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David Burke Hospitality Management and the Garden State Wine Growers Association to partner for a new dining experience series

Haddonfield, NJ (June 16, 2023) – David Burke Hospitality Management and the Garden State Wine Growers Association will partner in Burke’s new series, Dinner in the Dark: a sensory dining experience. The most recent in the series on June 6 at Red Horse by David Burke in Rumson, was sold out. A second dinner planned for June 22 at THE GOAT in Union Beach, and a third dinner on July 12 at Red Horse.

Each dinner promises to delight and surprise diners with new dishes during the five-course “secret” menu paired with one signature cocktail, one glass of champagne, wines from notable regions and sometimes New Jersey wines (see details below for June 22 event). Chef David Burke is on-hand with an “edu-taining” narrative throughout the experience. Reservations are required; ticket price and venue information are below.*


“When planning our new ‘Dinner in the Dark’ series,” said Burke, “it occurred to me that New Jersey wine pairings would make the ultimate ‘blind tasting’ against notable wine labels. New Jersey wines belong on the table. The growers and makers have worked diligently to create wines that express impressive nuances. As a New Jersey native I think it’s time to recognize their efforts. I support local when ‘local’ meets my expectations, just like our legendary Jersey tomatoes, peaches and corn. I also love to have a bit of fun and continue to surprise,” explained Burke.


Dates, locations and details follow:

6.6.23 SOLD OUT

Red Horse, Rumson, NJ:  Upscale, Asian-accented steakhouse



7 PM Dinner in the Dark

THE GOAT, Union Beach, NJ: Italian-American bistro

Maximum seating: 20-25 people

$85 per person

Ticket purchase link:


*Please note the menu is subject to change and there will be no substitutions.



7 PM Dinner in the Dark

Red Horse, Rumson, NJ:  Upscale, Asian-accented steakhouse

Maximum seating: 15 people

$100 per person

Ticket purchase link:


While the menu and pairings are a secret, we can share a little bit about the vintners behind the bottles; for this occasion, including Bellview Winery, which was selected for the first event.


Bellview Winery is located on soil the Quarella family has been farming for a century in Landisville, Atlantic County. Bellview Winery opened its doors in 2000 and rapidly became recognized as one of New Jersey’s premier wineries.​  Jim Quarella, founder and president, and winemaker David Gardner take pride in crafting fine estate wines exclusively from the grapes cultivated on their 50-acre vineyard. There is so much variety, from award-winning whites to reds to their ever-popular Fiesta Sangria.


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About Garden State Wine Growers Association

The Garden State Wine Growers Association is a non-profit organization of New Jersey-based wineries, vineyards and allied businesses. It serves as a centralized information repository, 

resource and clearing house for industry members, and offers a unified voice advocating for issues important to the entire range of New Jersey winery and vineyard operations. Central to this mission are efforts toward branding, marketing, public relations, education, and legislation and regulation for the furtherance of the vineyard and wine industries in the Garden State. For more information, visit


Venues by David Burke Hospitality Group


Red Horse by David Burke, a modern-American steakhouse with sushi located in a charming, historic Victorian building  that once housed the legendary Fromagerie, where David Burke worked while he was a Culinary Institute of America student. 


Boasting a meticulously curated, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list, the restaurant  is a  chic, equestrian-art-filled setting serving a New York City level dining experience. Named “Best New Restaurant 2021” & “Best 30 Restaurants 2022” by NJ Monthly and “Best New Restaurant 2021”, Star Ledger. 26 Ridge Road, Rumson, NJ  (732) 576-3400 @redhorsebydb @chefdavidburke


THE GOAT by David Burke, a casual tavern with a fun vibe and a modern American and Italian menu, which  recently received a three-star review by NJ Monthly.  The review called  the restaurant ‘“sassy,” noting  the  innovative gastronomic interpretations centered around the tavern’s custom-made wood-fired oven. Designed by  Burke, a Hazlet native, the restaurant has quickly become a favorite neighborhood spot with a lively bar and bustling dining room. Check the website for weekly Bingo Nights, monthly comedy nights and wine dinners in the Chandelier Room.  1411 NJ-36, Union Beach, NJ 07735 (732) 264-5222 @thegoatbydb @chefdavidburke