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Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi Restaurant Blog
New Jersey
Food, wine, and the finer things in life
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Sunday, August 12th Calypso Pig Roast with Flor de Caña Rum Steel Drums, Frozen Cocktails, Roasted Pig! Music by Rick Dalgedi and Fusion 4:30 - 7:30. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
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Balvenie Tasting and Cigars from Alec Bradley Cigars with Flamenco by Los Cintron Brothers Stop by Stage Left Steak on Sunday, August 19th for a informal yet in-depth guided tasting with one of our favorite whisky experts - Whisky Jim! He will be here tasting you through Balvenie 12yr, 15yr and 17yr. If you ask him nicely, we may also have a surprise spirits project on that day as well ( cough.cough a brand new 25yr ) What goes better than Scotch and Steak do you ask? Well we have you covered there to! Whisky Jim's friend from Alec Bradley... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Big Night The Best Food Movie of All Time Saturday, September 8th - 6:30 Private Screening Room at The Heldrich Tony Shaloub, Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini Dinner Italian Wedding Soup ≈ Trio of Traditional Risotto Shrimp Risotto, Saffron Risotto & Basil Risotto ≈ Timpano Catherine Lombardi Style Garlic Bread ≈ Mixed Family Style Feast: Roasted Organic Chicken Ÿ Whole Roasted Bronzino Roasted Suckling Pig Broccoli Rabe - Zucchini Blossom Flowers ≈ Dessert Flambé Pascal With Coffee Dinner, the movie, a glass of wine $99 We cook the dinner from the movie and then Feast! Reservations@CatherineLombardi.com or 732-296-9463 Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
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Cocktails For Millionaires at Catherine Lombardi Every Monday in August Remnants of Luxury Bottles Left from The Spirit Project Turned into Cocktails by Chris Stanley This edition of Cocktails for Millionaires is the Scotch and Brandy Version The basic cocktails will be: Sidecar (Brandy) French 125 (Brandy) Corpse Reviver #1 (Calvados) Blood and Sand (Scotch) Penicillin (Scotch) Of course we're flexible (and talented) so we can make pretty much any cocktail you like with these extraordinary spirits. This is the list of spirits we're starting with, along with what % of the bottle we have. Once a particular spirit is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Tomato Menu at Stage Left Steak Tasting Menu Available through August Items Subject to Change ** Menu Available starting Sunday, July 29th through August 2018** A Shot of Tomato Soup and a BLT Amuse NJ has been known for extraordinary tomato production since The Campbell’s Soup factory in Camden gobbled up as many tomatoes as we could grow in The Garden State... Varietal Tasting of Red and Yellow Heirloom Tomatoes House – Made Mozzarella, Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil, Aged Balsamic Vinegar The first tomatoes to reach The Old World were assigned the name “pomo d’oro” by Sienese botanist Pietro Andrea... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Shark Week Starts Sunday in Stage Left Steak Blood In The Water Cocktail Based on the Blood & Sand $10 Jefferson's Bourbon - Vermouth - Passion Fruit - Hibiscus Shark Fin Garnish No actual sharks were harmed for this! Mako Shark Diavolo $29 Shark Bites with Jalapeño Aioli $15 Some sharks had a bad day for these! Jefferson's Bourbon Shark Week All Week: Complimentary Shark Cocktail with any Shark Dish. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
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Hendrick's Garden Party Sunday, July 29th 4pm-9pm Nothing says Summer like a Hendrick's Garden Party!! Have Dinner at Stage Left Steak : Enjoy Music by The Michael Bomb Quartet ( Music from 4:30-7:30) Cornhole Tournament with Prizes! Best Summer Hat gets a Bottle of Hendricks and a $50 Gift Certificate to Stage Left Steak! - 1 Female winner & 1 Male Winner Complimentary S'mores after Dinner. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Sunday - July 15th Of Smoke and The Sea Scotch from Two Sides of Islay Laphroaig ★ Bowmore This is my favorite region of Scotland. The distilleries on The Island of Islay produce singular whiskies. Some are redolent with smokey peat and some have no peat whatever. All are deeply influenced by the ocean. Come taste through whiskies from two excellent distilleries in two separate parts of Islay. Bowmore and Laphroaig. Sunday's Tasting Complimentary with dinner Laphroaig 10 Year Laphroaig 'Cask Strength' 10 Year Laphroaig 'Cairdeas' 2017 Bowmore 12 Year Bowmore 15 Year Bowmore 18 Year We're also offering two... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Thursday, July 19th, 2018 7pm Gary Lipp is an old friend of Mark and Francis. They met in 1999, when Gary was working for Paul Hobbs in Sonoma. Prior to that, he had worked for many great houses, including a stint as president of Chalone Wine Estates In 2002, Gary started COHO, focusing on cool climate vineyards in Napa Valley. COHO produces single vineyard Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The merlot comes from one of Mark and Francis' favorite sources, The Michael Black Vineyard. They love all of the wines and we know you will too. Hors d'Oeuvres Americano... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Father's Day, Get Dad A Rabbit...A Dead One! Best Father's Day Deal Ever Come to dinner on Father's Day, order any steak on the menu and dad can go home with a bottle of Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey. So while we can't give away a bottle of whiskey, we can give any dad who orders a steak (party of 2 or more) a gift certificate for $29 that he can use in our shop. Coincidentally, we're going to have a one-day sale on Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey at $29 (in-store only - one per customer). So if Dad wants, he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Beer ★ Wine ★ Whiskey ★ America July 3rd A Complimentary Whiskey and Beer Tasting with Dinner at Stage Left Steak and A Movie at The State Theater 1776 The Musical ★ 1776 The Rye ★ 1776 The Bourbon ★ 1776 The Ale ★ Come Celebrate Them All ★ Complimentary Tasting with Dinner ★ ★ Complimentary Admission to The Film on The State Theater's Big Screen ★ Tuesday, July 3 ★ Stage Left Steak Opens 4:30 PM ★ Film at 7 PM ★ ★ ★ Reservations: Click here or 732-828-4444 ★ Colonel James E. Pepper (1850-1906), Master Distiller, was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Code Red Party: Aperol & Campari, Crabs & Marinara Jersey Italian Beverage Specials: Americano, Aperol Spritzer, FrozeNegroni, Parasols $8 Music 4 PM - 7 PM Music by Lucy Yeghiazaryan Wear Any Red and Get 10% Off Your Check Wear Mostly Red and Get 15% Off Your Check Sunday, July 1 Crabs in Marinara with Spaghetti, Clams, Mussels, Garlic, Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms and wine Sunday, July 1st, we party Catherine Lombardi style. It is a joyous summer tradition in the Lombardi family. Blue crabs tossed in bright, fresh marinara and served over spaghetti. Is it messy? Yes. Is it worth it?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
El Tesoro Tequila Pig Roast El Tesoro means "The Treasure," and that it is! Sunday, June 24 Carlos Camarena Curiel, Third Generation Master Distiller Complimentary Tasting and Tequila Cocktail with Dinner @ Stage Left Steak We'll be tasting Silver, Reposado and Añejo Tequilas.We'll also be crafting these into Margaritas, and Killer Bees and Frozen Tommy's Margaritas. For dinner, we'll be roasting a pig, which should come off the coals at about 5 PM. We'll also have Roasted Poblano Soup and Ceviche available. For Dessert: Buñuelos Mexicanos with a Lime-Tequila Crema Chiboust. Now that's a celebration! Live Music from 4-7. On... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
The Dean of Mezcal Ron Cooper Will be at Stage Left Steak Sunday, June 10 Ron, more than any living person, is responsible for bringing true quality mezcal to The United States and beyond. The good stuff 'el mejor' is, and has always been, produced by Zapotec or Mixe or Mixteca people, who speak their own ancient dialects that have nothing to do with Spanish. These peoples live in isolated areas of Oaxaca. They feel it is bad luck to wander farther than the next village and so their pure mezcals wouldn't even make it as far as the Oaxacan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
George Hendry Returns Hendry Wine Dinner Thursday, June 28 7 PM George Hendry is one of the smartest men making wine anywhere. Not just because he is a nuclear physicist, not just because he's farmed the Hendry Ranch since before the Korean War, not just because he has managed his vineyards and wines as both an artist and a scientist, but because for 20 years, the wines have been extraordinary. Tasting - with Hors D'Oeuvres Rosé 2017 ★ Pinot Gris 2017 ★ Albarino 2017 ★ Chardonnay 'Un-Oaked' 2016 Pinot Noir 2014 ★ Zinfandel 'Block 28' 2014 ★ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Campari Sunday June 3, 2018 What's the cost? Nothing. Just come to dinner. Who benefits? Ellijah's Promise (and you)! The fine folks at Imbibe Magazine and Campari started a tradition where bars and restaurants across the world donate a portion of their proceeds from the sale of the iconic Negroni cocktail to a worthy charity. Every year, we participate and go that much further. We kick it off Sunday with Campari and live music on the sidewalk. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Campari drink for the week will be donated to Elijah's Promise. The Italians... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Lobster and Rosé Sunday Memorial Day Weekend - May 27 2 PM - 7 PM Our regular menu is also available. We will be seating on the sidewalk cafe. Lobster: Let Me Count The Ways Lobster Bisque - $10 Lobster Roll (Whole Lobster) - $25 Lobster Tempura (Whole Lobster) - $25 Lobster Club Sandwich (BLT- Whole Lobster) - $25 1 Steamed 1.25 lb Lobster - $25 2 Steamed 1.25 lb Lobster - $39 If lobster's not your thing, you've always got all of our wonderful Steaks and The Burger. Click for Reservations. All Rosé 20% off Bottles Many Available By... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Beefsteak Dinner - Friday A Sexy Beast and a Fancy Hoe No, that doesn't refer to the two gentlemen pictured above It refers to the two single-barrels of Rye Whiskey we purchased from Hudson You can be the first anywhere to try them at Friday's Beefsteak Dinner Hudson Rye Barrel Select "The Sexy Beast" $59.95 Hudson Rye Barrel Select "The Fancy Hoe" $59.95 Two of the finest American Whiskeys we've tasted Free Preview samples at The Beefsteak Last Year's 25th Anniversary Beefsteak was a Stupendous Carnivorous Success Friday's Beefsteak will mark our First Anniversary as a Steakhouse A year in... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Wine Tasting Rescheduled to Saturday, June 2nd! 25 Extraordinary Wines! $50 per person. $50 goes toward the purchase of your first case of wine. 3 PM to 5 PM Cider Bordelet - Sydre Argelette [Cuvee 2015] Champagne Pierre Moncuit - Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru 2014 Rosé Marie Madeleine - Cotes de Provence Rose 2017 Garrault - Sancerre Rose 2017 White Couly-Dutheil - Chinon 'Les Chanteaux' 2016 Ritme Cellar - Priorat Blanc "Old Vines Boniques" 2013 Chateau de La Font du Loup - Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016 Stony Hill - Chardonnay 2013 and 2009 McIntyre Vineyards - Chardonnay 2015 White Sweet... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Mothers' Day Brunch at Stage Left: 10:30-11:45 AM / $39.95 / Kids 12 and under $19.95. It's a seated Brunch, not buffet. It's a lovely, civilized a la carte, 3-course brunch. Check out the menu. Make a reservation: Here or call 732-828-4444. A Seated Brunch First Course Selections Lobster Bisque Market Salad Market Fruit & Berries Cured Salmon Spinach Salad BBQ Shrimp Warm Duck Confit Salad Cured Salmon Main Course Selections Sunny-side Eggs over Lobster Potato Hash Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Omelet Raisin Hazelnut French Toast Seared Salmon Chicken with Whipped Sweet Potatoes & Broccoli Flat Iron Steak and Eggs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Leah Jorgensen Wines of Oregon Thur, May 24 @ 7 PM $139 It was almost 20 years ago that I first visited Oregon. Back then, it was a land of great oenological promise, but truly stunning wines were few. Twenty years later some of that promise has come true, and we're learning more with each passing year. For example, Leah Jorgensen has taught us that Pinot Noir isn't the only game in town for extraordinary Oregon reds. In her capable hands, Oregon Cabernet Franc sings! Don't miss the opportunity to have these wines with Dinner They are stunning (and incredible... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey St Patrick's Day Special - Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 18 At Stage Left Steak, we're offering our Signature Burger, A Guinness and a shot of Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey for $25 Alternatively, you can get a shot of Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey with any steak. On Sunday, March 18, enjoy a complimentary Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee after dinner. Retail is $38.95 BUY THIS WHISKEY!!! Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Easter Sunday is April 1st Easter Dinner at Catherine Lombardi: 2 - 7 PM In Catherine Lombardi, we celebrate Easter as Catherine Lombardi always did, with a full dinner. In addition to our regular a la carte menu, we will have specials like Spring Vegetable Minestrone,Asparagus and Ricotta Ravioli, Lamb Shank, and of course Easter Pie (aka Pizza Rustica, aka Pizza Gain). Make a reservation here, or call 732-296-9463. Easter Brunch at Stage Left: 11-2:30 PM / $39.95 / Kids 12 and under $19.95. In Stage Left, we celebrate with Easter Brunch. It's not buffet (except for the awesome dessert... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Chianti with Roberto Mannucci A Casual Dinner and Tasting 6:15 tasting ★ 7 PM dinner Thursday, March 22 $35!!!! Next Thursday, Roberto Mannucci will be in town and so we asked him to come show his wines and have dinner with at Catherine Lombardi. Mannucci-Droandi Chiantis have been a staple on our list for years. We feel they represent some of the best value from the region. Mark and I found them many years ago, when we were traveling with our importer friend Jeff Krietzman. We had tasted a sea of sangiovese, but when we came across Mannucci-Droandi we knew... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Darms Lane Wine Dinner The Best Darm Cabernets You've Never Heard Of! Tuesday, February 27 6:30 pm It's late notice we know, so we've sharpened our pencils to do it for a fantastic price! But Seating Is Limited! Larry Bump and Tricia Bump Davis Darms Lane and Fortune 1621 Two Weeks Notice: An Exceptional Wine Dinner. Don't Miss it. Here is a winery and a dinner that will blow your doors off. 14 Acres in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley (Retail Prices) Hors d'Oeuvres Darms Lane Pinot Noir 2015 ($45) Darms Lane Petit Verdot 2013 ($59) Crab Cake... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys