STONE HOUSE

Stone House at Stirling Ridge: rustic yet urban, contemporary, yet classic. Nestled in the hills of the Watchung Mountains and surrounded by 10 acres of lush grounds, Stone House offers spectacular views of the scenic countryside.

Inside this stylized venue, a variety of private settings – each with its own distinct vibe – awaits to set the stage for dining, weddings, social or corporate events.

STONE HOUSE EVENTS

Planning a Wedding or Social Event?

Host your big day at Stone House! Visit Our Events Site to Learn More by Clicking Here!

Corporate Events

Host your team building and corporate holiday events at Stone House. Preview our sample cocktail-style and sit-down menus.

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OUR VISION

At Stone House, we recognize that local food means fresh food! We are committed to offering a seasonal inspired menu with sustainable offerings by supporting local farms and purveyors. In fact, Stone House is home Dancing Goat Farms, which is part of a local organic farming cooperative.

OUR DESIGN

Stone House at Stirling Ridge radiates country elegance and luxury. With dramatic large-scale California Craftsman-style lodge aesthetics, the overall design embodies an underlying Eastern flare incorporating the Chinese Five Elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water.

OUR HISTORY

Stone House at Stirling Ridge is owned and operated by Landmark Hospitality, the company of Frank and Jeanne Cretella. The Cretellas are industry veterans with a discerning eye for establishing distinctive venues with high design elements and unforgettable cuisine.

They have owned iconic venues such as the Boathouse inside Central Park, American Park in Historic Battery Park and Lundy Bros. in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Today, Landmark venues include: Liberty House Restaurant, inside Liberty State Park, Celebrate at Snug Harbor, a historic botanical garden and cultural center in Staten Island, Crave Caterers, the off-premise catering division, the re-opening of the Ryland Inn at Whitehouse, New Jersey.

OUR TEAM

Executive Chef Jerry Villa

received his formal training from the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Villa has a long standing relationship with Landmark, dating back to 1997 when he was the Banquet Chef at The Boathouse in Central Park. In addition to The Boathouse, Chef Villa also worked with us as Executive Chef at Lundy’s in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In 2000, Chef Villa reunited with us when we opened Liberty House inside Liberty State Park, Jersey City. Jerry has also worked in conjunction with Relish Caterers and was Executive Chef at The Chart House.

Alexander Perez

Sous Chef – memorymaker – As the youngest of nine children, Alexander was always in the kitchen with his mom.  It seemed that his fate was to be a Chef from a very early age.  “I grew up in the kitchen, helping my mom cook for our large family” says Alexander.  He went on to hone his skills at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and from there was hired as a line Chef at Stone House at Stirling Ridge, where he was part of our opening team.  Alexander wanted to gain some more experience, so he left Stone House after a few years, and worked at a French bistro and then on to a trendy hotspot restaurant, both in Manhattan.  A few years later, Alexander missed Stone House, and came back as our Sous Chef.  His love of food and passion for excellence, make him a true memorymaker.

Andrea Tarantula

Assistant Restaurant Manager- memorymaker – After graduating with a degree in political science/international relations from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Andrea began her career with Landmark, as a back server at Stone House.  It was only supposed to be a summer job, she had planned to go to law school, however, there was something about the restaurant business that intrigued her.   Due to her impeccable guest service, she soon became a server and then became the assistant manager of the restaurant in 2011.  “ I love this restaurant, and it’s really awesome that Enrique and myself have seen the restaurant grow and change over the years.  I feel like I grew up with this place.  I always say, I never set out to work in this business but it is in my heart, and it is what makes me happy, and that is something that makes me very grateful.”  Andrea  has formed unbreakable friendships with many of the regular guests and loves meeting new people every day.  She loves being a part of our guests special celebrations and making their vision become a reality; she truly feels like a memorymaker because of it.

Carissa DeMarco

Event Stylist– memorymaker – Has been working for Landmark for nearly 9 years. She started as a hostess, using this job as a way to help her pay for college. However, Carissa had found her home and career here and over time she has worked her way up to becoming an event stylist at Stone House. Her favorite part of the job is that she gets to be a part of one of the most important days of someone’s life, their wedding day. She loves that every day is different, every event is different and that she learns something new every single day.

Aurora Serrano

– memorymaker – started at Stone House as our office manager, and was so organized and congenial, she seemed a natural fit for planning events. Since starting in this position, she has excelled greatly, receiving numerous accolades from colleagues and clients. She loves to see all of her hard work come to fruition.