold benefits students and youth in Secaucus, with all proceeds being donated to Secaucus High School at the end of the month.
700 Plaza Drive, Secaucus; 201-267-6111
In 2021, Food + Wine Magazine named New Jersey the No. 1 pizza state in the country. This month celebrates National Pizza Month, and the Visit NJ team has curated a self-guided pizza tour for all kinds of pizza lovers. The carefully curated list includes Talula’s in Asbury Park, Federici’s Family Restaurant in Freehold, De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies in Robbinsville and more. Check out the full list online.
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