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  • Taking a Bite Out of New Jersey

    POSTED July 24, 2014
    Photo credit: Casa Bella Trattoria

People love to pick on New Jersey. From the perennial, “what exit?” jokes, to the ridiculous antics of those Real Housewives, to Bridgegate, New Jersey and its residents are often the punch lines on late night television. I was born and raised here and frankly, I’m tired of the Jersey jokes, so I was thrilled to see the NY Post’s roundup of top burger spots by day of the week. I like a good burger just like anyone else, but the best part of this list was Thursday’s selection of Maritime Parc. Yes, you read that correctly – a New York paper listed a New Jersey restaurant as having one of the “city’s” top burgers. We won’t split hairs over which side of the river Maritime Parc is on, but we’re proud.

In other rewarding NJ news, Open Table announced the winners of its 2014 ‘Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants” and the Garden State tied for third with Pennsylvania for the most restaurants (California took the top spot, followed by New York). Here’s who made the list:

Casa Bella Trattoria, Haddonfield

Crux Café, Audubon

El Sitio Steak Grille & Café, Collingswood

Grange, Westwood

L’Oceano Ristorante, Collingswood

Pascal and Sabine, Asbury Park

When people talk about the picturesque skyland region of New Jersey, it represents the Northwest areas of the state and includes the counties of Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex. The region has two national parks at its edges and a diverse and beautiful geography filled with lakes, rivers and hills dotted with farms.


Awards do not come easily in the restaurant business. Michelin, AAA and Forbes tell us who the best is (and Wine Spectator when it comes to vino), and there are only a select few of local establishments that make the esteemed cut. The Bernards Inn is in rare company, as it is the only restaurant in New Jersey that has made the Forbes list of the top restaurants in the United States. AAA counts just 11 restaurants in its Four-Diamond rating in our state. While you may hear that trophies are handed out just for showing up, it’s clearly not the case when it comes to dining.


What generation will make up 75 percent of the workforce in 2025? If you guessed millennials, you’d be right! According to an article titled "How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America" by Morley Winograd and Dr. Michael Hais, by 2020, millennials will comprise more than one of three adult Americans, and by 2025 they will make up as much as 75 percent of the workforce. What does that mean for corporate planners? They will have to evolve the way they plan corporate events from boomers and Gen X’ers to millennials or face having an event that will become a social disaster!