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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.

Balvenie 50-Year
A $38,000 Bottle of Scotch Whisky

You Can Reserve an Ounce for Just $1,800.00

The Balvenie is releasing two fifty year old casks together, both filled on the same day in 1963 and aged for fifty years. The US is receiving Cask 4567 – the richer, more Sherried profile of the two casks. Cask 4567 was a European oak sherry hogshead, rarely used today in whisky making. Filled with newly distilled spirit in 1963, over the following 50 years, while The Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart committed himself to perfecting his craft, the spirit slowly matured into an outstanding single malt Scotch whisky. Distiller and whisky have lived life together.

Just 131 bottles will be available worldwide. Only 15 will come to the USA. The suggested retail price is $38,000 per bottle. We're hoping that this year, we can bring one bottle to The Great Garden State, not to collect, but to DRINK IT! We'll all be dead a long time, so let's do this.

The Plan: Pre-Sell The Whiskey One Ounce At A Time

We're offering one ounce portions for $1,800. You must reserve your ounce by December 19. There are only 24 ounces in a bottle and three are already reserved. So long as we can pre-sell 17 portions by December 19, we'll bring in the bottle and open it on January 10, 2015. If we don't sell by December 19, we'll admit defeat and no one will be out a dime. Judging by the early response, I don't think that's going to happen.

If you would like an ounce of Balvenie 50, or would like to gift someone an ounce of Balvenie 50, email or call 732-828-4444 ext 200. If you would like to give an ounce to someone as a gift, we will have special gift certificates made up just for that. We will open the bottle on January 10th and you will have one year to come in and have your ounce at any time during that year. There will be a special dinner on January 10th with The Balvenie: See Below.

To reserve your ounce of Balvenie 50 or an ounce for someone you love, please email or call 732-828-4444 ext 200. Be a part of history.

Remember: We'll be dead a long time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Truffles in the Restaurant
Truffles are in. Wonderful and aromatic white truffles from Alba are in the midst of their annual appearance and it's a particularly good season so far.

We're offering some lovely pasta dishes in Catherine Lombardi with White Alba Truffles for $49. They can also be shaved atop any dish for $35 per 5 gram portion. They do make a Veal Chop sing!

In Stage Left, we're offering them atop a dish of Antebellum Grits and Local Egg for $45 or atop just about any other dish for $35. The most decadent among you have taken to ordering Truffle Burgers. We wholeheartedly support this trend.

Seriously, we would just shave them right into your mouth if you like, but a little decorum is required. They're heady and pungent and wonderful.

Call 732-828-4444. Price varies by selection.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Truffles for Your Home
Great white truffles are just meant to be shaved paper thin on top of a dish at the last minute. Typically, we choose somewhat neutral or lighter or flavored dishes as the base for truffles. Pasta, Risotto, Veal, Chicken all make a great base. But do you know what food just screams out for truffle?

Yes, that's correct: Turkey.

After you slice the meat and plate it, walk around the table and sprinkle a little truffle love all around. You will make the whole house smell delicious. Don't forget to shave some on top of the gravy boat.

We are offering truffles for sale, now through November 26th. You must pre-order so ensure we have enough in-house. Truffles are $175 per ounce and sold as whole truffles so we will get as close as we can to your requested weight.

Truffles are perishable and should be used within 10 days of taking delivery. The sooner the better.

Call 732-828-4444. $175 per ounce

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Frank Schott Sr. Memorial Blood Drive
Frank-schottSo it's eight years since my Dear Old Da passed away. He was a great man who touched a lot of people and he was my personal hero.

I remember the day I told the family I was not going for an advanced degree but that Mark and I were going to open a restaurant. After an extended period of silence and a few days of explaining, my father came around to being Stage Left's biggest fan and strongest supporter.

He fought it bravely and well for almost two years, but the Leukemia got him in the end. During that time, due to the generosity of others, there was an ample blood supply that he often accessed. My sisters and I figured the best way to honor his memory would be to run an annual blood drive in his honor. Blood supplies run quite short around the holiday time, so it's always the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

The drive is held from 9 AM to 2 PM at The Friendly Sons of The Shillelagh Social Club in West Orange. I cook a free Irish Breakfast for every donor and it's become the largest Blood Drive in North Jersey. Now don't expect the Taj Mahal or Ashford Castle, but we will be playing Irish music on the Jukebox downstairs while you wait, and the bar opens at noon. Be careful not to drink too much when you're a pint down. It's been said that it's possible to eat well in Ireland, so long as you're willing to have breakfast morning, noon and night. Come let me make you and Irish Breakfast at our little club on Sunday, November 23.

If you would like to make an appointment to donate, email


Call 732-828-4444.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving at Stage Left

Seating from 2 - 7 PM $59 per person

Children 12 and Under Pay Their Age! or 732-828-4444

Thursday 27 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 per person plus tax and service
A la carte menu also available

Call 732-828-4444. $59.00

Saturday, November 29, 2014 4:30 PM

The Walk Around Wine Tasting

Before the Mushroom Dinner, we're hosting another one of our famous (yet pleasantly informal) walk-around wine tastings from 4:30 - 7 PM.

We've got our hands on a number of new wines since our last tasting and we're eager to share them with you. They might just be perfect for your cellar or your holiday table.

The cost is $25 and we'll have 25 wines to sample. The $25 will be credited toward the purchase of your first case of wine.

So let's give thanks, have a great time and be just a little mindful of others who are struggling to make it in very difficult circumstances.

Let us know if you're coming: or 732-828-4444.

Call 732-828-4444. $25.00

Saturday, November 29, 2014 7:00 PM

The Shibumi Farm Mushroom Dinner

A few years ago, Alan Kaufman walked into Stage Left and offered to sell us mushrooms. We're always interested in new purveyors and Alan had an interesting story. He had worked for 25 years managing investments, but lost his passion for the money business. He established Shibumi Farm, and had begun growing high quality mushrooms full-time. Any skepticism we had was soon displaced with excitement at the extraordinary selection of product he brought us to sample. We thought to ourselves, "This is a fungi."

Seriously, they were some of the best and most interesting mushrooms we have ever tasted. For the last year or so we've continued to be blown away by the quality, variety and excitement of the mushrooms. If you've had the Lion's Mane Mushroom done in a Faux Foie Gras presentation you know what I'm talking about.

To top it all off, Alan came to his love of mushrooms through a charitable endeavor called "Mushrooms with A Mission." This amazing organization helps impoverished people (landmine victims in Vietnam in particular) to learn to farm this high value crop that requires little in the way of land or capital. Does this guy get any better?

Alan will be here, and together we will present The Shibumi Farm Mushroom Dinner on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 29 at 7 PM. The price is $79. We're donating $10 for each diner to HDI to help support Mushrooms with a Mission.

The Menu

Killer Consommé

Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Faux Fois Gras Preparation

A Composed Salad
Trumpet Royal * Smoked Grey Oyster * Grilled Maitake * Herbed Lemon Oyster
(Purple Potato Chips, Beets, Goat Cheese)

Stuffed Veal
Articulated Selection of Shibumi Mushrooms
Cipollini Onion

House-Made Chocolate Truffles


Reservations: or 732-828-4444
Please let us know if you would like to come to the wine tasting as well.

Mushrooms are a natural product, somewhat unpredictable and some of these are highly perishable. The exact selection of mushrooms may change.

Call 732-828-4444. $79.00

Saturday, January 10, 2015 7:00 PM

The Balvenie 50-Year Dinner
When the people over in Scotland heard about what we're doing here at our humble tavern in New Brunswick, they thought it was a fantastic idea. They were thrilled at the prospect that this whisky was going to be opened and shared. They are so tickled with the concept that they asked if we would host a Balvenie dinner for the opening of the bottle on January 10, 2015. Of course! We're going to have a celebratory dinner where we will pour several of the other wonderful marks of Balvenie (14 yr, 15 yr, 17 yr and 21 yr). David Laird, from the distillery, will be in attendance. The cost to attend the dinner and the ounce of Balvenie-50 will be $2015 total, and we will include a gift certificate for $150 valid toward any future purchase at either restaurant in 2015. May not be used on discount items or other wine dinners.

Even if you're not buying the 50 Year, you're welcome to come to the dinner. The cost for dinner alone will be $299 we will present everyone who attends the dinner with the gift certificate described above for $150. The menu will be announced shortly. To reserve for the The Balevnie Dinner only or The Balvenie Dinner and Ounce of 50-Year Whisky, email or call 732-828-4444 ext. 200.

We have every reason to believe that this will be the finest bottle of spirit ever drunk in NJ.

Mark and Francis strike again!

Call 732-828-4444. $2,015 for dinner, a bottle of Balvenie 21-Year Portwood (Retail value ~$150), and one ounce of Balvenie 50. $299 without the ounce of Balvenie 50.

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.

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

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