Essex County Events

From Garden State Kitchen: Have questions about branding, trademarks, intellectual property, contracts, and other legal issues that could impact your business? Join us for our legal and contracting workshop where you will learn from a leader in the field, Danielle M DeFilippis from the law firm Norris McLaughlin. Danielle is a lawyer at the firm who focuses her practice on trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, contracts, and other key areas for food-based businesses. More information

From Yes, Chef: Yes, Chef is a pop up supper club BUT our events are called “dinner parties” as we create a more intimate ambiance with a smaller amount of guests who attend for the evening. We set our tables communal style to invoke networking and community amongst our new friends! Every month our events are themed differently; so we create meals that are seasonal, showcasing fellow entrepreneurs (small business owners) in their talents or places of business to promote community and we always have LIVE entertainment for all of our enjoyment! Our goal is to really create a one of a kind experience that will stay with you always and have you wanting to experience our totally new event the very next month with us again! The month of March, as we all know, is a salute to the Irish and we at Yes, Chef thought what a better way to honor them then to recreate some of their traditionally Irish meals. We will also get to enjoy a LIVE lyrical performance of traditional Irish tunes by @Melody _M_Cruz AND a small bonus is our guests get to actually chat/dine with the Chef who creates the entire experience for them. […]

Los Lobos performs at March 30 at 8 p.m. From SOPAC: Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.   Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band— Los Lobos —saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream Rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Drummer Perez once called their powerhouse mix of Rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk, R&B, Blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammy Awards, a worldwide smash single “La Bamba” and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving and thriving while still jamming with the same raw intensity that they started with back in a garage in 1973. Los Lobos chronicles a key moment of their expansive journey on Disconnected In New York City, a dynamic live album that marks their 40th anniversary and launches their new association with 429 Records. Recorded over two nights in December 2012 at The […]

From South Orange Performing Arts Center: Cyrille Aimée brings her acclaimed show A Sondheim Adventure to the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Hailed for her interpretations of the Sondheim masterworks, Cyrille Aimée brings a jazzy fresh take to the lovely complexities of the legendary composer’s musical theatre masterpieces, and makes them sparkle anew. Winner of the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, Cyrille Aimée, has a wealth of experiences in her young life that have shaped her sound and love of music.  She ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious Jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from singing Sondheim alongside Bernadette Peters to sharing her story in a TEDx talk; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to being called a “rising star in the galaxy of Jazz singers” by The New York Times. More information

From Book To Plate: Just in time for Passover, meet author’s Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz of The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods. Learn about how the two are reimagining and revitalizing Old World Jewish foods and inspiring a new generation to get in the kitchen. The Gefilte Manifesto cookbook was named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a top cookbook of the year by USA Today and Epicurious. Guests will sample Passover recipes from their book including handmade matzo, kugel and spongecake. Guest can also pre-order Liz and Jeffery critically-acclaimed limited run artisan gefilte fish for pick up in Millburn. Made from the finest ingredients, Gefilteria’s gefilte fish is gluten-free, as well as kosher for Passover (certified by the OU). Each loaf serves 10-12 guests. $24.99 per loaf. Click TICKETS to pre-order. You will receive a seperate email with payment and pick up instructions or you can send your order to (You do not need to attend event to order gefilte fish.) More information

Harlan Coben Visits Words Bookstore in Maplewood April 3 Wednesday, April 3 — 7:00 pm [words] Bookstore and Harlan Coben reunite for a new event on April 3. Full details to be announced soon. Inquire at

From Temple B’nai Abraham: A special evening for women—mothers, grandmothers, aunts, cousins, daughters (post-Bat Mitzvah)— in the community are invited to join us. The cost is $36 per person (includes dinner). In preparation for Passover, please bring hametz (a box of pasta, cereal, cookies, etc.) to donate to Livingston CHOW. Registration is required by March 28 . To register go to or call 973.994.2290. More information

From Essex County: 2019 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival April 6 – 14 Blossom Challenge Bike Race starts Saturday, April 6th 7am – 1pm at Oval, Northern Division and ends with  Bloomfest will be held Sunday, April 14th 11am – 5pm Cherry Blossom Welcome Center, Extension Division and Concert Grove, Southern Division. More information

From Garden State Kitchen: Learn how to use customer service to connect with the people who love your food – and keep them coming back for life! Customer relationships are as important as your food product, and those who feel welcomed and appreciated feel like a part of the family. Sweeta Boo’s Cakery and Catering shows you how to create and maintain a healthy rapport. More information

From Carolyn Dorfman Dance: This evening performance features the return of three repertory favorites: The immersive, multimedia “Interior Designs” with music by Svjetlana Bukvich; the enchanting “Love Suite Love”, featuring music by Patsy Cline; and “Odisea”, Carolyn’s moving work chronicling the journey of twenty-three Jews leaving persecution in Recife, Brazil, in 1654 and their journey to American soil. This family matinee features the return of three repertory favorites: The immersive, multimedia “Interior Designs” with music by Svjetlana Bukvich; the enchanting “Love Suite Love”, featuring music by Patsy Cline; and “Odisea”, Carolyn’s moving work chronicling the journey of twenty-three Jews leaving persecution in Recife, Brazil, in 1654 and their journey to American soil. More information    

From  [words] Bookstore: Local independent bookseller [words] Bookstore  is delighted to announce that New York Times best selling essayist  Sloane Crosley  will be in Maplewood to discuss and sign her  latest collection of essays  Look Alive Out There on Monday, April 8 at 7:30 PM. The event will be held at the bookstore, located in the heart of downtown Maplewood at 179 Maplewood Avenue. A contributing editor and books columnist for Vanity Fair, Sloane Crosely is the author of the novel The Clasp and two New York Times bestselling books of personal essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American humor, and How Did You Get This Number. Fans of Crosley’s work know her life is a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it’s scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl or staring down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosely continues make readers laugh with her electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. This event is free and open to the public; no advance registration or book purchase required […]

From Garden State Kitchen: Have you always wanted to learn jar your own jams and preserves? Now is your chance. Canning and preserving guru Marisa McClellen of Food in Jars will teach you how make and can jam using the boiling water bath method for safe, shelf-stable preservation. In addition, she will show you how to put those jars of jam to work in granola, salad dressing, and as a topping for homemade pizza. You’ll take home a copy of her new cookbook The Food in Jars Kitchen: 140 Ways to Cook, Bake, Plate, and Share Your Homemade Pantry (which hits the shelves April 2 and retails for $24) along with a jar of lemony strawberry jam made in class. More information