The Venue of Choice for Weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in Northern NJ

Catering Director Jimmy Thornton, with Assistant Catering Director Teresa Garcia and Banquet Manager Kathy Obropta.
Chef Charles Burke.

The Grand Summit Hotel in Summit has been synonymous with world class service and food for over 145 years. It is a responsibility we take very seriously, and a commitment to the customer that has been a part of our DNA for generations.

While the look and feel of the modern day large social event has been altered, the desire for that celebration to be executed with the highest standards remains a must for the most discerning of tastes. With old world charm and elegance as the staple of our product delivery, we have become huge fans of interactive food stations and unique bar set ups that set the ambiance for a casual mood in an elegant setting.

Director of Catering Jimmy Thornton has been at the helm for over 18 years and has provided a steady hand to the entire culinary operation to ensure every detail takes on precise attention.  “Our brides and grooms want to be the center of attention, and at The Grand Summit Hotel we can assure that their event is the focus of our very sophisticated staff” explains Thornton.

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The Grand Summit Hotel’s signature wedding menu has become the Global Food Station Wedding Reception. The guest has a choice of over 21 hot and cold hors d’oeuvres to choose from to begin the event followed by a choice of 11 captain’s stations. Signature stations include the Italian, Asian, Caribbean, and Southern, each offering an array of offerings sure to impress your family and friends.   

“I can assure you that the traditional wedding and Bar/Bat Mitzvah format is alive and well” adds Assistant Director of Catering Teresa Garcia-Rosado. A veteran of the property for close to 17 years, Garcia-Rosado is at the service of the hotel’s appreciative guests from inception to the final song to ensure her client’s comfort. “We are now catering to a fairly equal share of guests who want the new cocktail style wedding and those preferring the traditional format.”  Adds Thornton;“The cocktail reception has always been among the most popular time of the event, and that has ushered in the desire to create that setting for the length of the event.”

Food remains the centerpiece of The Grand Summit Hotel and the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Charles Burke has ensured a premium product for guests of the hotel under his direction through the past 20 years.  “When a guest wants to meet with me personally to discuss a custom menu, it is my pleasure to do so” offers Executive Chef Burke. “Unlike a large corporate hotel where the chef is often distracted with corporate reporting, at The Grand Summit Hotel the customer is at the center of everything we do and I am happy to offer my guidance as it relates to menu selection.”

“Some of the most popular culinary choices we are seeing currently include our Salumi Station with Craft Beers, Artisan Crafted Cocktails and Vegetarian Stations and Carnival Style Desserts including Cotton Candy and Snow Cones” offers Banquet Manager Kathy Obropta. Kathy stays involved from planning through the close of the event to ensure a smooth flow to the program.  “Things can change in the middle of an event depending on the host, and it’s my job to make sure the event comes off flawlessly” adds Obropta.  

Among the reasons the hotel has remained the premier choice in the area for events includes the prestige of the Summit address.  The town remains one of the most desirable in the country, and the hotel sits walking distance from the vibrant downtown with direct train service to midtown Manhattan, over 40 restaurants and bars, and high-end shopping. Combine that with hotel accommodations on site including 19 suites of varying styles, the HAT Tavern, one of the area’s most popular bars on the hotel premise, and complimentary passes to Equinox considered to be the area’s most sophisticated sports club and spa, and it’s easy to see why The Grand Summit is the ideal spot for intimate and large social events.

While Saturday night remains the most in demand night for events at the hotel, The Grand Summit’s world class offerings are offered on Friday and Sunday beginning at the special rate of $99 for all they have to offer.

Come see today why The Grand Summit Hotel remains the venue of choice in North Jersey.


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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