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Big Night

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An extraordinary evening for the impassioned foodie 

Join us for a Big Night of feasting, fine wine and movie clips as we pay tribute to Big Night, the 1996 cult movie classic that set the stage for Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, and other celebrity chefs. On October 10, original author and co-screenplay writer Joe Tropiano will take us behind the scenes of what it was like on set with his childhood friend and cousin, actor Stanley Tucci, sharing some of the hilarious and poignant scenes that 23 years later, still resonate with the movie’s longtime fans and first time viewers. Joining Joe will be our own Chef Michael and Italian food historian, Francine Segan to help us recreate and celebrate Princeton’s own Big Night.

Members: $80 per person; $150 for 2 tickets; $575 for a private table of 8. Includes 5 course dinner and wine. (Subject to tax and gratuity)

THE PLOT: Two Italian immigrant brothers, struggle to keep their authentic Italian restaurant on the Jersey Shore afloat in the 1950’s. A Big Night of food is planned in honor of a special guest who is sure to drum up enough business to keep the restaurant open and even thrive. Things don’t go as planned though. Primo, the chef and a brilliant perfectionist scoffs at “Americanized” italian food. Primo’s brother, Secondo runs the dining room and wants to give the customer what they want to bring in money.

“ When my cousin Stanley Tucci and I began developing the script that became Big Night, we didn’t set out to write a food movie. We wanted to tell the story of what it takes for two brothers from Italy to make it in America running an “authentic” Italian restaurant. But after the film’s shoot and during the editing process, it was clear that the food had become another character in the film.” – Joe Tropiano

Joe Tropiano’s favorite quote: “Sometimes the spaghetti likes to be alone.”
Chef Michael’s favorite quote: “To eat good food is to be close to God.”


October 10
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm