RARITAN TWP., N.J. - Many Hunterdon county area restaurants will be participating in “A Culinary Affair” on Monday, Sept. 24, to benefit Hunterdon Hospice and Visiting Health and Supportive Services. 
 
The event will be held at The Grand Colonial from 6 to 9 p.m. The Grand Colonial is located at 86 Rt. 173 in Hampton, between exits 11 and 12 off Route 78). The event will feature specialty food tastings from local restaurants, wineries and breweries. 

Some of the participating restaurants have a very personal connection to Hospice, as they’ve used their services for family members. Other area restaurants have been touched by the good works done by Hunterdon Hospice and want to give back to their community.    

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These restaurants as well as others participating, have created specialty dishes to be served at “A Culinary Affair” goes … Irish! Dishes this year will include Sous Vide NY Strip with Jameson green peppercorn cream sauce served alongside Dubliner cheddar mashed potatoes, Boxty with Smoked Salmon, Guinness Lamb Stew with puff pastry, Braised short ribs with barley risotto, Chicken sausage sliders with kale and leeks, Irish beef stew with rye bread as well as an assortment of Irish breads and cheeses and specialty beers.  

Guests who attend the event will be treated to an Irish decorated theme, as well as entertainment including Irish Step dancing and music. A silent auction will be held featuring items such as area restaurant gift packages, golf foursomes, and spa packages. Highlights in this years’ auction include a custom six course dinner for 10 people, and a Private Sailing Cruise complete with cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are still available. To purchase tickets, please call 908-788-6591, email ddalley@hhsnj.org or stop by the Foundation office, located at 9100 Wescott Drive, Flemington.

The restaurants, wineries and breweries participating in this year’s event include:

15 Landsdowne Catering, Bensi, Black River Roasters, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, Café Galleria, Clinton Atrium Café, Chive & Thyme, Fay’s Fabulous Foods, Holiday Inn Clinton, Hunterdon Brewing Co., Maddelena’s Catering, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet, Old Croton Bar & Grill, Shoprite of Hunterdon County, Stanton Ridge Country Club, The Farmhouse at the Grand Colonial, The Mixing Bowl, The Salad Basket and The Ship Inn.  Several new restaurants are participating this year.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Hunterdon Hospice and Visiting Health and Supportive Services. Hunterdon Hospice, celebrating their 39th anniversary, provides physical, spiritual, psychosocial and bereavement support for people with a life-threatening illness and their families. Visiting Health and Supportive Services has been providing certified home health aides to care for chronically ill patients, sick children and the homebound elderly in the comfort of their own home for almost 60 years. Last year’s event raised over $48,000.

Local restaurants Comment on Why they are Involved in the Culinary Affair

“Hospice provided expertly, extreme care in a genuinely angelic fashion.  The nurses were like a Sherpa guiding our family as we were losing our father.  That was over twenty years ago, and we are incredibly appreciative of how Hospice helped our father and family.  It is for that reason we support the Culinary Affair every year,” said Mark Drabich, Owner, Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet Co. 

“Hospice often knew what we needed even when we didn’t.  They took great care of dad, and were wonderful to us and certainly did more than their job with their genuine kindness. 

It’s been two years now since dad passed and we are very grateful for how Hospice helped dad and our family.  We always support Hospice and the Culinary Affair every year so other families may experience the same support we did,”said Erin McPherson, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill

“Hospice gave us an incredible gift, they helped us take something that could have been dark, like the end of life, and instead made it more palatable and humanized it for us.  They helped us find humor in everyday situations and allowed us to experience life and the moments of beauty that came even as we were facing dad’s death.  The Hospice team was like having angels right here on earth.  We support Hospice and the Culinary Affair so other families can experience that same sense of peace,” said Mia Emerson, Owner, 15 Landsdowne Catering

Jonas Gold, Owner, 55 Main has participated in A Culinary Affair for several years.  When asked why this is a cause he supports, Jonas said “The community has always supported me, and now this is my way of giving back and supporting them.”

Sponsors for this year’s currently include: Archer & Greiner, Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners, Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary, Hunterdon Palliative Care, Martin Funeral Home, MidJersey Health Corporation, Norfield Bank and Wright Ford Funeral Home. 

Tickets to ‘A Culinary Affair’ are $75. For tickets, call the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation Events office at 908-788-6591 or email ddalley@hhsnj.org.