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 a be applied separately to each ticket 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.

The first seating at Drew’s Bayshore Bistro is from 6:30 pm – 8 pm and the second dinner seating is from 8 pm – 10 pm. The price for each admission ticket is $140 and includes dinner, wine, and gratuities. Sales tax will be applied to each ticket order.

Each seating will offer a five course menu with each dish paired with a different wine from Working Dog Winery. Due to the small number of seats available at each seating there will be community seating at this event.

Menu and Wine Pairings

1st:

Soft Shell Crab Po’ Boy

‘Dressed’ with Ramp Tartar Sauce, Voodoo Chips

2017 Working Dog Winery Traminette

 2nd:

Seared Scallop

Lump Crab, Morrel, Asparagus Risotto

2018 Working Dog Winery Riesling

3rd:

Grilled Short Rib

Charred Eggplant, Couscous, Harissa

2016 Working Dog Cabernet Franc

4th:

Magret Duck

Foie Gras ‘Dirty Rice’. Tabasco Gastrique

2016 Working Dog Winery Syrah

 Dessert:

Simple Lemon Tart

Working Dog Winery Blueberry Wine

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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.

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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.

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The GSWGA received funding for this program through a grant from the New Jersey
Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism.