Greetings! I’m hoping you’re thinking Mother’s Day! Please remember, most Moms really don’t want presents wrapped in pretty boxes....or maybe some of them do?  Most Moms, (and lots of Dads, who fulfill the role of Mom in their home), look forward to a visit from their sons, daughters, and grandchildren. They might also look forward to a visit from really good friends or relatives.

Mother's Day is a great time to make someone you love really happy! Please do all you can to to enjoy the Day!

Ana Beall’s Tea Room Named Among the 100 Best Places for Brunch
A message from Nancy Baker, proprietor of Ana Beall’s Tea Room in Westfield: “I just wanted to share a press release that I received from Open Tables ”Ana Beall’s Tea Room was named in the Top 100 Best Places for Brunch in the United States for 2012! Ana Beall’s Tea Room is the only restaurant in New Jersey to hold that honor.” Ana Beall’s Tea Room, 415 Westfield Ave., Westfield. Call for reservations and information.  908.264.4221.

Sunday Dinner Special at The Bernard’s Inn
Executive Chef Corey Heyer of The Bernard's Inn is offering a three-course, seasonal, à la carte, prix-fixe dinner on Sundays for $39 plus tax and gratuity. The menu changes frequently and features new dishes and ingredients, as well as selections from the regular menu. The Bernard's Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville. For Reservations call: 908.766.0002.

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Mother’s Day at Chez Catherine
Didier and Edith Jouvenet cordially invite you to celebrate Mother’s Day at Chez Catherine. The restaurant will be featuring their new Spring Dinner Menu and Seasonal specials from Noon to 7 p.m. Chez Catherine is located at 431 North Ave. West, Westfield. Call for reservations and information. 908.654.4011. (Jackets suggested). 

The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick
Some Mother’s Day reservations are still available at The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick. Time: Noon to 8 p.m.; Prix Fixe 3 Course menu for $62
Kids Menu $19.
See the Mother's Day Menu
The Frog and The Peach, 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick: Call: 732.846.3216.

Gayot’s Recognizes Restaurant Nicholas
For the second time, Restaurant Nicholas was named to  Gayot's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. “We are thrilled to be included among such celebrated company such as Daniel, Per Se, and Jean-Georges,” said Nicholas Harary proprietor. For reservations and information:  Call 732.345.9977 or Reserve Online. Restaurant Nicholas, 160 Hwy 35 South, Red Bank.

Show Your Mom How Much You Care. Take Her to La Griglia in Kenilworth or Water and Wine Ristorante Taverna in Warren
Please call to secure reservations: La Griglia, 740 Boulevard, Kenilworth. Call: 908.241.0031; Water and Wine, 141 Stirling Road, Watchung. Call for reservations: 908.755.9344.

Mother’s Day at Natirar in Gladstone
For a special treat please visit Natirar in Gladstone. Appetizers Feature: Poached Egg, hot house tomatoes, Natirar bacon, frisee & smoked blue cheese; Softshell Crab, pickled beets, carrot, radish with harden herbs & old bay, ricotta Cavatelli, organic mushrooms, spinach, ramps, & pecorino. Entrees: roasted Magret Duck Breast, smoked salmon, morel mushrooms, & brioche. Natirar, 2 Main Street, Peapack-Gladstone.

*Although the restaurant is booked for Mother’s Day, perhaps you might want to consider another date, or be placed on a wait list? Call: 908.901. 9500.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Ram’s Head Inn
Brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 2:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ram’s Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, Galloway: Call for reservations and information: 609.652.1700

Reserve for Mother’s Day at the Stage House Tavern
The folks at Stage House Tavern in Scotch Plains will be serving from Noon to 7 p.m. Look forward to a 3 Course prix fixe menu on the Stage House side.  A la Carte dining in the Tavern. Stage House Tavern, 366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains Location: Call for reservations. 908.322.4224.

The folks in Somerset will be offering a buffet throughout the day. Brunch Buffet: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner Buffet: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Somerset Location: Call for reservations: 732.873.3990. The Stage House Tavern, 1719 Amwell Road, Somerset.

Treat Your Mom (or the Woman that Best Reminds You of Mom) to Mother’s Day Dinner at Serenade
Serving from Noon to 5 p.m.
3 Courses: $75 per adult; $35 per child 10 years of age and under
The full menu appears on their website:, or on their Facebook page. Restaurant Serenade is located at: Six Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham, NJ 07928
Phone: 973.701.030

MKB: May 7th, 2012

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