What: Rad Grape Night, Wine Dinner, Wine Tasting & Flights
When: Friday April 24th, 2015 at 7pm
Where: Aroma Thyme Bistro, 165 Canal St, Ellenville NY 12428
This is a totally new kind of wine event for us at Aroma Thyme. We are doing our standard paired dinner as a well individual paired courses, glasses of wines or wine flights. Nick, the owner and importer of Rad Grapes, will be on hand to pour his wines. Nick will spend time with everyone that evening. Nick's company specializes in small producers from smaller regions in the US and worldwide. Nick and is wife are the companies only employees. It's a hand's on passion driven love wine business.
Three course dinner paired with wine $34.99. Or just order a glass or a paired course. If you want a the three course dinner then join us at 7pm. Below is the menu with ala carte pricing or get all three courses paired with wine for $34.99
Organic Fusilli Pasta, Roasted Fennel & Peas $10
I Prandi Soave $10 glass
Baked Crab, Artichoke & Mascarpone Dip 12
Lava Cap Cabernet Sauvignon $14 glass
Braised Chicken, Herb Mashed Potatoes, Red Wine Sauce & Kalamata Olives $18
Del Rio Grenache Rose
Del Rio Pinot Gris
Point de Nyons Cotes Du Rhone
About Rad Grapes www.radgrapes.com
Rad Grapes was founded in February 2005 by two brothers, Marko and Nikola Radisic, based on a life long passion for handcrafted wines. The idea had been there for some time, but a wave of wine industry consolidation that started several years ago, finally forced our hand. We felt the frustration of so many smaller wineries and artisans from all over the world, that were growing tired of being ignored and underserved by distributors. At the same time we are fully aware that wineries that make great handcrafted wines, want to be able to show and sell their wines in certain markets, and especially so in New York, with its incredible restaurants, great fine wine shops and almost unlimited market potential.
That’s where Rad Grapes comes in but first a little background and personal history on the Radisic brothers and how it all came about. Nick and Marko were both born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1966 and 1971 respectively. Our father, Srecko Radisic, was a professional soccer coach for 40 years, having coached professional teams in Yugoslavia, Spain, Portugal and Kuwait.We both went to English speaking schools everywhere we lived overseas. In the midst of all of this, we traveled to dozens of countries before either one of us ever turned 18. We are both multilingual, with perfect fluency in five languages. Talk about broadening your horizons!
The passion for great food and wine came from our parents and invariably because we grew up in countries around the Mediterranean where great food and wine are parts of family tradition and everyday life. Nick came to the US in 1984 to pursue the American Dream. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1990 with a BA in International Business. Marko followed suit in 1988, also going to Hofstra for several years, and then returning to Europe to finish his studies and get his BA in International Business in 1993, from the International University in Lisbon. Nick worked in the restaurant business all through college as a line cook, sous-chef, bartender and waiter while honing his wine skills and knowledge even further.
Marko has also had similar experience working in the restaurant business, but he also worked for AMRO Bank and Credit Lyonais as a foreign exchange trader for a total of four years. Nick started in the Wine business in 1990 working for Premier almost three years, Charmer for almost three and Lauber Imports for nine years. Marko worked for Lauber Imports for four years starting in 1997 and since then has ran his own Wine Importing business and helped run the Pelloneda Distributorship in NY over the last few years. Marko also owns a very successful restaurant, the Flirt Sushi Lounge in Allendale, NJ.
We are both only in our thirties and between the two of us we already have over 23 years of experience in the Wine business and over 12 years in the Restaurant business. Somehow by February 2005 everything came together. Market consolidation had exploded in the New York market, we were both tired of working for someone else and a multitude of small wineries were unhappy with their representation and unsure about their future in New York . It was immediately obvious to us that a void had been created in the New York market. Bingo! It was time for RadGrapes.
With over 23 years of successful wine experience in the New York Wine business between the two of us it was time to bring together all of our contacts, relationships and friendships, while giving small wineries that make quality handcrafted wines the chance to actually prosper in NY. We also realize that great wines come in all shapes, sizes and prices. As long as it is handcrafted, quality wine in the bottle that is fairly priced, it might find a home with Rad Grapes.
In November 2005, I bought my brother’s half of Rad Grapes to become sole owner.
Here’s to the future. Cheers!
About Aroma Thyme www.AromaThymeBistro.com
Aroma Thyme bistro opened in 2003 in Ellenville, NY, where the Catskills meet the Hudson Valley. Being green minded since day one, Aroma Thyme was the first Certified Green Restaurant© in upstate New York. Aroma Thyme has one of the best stocked bars with 250 craft beers, 250 fine wines & 250 boutique spirits. The restaurant is all about supporting local, but beyond that they pride themselves in small independent brands from all over the globe. This purchasing philosophy encompasses bar and kitchen alike. “We want to help a family pay for dance lessons for their daughter rather than a CEO's third vacation home”, says owners Jamie & Marcus Guiliano. Marcus Guiliano is an award winning chef who was named “One of the Five Top Food Activists Making a Change” from One Green Planet. This award, along with many others, is evident from the gourmet sustainable socially responsible cuisine Aroma Thyme serves. The restaurant has also been flooded with wards ranging from “Best New Restaurant”, “Best Organic Restaurant”, “Best Beer Events”, Wine Spectator “Award Winning Wine List” and Trip Advisors number one restaurant in their area. Aroma Thyme pleases carnivores and vegans alike. There is plenty of options for every diet and taste. Chef Marcus has several a great blogs that are a must to check out, ChefonaMission.com (his main one), NoFarmedSalmon.com (you will never eat farmed salmon again) and his award-winning business blog at 50Mistakes.com. Reservations are always accepted at (845) 647-3000.
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