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About Our Wine Dinners

Our guest speakers all have a direct hand in the wine-making process. We only invite the owner, winemaker, or general manager to speak to us, never a salesman or the regional sales manager of a wholesale company etc., etc.

Not that there aren't some great people in that end of the business. We just like to use our long-standing relationships to bring you some insight right from the source. We are honored that these folks think so much of us as to make us a premier venue for this sort of thing.

Wine is about people. Wine is about dining. Wine is food.

Wine is about a common experience.

We hope that you can join us for some of these uncommon common experiences.

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Upcoming Events

[Except where noted, prices are per person and do not include tax or service.]

Tha Stage Left Wine Dinner Club: Get 20% off all wine purchases in both restaurants for the entire next calendar year! Just come to six wine dinners in a calendar year and you're automatically a member.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pre-Theater Menu at Stage Left (Quite the Bargain!)

  • Beginning Friday, March 13
  • Offered Every Night Until 6 PM Sharp
  • Just Show Your Tickets

It's been a while since we offered a specific pre-theater menu, so we thought it time to reintroduce one. This menu will be available to theater-goers alongside our regular menu until 6 PM. We would encourage you to check out the schedules at the George Street Playhouse and The State Theater for a whole slew of great shows heading to town.

View the menu

Call 732-828-4444. $39.00

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving at Catherine Lombardi

Seating from 1 - 7 PM
Reservations: or 732-296-9463

Catherine Lombardi's table was the center of her family's Thanksgiving tradition. We will offer a holiday menu inspired by those 60 years of holidays. We will also serve our regular menu a la carte.


Pizza Rustica
House-Made Mozzarella

Macaroni Course

Long Fusilli


Roasted Garlic, Pepper Flakes, Tomato & Mussels
Truffle Cream, Prosciutto, Asparagus
Sausage (Hot or Sweet), Garlic, Broccoli Rabe
Walnut Basil Pesto Cream

Eggplant Parmesan
Caesar Salad

Turkey (American) Course

Natural Turkey with Sausage Stuffing
Broccoli Rabe
Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes

Dessert Choices

Zabaglione with Fruit
Mrs. Palmisano's Cookie Plate
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding

$49.95 per person plus tax, tip and beverage
A la carte menu also available

Call 732-828-4444. $49.95

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving at Stage Left

Seating from 2 - 8 PM
$59.95 per person
Children 12 and Under Pay Their Age! or 732-828-4444
Thursday 26 November
Our regular a la carte menu is available as well as a traditional Thanksgiving Menu

All dinner guests will receive the fixings for a late night turkey sandwich to take home. Dine with us in the main dining room, or if you wish a little privacy, inquire about booking one of our private dining rooms.


Butternut Squash Soup with Chestnut Herb Salad
Endive and Arugula Salad, Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts and 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 Puree

Main Course

Local Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing
Sweet Potato Puree
Garlic Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Brussels Sprouts
Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest and Applejack
Butternut Squash Gnocchi
Lemon Thyme Brown Butter and Pecans
Roasted Parsnips, Carrots and Brussels Sprouts
Cranberry Sauce with Orange Zest and Applejack


Mixed Berry Gratin
Pear and Cranberry Bread Pudding
Cherry Compote and Dulce de Leche, Vanilla Ice Cream
Baked Caramel Apple Streusel
Molten Valrhona Chocolate Cake

$59.95 per person plus tax and service
A la carte menu also available

Call 732-828-4444. $59.95

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cocktail Party and On The Town with Dale Degroff

Catherine Lombardi’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Please Reserve A Spot In Advance


On Saturday Afternoon – November 28, Dale DeGroff will Join Us For an Afternoon Cocktail Party and Perform "On The Town: A Salute to Saloons, Neighborhood Bars, and Legendary Cocktail Palaces"

Regular readers of this newsletter (and anyone else paying attention) know that Dale DeGroff is the single most important person to the contemporary renaissance of the cocktail. He is the bartenders' bartender. His bar started it all and his first book, Craft of The Cocktail is the greatest selling cocktail book of all time. He's also a fantastic teller of stories.

Come let Dale regale you with tales of the cultural history of American drink, told in story, song and cocktails by America's preeminent cocktailian.

We'll start with cocktails at 2 PM.

Dale will perform at 3 PM. Drinks Relevant to the Story Will Be Served Through The Performance.

Post performance cocktail afterwards.

The cost is $49 per person plus tax and service.

The Lovely Folks at Pernod Ricard Are Sponsoring
We Will Serve Libations From Their Excellent Portfolio

Reserve A Spot by calling 732-296-9463 or
Seating is Limited and This Event Will Sell Out

Call 732-828-4444. $49.00

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Italian Wine Class

Catherine Lombardi’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Please Reserve A Spot In Advance

For many years, Mark and I taught the best wine class in NJ...and not just according to my mom. The New York Times actually said that. Here’s a link to the full-page article with pictures of my much-younger self. Well, Sunday November 29th at 3 PM, we’re going to conduct a class on Italian Wines. It’s going to be a two-hour, sit-down, classroom-style tasting and I’m going to guide you through some pretty exciting wines in-depth. There will be at least 12-14 wines in the tasting and we promise to teach you something while having some fun. The class will be $79 Seating is limited and you must sign up in advance.

To Reserve A Spot, call 732-296-9463 for reservations or email

Due to limited capacity, these events must be paid at time of booking.

You may cancel without penalty until Wednesday, November 25th.

Call 732-828-4444. $79.00

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner and Tasting


In 1992, we did not realize that our new friend, Paul Hobbs, would go on to become one of the most important winemakers in The New World; but he did. Our championing of Paul Hobbs wine was an early coup for us. He was the first in a long line of extraordinary winemakers we introduced to The Garden State. Stage Left's Paul Hobbs Dinner is the only dinner Paul does every year.

Paul Hobbs will return once again on January 28th. This marks a very special anniversary for us both. It's Paul's 25th anniversary year. While Paul has been doing wine dinners here for the 23 years Stage Left has been open, there were two years early on, when Paul did two dinners. That means this will be the 25th Stage Left Wine Dinner on Paul Hobbs' 25th anniversary. Where does the time go?

Paul has called this event the single greatest opportunity to taste the Paul Hobbs Wine every year, bar none, including at The Winery itself. We will have some things available nowhere else, including a near-priceless, one-of-a-kind bottling of Merlot that Paul bottled for us on the occasion of the birth Laura Catherine Pascal, Mark's eldest, in 1996.

Paul and Mark selected a single barrel of merlot that Paul kept separate. In 1998, Mark, his wife Jen and two-year-old Laura Catherine went out to California and helped Paul bottle it by hand. It was put mostly into magnums, with one 6 liter bottle and one impressive 9 liter bottle. Laura's in college now and the wine is ready. We're going to pop the 9 liter in the dinner.

This is a one-of-a-kind bottle from a one-barrel lot from one of the best winemakers in the new world. It is drinking at its zenith at 20 years old and we will drink it at the 25th anniversary wine dinner. I cannot imagine what we would sell it for. Instead, we're just going to drink it with you at this dinner. Laura will be in attendance.

Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner and Tasting
25th Anniversary Edition
Thursday, January 28th

Comprehensive Tasting of Hobbs Wines: 6 - 7:30 PM
(wines to be announced)
Dinner: 7:30 PM

Lobster Lasagna
Burnt Orange and Truffle Ricotta
*Chardonnay “Ross Station” 2013; Paul Hobbs; Russian River
*Chardonnay 2014; Bramare, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Duck and Foie Spring Roll
Black Truffle
*Pinot Noir “Hyde Vineyard” 2013; Paul Hobbs, Carneros

Lamb Loin
Minted with Pepino and Crispy Hen-of-the-Wood Mushrooms
*Cabernet Sauvignon 2012; Paul Hobbs; Napa

Standing Rib Roast
Marrow Bones, Roasted Garlic, Slow Roasted Winter Vegetables
*Malbec “Rebon Vineyard” 2012; Bramare; Valle de Uco, Mendoza

Curado de La Mancha Cheese
*Merlot 'Cuvee Laura Catherine' 1996; Paul Hobbs; Napa, California, USA
One-of-a-Kind Bottling

Stage Left Chocolate Bar
Caramel, Peanuts, Pretzel and Marshmallow

$295 per person
plus tax and service

Reservations at 732-828-4444 or

This dinner will sell out. We already have 40 reservations before we even announced. Please book early if you would like to come.

Makes a great Christmas Present!

Call 732-828-4444. $295.00

Get the most up-to-date information on our upcoming events by joining the Stage Left/Old Vines mailing list.

And don't forget--there are more great events scheduled at our other restaurant, Catherine Lombardi.

Dinner-Theater Package

Enjoy a night on the town with a great performance at The State Theater and a fabulous dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. Park once. We’ll pick up the tickets and have them waiting for you here. Dine before or after the show and it’s all for one very reasonable price.

View the Stage Left Menu
View the Catherine Lombardi Menu

Prices are per person plus tax, service and beverage. Please visit the State Theater's website for performance details.

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