Grand Tastings XXIX

Monday, April 24, 2023

You’re In For A Grand Time

Grand Tastings is JBWS’ premier fundraising event that generates critical funds to support the prevention of domestic violence.  In addition to a dynamic program, guests enjoy a grand tasting of signature dishes prepared by notable local chefs and restaurants, as well as delightful samples from select purveyors of wine, spirits, and beer.  Attendees also have the chance to participate in a silent auction. Thank you to our Grand Tastings XXIX committee members for making this event possible! 


Monday, April 24:

6pm Cocktails

7pm Program and Tasting 



2023 Honorees:

Corporate Honoree:  Accenture

Philanthropic Honoree:  Senator Anthony M. Bucco


Scroll down to purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities for Grand Tastings XXIX.

Find the Grand Tastings XXIX fact sheet and registration form here. 

Venue Change: 

To accommodate more guests, JBWS is moving Grand Tastings XXIX to the Crystal Plaza located at 305 W Northfield Road in Livingston, NJ. Originally a residential mansion, the Crystal Plaza was built in the late 1800s by famed architect Stanford White, who was responsible for designing the Tiffany building on Fifth Avenue, the original Madison Square Garden complex, and the arch at Washington Square Park.


While the building has been restored, it still maintains the feeling of its 19th century grandeur. From the elegant Grand Ballroom, boasting numerous chandeliers, to the lush gardens that change beautifully with the seasons, the Crystal Plaza is the ideal location for JBWS’ premier fundraising event.


Learn more about this venue here. 



Delectable Dishes:

Guests have the pleasure of sampling dishes from numerous local chefs and restaurants. Throughout its 29 years, Grand Tastings has featured selections from James Beard Award winning chefs and stellar samples of dishes such as: sushi rolls, empanadas, dry-aged ribeye, and desserts.


Chefs and restaurants committed to this year’s Grand Tastings are:  40 North Restaurant GroupThe Artist Baker,  Blue B Hospitality, Canoe Brook Country Club, Chef Fredy’s Table,  CulinAriane, D’Artagnan Meat Wholesaler, Enjou Chocolat of MorristownFaubourg  Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, La Coqueta Food Truck,  La Pergola,  Liberty House, Madame, Marcelli FormaggiSalted Lime Bar & Kitchen, Sandi’s Soul BitesSouth + Pine, Turtle + the Wolf, and more to come.

*As of February 23, 2023 

Stay tuned to see more chefs and restaurants that will be at this year’s Grand Tastings! 



Delicious Drinks:

With numerous purveyors of wine, spirits, and beer, there is an abundance of drink options for guests to choose.


Vendors committed to this year’s Grand Tastings are: Bowler Wine, Climax Brewing Company, Fedway Associates, Frederick Wildman & Sons, Gary Fisch, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Ghost Hawk Brewing, Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Madame, Moet Hennessy, Opici Family Distributing, Penelope Bourbon, Scheid Family Wines, Silk City Distillers, Winebow, and more to come!

*As of February 23, 2023 



Stay tuned to see which purveyors will be at this year’s Grand Tastings! 



An Empowering Speaker:

“I am happy.” This simple phrase, spoken by former child resident Jaraun at Grand Tastings XXVIII, is the pinnacle of achievement for a survivor of domestic violence.
Jaraun was a featured speaker at the event and he insisted that JBWS counseling services is the reason his life’s work came to fruition. At JBWS, he learned to manage his emotions, process the trauma he endured, and retain his individuality.
“I remember the staff at JBWS teaching me how to become a kid again,” recalls Jaraun, now a father himself. “I no longer had to play the role of caretaker for my siblings, that was the staff’s job. I could focus on my artwork, run around outside until I dropped with exhaustion, and play table games in the kitchen.” Watch Jaraun’s speech here. 
Each year, a survivor shares their personal story to highlight the significance of supporting JBWS.



Silent Auction: 

Throughout the evening, guests have the ability to win items in JBWS’ silent auction.


From luxury travel packages, sports memorabilia, and gorgeous jewelry to electronics, designer clothing, and alcoholic beverages, Grand Tastings has something for everyone.


“I loved the selections of items available in the silent auction.  I bid on items for myself, for my parents, and for my partner!”




Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets:

Below you will find numerous options to sponsor Grand Tastings XXIX or purchase tickets to our event. We hope to see you there on Monday, April 24th at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston!


Thank you to our generous sponsors who have already committed to being vice chairs! 












Brooke and Greg Wiener

Crum & Forster

Deloitte, LLC

Ernst & Young

Jim and Melanie Gerace


Kerry and Sean Howe

Merck & Co., Inc

Patrick and Molly Higgins

Patricia Lee

Judy O’Hagan

PNC Private Bank


Sherman Atlas Sylvester & Stamelman

Tiffany & Co.


Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

*As of March 7, 2023