Branson partner in resort, cooking school at N.J. estate

November 29, 2009 

A new luxury resort is opening on an estate in New Jersey with Sir Richard Branson as a partner.

The Natirar resort will be set in a 40-room mansion on 90 acres of a 500-acre property in Somerset County, N.J. The estate, located about 45 miles from New York City, was once owned by King Hassan II of Morocco.

The first phase of the project, the Ninety Acres Culinary Center, opens Tuesday with a restaurant, cooking school, wine school and working farm on 15 acres. The culinary center will support local agriculture, with some ingredients grown onsite. The restaurant will offer a New American farm-to-table menu with entrees ranging from $26 for steak to $32 for lamb. Other choices include pizzas, lobster and duck.

The resort with guest accommodations will open in summer 2010. For information, visit www.natirar.com or call 908-901-9500 to make a reservation.

The Associated Press

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