Celebrating 20 Years

Chatham, NJ’s Restaurant Serenade
Approaches 20th Anniversary
~ Multiple celebrations in the works for 2016-2017
James Laird and
Nancy Sheridan Laird

Chatham, NJ … September 27, 2016 … Restaurant Serenade, the award-winning restaurant owned + operated by longtime couple Chef James Laird and Nancy Sheridan Laird, will mark its 20th anniversary this October. Laird has consistently been named among the top chefs in the New York metropolitan area for his mastery of contemporary American cuisine.

After two decades in business, the restaurant has maintained a stellar reputation thanks to James’ and Nancy’s commitment to handpicked ingredients of the highest quality, an approachable and highly curated wine list, and unmatched attention to service.

One might even say that Serenade, which underwent a gorgeous makeover in 2015 (see photo below), is better than ever.

“It is amazing to us that it has been 20 years since we have opened Serenade,” enthuses Nancy. “We so appreciate the support of our surrounding communities, our staff, and our wonderful customers. We hope for another 20!”

A Chef & His Garden
The story of Restaurant Serenade cannot be told without speaking of James’ quarter-acre garden located on the Lairds’ property in Harding Township. James grows an extraordinary selection of produce and herbs that he and Nancy use in their home and restaurant kitchens ~ from broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower to peppers, beans and a dozen varieties of lettuce, to basil, thyme and fennel. The garden will yield 500 heads of heirloom garlic. And — since this is Jersey after all — an abundance of tomatoes.

Watch James harvest broccoli for the evening’s salad special, then meet his hens and rooster — they were introduced to help with fertilizer needs, but have become part of the family! 
20th Anniversary Celebration
From a Beard House dinner in early 2017 to a series of customer appreciation dinners and events are in the works. Details to come!
A FRESH LOOK Serenade’s redesigned dining rooms, by the acclaimed design collective Studio 1200, based in Short Hills, are less formal, more modern w/goldenrod chairs and walnut tables. The result? Their best year ever!
About Serenade
In 2016-2017, restaurateurs   Chef James Laird and Nancy Sheridan Laird are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Restaurant Serenade. Chef Laird has been at the vanguard of now-popular culinary trends — farm-to-table, ancient grains, gluten-free, and flavorful butterless, flourless and creamless dishes — since 1996. His signature contemporary American cuisine showcases the finest hand-selected seasonal and regional ingredients in simple, refined presentations and ever-changing tasting menus, complemented by an extensive, carefully curated wine collection. 
A native of Middlesex, NJ, Chef Laird’s acclaim emanates to the much larger culinary world. The New York Times named him “one of the best classically trained chefs in New Jersey” and New Jersey Monthly has consistently ranked the restaurant among “the best of the best.” 
A former Wall Street banker, Nancy Laird — like her husband, a CIA graduate — oversees all aspects of the Serenade experience. Her sound business acumen and years of involvement with the NJ Restaurant Association (as a board member since 2008, then ascending to Board Chair in 2014) — coupled with her culinary training, excellent wine palate, and natural hospitality — are integral to the restaurant’s success and longevity.