Gladstone Dine with DogOn Sunday, August 26, 2018, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will “go to the dogs” as it welcomes patrons and their canine companions to enjoy a meal benefiting Home for Good Dog Rescue.

Returning for its twelfth year, the annual “Dine with Your Dog event welcomes guests and their dogs to Gladstone Tavern’s outdoor dining terrace to enjoy the restaurant’s modern take on classic American comfort food – in addition to special “pet-safe” treats, including a special batch of dog-friendly stew and house-made dog biscuits.

“We are so excited to partner with the Gladstone Tavern as beneficiaries of this wonderful event,” noted Home for Good Dog Rescue’s co-founder and treasurer, Richard Errico. “We hope our adopters and all local dog lovers will join us for an afternoon of delicious food benefiting our all-important mission of rescue.”

Home for Good Dog Rescue is a 100-percent foster-based, non-profit dog rescue in Berkeley Heights, NJ. It rescues homeless dogs from high-kill shelters in the South, which are overflowing with unwanted dogs on the brink of being euthanized.

It then socializes, cares for, and provides them life-saving medical care at their property in Aiken, SC, transports them to New Jersey, and nurtures them in their network of foster families while they await adoption into loving homes – giving them a second chance at life.

On Sunday, August 26th, guests will be able to enjoy selections from Gladstone Tavern’s menu, which includes both vegan and vegetarian options, in addition to special “dog-themed” items. A $10.00 donation for admission per dog along with 100-percent of sales from the day’s special canine meals, will benefit Home for Good Dog Rescue.

Lunch service at the 12th annual “Dine with Your Dog” event will be available at 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Dinner seating begins at 6:00 p.m. Space is limited. For reservations, please call (908) 234-9055.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Pluckemin Inn - Wine DinnerOn Friday, August 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m., the Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster, New Jersey, will host an encore California wine dinner, featuring the classic grape varietals of this famous and diverse wine growing state.

Executive Chef Kevin LaFemina will create a multi-course menu to pair with the wines; and Chris Cree, New Jersey’s only Master of Wine, will guide guests through the evening. All wines tasted will be available for purchase.

The complete menu and wine pairings are noted below…

Amuse – Squash Blossom: Olive, Ricotta, Basil; Wine Pairing: To Be Determined

First Course – Hamachi Crudo: Summer Melon, Fennel, Cucumber, Radish; Wine Pairing: 2014 DuMol Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Second Course – Ricotta Gnocchi: Eggplant, Cherry Tomato, Pancetta, Pecorino Sardo; Wine Pairing: 2016 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Third Course – Niman Ranch Sirloin: Parisienne Gnocchi, Zucchini, Tomato, Roasted Peppers; Wine Pairing: 2014 Bucklin Old Hill Ancient Field Bend

Cheese – Cheddar; Wine Pairing: 2016 Hourglass GH III Cabernet Blend

The price of the encore California wine dinner is $115.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). The first California wine dinner, held on August 10th, was so popular it sold out well in advance. Don’t miss this great mid-summer event. For more information, or to make reservations, please call (908) 658-9292.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Lobster ImageFrom Thursday, August 9 – Tuesday, August 14, 2018, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will be hosting its annual Lobster Palooza, featuring a special lobster-inspired menu…

LIBATIONS – Belfast Bay Lobster Ale: Belfast, Maine, 5%abv, $5.89… Seafaring Mary: Giant Shrimp, Old Bay Rim, Celery Heart Tomato, Horseradish, Hot Pepper Vodka, $12.98… Summer Sangria Local Peach: Chardonnay, Giffard Peche, Opal Basil, $11/$36

COMPLETE LOBSTER DINNER ($29.98) – New England Clam Chowder or Garden Salad… Steamed 1 ¼ lb. Lobster; add 2nd Lobster only $15.00 (no sharing)… Green Bean, Cob Corn Baked Potato… Peach Cobbler A La Mode (no substitutions)

A LA CARTE – New England Clam Chowder, $6.49… Fried Clam Strips: Old Bay Mustard Sauce, $11.49… Steam Mussels or Clams (2 Dozen): Drawn Butter, $12/$16… Main Lobster Roll: Butter Toasted Roll, Old Bay Fried Potato, $21.95… Steamed 1 ¼ lob. Lobster: Green Bean, cob Corn, Baked Potato, Sour Cream, $22.98 (no substitutions)… House-Smoked Beef Brisket: Black Pepper Gravy, Green Beans, Cob Corn, Baked Potato, $22.79

Jersey Peach Cobbler: House-Made Vanilla Ice Cream, $6.98

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

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Dark City Beer DinnerOn Thursday, August 30, 2018, Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, Dark City Brewing Company founder Kevin Sharpe is joining Nicholas Harary for an evening of the best of Asbury Park craft beer and Nicholas cuisine. Nicholas has paired Dar City Brewing eclectic selection of year-round and semiannual beers with an exceptional four-course menu prepared by Chef Kevin Koller and his team.

First Course: House-Made Pretzel, Beer Cheese, German Mustard; Brew Pairing: Dark City Charrette

Second Course: Beer Can Chicken Empanada; Brew Pairing: Dark City Double Yellow

Third Course: Bond Street Braised Beef Short Rib, Stone Ground Grits; Brew Pairing: Dark City Bond Street Brownie

Fourth Course: Almond Cake, Candied Almonds, Huckleberry Sauce, Vanilla Ice Cream; Brew Pairing: Dark City Blue Bishop

The price of the Dark City Brewing Craft Beer Dinner is $80.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity).

This is a ticketed event with phone reservations only. For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Fattoush Mediterranean Cuisine

182 Lancaster Avenue

Malvern, Pennsylvania

(484) 568-4465

https://fattoushhealthydining.com/

Fattoush - InteriorFattoush is one of those hidden little gems that operates under the radar. You could probably pass by the restaurant a dozen times and never give it a second thought. I mean, stuck plop in the middle of a series of totally nondescript strip malls, its exterior isn’t particularly prepossessing… Neither is the utilitarian interior, awash with unadorned tables and minimalist décor.

But looks can be – and usually are – deceiving. The magic here is clearly in the fresh, vibrant, made-from-scratch Mediterranean (with particular emphasis on Lebanese) cuisine. Modest prices will add significantly to your enjoyment, as well as the fact that you may tote along your own wine.

Getting things started, all the usual suspects are present and accounted for… You have the traditional Hummus and Baba Ghanouj, popular appetizers made with ground chickpeas and smoked eggplant, respectively; both zestfully seasoned with lemon juice, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and tahini (sesame seed paste). The Falafel – deep-fried lavishly spiced balls of ground chickpeas & fava beans topped with tahini sauce – are exceptionally tasty; ditto the Kibee, Lebanese meatballs stuffed with spiced beef, onions and nuts.

Fattoush - Lebanese MezzaTrouble making up your mind…? Then I highly recommend the Lebanese Mezza (shared platter), comprised of all the above-mentioned items plus the ubiquitous stuffed grape leaves and plenteous portions of pita bread for dipping, etc. This is a fabulous way to begin your meal; it also affords you a marvelous opportunity to sample an interesting variety of delicious Middle Eastern appetizers.

There are, of course, other preludes to consider… The Lentil Soup, a rich vegetable-based stock buttressed by rice and spices is always a solid choice. And, since Some Like It Hot, feel free to ask the chef to spruce things up with a touch of his hot sauce.

Especially during the warmer weather, however, I’d probably give my nod to the kitchen’s interesting array of salads. The Tabbouleh, for example – a Middle Eastern salad made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur and onion dressed with olive oil and lemon juice – is light but thoroughly invigorating on the palate. Then there’s always Fattoush, a traditional Lebanese salad comprised of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, green peppers, radish and pomegranate splashed with olive oil & lemon juice and spiked with sumac, a deep red spice with a zippy, lemony flavor.

Fattoush - Greek SaladOn the other hand, if you’d prefer something a bit more familiar, the Horiatiki (pictured) is a traditional Greek salad consisting of romaine lettuce, kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomato and feta cheese. A generous sprinkling of oregano provides just the right seasoning, while all the components are gently tossed with a light dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. If properly prepared, a simple Greek salad can be one of the most refreshing and satisfying preludes to any meal… And Fattoush’s version is one of the best I’ve sampled in quite some time.

As you move on to the house specialties and what would be considered entrées, you encounter a word that may be unfamiliar to most diners: Shawarma. This is a term that refers to a specific method of meat preparation where cuts of spiced & marinated lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, or mixed meats are stacked in a cone-like shape on a vertical rotisserie. As it rotates and the outside cooks continuously, thin slices are shaved off. Shawarma is one of the world’s most popular street foods, especially in countries of the eastern Mediterranean, western Asia, and northeast Africa.

Fattoush - Chicken GyroShawarma may be served as a sandwich or wrap or on a platter with various accompaniments.  A Greek gyro refers to a similar turning method of preparation. At Fattoush, both the Beef Shawarma and Chicken Shawarma are wrapped in very thin Lebanese pita bread. The former is garnished with lettuce, tomato, parsley, onion, and tahini sauce; the latter with lettuce, pickles, and garlic sauce. The Greek variation on the theme is the Chicken Gyro (pictured), which is presented on pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onion, (maybe a touch of hot sauce), and topping of homemade tzatziki sauce.

Fattoush - Samke HarraThe Chicken Shawarma Platter features spiced and marinated thinly shaved chicken served over rice with a tabbouleh salad and the restaurant’s zesty homemade garlic sauce. This is an absolutely fabulous dish that beguiles the palate with a winning combo of contrasting tastes and textures. Equally exciting is the Samke Harra (pictured). Pan-fried flounder is served on a pillow of rice and perfectly seasoned slices of sautéed zucchini, topped with diced tri-colored peppers, nuts and onion, and finished with a sensual tahini sauce.

Fattoush - Kafta BurgerFor the less adventurous of palate, Fattoush also offers American-style sandwiches like your basic Cheeseburger and Grilled Chicken on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and mayo. If you have children along with finicky eating habits, that’s one thing… But why go to a first-rate Mediterranean eatery and order a cheeseburger? Stick with what the house does best and the odds that you won’t be disappointed are greatly in your favor. So, if you happen to be overcome by an irresistible burger craving, be sure to give the Kafta Burger (pictured with a side of coleslaw) a try. This is a Lebanese burger of ground beef, parsley, onion, and an interesting variety of exotic seasonings. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Fattoush does have a couple of weak links. The first is dessert (or lack thereof). The menu notes: “From traditional baklava to Turkish pistachio cake, our homemade desserts vary from day to day. Please ask your server what is on the menu today!” Well, I did… Ask, that is. On one occasion it was baklava, which was actually quite good. On another occasion, it was… nothing. Zippo. Zilch…The second drawback here is the service, which can be either knowledgeable & attentive or on the flighty side, depending upon the luck of the draw.

Despite these minor faux pas, Fattoush is definitely worth a visit. The food is of excellent quality, is carefully prepared and nicely presented. And, as mentioned at the outset, prices are extremely wallet-friendly. The most expensive menu item is the $19.99 shrimp platter; wraps, burgers and sandwiches weigh in around the $10.00 mark… Just don’t forget to BYOB.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Drouhin, Maison JosephMaison Joseph Drouhin, based in Burgundy, France, was founded in 1880. The estate, which owns vineyards in Chablis, the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, and Côte Chalonnaise, is comprised of 73 hectares (182.5 acres) and is one of the largest in the region.  Today the estate is still family owned. Both Maison Joseph Drouhin and Domaine Drouhin in Oregon are operated by the great grandchildren of the original founder, Joseph Drouhin.

The estate, which adheres to biodynamic principles, currently produces 90 different wines – from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes – that range from extraordinary to everyday quaffable. The annual production is approximately 400,00 cases per year, over 25% of which is exported to the United States.

Drouhin-Boss, Veronique, WinemakerVéronique Drouhin-Boss, the fourth-generation winemaker of the Drouhin Family, has crafted every drop of wine produced at Domaine Drouhin Oregon since the first vintage in 1988. She also now oversees the winemaking at Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy, producing some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines on both sides of the Atlantic.

Noted below, in ascending price order, are seven (7) of the Drouhin wines that are well worth seeking out…

Joseph Drouhin La Forêt Pinot Noir 2016, $18.99*: The grapes for this wine were drawn from a dozen appellations, mostly Côte Chalonnaise and Côte de Nuits. They were handpicked, pressed, and the juice was macerated and vinified with indigenous yeasts for two to three weeks in temperature-controlled vats. Some of the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks, the remainder in oak barrels to increase complexity. This is a charming wine, displaying a bright ruby color and aroma of fresh berries. On the palate, it is smooth and elegant with light tannins and excellent acidity. A perfect red wine to pair with the lighter cuisines of summer… And the price is right.

Drouhin, Maison - St. Veran 2016Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran 2016, $21.99*: The 2016 Saint-Veran hails from the Macon region of Burgundy and is similar stylistically to its slightly more expensive cousin, the 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse, noted immediately below. Both share a golden hue, a slightly greenish reflection in the glass, and a marvelously refreshing taste. The texture and alcohol content (13%) are just right. Lively & fresh on the palate, exhibiting a pleasant roundness at the finish, this is an excellent Chardonnay for leisurely quaffing on a warm summer’s afternoon … And, once again, the price is right.

Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Fuisse 2015, $29.99*: The 2015 recently received 90 points (100-point scale) from the Wine Spectator, which noted: “Though rich and juicy, this features good underlying acidity that keeps this fresh and focused. White peach, apple and lemon flavors align with a chalky feel at the end. Drink now through 2022.” On the palate, this is a round and creamy Chardonnay, exhibiting a touch more body than the Saint-Veran, yet it remains refreshingly pleasant right through to its long ethereal finish and aftertaste. Highly recommended. An absolutely stunning wine at an excellent price point.

Drouhin, Domaine - ArthurDomaine Drouhin Arthur Chardonnay 2015, $36.99*: The Chardonnay Arthur is produced from 100% Dijon clones, grown on the Drouhin Family Estate in the Dundee Hills, Oregon. First planted in 1990, the low yields of these vines and their early ripening ability have been a perfect match for the Oregonian climate and soils. The 2015 Arthur, which is named for winemaker Véronique Drouhin-Boss’s son, recently received stunning reviews from both the Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. This exceptional vintage was partially fermented in French oak; the remainder in stainless steel – the result was a wine of incredible delicacy. And I would certainly agree with the winemaker that the 2015 Arthur exhibits both the refreshing crisp acidity of a fine Chablis and the body and richness of an extraordinary Meursault. A marvelous wine… and worth every penny of its $36.99 price tag.

Drouhin, Maison Joseph - Gevrey-ChambertinJoseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2015, $64.99*: Whereas the La Forêt Pinot Noir noted above is a perfectly acceptable entry level wine that is designed for daily quaffing, the 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin is a Pinot that is meant to be savored and saved for those special occasions when only an outstanding vintage will do. This marvelously supple red wine recently received a whopping 92 points from the Wine Spectator, which noted its beautiful balance, long finish, and succulent acidity. The review also mentioned that this wine would undoubtedly be at its best from 2020 through 2033. Perhaps. But its bright ruby color, intensely fruity nose, and velvety texture are irresistible at the present moment. This is Pinot Noir at its very best. Not to be missed.

Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embazées 2014, $99.99*: Chassagne-Montrachet AC (Appellation Contrôlée) is a village in the southern part of Côte d Beaune. Although best known for its Chardonnay-based white wines, until the late 1980s, the 800-plus acres in Chassagne-Montrachet actually produced more red wines, which are made from Pinot Noir. However, the popularity of the village’s white wines, soon reversed this situation. Wines from the Chassagne-Montrachet AC and the village’s thirteen premier cru vineyards are of high quality. And, because Chassagne-Montrachet doesn’t have the notoriety of the neighboring village of Puligny-Montrachet, prices are somewhat less. The best premier cru vineyards for white wines include En Caillerets, Les Embazées, Moreot, Les Grandes Ruchottes, and Les Vergers.

Drouhin, Maison Joseph - Chassagne-Montrachet EmbazeesThe 2014 Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embazées, which recently received 92-94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, is simply an incredible wine. The eleven (11) months spent in oak before bottling account for its delightful complexity. And, opposed to many ponderous California Chardonnays, it possesses body… but without weight. It is fresh and vibrant on the palate with a wonderful depth of citrus & spice and a long, lingering finish. Even at the current price point – approximately $100.00 – given its incredible quality, it is still a bargain. Another marvelous effort from Maison Joseph Drouhin.

*All prices listed are those paid at Pennsylvania State Stores, with the exception of the Chassagne-Montrachet Les Embazées, which was purchased for $94.99 online through Bedford Wine Merchants, Bedford, NY.

Cheers!

TAD

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Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - Radnor, PAOn Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, 555 East Lancaster Avenue, Radnor, Pennsylvania, will host a special five-course dinner paired Rosé wines from around the world.

Cucumber & Melon Carpaccio: Charred Sweet Corn, Radish, Pickled Dragon Bean, Whipped Beet Root Chèvre, Mint Oil Fleur de Sel; Wine Pairing: Escudo Real, Vinho Verde, Minho, Portugal

Orange Blossom Tea Poached Lobster Tail: Lobster Bisque, parsley Oil, Bread Gnocchi, Micro Celery; Wine Pairing: Charles Smith, Band of Roses, Pinot Gris, Washington State

Wood-Grilled Pork Tenderloin: Lima Bean Succotash, Jalapeño-Peach Salsa, Fresno Pepper Beurre Rouge, Crispy Fried Chicken Skin; Wine Pairing: Protea, Mourvedre/Shiraz, Coastal Region, South Africa

Pan-Seared Wild Coho Salmon: Bouillabaisse Broth, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Fennel Confit, Rosemary Blistered Tomato, Caramelized Endive, Black Pepper-Saffron Aioli, Rustic Buttered Crouton; Wine Pairing: M. Chapoutier, Belleruche, Grenache/Syrah, Côtes du Rhône, France

Sweet Corn Gelato: House-Made Vanilla Water, Brown Butter Caramel Powder, Blackberry Verbena Reduction, Fleur de Sel

The price of the Rosé wine dinner is $59.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call Harvest in Radnor, (484) 584-4975.

And for those who can’t make it on August 15th, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Glen Eagle Square, 549 Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, will be hosting the very same Rosé wine dinner on Thursday, August 23rd. For reservations, call (610) 358-1005.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Nicholas - Lobster MenuFrom Tuesday, August 14, through Friday, August 17, 2018, Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will be serving their eagerly anticipated annual lobster menu.

For this special Restaurant Nicholas summer tradition, Nicholas flies in Nova Scotia lobsters that have come out of the ocean less than 24 hours before. Four courses showcase fresh lobster paired with locally sourced summer produce, including Jersey corn and tomatoes. This is one menu that you won’t want to miss.

First Course: Mug of “Kennebunk” Lobster Bisque

Second Course: Classic Maine Lobster Roll

Third Course: Open-Faced Lobster Ravioli

Fourth Course: Broiled Lobster “Thermidor”

Dessert: Blueberry Crumb Cake, Mascarpone Cream, Blueberry ice Cream

The price 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.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Pluckemin Inn - InteriorOn Friday, August 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m., the Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster, New Jersey, will host a special wine dinner featuring the classic grape varietals of California. Executive Chef Kevin LaFemina will create a multi-course menu to pair with the wines; and Chris Cree, New Jersey’s only Master of Wine, will guide guests through the evening. All wines tasted will be available for purchase.

Amuse – Squash Blossom: Olive, Ricotta, Basil; Wine Pairing: To Be Determined

First Course – Hamachi Crudo: Summer Melon, Fennel, Cucumber, Radish; Wine Pairing: 2014 DuMol Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Second Course – Ricotta Gnocchi: Eggplant, Cherry Tomato, Pancetta, Pecorino Sardo; Wine Pairing: 2016 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Third Course – Niman Ranch Sirloin: Parisienne Gnocchi, Zucchini, Tomato, Roasted Peppers; Wine Pairing: 2014 Bucklin Old Hill Ancient Field Bend

Cheese – To Be Determined; Wine Pairing: 2016 Hourglass GH III Cabernet Blend

The price of the California wine dinner is $115.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (908) 658-9292.

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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Gladstone Tavern - Jersey Peach WeekBeginning on Thursday, August 2, and continuing through Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will be celebrating Jersey Peach Week. The locally farmed peach menu will feature fresh-picked peaches from Melick’s Family Farm in Oldwick, New Jersey.

Locally Farmed Peach Menu…

From the Bar – Peach Tea: Corgi Earl Grey Gin, Peach, Iced Tea, Lemon, Honey… Peach Sangria: Chardonnay, Giffard Peche, Opal Bail, Orange… Upright Brewing Fantasia Peach Ale: OR 5.8 abv

First Course – Chilled Peach Curry Soup: Coconut Milk, Yellow Curry, Cilantro, Mint, Basil, Bell Pepper… Gladstone Tavern’s Award-Winning Peach Chili: House-Smoked Pork, Fresh & Dried Chili, Pinto Bean, Queso Fresco, Tortilla… Peach Salad: Crisp Peach, Coach Farm Goat Cheese, Hazelnut, Cucumber, Radish, Mesclun, Muscat Vinaigrette

Main Course – Grilled Brook Trout: Charred Peach & Scallion, Hot Peach Gastrique, Rainbow Chard, Whole Grain Pilaf… Peach Porchetta: House-Cured Pork, Peach Jam Filling, Rosemary, Baby Kale & Candy Cane Beet Salad, Peanut Gravy

Dessert – Peach Melba: Roasted Peach, Almond Cream Tart, Vanilla Ice Cream, Raspberry Sauce… Peach Sundae: White Peach, Opal Basil, Pie Lattice, Pecan Candy

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

Bon Appétit!

TAD

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