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Is Wine included in the Doneckers tasting menu?

Thinking about trying tasting menu at Doneckers and wondering if wine is included in the price (I'm thinking no) but just thought to check. Also, has anyone tried it recently?

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  1. Yes. Wine is included. Keep in mind, there are two optional courses that you can get in addition to the standard $65 meal. (approximately $20 to add) They are definitely worth it! They are the fois gras course and the cheese course. Yummo!

    Please let me know if you go. Chef Greg Gable has left his post as executive chef and has been replaced by Ben Ash. Heidi Gable (Greg's wife) is still the sommelier. I am wondering if the quality will still be as high as it used to be under Chef Gable.

    Abby

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    1. re: armartin

      Out of curiosity, do you know where Chef Gable has gone? Has he moved on to another restaurant in the area?

      -Shawn

      1. re: sballard

        He has accepted an offer to work for the company that owns Alouette cheese, Bongrain Cheese (out of New Holland). I assume that he is their personal recipe advisor... Sad day!

        1. re: armartin

          Sad indeed. Thats what I get for procrastinating the tasting. I did get to have a wonderful New Years Eve dinner there several years ago though. Hopefully the new guy is good as well. Any insight into his background?

          Thanks!...Shawn

          1. re: sballard

            Oh! You know I googled him as soon as I heard! (Love the internet!)There used to be a Ben Ash Deli in New York, but I couldn't determine if it is the same man. Nothing else, though. I'll probably get out there in the next month or two. I will report back!

            Abby

            1. re: armartin

              Thats funny...I did the same thing, and found info on the same Deli. I find it hard to believe it would be the same guy...but who knows. I'm going to try to get there soon too. How bad can it be, right (famous last words)?

              -Shawn

      2. We went over the summer and loved it! It is a great value for the quality of the food (as the previous poster stated, wine is included).

        1. Oooh. I had one more thought. You may have already seen this, but Doneckers posts their current tasting menu on their website. Here is the link:
          http://doneckers.com/restaurant/tasti...

          Also, on Fridays (and possibly Saturdays??), they have a pianist that is just wonderful! Completely makes for an awesome night! Last time we were there was the night of tree lighting in Ephrata, end of november-ish. My husband and I go for the tasting menu a few times a year, and have been doing so since 2002.

          Abby

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          1. re: armartin

            Oh my God! I just saw their Valentine's Day menu and it looks so good. I wish it wasn't such a long drive to Ephrata... or I wish Valentine's Day wasn't during the week so we could spend the weekend there! I still cannot get over what a great deal that is. On Valentine's Days in the past I have spent way more than that per person for the mediocre "special Valentine's Day menu" that most restaurants like to pull out.

          2. Ben Ash was Sous Chef with Chef Gable for about 6 years and they also worked together at Le Bec Fin. His menu may be a bit simpler and somewhat Mediterranean.

            1. Marilyn: Changing topic somewhat, but can you give me any info on The Porch in Myerstown. A web address would be ideal. I saw your name attached to a recommendation in a previous thread. Can't find any info.using my traditional search methods. Considering it tonight for dinner with friends who like wine.