Nicholas - Stolpman Wine DinnerOn Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank, New Jersey, will host a special winemaker dinner with owner Peter Stolpman of Stolpman Vineyards of Santa Barbara, California. The Restaurant Nicholas kitchen will create an exquisite five-course menu to pair with Stolpman’s unique offering of Rhone Varietals.

First Course: Ruby Red Beet Soup, Braised Beef Short Rib, Dill Crème Fraiche; Wine Pairing: 2017 Ballard Canyon, Sauvignon Blanc, Stolpman

Second Course: Drunken Goat Cheese Pierogi, Heirloom Brussels Sprouts, Brown Butter; Wine Pairing: 2018 Ballard Canyon Sangiovese, “Love You Bunches,” Stolpman

Third Course: Golden Tile Fish, Crispy Pork Belly, Chorizo Clam Chowder; Wine Pairing: 2017 Santa Barbara County, Para Maria de Los Tecolotes Red, Stolpman

Fourth Course: Braised Buffalo Short Rib, Heirloom Broccoli, Burn Onion Purée; Wine Pairing: 2016 Ballard Canyon, Syrah Estate, Stolpman

Fifth Course: Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake, Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, Coffee Crunch Ice Cream, Luxardo Cherries

The cost of the Stolpman winemaker dinner is $95.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!



Byrsa Bistro - Interior 2On Thursday, February 14, 2019, Byrsa Bistro, 128 Glen Mills Road, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, will be serving a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu…

First Course (Choice of) – Mediterranean Petit Sampler: Hummus, Mixed Olives, Stuffed Grape Leaf, Cucumbers, Toasted Pita… Kennett Mushrooms Flatbread: Mixed Kennett Mushrooms, Asiago Cheese, Poached Egg, Black Truffle Oil… Caprese Burrata: Creamy Buratta Cheese, Fresh Tomato Slices, Baby Arugula, Homemade Basil Sauce… Kennett Mushroom Soup: Mix of Four Mushrooms, Croutons, Black Truffle Oil, Parsley… Beet & Almond Salad: Mixed Greens, Arugula, Sea Salt Roasted Beets, Almond, Goat Cheese, Lemon-Oil Vinaigrette… Mandarin Salad: Mixed Greens, Arugula, Fresh Mandarins, Pumpkin Seeds, Blood Orange Cider Vinaigrette

Second Course (Choice of) – Branzino Filet: Pan Seared Mediterranean Sea Bass, Mixed Vegetables, Fresh Fennel & Arugula Coleslaw, Lemon Sauce… Paella: Calamari, Clams, Mussels, Salmon, Shrimp, Olives, Beef Merguez, Chicken, Saffron Rice… Organic Chicken Tagine: Moroccan Style Roasted Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Olives, Cinnamon Golden Raisins, Toasted Almonds… Toulouse Cassoulet: Homemade Beef Meatballs, Short Ribs, Chicken, White Beans, Chickpeas, Vegetables, Toasted Seasoned Breadcrumbs… Seafood Fusilli: Shrimp, Chowder White Fish, Fresh Mussels, Homemade Red Tomato Sauce, Fresh Tarragon… Cavatelli & Lamb: Homemade Pasta, Shredded Lamb, Goat Cheese, Fresh Arugula, Demi-GlazeGnocchi & Bolognese: Homemade Gnocchi, Fresh Tomato Sauce, Prime Ground Beef, Parmesan Cheese, Basil… Chef’s Vegetarian Dish: Two Sautéed Veggie Tartars, Cherry Tomato Confit, Butternut Squash Purée, Fresh Fennel-Apple & Arugula Coleslaw

Third Course (Choice of) – Chocolate MousseEspresso Crème Brûlée Regular Crème BrûléeBread PuddingHazlenut Gelato

The price of the special three-course Valentine’s Day menu is $75.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity), which also includes a complimentary glass of Champagne, wine, or beer. Byrsa Bistro is a BYOB restaurant.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (610) 558-4700.

Bon Appétit!



valentine1On Thursday, February 14, 2019, Avola Kitchen & Bar, 625 North Morehall Road, Malvern, Pennsylvania, will be serving a special three-course menu for couples…

First Course (Choice of) – ½ Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell: Raspberry Ice, Lemon… Eggplant Croquettes: Black Garlic Aioli, Fennel, Parsley, Pickled Raisins… Beet Salad: Roasted Beets, Whipped Goat Cheese, Citrus, Arugula, Pomegranate Seeds, Sherry-Orange Vinaigrette

Second Course (Choice of) – 18 Ounce Rib Eye for Two: Bordelaise, Glazed Root Vegetables… Coq au Vin for Two: Half Chicken, Handmade Pappardelle, Mushrooms… Bronzino for Two: Sautéed Cauliflower, Greens, Lemon-Caper Beurre Blanc… Beet Ravioli: Handmade Beet Ravioli, Goat Cheese, Lemon, Basil Pesto… Lentil Stew: Tomato, Fennel, French Lentils, Feta, House-Made Focaccia

Sweets (Choice of) – Ricotta Doughnuts: Strawberries, Citrus Curd, Whipped Cream… Chocolate Crème Brûlée: Candied Rose Petals

The price of the three-course Valentine’s Day menu is $120.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity), which also includes a complimentary glass of Champagne. Á la carte options will also be available.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call Avola at (484) 328-8584.

Bon Appétit!



Valentiine's Day DiningOn Thursday, February 14, 2019, Louette’s BYO, 106 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will be serving a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu…

First Course (Choice of) – Local Mushroom Bisque: Truffle Butter, Bacon… Hamachi Crudo: Lime, Asian Pear, Habanero… Beet Salad: Warm Parmesan, Blood Orange, Fennel, Baby Kale

Second Course (Choice of) – Lobster Ravioli: Fines Herbes, Bitter Greens, Saffron… Foie Gras Parfait: Granola, Pomegranate, Whipped Crème Fraiche, Tart Cherry… Burgundy Escargot: Congee, Parsley, Garlic, Lemon

Third Course (Choice of) – Slow Roasted Filet Mignon: Garlic-Chive Potato Purée, Shallot, Shiitake Mushroom Relish… Olive Oil Poached Atlantic Salmon: Herbed Spaetzle, Sweet Onion Broth, Gremolata… Giannone Chicken Roulade: Broccolini, Fermented Cabbage, Caraway, Rye

Fourth Course – Cheese Plate: Jalapeño Jam, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Apricot, Rosemary Bread… Molten Chocolate Cake: Red Velvet Crumble, Lemon Curd… Tiramisu: Shaved Chocolate, Kumquat, Sabayon

The price of the four-course Valentine’s Day menu is $85.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (484) 924-9906.

Bon Appétit!



Frog and Peach3On Valentine’s Weekend, Thursday, February 14 – Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Frog and the Peach, 29 Dennis Street at Hiram Square,  New Brunswick, New Jersey, will be serving a special romantic three-course menu…

Amuse – Whipped Camemert: Dried Cherries, Truffle Honey

Appetizers (Choice of) – Bibb Lettuce and Arugula Salad: Gaeta Olive, Pignoli, Sun-Dried Tomato, Ricotta Salata, Dijon Vinaigrette… Bouillabaisse Soup: Marinated Mussels, Rouille Crostini… Fishers Island Oysters: Green Apple, Vodka Mignonette… Black Truffle Ricota Gnocchi: Hen-of-the-Wood Mushrooms, Leeks, Pine Nuts, Sage… Crispy Duck Confit: Lentils du Puy, Mâche, Sweet Onion, Mustard-Dill Vinaigrette… Jumbo Lump Crab Salad: Edamame, Pickled Mushroom, Old Bay Sushi Rice… Buttermilk Biscuit Tartine: Fromage Blanc, Poached Egg, Shaved Country Ham

Entrées (Choice of) – Blackened Line Caught Tuna: Butternut Squash, Nori, 25-Year Balsamic Vinegar… Pan Roasted Day-Boat Jersey Monkfish: Lobster Hash, Brown Butter Sauce… Vegetable Spring Rolls: Green Papaya-Peanut Salad, Soy Mustard Sauce… Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto: Braised Leeks, Goat Cheese… Pan Roasted Griggstown Chicken Breast: Pumpkin Grits, Braised Endive, Sherry-Brown Butter Vinaigrette… Braised Lamb Shank: Mint Tabbouleh, Garlic Naan, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus… Beef Tenderloin: Sunchoke Purée, Haricot Vert, Green Peppercorn Cognac Sauce ($8.00 Supplement)

Dessert (Choice of) – Valrhona Chocolate Molten Cake: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream… Classic Crème BrûléeMascarpone Cheesecake Semifreddo: Honey, Pistachio, Dates… Chocolate Dulce de Leche Cake: Salted Caramel Peanut, Popcorn Ice Cream… Trio of Sorbet: Almond Raspberry, Pomegranate, Strawberry Vanilla… Three Cheese Board: Cracked Wheat Crostini, Garnishes ($5.00 Supplement)

Valentine’s Day, 2/14, three-course menu $88.00 per person; Friday & Saturday, 2/15 & 2/16, three-course menu $63.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity).  The regular menu will not be available on Valentine’s weekend.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 846-3216.

Bon Appétit!



Valentine’s Day Dining at Washington House

by artfuldiner on February 2, 2019

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Washington House - Dining RoomOn Thursday, February 14, 2019, the Washington House Hotel & Restaurant, 136 North Main Street, Sellersville, Pennsylvania, will be serving a fanciful four-course menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Appetizers (Choice of) – Oysters Rockefeller: Spinach, Pancetta, Fennel Cream… Salmon Pastrami: Pumpernickel Toast, Avocado, Horseradish… Baked Brie with Frisée: Roasted Pear, Almonds… New England Clam Chowder: Fresh Chives, Oyster Crackers… Red Wine Arancini: Pickled Wild Mushroom, Garlic Aioli

Salad – Spinach Salad: Arugula, Feta Cheese, Grilled Red Onion, Candied Pecans, Strawberries, Champagne Vinaigrette

Entrées (Choice of) – Cedar Plank Baked Salmon: Basmati Rice, Asparagus, Mushroom & Bok Choy Sauté, Honey Sriracha Glaze… Pan Seared Scallops: Butternut Squash Risotto, Cauliflower, Apple Chutney… Lamb Bolognese: Pappardelle Pasta, Mascarpone, Mint… Jumbo Lump Crab & Shrimp Cakes: Orange Tartar Sauce… Roasted Lancaster Free Range Chicken: Roasted New Potatoes, Arugula Pesto, Chicken JusDuo of Beef: Petite Filet & Red Wine Braised Short Rib, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, French Beans, Horseradish Butter… Seared Tuna Loin: Parsnips, Citrus Fennel Salad, Cranberry Mustarda… Grilled Lamb Chops: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, Mustard JusSurf & Turf: Petite Filet & Crab Cake, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, French Beans, Blood Orange Béarnaise… Sweet Potato Tortellini: Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sage, Cranberry, Brown Butter

Dessert Sampler: Brownie Bites, Berry Tart, Carrot Cupcake, Pomegranate Truffle

The cost of the Valentine’s Day menu is $55.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). Please note that the à la carte & children’s menu will not be available.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call Washington House Hotel & Restaurant, (215) 257-3000.

Bon Appétit!



Valentiine's Day DiningOn Thursday, February 14, 2019, Restaurant Alba in Malvern, Pennsylvania, will celebrate Valentine’s Day by serving a traditional four-course Italian tasting menu from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Antipasto (served family style to all): Crostini of Crab, Toasted Garlic, Meyer Lemon Butter… Truffled Arancini, Parmesan Fonduta… Seared Ahi Tuna, Smashed Avocado… Deviled Egg

Primi (Choose One): Lobster Bisque, Brioche Crouton, Chervil… Potato Gnocchi, Gorgonzola Crema… Risotto, Kabocha Squash, Duck Confit… Veal Sweetbread & Porcini Mushroom Ravioli, Rosemary, Pear Mostarda, Natural Jus… Garganelli, Beef Bolognese, Parmigiano Reggiano

Secondi (Choose One): Pan Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon, Parsnip Purée, Blood Orange & Campari Vinaigrette… Grilled Trout Filet, Butter Roasted Hazelnuts, Escarole, Pears… Surf & Leaf of Braised Beef Short Rib & Lobster, Celery Root, Tangerine Butter… Wood Grilled Beef Tenderloin, Foie Gras Butter, Potato Purée, Swiss Chard… Grilled Lamb Tenderloin, Whipped Ricotta, Dried Olive, Brussels Sprouts… Overnight Braised Pork, Umbrian Lentil, Apple & Fennel Salad

Dolci: Artisanal Cheese and Accompaniment… Chocolate Lava Cake, Soft Whipped Cream… Passion Fruit Cheesecake… Warm Bread Pudding, Vanilla Gelato… Butterscotch Bundino, Caramel Sauce, Sea Salt… Zerogradi Gelato or Sorbet

The price of the Valentine’s Day Italian tasting menu is $80.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call Restaurant Alba, (610) 644-4009.

Bon Appétit!



Valentiine's Day DiningDomaine Jean-Luc Colombo 2016 Le Pavillon des Courtisanes Cairanne: Jean-Luc Colombo is one of France’s most talented and creative winemakers. Since the early 1980s, he has been crafting first-class wines from the northern Rhône Valley and southern France. His wines are very different from those of old school winemakers. His philosophy has been to produce fruit forward and elegant wines that are both pure in flavor and expressive of their terroir. His approach has ruffled some feathers; and he often jokes that he’s a bit of a Rhône outcast since he relies on modern techniques in one of France’s most traditional wine regions.

On the other hand, it’s difficult to imagine where the Rhône would be without his commanding presence, as he was among the first group of winemakers to travel outside the area, not only to aggressively market his own wines, but also to tell the story of the entire region.

Colombo, Jean-LucA native of Marseille, Mr. Colombo grew up in a kitchen environment – both his mother and grandmother were chefs – where he developed his passion for food and wine. In the mid-1970s, while studying to become a pharmacist, which proved to be a short-lived career, he developed an interest in oenology and turned his interest and energies entirely to winemaking. In 1986, he purchased 247-acres of vineyards in the Cornas region. From that humble beginning, he now makes his small-production cuvées, as well as a range of other wines reaching down to the Côtes du Rhône.

Mr. Colombo’s 2016 Le Pavillon des Courtisanes Cairanne, which received 91 points (100-point scale) from the Wine Spectator, is a red Rhône blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah. It’s loaded with ripe black fruit and beguiles the palate with its soft, silky tannins. This is a wine that’s not too heavy… not too light… and that goes down smooth and easy. It’s marvelous au naturel; but it also pairs well with a wide variety of foods… so it’s the perfect match for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Priced at $19.99, this excellent vintage is also available through Pennsylvania State Stores.


Rotie Cellars Southern Blend 2013Rôtie Cellars 2013 Southern Blend: The wine label strikes one as definitively French… but this distinctive Rhône blend – 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre – surprise, surprise, was produced in Walla, Walla region of Washington State.

Since 2007, winemaker and owner Sean Boyd’s goal has been to produce traditional Rhône blends in Washington State. His winemaking philosophy is simple – combine old world winemaking techniques with the highest quality Rhône varietals that Washington State has to offer. Mr. Boyd sources from some of the best and oldest vineyards in the state in an effort to showcase the most elegant blend possible, while ensuring the typicity of the fruit is expressed.

Originally from Tacoma, like many winemakers, Mr. Boyd took a rather intriguing path to Rôtie Cellars… Previously working as a geologist for ten years in oil and gas exploration, he participated in his first harvest at Waters Winery in 2004. He began his own winery in 2007, focusing solely on Rhône varietals. And his non-traditional background proved to be a great asset, as this is one winemaker who really knows his soils.

Rotie Cellars - Sean Boyd, Owner, WinemakerMr. Boyd is convinced that there is no right or wrong way to create or consume wine… He just makes what he loves to drink – French style Rhône blends. His philosophical approach is basically Old World and natural. He believes that great wine happens mostly in the vineyard, and that his main job is to stay out of nature’s way.

The Rôtie Cellars 2013 Southern Blend, which recently received 92 and 91 points, respectively, from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and the Wine Enthusiast, is certainly delightfully delicious corroboration of Mr. Boyd’s prowess as a winemaker. The Wine Advocate described the 2013 vintage as “savory, medium to full-bodied, supple and beautifully made.” Like its French cousin noted above, this is a wine that’s as smooth as silk on the palate and easily paired with a variety of culinary combinations. Another great choice for your Valentine’s Day table.

That being said… its most pleasing attribute may well be its incredible price point. This wine normally retails around the $45.00 mark. However, as a “Chairman’s Selection,” it is currently on sale through various PA State Stores for a paltry $19.99.




Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - Glen MillsVarious locations of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar will be celebrating their special Restaurant Week” from Sunday, January 20 – Friday, January 25, 2019. The special restaurant week menu will feature a three-course $20.00 lunch and four-course $35.00 dinner (plus tax & gratuity).

Lunch Menu…

First Course (Choice of): Local Butternut Squash Soup… Three Bean Turkey Chili… Small Modern Greek Salad… Small Winter Salad

Second Course (Choice of): Grilled Chicken Sandwich… Salmon BLT… Portobello “Cheesesteak”… Winter Ramen Noodle Bowl

Third Course (Choice of): Any Seasonally-Inspired Dessert


Dinner Menu…

First Course (Choice of): Short Rib & Mushroom Flatbread… Seasonal Organic Hummus… Korean BBA Chicken Lettuce Wraps… Everything-Spiced Edamame

Second Course (Choice of): Local Butternut Squash Soup… Small Modern Greek Salad… Small Winter Salad

Third Course (Choice of): Cedar Roasted Salmon… Sesame Chicken… Braised Short Ribs… Sesame Seared Tuna… Impossible Vegetarian Meatloaf

Fourth Course (Choice of): Any Seasonally-Inspired Dessert

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar locations include Glen Mills, North Wales, Radnor, Newtown, Lancaster, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Moorestown, New Jersey; and Delray Beach, Florida.

 Bon Appétit!



Esty Street - InteriorOn Thursday, February 14, 2019, Esty Street in Park Ridge, New Jersey, will be serving a special three-course prix fixe dinner menu…

Appetizers – Beet Carpaccio: Marinated Beets, Avocado Purée, Dukkah, Affila Cress, Extra Virgin Olive Oil… Citrus Cured Salmon: Citrus Frisée, Watermelon Radish, Pickled Yellow Beets… Three Cheese Lobster Profiteroles: Lobster Medallions, Truffled Manchego, Havarti & Cheddar Cheeses, Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce… Escargot: White Wine Butter Garlic, Parsley, Panko, Crostini… Spiced Lamb Tenderloin: Crostini, Mint Pesto, Roasted Tomatoes, Lamb Jus

Entrées – Mushroom Risotto: Winter Black Truffles, Beech & Chanterelle Mushroom, Asparagus Tips, Parmigiana Cheese… Sautéed Scallops: Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Manilla Clams, Spinach, Diced Tomatoes, Saffron Tomato Broth… Sautéed Bronzini: Risotto Cakes, Scallions, Oven Roasted Tomato Wedges, Frisée Salad… Grilled Filet Mignon “Wellington”: Mushrooms, Leeks, Spinach, Foie Gras in a Puff, Pastry Tart, Foie Gras Sauce… Pan Roasted Duck L’Orange: Wheat Berries, Roasted Tomatoes, Grilled Kohlrabi, Parsnip Purée, Burnt Orange Supremes… Slow Braised Veal Osso Bucco: Cheese Scented Polenta, Veal Jus

Desserts – Poached Pear with Chocolate Center: Spiced Port Wine Reduction, Chantilly Cream, Fresh Raspberries… ValenTufo: Heart Shaped Version of Cocotufo in a Pomegranate Confection Shell… Montrachet Brule Cheesecake: Crisp Phyllo Basket, Berry compote, Balsamic Vinegar Reduction… Chocolate Truffle Torte: Chocolate Ganache, Chantilly Cream, Fresh Raspberries, House-Made Vanilla Ice Cream… French Apple Cake: Pink Lady Apples, Vanilla Custard, House-Made Caramel Sauce

The price of the Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu is $125.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (201) 307-1515.

Bon Appétit!