Boonton Main Street Presents “First Friday Late Night: Go Red” Feb 6th

FirstFriday_LogoExperience Boonton Main Street’s historic downtown! Businesses will be open late for an evening of sales, socializing, dining, art, and shopping. First Friday Late Night: Go Red will be held in honor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women National Wear Red Day for women’s heart health.Visitors are encouraged to wear red to First Friday and to post photos on social media using the hashtags #BoontonGoRed and #BoontonFF!

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Date: Friday, February 6, 2015 from 5-9 PM
Address: Main Street, Boonton, NJ
Cost: Free

Official Press Release:

Boonton Main Street, Inc. will host First Friday Late Night: Go Red along Main Street in Boonton on Friday, February 6, from 5-9 PM. The theme for February’s First Friday will be in honor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women National Wear Red Day for women’s heart health. Go Red for Women is a movement across the US to encourage women to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

This evening is a great opportunity to experience Main Street’s unique shops, amazing art galleries, and fabulous restaurants. Visitors can enjoy dining, shopping, art galleries, sales, specials, live music, and entertainment as they stroll Boonton’s historic downtown district.

First Friday Late Night: Go Red is sponsored by Saint Clare’s Health System, which has hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, and Dover, and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties. Saint Clare’s will be offering heart magnets for the event that will be available at the Boonton Main Street office (620 Main Street).

“Saint Clare’s Health System is pleased to support Boonton Main Street’s First Friday Go Red, which highlights the importance of cardiovascular care, especially among women in the United States,” said Stephanie Galloway, spokeswoman for Saint Clare’s Health System. “At Saint Clare’s, the community has access to advanced cardiovascular services, including catheterization lab, 24/7 Primary Stroke Center, and emergency angioplasties, as well as education and support.”

“We love that we are kicking off 2015 First Fridays with Saint Clare’s Health System as our sponsor for February Go Red,” said Boonton Main Street Executive Director, Chris Manzella. “We are honored that we have such a pillar of the community as our sponsor, which was recently recognized with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group for the sixth consecutive time for patient safety.”

Go Red pins will be for sale at the Boonton Main Street office, with donations benefitting The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Visitors to Boonton Main Street during First Friday Late Night are encouraged to wear red and to share photos on social media using the hashtag #BoontonGoRed and #BoontonFF.

First Friday Late Nights are a monthly program put on by Boonton Main Street, Inc. to provide retailers and the community a venue to convene to share in the joy of all that the Boonton Main Street district has to offer. It continues the year long sentiment of Shop Small that has become the mantra of downtown shopping districts across the US.

For more information about the evening’s events please visit: http://www.BoontonMainStreet.org. To learn more about Saint Clare’s Health System and its services and programs, please visit: http://www.saintclares.org.

About Boonton Main Street Inc:


Boonton Main Street, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and revitalizing the historic downtown shopping district of Main Street, Boonton, NJ. The organization is located at 620 Main Street, Boonton, NJ.

Boonton Arts Dog Days of Summer Artist Concept and Sponsor Reception

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Come celebrate the launch of Dog Days of Summer 2015 and check out this years amazing designs!

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 5:30-8:30
Address: Speakeasy Art Gallery 816 Main Street Boonton, NJ 07005

About the Event:

Boonton Arts invites artists and arts groups of all levels to be a part of the Third Annual Dog Days of Summer. We are currently looking for artists to submit their designs that will be applied to the many different dog breeds we have available. This year we have added a Student program that will allow young artists to transform their 2-D ideas into 3-D works of art. We have added many new levels of sponsorship and have made it very easy for you to own your design. Please follow the links below for information about submitting your design or sponsoring a dog.

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About the Dog Days of Summer Project:

The mission of the Dog Days of Summer project is to bring the arts and community together to make a difference for animals in need. You are invited to join us for the Sponsor and Artist Concept Reception Party on February 4 at Speakeasy Art Gallery. The dogs will be on display from June – September 2015 in historic Boonton, NJ. The dog sculptures will be available for purchase on Etsy throughout the summer with proceeds benefiting Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter,The Montville Animal Shelter through Montville Pet Parents Organization, future Boonton Arts projects, and the contributing artists.

Dog Days of Summer is in its third year and has raised awareness and funds for animal organizations such as The Seeing Eye, Eleventh Hour Rescue, and Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, helping them to continue to provide their incredible services to our community. Over the past two years, Dog Days has drawn thousands of spectators to Boonton to experience these amazing public art installations.

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By visiting Boonton, spectators have the opportunity to experience Boonton’s unique downtown, shop Boonton Main Street’s independent businesses and fabulous restaurants, while supporting our local economy. Dog Days has also received great press coverage in television spots, online and print publications such as The Daily Record,The Neighbor News, NJ.com and many more.

Artist Submission - The deadline for artist submission is February 2, 2015

Sponsorship Information

Please visit their website for more information www.boontonarts.org or email info@boontonarts.org. Like on Facebook

Lump’N’Loaf Records Night. A Halo Called Fred and Trio of Madness – Jan 31st

HaloTrioTumultysLump’N’Loaf Records recording artists Trio of Madness and A Halo Called Fred team up for a night of original, adventurous music at New Brunswick’s Tumulty’s Pub on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 @ 9pm! FREE admission!

Address: Tumulty’s Pub 361 George St, New Brunswick

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About Lump’N’Loaf Records

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Lump ‘N’ Loaf Records
P.O Box 6201
Hillsborough, N.J 08844

L’N’L was founded in 2000 with one mission in mind – to cast a spotlight on original, cutting-edge music from the highly talented central New Jersey music scene. Several L’N’L bands on the Halloween Vol. 1 compilation have new releases planned for 2015 including A Halo Called Fred, Trio of Madness, Young Jerks and Zigman Bird.

Events to Check Out this Weekend Jan 30th – Feb 1st, 2015

Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show – Jan 28 – Feb 1

AKC All breed dog show featuring Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 Unit Demonstration, Obedience and Rally Trials, vendors and much more!

Dates: January 28th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Senior Citizens, children 12 and under $2
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Monster Jam – Jan 30 & 31

Monster Jam® roars into IZOD Center in East Rutherford for three action-packed events! Truck Lineup: Grave Digger® driven by Carl Van Horn, Dragon driven by Scott Liddycoat, Crushstation driven by Greg Winchenbach, Stinger driven by Zane Rettew, Bounty Hunter® driven by Trent Montgomery, Iron Outlaw driven by TBA, Storm Damage driven by Tim Mente, and Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson! There will be a Pit Party on the arena floor from 5:30 – 6:30 pm prior to the 7:30 pm show on Friday and from 11 – 1 pm prior to the 2 pm show on Saturday.

Dates: January 30th – 31st, 2015
Address: Izod Center; 50 State Rte. 120, East Rutherford
Cost: $15+
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January Wine and Jazz Weekend - Jan 30 – Feb 1

Join us for a whole weekend of incredible talent. Featuring Jazz Legends, The Michael Pedicin quintet, The Gina Roche Trio, The Geno White Trio, Jeffrey Hebron & George Karavan.

Dates: January 30th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Willow Creek Winery; 160-168 Stevens Street,West Cape May
Cost: $35 per person in advance, $45 at the door
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International Great Beer Expo – Jan 31

The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr Secaucus, NJ for the fourth annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Your admission ticket includes beer sampling, souvenir tasting glass, and admission to the beer seminars. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

Date: January 31st, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: Meadowlands Expo Center; 355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $42 – $55, $10 DD ticket. On sale soon!
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Fire & Ice Festival – Jan 31

The remedy cabin fever! Mount Holly’s 22nd Annual National Ice Carving Association (NICA) sanctioned competitive event. Always the last Saturday in January. Rain, snow, sleet or sunshine. Family friendly and free event combined with a local Chilli cookoff for professional chefs. Free fire engine rides, dog sled demonstrations, alpacas to see and enjoy, Discovery Museum’s People Bubble, Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Gingerbread House contest , Revolutionary War reenactors, local art exhibits and plenty of culinary treats and live music. Throughout the downtown and The Mill Race Village shops centered around Burlington County College’s beautiful Mount Holly Center and Culinary Arts School. Peak times are from 10 am to 2 pm, plenty of free parking. Activities run throughout the day and usually wraps up by 4 pm. Dress warm, bring your camera, your kids and friends and of course an appetite. Voted South Jersey Magazine’s Best Winter Event. Enjoy!

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address:Main St., High, White, Washington & Mill Sts., Mount Holly
Cost: Free
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Kick the Winter Blues - Jan 31

Join us on January 31st from 12-5pm for our 7th Annual Kick the Winter Blues Wine Event. It’s winter time and the vineyard is sleeping. The winery, however, is alive with the music of Bill Caterini. Local crafts and food specialties will be on display. Enjoy our wine by the glass or bottle, have a heated Sangria or do a tasting of 5 of our wines, and sway to the music under our heated tents. Our Events are always rain or shine and free admission.

Date: January 31st, 2015
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 North Delsea Dr, Cape May Courthouse
Cost: Free Admission
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Whitesbog Moonlight Walk – Jan 31

Explore the historic village, cranberry bogs and the surrounding pinelands. Listen to the night sounds of the forest, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pine Barrens. All walks are 3‑5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Address: Historic Whitesbog Village; 120 W. Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills
Cost: $5 donation per person requested.
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11th Annual Super ‘Plunge’ Sunday – Feb 1

Join us for the11th annual ocean plunge on Super Bowl Sunday! Do you have what it takes to brace the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February? Save the date and meet us on the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach and be home in time for the big game. Pre-registration is required.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: St. Francis Community Center; 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Twp
Cost: Register Here
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Oyster Bowl XVI – Feb 1

New Jersey’s annual oyster eating contest. Oyster Bowl XVI will be held from 11 am – 2 pm to benefit Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey and Breast Cancer Resource Center YWCA Princeton.  This action packed event draws hundreds of participants and spectators who compete in 2 minute heats to determine who can consume the most oysters. Oyster Bowl has become a Princeton tradition before the big game featuring not only the oyster eating contest, but games, activities, raffles and prizes; and the only time lunch is served at Blue Point Grill. The event provides an opportunity for the community to join together to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.  Individuals and corporate teams of four slurp as many oysters as they can with the hope they can beat the all-time record of 102 consumed in a two-minute period.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: Blue Point Grill; 258 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Register Here

My Visit of Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery

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Yesterday I got a chance to check out the Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company in Cherry Hill with friends. It was a really cool experience!

The tasting/tap room had a really cool boardwalk theme. They even had their own personal skeeball machines!

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Since I had never had the chance to try their beer before, my husband and I split a sampler of 4 beers. We tried the Funnel Cake Nitro, 1916 IPA, Tilt and Swirl, and Directory for Gentleman.

Made it to @forgottenboardwalk in #cherryhill #newjersey! #njbeer #CraftBeer #nj #NJisntboring #forgottenboardwalk

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Check out their taps…they’re pretty cool too.

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I also tried the Spice of Life, which they were debuting that day. I drank a full glass, mainly because some of the proceeds from that particular beer went to charity. The beer itself was really good.

In addition to their tap room, they also had seating (beach chairs!) in their warehouse area. Everyone was there hanging out, playing games, and of course drinking! You can also bring in your own food to eat, so it’s a great spot to hang with friends/family.

You can also do a self guided tour at the brewery which is pretty cool.

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They had a lot for sale, including t-shirts, tote bags, glasses (which I bought), and two different size growlers. My friend brought home two growlers…he was a happy camper!

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I left feeling happy and slightly buzzed (I did not drive) and I look forward to returning! If you love craft beer and New Jersey, then you will definitely dig the experience of going to this brewery.

General Info:

Address: 1940 Olney Avenue #100, Cherry Hill, NJ
Phone: (856) 437-0709
Find them on Facebook & Twitter @ForgottenBoards & Instagram

Diner Round Up – Omega Diner in North Brunswick

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I finally got a chance to go to the Omega Diner, which is a diner I pass all the time but never went to. There’s a lot of shopping and bars in the area of the diner, so

It’s a really cute diner! It’s bigger, it’s clean, it has homemade desserts AND it’s 24 hours! What took me so long!

Since I’m trying to eat healthier I got an egg white veggie omelette with tomatoes instead of home fries (such restraint). The omelette itself was really good, and big and I sustained my jealousy when my friends got burgers, fries and cheese related foods. Oh well.

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I highly recommend this diner. It has a great, Greek style and their menu has many options. There is something for everyone!

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Their dessert also looks incredible. If you can’t fit in dessert while you’re there, you can always take it to go!

Basic Info
Address: 1337 Route 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ
Phone #: (732) 745-2628

Visit their Website for Menu and more info

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – Yes
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

My Interview with Carl Van Horn, Grave Digger Driver for Monster Jam

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I got a chance to interview Carl Van Horn, driver of the legendary Grave Digger . The NJ Monster Jam event at the IZOD is January 30th & 31st, which is coming up quick! Make sure you get your tickets!

What makes your truck better than the other trucks?
It’s Grave Digger – the most popular Monster Jam truck in the world! The fan base alone pushes me to drive as hard as I possibly can every time I compete.

How did you end up in this kind of work?
I started as a technician and worked my way up to Crew Chief, then when another truck was being built, I was tested with four other Crew Chiefs and ended up becoming the next driver.

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I like to get in my Monster Jam truck a little early so I don’t feel rushed, and also to really sit and focus on things I can do on that particular track.

Any music that you listen to pump you up?
The Grave Digger theme song “Bad to the Bone” pumps me up every time.

What things would he not do because they are too dangerous?
Can’t think of any I haven’t already attempted!

Do you have a favorite place to go and eat in the NJ area?
Steve’s Sizzlin’ Steaks in Carlstadt, NJ – it’s the best!

What do you when you’re not driving the Grave Digger?
I am also a manager at the Grave Digger repair shop, and I enjoy playing and writing country music in my spare time.

About Monster Jam @ the IZOD Center:

Monster Jam will be performing at the IZOD Center on:

Friday, January 30, 2015

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7:30 PM
*Pit Party from 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Saturday, January 31, 2015

2:00 PM
*Pit Party from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
7:30 PM

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the IZOD Center Box Office, by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com or calling 1-800-745-3000.

The event will feature some of the most powerful Monster Jam trucks in the circuit, including Grave Digger®, Crushstation, Stinger, Bounty Hunter®, Iron Outlaw, Storm Damage, Hurricane Force and brand new Dragon.

For more information on Monster Jam, please log onto www.MonsterJam.com. To follow Monster Jam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram log on to www.facebook.com/MonsterJam and www.twitter.com/MonsterJam and www.instagram.com/MonsterJamLive. Subscribe to their YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/MonsterJamLive.

About Feld Motor Sports®

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com

Back To School with The CALAMARI SISTERS at The Newton Theatre

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Date: March 6th & 7th, 2015
Address: 234 Spring Street in Newton, NJ
Cost: $29. Get Tickets HERE

Official Press Release:

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen! The hilariously funny Calamari Sisters return to The Newton Theatre in March for three performances at 8:00 pm on Friday, March 6th, and 3:00pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 7th.

The Calamari Sisters are local celebrities in Brooklyn, NY as the singing, dancing, and cooking stars of the public access cable cooking show, MANGIA ITALIANO. In this rare treat, Delphine and Carmela have taken their culinary expertise on the road to spread their unique brand of Italian teaching to the masses. With outrageous musical numbers, hilarious family anecdotes, and some help from members of the audience, these sisters will give you a cooking lesson that you’ll never forget. Be prepared to eat your heart out and laugh until your sides hurt.

Tickets are only $29.00 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 11:00 am. Tickets for members of The Newton Theatre will go on sale beginning on Monday, January 19th for Gold members, Tuesday, January 20th for Silver members and Wednesday, January 21st for Bronze members. Purchase tickets by visiting www.thenewtontheatre.com or contact the Box Office at 973-383-3700.

The historic Newton Theatre, located at 234 Spring Street in Newton, NJ, was founded in 1924. Revitalized and fully renovated, Sussex County’s premier entertainment venue reopened in 2011 as a 605 seat capacity live performing arts center. With it’s rich history and diverse programming The Newton Theatre is essential to the buoyancy of New Jersey’s Skylands region. More information about The Newton Theatre may be found by calling 973-383-3700 or by visiting its website at www.TheNewtonTheatre.com.

International Beer Festival Returns to Meadowlands Expo Center-Jan 31

The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr Secaucus, NJ for the fourth annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Your admission ticket includes beer sampling, souvenir tasting glass, and admission to the beer seminars. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

Date: January 31st, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: Meadowlands Expo Center; 355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $42 in advance $60 at door, $10 DD ticket. Buy HERE

Official Press Release:

The biggest names in international brewing are returning to the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows in Secaucus, NJ on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for the 5th Annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 60 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement-more than 100 beers in all.  Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries will be amazing beer from Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Canada, and others.

“The International Great Beer Expo offers beer enthusiasts a unique pay-one-price opportunity to try some foreign beers from foreign lands,” said Joe Chierchie, representing event producer, Starfish Junction Productions.  “We are expecting more than twenty different countries to be represented, delivering an amazing beer experience to all who attend.  I think we’ll have another sold out show for 2015,” he added.

The Expo will feature a beer garden, once again sponsored by Leinenkugel Brewing Company and their local beer wholesaler, Nash Beer Distributors, Inc.  In addition, specialty lounges will be hosted by Ballantine IPA, Boaks Beer, Sam Adams, New Jersey Beer Co., and Cape May Brewing Company.

Led by industry innovators, the event offers free beer seminars covering topics as varied as selecting and enjoying dark beers; the role of women in the craft beer industry; and an overview and predictions about the craft beer scene in New Jersey.

The International Great Beer Expo will have two sessions:  12:30-4:00 pm and 5:30-9:00 pm.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase.  Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets are $42 each when purchased in advance on the event website http://www.GreatBeerExpo.com . Tickets include admission to the Expo, admission to beer seminars, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo.  Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each.  All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid photo I.D. for admission. The Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow is located at 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, New Jersey 07095.

The event will raise funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event is sponsored in part by NJBeerEvents.com.  The event is produced by Starfish Junction.

Wine and Whiskey Tasting Event at Just Restaurant – January 28th, 2015

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Next Wednesday, January 28th, break from the monotony of the workweek and come by Just Restaurant to sample a variety of wines and whiskeys and a spread of hors d’oeuvres crafted by their very talented culinary team.

Featured Wineries/Distilleries:
Penfolds Wines Australia
St. Clement Napa Valley, CA
Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma, CA
Michter’s Louiseville, KY

Regular Admission is $30 and includes wine, whiskey, hors d’oeuvre and service.

Wine Club Members pay only $20! If you’d like information about the Just Wine Club, please call the restaurant at 732.707.4800 or email them at info@justrestaurantnj.com.

Date: Wednesday, January 28th, 2015; 7 to 9pm
Address: Just Restaurant; 2280 U.S. 9, Old Bridge, NJ
Cost: $30. Get tickets HERE