Hot From The Kettle ™: Highlawn Pavilion Centennial Celebration

by Melody Kettle

Last night, the Highlawn Pavilion turned the clock back a century to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of “The Casino,” the outstanding Italian-style pavilion atop Eagle Rock Reservation.

The Knowles Family, owners of the Highlawn Pavilion, as well as other esteemed New Jersey restaurants, celebrated in grand fashion (shown here, Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Knowles). Revelers enjoyed a custom Centennial Menu created by Executive Chef Mitchell Altholz. The libation of the evening, The Century Cocktail, was created by mixologist, Jan Werner and contains 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce grilled orange juice, and 3/4 ounce Grand Marnier.

Although Edison’s Model-T couldn’t make it due to inclement weather, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo and former Governor Richard Codey were in attendance. Baristanet’s good friend, Frank Gerard Godlewski (Frankgg), Curator/Exhibitions Manager at The Aragon Contemporary Arts Gallery and The Angel Orensanz Foundation, NYC, explained the historical significance of the evening.

If you couldn’t make it, watch the video and check out the pictures for a glimpse of the evening.