LongTable Is Back This Saturday! Here’s How to Join In

Fourteen years ago, we first invited our visitors to a 100-seat dinner with a name that rang true – LongTable, where they gathered at one long, linen-draped table in our vineyard for a harvest supper.

But this wasn’t any ordinary vineyard dinner – there was a catch. We asked each guest to bring a dish that represented their heritage and included at least one locally-grown ingredient.

We didn’t know it at the time, but that event became an iconic one at Mount Salem Kitchen, to the point where we are regularly lobbied while we choose the date because people don’t want to miss it.

This year’s LongTable

The world – especially the food world – is a very different one now than it was on that September day 14 years ago. But LongTable is still stronger than ever, and finally back after being canceled last year due to COVID-19.

This year, you can join us at LongTable on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. for $45, which is a wine credit visitors can use either that day or at another time. The outdoor event will be capped at half-capacity – 50 people – so we all have lots of elbow room.

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At LongTable, we’ve tasted dishes from up to five continents in a single sitting, including that from Italian, German, Hungarian, Indian, Filipino and Ethiopian cuisines. Plus, in a nod to our own heritage, we prepare some Austrian and Hungarian staples ourselves for LongTable, such as beef or pork goulash, freshly-baked bread or soft pretzels, or apple strudel.

How LongTable was born

When we started this event that we’re told fits perfectly with the Mount Salem Kitchen ethos (fine wine, fine food and fine people), we wanted to foster a wine culture here in Hunterdon County. We did that by bringing people to our winery not only to experience an al fresco meal, but by asking them to get involved. And did they ever.

They fondly remembered the dishes their own grandparents cooked for them, so everyone at LongTable got enjoy an important piece of their family and cultural heritage. They shared that heritage by telling their own stories, too.

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One of our favorites was when a man was telling LongTable guests about a bike tour he had completed in Italy and an al fresco lunch in a tiny village he enjoyed which ended up being the highlight of his entire trip. Another man at LongTable listened carefully, with tears on his cheeks, until he said, “My new friend, I was born in that village.” They embraced like long-lost cousins and moved their seats so they and their families could sit together for the rest of the evening.

Experience this annual Mount Salem Kitchen event yourself by contacting us at or 908-735-9359. We can’t wait to see you there – and learn about your own culture. 

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