The Mansion at Natirar will reopen this June with new spaces for club members and private events following a 35,000-square-foot restoration, which created new areas such as the Grand Ballroom and Conservatory. The new design is predicted to put the venue at the top of the list for Northern New Jersey events.
2017 marks the 100th year of business for Perona Farms, a venue full of rich family history that is maintained today. Still owned and operated by the Perona family, the fourth and fifth generations continue to carry on these important traditions. Located in the heart of northern New Jersey, Perona Farms has both indoor and outdoor spaces to host events that range from 20-300 attendees.
Oink and Moo, a food truck that has operated in New Jersey since 2012, is making big news! The truck is known throughout NJ towns like Hoboken and Asbury Park, but after expanding to Philadelphia, it won a Vendy award for Rookie of the Year. Now, The Daily Meal has rated Oink and Moo the No. 2 best food truck in the United States. The food is straight up BBQ—beef brisket or pulled pork sliders, chili, tacos, quesadillas, and ribs.
It was an ad that inked the deal for Kelley Thwaite, co-owner of KM Event Productions, a full-service boutique event management company in south Jersey. “I answered an ad in the newspaper for a job at a small association management company,” she says. The company was indeed small, as Thwaite worked for the husband-and-wife team out of their basement. She learned a lot about the industry, though, and it’s where she’s spent the last two decades building a name for herself.
Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick is gearing up to celebrate their 25th anniversary. On top of that, the contemporary American steakhouse, owned by Francis Schott and Mark Pascal, recently underwent a renovation. The owners hired Alfano Renovations of Union County, N.J., and Dublin, Ireland-based Restless Design for a $200K-plus+ remodel of the dining rooms and bar. So what’s changed? New banquettes excude a clubby, yet comfy feel in the bar area (which is still centered by its 1930s vintage bar).
MPI New Jersey Chapter held an energetic networking event on Nov. 29 at Bowlmor Lanes Green Brook. There was plenty of fun, a few gutter balls and lots of networking. Some of the groups that came together even sported team shirts for a little fun competition.
The town of Clinton, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in the spring of 2015, is a charming city that offers a historic mix of more than 80 small businesses, locally owned shops, restaurants, hotels, as well as two museums—the Red Mill Museum Village and the Hunterdon Art Museum—all surrounded by beautiful countryside.
One of the greatest things about living in New Jersey is that you can sample food from around the world without having to leave the state. Just a short drive in any direction will make you feel a world away, with the cuisine to match. Here are some ethnic eateries around the state that off er up meeting places and party venue capabilities, accompanied with exotic menus that will satisfy everyone on your guest list.
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Princeton, New Jersey’s Mistral opened in 2013 with a splash. The shared plates menu made a big impression on New Jerseyans seeking something globally inspired yet close to home. Now, Mistral has added to its growing empire (which also includes the award-winning elements in the Princeton location) and opened a spin-off in the King of Prussia Mall in February 2017.