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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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Feast of The Seven Fishes Antipasti Served Family Style: Stuffed Mushrooms Clams Casino Mozzarella & Roasted Red Peppers Chilled Seafood Salad Macaroni Linguine with Clam Sauce Or Spaghetti with Anchovy Black Olive Sauce Main Course Baked Shrimp with Crabmeat Stuffing Or “Cumare” Nancy’s Stuffed Calamari with Red Sauce Dessert Mascarpone Cheesecake Mrs. Palmisano’s Cookie Plate Zabaglione with Fruit Chocolate & Hazelnut Bread Pudding Gelato or Sorbeto $69.95 per person plus tax, service and beverage 2 Person Minimum Menu must be ordered by all persons at table Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Thanksgiving Menu 2018 Seating from 1pm - 6:30pm Antipasti Pizza Rustica _ Macaroni or Salad course Garganelli - Truffle Cream, Prosciutto, Asparagus Orecchiette - Sausage (Hot or Sweet), Garlic, Broccoli Rabe Spaghetti - Marinara & Meatballs Long Fusilli - Walnut Basil Pesto Cream Pappardelle - Bolognese Lasagna Caesar Salad Mixed Green Salad Salad of Arugula with Parmigiano-Reggiano _ Turkey course (Family style) Includes: Turkey (Locally-Sourced) Sausage & Roasted Garlic Stuffing Cranberry Sauce with Citrus Zest Limoncello Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes _ Dessert (choose one) Zabaglione with Fruit Mrs. Palmisano’s Cookie Plate Pumpkin Cheese Cake Chocolate Hazelnut Bread Pudding Tiramisu $49.95... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Thanksgiving Menu 2018 Seating for dinner from 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM Our Steakhouse menu will also be available! $59 per person exclusive of tax First Butternut Squash Soup with Chestnut Herb Salad or Caesar Salad White Anchovies, Croutons or Endive and Arugula Salad Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts Dried Cherries _ Main Course Local Organic Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing Sweet Potato Puree Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes Roasted Parsnips and Carrots or Ricotta Gnocchi with Butternut Squash Lemon Thyme Brown Butter Pecans and Roasted Parsnips Dessert Toasted Coconut Sabayon or Pumpkin Seed Milk Shake Chocolate Chip Cookies Pumpkin Seed Brittle or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Beer Dinner Ft: The Maine Beer Company October 30th @ 7pm We think The Maine Beer Company is making the best beers in The United States right now! They make small batches that are somewhat hard to get, especially on draft. We've been supporters for a long time and we now have FOUR different Maine Beers on tap between the two restaurants (including some rare birds we have never seen in NJ). So we thought it would be really cool to do a Maine Draft Beer Dinner! What better night than Mischief Night? Tuesday, October 30 at 7PM Hors d’Oeuvres... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Walk Around Wine Tasting Friday, November 2 5:30 - 8 PM Our Annual Fall Wine Tasting Just In Time For The Holidays 25 New Wines and Spirits Let us make you a hero this holiday season! $25 Which is credited toward the purchase of your first case of wine! or 732-828-4444 Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Jacqui Naylor Sings An Evening of Jazz and Whiskey Complimentary with Dinner in Either Restaurant If Not Having Dinner: $25 + 2 Drink Minimum Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 PM About a dozen years ago, I was in Madrid with some friends. After the best bullfight I've ever seen, we were invited to dinner at the home of Don Carlos Falco, the Marqués de Griñón. After dinner, Don Carlos broke out the Spanish Brandy and Cuban Cigars. He also introduced Jacqui Naylor, whom he had engaged to sing for us. She broke my heart about seven times that evening. Jacqui... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Antiquum Farm Wine Dinner A Family Making Exceptional Wines in Oregon Thursday, November 15 7:00 pm Last year, one of our most surprising discoveries was Antiquum, run by the Hagan Family. Last year's dinner was a smashing success. The wines are as extraordinary as the people who make them. Stephen and his wife Niki planted every single vine on their hand...themselves. They use horses for 90% of the work and they manage the soil with a collection of sheep, dogs, chickens and geese, sourcing all fertilizer from the property. Their children, Daisy and son Juel, are actively engaged in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Dinner With Gaetano Bertani An Amarone Legend October 25, 2018 at 7 PM if you don't want the whole story, skip to the menu and reservations below We are over-the-moon thrilled to welcome one of the most important Italian wine families to Stage Left in October. Here is a story of love, loss and redemption. Amarone kicks um...I mean Amarone is unlike any other wine. The best grapes (primarily corvino) are raisinated on mats and then crushed to produce Amarone, a concentrated dry wine like no other. The Valpolicella is made from non-dried grapes and the Ripasso is a Valpolicella... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
Stage Left Steak Celebrates “Endless Summer” The New Brunswick restaurant teams up with two local farms and New Jersey Monthly to mount a dinner presenting September's bounty. Spring, always an iffy season in New Jersey, was especially slow off the mark this year. But one thing you can count on is a glorious September. While we all love the weather, what farmers and restaurateurs relish is the harvest bounty. To celebrate the season, Mark Pascal and Francis Schott, the owners of Stage Left Steak in New Brunswick, are teaming with Dreyer Farms in Cranford and Wightman Farms in Morristown to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
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
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! or 732-296-9463 Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at The Restaurant Guys
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
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