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Meet at New Jersey Microbreweries

The Brewers Association defines a microbrewery as producing less than 15,000 barrels of beer a year, with 75 percent or more of its beer sold off-site. A nanobrewery is even smaller, with only a few barrels allowed at any one time, which can only be sold on premises or in restaurants. Meanwhile, a brewpub is a restaurant-brewery hybrid that sells at least 25 percent of its beer on-site, with beer often dispensed directly from the brewery’s storage tanks.

Bernardsville and Basking Ridge Offer Charm and Rustic Sophistication

Bernardsville and Basking Ridge straddle the Interstate 287 corridor in northern Somerset County. Rich in Revolutionary War history, this area was developed in the latter half of the 19th century, when wealthy New Yorkers took the train dubbed the Millionaire’s Express out to the Somerset Hills to escape the commotion of the city.

Museums Offer More Than Displays for Events

With their breathtaking art and glimpses of history, museums make perfect destinations for school trips and outings. But these stoic buildings aren’t just for students. Today, many museums offer private rooms for hosting events or meetings, and some will even close the galleries to create truly unique, private events. Luckily, New Jersey is home to a plethora of museums with rentable space, so plan your next meeting, event or party amongst historic antiques, manicured grounds and priceless art.

Restaurants Find Success by Focusing on Small Plates

It is often said that bigger is better, but that’s certainly not the case when it comes to food. Call them what you may—tapas, mezes—but small plates deliver a powerful punch. Who wants to limit themselves to just one entrée? Order a series of small plates and you can sample a little bit of this and a little bit of that. And the cherry on top? They’re fun! Here’s where to share in the delicious diminutives across New Jersey.

The Ebbitt Room, Cape May

Food Trends To Fall For

As the head chef of AD Catering | Events in Hoboken, Anthony Pino requires himself to be innovative. “We try to create the trends ourselves,” says Pino. And no one is a better expert on up-and-coming fall trends than the man generating them.

The industry veteran explains the key to creating trends follows one rule: “It comes down to customer service,” Pino says. “We make what the customer is asking for.”

Signature Drink - Pumpkin Smash

Step inside Chakra to a sexy, stylish setting. Handcarved Cambodian reliefs are set within walls crafted of 120-year-old textured bricks, and an eclectic New American menu keeps taste buds guessing. Located in Paramus, Chakra celebrated its 10th anniversary in April 2014. Chakra also welcomes private events for groups from two to 250.


—1 oz. Four Roses Bourbon
—1 oz. Bols Pumpkin Smash
—.5 oz. pear puree
—.5 oz. house-infused spiced vermouth*
—1 dash lemon juice
—4 pods green cardamom
—1 dash of Peychaud’s Bitters

Dealing with Murphy: Use Planning Templates, Not Guesswork

Special events are different from other projects. An event is a one-time activity with fixed boundaries and there is little to no wiggle room. Once the date, time and location are set, you face a hard deadline. Ready or not, the show must go on!

According to Murphy, if something does go wrong, the client looks to the event planner—whatever the circumstances might be. This is why meticulous planning is paramount, and using templates will streamline the process.

Atlantic City Planned Several LGBT-Friendly Events

Recently, Atlantic City celebrated the LGBT community with a three-day beach party event. The July 18-20 weekend brought in more than 2,000 people from New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. Mayor Don Guardian recently announced the city’s Park Place beach is also targeted to the LGBT community.


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