New Jersey Meetings + Events

What tech trends really work for meeting and event professionals

Connecting people is something that both meetings and technology do well—which is why they go together so naturally. There’s an app or gadget for nearly every step of meeting and event management, from pre-planning to on-site organization, and attendee experience to data analysis. But with technology not only at our fingertips, but also in our ears, built into our glasses, wrapped around our wrists and always in our face, it can be a fine line between being plugged in and being overloaded.

Warm your hands and chase the chill at these charming restaurants

Once temperatures drop below 32 degrees, New Jerseyans often seek refuge in snug settings (that is, if they’re brave enough to leave home). Restaurants, adorned with inviting décor and often fireplaces, dot the state and welcome those patrons looking for good eats, warm libations and a chance to thaw.

A Colonial Feel

A board meeting at the Two River Theater turns the pages for inspiring decor

The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, located in the Two River Theater in Red Bank, was designed by set designer Neil Prince. The library houses a trove of theater and art books, which were acquired with the money raised in honor of Jacqueline K. Aronson, Two River benefactor and patron of the arts. A collection of scripts and plays produced at the Two River Theater is also stored in the library.

The Inspiration

Melovino Meadery brings the ancient drink front and center

Wine tastings and pub crawls are both popular ways for planners to end a busy day of meetings, but if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, book a private tasting at Melovino Meadery. What’s mead, you say? It’s fermented honey similar in drinkability to wine, just without the grapes. Melovino Meadery, located behind a shopping mall in Vauxhall, is the state’s first official meadery, and tours and tastings are a fun way to get a group interacting.

Get to Know: Central Jersey

Population

840,000

Location

Central Jersey is home to Rutgers University, the headquarters of Johnson & Johnson and a vibrant cultural scene. Located midway between New York and Philadelphia, the heart of New Jersey is a perfect destination for work or leisure. The Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau represents Middlesex County, encompassing the 25 bustling cities and boroughs that make up the area.

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The Farm Cooking School Blends a Unique Venue with Team-Building

What happens to magazine editors when their publication folds? If you’re Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman, you buy the farm— so to speak. Knauer and Wiseman, two former colleagues at Gourmet magazine, have teamed up to offer cooking lessons and unique events at Tullamore Farms, a working cattle and lamb farm in Stockton. The scenic drive along Route 29 to the Farm Cooking School’s classic country kitchen (complete with the requisite squeaky screen door) just might have you wondering, “Are we really in New Jersey?”

New Venue Spotlight: The Boathouse at Mercer Lake

Mercer County Park’s lakefront venue reopens with a stunning backdrop.

Bring a touch of lakeside serenity to your event—or rather, bring your event right to the water. Located on Mercer County Park’s 2,500 acres of land, the newly constructed Boathouse is a scenic location for any corporate affair. The venue features neutral tones, dark wood floors and radiant lighting. The Lakeview Hall accommodates up to 250 people for dinner and dancing, or book the Cove Room for intimate groups up to 40.

Indulge in Custom Chocolates with Chocodiem

Meetings just got a little sweeter with artisan chocolates from Chocodiem. Founded in 2012 in Clinton, the Belgian father-daughter duo Jean-Paul and Eveline Hepp began handcrafting truffles, pralines and more. Pharmacistturned- chocolatier Jean-Paul aims to create authentic creations with personal touches. “For weddings, events and conferences, I sit down with each client and really get to know them,” says Jean-Paul.

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