Whether you’re bringing in lunch for the team or scheduling a lunch and learn, office catering isn’t usually something that sparks a big conversation. Grateful Bites catering, however, will inspire a conversation because this nonprofit café in Flemington has a very special story behind it. As the mother of a son with developmental disabilities, Karen Monroy knew that Zachary’s options for employment were limited once he graduated from high school. She began thinking about what kids with autism and other developmental disabilities enjoyed, and cooking came to mind.
A collage of greens blends together to form a diverse terrain across the Garden State. There are wild meadows and hemlock forests that span the Kittatinny Valley, tall saltmarsh grasses that frame Cheesequake Creek, sandy Pine Barrens stretching across the south and glistening waves that comb the coastline. There's a lot of beauty across New Jersey, and professionals and venues in the state are advancing in steps to ensure the meetings and events they host preserve and celebrate it.
FARMS HAVE LONG BEEN THE BACKBONE OF AMERICA, and there’s something both historic and patriotic about walking along land that has been owned and worked on for generation after generation. Farms are typically comprised of a barn, acres of land and the family’s private home. Many of New Jersey’s historic farms have opened up some of their space to hold meetings and events.
NEW JERSEY’S NICKNAME OF THE GARDEN STATE IS WELL EARNED, with its legendary tomatoes, sweet corn and abundance of farm stands. But if there was ever a need to change its state moniker, Jersey could go with the Diner State. New Jersey has more diners than any other state, and while the word “diner” brings to mind a place for breakfast, quick dinners or a late-night meal, that’s now changing.
WHEN YOU THINK OF NEW JERSEY, wine isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind, but the Garden State is the seventh-largest producer of wine in the United States. There are more than 40 wineries throughout the state, from the southern tip of Cape May all the way up to the northern tip of Montague. The climate and soil varies greatly across the state, and southeastern New Jersey, known as the Outer Coastal Plain, has even been designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). AVAs are official wine grape-growing regions of the U.S.
At home, it is easy to keep your carbon foot print a bit smaller, using energy efficient bulbs, separating your recycling, using reusable bags at the grocery store etc. However, on the go it gets a little harder to maintain that eco-friendly lifestyle. That is not the case in New Jersey; there are numerous ways to maintain a small carbon foot print while traveling.
People love to pick on New Jersey. From the perennial, “what exit?” jokes, to the ridiculous antics of those Real Housewives, to Bridgegate, New Jersey and its residents are often the punch lines on late night television. I was born and raised here and frankly, I’m tired of the Jersey jokes, so I was thrilled to see the NY Post’s roundup of top burger spots by day of the week.