Ama Executive Chef Offering New Daily Specials

Executive chef Charles Lesbirel is bringing new daily specials to his Sea Bright restaurant.

Executive chef Charles Lesbirel is offering the following daily specials at Ama Ristorante, Driftwood Cabana Club, 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, (732-530-9760):

Tuesday – spaghetti & meatballs $15 and half-off bottles of wine from their entire Wine Spectator award winning list.

Wednesday – half-off pasta and half-off select wines by the glass, all Wine Spectator Award winners

Thursday – half-off appetizers & ½-off all cocktails

Friday – Prix fixe – 3 courses $30 – 5 to 6 PM in the bar/lounge and dining room. Bar Only – Happy Hour 5 to 7 PM with $7 specialty cocktails and half-off bar menu

Saturday – Prix fixe – 3 courses $30 from 5 to 6 PM

Sunday – Prix fixe – 3 courses $30 – all night and no corkage fee.


David Ilmojahid, formerly from Biddy O’Malley in Northvale, is the new executive chef at Bella Campania, 456 Broadway, Hillsdale (201-666-7700); BYO.


Anne F. Moriarta is the executive chef at Del Frisco’s Grille, 221 River Street, Hoboken (201-653-0195).


Mario Valadez, a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, is the executive chef/owner of Abril Cocina, a modern Mexican fusion restaurant at 175 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood (973-327-2023); BYO. Johangel Rosario, a graduate of Institute of Culinary Education, is the chef de cuisine.


Dracaena Wine Label-Final-Front
In 2013, after many years of dreaming of owning a winery, New Jersey natives and residents of North Haledon, Lori and Michael Budd, started Dracaena Winery in Paso Robles, CA. Their first harvest, which has spent two years in French Oak, a Cabernet Franc (85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petite Sirah) was released on October 1.

The winery is named after their Weimaraner, Draco and a genus name of the plant known as the Dracaena Draco tree. Draco, their dog is seen on the label standing guard in front of this tree.

For more information or to purchase their wines, visit their website.

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