Wines Go Head to Head at Renault Winery Pairing Dinner

Plus: Other food and wine events in Kingston, Cape May and East Hanover.

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Wine vs. Wine Pairing Dinner at Renault Winery
Friday, November 15, 7–9:30pm

It’s nice to spend your Friday at a wine pairing dinner, but why not go for a wine and wine pairing dinner? Although what they’re putting on at Renault Winery from 7 to 9:30pm this Friday is actually a wine versus wine pairing dinner, with the night’s four courses paired with wines from Renault and other brand name wineries. The dishes run the gamut from creamy butternut squash soup to the tender bite of baby arugula to pancetta-stuffed roast chicken breast and a dessert of assorted pastries, so it’s anyone’s guess exactly what varieties or blends you’ll be tasting (though they’re promising red, white, and at least one bubbly). The way it’s planned, anyway, it’ll go course by course, all blind—and you’ll see which wine (and which winery) comes out on top. Tickets are $55 per person, plus tax and tip, with a limited number of $250 tables for four. Get your tickets online here. Renault Winery, 72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor; 609-965-2111

A Tour of Italy Wine Tour at Eno Terra
Tuesday, November 19, 6pm

Fun fact: the wines outnumber the courses in this “Tour of Italy” wine dinner at Eno Terra, so chances are high you leave with at least one (or two) ideas for expanding your Italian wine repertoire. Either way, the night’s set to be an easy and indulgent foray into Italian flavors, with aforementioned five courses paired up with wines from Emilia-Romagna to Abruzzo to Sicily to Calabria. Start with a fizzy Lambrusco (yes, it’s a sparkling red, and it’s a revelation), paired up with fig crostini and salumi, among other things, move on to a grilled calamari with radicchio, capers and lemon paired with a white from Mount Etna (in Sicily), find yourself pondering two options for the pappardelle amatriciana with pancetta, San Marzano tomato, and chile flakes, etc. (It’s going to be a very, very nice Tuesday.) Tickets are $89 per person before tax and tip; you can purchase them here. Eno Terra, 4484 Route 27, Kingston; 609-497-1777

Harvest Wine Dinner and Holiday Dinner at Mad Batter
Tuesday, November 19, 7:30pm

The Mad Batter in Cape May is doing two pairing dinners in concert with the Cape May Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, both of them limited to 60 diners and each with a unique menu and theme. If the first dinner is already sold out, you can try for the second—and you’ll want to. November 22 is a Harvest Wine Dinner, with fall flavors like a Butternut Squash Bisque with an Argentinian chardonnay and Pan Seared Venison Loin with a Cotes de Roussillon. December 13 is a holiday menu with pairings from Hawk Haven and Cape May Winery, with dishes like Prawn Bisque with Truffle Foam with barrel-fermented chardonnay, Duck Confit and Quail Egg Salad with pinot noir and a gingerbread Buche de Noel with an Isaac Smith Port. Go for the classic Cape May setting, stay for the exquisite menus and pairings (leave the holiday “To Do” list at home). Tickets are $75 per person; call the MAC to reserve at 609-884-5404. Mad Batter, 19 Jackson Street, Cape May; 609-884-5970

Cara Di Falco’s Favorite Thanksgiving at the Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond
Saturday, November 23, 6:30pm

You might recognize Cara Di Falco—she was a fixture on News12 NJ and Good Day NY—but food lovers might just as easily know her from her Emmy-nominated YouTube cooking show Cara’s Cucina (it’s the only Emmy nominated cooking show on the channel). Here’s your chance to get a hands-on cooking demo from Di Falco and, if you haven’t yet, try out the Kitchen cooking school at Bed Bath & Beyond. Not to mention, considering it’s the Saturday before the big Turkey Day, it’s a chance to get some last-minute menu inspiration. Among Di Falco’s “favorites” are dishes like Focaccia Stuffing and a Pumpkin Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sage Sauce. (Yes, she’s also gonna teach you how to do a turkey—here it’s a simple, elegant pear and sage combo.) The class runs about two-and-a-half to three hours and is $70 per person. If it’s sold out, don’t fret—they seem to update their class roster pretty rapidly, which is nice since we’re all a bit in need of some guidance this holiday season. The Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond, 180 Route 10, East Hanover; 973-434-2700

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