Girlfriends’ Valentine Luncheon

Are you looking for a great reason to have lunch with your BFF? The Monmouth County Historical Association is hosting RED, A Girlfriends’ Valentine Luncheon. This event is occurring on Thursday, February 9th at the Rumson Country Club. I did call ahead to double check everything and this is what I found out.

• You do not have to be a member of the Historical Association to attend this luncheon

• You also don’t have to bring a friend (although that is much more fun)

• Men are welcome to attend (it is not just about the ladies)

• You will definitely have to find a sitter if you have children

I checked out the menu and it looks delicious! In fact, my belly starting rumbling thinking about the Butternut Squash Soup and the Chocolate Mousse Cake with Berries. Isn’t it about how you start and end your meal?

The MCHA has kindly posted all information including an RSVP card on their website. For more information you can call 732-462-1466. All proceeds benefit the continuing operation of the Historical Association. We are fortunate to live in an area that is rich with history – help the Historical Association continue their mission of educating us and future generations.


Have Blizzard Cabin Fever? Get Out! (For New Year’s Eve)

I can’t believe the year is almost over.  Where did 2010 go? I should have written this post awhile ago but with Christmas preparations, New Year’s Eve got lost in the hustle.  Not to mention the additional craziness added  by the blizzard.  If you have been snowbound, feeling a little stir crazy or just need a night out to let your hair down (or up for that matter), just do it. Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank is located near all of these great New Years Eve events in Red Bank and Middletown.   This of course is just a sampling and if you know of any others please leave them in the comments below.

Jacques Caterers here in Middletown will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve gala starting at 8:00pm.  It includes cocktail hour, dinner buffet, open bar until 1:00am, midnight champagne toast, dessert station, espresso bar. For more information visit Jacques website.

Shadowbrook is offering the “Ultimate Package’ with dancing to Billy Drew Entertainment, cocktail hour with passed hors d oeuvres, hold and cold presentations, pasta station, chafer selections and  caviar in The Victorian Suite.  A sit down dinner and open bar will be served along with dancing in The Regency Room from 9:00pm to 1:00am.  For full details visit Shadowbrook website.

Count Basie Theatre will again, for the 12th time, produce a great show with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes featuring performances of fan faves. The show starts at 9:00pm.  For additional info visit Count Basie Theatre’s website.

Gaetano’s Restaurant of Red Bank is pleased to announce their New Year’s Eve Menu.
Located on Wallace Street in downtown Red Bank, NJ,  Gaetano’s offers you a wide variety of options, including salads, appetizers, homemade pastas, entrées, and desserts.   All items are available a la carte, however, Gaetano’s is also offering a 5 course meal for $64.95.   To view their  New Year’s Eve menu visit Gaetano’s Website.  Reservations are strongly recommended, contact Gaetano’s at 732-741-1321 or make reservations online.

The Downtown will be offering reservations for the tables in the lounge. Tables can be reserved anytime after 8:00, for $25.00 per person. For guests not wishing to make a reservation for a table, The Downtown will be charging a $20.00 cover at the door, for standing room only. A champagne toast will be offered at midnight, to all guests of the lounge. The Downtown will be offering our full menu for guests of the lounge. For flyer and more information visit The Downtown website.

Taste embodies a chic lounge, event space, and nightclub all in one. This New Years Eve celebrate while enjoying continuous cocktails, lavish food, dance, and toast while watching the ball drop live from Times Square. Party includes premium top shelf open bar from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., hors d’ oeuvres, lavish food, party favors, complimentary champagne toast at midnight and surprise gifts in the balloon drop.  Music provided by This is Entertainment. Tickets are limited, for more info visit Metromix New Jersey.

Have a safe and joyous new year. I hope you get the opportunity to get out and enjoy the evening.  Again, if you know about anything that I may have missed drop me a line and a link in the comments below.

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CVR to Receive Donations From EMACC Holiday Party

Every year the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce chooses a local organization and collects donations on their behalf at the annual Holiday Celebration & Networking Party.  This year’s recipient is CVR (Center for Vocational Rehabilitation), a behavioral health/partial care program including psychiatric evaluation and assessment, individual and group counseling.

CVR is in the business of reconstructing lives. Its purpose is to give individuals the opportunity to work in, live in, and to be contributing members of the community. Much of the success of CVR can be attributed to the active role that the organization has played in the local community, as well as the associations it has gained through this commitment to the community.

CVR provides job placement services to people with disabilities, including continuous, long-term support that keeps the employees and employers motivated and satisfied. Job coaching services are designed to ensure the success of the employee and the satisfaction of the employer.

In addition to all of the other services CVR offers, they also provide a nutritional program with healthy meals for people with special needs. The event flyer is posted below with all of the event information including a “Wish List” of healthy food items. Donations will be collected at the EMACC Holiday Party.

Join us Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 5:30pm at Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft.  The cost to attend is $30 in advance for chamber members and $50 for non-members. There will be an additional $20 charge for walk-ins.  Last years holiday party was at Bamm Hollow also and it was fantastic.  Great food and great people, don’t miss this chance to network, spread some holiday cheer and support CVR.

The Best of Monmouth was Truly an Event

I just got home and it’s now 10:30pm. I should be relaxing in front of the TV but I had such a great time tonight I wanted to at least blog it out.  The Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank had our first ever exhibitor/sponsorship at The Best of Monmouth Summer Festival and it was an EVENT.  I enjoyed myself from the moment I arrived. The staff at Branches went above and beyond to help me lug all of my stuff to my table. Spending four hours exhibiting next to Rachel and John Decker from Queen Vacuum was like hanging out with friends for the evening. Every where you turned there was great food and drink. So many fantastic restaurants with amazing spreads.

Because of the event, I was able to connect with many of the people I get to talk to on-line frequently but have not had the opportunity to meet in person.  Being an exhibitor/sponsor, I was given 20 tickets to give to 20 guests.  Joanna Carides (@jmediamaven) was the first to take me up on the offer. I was able to catch up with her at the hotel last week and see her again at the actual event. She came to the Best of Monmouth with her friend Lorraine who is an illustrator and may have her book launch party with us in one of our meeting rooms.  Allyson Pryor (@locallylove & @InnovationsIP)  and I have been “tweeting” for months but hadn’t met in person before tonight when she came  with her Mom and Laura Gesin (@lgesin & @asburypop). It was so nice to finally meet in real life and chat.  I’m really glad I had the extra tickets to share.  I also was able to meet Aaron Levine (@ALFinancial) and Chelsea and tomorrow night’s Tweet Up at the Lakewood Blue Claws (@BlueClaws) should be another fabulous event!  Speaking of which, the second person I ran into was Lisa Kanda  (@LKCoach) and she is a fun chick who will also be at the Tweet Up tomorrow night also.  Spent some time talking to Craig Mahoney from Craig Mahoney Studios (@CraigMahoney) and I think I’m so not young anymore and saying “cool” and “awesome” don’t help but I am righteous enough to know what a podcast is. If you don’t, check it here.

All in all, for everything we invested in this event it was, in a word, outstanding. Everyone was having a fantastic time, I was able to talk to the great people of Monmouth County and, hopefully, be a hotel of “Choice”.  Tomorrow night, which may be almost tonight by the time this gets posted, (the event is Tuesday, June 29th) come out to the Lakewood Blue Claws game for Twitter night. Even if you aren’t on Twitter there will be fun times, an opportunity to meet your on-line friends and businesses, and network in a relaxed atmosphere.  If you need/want tickets email me or tweet me @cimiddletwnnj.

The Best of Monmouth Summer Festival 2010 at Branches Catering

The Best of Monmouth 2010

Monmouth Health & Life Magazine

Monmouth Health and Life Magazine will be presenting The Best of Monmouth Summer Festival 2010 at Branches Catering in West Long Branch on June 28, 2010. Join Monmouth Health and Life, Monmouth Medical Center and Branches Catering and Taste & Drink all the best that Monmouth County has to offer.  Mix and mingle with the winners of Monmouth Health and Life 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards.

The event will take place on Monday, June 28, 2010 and there two different levels of tickets available for purchase.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Monmouth County Charities. The VIP Package is $40.00 includes early admittance to the event at 5:00pm and a VIP tote with goodies and coupons.  General admission is at 6:30pm and tickets are available for $25.00.  The event concludes at 9:00pm.

Event features tastings from the best restaurants and drink samples, live entertainment and tons of door prizes.  Sponsorships and exhibit space are still available as of today but go very quickly. If you are interested in exhibiting at this event, contact Doug Barker at 201.573.5557 or email Doug here.   For more information on this fantastic Monmouth County event, visit the Monmouth Health and Life Best Of Website.  Tickets and registration are available to purchase through the website.  You can also find Monmouth Health and Life Magazine on Facebook and Twitter.  We look forward to seeing and meeting you there!

Up & Coming Events to Find Comfort Inn Middletown

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Seasonal Outdoor Heated Pool

The next week or so is going to be very busy with events around the community and many of those I will be representing the Comfort Inn Middletown.  It’s wonderful that spring is in the air and we’re shaking off the winter doldrums.  I’d love to connect with you at any of the events mentioned so please come say hello.

The Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau will be holding a general membership meeting this evening, April 21, 2010, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Doolan’s in Spring Lake. The focus of the meeting will be packaging Jersey Shore locations to appeal to tourists. I found out last night that Cliff Moore, “The Brand Of Me” will be presenting  at the meeting as well.  Two great reasons to not only attend but also to join the JSCVB if you are not already a member.

Tomorrow night, April 22, 2010 will be a busy night of juggling events. The Monmouth Ocean Development Council will be hosting a “Meet & Greet the MODC Board of Directors” at the MODC offices in Wall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  The fee for the event is $20.00 and you can make your reservations by emailing the MODC here.  Following the MODC event, I’m heading over to Lakewood to catch an early season Lakewood BlueClaws game.  As a baseball fan, I relish every opportunity to be able to catch a game live.

Clean Ocean Action will be holding their 25th Annual Beach Sweeps on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00am to 12:30pm. There are 69 locations throughout the Jersey Shore area that you can participate.  All you have to do is show up at the designated meeting spot for the location you choose. You can find more information on Clean Ocean Action’s Website here.  I’m looking forward to it and the weather is supposed to be lovely.

On Tuesday, April 27th, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm Two River Community Bank, 1250 Route 35 South, Middletown, invites area business people to a free networking, wine and cheese included. Call for details at (732) 706 9009.

The Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce is also celebrating a 25th anniversary. Wednesday, April 28 come out to Branches Catering in West Long Branch for Super Expo from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Entrance is free with business card  to connect with local area businesses.  The Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank is a first time proud sponsor of this event.  There will also be great prizes and giveaways.

It’s a busy busy time and if we don’t catch up at one of these events, please call me at (732) 671 3400, email, comment here, Facebook or Tweet us. I’d love to meet you and if you would like a tour of the hotel or just have a cup of coffee contact me.

Comfort Inn Middletown Partners with Jacques Exclusive Caterers

Banquet Round Set Up

First Floor Conference Room

Yesterday afternoon the staff  at the Comfort Inn Middletown was treated to a delicious lunch from Jacques Exclusive Caterers.  Kate Fazio and I have been working together to form a cross promotional relationship for our businesses.  Jacques is the caterer of choice for our meeting facilities.  Their primary location is right here in Middletown, NJ making delivery and set up a snap. Jacques Exclusive Caterers was originally founded in Brooklyn in 1955.  Whether it’s a business meeting or an elaborate 7 course meal complete with china, wait staff and in the utmost in style and elegance, Jacques will bring you the best.

The Comfort Inn Middletown  features two very well-appointed and flexible meeting rooms. One is on the first floor and its fraternal twin is on the second floor.  In a banquet style set up the room can hold up 10 rounds seating 8.  This type of table set up is perfect for social meetings, kid’s birthday parties, baby & bridal showers, religious celebrations, rehearsal dinners and  family parties.  We can host your wedding room block in the hotel and help you plan a morning after bridal brunch on-site.

For our Corporate clients the room can be set in a classroom style set for 80 people and theatre style for 100 people.  A U-shape or horseshoe set can fit up to 33 and a hollow square for 44.  The hotel offers modern A/V equipment for  rental including 50 ” flat screen TV, LCD Projector and CD/DVD player.

If your plans include a need for a meeting room and great food, the Comfort Inn Middletown and Jacques Exclusive Caterers are your partners in creating memorable, worry-free events. To contact Barb Youchah for meeting space at the Comfort Inn call 732.671.3400 or email. To contact Kate Fazio at Jacques call 1.866.522.7837 or email.