This spring, two renowned chefs will lend their star power to Table to Table’s spring signature events. Mario Batali, whose culinary empire spans 26 restaurants and food markets (including New York’s Eataly), and Food Network star Anne Burrell will join the area’s most popular restaurants for Table to Table’s premier food and wine events, the Chefs Gala and the all-new BBQ & B’Yond. The settings range from formal to informal, but they share common themes: imaginative food and interesting wines served by some of the area’s most beloved restaurateurs, including Ryan DePersio of Fascino and Battello, Chris Albrecht of Eno Terra and Peter Kelly of Xaviars at Piermont.
On Wednesday, April 30, the black-tie Chefs Gala at Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange welcomes celebrated chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Mario Batali as guest of honor. One of the world’s best-loved chefs, Batali presides over a culinary empire that includes 26 restaurants and food markets in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong and other hot spots. He has authored nine cookbooks. The event showcases six notable chefs and their signature dishes, including Chris Albrecht of Eno Terra, Massimo Carbone of Brio, George Georgiades of Varka Estiatorio, Raffaele Ronca of Ristorante Rafele, Robert Albers of Pleasantdale Chateau, and Peter Kelly of Xaviars at Piermont. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with live entertainment by Mark Sganga & Friends. Celebrity auctioneer and Antiques Roadshow regular Nicholas Lowry of New York City’s Swann Auction Galleries will conduct the evening’s Live Auction. Lowry sits on the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and has served an unprecedented three terms as President of the International Auctioneers Association. Tickets are $450 per person, $600 for VIP Patron tickets. VIP Patron tables of 10 are $6,000 and include priority seating, special recognition and a VIP gift bag.
On Thursday, May 22, chef, cookbook author and Food Network star Anne Burrell serves as guest of honor at Table to Table’s inaugural BBQ & B’Yond at Hackensack Golf Club in Oradell. A versatile chef and TV personality, she currently hosts the popular Food Network shows Chef Wanted, Worst Cooks in America and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. The event brings together 28 of the area’s best-loved restaurants, all going “above and beyond” with a wide-ranging menu of signature dishes starring BBQ, burgers and bacon. A selection of wines chosen by Chuck Russo of Carlo Russo’s Wine & Spirit World will also be featured. Participating restaurants include Upstairs, Capital Grille, River Palm Terrace and Axia Taverna with desserts provided by Carlos Bakery. The lively and informal evening begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a silent auction and blues tunes by Mark Sganga & Friends. Tickets are $195 per person ($150 for Young Professionals, 31 years old or under) and $350 for VIP Patron tickets. VIP Patron tables of 10 are $3,500 and include reserved seating, special recognition and a VIP gift bag.