Dying to see Chris Cannon’s new Morristown restaurant? Sept. 18 is your chance

The Vail Mansion. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Vail Mansion. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown's historic Vail Mansion, future home of the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen.
Morristown’s historic Vail Mansion, future home of the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen.

New York restaurateur Chris Cannon is a man with a vision for Morristown.

You can be among the first patrons to experience that vision, at a Sept. 18, 2014, cocktail reception to celebrate the grand opening of his Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen.

Cannon is putting the finishing touches on his four-themed project inside the historic Vail Mansion. The Mountain Lakes resident said his group has spent nearly $5 million renovating the palazzo-style Italian Renaissance mansion, built during World War I by AT&T magnate Theodore Vail.

New York restaurateur Chris Cannon plans to open a high-end establishment at the Vail Mansion in 2014. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
New York restaurateur Chris Cannon, a Mountain Lakes resident, is poised to open the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Cocktails will cost you $50.  For $350 (tax and gratuity included), you can savor a five-course wine pairing dinner showcasing several top New York chefs.

All proceeds benefit Morristown’s Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center.

Guests will sample passed hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails and beers in The Oyster & Wine Bar, The Vail Bar and The Rathskeller–three pieces of Cannon’s grand plan.

The fourth element, the Dining Room, will be introduce visitors to creations by Jockey Hollow Executive Chef Kevin Sippel, Alfred Portale of the Gotham Bar & Grill, Ryan Hardy of Charlie Bird, Kevin Pemoulie of Thirty Acres and Ben Nerenhausen of Mistral.

Tickets for the meal include admission to the cocktail reception. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to donate to soup kitchen.

Cannon made his mark at L’Impero and Convivio, among other top-rated Manhattan restaurants. He has forged partnerships with Mantoloking’s Forty North Oyster Farms and Mendham’s Ralston Farm, to supply locally sourced ingredients for “modern American- and Italian-inspired” menus at Jockey Hollow.



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