Spring has sprung in Rahway, and that means one thing: It is time for some great food.
Taste of Spring will bring 40 restaurants, fine wine, aperitifs and boutique beer to the downtown on April 15. Participating restaurants include Mara’s Cafe & Bakery, Mulberry Street Restaurant, Fiesta Cancun, Chris Michael’s, Villa Tequila and The Waiting Room, among others.
Taste of Spring will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rahway Recreation Center, 275 East Milton Ave. Tickets, which cost $30 in advance or $40 at the door, can be purchased at www.rahwaytaste.com or at the Union County Performing Arts Center Box Office, Witty’s Discount Wines and Spirits, Beanas Para Siempre or the Rahway Recreation Center.
The event will be followed by Rahway Restaurant Week, which begins April 16 and runs until April 23. Participating restaurants will offer a prix fixe menu of $40 or less – not including drinks, tax and tip – and may include lunch and/or dinner.
For menus and more information, visit www.rahwaytaste.com.
Time for chili
Want to taste the best chili in town?
If so, head to Pottersville Community House for its Fifth annual Great Chili Cook Off. The festivities will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
More than a dozen chili chefs will compete and chili lovers will choose their favorites. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 12, and that includes chili and fixings, corn bread, salad, drinks and dessert.
Pottersville Community House is at 2091 Black River Road in Pottersville. For more information, call 908-439-3913 or visit http://pottersville.rcachurches.org.
Make room for pizza
Liberty Hall Pizza is getting ready to welcome a new pizzaiolo.
The Lambertville restaurant will host Hunter Stagg, executive chef of Hotel du Village in New Hope, Pennsylvania, as guest pizzaiolo April 12. He will cook up two pizzas: Honey’s Pie, which is topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fennel salami, fresh mozzarella, and nduja, a spicy, spreadable pork sausage, and Hotel du Village, which he will top with San Marzano tomatoes, wild boar, smoked red onion, morels and Pecorino Sardo.
Liberty Hall Pizza, 243 N Union St., hosts a guest pizzaiolo monthly. For more information, call 609-397-8400 or visit http://libertyhallpizza.com.
All hail pimento cheese
Did you know there is a National Pimento Cheese Day?
The Fresh Market, a specialty grocery store at 75 Washington Valley Road in Bedminster, has declared April 9 the day to celebrate this Southern-style cheese spread. The store will celebrate with in-store sampling, make-your-own cheese kits, chef demonstrations, a social media recipe challenge and more, according to a news release.
The Fresh Market sells its own version of pimento cheese, which is made according to the company founder’s family recipe and has been sold since 1983, according to a news release.
National Pimento Cheese Day will be celebrated from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 908-658-3162 or visit www.thefreshmarket.com.
Passport to flavor
Later this month, you can taste the flavors of the world without ever leaving town.
The Fifth annual Red Bank International Beer, Wine & Food Fest will take place April 24 in the borough’s White Street parking lot. More than two dozen Red Bank restaurants will cook up international dishes, and wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Participating restaurants include Runa Peruvian Cuisine, The Cheese Cave, Temple Gourmet Chinese, Teak, Gaetano’s, Dish, among others, and the dishes include pork belly fried rice, Sirracha-spiced calamari, Korean spicy sausage with apple slaw and garlic aioli, Caribbean fish tacos, chorizo sliders and coconut soup. For dessert, there will be cupcakes, crepes, gourmet cake pops, Nutella mini doughnuts and more.
The festival, which also will feature vendors and live music, will take place from noon to 7 p.m.
Admission is $5 for everyone older than 10. The festival is a fundraiser for the Red Bank Education Foundation and Red Bank RiverCenter.
For more information, call 732-829-1104, email RUE@RUEEVENTS.COM or visit www.rueevents.com.
Boss of the sauce
Red sauce or gravy – it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s time to find the best.
The Jersey Shore Boss of the Sauce, a friendly competition hosted by 105.7 The Hawk, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. April 25 at Jenks Club in Point Pleasant Beach.
During the event, which will be presented by The Jay and Linda Gruinn Foundation, local chefs will prepare their best sauce for the public to sample. Tickets cost $7 each or $20 for a family of four, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Past winners include Chef Mike’s ABG of Seaside Park, Ferraro’s in Point Pleasant Beach, Jimmy’s Cucina in Brielle, and Nino’s Coal Fired Pizza of Brick, Toms River and Ocean Township.
Jenks Club is 300 Ocean Ave. in Point Pleasant Beach.
For more information, call 848-221-8000 or visit http://1057thehawk.com.