A Room With A View- The Chart House

ISES New Jersey North- Chapter Meeting at the Chart House. (From Left) Marcello Pedalino of MMP Entertainment, Hans Neilson- General Manager of The Chart House, Corrine Statia- President Elect of ISES NJ North, Mike Cetin- Catering Sales Manager of The Chart House, Christine Figliuolo of Creations By Christine, Gina Capozzi of Court Event Furnishings, Alison from Creations By Chrsitine, Marie Papp from Marie Papp Photography and ISES member

If you are looking for a “room with a view” for your wedding reception, one of the best in NJ is The Chart House. I had the pleasure of seeing my good friends from The ISES New Jersey North Chapter for a gorgeous soiree on the water this evening.  Special thanks as always to Hans Neilson & Mike Cetin, General Manager & Catering Sales Manager of C.H for their generous hospitality. They treat their professional guests just as well as their clients- which helps promote an exceptional celebratory collaboration every time.     p.s * This was one of our favorite weddings from the Chart House…










ISES Dining Spaces 2009- With A Taste

Table For Two

Table For Two

The New Jersey North Chapter of the International Special Events Society held their 6th annual Tabletop Design Competition last night at the Olde Mill Inn, in Basking Ridge.  Members, judges and guests strolled through the Inn which was filled with dazzling table scenes and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

Some of the tabletop highlights included a gorgeous Tuscany setting from Amarayllis, a romantic table for two from Details of I Do, an opulent-chic design from C. Brower & Co., a groovy blast-from-the-past courtesy of  Conroy’s & Something Different, and a spring masterpiece by Touch of Elegance that was a sister-creation to their “M” table from the Meadow Wood Manor’s open house last month.


Tuscany Bistro

A few of the cuisine notables that had people talking were the scallops with bacon from Main Street, the organic prosciutto-chicken and spinach pizza from Bolu,  and the mango with custard-creme yellow cake from Roxanna’s.

A personal highlight was pretending to be James Bond in Goldfinger with Michelle D’Anna from Signature Events who I worked with a few weeks back at the Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club.  She brought in the stand-out furniture pieces of the night.  Everyone who passed by stopped and posed for a glam-photo shoot.  Some people thought I was part of the presentation because I happened to wear a gold-colored Zegna and pocket square.

Asian Elegance

Asian Elegance

Kudos to everyone that participated and congratulations to all of the winners. The following is a partial list of awards presented.

The Apprentice- Kristin Rockhill and Erin Poles, The Rising Star- Christine Brower & Eileen Daniels, The Connoisseur– Erik Olsson and Mitchell Kolby, Creativity & The People’s Choice- Michael & Lisa Plociniak, & Bang For Your Buck– Conroy’s & Something Different.

Special thanks to my good friend Marien Barker, Social Sales Manager at the Olde Mill Inn, for her hospitality and a guided tour of the festivities.

Encore Gallery: (Click on thumbnail to enlarge photo)


Mitchell Kolby and Erik Olsson from Amaryllis Decorators


Michelle D'anna from Signature Events


Dan Cordasco, (middle) & the Touch of Elegance team


Catherine Conroy, Conroy's Florist & Patricia Tumminello, Something Different


Christine Brower from C. Brower and Co. with Eileen Daniels


Dennis Telischak (middle) with his wife Diana (left) and Maryann Santucci


John Bocina representing Trattoria Bolu


Teri Lands and Joy Allen from Main Street


Roxana Trujillo from Roxana's Cakes

Carbotti Impresses All at Special Events/Bridal Consultants Dinner

Richard Carbotti

Richard Carbotti

The International Special Events Society (ISES) and the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) held their annual regional dinner at Hillcrest Gardens, in Paramus, NJ.

Whenever you attend a gathering produced by event professionals, you anticipate a certain level of décor, cuisine, educational content and networking opportunities. As usual, ISES and ABC delivered in fine fashion. The “above and beyond”, “wow factor” moment of the evening came as the evening’s special guest speaker Richard Carbotti,took the stage to serve the icing on the cake before dessert was even served.

Pell Awards

Pell Awards

Carbotti, owner of Perfect Surroundings Inc., is internationally known for his ability to transform spaces of any scale into detailed thematic and custom-designed environments.  He treated the guests to an hour long presentation which featured magnificent images from his extensive portfolio and invaluable insight from his award winning career.  Among many other prestigious acknowledgments, Carbotti is a three time recipient of the Special Events Magazine Gala Award for Event Design.

Belcourt Castle

Belcourt Castle

A special thank you to Richard for taking the time out of his busy schedule to share his knowledge and passion with us, it was the highlight of the evening.  We wish you continued health, happiness and success.

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