#SCBDExclusive: Westminster Hotel + Strip House Restaurant Named Businesses of the Year by Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce




Westminster Hotel and Strip House Restaurant — New Jersey’s AAA 4-Diamond Hotel for 11 consecutive years and one of America’s best steak houses, respectively — have been named 2014 Businesses of the Year by the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce.

 The Chamber Awards are designed to honor the businesses and individuals that embody excellence, display leadership and are dedicated to giving back to the community.
To celebrate, Westminster Hotel and Strip House are hosting an unforgettable 2014 Awards Reception and Dinner on Wednesday, April 30th at 6 p.m. for town notables, members of the Chamber of Commerce, fellow award winners and enthusiastic fans of good food and drink.
The evening will showcase the music, décor and special touches the venue is known for, as well as a top-notch Strip House dining experience … but that’s not all. With the purchase of an $80 ticket, attendees will receive a free weekend overnight stay followed by morning brunch for two at Strip House ($200 value).
So … how do you feed a town? Executive Chef Bill Zucosky had to think long and hard about creating an appealing celebratory menu that would be enjoyed by neighbors and friends. The resulting Awards Dinner menu includes a cocktail hour toast with a “Four Diamond Cocktail” developed just for the occasion, Peking Duck & Asian Noodle Station, “Pigs in a Blanket” and Tuna Tartare w/Spiced Wontons. Dinner will feature Roasted Red & Yellow Baby Beets, Asparagus, Stilton Cheese w/Sherry Vinaigrette, choice of Filet Mignon or Roasted Atlantic Salmon and Spring Sponge Cake w/Strawberries, Cherries & Blueberries.
“The town has truly embraced us,” enthuses Hotel GM Michael Polese. “Our success would not be possible without the support of the Chamber of Commerce, township officials and the many residents who have trusted us with their special celebrations — everything from weddings and bar mitzvahs to the annual Mayor’s installation breakfast. The giveback on the 30th is our way of saying ‘thank you,’ Livingston!”
“Strip House in New Jersey was our first venture outside New York City,” notes Penny Glazier of Manhattan’s acclaimed The Glazier Group. “We continued our company philosophy to give back to the community by participating in local charitable food and wine events and becoming involved with many local charities and organizations.”
Since the hotel and restaurant first opened 11 years ago, both establishments have consistently ranked among the best in the state. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report Travel listed the Westminster as one of New Jersey’s Top 10 hotels. Strip House was recently awarded a 3-1/2 star New Jersey Monthly review and named “Best Steak in Essex County” by Suburban Essex.
“Livingston is lucky to be the home of such a fine hotel and restaurant. We wanted to honor these two establishments to thank them for their support to local businesses and the overall community,” notes Beth Lippman, Executive Director of the Livingston Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to working with them in the future so Livingston can continue to be a great place to live and work!”
As proof of their ongoing commitment to the town, Westminster Hotel is planning a significant reinvestment in their business. “A multi-million dollar guest room renovation is slated to begin in late 2014,” Polese disclosed. “After all, we are here … to stay!”
To order tickets for the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Awards Reception: call732.992.4343 or visit livingstonchambernj.com.
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