2nd Annual Twice Upon a Time Ball

Posted on December 15, 2016

It’s time again!  We want to say thank you to our past clients for choosing us to host one of the most important days of your life.  We wouldn’t be where we are without you and we don’t take that for granted.  We want to invite all of you back to have a fun night of dancing and good food and we will do all the work. Chef Justin has already began working on a special menu for this year.  The night will begin with an abundance of stations during the cocktail hour and tasty drinks.  Didn’t get a chance to eat at your wedding?  This time you will get to indulge in all of the delicacies.  Dinner will be just as over the top with 4 courses. Last year, Pastry Chef Nancy Lee, came up with a gorgeous themed … Read more

Twice Upon a Time Ball

Posted on February 22, 2016

The Palace has been open for almost 11 years now. Through the years, we have received one request consistently and that was for couples to be invited back. It has always felt like such a compliment that brides and grooms felt their day went so fast that they wanted to relive it again and this time be able to eat and relax! We have listened and now we are inviting all of our past brides and grooms back for a night that they can celebrate. We promise you won’t have to do anything but come in your best party formal attire, bring an appetite, and get ready to have a fun night out. Since we are doing this, we are going to do it right! Executive Chef, Justin DiBianca, came up with 3 all new mouth-watering courses that we have … Read more

Spotlight on Alexandra Favale

Posted on June 9, 2015

It’s time to turn the spotlight on another one of our amazing team members here at The Palace.  We want you to meet Alexandra aka “Alex” Favale.  She is one of our very talented event planners.  Alex is known to be detail oriented, bubbly and super sweet.  She is an asset to our team day in and day out.  After all, she helps to keep our clients happy!  Take a minute to meet this incredible gal…we know you will love her! What three character traits would your friends use to describe you? Well let’s see, I asked me bestie and she said “selfless, funny, super bubbly when I want to be”. Lol!   Do you have any hobbies? Crafting, cooking (some have called me a master chef)   What was the most stressful situation you have faced as an event planner? There … Read more

Meet Richard McConney

Posted on May 13, 2015

Today’s staff spotlight is on the incredible Richard McConney.  His fun and magnetic personality suits him well as a Maitre’d here at The Palace.  Clients gravitate towards him and is an extreme asset to our team.  Here is a little Q and A we did with him so you can meet man that truly knows what goes on behind the scenes.   What three character traits would your friends use to describe you? Loyal, honesty and willingness to always be there.   Do you have any hobbies? Traveling, reading, theater, movies.  I spend most of my time on the beach in the summer.   What was the most stressful situation you have faced as maitre D? Time management both with the staff and the client.   What skills do you need to be a good maitre d’? Organization as well as … Read more

Meet Chef Justin DiBianca

Posted on April 14, 2015

Today’s staff spotlight is on our very own Justin Di Bianca. His talents in the kitchen amaze us day in and day out. We are so lucky to have him represent our culinary team and he certainly knows how to bring it! We thought it would be fun for you to learn a little bit more about the man behind the apron. Where did you grow up?Born and raised in Staten Island NY. Soon to be a resident of Old Bridge NJ. When did you know you wanted to be a chef?I watched my great aunt Mary cook Christmas Eve dinners for our family of nearly 60 at a very young age. I couldn’t have been more than 5 watching her stir the giant pot of sauce with a small boat oar.I was fascinated how one woman can cook for … Read more

Q&A Justin DiBianca, Director of Food and Beverage

Posted on March 4, 2014

Q: What’s going on with wedding food this year? A: The typical run-of-the-mill standard pasta, carving and antipasto stations are becoming more imaginative. One thing I focused on for 2014 was creating stations that were more interactive for guests and also ones they have never seen. For instance a dessert S’mores station returns you to that nostalgic childhood period as your roast your own marshmallows. Q: What’s the deal with these one-bite appetizers? A: As far as the one-bite items we have several within our cocktail hour scheme and also Viennese display. Whether it’s an individual slider, bite-sized moo shu duck crepe to French Macaroons and miniature financiers, people love them. Q: What’s the new hot trend? A: Baja fish taco station strong in California roots. Tacos are a huge trending item and it’s what you put into them that separate … Read more

Banquet cuisine: Our take

Posted on November 29, 2012

Our executive chef Justin Di Bianca is a constant innovator. Raised on his Italian family’s cooking, he believes in cooking from fresh ingredients and tried-and-true techniques whether he’s cooking for two or 300. The Palace kitchen staff takes pride in making its own sauces and butchering its own meat. It’s this attention to detail that makes a noticeable difference when our food is tasted by our guests. “I truly believe that banquet food can be prepared in a way that elevates it,” said Di Bianca as he prepped in the kitchen. “I feel very lucky to be in charge of making sure that our people who come to an event at The Palace are satisfied with the food from the appetizers to desserts.” During the tasting Justin and his staff are on hand to answer questions and walk our clients through … Read more