An Evening with Wine Expert Karen MacNeil at Restaurant Latour

Chef Anthony Bucco will host a five-course dinner paired with two wines per course.

On October 10, executive chef Anthony Bucco of Restaurant Latour, Hamburg, will present a five-course dinner paired with two wines per course at “An Evening with Wine Expert Karen MacNeil.” A Champagne reception will be held in the wine cellar at 6 PM followed by dinner at Restaurant Latour. Dishes will include Stracciatella Tortellini with pastured hen egg and black-trumpet mushrooms; vinegar-glazed Squab & Foie Gras; and Colorado 7X Ribeye with turnips and bone marrow; $195 plus tax and tip. Each guest will also receive a copy of The Wine Bible. Reservations: 844-207-3203.

Albertino Moriell is the chef/owner of Eatalian Bistro, 90 Park Avenue, Madison (973-845-6070) BYO. Chef Moriello began working in Tommy’s in Elizabeth at the age of 16 and worked his way to becoming the head chef and owner by the age of 18.

Ama Ristorante, Driftwood Cabana Club, 1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, (732-530-9760) has received the 2015 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, recognizing the oceanfront restaurant’s unique and extensive wine list and its commitment to quality wine offerings. Ama Ristorante is open Tuesday through Sunday.


The New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association will host their Annual Awards Gala on November 30 at the Stone House in Stirling Ridge, Warren.

This year’s winners are:

Restaurateur of the Year: Steve Bidgood of Salt Creek Grille, Rumson & Princeton

Deborah Roy Dowdell Lifetime Achievement Award: Donald Horn, Mayfair Farms, West Orange

Gold Plate Awards: Michael Cetrulo, owner of Scalini Fedeli, (Chatham), Il Mondo Vecchio (Madison), Sirena Ristorante (Long Branch) and Joanne Szibdat, of Mayfair Farms, West Orange

Hospitality Award: Chef/owner George Krytatas of SweetWater Bar & Grill, Cinnaminson

The New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association represents 25,000 eating and drinking establishments. The Annual Awards Gala, a black-tie event, was created to honor the winners and celebrate the NJ restaurant and hospitality industries.

For more information on the awards, recipients or how to sponsor or attend the Gala, contact Zoey Kramer at 609-599-3316 or [email protected].

Please send press releases and restaurant news, including information on staff changes, wine tastings, and cooking classes, to [email protected].

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