"Old World" Italian Wines for Dinner Experience in 2022

This series, produced in partnership with Jay Nee of Juniper and Grain, will debut with an Italian wine dinner on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – ArtsQuest is proud to offer a new dining experience centered around rare wines and gourmet food pairings. This series, produced in partnership with Jay Nee of Juniper and Grain, will kick off with “Old World” wines from Italy, perfectly paired with chef’s creations from ArtsQuest’s culinary partners Levy Restaurants. The dinner will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20. Tickets can be purchased now on for $99, including wine, food and server gratuity.

The antipasti/first course will include: hand formed rosemary mozzarella, gorgonzola and grana padano, pickled vegetables, shaved bottarga served with focaccia crostini This course will be paired with AltuBiancu Costadoria Vermentino di Sardegna. For the primi/pasta course guests will be served pappardelle with traditional roma tomato basil sauce, paired with Fattoria Il Muro Castro Russo. Guests will then be served an intermezzo Scroppino cocktail.

The secondi/entrée course will be braised beef in Barolo, slowly cooked with pancetta, carrots, onion and celery in a red wine and tomato demi-glaze, served over creamy fontina polenta with seasonal vegetables. This will be paired with Franco Serra Barolo 2015. The meal will end on a sweet note with a dolci/dessert of hazelnut panna cotta paired with Miali Firr Bianco Late Harvest.

This is the first event in a series produced in partnership with Jay Nee of Juniper and Grain. Jay Nee brings more than twenty years of beverage hospitality experience to the table. Since moving to the Lehigh Valley from New England 15 years ago, he has worked in the beverage hospitality industry in a number of roles. He helped develop one of the most interesting wine programs in the area and launched a recurring wine education night that has entertained hundred of guests. He has gone on to present more than 400 wine, beer and spirits events for thousands of guests.