Crystal Springs - ThanksgivingEvery Thanksgiving, it is estimated that Americans consume over 51 million turkeys… But what side dish do people think best complements their main course?

In advance of Thanksgiving, Ranker, an online polling site, released the results of its public poll asking people to rank the best Thanksgiving side dishes. The poll included 34 side dishes from which to choose and closed voting on November 18, 2015.

The top 10 Thanksgiving side dishes, as determined by more than 9,700 votes, are noted below…

1. Mashed Potatoes

2. Stuffing

3. Gravy

4. Bread

5. Green Bean Casserole

6. Corn on the Cob

7. Macaroni and Cheese

8. Baked Sweet Potatoes

9. Sweet Potato Pie

10. Crescent Rolls

The Ranker poll also revealed that Men voted stuffing as their favorite side and included Brussels sprouts and garlic bread in their top 10… Women included yams and green beans in their top 10… Millennials chose stuffing as their #1 Thanksgiving side… and Baby Boomers voters included cranberry jelly in their top 10.

Bon Appétit!



100 Years of Dinner

by artfuldiner on November 24, 2015

in Breaking News, Special Celebrations, Wining and Dining

Thanksgiving ImageWith the holiday season upon us, families and friends are ready to gather around the table and indulge. To celebrate the season, Mode Studios created its new 100 Years of Dinner video.

From classics to old trends (fondue, anyone?), the clip takes viewers on a culinary tour that a feast for the eyes.

Please click on the above link and enjoy!!!

Bon Appétit!



The holiday season is a particularly warm and wonderful time of the year. It is also traditionally a time to dine together with family and friends. Noted below are just a few personal libationary suggestions that, hopefully, will help to bring good cheer to your holiday table and gatherings.


Arthur Metz Brut RoseArthur Metz Crémant d’Alsace Brut Millésimé, 2011 (France) ­– This lively rosé sparkling wine is produced from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. It is salmon pink in color with a delicate effervescence. On the palate there are pleasant notes of cherry and strawberry. A wonderful aperitif, or easily paired with veal, pork, poultry, and a variety of rich fish dishes. ($20.00)



Clos Saint Michel Châteauneuf-du-Pape White Rhone Wine, 2013 (France) – Sporting 14% alcohol, this full-bodied white Châteauneuf is a blend of 30% Clairette, 30% Grenache, 20% Bourboulenc, and 20% Roussanne. This is a classy wine, pure and focused with subtle hints of vanilla. If you’re tired of over-oaked, over-priced, and underwhelming California Chardonnays, this elegant and luscious Rhone blend offers a marvelous alternative. 90-points from the Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. ($30.00 – $35.00)

White Wine ImageSartori di Verona Ferdi Bianco Veronese, 2013 (Italy) – Produced from 100% Garganega, this “Super White” has been described as “a great blend between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.” Light gold in color with subtle floral aromas, it is rich and dry on the palate with a long, voluptuous finish. Great marriage with pastas, grilled seafood, and aged cheeses. ($12.00 – $15.00)

Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2013 (California) – This is a crisp, clean Chardonnay that’s as easy on the pocketbook as it is on the palate. Juicy, well-rounded, yet not overwhelmed by oak, this is an easily enjoyable, food-friendly wine that is perfect for all occasions. 90-points from the Wine Enthusiast, as well as an “Editors’” Choice.” ($25.00 – $30.00)



Aubichon Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, 2012 (Oregon) – I’ve sampled many excellent (and not so excellent) Pinot Noirs over the years… but the Aubichon Reserve was, quite literally, “love at first sip.” This is a beautiful and generous wine, exhibiting infinitely more body and texture than most Pinots can muster. There’s a touch of spicy oak, spot-on acidity, waves of silky tannins, and a luxuriously harmonious finish. The perfect wine for elegant holiday dining. ($40.00 – $45.00… and worth every penny.)

Nicholas - Holiday Walk Around Wine TastingBeringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (California) – This is an all-around excellent Cabernet… and proof that a wine doesn’t have to cost a fortune to deliver the goods. It is, as the Wine Spectator notes in its 90-point review, “easy to approach yet deceptively complex.” There’s a lot going on here: plenty of ripe berry fruit, creamy, supple texture, silky tannins, and a smooth, oaky finish. A simply marvelous wine that will pair nicely with a variety of holiday dishes. (Retails around $30.00; but I’ve seen it on sale for as low as $18.99.)

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona Brunello di Montalcino, 2010 (Italy) – Produced from 100% Sangiovese grapes, this extraordinary wine is intense, fruit-forward, and yet as smooth as silk on the palate. Succulent and enticing, this must-have-wine-for-your-cellar is ready to drink now, but will age gracefully for many years to come. Incredibly delicious and food-friendly, the 2010 is the ideal companion for roasted holiday meats and game. ($43.00 – $75.00; be sure to shop around online for the best price.)

Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2012 (France) – A gift from an old friend, this wine was so incredibly enjoyable that I immediately purchased 6 bottles online. A blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault, produced from 50-year-old vines, this 2012 Châteauneuf is vivid ruby in color, exhibits downright sexy aromas of fruit and spice, and bewitches the palate with its velvety texture and long, lingering finish. A perfect balance of power and finesse. ($55.00 – $65.00)




Golden InnOn Thursday, November 26, 2015, the Golden Inn, Oceanfront at 78th Street, Avalon, New Jersey, will be celebrating Thanksgiving with two dining options.

A Thanksgiving buffet will be available from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SOUP AND SALAD STATION – French Onion Gratiné: Exotic Onions, Sherry Broth, Artisan Cheesed… Butternut Squash Bisque: Fried Sage, Crème Fraiche, Pumpkin Seed Herb Oil… Fall Salad: Delicate Greens, Caramelized Peaches, Feta, Bacon, Heirloom Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Chive and Grain Mustard Vinaigrette… Squash & Beet Salad: Macintosh Apples, goat Cheese, Cinnamon Bacon, Baby Squash, Roasted Beets, Baby Greens, Bacon Vinaigrette, Crushed Walnuts

RAVIOLI STATION – Lobster… Mushroom… Cheese… Garlic Cream Marinara

CARVING STATION – Turkey with Gravy… Apple Cranberry Crusted Salmon with Port Wine Glaze

SEAFOOD STATION – Mussels… Clams… White Wine Sauce… Fra Diablo… Crusty Italian Bread

CHAFFERED SIDES – Dinner Rolls… Braised Short Rib with Onion Jus… Classic Focaccia Bread Stuffing… Brown Butter Braised Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts… Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes… Baked Yams with Cinnamon Butter and Marshmallows… Cranberry Sauce… Green Bean Casserole

SWEETS TABLE – Assorted Desserts featuring all the Classic Thanksgiving Offerings

The cost of the Thanksgiving buffet is $32.95 for adults; $15.95 for children 4-12 (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). Reservations are highly recommended.


A Thanksgiving five-course dinner will be served from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

FIRST COURSE – Charcuterie Board

SECOND COURSE (Choice of) – Gnocchi: Shallot, Roasted Mushrooms, Heirloom Tomato, Baby Squash, Brown Butter, Parmesan, Crushed Walnuts… Ahi: Farro, Blood Orange, Basil Sea Salt, Mango Gel, Heirloom Tomato, Beech Mushrooms… Short Rib: Hearts on Fire, 3 Shoots, Pink Lady Apples, Pistachio, Bacon, Goat Cheese, Vinaigrette, Bourbon Honey

THIRD COURSE (Choice of) – Butternut Squash Bisque: Creme Fraiche, Pumpkin Seeds, Herb Oil, Burnt Sage… Hybrid Caesar: Grilled Baby Romaine, Baby Kale, Egg-Yolk Dressing, Roasted Garlic Crostini, Watermelon Radish

FOURTH COURSE (Choice of) – Braised Turkey: Rustic Herb Stuffing, Garlic Mash, Green Bean Casserole, Turkey Demi, Cranberry… New York Strip: Gorgonzola Gratin Potato, Pumpkin Demi, Sweet Corn Succotash, Roasted Mushrooms, Crispy Leeks… Salmon: Sour Cherry CousCous, Heirloom Carrots, Coriander Saffron Broth, Apple Cranberry Chutney… Pork: Bacon-Infused Sweet Potatoes, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Bacon jam, Grain Mustard Demi

FIFTH COURSE (Choice of) – Pumpkin Tart: Cinnamon Brow Sugar Ice Cream… Sweet Potato Cheesecake: Bourbon Caramel Drizzle… Apple Cobbler: Crumb Topping, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Whipped Cream

The cost of the five-course Thanksgiving dinner is $35.95 for adults; $17.95 for children 4-12 (plus beverages, tax & gratuity).


The Golden Inn is also offering a Thanksgiving Bed & Breakfast Package, which includes a 2-night stay with breakfast for 2 each morning. This is valid for stays booked between November 25-29, 2015, starting at $199.00 per couple. Thanksgiving dinner reservations are available but not included.

The Thanksgiving Dine & Stay Package starts at $149.00 per couple and includes overnight accommodations and the Thanksgiving buffet dinner. The overnight stay is valid Thursday, November 26, 2015, only.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (609) 368-5155.

Bon Appétit!



Thanksgiving5On Thursday, November 26, 2015, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will celebrate Thanksgiving with a special family-style menu…

SOUP – Butternut Squash Bisque: Kale, Dried Cranberry, Toasted Pumpkin Seed… Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup: Natural Broth, Dill

FAMILY STYLE SERVINGS – All-Natural Brined Turkey: (Bell & Evans, PA)… Hand-Carved Country Ham: (North Country, NH)… Herb-Crusted Salmon: (True North, CAN)

FAMILY STYLE SIDES – Cranberry Relish… Country Style Turkey Gravy… Mushroom-Sage Stuffing… Buttered Green Beans… Bacon Brussels Sprouts… Crispy Spiced Sweet Potato… Buttermilk Whipped Potatoes… Parker House Rolls… Melick’s Farm Apple Cider

DESSERT TABLE – Traditional Pumpkin Pie… Bourbon Pecan Pie… Dutch Apple Pie… Triple Chocolate Layer Cake… Cranberry Cheesecake… House-Made Vanilla Ice Cream… Fresh Baked Cookies… Coffee, Tea

The cost of the family-style menu is $46.00 for adults; $16.00 for children under 10 (plus beverages, tax & 22.5% service charge). For more information regarding serving times, or to make reservations, please call (908) 234-9055.

Bon Appétit!



Majolica - Exterior NightOn Sunday, December 6, 2015, Majolica Restaurant, 258 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will be serving a special dinner to celebrate its 11th anniversary and chef/proprietor Andrew Deery’s 45th birthday.

Complimentary Champagne and hors d’ouvres will be served at 6:30; dinner at 7:00 p.m. The dinner will feature a pre fixe menu of some of Majolica’s favorite dishes. Guests will be seated at community tables of 6.

This is a prepaid event, $75.00 per guest (plus tax & gratuity); and credit card information is required at the time of reservation. This is a BYOB event, although complimentary Champagne will be supplied by the restaurant.

Reservations may be made by calling (610) 917-0962 or on the restaurant’s website,

Bon Appétit!



bernardsinn2On Thursday, November 26, 2015, the Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, New Jersey, will be celebrating with two dining options…

Grand Buffet, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Guests may feast on oven-roasted, organic, Griggstown turkey with all the trimmings, as well as beef, seafood, and pasta selections. Enjoy savory salads, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, and an elaborate dessert display.

The cost of the Grand Buffet is $69.00 per adult; $35.00 for children ages 6-12; and $15.00 for children ages 2-5 (plus beverages, tax & gratuity).

Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner, 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Creations will include chef selections from the restaurant’s fall menu, including organic Griggstown turkey, pork osso bucco, crispy day-boat cod, swordfish and more.

The cost of the prix fixe dinner is $79.00 for adults; $35.00 for children ages 12 and under (plus beverages, tax & gratuity).

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (908) 766-0002.

*The Bernards Inn also urges patrons to join n supporting New Jersey’s “Little Soldiers,” children whose parents are serving military duty and will be deployed during the holidays. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or gift card to place under the Inn’s Holiday Tree in the lobby. These gifts will then be collected and donated to the annual “Project Little Soldier” program. Gifts and monetary donations will be accepted from Thanksgiving, November 26, through “Breakfast with Santa” on December 13.

Bon Appétit!



Catherine Lombardi 3On Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 26, 2015, Catherine Lombardi, 3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey, will be accepting reservations from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

ANTIPASTI – Pizza Rustica… House-Made Mozzarella

MACARONI COURSE (Choice of) – Fettuccini: Roasted Garlic, Pepper Flakes, Tomato & Mussels… Garganelli: Truffle Cream, Prosciutto, Asparagus… Orecchiette: Sausage (hot or sweet), Garlic, Broccoli Rabe… Spaghetti: Marinara… Long Fusilli: Walnut Basil Pesto Cream… Pappardelle: Bolognese… LasagnaEggplant ParmesanCaesar Salad

TURKEY (AMERICAN COURSE) – Natural Turkey with Sausage Stuffing: Broccoli Rabe, Polenta, Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes

DESSERT (Choice of) – Zabaglione with Fruit… Mrs. Palmisano’s Cookie Plate… Pumpkin Cheesecake… Chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding… Tiramisu

The cost of the special Thanksgiving menu is $49.95 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). The regular à la carte menu will also be available.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 296-9463.

Bon Appétit!



Stage Left3On Thursday, November 26, 2015, Stage Left, 5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey, will accepting seatings from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and serving its regular à la carte offerings as well as well as a traditional Thanksgiving menu, which is noted below…

FIRST COURSE (Choice of) – Butternut Squash Soup with Chestnut Herb Salad… Endive and Arugula Salad: Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Grapes… Roasted Beets, Goat Cheese Mousse: Toasted Pumpkinseeds, Lemon Vinaigrette… Seared Day Boat Scallops: Red Curry Sous Vide Pork Belly, Thai Basil-Infused Pineapple Garlic, Ginger, Red Curry Purée

MAIN COURSE (Choice of) – Local Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing: Sweet Potato Purée, Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Roasted Parsnips, Carrots & Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest and Applejack… Butternut Squash Gnocchi: Lemon Thyme Brown Butter & Pecans, Roasted Parsnips, Carrots & Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry Sauce with orange Zest and Applejack

DESSERT (Choice of) – Mixed Berry Gratin… Pear and Cranberry Bread Pudding… Cherry Compote & Dulce de Leche with Vanilla Ice Cream… Baked Caramel Apple Streusel… Molten Valrhona Chocolate Cake

The cost of the Thanksgiving menu is $59.95 per person; children 12 and under pay their age (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). As noted above, the regular à la carte menu will also be available.

All dinner guests will also receive the fixings for a late night turkey sandwich to take home.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 828-4444.

Bon Appétit!



Thanksgiving ImageIf you’d like a little help this Thanksgiving, Restaurant Alba, 7 West King Street, Malvern, Pennsylvania, is offering side dishes and family-style entrées to complement your turkey.


Sautéed Wild Mushroom & Escarole – $5 per person

Roasted Butternut Squash in Hazelnut Brown Butter – $5 per person

Brussels Sprouts in Maple Pancetta – $5 per person

Duck Confit and Cherry Bread Pudding – $7 per person

Creamy Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin – $5 per person

Truffled Mashed Potatoes – $5 per person



Overnight Pork Shoulder in a Chipotle Honey Glaze – Serves 10-12 people, $70

Ricotta & Parmesan Lasagna with San Marzano Tomato Sauce – Serves 8-10 people, $45

Tender Red Wine Roasted Beef Short Ribs – $10 per person (minimum order of 6)


Cranberry Sauce with Citrus-Turkey Gravy, $15 per quart

Autumn Squash and Apple Soup, $15.00 per quart

$25 for two quarts, mix & match

All orders must be placed by this coming Thursday, November 19th. Orders are to be picked up at the restaurant on Wednesday, November 25th, after 4:00 p.m.

For more information, or to place orders, please call (610) 644-4009.

Bon Appétit!