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Ocean Place Resort and Spa Welcomes a New Executive Chef!

Guillermo Veloso has joined the team at Ocean Place Resort and Spa as their new executive chef. Veloso is no stranger to the region, being a New York City and northern Jersey native. 

Veloso has an extensive culinary career extending more than 35 years, but he has also spent time as an archaeologist and naturalist. He was the executive chef at Miami’s Yuca Restaurant and has also served as executive chef at Philadelphia’s Cuba Libre and the Please Touch Museum. 

Suasion Communications Wins New Jersey Tourism Excellence for the Third Time

Suasion Communications Group, located in Somers Point, NJ, was awarded a 2017 New Jersey Tourism Excellence Award in March for its successful public relations campaign promoting downtown Haddonfield, NJ. This is the third consecutive year Suasion has received an award from the New Jersey Travel Industry Association.

“We are honored to be recognized by the NJTIA for our work,” says Suasion President Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, president. “It is gratifying to contribute to the success of our clients, and even more exciting to be recognized for that accomplishment by our peers.”

Signature Drink: Frozen Blueberry Lemonade

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 Chef Thaddeus DuBois, Sculptor of Sugar

From the White House to Atlantic City, chef Thaddeus DuBois always delights with his creations.

New Jersey Event Industry Steps Up Its Sustainability Progress

A collage of greens blends together to form a diverse terrain across the Garden State. There are wild meadows and hemlock forests that span the Kittatinny Valley, tall saltmarsh grasses that frame Cheesequake Creek, sandy Pine Barrens stretching across the south and glistening waves that comb the coastline. There's a lot of beauty across New Jersey, and professionals and venues in the state are advancing in steps to ensure the meetings and events they host preserve and celebrate it. 

How to Start Your Own Planning Business

If you’re considering a career as an independent event planner, the time is right. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook [OOH], event planners are in high demand. In 2012, the OOH predicted the field would grow at a rate of 33 percent over the decade, “much faster than the average for all occupations.” Here, industry experts—four event planners, a professor, and a financial advisor—offer up their tips, experience and wisdom for making your venture a success.

STEP ONE: A BUSINESS PLAN

Red Bank Blends Small-Town Charm with Big-City Chic

Looking for a small-town atmosphere where you can experience the best of the big city? With a population of just more than 12,000, Red Bank, located on the southern bank of the Navesink River, is a noted social and commercial destination filled with boutiques, designer clothing and home stores, parks, restaurants and much more. It also boasts the oldest ice boating club in the United States.

Stadiums & Sports Facilities Score Big With Planners

New Jersey is a sports lover's dream, hosting home games for the NFL’s Giants and Jets, the NHL’s Devils, thrilling horse racing, motorsports and other sports-related entertainment like the Harlem Globetrotters, WWE Wrestling and the National Cheerleading Competition. 

What some may not know is that they can have meetings and corporate events in the same venues—and grounds—where superstar athletes compete.

Think Inside the Lunch Box Without Sacrificing Health or Taste

Boxed lunches are big, and we're not talking about the nondescript packages with a standard sandwich and chips you used to get on school trips. Just about any caterer who works with corporate or nonprofit clients is bound to offer boxed lunches on the menu, often with high-quality ingredients and a good measure of creativity.

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