Gina’s dream day

Posted on November 18, 2013

Gina Giovannini Vargas and Ruben Vargas celebrated their commitment to the each other at The Palace in September. Gina was especially pleased with the level of service The Palace staff provided to help make her big day unforgettable. “My husband requested if it was possible to set up Rodizio style during our cocktail hour,” said Gina. “What was so wonderful was The Palace had never done it before and fulfilled our request with passing around four different meats during cocktail hour, which meant passing around meats just like in the Spanish restaurants. This blew our guests away. I read so many reviews how people were still talking about the food after their wedding. I can’t believe our guests really are still talking about it. It makes me so happy that I could have such a great wedding and make my … Read more

Justin conquers the Spartan Race

Posted on October 30, 2013

Image courtesy of Spartan Race For those of you who know Justin Di Bianca, our director of food & beverage, he is a perfectionist. He runs a tight ship, carefully chooses ingredients, and at any given moment the Palace kitchen appears orderly—a rare feat for any banquet hall kitchen. Many of you may not know that Justin has lost a lot of weight (over 140 pounds) through sheer discipline. Imagine how hard it would be to lose weight when you work around food all day and a major part of your job is to taste it. Not only did Justin become much healthier, he has become super fit. He recently completed the ultra challenging Spartan Race, a three-mile course filled with 15 obstacles from rope climbs to tire flipping to crawling under barbed wire. Justin is a very humble guy … Read more

Daytop Honors Gov. Christie at The Palace

Posted on September 30, 2013

Last week, The Palace at Somerset Park served as the setting for an incredible moment where former crack addict Craig Hanlon, now an attorney, personally thanked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, then the state’s Attorney General, for offering Hanlon a summer internship — an opportunity that changed his life. Hanlon was the surprise guest of the evening and Christie was clearly moved by the gratitude. “It was clear that I wasn’t the only one doing him a favor,” said Christie. “He was doing me one. This young man will show others what overcoming challenges is all about.” The event honoring the Governor was held by Daytop Village, a residential treatment program in Mendham that receives funding from the state. Christie has made fighting substance abuse on his top agenda items. “These folks don’t need to be judged. They need to … Read more

Chef Justin cooks at the James Beard House

Posted on August 22, 2013

The Palace’s Director of Food & Beverage Justin DiBianca (pictured at center) worked alongside chef’s Fabio Viviani (former “Top Chef” contestant) andDavid Blonsky at the James Beard House in Manhattan on August 19. The dinner was for the well-known chefs’ restaurant Siena Tavern in Chicago. Chef Justin was instrumental in preparing a “Modern Mediterranean”-themed dinner for the highest circle of food experts. The non-profit James Beard Foundation is the top organization for the advancement of the culinary arts. Some highlights of the menu included Wagyu Beef Tartare with Marinated Pecorino, Spiced Peach Mostarda and Crispy Potatoes; Hamachi Crudo with Serrano Chiles, Spicy Balsamic, Native Forest Honey, Shaved Summer Truffles and Crispy Shallots; and a Dessert Duo of Bomboloni with Whisky Caramel and Raspberry Chianti and Warm Chocolate Butter Cake with Candied Hazelnuts and Hazelnut Gelato.  “It was a great honor to be invited to cook alongside these great chefs,” … Read more

Palace bartender state finalist for Miss New Jersey USA pageant

Posted on August 9, 2013

Abbey O’Connor is an important part of our team here at The Palace as a bartender. When she’s not providing an important service to our guests, Abbey is preparing to compete for the title of 2014 Miss New Jersey USA. The winner of the state-level competition qualifies for the Miss USA pageant. Donald Trump and NBC own the pageant system. But before any of that can happen, Abbey needs to raise $1195 to cover her costs to compete in the state competition, which takes place on Oct. 18-20 in Parsippany, New Jersey. She needs the funds for the stay at the host hotel, meals, production costs of the pageant, the photo publication for the official program, and other expenditures related to the marketing of the pageant.  “As for me bursting onto the pageant scene, my mom used to do it when she … Read more

Beautiful moments at The Palace

Posted on July 22, 2013

One thing about The Palace is that our location can be transformed into whatever type of setting our clients wants it to be. Whether it’s upscale lounge, vintage, or decorated based on a color theme, our ballrooms can take on new personalities very well. Looking at Joshua Dwain‘s recent photos of Katiera and Marques’ wedding, we see a whole new energy based just on the lighting and stunning black-and-white take on the day’s events. … Read more

Top wedding gown looks for fall 2013

Posted on July 7, 2013

We scoured the web to find some looks we loved coming off the runways for bridal looks. Luxurious fabrics and mind-blowing details stand out for this season. Monique Lhuillier “Wanderlust” gown. Kenneth Pool “Elena” gown Eve of Milady gown style 1493 Oscar de la Renta gown style 44N65 … Read more

Fourth of July wedding inspiration

Posted on July 3, 2013

We thought it would be cool to see how people might incorporate a Fourth of July theme is they are getting married on this holiday weekend. We found some subtle inspiration on the site 100wlayercake.com, one of our favorite blogs for ideas. It’s difficult to pull off red,white and blue without being too over-the-top, but the subtle hints of Americana seem just right. Read more at here. … Read more

Family photography by Jamie K Photography

Posted on June 24, 2013

One on the biggest life milestones is when you have your first child. You’re a family now. Just as important as your wedding photos, those incredible first moments of your newborn are definitely worth capturing by a professional photographer. Although Jamie K Photography, one of The Palace’s preferred vendors is known for her wedding and bar and bat mitzvah work, the Livingston, New Jersey-based photographer has developed a strong reputation for her family photos. Below are a few examples of her work. … Read more