Peapack-Gladstone – Gladstone Tavern continues to give back to our veterans in a big way. For the sixth year, Chef/Owner Tom Carlin and his family will trade in a day at home together to serve Thanksgiving dinners to formerly homeless veterans who won’t have family to feast with.
Gladstone Tavern will host 40 or more veterans at the restaurant to a Thanksgiving feast that day. Their generosity is greatly appreciated each year by the veterans who reside at Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans® Transitional Housing Program, based at the nearby Lyons VA campus. Many of the veterans have spent previous holidays alone and forgotten or halfway around the world in combat.
Gladstone Tavern is a landmark restaurant housed in a former farmhouse that was built over 170 years ago in the quaint hamlet of Peapack-Gladstone in Somerset County, New Jersey.
“We are grateful for having the opportunity to provide a delicious Thanksgiving feast for those less fortunate,” said Chef Carlin. “The entire Gladstone Tavern family is looking forward to coming together to ensure these 40 veterans have a dining experience they’ll remember. We’re going to be their family this holiday!”
Community Hope has helped more than 700 veterans and veteran families, and community support from individuals like Gladstone Tavern and the Carlin family make it possible to fulfill the organization’s mission. “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 thousands of homeless veterans in New Jersey, the nonprofit organization Community Hope is the leading charity in New Jersey serving homeless veterans and veteran families. In 2004, the Hope for Veterans® Transitional Housing Program opened as the largest program in the State for homeless veterans. Community Hope has since opened an emergency housing program in Newark for homeless veterans and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program to help low-income families prevent or recover from homelessness. The organization and its partners are developing a 62-unit housing development at the Lyons VA campus and a 4-unit project in Morris County.
Chef Carlin has over 30 years experience in the restaurant business in New York City and New Jersey and has worked alongside several noted chefs. His featured Thanksgiving menu for the veterans dinner will be roasted acorn squash bisque or chicken noodle soup, followed by traditional whole roasted turkey with gravy, country ham and herb roasted salmon. Side dishes will include buttered green beans, bacon braised Brussels sprouts, vanilla whipped sweet potato, garlic-rosemary potato gratin, turkey sausage stuffing, apple corn bread and cranberry relish. The dinner will be rounded off with choices of cinnamon apple and pumpkin pies, pumpkin cake with maple butter cream, cranberry cheesecake, coffee, tea and fresh local farm apple cider.
Located on the corner of 273 Main Street and Pottersville Road in Gladstone, the acclaimed restaurant seats people in several dining environments. The main dining room features a stone fireplace, as well as a bar and lounge, seasonal outdoor dining is available under a covered terrace with an outdoor fireplace overlooking the chef’s herb garden. Upstairs a spacious private dining room with stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling 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 visit their website www.gladstonetavern.com
For more information on the Hope for Veterans® Program, contact Community Hope at (973) 463-9600 extension 308 or through their website at www.communityhope-nj.org