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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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 7:00 PM

Outside Mullingar at The George Street Playhouse
Our friend David Saint is directing this charming one-act play set rural Ireland. By Pulitzer Prize winning author John Patrick Shanley, this is a romantic comedy about two introverted misfits straddling 40. Painfully shy Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion... well I can’t ruin the ending. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving.

On Thursday, October 30th, we’re offering a very special evening. We will provide dinner before the show as well as a meet-and-greet reception afterward with The Cast and some Irish Whiskey Punch. It’s a 90-minute show with no intermission so there’s plenty of time to come and have a glass of punch afterward with the cast. The entire evening is $89 per person.* That includes ticket to the performance, dinner at Stage Left or Catherine Lombardi and a glass of punch at the reception afterward.

  • Reservations for Stage Left here or 732-828-4444.
  • Catherine Lombardi here or 732-296-9463.

Please note: we will take credit card information for theater tickets. Ticket Price is non-refundable. If you reserve online, we will email or call you for credit card info. To reserve a seat, email or call 732-828-4444.

Catherine Lombardi Menu for Outside Mullingar

1st Course

Daily Soup
Salad of Arugula and Parmigiano-Reggiano
Fresh Mozzarella


Garganelli with Truffle Cream, Prosciutto, Asparagus (add Chicken $8.95 or Scallops $12.95)
Spaghetti & Meatballs with Marinara
Long Fusilli with Walnut Basil Pesto Cream
Eggplant Parmigiana with Sautéed Spinach and Marinara
Our Eggplant is Dried Overnight to Achieve a Firm, Meaty Texture
Manicotti with Marinara
Chicken Marsala with Arugula
Steak Pizzaiola
Spicy Marinara, Asiago Cheese, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Fingerlings


Mascarpone Cheesecake
Mrs. Palmisano’s Cookie Plate

Stage Left Menu for Outside Mullingar

First Course

Market Salad Pickled Apples
Shibumi Farm’s Mushroom Salad, Leek Purée, Crispy Carrot
‘BBQ’ Pork Belly, Jalapeno & Vermont Cheddar Corn Bread
Daily Soup


Scottish Salmon, Cauliflower Purée, Charred Broccoli Rabe, Brown Butter Crouton
Pumpkin Pappardelle, Butternut Squash, Sage Brown Butter and Dried Cranberries
Roasted Chicken, Parsnip Puree, Black Garlic
Grass-Fed NY Flatiron Steak, Aztec Sauce, Cornbread, Styrian Pumpkinseed Oil


Pear and Cranberry Bread Pudding, Cherry Compote, Vanilla Ice Cream
Crème Brulee
Sticky Toffee Pudding

Call 732-828-4444. $89.00

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween at Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi


Come visit the Green Fairy on the Eve of All Hallows

At the Cocktail Bar at Catherine Lombardi, all Absinthes and Absinthe Cocktails are half-price.


In the dining rooms, dinner guests are welcome to play our own version of Trick-or-Treat. We challenge you to a little blind tasting, AKA Bobbing for Wine:

  1. Pick a price range, then tell us what color and body of wine you like and and what you're having for dinner.
  2. We will select an excellent bottle from our cellar and pour it for you blind.
  3. If you can correctly state the 1) Region, 2)Grape Variety and 3) get within 5 years of the vintage, we will send you home with another bottle of the same or equal value - Your Choice.

October 31 only - Boo!

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

Friday, November 07, 2014 7:00 PM

Byron Kosuge's California Pinot Noir

Byron spent the first fifteen years of his wine making career, as winemaker at Saintsbury in Carneros. Since 2001, he's been on his own, making complex and delicious Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California. In his own words: "I could never be a “rock star” winemaker... I’m most comfortable knocking around in the vineyard or the cellar, trying to improve my craft." Sorry Byron, you're a Rock Star! We're lucky to have him and to have dinner and pour his wine. We will serve five Pinot Noir and one Chardonnay.

Hors d'Oeuvres
Champagne Cocktails

Charred Romaine, Preserved Jersey Tomato,
Pork Belly, Warm Garlic Aioli
Chardonnay 2012; Sonoma Coast

Quail, Duck, Pumpkin Ravioli
Fennel, Red Wine, Chanterelle Mushrooms
Pinot Noir 2012; Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir 'The Shop' 2012; Carneros

Lamb Loin
Jamon, Beet, Pearl Onion, Spaetzle, Bacon
Pinot Noir, 'Hirsch Vyd' 2012, Sonoma Coast
Pinot Noir, 'Hirsch Vyd' 2006, Sonoma Coast

Nectarine and Blood Orange
Blood Orange Thyme Ice Cream
Pistachio Mint Pesto & Brittle

Come to both dinners the Fiorita and Kosuge dinner and the price is $269

Call 732-828-4444. $139.00

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

David Stewart - Coming to Lunch on November 18
Stewart-01Our Balvenie 50 Project is getting quite a bit of attention around the world. The folks at Balvenie are pretty psyched as well.

In fact, David Stewart, Balvenie's Master Distiller and a legend in the whisky business, will pay us a visit on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 18. Mark and I are going prepare a simple lunch and relish the opportunity to sit at table with one of the top whisky experts in the world.

We're inviting anyone who purchased an ounce of the 50-year to come as our guest and join in the conversation. So if you're contemplating buying in on the project, whether for yourself or as a gift, please consider doing so before November 18 so we can invite you to this very special private luncheon.

For more information on any of this, don't hesitate to give us a call.

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, January 10, 2015 7:00 PM

Balvenie 50-Year Dinner with Master Distiller David Stewart
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 they could fly over Master Distiller David Stewart 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). The cost to attend the dinner and the ounce of Balvenie 50 will be $2015 total, and that will include us sending you home with a bottle of Balvenie 21-Year Portwood (Retail value ~$150).

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 and will include a bottle of the 21-Year Portwood to take home. 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 the City of New Brunswick.

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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