Locally operated and family-owned, D&D Expositions produces popular trade shows and consumer events, including the Suburban Home & Garden Show, one of the top home-show events in the country. The company targets local retailers and consumers to create a community-based experience.
A group of resident ducks waddle across The Carriage House's grassy front yard, hoping to be fed a few crumbs as diners shuffle in to fill up on homestyle meals or shuffle out— delightfully sated—possibly with a purchased bag of duck food in hand. Interacting with the environment is just one of the pleasant surprises at the restaurant—where diners enjoy meals at tables in the main dining area or in one of the private rooms overlooking a lake while enjoying entrees such as deviled crab, veal parmigiana, or Delmonico steak.
Lunch and Friday-night dinner buffets feature discounted daily cuisine specials, and sunset dinners every Tuesday–Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. feature lighter entree portions with soup, a salad, sides, and housemade desserts such as apple crisp or bread pudding. A traditional three-course afternoon tea service brings an air of yesteryear as guests dine on sandwiches and scones on fine china. Guests can also book party rooms for celebrations such as birthdays, baby showers, or bathing in presents.
Color Me Mine art studio is stocked with more than 600 ceramic items awaiting decoration, including cookie jars, plates, and vases. Fledgling artists pick the item they want to paint and decorate it with nontoxic, lead-free, and food-safe paint. The studio instructors then glaze the completed masterpiece before firing it in a kiln, sealing the paint job and smoking out any genies hiding inside it. Color Me Mine also hosts BYOB painting classes in its private party room, where instructors give step-by-step instruction that help students create their own acrylic canvas paintings.
Art instructors, wedding and fashion photographers, and the paparazzi of the avian world populate the staff at Imagination Digital Art School. Placing working photographers at the helm of every class, the school offers beginners and casual enthusiasts a glimpse at how the pros envision, set up, and carry out the perfect shot. Workshops send students through crash courses on lighting, composition, or the technical aspects of their cameras, and ventures in the field visit scenic locales such as Adventure Aquarium and Barnegat Lighthouse, which sailors have long loved for its flattering lighting.
As a young girl, Chef Kim's love of cooking was born as she watched her aunts and grandmother craft huge family meals. Today, at Chef Kim's Kitchen, she creates meals for customers who don't have the time or the inclination to cook. Before she starts cooking, customers fill out a culinary questionnaire to inform Chef Kim of food sensitivities and preferences. Meals arrive packaged in reusable containers, ready to heat, freeze, or build a fort with, and most are crafted with local and organic ingredients when possible.