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Join the NY/NJ AACT for the
2019 Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event, March 14th!

The AACT (American Association of Candy Technologists) is hosting their annual Chocolate, Wine, and Food Pairing event! Gather your friends, family, and coworkers for a decadent evening filled with wine, chocolate, and a delicious 5-course tasting menu crafted by Chef Ben Peck of Redwoods Grill & Bar.

When and Where:

March 14, 2019

Redwoods Grill & Bar

459 Main St., Chester NJ


5:00-6:00 Welcome drink and Hors d'oeuvres

6:00 - 8:30pm Wine, Chocolate, and 5-course meal presentation and tasting


The Redwood’s menu is developed by Sean Henry, General Manager; Ben Peck, Executive Chef; Alex, Pastry Chef; and the NY/NJ AACT committee to complement premier wine and chocolate choices. The wines are presented by Jim Stephen of Fedway Associates and Theresa Grimes the NJ State Manager for Jackson Family Wines.  The legendary Jess Jackson purchased an 80 acre pear and walnut orchard in 1974 which he converted to a vineyard.  From that humble beginning Jackson Family Wines grew over the next 40 years to represent and own iconic California wine brands Kendall Jackson, La Crema, Edmeades, Cambria, Freemark Abby and Arrowood among many others and also has wineries in Oregon, Australia, Chile, France, Italy and South Africa.  We are excited to pair the menu with chocolates and wines from JFW California properties.  Wine can be purchased directly after the event.


Stationary Hors D’oeuvre
Irish Whiskey Cocktail
First Course
Potato and Duck Confit Hash
Red Dragon and mustard seed aioli
Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2016
Second Course
Wood Grilled Faroe Island Salmon
honey-balsamic glaze, crispy fried leeks, lemon butter sauce
La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey 2017
Third Course 
Seared Baby Lamb Chop
kale, apple, onion, maple-parsnip puree, dijon-ale cream sauce
Edmeades Zinfandel, Mendocino County 2014 

Fourth Course
Guinness Braised Short Rib
garlic mashed potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, lingonberry demi-glace
Kendal Jackson Summation Red Blend, California 2014

 Fifth Course
Hot Chocolate Cheesecake
Bailey’s chocolate sauce, house made marshmallow
Bootleg Red Blend, Napa County 2014



Please email Dana Carpenter, to reserve your spot. In the email, please include your name, company name, phone number, and any dietary restrictions. If making reservations for more than one person, give the names and companies of all people attending. Payment due at time of reservation.