New Jersey Meetings + Events

Catch the Fun of a Brewery Tour and Tasting

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Craft beer breweries, praised for their innovative flavors and essence of locality, are popping up all over the country. Flying Fish Brewing Co., located in Somerdale, opened in 1996 and beat the rush. Now, 20 years later, Flying Fish still offers a new flavor weekly. With 12 beers on tap at any given time, it’s no wonder it remains on everyone’s radar.

Signature Drink: Frozen Blueberry Lemonade

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Avenue brings the ambiance of a Paris bistro and plants it squarely at the shore in Long Branch. From its 25-foot bar influenced by the hull of a ship to the large windows focusing attention on the beachfront setting, Avenue is laid-back luxury at its very best. The main dining room can host events for 15-200 people, and the event can be semiprivate (20-60 people), separated by illuminated partition walls from the main restaurant.

Meet Mary Ann Brewer, In The Company of Horses

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Mary Ann Brewer always wanted a horse. “I had that typical Black Beauty fantasy of falling in love with a horse and riding off into the sunset,” she says with a laugh. Brewer fulfilled her dream in 1990, but with a fulltime job and three boys to raise, it was far from the stuff of the movies. “I had so many questions: Who is this horse and how can we get stuff done together?” she says. She soon learned that most of the suggestions inflicted pain on the horse: “Whips, bits, spurs … I thought, ‘There must be a better way!’”

How Pharma Meeting Planners Adapt to Changing Demands

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Nearly half the people in the U.S. take at least one prescription medicine each day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study from IMS Health Holdings Inc. found that in 2014 alone, $374 billion was spent on those medications. With New Jersey’s status as home to many pharmaceutical companies— including 14 of the world’s 20 largest—it is no secret that this special sector drives the local meeting and planning business.

Top Event Designers Reflect on the Latest Trends You Should Try

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With ever-changing shifts in decorating styles and introductions of new technology, event planners are continually thinking outside the box to bring us exciting experiences. In general, these new developments will help event planners and party hosts enhance their creativity and engage guests. As expectations continue to grow, attendees want to see more of the wow-factor experiences. To achieve this, every element of an event must be individually tailored to help create a cohesive theme.

Food Tours Take Eating on the Road

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It's always fun to try new restaurants and get a taste of new flavors, and thanks to a host of food tours throughout New Jersey, you can whet your appetite with numerous culinary delights in one single day. ¶ Food tours are more than just a chance for great food; they are cultural walking adventures that engage all of the senses with history, architecture and local lore. They also o er groups an interactive way to bond and nosh at the same time.

That’s Italian

Savor Borgata: one resort, a world of eating opportunities

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When is the last time you pow-wowed with Bobby Flay, made pies with a former White House pastry chef or watched as Wolfgang Puck personally sliced lamb for your dinner plate? If you’re a fan of the Food Network or just love to eat, the two-day Savor Borgata food festival is a can’t-miss event. “Savor Borgata really is a onestop shop where in one night you can see Geoffrey Zakarian and Bobby Flay and have a great dining experience,” says Becky Schultz, vice president of food and beverage at Borgata.

Indulge in Sweet Delight's Bespoke Treats

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Maria Zeballos crafts her art not with paint or pencil, but with sugar. Zeballos, a native of Ecuador, started her company Sweet Delight in Pennington after friends and family encouraged her to share her creations with others. “I started two years ago with a few flyers and by giving samples,” she says. Word has quickly spread about this confectionery artist who creates full-size cakes, cake pops, mini cakes, cupcakes and cookies with any theme imaginable. From flowers painstakingly made by hand to specific themes and logos, Zeballos can create whatever a client needs.

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