Grand Tastings


What Is Grand Tastings?

Grand Tastings is JBWS’ premier fundraising event. In addition to a dynamic program, guests enjoy a tasting of signature dishes prepared by notable local chefs and restaurants as well as samples from select purveyors of wine, spirits, and beer.


Date: TBD



6pm – Cocktails

7pm – Program and Tasting 





Location: Crystal Plaza in Livingston

Delectable Dishes

With samplings from some of the best chefs in the Tri-State area, Grand Tastings has food that will satisfy all palates. 


Throughout its 30 year history, Grand Tastings has featured selections from James Beard Award winning chefs and stellar samples of both savory dishes and sweet treats.

Meet Our Chefs!

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Frankie Medina
Leia Gaccione

We have a stellar collection of chefs, vendors, and notable guests to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Grand Tastings! Stay tuned to see the chefs for Grand Tastings XXXI

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The food and wine selections were extraordinary. I enjoyed the large turnout, too."


-Grand Tastings XXIX Attendee 

"I thought the program was the perfect length and organized really well, no one spoke for too long and it didn't feel rushed either. The survivor speaker was so powerful." 


-Grand Tastings XXIX Attendee

“Grand Tastings is a great event and it was a wonderful evening. It's great to see so much money being raised for a great cause." 


-Grand Tastings XXIX Attendee 

"I loved the variety of food and drink at the event."  


-Grand Tastings XXIX Attendee 

Delicious Drinks

Grand Tastings provides an abundance of drink options for guests. In 2023, numerous purveyors of wine, spirits, and beer attended Grand Tastings. 


These included:  Banville Wine Merchants, Bowler Wine, Climax Brewing Company, Fedway Associates, Frederick Wildamn & Sons, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Ghost Hawk Brewing, Jackson Family Wines, Jean Edwards Cellar, Kohler, Moet Hennesy, Opici Family Distributing, Organic Vintages, Penelope Bourbon, Silk City Distillers, SoilAir Selection, T. Edwards Wines, Winebow.  

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A Powerful Speaker

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One of the most powerful moments of the event is when a survivor of domestic violence shares their journey to safety with the crowd. These stories underscore the importance of JBWS' programs and services for those impacted by abuse.  

Silent Auction


Throughout the evening, guests have the ability to win items in JBWS’ silent auction. From luxury travel packages, sports memorabilia, and jewelry to electronics, designer clothing, and alcoholic beverages, Grand Tastings has something for everyone.

Why Attend Grand Tastings?

Attending Grand Tastings directly supports our mission of ending domestic violence. Your generosity is the reason that JBWS is there when a survivor calls our 24-Hour Helpline for the first time because they're concerned their relationship might be unhealthy. Your support is how we're able to be at police departments moments after abuse is reported, offering victims critical access to resources. 


The funds we raise as the reason that JBWS is there to welcome a survivor into our residential facilities when they leave their home in the middle of the night. It's why we're able to offer comprehensive legal advocacy and support to survivors when it's time to face their abusive partners in court. It's also how we're able to prevent domestic violence at its source through our abuse intervention and community education programming. 

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Helpline callers received confidential crisis assistance, support, information, and referrals in 2023
Interventions were conducted by members of JBWS' Crisis Response Team in 2023
Days spent at Arbour House, JBWS' Emergency Safe House Shelter, by 295 adults and children in 2023
Teenagers learned the warning signs of abuse and resources for help in 2023 academic year

Tickets and Sponsorships

Thank You to Our 2024 Sponsors! 

Executive Chef:

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Grand Tastings Sponsors