At the Ribera Tasting in NYC last night, Andrea and I bumped into Greg T. We got around to talking about a dinner at Culinariane, Montclair, NJ. His eyes lit up when we told him what a wonderful job they do with venison. Montclair is a BYO Mecca. There are very few liquor licences and many great restaurants. Culinariane - culinariane.com - is a tough ticket (best new restaurant in NJ 5 years ago - perennial "Best of" winner) but can be reserved in advance. It is even easy to get to from Penn Station - just 2 blocks from the Walnut Street stop on the "Montclair-Boonton line. Who's interested?
Dinner in New Jersey
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 26.
When did you guys get there? I was there for several hours during the day but left just after 5pm so they could start cleaning the room for the evening tasting.
Depending when I might be interested but with my schedule it will be tough.
- Reply by madmanny, Feb 26.
We got there around 5:30 and closed the place with Greg T. Kept sampling long after the reps had left. (Greg made us do it.)
I did not throw out any dates yet - wanted to gauge interest first. Both the owners, Ariane and Michael Duarte are grads of the CIA. We can give them a wine theme and they would develop a menu to go along with it. Andrea brought her CEO group here for their holiday party and they are still raving about it.
- Reply by madmanny, Mar 4.
Let's try again.
Any interest? Greg T?
- Reply by gregt, Mar 4.
But of course.
BTW, I saw GdP there but he pretended he didn't know me.
But it would be a great idea as long as transportation is convenient. Venison would be awesome. All depends on the date, but if I'm around, I'm in.