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