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Holiday party bookings and catering in N.J. are on the rise

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If you are planning a corporate holiday party or a gathering of friends, now is the time to reserve your space.

According to Steve Bidgood, Regional Partner of Salt Creek Grille, party bookings at its New Jersey locations in Rumson and Princeton have risen sharply in 2011- in fact, in Rumson, this year has seen the most holiday bookings since 2008. With early reservations on the rise, the availability of choice party locations like Salt Creek Grille is rapidly fading and Bidgood advises party planners to act quickly before the holiday season is fully booked.

However, consumers are savvy and, in this economy, look for the best ways to save. Salt Creek Grille’s Banquet Manager Barbara Penta offers these tips for party planners to realize savings when booking a party this holiday season:

1. Take advantage of early incentive bookings and get more for your money.

2. Sign up for email news for special promotions and give-a-ways.

3. Book parties on non-prime days, such as Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

4. Hold a Holiday Party Luncheon/Brunch instead of an event during the evening.

5. Hold a Holiday Party after the holiday rush in January or February.

Gift Certificates are also available and make great corporate gifts with added value. When you purchase $100, you receive a $25 reward card for yourself valid January – March 31, 2012. Call 732- 933-9272 at Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Avenue, Rumson or609-419-4200 at Salt Creek Grille, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton.

Marilyn Schlossbach, Restaurateur/Owner of Kitschens Hospitality, agrees that booking your holiday party early offers great savings. By booking your holiday celebration before Christmas at one of her Asbury Park restaurants - Langosta Lounge (1000 Ocean Avenue), Trinity and the Pope (649 Mattison Avenue) or Dauphin Grille at The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel (1401 Ocean Avenue), party planners can save 10 percent. If December is too busy, by booking a party in January, the savings will be 15%. And, if the planner mentions “Pickle’s Picks” when booking in December or January, Kitschens will include a $100 gift certificate valid at any of its venues. sunsetNavesink083111_opt

Should you wish to have your holiday party in the office or in a home, Kitschens will cater the affair. For more information about Kitschens Catering or to book your holiday affair, call 732-861-2421 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

At Tre Amici in Long Branch, Chef/Owner Matthew Zappoli says the restaurant can accommodate up to 100 guests with a semi-private room that seats up to 50. For holiday parties, he is offering a four-course menu for $40 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. The menu begins with calamari and bruschetta served family style, followed by salad, a pasta course, choice of five entrées and a dessert platter. For further information, call 32-571-8922 or visit Tre Amici al piccolo forno. Tre Amici is at 638 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch.

Branches Catering in West Long Branch offers catered affairs both on and off-site with a variety of options. Three different affairs are offered: a four-hour Holiday Buffet; a two-hour Holiday Cocktail Reception, and a four-hour Holiday Plated four-course menu. For menu selections and pricing, visit Branches Holidays. For bookings, call 877-316-1753. Branches is located at 123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch.

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