Escape Montclair Dinner for Cancer Research: Feb. 26


Escape will host a charity-driven wine dinner at its Montclair location on February 26, at 7 p.m. Like its past charity dinners, this one will be co-hosted by a top New Jersey chef, Thomas Ciszak, of the popular Chakra in Paramus.

The dinner five-course, wine-paired dinner will benefit the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center in Morristown. The center is dear to Escape chef and owner, Bryan Gregg, who utilized the facility during his own battle with cancer.

Here’s what’s on the menu:


Uni, rye, fermented radish “Korean style” – Chef Gregg

1st Course

Foie Gras “Torte”, parsnip, pear, cacao dusted hazelnuts – Chef Ciszak

Pol Roger Brut “Reserve”‎ NV

2nd Course

Scallops, celery root, black truffle – Chef Gregg

Benovia Russian River Chardonnay 2011

3rd Course

Arctic char, lardo, parsley root, beet butter – Chef Gregg

Bethel Heights “Estate” Eola-Hills, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011

4th Course

Lamb Crepinette, green olive quinoa, braised radicchio, dehydrated garlic, aged balsamic – Chef Ciszak

Owen Row “The Keeper” Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc 2012

5th Course

White Chocolate “cream of wheat,” pistachio, orange, young carrot foam – Chef Ciszak

Cascina Castle’t Moscato d’Asti 2012

The cost of the dinner is $95 per person. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go toward cancer research in New Jersey.

Seating is limited and a table can be reserved by phone.Escape Logo

Escape Montclair
345 Bloomfield Ave.


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