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Posted in Manna Restaurant, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 12, 2011 by ballymote

 Several of us had been wanting to get back to Manna for some time after being there for a wine tasting a couple of year’s ago.

The food is excellent and it was a fun time for ten of us. The menu is eclectic with small plates (tapas) and large plates (think entrees). All of us found so many dishes we thought sounded great that it was difficult to limit our choices.

We had a nice selection of wines including a 2009 Cakebread, Sauvignon Blanc and a 2007 Ridge, Zinfandel.



 Once again, because of the time-lapse, I’m not certain what everyone had to eat. I do know that a few in our party enjoyed the Our Paella with jumbo shrimp, lump crab, clams, rice, chicken, chorizo, saffron and tomato. It looked delicious.


 I do recall that I had the Vanilla-Maple Laquered Chicken breast and it was excellent with house made truffled fries.

  The eight ounce filet in a port wine reduction was another favorite as was the

                                                                                                      Lamb Chop with a Caribbean Salsa .

Manna is definitely a restaurant that deserves more than one visit and hopefully, we will be back there soon. Do yourself a favor and click on the link to check out their awesome menu.


Posted in Wine Dinners with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2009 by ballymote

Apologies for this cheap, tawdry attempt to capture readers but the three provocative words above are simply names of three different Thumbprint Wines.  Scott Lindstrom-Dake is the proprietor/winemaker of Thumbprint Cellars in Healdsburg, CA and he made a brief visit to South Jersey bringing his wines to share at an excellent dinner this past May at Manna Restaurant in Margate, pics 021

Manna, owned and operated by chef John Merlino and his wife, Vicki, provided the perfect setting for a wonderful night of food and drink with guest speaker, Jonathan Newman, ex-Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Newman used the dinner to promote his new company, Newman Wine and Spirits, which markets specially selected wines from all regions to retailers who have signed up with the company.

I can still taste the delicious baked scallop in a buttery chardonnay sauce that went so well with the Thumbprint Chardonnay. All of the wines were very good and diners were permitted to buy bottles of Thumbprint for $17.50 which was way lower than the $45.00 price for the same wines at the winery in Healdsburg. Our friends, Gerry and JoAnn split a case  with my wife and I of the 2005 THREESOME  (cabernet, merlot and cab franc) which we picked up the next day at Circle Liquors in Somers Point. Total cost for the six course dinner with seven different wines was $65.00 per person which included tax and gratuity.

An enjoyable evening of food and wine!