Reception Menu


Of course, delicious fare is a major component of any unforgettable wedding. That’s why The Palace at Somerset Park is staffed with the finest chefs – including executive chef and Chaine des Rotisseurs member Justin di Bianca. Unlike many other wedding facilities, we offer extensive cocktail hour and reception menus that are totally customizable to your preferred flavor profile or culture. They also come standard with a gourmet wedding cake prepared by our in-house pastry chefs, an extravagant Viennese display, and several special items that many other venues charge a premium for.

Executive chef Justin Di Bianca leads a team that believes that banquet food can be extraordinary. Dedicated and passionate, The Palace team takes the pleasure in preparing food with fine dining technique (in-house butchering, homemade sauces, hand-selected cheeses) and recreating the experience for large parties. Your guests or employees will be very happy. Check out some of the most-popular dishes in the gallery below and take a look at our menus.
We offer a wide range of takes on traditional cuisine and work with the area’s best caterers that specialize in ethnic and religion-specific food.

Reception Menu

We offer a wide range of takes on traditional cuisine and work with the area’s best caterers that specialize in ethnic and religion-specific food.

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Upon arrival your guests will be greeted with an array of cocktails served by our white-gloved staff to include The Palace’s pomegranate champagne cocktail and signature cocktails

Butler Passed Hors D'oeuvres

A Selection of Passed Items

Short Rib Grilled Cheese, Chipotle BBQ
Mint Scented Phyllo Wrapped Shrimp, Fig Jam
Sesame Chicken, Sweet Chili Glaze
Marinated Grilled Sea Scallop, Maple Bacon
Falafel Fritter, Lemon Harissa Honey
Prosciutto and Provolone Roulade, Rosemary Mascarpone
Mini Cornmeal Crusted Corn Dog, Mustard Beer Cheese

Potato Pancake Poutine, Smoked Cheese Curd, Mushroom Glace
Edamame Dumpling, White Truffle Miso Aioli
Bruschetta with Marinated Plum Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and Parmesan Cheese
Tuna Ceviche, Cilantro Pesto, Crisp Tortilla
Herb Scented Ricotta, Citrus Preserve, Olive Tapenade, Herb Crostini
Melon Gazpacho, Pancetta Croutons, Toasted Poppy Seed
Coconut Chicken Salad, Shaved Almond
Breaded Mac and Cheese Bite, Aged Cheddar

Cocktail Stations

We take great care to obtain ingredients only from farmers and artisans dedicated to creating their delicacies in the tradition of the harvest. With patience, attention to quality and admiration for the earth. With that said, we at The Palace would like to offer you a unique selection to include some of the best local and imported Products with respect to the Season…
With that said, we at The Palace would like to offer you a unique selection, to include some of New Jerseyʼs best local products with respect to the Season…

Classic Italian Epicurean Flavors to Include
Marinated Tomatoes – Balsamic, Parmesan, Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Mozzarella – Olive Oil, Crushed Red Pepper, Chervil and Sea Salt
Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Artichokes, Red Wine Vinaigrette
Stuffed Olives and Pepper Shooters

Imported and Domestically Sourced Dry Cured Meats to Include
Genoa Salami, Sopressata, Prosciutto di Parma, Ham, Pepperoni
Vegetable Giardiniera, Assorted Breadsticks, Crackers, Fussil, Toasted Pita Chips

Artistically Displayed Selection of Hand Picked Domestic and Fine
International Cheeses
Vermont Sharp Cheddar, Holland Swiss, French Brie, Gorgonzola Bleu
Smoked Gouda, Crusted Goat Cheese
All Adorned with Dried and Fresh Fruit, Nuts and Berries

Chefʼs Selection of Seasonal Fresh Ripe Fruits to Include:
Golden Pineapple, Honey Dew, Cantaloupe, Seedless Grapes and Strawberries

Roasted Asparagus and Wild Mushroom with Shallot Confit Moroccan Fruit and Nut Couscous, Chef’s Choice of Seasonal selections
Fresh Crisp Vegetable Crudités to include
assorted Hand-Blended dips, Hummus, French Onion Dip, Toasty Pita Chip 

A Vibrant Display of Locally Sourced Fire Grilled Produce
Balsamic Marinated Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Japanese Eggplant
Peppers, Portobello Mushrooms

Please Select From the Following Stations

Friday & Sunday Evening, Choose Four | Saturday Evening, Choose Five

A Uniformed Chef will Carve Your Choice of Two Selections ~Served with Parmesan Creamed Spinach and Savory Bread Pudding

Peppercorn Crusted Sirloin Strip of Beef
Horseradish Cream

Salmon en Papillote, Banana Leaf, Herbs, Citrus

Grilled Vegetable Strudel, Puff Pastry, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Potato & Leek Strudel, French Onion Bisque

Apple and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Pork Loin, Currant Honey Mustard

Roasted Turkey Breast, Sage Pan Gravy

Leg of Lamb, Mint Infused Demi

Herb Marinated Grilled Flank, Chimichurri

Guinness Braised Pastrami, Spicy Brown Mustard

Whole Suckling Pig, Chimichurri

A Selection of four served from silver roll-top chaffers

Herbed Breadcrumb Stuffed Mushrooms

Eggplant Rollatini

Mussels with White Wine, Plum Tomato or Fra Diavolo (Select one)

Fried Calamari, Marinara Sauce

Clams Oreganata

Risotto with Wild Mushroom or Lobster (Select One)

Little Neck Clams with Garlic and White Wine or Portuguese Chorizo (Select One)

Pork or Chicken Italian Sausage (Select One), Peppers and Onions

A Uniformed Chef will Prepare Your Choice of Two in Your Choice of Preparation

Chicken Medallions- Scarpariello with Sausage, Marsala, Piccata or Putanesca

Beef  Tips- Pearl Onion and Cognac Cream or Wild Mushroom and Burgundy

Veal Scaloppini- Scarpariello with Sausage, Marsala, Piccata or Putanesca

Sautéed Prawns- Scampi, Fra Diavolo, Putanesca or Pesto

Vegetarian- Portobello Mushrooms Scampi or Artichoke Heart Francaise

A Uniform Chef will Prepare on a Hand Hammered Wok and Hibachi Style Grill

Choice of Teriyaki Shrimp, Chicken, Roast Pork or Tofu (Select one) Grilled with Peppers and Onions

A Stir Fry of Vegetable Lo Mein with Straw Mushrooms, Celery, Scallions, Carrots, Baby Corn ~ Served from Chinese to-go Containers

Vegetable Potstickers – Spring Rolls – Stir Fried Rice

A Uniformed Chef will Prepare

Angus Beef and Vegetarian Sliders on Kings Hawaiian Buns

American Cheese – Lettuce – Tomato – Smoked Ketchup – Sriracha Mayo – BBQ Sauces – Onion Rings – Waffle Fries

A Uniformed Chef will prepare your choice of two

Penne – Vodka, Peas, Pancetta

Orecchiette – Broccoli Rabe, White Bean, Garlic Chip Broth

Farfalle – Sweet Peas, Wild Mushroom, White Truffle Alfredo

Rigatoni – Tomato Bolognese

Tri Color Tortellini “Carbonara” – Peas, Prosciutto, Champagne Cream

Gemeli – Pomodoro

Cavatelli – Sundried Tomato, Pesto Lie

Elaborate Cocktail Station

Please Select One

A Seafood Station Featuring Iced Jumbo Gulf Shrimp, Oysters and Clams, Marinated Seafood Salad
Served with Cocktail, Mignonette, and Lemon Wedges

Shrimp, Lobster, Mussels, Clams, chicken and Chorizo Sausage
steamed together in a “paella pan” with
Sweet Peas, Bell Peppers, Vidalia Onion, Tomatoes, Artichokes
served with saffron scented rice

 Assorted Sushi, California, Spicy Tuna,
Vegetarian, Unagi Eel and King Salmon Rolls
Served with Pickled Ginger, Wasabi and Soy Sauce
*Uniformed Sushi Chef Available at an Additional Fee

Grilled baby lamb chops, summer sausage “filled with parsley”, stuffed grape leaves, assorted pitas, flavored hummus, tatziki
chafing dish of potatoes, green and red bell peppers, onions

hand pulled fresh mozzarella made to order accompanied by prosciutto and pepperoni stuffed mozzarella • marinated boccaccini bruschetta • fire roasted peppers • tuscan bean salad • pepperoncini • crostini flavored extra virgin olive oils • pesto and balsamic vinegars


Designed to Attend to All of Your Desires…
Additional Courses May be Added Upon Request for a Supplemental Fee

Timbale of Smoked Ratatouille
quinoa • fresh mozzarella • mache leaves
basil vinaigrette

Kale Caesar
crispy garbanzos • heirloom cherry tomato
aged parmesan • chipotle caesar dressing

baby arugula • shaved red onion • plum tomato
herb crostini • balsamic glaze

watercress greens • grape tomato
crisp pancetta • grated egg • rye crouton
dijon aioli

Black Truffle Risotto
italian sausage • golden raisin • mascarpone
porcini crostini • micro green

Potato Gnocchi
vegetable bolognese • herb ricotta • toased pine nut
micro basil

Entrée Course

Petite Herb Crusted Filet Mignon paired with your choice of
Pesto Grilled Prawns • Kataifi Wrapped Sea Scallop • Split Lobster Tail
potato gratin gruyere
rosemary roasted rainbow carrots
dijon demi cream
Please Select Three
-One From Each of the Following Collections

Pan Seared Salmon
cauliflower fried rice
gingered bok choy
miso teriyaki reduction

Herb Crusted Atlantic Black Cod
 orzo rice
blistered vine ripe tomato
lemon caper vinaigrette

Pan Seared Grouper
roasted butternut squash tabbouleh
baby spinach
pomegranate molasses

Lump Crab Cake
corn and edamame hash
shaved fennel slaw
sweet chili and lime vinaigrette

Grilled Breast of Chicken
wild mushroom israeli couscous
pencil asparagus
marsala wine

Crusted Breast of Chicken
leek and almond • golden lentils
haricot verts
citrus vinaigrette

Prosciutto and Basil Stuffed Chicken
whipped potato
sautéed spinach
parmesan fondue

Herb Seared Chicken Breast
sweet corn soufflé
mushroom & spinach sauté
chimichurri vinaigrette

Peppercorn Crusted Filet Mignon
white bean and barley cassoulet
parmesan spinach
sauce au poivre

Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib
creamy chive polenta
glazed carrots
burgundy wine • gremolata

Herb Grilled Chateaubriand
whipped garlic yukon potato
haricot verts
glace de viande

Grilled Rosemary Scented Pork Chop
vanilla whipped sweet potato
swiss chard
sour cherry jus

The Palace Viennese Display

Elaborately Displayed, a Pastry Chefʼs Selection from the Following…

Our Chefʼs Seasonal Selection of house baked items such as Imperial Chocolate, Carrot Cake
Creamy Cheese Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Chocolate Ganache Tart, Entremets, Pecan Tart, Crème Brulée and Chambord Cake
Key Lime Tart, “PB & J” Tart, Lemon Meringue Tart and Tiramisu

Chocolate Royal, Mocha Éclairs, Profiteroles, Flavored French Macaroons
Sfogliatelle, Mignardises, Petit Fours, Financier

Seasonal Fresh Fruits to include Strawberries, Grapes or Pineapple
Fresh California Berries, Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons

Freshly Baked Cookies, Biscotti, Chocolate Mousse, Crémeux, Dessert Bars, Blondies and Brownies
Spiced Chocolate Truffles and Caramels

creamy rich custard sprinkled with turbinado sugar
caramelized to your guests delight

Uniformed Chef will Prepare Golden Belgian Waffles with Classic Bananas Foster
Three Flavors of Freshly Scooped Ice Cream
Toppings to Include:
Rainbow and Chocolate Sprinkles, Reeseʼs, Mini Marshmallows, Maraschino Cherries, M&Mʼs
Wet Walnuts, Mini Chocolate Chips, Oreo Crumbs, Whipped Cream, Chocolate and Caramel Sauces

hand piped with traditional or chocolate sweet ricotta cream
mini chocolate chips • nuts • sprinkles

One of Our Trained Bartenders Will Serve You and Your Guests
Top Brand Cordials and Cognacs

Freshly Brewed Palace Blend Coffee – Regular and Decaffeinated
Assorted Teas for Steeping, Espresso, Cappuccino

mousse and cake filled martini glasses
fresh berries • créme anglaise • fresh whipped cream

Inquire with your event planner about our elaborate dessert stations*
*additional fees apply

Wedding Cake

Custom Tiered Wedding Cake Served to Your Guests


Dark Chocolate
Red Velvet
Devil’s Food*

*Additional Charge


Vanilla Custard
Strawberry Marmalade
Dolce de Leche
Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Pudding
French Cream
Raspberry Marmalade
Chocolate Mousse
Cookies and Creme
Baci Mousse
Mango Mousse*
Chocolate Ganache*
Cream Cheese Mousse*
Blueberry Marmalade*

*Additional Charge

Standard Cake Designs

A custom tiered Palace cake can be selected from our cake portfolio which showcases a range of design elements for suggestive use.
All cakes in our portfolio are included in your package.

If desired, a photo may be brought in for our cake designer to duplicate.
Additional charges will apply if the requested cake requires more time
and/or materials than a standard Palace cake.

A Premium Brand Open Bar for the Service of Cocktails, Imported & Domestic Beers and House Wines, Regular & Diet Sodas, Sparkling Waters & Juices

Choice of Three Red and Three White Varietals available by the Glass
Upgraded Wines Are Available at an Additional Charge.

For the Arrival, Available on all bars, Champagne Toast and offered throughout the remainder of the event

We offer indoor or outdoor ceremonies based on availability. Additional charge will apply.

Fully Serviced Suite with Personal Attendant for the Entire Event

European Floor Length Ivory/White, or Solid Colored Cloths and Matching Napkins

Front Door, Coat Room and Valet

Place Cards, Direction Cards and Menu Cards

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