The Joint's Hoppin': Easter Celebration Springs to Life at Landmark Hotel


On the heels of the 'blizzard of 2017', we turn our attention to the flowers and tree buds that will begin to pop as the first day of spring approaches. With the shift in climate from warm winters to cool springs over the past couple of years, the Easter holiday takes center stage as one of the first signs of one of our nation’s favorite seasons.

It is also the first time since Thanksgiving that the historic hotel rolls out its famous buffet in the hotel’s famous Crestview room where horse drawn carriages once ruled the space. “It is the first big event of the year that is open to the local community and not part of a private event,” says Banquet Director Kathy Obropta. “We are very fortunate to have a loyal following for many years, so we look forward to seeing faces that have graced our space for a long time. They become like an extended family to us.”

“The feedback we get from these wonderful holiday events is always great,” says long-time Director of Catering Jimmy Thornton. “I can’t tell you how many wedding and large social event customers we get as a result of their experience with us on these special days. We view it as an opportunity to show what we are all about and what we can do.

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This year’s buffet will not disappoint with a selection sure to entice:

Cold Display Items

Selection of Chilled Juices, Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee and Herbal Teas

An International Cheese Display with Fresh Fruit and Water Crackers

Assorted Pates and Terrines

Chick Pea, Roasted Eggplant, Spinach and Artichoke Dips with Garden Vegetable Crudite and Pita Chips

Italian Antipasto Display

Displays House Smoked Salmon, Whitefish ad Caviar

Roasted Coconut and Vegetable Salad

Steak House and Caesar Salad Bar

Red Beets with Italian Parsley, Pine Nuts, and Red Onions

Pasta Salad with Tuscan-Style Cauliflower and Shrimp

Scallion Barlotto with Herb Roasted Chicken

Chick Pea, Zucchini, Tomato and Cilantro Salad

Bread Display

Assorted Breakfast Breads, Muffins, Croissants, Danish, Bagels, and Dinner Rolls

Chilled Seafood Display with Ice Carving

Oysters, Shrimp, Crab Claws with Cocktail Sauce, Remoulade Sauce, Mignonette Sauce and Lemon Wedges

Attended Omelet Stations

Whole and Egg White Omelets prepared to order featuring Diced Peppers, Ham, Onions, Tomatoes, Sliced Mushrooms, and Cheeses

Attended Pasta Station

Featuring Ziti Pasta with Plum Tomato Sauce or Scampi Sauce with Shrimp and Chicken Toppings

Attended Carving Station

Molasses Glazed Ham, Prime Rib Au Jus

Chafing Dishes

Eggs Benedict

Belgian Waffles with Maple Syrup

Smokehouse Bacon and Sausage

Chicken Coq Au Vin

Monkfish Piccata

Braised Veal Shanks with White Bean Cassoulet

Rosemary and Truffle Stuffed Leg of Lamb

Roasted Garlic Chive Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Rice Pilaf

Seasonal Vegetables


Assorted Cakes, Tarts, Mini Pastries, Rice Pudding, Fruit Kabobs, Raspberry Mousse, Chocolate Fondue, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Fruit Cobbler, Vanilla Ice Cream and Cookies

Children’s Mini Buffet

Chicken Nuggets, Hot Dogs, Macaroni and Cheese, French Fries, Onion Rings and Buttered Corn on the Cob

As always, there will be a special appearance by the one and only Easter Bunny in addition to one of the area’s best balloon sculptures. Seating times for the day are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.. Pricing for adults is $59.95 plus tax and gratuity, children 4-12 years of age is $17.95, and children under 3 are no charge.

Not to be outdone, the HAT Tavern will be offering a $34 menu including Carved

Prime Rib of Beef and Molasses Glazed Ham, their famous Raw Bar, Cold Platters and Salad Displays, Omelet Station and Dessert Display. A la carte specials for the day include the HAT Tavern Burgerdict ($10) featuring two LaFrieda sliders, English muffin, poached eggs in Béarnaise sauce, Coq Au Vin ($17), Monkfish Piccata with rice pilaf and vegetable medley ($17), Rosemary and Truffle Stuffed Leg of Lamb, Roasted Garlic Chive Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes and Vegetable Medley ($19), and Jumbo Shrimp Scampi tossed with Ziti Pasta ($17). Sides available include bacon ($2.95), sausage ($2.95) and breakfast potatoes ($2.50).  

“We will appeal to the guest that wants to go out for the holiday without the formal trappings of a traditional Easter holiday,” says HAT General Manager Walter Curtis. We welcome the chance to host you if your preference is casual or formal at the hotel or tavern.”

Need a room for family or friends over the holiday weekend.  Book it now at the hotel with rates starting as low as $135.00. Rates include a Full American Hot and Cold Breakfast, Free WIFI, and passes to the area’s hottest sports club - Equinox.

With 149 guest accommodations and over 10,000 square feet of recently-renovated event space, The Grand Summit Hotel -- the shining star in the town of Summit -- remains one of the area’s most prestigious addresses for social and corporate events.

The hotel’s culinary reputation is unmatched in the area and has been extended to the wildly popular HAT Tavern in the hotel’s lower level. The management team built on this success recently with the grand opening of the Arts and Crafts Lobby Bar serving private label coffee and espresso, Ironbound Nitro Brewed Iced Coffee, a selection of hard to find craft beers, and wine.

The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue in Summit, New Jersey 07901. For more information call the hotel at 908-273-3000 or visit our website at   

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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