New Jersey Meetings + Events

Brick Farm Tavern: Big City Cuisine, Small-Town Locale

Hopewell is often overlooked by Princeton, its well-known neighbor, but this country town, once dubbed the Vermont of New Jersey by the New York Times, now has a destination restaurant all its own. Brick Farm Tavern opened in November 2015 and it has quickly set diners abuzz. Jon and Robin McConaughy, owners of the nearby Brick Farm Market, purchased the 1810 farmhouse five years ago and have spent the better part of four years renovating it.

Tips from a pro for creating a trade show or event project timeline

When creating a trade show or event project time line, it is important to include both the tactical and strategic details. The combination of both tactical and strategic planning will help bring the biggest bang for your budgeting buck. This is the key to successful planning!

Signature Drink: Gin-Tuition

The Ryland Inn is one of New Jersey’s most celebrated restaurants and after a several year hiatus and ownership change, this storied setting is back with a bang. Set within the rolling farmland of Whitehouse Station, this spectacular hideaway feels like a private country estate. The award-winning restaurant, helmed by Executive Chef Craig Polignano, is consistently rated among the state’s top establishments. The Ryland Inn caters to groups seeking private dining with three separate rooms (in addition to the main dining room).

Venue Spotlight: Stangl Factory

Seeking a space for a meeting or event that’s totally outside the box? Look inside the kiln! The brick kilns reaching toward the sky are the only hint of this space’s former incarnation as the renowned Stangl pottery factory. Stangl was synonymous with quality dinnerware and pottery for generations but ceased production decades ago.

Make Your Outdoor Events Mosquito Free

It is no secret that bugs can ruin an outdoor event if they are not properly handled. Mosquito Squad, an outdoor pest control company founded in 2005, uses its barrier sprays and misting systems to rid the area of bugs like mosquitoes, flies and gnats. “The Barrier Spray Service is perfect for a one-time event because it will eliminate most of your flying annoyances for the specific day of the event,” says George Softly, part owner and COO of Mosquito Squad of South Jersey.

Meet Mary Ann Romano and Teresa Kelly, Simple Creations

Mary Ann Romano and Teresa Kelly, partners in Hamiltonbased Simple Creations, are the Laverne and Shirley of corporate team-building. These two finish each other’s sentences and have Tasmanian devil-like levels of energy. “We’ve been told we should have our own TV show,” says Romano. “But we’re never scripted. We just do what we do.”

Princeton Regional CVB Toasts to Tourism

The Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted its first annual Toast to Tourism on Sept. 15. The event was held in the East Gallery at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno kicked off the event. Phyllis Oppenheimer was awarded the Salute to Service honor, while other honorees included Sivian Ben-Gad of the Peacock Inn and Larry Ciccione of the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal.


What tech trends really work for meeting and event professionals

Connecting people is something that both meetings and technology do well—which is why they go together so naturally. There’s an app or gadget for nearly every step of meeting and event management, from pre-planning to on-site organization, and attendee experience to data analysis. But with technology not only at our fingertips, but also in our ears, built into our glasses, wrapped around our wrists and always in our face, it can be a fine line between being plugged in and being overloaded.


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