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Don’t let the name scare you off—you won’t be required to shed any clothing upon entrance. Strip House, snuggled inside Livingston’s Westminster Hotel, is a jewel of a steakhouse that eschews that old boys-club vibe of the steakhouses of yesteryear for a chic European look and feel. From the elegant bar to the rich red walls punctuated by vintage black-and-white photographs, Strip House exudes exclusivity.

While the restaurant’s main dining room is available for buyouts, the jewel-in-the-crown here is the private dining room. With space for up to 18 guests, the intimate private room is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner events, as well as meetings. “The private dining room at Strip House is designed to make people feel as if they were in our home, yet has all the high-tech amenities an event planner requires to hold a successful business meeting, luncheon or intimate dinner,” says Penny Glazier, partner in the restaurant group that owns  Strip House at Westminster Hotel and Michael Jordan’s The Steak House in New York City.

Strip House isn’t just good looking; the food is sensational. Prime cuts of beef are the restaurant’s main dish, while traditional sides, such as thick-cut fries and creamed spinach, are given an upmarket flair. Private dining clients are treated to special touches, including menus printed with company logos (if desired), as well as Champagne toasts and specialty cakes. And speaking of cake, don’t leave without a taste of the 24-layer chocolate cake—it’s that decadently delicious. Have a dog at home? Pick up one of Strip House’s bones on the way out.  

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!

 

INSPIRATION
The freshness of the new, clean sunlight inspired Marlene Freeman to design a neutral-colored table that awakens your neurons with the millions of sparkling lights reflecting off the abundance of crystal pieces upon this table.

DETAILS
This table delights the eye with a bevy of crystal pieces featuring a variety of patterns, some etched with straight, sharp lines and others decorated with flowing, organic designs.