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Bernardsville, New Jersey, July 17, 2012

Bernards Inn Chef Corey Heyer returns to the James Beard House in New York City to host an exclusive dinner celebrating the best of New Jersey’s famed coastal seafood and fresh garden favorites. The five-course “Garden State Bounty” dinner will be presented on Thursday, August 9 at the legendary Beard House.

Inspired by his Jersey Shore roots and a commitment to growing and cooking with the freshest, seasonal ingredients and locally-sourced products, Chef Heyer will craft a summer seafood feast enhanced with flavors from the Bernards Inn’s own expansive garden and local growers.

Featured dishes will include Fluke Crudo, Barnegat Inlet Scallops, Cape May Salt Oysters, Seared Skate, and Smoked Bluefish. Jersey tomatoes, peaches, summer squash, and a variety of home-grown vegetables and herbs will be innovatively combined in each dish. The menu is paired with five exquisite wines selected by Bernards Inn Wine Director and Sommelier, Terri Baldwin.

“It is an honor to return to the James Beard House and prepare a dinner that celebrates everything that is so special about the Garden State,” says Chef Heyer, who grew up in Bay Head, New Jersey. We have some of the best seafood in the world and an abundance of local farms and top quality food purveyors.”

This is the fourth time that Chef Heyer has been invited to cook in America’s most famous kitchen, but the first time he will utilize ingredients the he cultivated himself. The Bernards Inn started its garden four years ago and additional beds have been added every year. Chef Heyer says, “The garden continues to transform our menu on so many levels.” The garden has helped The Bernards Inn garner “Best Fresh and Local” honors from the New York Times.

View Garden State Bounty Menu.

About The Bernards Inn

Established in 1907, the Bernards Inn is an award-winning restaurant and boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Bernardsville, New Jersey. A Somerset Hills landmark, The Bernards Inn welcomes guests with the style and elegance of a small European luxury hotel, while preserving the charm of a historic American country inn. Under the ownership of Hampshire Destination Properties, The Bernards Inn recently marked its 100 year anniversary with a multimillion dollar renovation and redesign. The Inn offers fine dining, wedding and banquet services, conference rooms, as well as 20 well-appointed guestrooms. For more information about The Bernards Inn, call 908-766-0002 or enjoy our website.

About the James Beard House Foundation

The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s culinary heritage and diversity. The late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine who helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. Today, the James Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by providing scholarships, honoring industry professionals, offering the public the opportunity to enjoy the talents of emerging and established chefs, winemakers, cookbook authors, and purveyors, and hosting conferences, readings, and classes to engage people with the fascinating world of food. For more information about programs and membership, visit