November 17, 2010
For Immediate Release

Hope for Veterans Contact: Julia Ahmet
Community Hope
973-463-9600 (x303)

Restaurant Contact: Tom Carlin
Gladstone Tavern

Gladstone Tavern To Host Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans

Peapack-Gladstone historic restaurant continues annual tradition and plans a feast for 40 residents of Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans Program

Gladstone TavernPEAPACK-GLADSTONE – The Gladstone Tavern is giving back to the community this holiday season by remembering our veterans with Thanksgiving dinner for forty residents of the Hope for Veterans Transitional Housing Program.

A familiar stop for well over 100 years in the quaint rural town of Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County, Gladstone Tavern Chef/Owner Tom Carlin and his family members will trade in a day at home together to serve Thanksgiving dinners to formerly homeless veterans residing at the Community Hope program who won’t have family to feast with.

“As a family, we are so grateful for having the opportunity to provide a delicious gourmet meal for those less fortunate,” said Chef Carlin. “The entire Gladstone Tavern family members are looking forward to coming together to ensure these 40 veterans have a dining experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. We’re going to be their family this holiday season!”

“The holidays can be an especially tough time for the homeless and the veterans we serve,” explains Community Hope CEO J. Michael Armstrong. “Chef Carlin and his family and staff understand that. The veterans who have been fortunate to experience their generosity in past years have come away feeling truly appreciated and remembered on this holiday of giving thanks.”

With an estimated 6,500 homeless veterans in New Jersey, the nonprofit organization Community Hope opened the Hope for Veterans Transitional Housing Program at the Lyons VA campus in 2004. The 95-bed facility is among the largest and most comprehensive programs in

New Jersey and the Tri-State area for homeless veterans, offering job coaching; computer training and other support services to help veterans break the cycle of homelessness and despair. Community Hope is expanding their award-winning program with plans for two new initiatives that will provide housing and services for an additional 100 homeless veterans.

Chef Carlin has over 25 years experience in the restaurant business and has worked alongside noted chefs. His featured Thanksgiving menu for the veterans dinner will be butternut squash bisque or chicken rice soup, followed by roasted turkey breast with country gravy, Edwards smoked country ham and Cedar planked salmon with maple-pepper glaze. Side dishes will include green beans with buttered almonds, toasted brussel sprouts, fried sweet potatoes, chive mashed potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, chestnut stuffing, corn muffins and cranberry relish. The dinner will be rounded off with choices of apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies, pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing, assorted homemade cookies, coffee, tea and fresh apple cider.

Located on the corner of 273 Main Street and Pottersville Road in Gladstone, the acclaimed restaurant seats 212 people in several dining environments. The main dining room features a stone fireplace, as well as a new bar and lounge, while seasonal outdoor dining is available under a covered terrace with an outdoor fireplace and bar overlooking the chef’s herb garden. Upstairs a spacious private dining room with vaulted ceilings and a cocktail porch is available for social and corporate functions. For additional information about the Gladstone Tavern and their dining opportunities, contact the restaurant at (908) 234-9055 or via e-mail at

For more information on the Hope for Veterans Program, contact Community Hope at (973) 463-9600 extension 308 or through their website at