Max Hansen, the Bucks County chef/owner of Max Hansen Caterer, has purchased a property that will become the future headquarters of his catering operation in Mercer County.
The 25,000-square-foot, multimillion dollar property, located on a preserved 82-acre sylvan campus, is located at 328 Carter Road in Princeton, and will be named The Princeton Farmhouse.
Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it will accommodate up to 300 guests for sit-down affairs, according to information provided by Peter Breslow Consulting & Public Relations.
Hansen, who has been serving the area for more than 25 years, recognized there was a scarcity of sizable premium event spaces in the Princeton area, according to the statement.
“I believe that our farmhouse venue will provide a world class event space worthy of the community,” he said in the statement.
The venue is being designed by Studio Hillier, an architecture firms Princeton-based and run by husband-and-wife architects Barbara and Bob Hillier.
Construction will begin late summer, with completion slated for the summer of 2022.
The Princeton Farmhouse will include a full-service catering and event facility, a commissary kitchen, and offices.
There is a full-service liquor license.
Studio Hillier’s plan is to raise the event space roof to create an airy modern structure. The new design will incorporate what Hansen refers to as “the look and feel of a New England farm compound with a Princeton aesthetic” according to the statement.
A large deck built into the innovative design will allow guests to enjoy additional outdoor space when weather permits. The farmhouse connects to the event space, and the deck will have views of a pond.
The grounds surrounding the building will be landscaped with native and sustainable plants.
Hansen said that the property will not only be used for private affairs, but will have the flexibility to host conferences, seminars, meetings, corporate events and charitable fundraisers.
Hansen added that he will partner with several local farms, including Cherry Grove Farms, Terhune Orchards and Blue Moon Acres, to provide fresh, premium local ingredients for his menus.
Hansen has cooked for former First Lady Michelle Obama; and former presidents George W. Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton. He has served governors, ambassadors and international heads of state, and was one of the premier caterers for the National Football League’s cocktail party at the Meadowlands for Super Bowl XLVII in 2014. In addition, Hansen had the honor of serving 10,000 guests at Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s first inauguration gala in 2003.
“The Princeton Farmhouse is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me and for my team,” Hansen said in the statement. “I’ve been working my entire career to build this type of premier facility, and I cannot wait to serve our guests from Princeton and beyond next summer!”
To learn more about Hansen, visit https://maxhansencaterer.com or call 215-766-3439.