Price: $90/pp, plus tax and gratuity
Time: Seatings at 6pm and 8pm
Reservations Required. For reservations, please call 908.335.8905 or visit our website athttps://resy.com/cities/nj/juniper-hill
A “locals only” night at Juniper Hill, featuring a 5-course tasting menu paired with wines from Mount Salem Vineyards – everything sourced locally from Hunterdon County.
The menu will feature offerings from some of our favorite local spots: The Musky Trout Hatchery, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Cotton Cattle Company, Mount Salem Lamb Farm, Bobolink, Two Barn Farm, Croton Farms, Stanton Mountain Farm, Howell Farm, Mount Salem Vineyards and Conclave Brewing.
ABOUT JUNIPER HILL:
Juniper Hill, a restaurant that touts Kitchen Coffee and Cocktails on its sign, is the creation of Chef Josh DeChellis and his wife Jennifer. Originally from Hunterdon County (and graduates of North Hunterdon High School), the couple returned to the area six years ago to raise their family and fulfill their dream of opening a place of their own.
Set in an old bank and located in Annandale (Clinton Township), it is a casual restaurant and bar that features an open chef’s kitchen, led by DeChellis. The menu at Juniper Hill is seasonal, yet changes almost daily based on the day’s deliveries and often highlights offerings from many of Hunterdon’s local producers. The Bar at Juniper Hill features signature cocktails, blended with unique spirits from around the world, while Jersey-made craft beers dominate the taps. Wine also plays an important role in their bar program with a variety of draft wines available and an extensive, yet value-driven wine list, which is organized in an easy-to-navigate manner.
The Bar, lined with large windows and flanked with a fireplace, doubles as a coffee spot with a barista on hand during bar hours ready to serve the chef’s guilty pleasure: globally renowned Coperaco coffee, roasted right here in New Jersey.
Opening a restaurant is nothing new for DeChellis – he’s been in the industry for his entire adult life and then some. He discovered his love of food soon after taking his first job as a dishwasher at Prego (now Dora’s) on Main Street in Clinton. He quickly chose to pursue his newfound interest through the Voorhees High School culinary program and later graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
After a short stint at The Frenchtown Inn, DeChellis followed his passion across the country and around the world. He has worked under some of the top chefs in the world: Alain Senderens, Alain Passard, Charlie Trotter, Wolfgang Puck, Juan Marie Arzak and Martin Bersatagui to name a few, but it wasn’t until he opened his first restaurant, Sumile, on West 13th Street in NYC and Sumile Tokyo in Japan, that DeChellis made a name for himself.
Josh went on to open and serve as the opening Executive Chef of Jovia and La Fonda del Sol in New York City before taking some time off from the professional kitchen to work under Rocco DiSpirito again, this time as his chief culinary officer.
In 2013, Josh and Jennifer purchased a liquor license and their long-time dream of opening a restaurant in their hometown, among family and friends, became a real possibility. They spent almost two full years researching properties and searching for the right space while DeChellis served as the executive chef of Il Buco Alimentari in NYC. In 2016, they made a decision and purchased the vacant PNC bank on Beaver Avenue in Annandale.
The rest is history. After about 8 months of construction, Juniper Hill opened and their mission is simple: ingredient-forward, community-based and approachable. Josh works hard to procure the finest ingredients from his purveyors and strives to work with local farms to deliver their work to the table. He frequents the local farmer markets and farms, such as Two Barn Farm in Pittstown and Stanton Mountain Farm of Lebanon, to handpick menu ingredients. He sources fish from the NJ coastline, offers wines from Mount Salem Vineyards’ of Hunterdon County and craft beer from our local breweries, but is always looking for more local farms and resources.
Some may consider Juniper Hill a bit unconventional, but really it’s more of an extension of the DeChellis’. The dining tables are crafted by family (Ben Weinschenk and Larry Weinschenk) and the artwork is a loose narration of the couple, including their love of Bill Murray who hangs above the fireplace. They’re self-admittedly casual folks who enjoy good food and drink without the fuss. They hope for Juniper Hill to become a middle-ground for dining out—one in which families feel welcome (kids eat for $5) and the community can enjoy fresh, interesting food in a casual and comfortable environment.
Juniper Hill is currently open for supper, Tuesday-Sunday and will be opening for lunch later this fall. Private events and catering is available through Juniper Hill.
Seating: up to 110 guests – dining room, patio, private vault and The Bar
Amenities: fireplace, handicap accessible, patio, private dining for groups of 6-8
Private events, catering available
Reservations recommended, but not required. The Bar is walk-in only.
73 Beaver Avenue Annandale, NJ 08801
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