The New Jersey Wines Culinary Series brings leading New Jersey chefs and winemakers together, to create wine tasting and wine pairing events at leading restaurants and other locales throughout the state, introducing a whole new audience to our wine industry.
The Garden State Wine Growers Association is teaming with the Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides a unified, comprehensive statewide support to our foodways, economy and professionals in the culinary, hospitality and beverage enterprises to develop these events.
The New Jersey Wines Culinary Series kicks off Thursday, April 25, 2019 with two separate wine dinner seatings at Drew’s Bayshore Bistro in Keyport. The event teams Chef Andrew Araneo (Drew) with Mark Carduner, co-owner and winemaker at Working Dog Winery in East Windsor.
There will be only 30 tickets sold for each of the two seatings. The first seating is from 6:30 pm – 8 pm and the second dinner seating is from 8 pm – 10 pm. Tickets include dinner, wine and gratuities. Sales tax will be added separately to each purchase. Tickets can only be purchased in advance by clicking here.
Each seating will offer a five course menu with each dish paired with a different wine from Working Dog Winery.
Menu and Wine Pairings
Soft Shell Crab Po’ Boy
‘Dressed’ with Ramp Tartar Sauce, Voodoo Chips
2017 Working Dog Winery Traminette
Lump Crab, Morrel, Asparagus Risotto
2018 Working Dog Winery Riesling
Grilled Short Rib
Charred Eggplant, Couscous, Harissa
2016 Working Dog Cabernet Franc
Foie Gras ‘Dirty Rice’. Tabasco Gastrique
2016 Working Dog Winery Syrah
Simple Lemon Tart
Working Dog Winery Blueberry Wine
About Drew’s Bayshore Bistro and Working Dog Winery
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro opened in 2005 by Chef Andrew Araneo in his home town of Keyport, NJ. Opening a restaurant located just blocks from where he grew up is a dream come true for Drew. He hopes that his interpretation of cajun and bistro cooking will be a dream come true for you. Intimate, friendly, and focused on good cooking, the Bistro has become the region’s go-to place for great food inspired by Gulf Coast and Low Country cuisines.
The story of Working Dog Winery starts early in 2001 with a group of friends relaxing after work one day. The conversation rambled from topic to topic until it landed upon an idea . . . “wouldn’t it be great if we could plant some grapes and try making our own wine?” One thing led to another, and before they knew it, these friends were digging holes and planting vinifera, on what is now Working Dog’s vineyard.
The vineyard is located in the rolling terrain of eastern Mercer County in Central New Jersey. They started with 3 acres of Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. The more we planted, and the more wine they made, the more they came to realize that the terroir . . . that combination of soil, climate, topography . . . is capable of producing outstanding fruit. And the idea about making wine has taken on a life of its own, quickly changing from hobby to passion to obsession. Oh yeah, and somewhere along the line, it became a business.
The GSWGA received funding for this program through a grant from the New Jersey
Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism.