Cordially Invites You to:

Da Benito Ristorante in Union, NJ
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 ♦ 6:30-8:30pm

karolina vince suasn culinary connections 2016Join Chef Benito Hissen in the Wine Room at his gloriously old school restaurant, da Benito, who The Star Ledger recently awarded 3 ½ stars. Born in Northern Italy, Benito came to the United States when he was 16. He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, but before he earned that degree, he established his culinary foundation in a few imposing kitchens: one was the legendary (and now shuttered) Giambelli 50th Restaurant, long considered a sanctuary of elegance in New York City. Among his many guests have been Yogi Berra, Bill Clinton and Frank Sinatra.

Please join us over a selection of tastings to be savored and paired from an extensive, carefully assembled wine collection.

Culinary Connections

de benitos2Culinary Connections is a meetup for professionals from all walks of business who are passionate about making the right connections over great wine and food.

No special skills required – just a love of great people, great wine and great food!

Due to the nature of this special event, attendance will be capped at 40 attendees.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 • 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Da Benito Ristorante in Union, NJ
COST: $95.00 per person

With special thanks to our sponsors:

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Here’s what people are saying:

“Thank you for having me last Wednesday! I really enjoyed the culinary portion of the event as well as the networking.”
– Richard Sodeke, Media Sales Associate at Felix

“What a lovely evening last night.  I loved that we were standing in the kitchen  watching the handsome chef with his adorable French accent, cooking delicious food that we could eat immediately.  How often does one get that opportunity to see behind the scenes, other than on television where it sometimes seems scripted?  The event was beautiful, the location  was stunning, and the camaraderie in the room – priceless!”
– Eileen Berman,

“Great event last night, truly.  Thank you! When I hit the road and sat in the driving rain and traffic coming from Newark, I thought about how nice it would be to go home! Boy am I glad that I made the commitment to you (and to me) to come because I would have missed a wonderful time meeting great folks.”
– Lori Chapin, Attorney, Sedgwick, LLP

“Thank you for a great event! I adored your friends and clients.”
– Denise Gaffney, Area Development Manager, Etcetera; Regional VP, National Association of Professional Women

“The Restaurant Serenade installment of Culinary Connections was excellent – great food and wine as well as great new faces to share it with. I look forward to the next Culinary Connections event in April and joining the Course Connections group in the spring.”
– Marty Eide, Attorney, Markel Corporation

Da Benito

Da Benito Restaurant in Union NJ – Chef Benito Hissen


WHEN: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 • 6:30-8:30pm
WHERE: Da Benito Ristorante in Union, NJ
COST: $95.00 per person



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