Somerset Hills Hotel Appoints Jerry Donohue as Executive Chef; Unveils Reimagined TAP Gastropub
Culinary Leader Brings New Flavors and Culinary Concepts to Former Community Hotspot
December 10, 2019 // Franchising.com // WARREN, N.J. - The highly-anticipated Somerset Hills Hotel, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ property, announced today the appointment of Jerry Donohue as executive chef and introduced the culinary vision and dining concept behind the hotel’s TAP Gastropub, a beer-centric restaurant centered around elevated comfort food, set to open doors in January 2020.
Spearheading Somerset Hill’s culinary team, Donohue will oversee all aspects of the hotel’s dining experiences, from menu concept creation to group catering services and daily programming. An accomplished industry leader, he brings 18 years of culinary experience to his position, along with a passion for culinary heritage. Prior to joining Somerset Hills, Donohue served as Executive Chef at the prestigious High Line Hotel, where he created specialty menus and events for New York City’s socialites and business elite, while utilizing the finest offerings from Hudson Valley and The Garden State. Throughout his career, Donohue has worked in notable kitchens across New York City, New England and Philadelphia, earning numerous industry accolades including Philadelphia Metro’s “Hot New Chef.”
“We could not have found a better expert to spearhead our innovative culinary program,” said Michelle Satanik, general manager at Somerset Hills Hotel. “Jerry is dedicated to presenting new and vibrant flavors, while staying true to New Jersey’s roots. We are confident the culinary team will deliver an unmatched dining experience under his leadership and are eager to see what initiatives they develop as we prepare to open doors.”
Donohue’s inspiration for the menu stems from Mother Nature, where the seasons of New Jersey will add vibrant colors and flavors to each dish. TAP Gastropub will feature the freshest, locally sourced ingredients using modern culinary techniques with a simplistic approach. The dynamic menu puts a classic twist on British favorites while incorporating familiar New Jersey flair. TAP Gastropub’s extensive bar offerings include delicious, specially curated cocktails and 20 perfectly chilled beers on tap.
“I am thrilled to be leading the team at TAP Gastropub and am confident my culinary knowledge and passion for delivering exceptional cuisine will aid in the revitalization of a local hotspot,” said Donohue. “The menu will blend contemporary comfort food with a traditional approach that is guaranteed to satisfy guests and locals alike. It will also showcase a number of local ingredients to make diners feel like they’re at home when experiencing TAP Gastropub.”
TAP Gastropub pays homage to the iconic former onsite restaurant, The Tap Room, a beloved community hotspot among locals. The new restaurant will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will also feature an extension of customized group offerings. Guests can plan an intimate meal in TAP Gastropub’s private dining room, host a catered event with a personalized menu in the one of the property’s elegant meeting spaces or dine in the restaurant’s stunning outdoor veranda.
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About TAP Gastropub
Located inside Somerset Hills Hotel, TAP Gastropub is a chef-driven restaurant featuring elevated comfort foods with familial New Jersey flair. The refined, yet causal restaurant boasts a charming dining room, intimate bar area and expansive outdoor veranda. TAP’s dynamic menu offers a creative spin on British favorites while using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and modern culinary techniques. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the iconic former onsite restaurant, The Tap Room, a community hot spot among locals. For more information, visit here.
About Somerset Hills Hotel
Somerset Hills Hotel, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ property, is the premier hotel of Central Jersey, nestled in the historic town of Warren, N.J. Originally built in 1987, the 118-room community staple is newly renovated and reimagined, capturing both the beauty and rich history of Somerset County. Also known as a premier weddings and corporate groups venue, the property offers more than 5,100 square feet of spectacular indoor meeting and event space, in addition to a beautiful and expansive outdoor venue. The hotel’s popular TAP Restaurant and Bar, a chef-driven European-style gastropub, offers guests and locals delicious cuisine and sample a selection of locally curated cocktails, as well as 20 perfectly chilled craft beers on tap. For more information, visit site here. Somerset Hills Hotel is located at 200 Liberty Corner Rd. Warren, NJ 07059.
About Valor Hospitality Partners
Valor Hospitality Partners is a full-service hotel acquisition, development, management and asset management company. With 48 hotels in its portfolio, Valor Hospitality Partners offers an array of services, including site selection, product selection, entitlements, financing solutions, conceptual design, construction and project management, procurement, technical services, pre-opening and operations management. Valor also provides consulting services on a wide range of project scenarios, including working with new or existing ownership groups on reviewing site selection, assessing feasibility studies and project budgets, compiling project budgets and underwriting. For more information, visit https://valorhospitality.com.
About Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Tapestry Collection by Hilton, launched in 2017, is a portfolio of upscale, original hotels that offers guests unique style and vibrant personality, and encourages guests to explore the local destination. With plans for global expansion, every Tapestry Collection property is united by the reliability that comes with the Hilton name, in addition to the benefits of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. Learn more about Hilton’s upscale collection brand at newsroom.hilton.com/tapestry, and connect with Tapestry Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 6,000 properties with more than 954,000 rooms, in 117 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, nearly 99 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
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