Tour de Farm 2015The Tour de Farm is a cycling and culinary experience like no other. On Sunday, August 2, 2015, approximately 500 cyclists will pedal through beautiful Hunterdon County to see firsthand where some of the region’s freshest produce and proteins are raised.

The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a locally sourced breakfast catered by Chef Max Hansen of Max Hansen Caterer at South Hunterdon Regional High School in Lambertville, New Jersey. After fueling up, participants will bicycle through the bucolic countryside while visiting local farms for tastings and tours. Cyclists will be able to purchase goods from the farms, which will be transported back for them at the end of the journey.

The Tour de Farm offers three options for all levels of cyclists: an 81-mile “Extreme Tour,” which includes 4,000 feet of elevation scaling; a “Not-So-Extreme Tour,” which covers 35 miles and 1,700 feet of elevation; and a “Weekend Warrior Tour,” which encompasses 20 miles and 1,200 feet of elevation.

“People today want to know who their farmers are, how their farm products are grown, what the farmers feed their animals and how they treat their livestock,” notes Tour de Farm’s organizer Mitch Morrison. “The annual bike tour, which also hosts tours in Sussex and Warren Counties, invites active locavores to get more in touch with agriculture.”

The day will conclude with a Farm-to-Fork celebration at Tullamore Farms in Stockton, NJ, a working grass-fed cattle and lamb farm. Delicious locally-sourced appetizers will be provided by Chefs Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman of the Farm Cooking School, which is located on the premises. Cheese and artisan breads will be provided by Milford, NJ’s Bobolink Farm. And Chef Max Hansen will prepare a multi-course feast prepared exclusively with locally-sourced ingredients utilizing products from the various farms on the Tour de Farm. The menu is noted below…

Hors d’Oeuvres: Greenspacho… Eggplant Caponata Crostini… Bobolink Mini Grilled Cheese… Tullamore Sliders… Garden Ceviche

A Selection of Bobolink Farm Cheeses with Local Honey and Fruit Butters, Bobolink Breads and Homemade Crisps and Crackers

Plated First Course: Panzanella with New Jersey Heirloom Tomatoes, Grilled Phillip’s Farm Peaches, Fulper Farm Burrata, Homemade Focaccia, Basil-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cypriot Sea Salt

Entrée Buffet: Tullamore Farms’ World Class Grass-Fed Tender Primal Cuts… Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Local Smoked Bacon, Toasted Pecans and Maple Syrup… A Sauté of Jersey Sweet Corn, Zucchini and Poblano Peppers with Sweet Butter, Garlic and Cilantro… Fields without Fences Heirloom Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts and a Hazelnut Vinaigrette… A Salad of Blue Moon Acres Organic Field Greens with Roasted Beets, Crumbed (Farm) Goat Cheese and a Grain Mustard Vinaigrette… Assorted Bobolink Farms Artisan Breads

Dessert: A Simple Peach & Blueberry Cobbler with Oatmeal Streusel Topping served with Local Honey Ice Cream… Callebaut Dark Chocolate Brownies

Premium Brewed Coffee and Herbal Teas

The cost to participate in the Tour de Farm is $69.57 per person. The cost to attend the farm-to-fork celebration at Tullamore Farm is an additional $159.24 per person. To purchase tickets for the tour and farm-to-fork celebration please click here. To learn more about the Tour de Farm, please visit

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Fork - Chef Eli KulpIn May, Chef/Co-Owner Eli Kulp of Fork Restaurant, 306 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a passenger on Amtrak #188 when it derailed. As a result, he received a severe spinal cord injury. The Kulp family has a long road ahead of them, which includes uncertainty and continuing medical expenses.

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, at Fork Restaurant, “Eli Kulp Day” will be celebrated with a special fundraiser to help Chef Kulp with his ongoing medical expenses. Guests will be treated to delicious food and drink from over 20 of Philly’s best chefs. Participating restaurants include: A.Kitchen + Bar, American Sardine Bar, Amis, Blackfish, Cuba Libre, Eclat Chocolate, Fork, Franklin Fountain, High Street on Market, Kanella, Lacroix, Laurel, Le Cheri, Madame Fromage, Pub + Kitchen, Rival Brothers, Sbraga, Serpico, Vernick Food & Drink, Volver, Will BYOB, Zahav, Zeppoli.

Tickets are $200.00 per person, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; VIP tickets $350.00 per person, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Please click here for tickets and donations.

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albavineyardAlba Vineyard, 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville, Milford, New Jersey, is pleased to host the Summer Food Truck and Wine Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

The event will be held in Alba’s upper field surrounded by the natural beauty of their mature vineyard with panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides. The event will feature cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks and love music by Electric Gumbo.

Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. The cost is $10.00 for adults 21 and over; $5.00 for ages 12 to 20; and children 12 and under are free. There are no reservations; guests pay at the entrance gate. Food prices vary by truck.

Wine tastings are available for an additional $10.00 per person, 21 and older, which includes eight samplings of Alba’s nationally award-winning wines in an etched Vineyard wine glass.

Food trucks participating both days include…

The Cow and The Curd - Wisconsin Battered Fried Cheese Curds

Sanducci’s Pizza Truck – Wood Fired Pizza

Empanada Guy – Empanadas and Latin Cuisine

Oink and Moo BBQ – American-Style BBQ

Crave Caterers of Landmark Hospitality Food Truck

The Outslider – Gourmet Sliders

The Original Soup Man – Soups and Lobster Rolls

Waffle De Lys – Authentic Belgian Waffles

The Pirate Cupcake

Amanda Bananas – Frozen Fruits with Various Toppings


Food trucks participating Sunday only…

Farm Truck Philly – All-Natural Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & Fruit

Absolutely no coolers or outside food or drinks permitted. This is a food even!

By law, only Alba Vineyard’s wines may be consumed on the property. No beer or other alcohol is allowed on the premises. Guests are welcome to bring a lawn chair, blanket, or beach umbrella. No pets, canopies or EZ-Up shelters.

One of the East Coast’s most award-winning wineries, Alba Vineyard is nestled among the rolling hills of Warren County, New Jersey, two miles east of the Delaware River and historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the beautiful Musconetcong Valley. The winery and tasting room are housed in an historic 1805-converted stone barn, which features an impressive wood tasting bar, rustic stonewalls, and old oak beams.

For more information, please contact Alba Vineyard at (908) 995-7800 or email

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Gladstone Tavern - Balvenie Scotch Tasting DinnerOn Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m., on the their outdoor terrace, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will host a special dinner with courses paired with a range of single malts from the Balvenie Distillery. Special guest of the evening will be Scotch Ambassador Heather Greene.

First Course: Foie Gras “Bon Bon,” Wellfleet Oyster, Pickled Cucumber; Scotch Pairing: Balvenie 12-Year-Old Double Wood

Second Course: Roasted Ruby & Gold Beets, Cumin Carrot, Chèvre, Pistachio, Cress, Beet Juice; Scotch Pairing: Balvenie 15-Year-Old Single Barrel

Third Course: Local Sea Scallop, Mussel “Liqueur,” Applewood Smoked Bacon, Saffron Potato; Scotch Pairing: Balvenie 21-Year-Old Port Wood

Fourth Course: Herb-Roasted Dry-Aged Strip Steak, Trumpet Mushroom, Celery Root, Kale, Honey Demi-Glace; Scotch Pairing: Balvenie 14-Year-Old Caribbean Cask

Dessert: Chocolate Hazelnut Dacquoise, Salted Caramel Ice Cream; Scotch Pairing: Balvenie 15-Year-Old Sherry Cask

Cigar Finale: El Rey Del Mundo Rectangulares, Spanish Honduras

The cost of the Balvenie Scotch Tasting Dinner is $100.00 per person, which includes Scotch, dinner, cigar, tax & gratuity.

Seating is limited. For more information, or to secure your reservation, please call (908) 234-9055.

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Nicholas - Special Lobster Menu 2014On Thursday, July 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m., for one night only, Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will be serving a special lobster menu.

Proprietor/Chef Nicholas Harary will be flying in Nova Scotia lobsters that will have come out of the ocean less than 24-hours before. Four courses will showcase fresh lobster paired with locally sourced summer produce, including Jersey corn and tomatoes.

If you’re a lobster lover, this is one night you won’t want to miss…

First Course: Classic Lobster Roll; Wine Pairing: 2014 Ballard Canyon, Sauvignon Blanc, Stolpman Vineyards

Second Course: “Kennebunk” Lobster Bisque; Wine Pairing: 2012 Chablis, Vielles Vignes, Domaine Moreau Naudet

Third Course: Hand-Made Lobster Ravioli, Jersey Corn, Lobster Butter Sauce; Wine Pairing: 2013 Sonoma Coast, Chardonnay, Clos Julien

Fourth Course: Nova Scotia Lobster, Smoke Jersey tomato, Crispy Bacon; Wine Pairing: 2012 Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir, Freestone Vineyards, Joseph Phelps

Fifth Course: Strawberry Shortcake; Wine Pairing: 2014 Moscato d’Asti, Elio Perrone

The cost of the special lobster menu is $135.00 per person; $185.00 per person with wine pairings (plus tax & gratuity).

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

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Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

549 Wilmington West Chester Pike

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

(610) 358-1005

 Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - Glen MillsTucked away in the Glen Eagle Square Shopping Center, Harvest also has outposts in Philadelphia, North Wales, Harrisburg, and Moorestown, New Jersey (with plans in the works for several more). And Harvest proprietor Dave Magrogan also owns a slew of additional eateries in his ever-expanding restaurant empire.

A mini chain restaurant Harvest may be… but it certainly doesn’t feel like a chain. Mr. Magrogan definitely has the right idea here; he works with 75 local farmers to source the freshest and highest quality products available.  Guests enjoy seasonally inspired steak, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian dishes prepared with local & organic foods in a casual but upscale environment. Harvest offers, in most cases, a less than 500 calorie menu, seasonally changing, local farm to table menu, 50 plus wines by the glass, seasonal cocktails and local beers.

And the organic and healthy ingredients don’t stop with the menu. From the organic cleaning products, to the recycled glass bar tops, to recycled paper products, to the ink on the menus, Harvest is truly a green concept.

The menu is an amalgam of flatbreads, interesting appetizers, excellent salads, and sandwiches that include a grass-fed beef burger, local bison burger, a Portobello “cheese steak” and fish tacos. The entrées proper range from organic lemon thyme chicken to local Heritage Berkshire pork chop to cedar roasted salmon to pan-seared Arctic char. Desserts, served in tiny ramekins – Key lime pie, peanut butter cup, lemon meringue, etc. – are a mere $3.00 per serving.

If this all sounds vaguely familiar, you’re not imagining things. The entire concept is very similar to that of Seasons 52… Although, for my money, Harvest does an infinitely better job. The food just seems to be fresher, better prepared & presented, and more consistent.

Harvest Glen Mills - Short Rib FlatbreadSo let me mention just a few of the snack-y type items sampled during several recent visits. Flatbreads, all the rage of late, are the perfect companions to a little midafternoon vino. And Harvest’s Pesto Caprese fills the bill nicely. Tomato, of course, along with house-made mozzarella, and an excellent basil pesto make for a winning combo. But even better, in my opinion, is the braised local short rib (pictured).  Shredded beef, roasted tomatoes and Goot Essa Farms smoked cheddar cheese are splashed with chimichurri sauce. This is a green sauce, originally from Argentina, that is generally used with grilled meats. Made of finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white vinegar, it adds a distinctively pungent dimension to anything it touches.

Harvest Glen Mills - Greek SaladFor something a bit lighter, you might also consider sharing a Greek salad. All the usual suspects – tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, Kalamata olives and feta cheese – are present, accounted for, and obviously pristine and freshly tossed. In this instance, however, the kitchen incorporates Boston or Bibb lettuce, which adds a marvelously creamy flavor and a crisp, pleasantly crunchy texture. The key, though, is the dressing. And a fabulous red wine vinaigrette pulls all the elements together into an extraordinary gestalt… yet still manages to steal the show.

Harvest Glen Mills - Organic Hummus TrioThe organic hummus trio is another must try. Served up with thick cucumber & carrot slices and pita triangles, each constituent adds its own unique flavor contribution: The roasted garlic is delightfully racy; the bruschetta rife with tomato and basil; and the chipotle heated enough to keep your taste buds standing at attention. The perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Harvest - North Wales - Vietnamese Chicken TacosJust one closing note… Although it is not on the Glen Mills menu, if you happen to stop in at the Harvest in North Wales or Philly, be sure to try the Vietnamese chicken tacos. The shredded chicken is embellished with a ginger-soy glaze and spruced up with sweet & sour carrots, cucumber, jalapeño, Napa cabbage, and a fantastically addictive sweet chili-lime mayo. Trust me, these tacos are worth a journey. Delish!

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King Estate 1The King Estate Winery, founded in 1991 by Ed King, Jr., and his son, Ed King III, is located just southwest of Eugene, Oregon. The family winery, which specializes in producing Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, as well as a small amount of Chardonnay, is dedicated to certified organic and sustainable farming methods.

King Estate is the largest production winery in Oregon and is also one of the most beautiful. The hilltop winery overlooks 1,033 acres, which includes 470 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

The winery has always highlighted the importance of producing food friendly wines and has a fine-dining restaurant on the grounds that sources organic ingredients from the estate gardens. During the 1990s, King Estate published two cookbooks, each of which focuses on recipes designed to pair with their two core varietals, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

King Estate’s New American Cuisine King Estate Pinot Gris Cookbook and New American Cuisine King Estate Pinot Noir Cookbook were written in conjunction with the 13-part New American Cuisine television series broadcast by PBS and other public television stations nationwide. In 1997, New American Cuisine was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for best national cooking series. The cookbooks contain recipes contributed by world-renowned celebrity chefs, including Alice Waters, Roy Yamaguchi, the late Charlie Trotter, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

King Estate 2But getting back to the wine… Wine writer Matt Kramer of The Oregonian considers King Estate the benchmark producer of Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) in the country. In the 2007 edition of Wine & Spirits magazine’s annual restaurant poll, a survey of only the top Zagat-rated restaurants across the United States, King Estate Pinot Gris was the number one ranked domestic wine in the Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio category, and number two overall in the category, the highest rank for an Oregon producer in the 18-year history of the poll.

King Estate’s “Acrobat” label, launched in 2009, was specifically designed to offer wine lovers quality wines at reasonable prices. From its inception, Acrobat has been a huge success. So much so, in fact, that just last year (2014), King Estate announced that their wildly popular Acrobat Wine would be separated into a new division of the company, which would include the brand’s own winery and licensing, new director of winemaking, and designated sales team.

WINES OF THE MONTH - July 2015-1And just one sip of the 2013 King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris will be enough to demonstrate why the winery’s various vintages of Pinot Gris are so highly regarded. This is really a wonderful wine, garnering 90 points from both the Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits. It’s crisp, balanced, and quite refreshing but, at the same time, downright luscious on the palate. There’s a remarkable depth of flavor here; and, although descriptive terms are often overdone and overblown, the hints of apple, pear, melon and touch of vanilla are palpable. The finish is both long and generous.

As Wine & Spirits notes, this wine is surely “a steal at the price.” Originally going for $13.00 – $14.00 a bottle, I’ve picked it up for as low as $11.95 per. No question, you might want to lay in a case, as the 2013 Acrobat Pinot Gris is perfect for summertime quaffing and/or dining.

WINES OF THE MONTH - July 2015-2And speaking of steals… the 2012 Acrobat Pinot Noir, which will set you back around $20.00, is an incredible bargain. Ranked #78 on the Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines of 2014, and collecting 90 points, the 2012 King Estate Acrobat achieves an all-too-rare goal in this age of exorbitant oenological inflation: It delivers a high quality Oregon Pinot Noir at an eminently affordable price.

In the glass, it dazzles with its deep garnet color and aromas strawberry, black cherry and sweet spices. Since it is aged for six months in 18% new French oak barrels, the palate detects hints of wood and vanilla along with bright fruit flavors and earthy notes. Light-bodied but beautifully balanced with velvety tannins and a remarkably fresh acidity, this is also a marvelously food-friendly wine that is ready to be enjoyed in the present moment without need for cellaring.

If you can’t find the 2012 Acrobat Pinot Noir, you might settle for the 2013, which is also quite good… although not AS…




Philly Brew ToursOn Friday, July 10, 2015, Founder and CEO Chad Brodsky will debut Philly Brew Tours (PBT), the newest city to be added to his wildly popular nationwide beer education and craft brewery tasting tours. Joining successful tours in Boston; Washington, DC; Burlington, VT; and New Hampshire’s sea coast, PBT has partnered with some of the region’s top craft breweries to create all-inclusive Itineraries.

This means no waiting in lines, no entrance fees, VIP tours, and closed-to-the-public visits. Tours will also feature private tastings at each brewery, food pairings from beer-focused restaurants, round-trip transportation from brewery to brewery, and a dedicated beer guide to teach participants about the brewing process and Philadelphia’s proud brewing history.

Each tour last approximately five (5) hours and costs $85.00 per person. Tours will leave from 1211 Arch Street in Downtown Philadelphia, adjacent to the Reading Terminal Market.

PBT works with some of the best-known craft breweries and distilleries in the region, inviting guests in for guided tastings of 15 different beers, along with in-depth analysis about the brewing process and how to identify popular styles, such as Saisons, Stouts, IPAs, Pilsners, Porters, etc. All tours, led by a home brewer and local beer expert, will include an inside look and guided tour of at least three breweries, including beer tastings with pours ranging from 3 to 16-ounces.

Using the motto “From Strangers to Drinking Buddies,” guests can expect a full day of non-stop beer education. Tour guides will highlight Philadelphia’s rich brewing history while pointing out historical landmarks along the way and how they relate to beer, all from the comfort of a private air-conditioned van.

Featured breweries and distilleries will include: Yards Brewing Company, 901 North Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA… Flying Fish Brewing Company, 900 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerdale, NJ… 2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA… Dock Street Brewing, 701 South 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA… Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, 1710 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA… Lunacy Brewing Company, 214 Davis Road, Magnolia, NJ… Cooper River Distillers, 34 North 4th Street, Camden, NJ… Earth Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA… Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Each tour also provides either a full lunch or dinner at one of Philadelphia’s most talked about and beer-focused restaurants. Guests can expect the beer education to continue over a delicious meal, with a discussion of the intricacies of pairing craft beer with food, and an exploration into flavor profiles. Participating bars and restaurants will include: 2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA… Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street, Philadelphia, PA… City Tap House University City, 3925 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

At this time, PBT offers three distinct tour experiences…

The Original Philadelphia Brew Tour: A behind-the-scenes into local breweries that is beginner friendly but also informative enough connoisseurs. Tour includes lunch and beer pairings, as well as guided tastings of at least 15 different beers. Cost is $85.00 per person (plus gratuity); non-drinking tickets available for $60.00 per person.

The After-Hours Brew Tour: A beer-focused evening that visits both old-school breweries and newer nano-breweries for the ultimate cutting-edge brewing experience. Tour includes dinner and beer pairings, as well as guided tastings of at least 15 beers. Cost is $85.00 per person (plus gratuity); non-drinking tickets available for $60.00 per person.

Private Tour: For a more exclusive experience, please call (215) 866-2337 or email

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please go to

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Bistrot Lepic - InteriorThis coming Sunday, June 21, 2015, one of my favorite haunts, Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar, 1736 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, will be offering a special menu for Father’s Day, as well as a $25.00 gift certificate for each dad.

Amuse Busche – Mini Croquette: Rice, Chicken, Ham & Cheese Croquette on Pineapple Chutney

Appetizers (Choice of) – Soupe de Tomate Piquante: Spicy Tomato Soup with Vodka, Clams and Mussels… Brochette de Crevettes Grillees: BBQ Grilled Shrimp Skewer with Watermelon Pearls

Main Courses (Choice of) – Prime Rib de Boeuf Au Jus: Beef Prime Rib Au Jus with Three Ways Baked Potato and Creamed Corn… Crabes Frits a Carapace Molle: Fried Soft Shell Crabs with Onion Sauce, Zucchini, and Local Tomato, Cilantro, and Corn Salsa

Dessert – Gateau au Chocolat: Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake

The cost of the special Father’s Day menu is $50.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). Each dish may be ordered à la carte. The restaurant’s regular menu will also be available for brunch and dinner.

The $25.00 gift certificate will be issued to each dad who dines at Bistrot Lepic during Father’s Day. (The guest needs to order an entrée with either one appetizer or one dessert and mention “Papa Promo.”

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (202) 333-0111.

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Edible Jersey Eat Drink Local Week 2015June 19-20 and 22-27, 2015, Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will celebrate Edible Jersey’s Eat Drink Local Week with locally grown and sourced seasonal ingredients.

The ingredients found on the menu are sourced from local farmers…

Melick’s Farm Wines: Chardonnay 2013, $24.00… Pinot Noir 2012, $29.00… Apple Wine 2014, $20.00

Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu…

First Course (Choice of) – Green Cucumber Gazpacho: Radishes, Pickled Strawberry, Cilantro… Red, Yellow & Chioggia Beet Salad:  Valley Shepherd Bleu, Dandelion, Tarragon Mustard Seed Vinaigrette… Early Summer Squash Frito Misto: Squash Blossoms, Spicy Honey Drizzle

Main Course (Choice of) – Whole Wheat Pasta: Exotic Mushroom, Sugar Snap, Snow & Shell Peas, Garlic Scape Pesto… Barnegat Light Sea Scallop: Fennel Purée, Carrot, Spring Onion… Crescent Farm Duck: Seared Breast, Confit Leg, Green Kale, New Skin Potato, Garden Herb Broth

Dessert – Blueberry Buckle Cake: Berry Compote, Cinnamon Streusel, Vanilla Ice Cream

*Menu subject to change.

The three-course prix fixe menu is priced at $45.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity).

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (908) 234-9055.

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