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Fall 2015 2015 BizBash Media On the cover Photo by Cornelia stiles BizBash Readers Forum 48 Readers discuss the wackiest dress codes they ve ever seen 50 Comic Con planner Lance Fensterman s 10 rules for events 51 BizBash on Instagram 52 The planner behind Pope Francis s visit to Philadelphia shares her favorite venues TheScout 57 A photo booth experience with stylized interactive effects 58 Portable meals ideal for afternoon meetings 61 The dos and don ts of reminder emails for event R.S.V.P.s 62 New power-equipped furniture items for rent 64 Should trade show booths focus on product display or experiential design 65 The newest updates to four major live-streaming systems 67 Tips for staging an effective presentation space for speakers 68 How nonprofits are engaging young donors 70 The strategy behind digital mattress company Casper s unique pop-up events 72 High-end gift ideas for V.I.P.s 75 How to get the most out of corporate retreats 76 Q&A An expert discusses the latest digital developments for evaluating events 78 Ideas products and trends to have on your radar 80 Newsflash What s on our minds this season Venues 83 Why a screening room is a must-have meeting space for hotels and event venues 86 New spaces for events in Atlanta Austin Boston Chicago Dallas Fort Worth Houston Las Vegas Los Angeles Miami South Florida New York Orlando Central Florida Philadelphia Phoenix Scottsdale San Diego San Francisco Toronto and Washington EventReports 117 Pitchfork Music Festival 118 From Boston Hendrick s Gin s flying cucumber Ben & Jerry s climate change campaign 122 From Chicago Groupon s street festival Food & Wine s 130 133 134 135 136 142 153 new food fest the N.F.L. Draft the Shedd Aquarium gala Coast to Coast Trends from recent music fesivals From Houston Omega s spacetheme dinner From Las Vegas Berkshire Hathaway s sales conference From London the Salvation Army s 150th anniversary From Los Angeles the Teen Choice Awards V.I.P. tent Thrillist s culinary road trip summer blockbuster premiere photos From Miami Paramount s launch event Fashion Week Swim Sugar Factory s opening Ardbeg Day Royal Palms South Beach Miami s dedication event From New York Scream Queens promotion Target s fashion picnic Nike and Tommy Hilfiger s popup tennis tournaments Facebook s event series WeWork s summer camp the Watermill Center s summer benefit Fashion Week Men s Heinz s indoor barbecue the Northside Festival 174 From Philadelphia the DraftKings N.B.A. draft party 176 From San Francisco Coupa s conference after-party the Bite Silicon Valley conference Amway China s incentive event 182 From Toronto the Pan Am Games SickKids Foundation benefit the Power Plant s Power Ball 190 From Washington the Opera Ball Citi s lounge at Global Citizen Earth Day 195 HolidayPartyIdeas Steal these decor catering cocktail and entertainment ideas for this year s corporate gatherings 204 The15MostInnovative Meetings2015 The conferences expos trade shows and summits striving to make meetings matter SpecialAdvertisingSection 221 The Holiday Directory Checklist 239 8 things to double check at an event s run-through Photo eli turner studios 38 Like us facebook.com bizbash Follow us BizBash Follow us BizBash On BizBash.com OUR COVERAGE OF TIpS FOR photos courtesy of stella artois courtesy of ferrari north america courtesy of hadley media (comic-con) theo wargo usa network (disasters) kate szatmari (social media) courtesy of pandora (employee events) bizbash.com stella-artois Stella Artois Immersive Dinner in a Dome planning Accessible Meetings and Events bizbash.com meetings Hosting Events on Boats bizbash.com venues Capturing people s Attention bizbash.com event-marketing Keeping Sponsors Happy bizbash.com sponsorship Avoiding Event-Day Disasters bizbash.com weather-problems plUS Social Media Stars to Book for Events bizbash.com social-media What Event pros Thought of the V.M.A.s bizbash.com mtv-video-music -awards Ferrari s Gas Station Takeover bizbash.com automotive Comic-Con s Buzzy Stunts bizbash.com comic-con Dos and Don ts of Employee Events bizbash.com employee-events Follow us on Instagram Follow BizBash on Instagram and see our live coverage of events around the country. 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WILL YOU BE ONE OF THEM IN 2015 DESIGN THE LUNCHEON (Sold out in 2014) THE WORKSHOP SERIES REGISTER TODAY AT BIZBASH.COM EXPONY NEW YORK CHANGING THE COURSE OF LIVE EXPERIENCES TUESDAY OCTOBER 27 JACOB K. JAVITS CONVENTION CENTER NEW YORK Discover insights from event innovators who have worked with influential brands including Bud Light Nike Coca-Cola HBO MasterCard and more. SPONSORS AS OF 09.04.15 EXECUTIVE DESIGNERS OF BIZBASH LIVE NEW YORK BIZBASH NATIONAL FURNITURE SPONSOR Readers Forum What s the wackiest dress code you ve ever seen What Event Professionals Are Talking About We were hired to produce a Light Up the Night event as the closing reception for an association s annual conference at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas earlier this year. To encourage the theme we had party motivators dressed in LED costumes handing out glow sticks for attendees to wear. I produced a gala once that was for a technology-focused jobs development organization. The event had a geektheme dress code and guests could stop by our Geek Boutique table to dress up their outfits with bandaged glasses flashing rings bow ties and other geeky gear. Selina Christine Mullenax account executive Exhilirate Orlando We had a Harley Davidson-theme corporate group event. Everyone was dressed in leathers bandannas biker vests fake tattoos fake five-o clock shadows mustaches and leather boots. The ladies had similar gear. The planner even rented motorcycles and offered rides around the valet area. The owner was unaware of the event and he flipped out. We had to explain that the group was actually executives dressed for an event Mike Duseberg magician Michael Duseberg Inc. Stuart Florida An Anything but Clothes theme where guests were encouraged to get creative and utilize different materials besides fabric for their garb. There was bubble wrap trash bins and bags packing peanuts cellophane wrap flowers and empty containers. It was amazing to see how creative everyone was. Erica Urban owner Urban Event Planners Chicago Danielle M. Alexander owner and director of special events Posh 5 Productions Los Angeles At a sales launch in the food industry everyone on the marketing staff was asked to dress like the product they were introducing. I was training on shortening which was a difficult costume. I got a giant box and had the manufacturing plant send labels. We had chickens and other weird costumes but it was a good laugh. Robin Rinehart president Rinehart Design and Consulting Sacramento California We decided to have a little fun with the attire for our 2013 Catalina Island Conservancy Ball the theme of which was Camp Catalina. We tied in the glamping style and encouraged guests to play along. We had a variety of outfits the night of the event from bedazzled hiking boots with ball gowns to pith helmets and tuxedos and even some guests accessorizing with vintage scout uniforms and canteens. Jen Poyer senior special events manager Catalina Island Conservancy Long Beach California Jason Allan Scott managing director Hollywood Inc. London England 48 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Courtesy of readers Coming out of the recession in 2010 companies were holding redundancies or layoff parties. Every time a company asked me how they could go about this I would put forward a Dress to Distress party theme. The staff members outfits included baggy T-shirts outfits covered in stains track bottoms leggings with oversize white T-shirts and sneakers and flip-flops. Readers Forum My Rules Lance Fensterman is global vice president of ReedPop the pop culture division of event and trade show organizer Reed Exhibitions. ReedPop produces 26 annual events for more than one million total attendees its roster includes New York Comic Con the Penny Arcade Expos (PAX) in Boston and Seattle C2E2 in Chicago and BookCon in New York. This year the company added comic conventions in Vienna Shanghai and Paris to its growing number of international events. 1. Remember that everything that we do is for our guests. My company builds fun. Build is the operative word. Planning and logistics are the framework that fun hangs on. Think through the details via guest eyes. If we make our fans happy they reward us. 2. Gear up. It is not uncommon for my team to be walking as much as 15 to 20 miles per day at our conventions. Make sure that you have the proper shoes high-tech socks and high-tech undergarments. Drink lots of water and make sure you eat a big breakfast. There is definitely a very real physical component to events that needs to be prepared for. 3. Hustle. Big lines and lots of waiting mean guests will be watching you and your staff. Make sure they don t see you standing around chatting up co-workers or scrolling through your phone. If they see you hustling and trying to make their experience better they won t be so frustrated with a line because they know you re doing your best to get them through. 4. Locate the nearest good restrooms. When you have 150 000 people in a building like we do at some of our conventions finding some peace and quiet to handle the necessities can be near to impossible--but they do exist 5. Take care of your team. Carry some snacks and water in your bag and make sure you re checking on your team. You need them in top shape to get through the day so make sure they are taking some breaks eating staying hydrated and not overexerting themselves. 6. Talk to strangers. Make connections with guests. They ll appreciate the attention and knowing that their feedback is going to someone with a vested interest in the event. You ll get valuable insight into why they come and what they want from the day. I ve made friends for life with random fans by doing just this. 7. Be attentive and flexible with guests. Fans at our conventions wait all year for this one event. We want to make sure we deliver an experience that is worthy of their passion. If fans are in costume Remember they likely have invested a great deal of their heart soul time and money into their costume and care deeply that others see it and can interact with them. They need a safe place to show it off. An extra measure of patience and empathy will help too. 8. Information is king. Keeping everyone informed makes them very happy What line they are in what time we may be moving the line yes they are in the right line yes they can leave the line and go to the bathroom yes they will get into the panel. Whiteboards work very well on the ever-changing messages needed for guests. 9. Never make a decision based on fear. Running a crowded pop culture event full of passionate fans can be intimidating. Act boldly and positively based on preparedness common sense research guts and instinct--but never fear. (It s my rule for life too.) 10. Have fun. Our convention guests are there to have fun--period If the staff is having fun too--talking to fans and creating an environment that is built for fun--then good things happen and the guests leave happy. My team and I are all fans as well so we think about what your ultimate pop culture experience would be and try to create that for the audience. Share this story bizbash.com my-rules photo michael b. shane Readers Forum Lorem Ipsum BizBash on Instagram To show us what you re up to tag your Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet porta We ll Instagram photos with BizBash. consectetur adipiscingfrom BizBash. tweet our favorites elit. Nullam pellentesque urna sit amet. Donec luctus nibh et nisi mollis tempus. Nam consequat aliquet justo eu dignissim mauris aliquam non. Fusce ut diam eu purus luctus tempor porttitor ac purus. 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Productions Inc. Transportation Chicago Cras non adipiscing Trolley & Double Decker augue. --Jenny Berg A overhead installation made of wood and oldfashioned lighbulbs at a wedding overlooking the Aegean Sea in Greece posted by mybestwishesevents. Company photos Courtesy of Instagrammers Center City s newest venue with City Hall a national historic landmark as the backdrop. Dancing fountains green grass and beautiful tree groves will take your event over the top. TO PLAN YOUR EXPERIENCE PLEASE CALL 215.440.5507 OR VISIT CCDPARKS.ORG Readers Forum Where I Go The planner behind the World Meeting of Families 2015 shares her favorite places. To Entertain Guests I love showing off Philadelphia Working on the World Meeting of Families--Philadelphia 2015 we ve had many visitors from the Vatican and they ve been fascinated by the magnitude and beauty of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St. Philadelphia 800.428.9000 paconvention.com) which is the location of September s World Meeting of Families Congress. Donna Crilley Farrell is the executive director of the World Meeting of Families which brought Pope Francis to Philadelphia at the end of September. Farrell the former communications director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia oversaw both the 15 000-attendee conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center as well as the papal visit which was expected to draw 1.5 million people. To Relax For family-friendly relaxation we head to my in-laws house in Bethany Beach Delaware. Only a few hours from our home we can escape to enjoy the beach. It s really family-friendly with a nice boardwalk and some cute restaurants. A stop at Bonkey s Ice Cream and Sno Balls (35849 Atlantic Ave. Bethany Beach Del. 302.260.2471 bonkeys .com) is a must. Fork Davio s Northern Italian Steakhouse PHOTOs cOurTesy Of WOrld MeeTing Of faMilies--PHiladelPHia 2015 (HeadsHOT) HeaTHer fOWler PHOTOgraPHy (daviO s) MaTT sTanley (sisTer ciTies Park) ralPH nardell PHOTOgraPHy (dining under THe sTars) cOurTesy Of venues (all OTHers) To Throw a Dinner Party Davio s Northern Italian Steakhouse (111 South 17th St. Philadelphia 215.563.4810 davios.com) is a favorite for company Christmas dinners. They have a beautiful rooftop patio and an intimate private dining room which is lovely. To Entertain a V.I.P. Pope Francis is the next V.I.P. we plan to entertain and he is famous for preferring to keep things simple. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (100 Wynnewood Road Wynnewood Penn. 610.667.3394 scs.edu) will provide a warm welcome to Pope Francis that is hospitable but not ostentatious. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Sister Cities Park To Dine With Visitors Fork (306 Market St. Philadelphia 215.625.9425. forkrestaurant.com) is my favorite place to bring our international guests for American cuisine. Several of our most-traveled visitors have said it is the best meal they ve ever enjoyed. Dining Under the Stars For Outdoor Entertaining My absolute favorite way to dine is outdoors I enjoy attending Dining Under the Stars in Media Pennsylvania which is a dining experience designed to replicate the open-air caf s in Paris Rome and Venice. Although several wonderful restaurants participate I personally favor Fellini s Caf (106 West State St. Media Penn. 610.892.7616 felliniscafe.com) because they entertain large groups and as an added bonus they are a B.Y.O.B. To Get Inspired Two of my favorite places to find inspiration are Sister Cities Park (210 North 8th St. Philadelphia 215.440.5500 sistercitiespark.org) and my patio. I try to be outdoors as much as I possibly can. I enjoy the welcoming atmosphere at Sister Cities Park which is composed of a beautiful garden a pond and even children playing. For My Favorite Meal Marra s Italian Restaurant (1734 East Passyunk Ave. Philadelphia 215.463.9249 marrasone.com) in South Philadelphia. My husband Mike and I used to dine there constantly when we were newlyweds and living in the area. Now when we travel into the city we bring our twins there for an excellent Italian meal. Mike always jokes that I m wasting time when I look at the menu since I always get the same thing--fresh mussels red. Share this story bizbash.com readersforum 52 bizbash.com fall 2015 Tracking the Latest Event Trends Ideas and Strategies Edited by MichElE laufik The Scout Wall Art Created by Brooklyn-based design studio VolvoxLabs (volvoxlabs.com) the DaVinci dynamic video wall melds a photo booth experience with stylized interactive effects. Equipped with a DSLR camera and consisting of eight LED monitors varying in size and shape the highly configurable system can be scaled and built to a company s specifications. Photos are triggered remotely and processed with custom digital effects or branded content iPad kiosks allow guests to post their shots to social media or to print them. The first iteration of the DaVinci (which stands for Design Audiovisual Interactive and Content Implementation) was used at a Lincoln Motor car launch during the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2014. Last fall DaVinci 2.0 debuted at a Microsoft launch party the upgraded wall comes equipped with a Microsoft Kinect camera which is able to capture and separate guests from the background. Pricing starts at 17 400 with additional fees for custom fabrication. Meta Agency (718.388.4973 themetaagency.com) handles booking. --Michele laufik photos the meta agency bizbash.com fall 2015 57 New on the Menu Build-your-own tacos with fresh tortillas and assorted fillings including carne asada carnitas and mushroom plus toppings and sides by Otto s Tacos (646.678.4018 ottostacos.com) in New York Nova Scotia lobster in chive mayonnaise served in an artisanal bun along with kettle chips beans snow and snap peas broccoli salad and a chocolate whoopie pie by En Ville Event Design & Catering (416.533.8800 enville.com) in Toronto A bento box filled with heirloom beet and watercress salad with goat cheese and spiced pistachios open-faced roasted chicken salad sandwich on a pretzel croissant and olive-oil-poached salmon with tomato-fennel chutney and balsamic roasted vegetable skewers by Truffleberry Market (630.301.2669 truffleberrymarket.com) in Chicago Share this story bizbash.com catering 58 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos sms photography (royal fig catering) simon burn (en ville) molly DecouDreaux photography (bi-rite) anDre maier (abigail kirsch) aaron cook aack stuDio (the larDer) courtesy of venDors (all others) These portable eats are ideal for afternoon meetings. By Michele laufik Let s Do Lunch Gulf shrimp with house-made cocktail sauce by Royal Fig Catering (512.814.9743 royalfig.com) in Austin Texas Artichoke and four-cheese focaccia flatbread with marinara sauce by Bi-Rite Catering (415.321.8070 biritecatering.com) in San Francisco Sesame noodle salad with Asian vegetables garnished with spicy tuna and California rolls served in individual take-out containers by Abigail Kirsch (212.696.4076 abigailkirsch .com) in New York Tiramisu in a jar with chocolate ganache espresso biscuits and vanilla mascarpone by Eatertainment (416.964.1162 eatertainment.com) in Toronto Roasted salmon with citrus vinaigrette served on a bed of fresh greens with a baguette roll and a choice of seasonal fruit or a chocolate chip cookie by Bi-Rite Catering (415.321.8070 biritecatering.com) in San Francisco Fried chicken with buttermilk dressing served with a house-made biscuit longcooked cavolo nero summer succotash salad and a chocolate chip or oatmeal cookie by the Larder (310.806.6460 thelarder.com) in Los Angeles bizbash.com fall 2015 59 Registration Here are the dos and don ts of sending reminder emails for event R.S.V.P.s. By MICHELE LAUFIK Email Alert A guest received an invite to an event. Now what Following up with confirmation and reminder emails can be a tricky balancing act for event planners-- between wanting to keep guests informed and overloading their inboxes. To help stay out of the trash folder experts offer their advice for creating must-read event correspondence. thank-you or a reminder Nordberg says. Depending on how far into the future your event may be you may need multiple reminders but if you get up to four follow-ups for one event it s time to make sure each of those emails is still delivering on the purpose you outlined before. Kosolcharoen also cautions against being repetitive and says to avoid emailing more than once a week. But be sure to send one personal email to clients you still haven t heard from. Or if a set guest list isn t required we d recommend sending a few general reminders as the deadline looms but keep it to two or three. More reminders might become an annoyance and have a negative impact on your client s experience and their desire to attend your event he warns. 3. How to Give Thanks After email [your guest] receives just after signing up is your first chance to talk to [them]. So this is when you begin to roll out the red carpet says Andy Crestodina principal and strategic director of Chicago-based Orbit Media a Web design company. Use a warm friendly tone. Talk to them Crestodina also recommends like they are a person. Go beyond plugging any V.I.P. packages in the thank you and make them feel confirmation message since guests welcome. are more likely to take action when Leif Nordberg marketing prompted through email as opposed strategist at digital agency Echo & to on their own. Company in Boston agrees. First Pre-event emails should provide and foremost include a thank-you. this type of relevant pertinent It doesn t and needn t be long but information so guests feel knowlyou re cultivating a relationship with edgeable but not overwhelmed. every communication so be grateful Generally the more informed and and appreciative. prepared everyone is for your event In terms of content Tracy ahead of time the smoother the Kosolcharoen a marketing manager experience will be and the less at Eventbrite suggests including questions that will pop up in the the venue location and directions as days leading up to your event. Your well as parking and public transport [guests] will appreciate not having information ticket information to follow up with you excessively (such as do guests need to print and as well says Adam Hausman bring their tickets ) the organizer s co-creator of Chicago-based RSVPify phone number or email for inquires a free online service for creating refund policy and a link to the F.A.Q. customized R.S.V.P. forms. if applicable. Successive follow-up emails 2. When to Send There are no should build on each other and hard-and-fast rules when it comes include pictures and video from the to timeline and frequency of emails previous year s event quotes from but there are some basic guidelines. attendees and developing news Generally speaking each followsuch as new sponsors speakers and up email should have a specific entertainment she adds. purpose such as a receipt and Share this story bizbash.com invitations 1. What to Say The at least 48 hours before the event which Eventbrite s system does automatically as a last-minute reminder she adds. In addition Nordberg suggests sending an optional heads up for events with a long lead time. If there are more than about 20 days between the purchase or R.S.V.P. and your event you may consider a reminder email about a week before the event (in addition to the day-of reminder). This is particularly useful for business and corporate audiences that rely heavily on email communication for scheduling. Also consider sending a separate calendar invite (via Outlook or Google Calendar for example) Hausman suggests so guests have a handy way to access event information on their mobile devices as the event nears. To reach those invitees who haven t R.S.V.P. d Hausman recommends sending a blanket reminder two weeks or so before you need to finalize numbers. If this doesn t get you a response or the information you need consider sending a the event hosts can maintain those fruitful email relationships by following some simple manners la Emily Post. We think thankyou emails are absolutely necessary. That being said the sole purpose of an email should not be contained to just those two words. Every time you reach out to someone you have an opportunity to deepen your connection with him or her Nordberg explains. In order to make the thank-you email more than just an easily discarded afterthought customize the note based on guest information and actions. Leverage data gathered during the registration process as well as at the event to craft a message that is relevant to the recipient Kosolcharoen says. For example what sessions speakers or topics did attendees follow or discuss Consider sending them a personalized roundup of all of their favorite content pieces to easily access and share with their colleagues or friends so that they can demonstrate the value of attending your event. Or you can share other new or relevant content you think they might like based on their previous interests. Nordberg adds that the email should include at least three key points Draw a connection between their actions and a positive outcome from your organization (e.g. we were able to feed 100 people with your generous donation ) include any receipt or transaction information for their records and include any follow-up asks such as sharing a message on social media or signing up for your email list. The gesture can produce big results. It s a personal touch that can help evolve the relationship with your client and give them an avenue to keep in touch says Hausman. 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Should a display draw attention to the product or will an experiential design be more effective Trade show experts weigh in. By Martha C. White Booth Battle Product-Focused Displays of brand messages than static ones Provost says. That s really where technology has advanced for our industry. You re creating a space for the brand to come to life. The ubiquitous adoption of flat screens and tablets gives planners much more versatility since digital content can be rotated maximizing the amount of brand messaging an exhibitor can do. Provost says brands with a large number of products or who need to tailor messages to different audiences benefit most from digital displays. Aside from technology elements like color shape and lighting make a strong impression on an audience even if guests don t realize it. Lighting and coloring can often be overlooked but they can be used very effectively and inexpensively says Jacqueline Beaulieu executive director of healthcare education and events at Worcester Massachusetts-based BlueHive Strategic Environments. One of the things we really look at is materiality and form factor How do we literally take elements from the product and imbue the booth design with them says Mark Robison senior vice president of experience strategy at Sparks Marketing Group. Experiential Design Product displays are common at shows like International C.E.S. 64 bizbash.com fall 2015 Share this story bizbash.com trade-show-booths photos CEs (produCt display) CourtEsy of sparks (adidas) It s [a way of] simplifying the marketing message says Jeff Provost executive director of the Exhibit Designers & Producers Association in Norwalk Connecticut. But since product-based displays are more common in businessto-consumer environments the biggest hazard an exhibit manager faces is that there will be too many messages competing for the audience s attention. It s the job of the builder to take what s in many cases a confusing marketing message to its one essential he says. If it can be simplified to the basic need and drive that s the trick. Today s technology has allowed exhibitors to do this using traditional methods but in new ways. For example printing advances let booth designers spread their message across a dizzying array of surfaces. I can print rugs tile and wallpapers. I can print on metal wood--I can take almost any type of material out there says Glenda Brungardt trade show and event manager for Hewlett Packard Printing and Personal Systems Americas. I think the product drives how the design should be done. In addition flat-screen walls can communicate a wider variety At a recent expo attendees could try out new Adidas sneakers on an oversize hamster wheel. Trade show pros say getting a product or tool into buyers hands is a highly effective marketing tactic. If you get them hands-on you ve got buy-in says Candy Adams founder of Trade Show Consulting. Especially in fields like technology where the product is little more than lines of code giving trade show attendees a visual and tactile experience via demos or hands-on time is a crucial activity. When people walk away they remember what they did not what they saw Adams says. They remember the experience. At an Adidas exhibit at the Boston Marathon s pre-race expo Sparks added an experiential element by letting attendees test out the kicks by running on a human-size hamster wheel in the booth. We created an environment that was a metaphor of the technology for the shoe says Sparks vice president of creative Erik Weber. There are however design considerations to keep in mind for planners who want an experiential booth. For starters if there are product demos or presentations hosts will need to give people a place to sit--and make sure it s comfortable. For a seven-minute presentation Adams s client DB Networks held in its booth at the RSA Conference an IT security event she rented padded ottomans that attendees could sit on. Seating was a must--even though it wasn t cheap. We had padded hassocks like an ottoman or stool Adams says. The rental fee per seat was about 80 she says but the comfort factor was worth it. Plus if planners run a hands-on demonstration there needs to be enough space for people to fiddle with the devices or tools on offer. You need a booth space that allows for what your plan is Beaulieu says. For instance placing the hands-on area right at the front could block traffic. Also larger booths may require additional screens that project an up-close view of the presenters to help keep the audience engaged Adams adds. Live Streaming Updates from four major live-streaming systems makes sharing events online easier for industry professionals. By Mitra SorrellS Web Watch L ive streaming has gone mainstream as the debut of apps such as Periscope and Meerkat earlier this year now make it possible for anyone anywhere to broadcast live audio and video. But for professional-quality productions planners turn to full-service live-streaming companies many of which have been around for years and are trying to perfect their product. Livestream released the Broadcaster mini in March a pocket-size encoder that when connected to an HDMI camera and paired with the Livestream app allows quick and easy streaming to viewers on any device. Without having to be tethered to a wall with an Ethernet cable users are free to broadcast live from more locations and more places within those locations says Max Haot Livestream C.E.O. and co-founder. For more casual streaming with a unique perspective the company has updated its iPhone app to enable live broadcasting from GoPro HERO cameras. With a fully charged GoPro and iPhone users can stream for nearly two hours. The app also supports live video filters posting of snapshots to the feed and chat functions. DaCast has added an option for password protection for both live and on-demand video content on its streaming platform. The passwordprotected video can be embedded in a website or shared on Twitter. DaCast also now offers a viewer counter that can be added to live on-demand and playlist content. The real-time counter appears in the upper right corner and reflects viewers watching through website embeds Twitter links direct links and the DaCast Viewer portal. Hosts can also use DaCast s optional built-in paywall to charge for access to content. Live Media Group debuted its new Nowlive system June 25 during the red carpet premiere of the movie Magic Mike XXL. By downloading the Nowlive app users can control their viewing experience for example watching four channels of live content at one time in a grid view or instantly switching one channel to full screen. There is also a picture-in-picture view that allows users to control the size and position of the channels and to switch between them. The player also aggregates related content from Twitter Instagram and Tumblr so viewers can see and share what others are saying without disrupting their viewing experience. The Nowlive app also offers a virtual wristband feature that allows hosts to create pay-per-view access to exclusive content. For example at a concert the performances could be available to everyone but only those with the wristband would be able to see backstage interviews. Share this story bizbash.com event-technology Demand earlier this year. Align provides enterprise-grade security designed for streaming internal meetings shareholder meetings product previews and more. Viewers can watch securely on any device whether in the office or out in the field. More than 50 percent of our customers were already adapting our existing platform for internal communications says David Gibbons vice president of marketing at Ustream. With corporate security continuing to increase in importance--and the recent attack on Sony is a prime example--our customers were requesting enhanced security functionality to protect their internal communications. The system offers a secure portal for live and recorded videos with multiple channels to reach different employee groups. Another new product is Ustream Demand which provides lead capture and analysis from streaming and on-demand videos. Ustream launched two new products Ustream Align and Ustream photo courtesy of vendors bizbash.com fall 2015 65 Stage Design Setting the Stage By AlesAndrA duBin Lighting lectern selection and accessibility are all key components in creating an effective presentation space for speakers. etting up a stage for speakers and presenters may seem like an uncomplicated matter compared to creating an elaborate performance platform. But the success of a presentation--and of the people delivering their messages--depends on nuanced (and sometimes overlooked) details like size lighting and accessibility as well as the right selection of microphones and lecterns. Industry experts offer their tips for producing stage setups that are operational effectual and impactful at meetings and conferences. the most-forgotten element especially during summer months when organizers assume daylight will be adequate. Once that sun goes down The lectern and stage setup at the Big Bang Gala at the California Academy your presentation will be in the pitch of Sciences in San Francisco in June 2013 allowed easy access for speakers. black he says. Adding a stage wash for basic visibility will make your presentation pop with light both Pick the right lectern. A lectern That being said decor could serve before and after the sun goes down. may seem like the most basic and a strategic purpose when necessary. ordinary of staging needs for presen- One need that was specific to one Make sure audio is loud and tations but selecting the right one is of our esteemed trustees was that clear. In addition to lighting qualactually a critical task. she did not want her legs showing ity sound also contributes to the If it s an acrylic [lectern] ensure through the Lucite lectern Kravitz effective communication of target it is spotless and clear of scratches. says. Because I shared photos of it messages and to an overall positive Particularly as the light hits it any in advance she was able to share her audience experience. The core of and all imperfections will show concern and we addressed it with a staging design begins with audio Hawkins says. If it s a custom-built selection of greenery on stage that is says Corporate Magic senior creative lectern ensure it s built correctly not always part of our staging plans. director Stephen Dahlem. It may to aid and support your presentsound simple but you can add ers. Additionally he says organizers Allow easy access. A stage with all the ... bells and whistles ... to a should make sure there is enough insufficient or complicated access presentation but first and foremost space for speaker notes and relevant can pose a threat to a successful the audience has to hear. If an audi- reference materials to minimize event. Are there performers who ence cannot hear they will not care. unsightly clutter. need a special way onto stage The correct style and amount Beyond that it s also wise to or have props that require to be of audio is key to delivering the have a lectern on site even for those rolled on or can come up steps fundamental message of any who think they re unlikely to use Additionally when I m producsuccessful event. it. [It] can help calm a presenter s ing charity events there are often nerves Retsky says. It gives surprises where folks come to the Select microphones based on presenters a prop to lean on to read stage who might have not originally speakers. Some speakers may feel from and [to make them] feel more been written into the script--so it s more comfortable speaking with comfortable. important to have a fully accessible a hands-free lavalier microphone stage Hawkins says. while others may prefer the comfort Keep it simple. Elaborate stage of a handheld microphone they can decor or sets may pose a distraction Remember Size matters. Retsky raise or lower to their preference. for speakers as well as audience says the number of speakers will We try to have both lavalier and members--those watching live or likely dictate the appropriate stage handheld microphones available those watching virtually or at a size. If you only have one speaker at so we have options says Stacy later time. a time a massive stage will dwarf Seligman Kravitz the director of Hawkins says Simple is more. the speaker and minimize the impact events and stewardship for the We can go overboard with flashy of the speaker or presentation he School of Cinematic Arts at the sets but in my experience the says. Are there panelists If so you ll University of Southern California. best staging is when I keep a very want a larger stage and want to Beyond that she advises having simple layout and design as the think about where to place the speakers arrive early when possible more complicated sets don t always lectern if any so that the speaker can to build comfort with their mics and translate well in photos or on communicate seamlessly and with other details of the setup. camera. the panelists. S Choose the correct height. Consider attendees sight lines and comfort when raising the stage. For any presentation I always like to be at least 12 inches high off the ground so that audience members have a good line of sight says Jon Retsky co-owner and lead designer of San Francisco-based event design and production company Got Light. For larger galas big stages bands big fund-raising events or fashion shows we typically go as high as three to four feet off the ground to help elevate the speakers and presentations and give a good line of sight for all guests. Use appropriate lighting. Lighting should be properly situated for all of the individuals who will be standing on the stage at various heights. This requires research from the event team on who will be on the stage and working with the lighting designer says Todd Hawkins C.E.O. and founder of Los Angeles production company the Todd Group. Though it may seem surprising Retsky says stage lighting is often photo show ready photo Share this story bizbash.com stage-design bizbash.com fall 2015 67 Fund-raising Young Bucks N onprofits are targeting the next generation of donors by hosting more and more events that appeal to a younger crowd. From keeping tickets reasonably priced to hosting happy hours here are some strategies for wooing young patrons and forming lasting relationships with them. Nonprofits are engaging young donors with a mix of updated fund-raising methods. By Jenny Berg nonprofit Glide charges 85 for general admission tickets and 150 for V.I.P tickets. And in Chicago the Shedd Aquarium s annual auxiliary board event dubbed Blu offers tickets for 125 to 150. But planners caution against selling new patrons short. For the Studio Party donors can opt to purchase 500 tickets which come with premiums such as sponsor gifts or rare experiences (think a private photo shoot with an artist at the event). You should always have a higherpriced ticket Rogak advises. Believe it or not some people just want to give more. Katie Law senior director of donor relations for special events at the Shedd Aquarium says that the price of admission to Blu vacillated for a few years. Our ticket costs have ranged from 100 to 175 for regular admission over the last five years she says. We saw higher guest counts when we dropped to 100 per ticket but made a strategic decision to offer 125 early bird tickets and 150 regular tickets to appeal to audiences that might become and remain long-term supporters of the aquarium versus those looking for an inexpensive event ticket. It s a delicate balance. professionals have 500 or more to spend on a single gala ticket. Keeping that in mind planners at nonprofit organizations keep ticket costs relatively low for events targeting a younger donor base. In New York the Whitney Museum of American Art s annual gala has an after-hours event known as the Studio Party. The event draws a core audience of donors in the 25- to 40-yearold age range. For general admission tickets it seems as though 250 per ticket is the outer limit says Gina Rogak the museum s director of special events. Some events for young professionals come with even lower ticket costs. In San Francisco the Glide Legacy Gala held in support of the The annual Glide Legacy Gala held in San Francisco attracts a core audience of 25- to 40-year-old guests from industries ranging from technology to politics. Offer attainable--but strategic-- sponsorship levels. Not all young time party guests into long-term supporters planners need to make sure to educate guests-- even as they eat drink dance and socialize-- about the event s cause. The education oftentimes starts with messaging leading up to the event. On the invitation for the Whitney Museum s Studio Party and in social media prompts promoting the benefit we always message where guests money is going Rogak says. But once patrons are at the museum the expectation is that guests will have a visceral reaction to the art itself and especially to the younger artists Rogak says. We hope this is something they will want to support and be a part of [for the long term]. At the Glide Legacy Gala perks for V.I.P. ticket holders this year included typical sponsor amenities--such as access to reserved areas and specialty cocktails--as well as a private meeting with the organization s founders. That way guests could learn more about Glide s efforts to assist the San Francisco community in a one-onone setting. Not all potential donors will be able to meet privately with an organization s figurehead however. Many nonprofit planners stress the importance of forming a strong advisory board to help educate young professionals about an organization s cause. We rely on our auxiliary board members to be ambassadors of our mission Law says. When they re encouraging their networks to purchase tickets to Blu they explain what these important funds support [such as] Shedd s animal care learning programs and conservation efforts. This year s event drew approximately 1 050 guests. take a lavish gala to engage new donors. Some nonprofits including museums and other cultural institutions opt to showcase their venues at casual events that lure the after-work crowd. The Lyric Opera of Chicago hosted a new event series in July known as Lyric After Hours. The free events invited guests to stop by the Lyric s Civic Opera House after work on Wednesday evenings for live music specialty cocktails and small plates available for purchase. We were hoping to attract a business crowd from the surrounding area says Lisa Middleton the opera s director of marketing. Some 600 guests attended the first event and represented a mix of summer associates young professionals and executives from nearby companies. Once at the opera house guests could engage with the organization by chatting with staffers about upcoming events touring the opera house and signing up for mailing and email lists to keep abreast of future events. There were also season brochures for individuals to pick up and we had a video loop running promoting all of the upcoming productions Middleton says. Explain why their involvement matters. For a better chance of turning first- Reach out with an advisory board. Host casual events. It doesn t necessarily 68 bizbash.com fall 2015 Share this story bizbash.com fund-raisers photo Drew Altizer photogrAphy SFwire Strategy Session advance appointment the private sleeping spaces allowed guests to tailor a 30-minute nap to their specifications selecting a song or podcast to hear through headphones and a calmLarge camping-style tents decorated with sleep-theme books ing projecand accessories offered separate spaces for guests to try out tion (an the mattresses with the option of scheduling a 30-minute nap. ocean view or night sky for example) to fill the tent ceiling-- details designed to make visitors feel at home. But that wasn t the decor s only aim. Casper targeted what Brouwer calls the upgrade set of 20- to 30-year-olds looking to make their first financially significant purchase. (Prices range from 500 for a twin mattress to 950 for a king.) By PhilliP B. Crook According to Loyland that coveted demographic wants to feel they f you fall asleep each night under in Washington San Francisco and have shared values with a company. the glow of florescent lights and Austin Texas this summer. When a retail experience down the watchful eye of strangers Part aspirational living to the smallest detail reflects a then a mattress showroom might environment part casual cockcompany s taste level and interests make you feel right at home. But tail party Preacher s Snooze Bar she says it makes you feel like this Web-based mattress company concept--named as a riff on every is a brand that I can allow into my Casper thinks there s a dreamier way. alarm clock s nemesis the snooze life this is a brand that gets me. A mattress retail space no button--combined elements from Interactive elements in matter how you spin it is not imme- two scenarios known to induce particular displayed Casper s quirky diately a sexy thing says Krystle sleep the cozy early morning hours playfully irreverent identity from a Loyland the founder and C.C.O. of when you curl up under the covers custom screen-printed pillowcase Preacher the creative agency Casper at home and the dreamy starlight station to illustrations on cocktail tasked with creating its brick-andhours when you settle in with a napkins by artists interpreting mortar events. We ve found that nightcap say at a jazz bar. consumers dreams. The usual a lot of e-commerce retailers have Consumers were encouraged really smart business models where to swap their shoes at the door Swag branded in Casper s signature they cut out the middle man and for a pair of branded slippers the blue-and-white color palette included give better products at fairer prices first among several subtle moves cocktail napkins with a custom to consumers. But there are certain by Casper to disarm consumers Snooze Bar logo which artists used to things that people still might want expectations of a retail experience. sketch out guests dreams. to experience for themselves and a We had to find really clever ways to mattress is one of those things. display the mattress without feeling Launched in 2013 Casper delivlike a mattress store says Monica ers latex-and-foam mattresses to Brouwer director of experiential customers doors for 100-night marketing at Casper. So folks were at-home trials. The brand already trying the bed without knowing it a operates small showrooms in lot of the time. New York and Los Angeles but it Supplied with vodka cocktails wanted to recreate that comfort gourmet coffee and jalape oof testing its product in people s cr me-fra che waffles consumers own bedrooms as an in-store lounged on mattresses disguised as shopping experience--an idea daybeds while waiting for a chance Casper explored through a series to try Casper beds inside two large of events in pop-up showrooms canvas tents. Offered primarily by crop of dreams about driving or forgetting to wear pants in public were most common although a surprising character kept popping up There were a lot of different unicorns Brouwer says. The Snooze Bar spent about five days in each of the markets that Casper identified as having increasing awareness of the company and interest in trying its product. Preacher s production partner in New York NA Collective helped locate venues that authentically reflected the upgrade set of each city a historic Georgetown building in Washington an arts space in the emerging neighborhood of East Austin and a multiuse loft near San Francisco s financial district. But it was in Austin that the campaign had a distinct home-turf advantage as Preacher is based there and was able to generate word of mouth--no small feat in a town already saturated with brand activations during South by Southwest and other festivals. We have first-hand knowledge of how much that gets ignored and what you need to do to have the local community embrace what s happening Loyland says. So we were focused on projecting the right amount of authenticity. Of the three markets Austin was also the city with the most foot traffic from the surrounding neighborhood a promising sign that Casper s experiment with retail environments connected organically with people s shopping habits. In five days we were able to triple the amount of volume on average of our New York showroom Brouwer says. That s how excited folks were to actually come out and try the beds. Digital mattress start-up Casper made consumers feel at home with its pop-up events. Dream Big I 70 bizbash.com fall 2015 Share this story bizbash.com pop-ups photos courtesy of preacher Gifts Say thanks to speakers donors and V.I.P. guests with high-end gifts. By Jenny Berg Special Delivery Mouth (mouth.com) a company that provides gift bags stocked with snacks from independent brands has thematic gift sets with titles such as Candy Land and Snack Mouth. The latter from 38 to 80.75 contains sweet and savory items such as spiced pecans from the Treat Bake Shop and potato chips from the Billy Goat Chip Company. Products can be shipped throughout the United States. photos Kate Lacey (coraL & tusK) Jeff schear (cocKtaiL courier) courtesy of vendors (aLL others) Home decor and accessories company Coral & Tusk (718.388.4188 coraland tusk.com) makes passport holders 60 embroidered with whimsical designs that represent travel destinations or animals. The products can be shipped throughout the United States and Canada. Mira (800.406.9756 mymirafit .com) is a new Chicago-based line of wearable fitness trackers 79 designed for women. Available in brushed gold or midnight purple the sleek accessories are activated through an iOS app and track factors such as steps distance and elevation. It also provides personalized fitnessboosting tips. The product is available in the United States. Cocktail Courier (917.969.9180 cocktailcourier.com) offers cocktail kits stocked with all the ingredients necessary to prepare mixologist-designed drink recipes. Optional add-ons include mint julep silver cups or champagne flutes. Each box--which can be delivered to hotels or offices--makes several cocktails and prices typically range from 5.99 to 7.99 per drink. The packages are available in New York and Chicago and in other states through interstate delivery. The portable Lumio Book Lamp 190 provides quick and easy access to a reading light while on the go. Available through New York s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (212.849.8355 shop.cooperhewitt .org) the light unfolds from a book of laser-cut wood and measures 6.5 by 8.5 inches. All of the museum s gifts can be shipped throughout the United States and Canada. Share this story bizbash.com gifts Chicago-based brand Heritage Bicycles (773.245.3005 heritagebicycles.com) specializes in high-end handcrafted bikes as well as gift-worthy biking tools and accessories. The EH Works tool roll 48 fits under a bike seat and contains 10 pockets and is handy for bike-to-work commuters. Products ship throughout the United States and Canada. 72 bizbash.com fall 2015 Promote Your Expertise. Drive Your Career. Fundraising Event Management CERTIFIED IN CERTIFIED IN Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals Fundraising Event Management click to verify click to verify Technical Meeting & Event Production CERTIFIED IN CERTIFIED IN Technical Meeting & Event Production Wedding & Event Design click to verify click to verify Digital Credentials are a new way for people to demonstrate share and verify skills and accomplishments in the digital age. You can easily place credentials on an email signature LinkedIn page blog website or social media. Anyone who clicks on it is brought to a secure verification page which includes your name date you earned it what coursework you ve studied and what it qualifies you to do. Earn a Digital Credential through one of the Event Leadership Institute s Professional Development Courses and stand out from your peers. Event & Meeting Management Fundamentals Technical Meeting & Event Production Wedding & Event Design Fundraising Event Management Venue Sales Accelerator Wedding Planning Fundamentals The Launching Pad Starting Your Own Event Company The Business Accelerator Taking Your Event Company to the Next Level Meetings Adventure Associates organizes teambuilding activities that focus on problem solving communication and time management. 4. Consider meeting floor plans. The Echo Valley Ranch & Spa offers customized corporate retreats in the British Columbia countryside. How to make sure attendees get the most out of corporate retreats. By Adele ChApin Out of Office all participants are aware--are you working on teambuilding customer relations or a specific project Start with your goal and we help you tailor your retreat schedule from there adds Kerstin Auer social media and marketing manager for Echo Valley Ranch & Spa located in British Columbia. setup of the meeting room matters says Withrow who prefers a U-shaped table with coffee service in the room. The last thing you want is a crowded meeting room where people can t get around the table. Bromberg agrees adding I think that they need to consider unobtrusive service that doesn t take away from the meeting or get in the flow of the meeting. things that I suggest when looking for a retreat is privacy the ability to have a secure location and secure Internet and also technology that is not going to fail Bromberg says. She also suggests recording talks meetings and activities and then getting help editing the footage so the information can be useful post-retreat. Auer adds Let us know in advance which tech gadgets like projectors and collateral like flip charts you will need to ensure a seamless retreat experience. might want to participate in a teambuilding activity during the retreat to build camaraderie and relationships. There s the opportunity to make it a memorable event something that people will remember and a way to create a shared experience Bromberg says suggesting activities like a cooking class with a shared dinner a bourbon tasting a wine tasting with a chocolate pairing or even a congratulatory champagne toast. And lean on the team at the venue for help with planning any activities. If they re going to go with some sort of structured teambuilding activity I would work closely with the venue to see what works in that area. Someone far away might have a hard time accessing what that is Withrow explains. No venue worth its salt is going to recommend something that isn t appropriate for a corporate audience. At the same time teambuilding and icebreakers might not be a priority for every single group. If this is the senior team and they ve worked together for five years you don t need an icebreaker Winthrow says. It s a complete waste of time. 5. Get tech ducks in a row. One of the A corporate retreat provides a chance for team members to get away from office distractions work through concerns and focus on the future of the company. But arranging one shouldn t be more work than it s worth. To help meeting facilitators and planners share their tips for organizing and executing productive group outings. 6. Plan a group activity. Some groups balance of activities says Bruce Withrow founder of Ontario-based Meeting Facilitators International putting together a retreat--from transportation whose company has facilitated hundreds of to venues to catering to speakers--can feel like corporate retreats. Not everything needs to be different pieces of a puzzle. Rebecca Tilley manag- programmed. If it s a multiday event the particiing director of Adventure Associates which offers pants often appreciate an evening off so they can corporate leadership training courses and global do their own thing and have a little down time. teambuilding programs suggests building a Venues should have space for informal discusstrong team of vendors and empowering them sions says Joyce Bromberg vice president of innoto communicate with one another. When planvation and design for New York-based Convene ning a retreat it is advantageous to have all the which provides conference spaces and integrated vendors communicate and collaborate as timing services for off-site meetings. There should be and smooth transitions ensure success she says. places for casual conversation perhaps even a space to share a drink a cocktail a cup of coffee. 2. Set and share goals.Tilley also recomCorporate retreat planners could even consider mends developing clear objectives for the unplugging for the weekend. The most effective retreat and committing to them in a clearly teambuilding retreats happen offline Auer says. focused agenda. At Echo Valley we offer different levels of connecOnce goals are set fill in the venue team. tivity from fully connected via Internet to full Make sure the goal for your retreat is clear and digital detox without cell service Internet or TV. Share this story bizbash.com meeting-ideas 1. Develop partnerships among vendors. All the elements involved with 3. Schedule free time. Make sure there is a photos Courtesy of Vendors bizbash.com fall 2015 75 Technology How do your company s new beacon wearables work You ve seen beacons in a retail environment like Apple Store. Those beacons are static and people are moving around and interacting and receiving notifications from them on their mobile devices. But often people don t want to turn on the Bluetooth on their phones because it will use up battery. So there s also another model where there s a small fob about one inch in diameter that is part of the badge and the attendee is wearing it. Instead of having the mobile app reading a static beacon now the attendees are wearing the beacons and beaconing out. They can be read Art Borrego with standard devices like an iPad Mini an iPhone or an Android device. So instead of having to set up R.F.I.D. equipment like overhead readers or mats for smaller events with smaller budgets they can purchase these beacons and that s it. You can have traffic analysis because the beacons can be read up to 40 yards away and the beacon ID is associated to the attendee so By Mitra SorrellS you can start to understand that person s journey throughout the day. echnology now makes it relademographics of those individuals The price tag on the wearable fobs tively easy--and affordable-- through the registration tool--and is about 5 right now and that price to collect data on attendees then who actually is here. With real- will continue to go down. And they and analyze it in real time. This time information it s no longer look- can then be captured on the way out understanding of attendees intering in the rear-view mirror it s who is and reused for future events. So you ests and behaviors facilitates the here now. Their movement--where are reducing cost per event for the development of responsive marketare they now where were they this beacons. ing strategies helping planners morning--you can start to apply meet their objectives and ultimately some predictive analytics to that So now planners can get an increase the R.O.I. of their conferto say what will they be doing later honest look at an attendee s ences trade shows and other events. today or tomorrow. And then there s behavior at an event versus just Art Borrego is C.E.O. of Alliance the post-event perspective. getting feedback on a survey Tech an event technology solutions Exactly. You might tell me something provider focused on business intelTell us more about the measureon a survey but then your actions ligence. He spoke to BizBash about ment that can take place on site. and your behavior might be differthe current state of event analytWe can track their interests. What ent. You might have enrolled for ics and how the data can be used did they say when they filled out certain sessions using the mobile effectively. registration about their primary app or agenda builder but then areas of interest and then looking once you are on site your behavior You are immersed in the world of at behavior--what are they actually may change. We can look at what event data and analytics. What doing where are they spending their sessions did you attend what topics do you see happening Technology time What are people with similar or products did they pertain to what is evolving very quickly probably interests doing and what can I demos did you visit what lead scans faster than we ve seen in the past recommend to you if you are looking were you captured on All of that with mobile with wireless with for suggestions Looking at engage- information shows a lot about the data visualization and analytics. The ment you can look at are people attendee journey. Many times it does plethora of functionality and tools attending sessions or did they regis- deviate from what you planned and that are available as well as the ter but they re not really involved it s important to capture that jourfact that people--good or bad--are There are some people who come in ney and those touch points because more open to sharing information check in get their badge and then it s more meaningful. about themselves so more and more we don t see them again. That s things are measurable each year. really low engagement. Then there How is this data being used From an event perspective there are others who are really engaged so Integrating with marketing autois so much that can be measured. being able to track that in real-time mation tools is becoming more Who planned to come--the perspective is useful. common and critical. Companies are now tracking a 360-degree view of their prospects as far as did you visit a website did you download a whitepaper did you attend a webinar did you go to an event And then capturing the on-site touch points--every session you attend is an important touch point. I have to register potentially pay money fly be on site and I am physically in that room watching that session that s a lot more telling and committed touch point than say a webinar. Then we can push all those touch points into a marketing automation tool so sophisticated marketers can put together a campaign to say if an attendee came with this profile and did this and this then let s offer them this promotion or follow-up. You mentioned the attendeetracking data goes into the cloud so it can be analyzed in real time. How can that affect what takes place during an event Sales people want to know what their accounts are doing at an event. So maybe they get a nudge as they walk in the expo that tells them which of their customers are there now and what areas they have been scanned by so they can get a sense of their interests and can engage with them. You can see it at the aggregate company level and then also drill down per attendee--for example what s the vice president of technology doing at this event If he s interested in these products or categories I can talk to him about these other new products that might apply to him. With that realtime data they can engage in a more meaningful way on site. Information is valuable post-event but if that info can be used on site that might be saving some trips and accelerating the sales process. In addition to attendee tracking can you tell us about any other technology developments that can help planners evaluate R.O.I. Text analytics are also now available. You can take the electronic surveys that are coming in ... and the text analytics are now strong enough and smart enough to be able to read the comments and be able to categorize them and to say if it s a positive comment or a negative comment. You can get a sense for a given customer how they feel about the overall conference or specific session content or the speaker. An industry expert discusses the latest digital developments that can help planners evaluate their events. Data Bank T 76 bizbash.com fall 2015 Share this story bizbash.com event-technology photo NathaN SaNchez photography Ideas products trends and other new stuff to have on your radar from across North America. Seller s Market Forecast What a Dish Based in Chicago Elliewood (312.374.4491 elliewoodcollections .com) has pre-styled entertaining collections called Party in a Box or Party Packs. The boxes contain disposable items--think paper place mats tablecloths plates napkins and utensils--and favors such as confetti. Orderable online the stylish collections have themes such as Fete which is suited for office birthday celebrations and are sold in settings of eight to 16. Guests can also place orders for smaller events la carte. Shipping time is two to seven business days. Art Attack Painting San Franciscobased start-up PopUpsters (415.378.8697 popupsters.com) helps connect local small businesses with pop-up spots and events. Vendors can set up a profile on the company s marketplace-style website and then search for reserve and pay for spaces online. On the flip side planners can list their events or venues for vendors to browse and select. The free service is currently only available in the Bay Area. Fun Cruising (888.558.6690 sunnfuncruising.com) has full-size motor homes that can accommodate as many as 15 people. The luxury vehicles are equipped with galley kitchens at least one bathroom entertainment systems and lounge seating. Groups can rent the vehicles for transportation to the airport dining and excursions or they can host small events inside the vehicles. Big Wheels Based in Polk City located near Orlando Sun N Catering & Event Design (703.534.0938 heirloomdc.com) based in suburban Washington launched earlier this year. The company provides corporate and social catering from in-office lunches to gala dinners as well as interactive stations like a mini doughnut dessert bar with toppings such as candied bacon whipped dulce de leche and orange cocoa liqueur. It also offers event planning services. Share this story bizbash.com forecast Capitol Caterer Heirloom 78 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Krista a Jones (heirloom) Courtesy of vendors (all others) on a hotel s walls would normally result in a fine or worse. At Marriott Stanton South Beach (305.536.7700 marriott.com) groups can channel the arty vibes of the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami and vandalize the hotel s walls during organized graffiti lessons. The Murals & Meetings activity pairs groups with local artists to create their own street-art masterpieces. photos Courtesy of Caesars entertainment (planet hollywood) Courtesy of brooKlyn box lindsey dernnan (gusto 54) alexandra meseKe photography (speeChbooth) miChael bezJian getty images for four seasons hotel los angeles at beverly hills Brooklyn Bounty Just in time for corporate gifting season is Brooklyn Box (646.894.4795 thebrooklynbox.co) a subscription gift box filled with various artisan products from the New York borough. Featuring an assortment of goodies including Fatty Sundays pretzels Drunken Monkey jam Midwood Candle Company candles and more the boxes deliver four to five hand-selected items straight to anyone s doorstep. Pricing starts at 29 for a month-to-month subscription. Resort & Casino in Las Vegas is gearing up to host a new residency Jennifer Lopez will begin her headlining show on January 20. Created just for the Vegas stage the two-hour show will be supported by a live band and dancers and will take over the resort s Axis Theater. For V.I.P. entertaining some ticketing options include meet and greets with the star. New in Town Planet Hollywood Meal Plan Toronto s Gusto 54 Restaurant Group recently launched Gusto 54 Catering (catering.gusto54.com). The company specializes in southern Italian fare with global influences and can provide drop-off meals or serve fully catered events. Menu items include ricotta pancakes for breakfast orzo pasta with grilled eggplant and sun-dried tomato caponata for lunch and spaghetti with tiger shrimp and clams for dinner. Speak Up Based in Boston SpeechBooth (978.729.7470 speechbooth.com) rents out lightweight video booths that can be delivered to conferences trade shows award ceremonies and other types of events. The app-based video messaging recording unit does not need an attendant and it allows guests to record messages in HD video. All recorded messages are professionally edited then saved to an online user account. Stretch Up High The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (310.273.2222 fourseasons.com) recently announced the launch of its helipad yoga program offering group classes on the property s rooftop helicopter pad. The space had been strictly off-limits for guests since opening in 1987. Classes are available for private groups of as many as 25 people per session. The 17th-floor location offers views of landmarks including the Hollywood sign and downtown Los Angeles skyline. bizbash.com fall 2015 79 Newsflash What s on our minds this season. Two-for-One Deal Chef Daniel Humm and his business partner Will Guidara the men behind two of New York s most pioneering restaurants Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad share sweet and savory recipes in The NoMad Cookbook (Ten Speed Press). Known for innovative cooking and unique dining experiences the pair offers readers and home cooks another culinary surprise A hidden back panel reveals a separate cocktail book within the traditional-looking tome which is available October 13. The format was inspired by a Prohibition-era book safe. Photo Finish The first on-site printing device for venues festivals trade shows and more Fotofwd (fotofwd.com) utilizes social media such as Facebook Instagram and Twitter to help brands interact with guests build awareness and increase social media presence. The Fotofwd team provides setup and operation services with an attendant on site plus the unit s faceplate can be customized to fit the event. Clients have included Marc Jacobs and the W and SLS Hotels and the devices have also been used at various events surrounding Art Basel the Sundance Film Festival and the Grammys. Pricing is available upon request. Meeting Seating Orlando-based Totally Mod Event Furnishings (407.816.1905 totallymod.com) recently introduced First Class Session Seating a more comfortable alternative to traditional seating for sales meetings and conferences. With lumbar support memory foam construction and individual arms the seats also feature a built-in swivel desk which uses less space than other venue setups. A seat with a desk beverage holder and gooseneck lamp costs 99 plus shipping fees a power outlet can be included for an additional 26. The product is available for rent nationwide. Available for trade shows fairs and other indoor and outdoor exhibitions the Pyro Jet Truck (pyrojetshow.com) grabs a crowd s attention with impressive fire displays and a blaring locomotive horn. Formerly based in Florida the 12 000-horsepower truck which is capable of reaching speeds of more than 300 miles per hour was recently acquired by Torontobased motorsports racer Rick Kopp. It also comes equipped with an extra passenger seat helmet and fire safety equipment for win a ride event promotions. Pricing starts from 1 000 per day and the truck is available for booking throughout the United States and Canada. 80 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos francesco tonelli (food) courtesy of Vendors (all others) Fire Starter Edited by BEth KormaniK Venues photo courtesy of casa Loma Screen Time The must-have meeting space for hotels and independent event venues right now is a screening room. By amy Gordon The most anticipated fall venue openings bizbash.com venues Casa Loma MORE bizbash.com fall 2015 83 Venues W hen designing meeting space one school of thought is to create flexible areas like ballrooms and breakout rooms that adapt for any number of events. Other venues from hotels to independent event venues are adding a very specific type of space for meetings a screening room. And it turns out that screening rooms are anything but a niche meeting space. They offer versatility with planners using them for events such as film festivals and smaller movie premieres to presentations sports broadcasts or social events. Today s meetings focus on visuals live media and films says Camilla Andersson director of strategic relationships for Neuehouse a co-working space for the creative industry with locations in New York and California. Communicating to a broader audience is key whether you show video clips connect to other members of your team show presentations or support your keynote and guest speakers. Both the Manhattan and Hollywood Neuehouse locations are equipped with screening rooms that seat 60 and 100 guests respectively. While video content is an overarching industry trend the motivations for including a dedicated screening room can vary greatly from market to market. In Los Angeles for example such rooms appeal to a film-industry-heavy clientele. The hotel AKA Beverly Hills makes its private 20-seat A.cinema space available to guests free of charge a key draw for a property where the length of stay typically ranges from two weeks to two months. [Guests] appreciate having access to opportunities that allow them to enjoy a three-dimensional experience while in residence says Elana Friedman vice president of global marketing for AKA. As part of a massive redevelopment effort B Resort & Spa in Orlando debuted a 12-seat screening room in June 2014. The larger project also included converting existing common spaces into a yoga room an arts-and-crafts room and a library fitting the property s focus on offering Neuehouse New York guests a well-rounded stay. B Resort is a lifestyle resort so we try to provide traditional meeting rooms as well as spaces that are more out of the box says Mary Hutchcraft the property s director of sales and marketing. At Casa Loma a tourist attraction and event space in Toronto the business rationale for adding a theater was different still. For us it s always been about augmenting the tourist experience incrementally by bringing added value wherever we can says Nick Di Donato president and C.E.O. of Liberty Entertainment Group which operates the property. Casa Loma added a theater in November in a cavernous area that was originally intended to be an indoor swimming pool but sat empty for several years. Management considered alternatives like a lounge or a nightclub before opting B Resort & Spa to create a theater. The reason for the choice was simple versatility. When it s not booked for events the space stays in use. A tourist attraction by day Casa Loma begins every group tour in the theater where a 20-minute video presentation introduces visitors to the history of the property. At other times it s used for an interactive game. B Resort & Spa also gets multiple uses from the screening room using it for family-friendly movie nights viewing parties sports broadcasts and other social occasions for guests. Decor including oversize chairs and movie posters creates a cozy atmosphere. Every client that we take on a site visit wants to find a use for the screening room Hutchcraft says. Thoughtful design to the space can increase its value to event planners. Neuehouse s new Hollywood screening room includes an adjacent greenroom that has access to what s going on in the screening groom via monitors and audio feeds. The screening room is our most-used meeting room Andersson says. While adding a state-of-the-art screening room can result in high out-of-pocket costs for venues it is often the easiest and cheapest alternative for planners. The cost and time to bring in screens and equipment on a one-off basis can be prohibitive Di Donato says. If a client wanted to bring in a screen of comparable quality for a onetime event at Casa Loma for instance costs could run upwards of 30 000. Thus screening rooms can be the deciding factor between a venue landing a booking or not. The space is so versatile and our guests love it so much Hutchcraft says. I honestly don t know what we ever did without it. 84 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos don freeman (neuehouse) courtesy of b resort The museum completed a 12 million renovation in June adding new exhibits and event venues to its location next to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The 68 000-square-foot space now includes a 117-seat theater and a 30-seat conference room. For private events the museum has renovated airplane hangars the Jet Age hangar holds 1 200 for dinners or receptions and the Propeller Age holds 400 for receptions. The museum s courtyard holds 400 for receptions. (1060 Delta Blvd. 404.715.7886) Westin Jekyll Island The resort which is located on an 11-mile stretch of beach at the state park opened in May. The space has 187 guest rooms and 13 suites as well as an American restaurant a rooftop bar and lounge a coffee shop and an outdoor pool. A covered ballroom veranda and an oceanfront courtyard and lawn contribute to the 5 350 square feet of event space on site with the ballroom seating 200 guests banquet-style 350 theaterstyle or 160 classroom-style it holds 300 for receptions. The hotel is located next to the Jekyll Island Convention Center. (110 Ocean Way Jekyll Island 912.635.4545) Little Bacch The restaurant which opened in Westside in May has an elegant dining room atmosphere and a menu featuring produce grown on the farm of executive chefs owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison. Also run by chef Joseph Schafer the 52-seat eatery offers continental cuisine that includes oysters whole-roasted heritage chicken cheese souffl and caviar service. The interior of turquoise lacquered walls and plush banquettes is garnered toward small gatherings. For private events the space holds 36. (1198 Howell Mill Road 404.365.0410) 86 bizbash.com fall 2015 Saltwood The casual dining concept emphasizing salted cured meats on small plates opened inside the Loews Atlanta Hotel in April. The restaurant which has small tables and reclaimed wood communal tables is centered on a charcuterie station where diners can pull up bar stools to sample locally sourced meats and cheeses and watch chefs create the plates. Executive chef Olivier Gaupin s highlights include pork and duck prosciutto and rabbit terrine. The 1 300-square-foot space seats 190--125 in the main room and 20 on a patio plus seating in a bar area. (1065 Peachtree St. NE 404.745.5745) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos AnA LombArdi (deLtA FLight museum) J And d imAges (Westin JekyLL isLAnd) AndreW thomAs Lee (LittLe bAcch) sArA hAnnA photogrAphy (sALtWood) Atlanta Venues Delta Flight Museum Austin Venues Lonesome Dove Western Bistro Unusual fare such as rabbit-rattlesnake sausage elk-foiegras sliders or porcini-crusted spatchcock guinea fowl is on offer at the new location of Fort Worth chef Tim Love s signature restaurant. The eatery which opened in downtown Austin in June also serves more traditional Western cuisine such as a number of hand-cut steaks. Cowhide covers the banquettes and bar fa ade and there are taxidermy and brass details. The space seats 150 and has three options for private dining. A technology-equipped private dining room seats 30 and the LDA Lounge holds 50 for receptions and has a 60-inch TV. The climate-controlled wine cellar can also be used for private events of 14 people and guests are loaned shawls and suede vests to stay warm. (419 Colorado St. 512.271.2474) Townsend Austin The lounge and performance space opened in the Townsend-Thompson building downtown in February. The venue was designed as a sophisticated space with dramatic chandeliers a 32-foot bar and 65-inch ultra highdefinitions TVs that feature a rotating display of artwork. Penumbral Strategic Ventures oversaw the development of the live music bar along with partners including an acoustics expert who designed the sound system in the stage area. The 3 400-square-foot space has 17-foot ceilings concrete floors and seating that can be customized for events it holds about 200 total split between the front and stage areas. (718 Congress Ave. 512.887.8778) Eureka The California-based restaurant concept opened a downtown Austin location in June. The welcoming space features walls covered in wood slats arranged in a colorful chevron pattern chandeliers made of antlers and a stage for live music. The 5 000-square-foot restaurant seats 200 guests at a central wraparound bar communal tables and booths. It does not have a dedicated private dining room but areas can be sectioned off for private functions. (200 East 6th St. 512.735.1144) photos scott bArnett (eurekA) courtesy oF Lonesome dove sJ reid photogrAphy (toWnsend) thomAs WAtkins (sonestA bee) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) Sonesta Bee Cave Austin The newly built 195-room Hill Country hotel opened in July. Designed by Gensler the property has 10 000 square feet of event space including the 5 300-square-foot Colony ballroom that holds 576 for receptions or seats 400 banquet-style and can be divided into five smaller rooms. Meridian 98 a sixth-floor glassenclosed rooftop space is an upscale English pub-style venue that serves small plates and is available for private events. It seats 120 for banquets or holds 190 for receptions. An adjacent terrace which offers Hill Country views holds another 90 guests for receptions. (12525 Bee Cave Pkwy. Bee Cave 512.483.5900) bizbash.com fall 2015 87 Boston Venues Located at the W Boston hotel the space underwent a face-lift and reopened in March. The theater district spa added amenities with the introduction of a new high-tech nail lounge featuring mani-pedi stations with personal iPads. For groups the 5 800-square-foot space holds 30 for private events in one of five studio spaces where hosts can serve refreshments and offer activities. Guests can then be called individually for treatments. (100 Stuart St. 617.261.8747)781.891.9000) Hyatt Regency Cambridge Following a renovation 25 000 square feet of meeting and event space at the hotel debuted in July. The 7 000-square-foot President s Ballroom overlooking the Boston skyline holds 1 000 guests for receptions or seats 900 theater-style. It also has 1 300 square feet of prefunction space and an adjacent courtyard. The Charles View Ballroom which offers floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Boston s cityscape offers room for 400 for receptions or 220 for banquets. The multilevel 3 262-square-foot Empress Ballroom with a private balcony and Charles River views holds 350 guests for receptions or seats 220 banquet-style. The Patriot s Hallway a combination of five smaller rooms holds 150 guests per room for receptions. (575 Memorial Drive Cambridge 617.492.1234) Bliss Spa Ogawa Coffee A Boston branch of the Japanese coffee chain opened in late May serving artisan coffee beverages along with breakfast lunch and sweets. The 1 538-square-foot space seats 50 guests. Alternately stadium seating for 50 is available via retractable seating in front of the bar. The space has three televisions including one that can be programmed using AirPlay and is available for buyouts. (10 Milk St. 617.780.7139) 88 bizbash.com fall 2015 Gallery at Frost Ice Loft The icy-cold bar (the temperature is kept at 21 degrees Celsius) now has a sister space for those who prefer room temperature. The Gallery at Frost Ice Loft is a sunlit event space and home for the arts overlooking Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. The 2 600-square-foot gallery has 15-foot-high ceilings with hardwood floors and a rotating lineup of ice sculptures. The space which opened in early July holds 130 guests for receptions. (200 State St. 617.209.4894) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues Photos Ed WonsEk (hyatt rEgEncy cambridgE) courtEsy of VEnuEs (all othErs) Boston Venues Oficio A co-working space by day the newly refurbished venue has doubled its square footage while creating a cozier vibe. It has a 750-square-foot event space available for weekends or evenings that holds 50 for receptions or seats 20 and has wireless speakers for music. There are also two breakout rooms one that seats 10 guests and the other for four guests. Each includes an HD monitor for presentations direct phone lines and glass markup walls. The renovation finished in June. (30 Newbury St. 857.239.9843) Venezia Waterfront Restaurant and Ballroom can accommodate groups of 20-350 for meetings socials banquets and weddings. Plenty of on-site FREE parking easy access to all major routes. Floor-to-ceiling windows offering a panoramic view of the Boston Skyline amazing food and impeccable service. 20 Ericsson Street Boston 617-436-3120 www.VeneziaBoston.com photo courtesy oF oFicio photos meLissA ostroW (distiLLery) dennis breyt (LoyAL nine) Boston Harbor Distillery Housed in a pre-Civil War-era building overlooking Boston Harbor the venue serves as both a distilling facility and an event space complete with a tasting room. The entire space which opened in June is 11 000 square feet and holds 200 guests for receptions which can feature samples of the distillery s trademark brand Putnam New England Whiskey. A private meeting room dubbed the Chart Room comfortably seats 30 people. (12R Ericsson St. 617.533.7001) Loyal Nine Offering East Coast Revival cuisine the East Cambridge restaurant opened its doors in late March. The menu features a variety of lesser-known shellfish vegetables and meats. The dining room seats 94 with additional seats at the bar or the room holds 130 guests for receptions. The space can be combined with a patio that seats 30 or holds 50 for receptions. A smaller caf area seats 30. Buyouts of the 4 000-squarefoot venue are available. (660 Cambridge St. Cambridge 617.945.2576) Chicago Venues The 241-room hotel in a newly renovated 1890s building opened on Michigan Avenue in May. Managed by Commune Hotels and Resorts the venue has 17 000 square feet of meeting space including the White City Ballroom which seats 60 conference-style or holds 400 for receptions and the Madison St. Ballroom which seats 72 conference-style or holds 300 for receptions. On-site eateries include Cindy s a rooftop restaurant with a terrace overlooking Millennium Park it seats 144 or holds 250 for receptions. There s also a game room that seats 120 and a basketball court that seats 375 or holds 448 for receptions. (12 South Michigan Ave. 312.940.3552) Chicago Athletic Association Mr. Brown s Lounge Serving Jamaican fare such as jerk chicken rice and peas and rum punch the restaurant opened a downtown location in June. With design from Simeone Deary Design Group the green-andgold space is decorated with black bamboo reggae posters a record wall and rasta hats. The venue is available for buyouts for private events it has 85 seats a bar and a small stage. (81 East Wacker Place 312.334.6760) Estate by Gene & Georgetti For the Win The games-focused venue opened in River East in June. The 20 000-square-foot space houses a six-hole miniature golf course and 130 arcade-style games as well as a restaurant and bar. With steampunkinspired design the venue has four private event spaces that have floor-toceiling windows black chandeliers and portable bars. The venue is available for buyouts of as many as 600 for receptions four private suites each hold as many as 25 guests. (322 East Illinois St. 312.881.5000) 92 bizbash.com fall 2015 The space which opened in Rosemont in July was designed with event designer Erin Patrick McDonald and mimics an estatestyle residence. The venue s 5 000-square-foot Grand Ballroom is available for seated dinners with a dance floor for 300 or receptions of 600. There s also a cocktail room with vinyl grass cloth wallpaper and black marble floors. An adjacent 3 600-square-foot Gene & Georgetti s restaurant has two private dining rooms. (9421 West Higgins Road Rosemont 312.527.3718) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos Anthony tAhLier (For the Win) mArcin cymmer (mr. broWn s Lounge) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) Dallas Fort Worth Venues Uchi Dallas James Beard Award-winning chef Tyson Cole opened a Dallas location of the Austin favorite in June. The restaurant offers a modern Japanese menu that changes daily as well as sushi and sashimi and an omakase tasting menu in six or 10 courses. A private room seats 24 people or holds 40 for receptions. The space has a soundproof curtain that can divide the room for smaller groups. Amenities include surroundsound audio a flat-screen TV for presentations and floral services. Buyouts are available. (2817 Maple Ave. Dallas 214.855.5454) National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame The museum finished the first phase of a renovation in May debuting a new art gallery and Grand Rotunda. The museum established in 1975 celebrates trailblazing women of the American West at its 33 000-square-foot building in Fort Worth s cultural district. For events the rotunda lobby and a lounge are available for groups of as many as 350 for receptions or 200 for seated gatherings. Smaller groups can book the 400-square-foot lounge. (1720 Gendy St. Fort Worth 817.336.4475) first location in Texas in Turtle Creek in July. The menu features seasonal items as well as natural meats and sustainable seafood some of which are prepared on a mesquite grill. Vegan dishes and an extensive wine list are available. The main dining room seats 90 while the bar area seats 69. A patio seats 44. (3848 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas 214.521.0116) Paul Martin s American Grill The California-based concept opened its Hickory by Kent Rathbun Famed Dallas chef Kent Rathbun opened the Texas-style barbecue and burgers restaurant in June. The eatery is more casual than the chef s other restaurants Abacus and Jasper s but still offers a thoughtful menu and bar program as well as a modern roadhouse look by design firm Jones Baker. It measures 6 500 square feet and offers alfresco dining on a 1 374-square-foot patio with its own fireplace lounge area and picnic tables. (8100 Dallas Pkwy. Plano 972.712.7077) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues 94 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos kArA edWArds urbAndAddy (uchi dALLAs) rhondA hoLe photogrAphy (coWgirL hALL oF FAme) kevin mArpLe (pAuL mArtin s) courtesy oF hickory by kent rAthbun Houston Venues B&B Butchers & Restaurant The traditional butcher shop and upscale steak house concept opened in May in the two-story historic Dittman Bakery building. The butcher shop offers housemade and house-cured meats and sausages while the steak house has fine-dining options including Wagyu beef carpaccio and surf and turf beef Wellington. The space is 7 500 square feet and seats 80 in the downstairs dining area and 40 upstairs with three private dining rooms that seat 100 people total for private events. A 1 500-squarefoot rooftop patio overlooking downtown seats 64 while the two bar areas seat 25 downstairs and 15 upstairs. (1814 Washington Ave. 713.862.1814) DoubleTree by Hilton Galveston Beach The opening of the property in February concluded the multimillion-dollar renovation of the former Galveston Beach Hotel. The five-story 97-room hotel overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and has a beachfront saltwater pool with a swim-up bar 24-hour fitness and business centers and private cabanas for rent. The venue has more than 2 600 square feet of event space including a boardroom outdoor lawn space and a meeting room that holds 130 for receptions. (1702 Seawall Blvd. Galveston 409.762.4141) photos FuLton dAvenport (b&b butchers) shAnnon o hArA (deL Frisco s griLLe) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) entrepreneur Carson Hager opened in March offers two distinct concepts under one roof on Main Street. Downstairs the Commoner provides a low-key neighborhood dive-bar vibe with darts free happy hour snacks and standard mixed drinks. Upstairs Boulevardier is a swanky limitedentry lounge that serves craft cocktails. Together the venue is 4 000 square feet and seats 170. Private events are usually held at Boulevardier which seats around 60 guests. (410 Main St. 832.940.1674) The Commoner and the Boulevardier The two-bar venue that tech Del Frisco s Grille A new location of the modern American eatery opened at Hughes Landing s Restaurant Row in the Woodlands in May. The restaurant offers a twist on American dishes with options like cheesesteak egg rolls and ahi tacos as well as a Sunday brunch that includes red velvet Belgian waffles and a build-your-own bloody Mary. The venue s interior is 8 000 square feet and seats 240. The patio is 3 500 square feet and seats 120. For events and meetings the space has a private room that seats 25 and comes with a television and audiovisual hookups along with a group dining menu. (1900 Hughes Landing Blvd. 281.465.0300) bizbash.com fall 2015 95 Las Vegas Venues Therapy Las Vegas The restaurant which opened in Fremont East in June offers an American gastro-style menu by executive chef Daniel Ontiveros as well as a full bar with more than 40 craft beers and signature drinks. The space is 4 100 square feet and seats nearly 140 guests. A 600-square-foot loft is available for semiprivate events and the entire restaurant can be booked for private dining or events. (520 East Fremont St. 702.912.1622) Andiron Steak & Sea Restaurateurs Bellagio in April. With design inspired by the Italian futurism movement of Milan the interior features a colorful mosaic that depicts an aerial map of the city a glass-and-chrome bar and arched windows that overlook the Fountains of Bellagio. The 6 650-square-foot space seats 270 and has a private dining room adjacent to the main dining room. (3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702.693.7111) Lago Chef Julian Serrano s Italian small-plates concept debuted at the Tropicana Las Vegas The Trinidad Pavilion expansion concluded in June. The 26 000-square-foot addition offers 11 breakout rooms with 16-foot ceilings along with new private restrooms escalators and faster Wi-Fi. The pavilion now offers 55 000 square feet of space that holds as many as 4 800 attendees for large corporate meetings and events large-scale food and beverage functions or sporting events. The entire complex now has 100 000 square feet of indoor meeting space and seats 1 400 banquet-style or 2 700 theater-style. (3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702.739.2222) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues 96 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos briAn mAnnAsmith (therApy) biLL miLne (Andiron) biondo photo (LAgo) o gArA bisseLL photogrAphy (tropicAnA) Elizabeth Blau and chef Kim Canteenwalla opened the seafood and steak house concept in Summerlin in March. Combining traditional steak house offerings with vegetarian and seafood options the restaurant serves food that can be grilled shucked or seared. Inspired by Hamptons cottages the navy and cream-colored interior was designed by Design Bureaux Inc. and has a glass-walled kitchen and floor-toceiling plantation shutters in the main dining room which seats 150. Together the bar and patio area seats 88 people while the private dining room seats 40. (1720 Festival Plaza Drive 702.685.8002) YOUR EVENT AND TRADE SHOW GRAPHICS PARTNER Atlas Print Solutions a full-service print production and design services agency has served customers from a wide range of industries for more than 20 years. Specializing in the Event Space and Trade Show markets we have a great understanding of these short term projects. Located in the heart of Manhattan Atlas has earned a reputation of being more than just a print vendor but a partner. We offer unparalleled customer service by providing companies of all sizes expert advice and materials that consistently exceed the loftiest expectations. Whatever your company needs Atlas has the solution. SERVICES AVAILABLE In-house creative and graphic design Full in-house production capabilities using the latest technology A dedicated team of national installers Environmentally friendly graphic solutions Individualized service from experienced professionals 589 Eighth Avenue 4th Floor New York NY 10018 212.949.8775 www.atlasprintsolutions.com Please visit us at ATLASPRINTSOLUTIONS.COM for more information about our services. Los Angeles Venues Vespaio Chef and restaurateur Agostino Sciandri opened the Italian restaurant in May atop downtown s Bunker Hill. Located on the ground floor of the Emerson luxury apartment building the eatery is near the Museum of Contemporary Art the Music Center and Disney Hall. The menu features items from the rotisserie and wood-burning oven as well as pastas and pizzas. The entire venue holds 215 for receptions and a patio holds 120 for receptions. A private room holds 40. (225 South Grand Ave. 213.221.7244) In June Santa Catalina Island Company unveiled new indoor-outdoor meeting and event facilities on Catalina Island 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles and an hour boat ride away from three different ports. The picturesque waterfront location includes 7 000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space including Catherine s Terrace a 1 900-square-foot banquet space for 150 seated guests an additional 2 400 square feet of prefunction space with panoramic views a 7 000-square-foot catering kitchen and cabanas. (1 Descanso Ave. Avalon 888.510.3300) Descanso Beach Club Le Jardin The Sunset Entertainment Group opened the 9 000-square-foot outdoor lounge in Hollywood in June. To evoke the feeling of Southern France the Sunset Entertainment creative team and Gulla Jonsdottir of G Design accented the patio with olive trees and vines paved the space with tiles and included striped lounge seating and two outdoor fire pits. The space holds 600 and includes two full-service bars an intimate dining area and a Funktion 1 sound system. (1430 North Cahuenga Blvd. 323.463.0008) 98 bizbash.com fall 2015 Enamel Diction The Mid-City nail salon holds 150 for pampering or teambuilding spa events and offers personalized nail color astrology readings by Rose Theodora. All furniture is easily removed in the 1 000-square-foot spare venue which recently refreshed its decor and added an eye-catching living wall at the front entrance. Other features include a storage facility a Sonos speaker system the use of a back patio for catering setups and a permit-free parking zone. (5405 West Pico Blvd. 323.900.0355) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos tiFFAny rose photogrAphy (enAmeL diction) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) Miami South Florida Venues Elcielo Miami From famed Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos comes his first restaurant in the United States following locations in Medellin and Bogota. The telegenic Barrientos host of The Taste Colombia interprets Colombian cuisine through modern techniques intended to stimulate the senses. Dishes include Crabr l e a savory take on the dessert and a panna cotta shaped into a hard-boiled egg with a liquid passion fruit yolk. The sleek-looking eatery seats 60 inside and has a private dining room for 30 guests. Outside the upper terrace seats 130 while a covered outdoor space seats 90. The lower terrace is available for receptions or as a display area large enough to showcase cars. The restaurant located along the Miami River in Brickell offers deep-water dockage and valet for as many as 60 cars. It opened in January. (31 SE 5th St. 305.755.8840) new lifestyle brand opened at 16th Street and Collins Avenue in June. The 105-room hotel has a third-floor pool deck with cabanas a Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant called Deck Sixteen and a 600-square-foot meeting room. The 10-story glass tower designed by architect Kobi Karp blends the area s Art Deco history into a modern look. (1600 Collins Ave. 305.695.7400) Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami Hyatt s Villa Bagatelle Owners of the chic Bistrot Bagatelle expanded their empire with the June opening of the boutique hotel in South Beach. Designed by Callin Fortis of Big Time Design Studios in a French Mediterranean style the property has 31 guest rooms a rooftop pool and other amenities. For events groups can book the Presidential Suite which spans nearly 2 800 square feet including a balcony. It holds 50 people for receptions or banquets or seats 24 guests conference-style. The Bagatelle Garden a landscaped courtyard holds 150 for receptions or seats 75 banquet-style. The 7 000-square-foot rooftop terrace holds 225 guests for receptions. (220 21st St. 877.795.1240) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos courtesy oF eLcieLo miAmi dougLAs LAnce (miAmi beAch Women s cLub) WorLd red eye (hyAtt centric) crAig Ambrosio For teLevision Food netWork g.p. (viLLA bAgAteLLe) Miami Beach Women s Club Part of the National Register of Historic Places the venue opened as an event space in the Collins Park neighborhood in May. The Mediterranean Revivalstyle venue operated by the South Beach Hotel Group offers 3 500 square feet indoors and 1 500 square feet outdoors and seats 80 guests banquet-style with a dance floor or 100 theaterstyle. Amenities include a large stage in the main room as well as in-house audiovisual equipment rentals a full catering kitchen and valet. (2401 Pinetree Drive 305.535.8284 ext. 3007) New York Venues Events at Space530 Wrapping around working design showrooms in a garment district building the venue offers a unique modern space for events. The mezzanine-level venue had been used informally by tenants in the building but became available for booking by outside groups this spring. Managed by JPO Concepts it features high ceilings white walls concrete floors and large windows that look onto Seventh Avenue. Its amenities include audiovisual equipment a built-in LED bar and a prep kitchen. The venue holds 125 guests for receptions or seats 48 for dinner or 100 theater-style. A separate conference room--which once served as a bank vault--seats 15. (530 Seventh Ave. 212.488.7700) 102 bizbash.com fall 2015 Westin New York at Times Square The hotel finished a 33 million renovation in June that includes upgrades to its 34 000 square feet of meeting space. Jeffrey Beers International oversaw the redesign which incorporated energyconservation practices such as LED lighting water-saving sinks and an energyefficient thermostat monitoring system. An update of the 1 800-square-foot Presidential Suite is slated to finish in 2016. (270 West 43rd St. 212.201.2700) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos eric LAigneL (bAccArAt hoteL) Jeremy Aiken JzA industries muLtimediA (spAce530) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) Zuma New York In January the London-based brand of Japanese izakaya-style restaurants opened in Midtown East its second outpost in the United States. Each location features its own look and Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt designed the 22 000-square-foot bilevel space. On the main level is the dining room sushi and robata counters and a sake bar. The second floor features a lounge as well as a separate wing with six tech-equipped private dining rooms. Five of them can be combined into a 3 100-square-foot space that seats 125 or holds 180 for receptions. Staff can arrange a private entry into the space. (261 Madison Ave. 212.544.9862) Bedecked in its namesake French crystal the hotel opened in Midtown in March. The 50-story building from architecture firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill houses both the 114-room luxury hotel as well as private residences. The hotel has one dedicated event space the 800-square-foot Harmonie Room which holds 40 guests for receptions or meetings. The salon-style room with high ceilings and generous natural light features Baccarat sconces as well as amenities such as a projection screen blackout drapes two flat-screen TVs and high-speed Wi-Fi. The hotel also boasts the first La Mer spa a subterranean swimming pool a contemporary French restaurant called Chevalier and a bar dubbed Bar. (20-24 West 53rd St. 212.765.5300) Baccarat Hotel THROWING AN EPIC EVENT PUT US ON YOUR RADAR. Host your event among our vintage aircraft within the 25 000 square feet of flexible interior space we offer at the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum one of the most unique venues in New York City. We host events of any size from cocktail receptions for up to 5 000 guests to seated dinners for up to 1 000. We also serve as the perfect backdrop for film shoots fashion shows and concerts. We look forward to having you and your VIPs on board. For more information call our Special Events hotline at 646-381-5301 email eventinfo intrepidmuseum.org or visit intrepidmuseum.org. W E S T 4 6 T H S T R E E T & 12 T H AV E N U E N Y C Orlando Central Florida Venues Moor Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center redesigned and renamed the former Sunset Sam s restaurant in the hotel s Key West atrium. The updated eatery serves regionally inspired dishes with a focus on fresh seafood. The space s signature 60-foot sailboat remains but the rest of the decor is new with neutral furnishings and multiple wood tones giving it an upscale nautical feel. The space seats 300 people or holds 700 for receptions. Various sections can be used for semiprivate events and there is a private dining room for 28 people. The restaurant opened in May. (6000 West Osceola Pkwy. Kissimmee 407.586.2353) Tapa Toro A new Spanish-style eatery from the owners of Taverna Opa the 5 000-square-foot restaurant opened in the I-Drive 360 complex in late June and seats 285 people or holds 300 people for receptions. Private groups can reserve the 12 seats around a large paella pit and there is also seating for 60 people on the patio. Colorful artwork mosaic tile walls and nightly music with flamenco dancers add to the Spanish atmosphere. (8441 International Drive 407.226.2629) The whimsical option for meetings and teambuilding events opened at Florida Mall in July. The venue s marketing team can work with private groups to create a custom experience inside the colorful 70 000-square-foot space that has 25 hands-on attractions. Groups can also use the adjacent Crayola Caf which has seating for 200 people. (8001 South Orange Blossom Trail 407.812.9865) Crayola Experience 104 bizbash.com fall 2015 More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos courtesy oF tinA mArie interior design (tApA toro) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) The concept from the owners of Seito Sushi opened in March in Baldwin Park. The 6 400-square-foot restaurant seats 151 people including 30 around a large central bar. A 12-seat chef s table can be reserved for semiprivate events the entire venue holds 178 people for receptions. The menu is focused on local and sustainable ingredients and includes pizzas seafood steaks a raw bar and craft cocktails. (4899 New Broad St. 407.960.7700) Osprey Tavern Philadelphia Venues The resort chain opened a third outpost in July in the Pocono Mountains about two hours outside of Center City. Set on 150 acres the resort has 457 guest rooms and suites as well as a 65 000-squarefoot wing for meetings and events. The Africatheme resort accommodates groups of as many as 2 500 guests three ballrooms the largest of which measures 25 000 square feet can be divided into 17 smaller rooms. A second phase of construction set to finish in 2017 will almost double the number of guest rooms and the size of a water park. (250 Kalahari Blvd. Pocono Manor 570.216.5489) Whetstone Tavern The owners of South Street s popular German outpost Brauhaus Schmitz opened their new concept in Queen Village in July. The modern restaurant and charcuterie bar serves upscale American comfort food including an international and regional cheese list designed specifically for the restaurant by Di Bruno Bros. The bar features 15 rotating taps with craft ales and lagers as well as creative cocktails. The main dining room seats 56 guests with an additional 10 seats at the bar and room for 28 more guests outside when weather permits. The impressive Wall of Knives displays 45 cooking knives gifted to chef Jeremy Nolan from some of the country s top chefs. (700 South 5th St. 267.239.0906) Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Vesper Rittenhouse Square s supper club was renovated in April adding dark woods and red gold and black hues for a sexy speakeasy vibe. The menu offers a modern take on French cuisine that can be customized for events. A 600-square-foot private dining room which includes its own entrance bar and restrooms seats 80 people or holds 120 for receptions. Full buyouts of the trilevel space are available for groups of as many as 500. (223 South Sydenham St. 267.930.3813) 106 bizbash.com fall 2015 Rotisserie at the Porch at 30th Street Station A convenient option for travelers the outdoor space adjacent to the Amtrak station revamped its look and menu in May. The area is now a casual green space complete with brightly painted wooden swings overhead festoon lighting a variety of seating areas and a resident food truck by MJS Restaurants. The space comfortably holds 200 guests the dining area measures 1 500 square feet and the entire patio is about 10 000 square feet. (2955 Market St. 215.600.0714) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos courtesy oF kALAhAri resorts And conventions christinA doWd (Whetstone tAvern) Amy gordon (vesper) ben trAn courtesy oF university city district (rotisserie At the porch) Phoenix Scottsdale Venues Red s Bar & Grill The Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa unveiled its updated restaurant in April. The new look features an open floor plan with indoor and outdoor seating views of the resort s golf courses and retractable doors. Fourteen televisions are available for use and additional audiovisual needs can be arranged through PSAV. A private room seats 12 guests and for larger parties the restaurant seats 240 guests 140 inside and 100 outside. In total the resort has more than 100 000 square feet of event and meeting space for groups of as many as 1 000 people. (300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park 623.935.3811) photos deAn stevenson (red s bAr & griLL) tony hernAndez (zAk s chocoLAte) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) Zak s Chocolate The craft chocolate factory caf and classroom opened in Scottsdale in April. The 1 750-square-foot space seats about 50 guests and is equipped to host interactive classes teambuilding events or social functions. The cuisine focuses on--naturally--cocoa with treats from bonbons to brownies made on site. Alternate catering can also be arranged. (6990 East Shea Blvd. Scottsdale 480.607.6581) Sorso Wine Room The venue which opened in April is available for happy hours tastings parties and networking events. Measuring 2 500 square feet it seats 120 guests or holds 160 for receptions. An innovative Wine Emotion dispensing system allows guests to try as many as 32 different wines by the sip taste or pour. In total the venue has a wine list of more than 125 varieties. (15323 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale 480.951.4344) Open since May the brewing company became the first facility to brew on site in Old Town Scottsdale. The industrialstyle space measures more than 2 000 square feet including a 240-squarefoot patio and holds 80 people with a mix of seats and standing room. While complete buyouts are not available the venue can be booked for private tastings of as many as 25 people. (2608 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale 480.350.7305) bizbash.com fall 2015 107 Goldwater Brewing Company San Diego Venues Park & Rec One of University Heights newest drinking destinations consists of three connected bungalows. Opened in May the indoor-outdoor venue underwent a restoration that added cozy nooks in between each building for a combined 5 000 square feet. Communal tables as well as individual seats overlook several patios and bars spread throughout serve handcrafted cocktails. The entire space holds 300 people for receptions. (4612 Park Blvd. 619.795.9700) 108 bizbash.com fall 2015 Rustic Root The open-front restaurant which opened in June in the Gaslamp district features modern American cuisine with a homey touch. It has two floors of dining with 2 500 square feet downstairs and 2 000 square feet on the second-floor rooftop area. The space seats 200 or holds 350 for receptions. (535 Fifth Ave. 619.232.1747) More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos donnA dotAn (AndAz sAn diego) hALey hohengArten (coAster terrAce) dAvid hArrison (pArk & rec) brAdLey schWeit (rustic root) Andaz San Diego The downtown property finished a renovation of its 20 000 square feet of meeting space in July. The 250 000 project by architecture and design firm Gensler brought in new furniture and executive studio tables and chairs new carpet and foyer flooring and new wallpaper plus added a 90-inch TV to the Executive Studio. The hotel also converted its foyer bar into a workspace for meeting attendees. The largest indoor space the Studio holds 325 for receptions or seats 220 banquet-style. (600 F St. 619.849.1234) Guests can take in the sights and sounds of the waterfront at the Mission Beach venue. Opened in January the rooftop meeting space has 4 000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space it holds 330 for receptions. The venue has in-house audio and video equipment and modernly appointed surroundings. (3156 Mission Blvd. 858.228.9288) Coaster Terrace San Francisco Venues The historic property recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its guest rooms and public spaces. The renovation which finished in stages this summer included updating the hotel s guest rooms pool fitness center lobby promenade Garden Court restaurant and GC Lounge. Spearheaded by Beatrice Girelli of Indidesign the circa-1875 hotel now features a contemporary design while spotlighting historic details. Its meeting space includes three ballrooms and 45 000 square feet of function space with 23 meeting rooms and four executive boardrooms. (2 New Montgomery St. 415.512.1111) Palace Hotel photos peter mediLek (hoteL g) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) Trestle The prix-fixe restaurant opened at the end of April with seating for 50 diners. Available for full buyouts the space was designed by Michael Baushke of Apparatus Architecture and the decor includes exposed brick and beams blond wood and modern light fixtures. (531 Jackson St. 415.772.0922) Hotel G Union Square s 151-room hotel unveiled a new meeting space in April. The 450-square-foot meeting room s decor includes walnut flooring lighting from Schoolhouse Electric Company and an 11-foot hard-wired walnut table that seats 10. There s a separate area in the meeting room with a mid-century black leather sofa Herman Miller chairs a walnut coffee table and an Indian hand-dyed woven rug. Artwork in the light-filled space is provided by Creativity Explored a San Francisco-based nonprofit art center for adults with developmental disabilities. (386 Geary St. 415.738.0589) Hotel Valencia Santana Row A renovation to the Silicon Valley hotel added design accents reminiscent of Old World Spain such as plaster wall treatments wrought iron chandeliers and reclaimed wood. The property also debuted the Terrace event space as well as changes to the entrance and courtyard. There is 4 000 square feet of meeting space including the 2 268-squarefoot Valencia room which seats 170 guests for banquets or holds 285 for receptions. (355 Santana Row San Jose 866.842.0100) bizbash.com fall 2015 109 Toronto Venues Kasa Moto The latest venue from the Chase Hospitality Group an upscale Japanese concept opened in June. The two-story 12 000-square-foot space in the Yorkville neighborhood comprises the 150-seat main-floor dining room a rooftop patio that seats 180 and the upper-level Bar Moto which seats 60. (115 Yorkville Ave. 647.348.7000) CC Lounge & Supper Club Located in the Kohl The whiskey-focused cocktail bar opened in the second-floor space above Smoque N Bones barbecue restaurant in May. The 1 000-square-foot venue features a cocktail program from mixologist Nishan Nepulangoda as well as event catering from the restaurant. The 55-seat space is equipped with professional audiovisual equipment. (869 Queen St. West 647.341.5730) St. Lawrence market in the historic 1872 Beardmore building the venue opened last November. The look from Sodi Designs evokes the opulence of the Roaring 20s with original brick walls rhinestone chandeliers and a giant iron door. Another standout feature is a custom J.P. Wiser whiskey tunnel that displays more than 180 different whiskeys. The space holds 300 for receptions. (45 Front St. East 416.362.4777) The renovated bistro and bar is located in Pickering and nestled in Frenchman s Bay. The vast 5 500-square-foot space has more than 200 seats split between three separate dining sections. Originally opened in 2008 the restaurant finished renovations in June to its 60-seat patio adding a retractable cover to offer protection from the sun and rain. Audiovisual equipment includes a high-definition projector that can be used for events. (1289 Wharf St. Pickering 905.839.7678) 110 bizbash.com fall 2015 More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues Port Restaurant photos JiLLiAn dArcy botting deck Agency (kAsA moto) ryAn priest (port restAurAnt) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) Washington Venues Observatory at America s Square Real estate investment and management company Jamestown L.P. debuted its new rooftop event space in June. The 1 758-square-foot venue offers prime views of the U.S. Capitol building and the D.C. skyline. The space holds 240 guests for receptions or seats 120 guests. (300 New Jersey Ave. NW 212.652.2136) Blackwall Hitch The nauticaltheme Annapolis restaurant opened a second outpost in Alexandria on the Old Town waterfront in June. The restaurant has 450 seats three outdoor patios overlooking the Potomac River seat 135 combined. The larger Potomac Patio seats 75 while Dockside Patios 1 and 2 each seat 30 guests. Inside upstairs dining room the Crow s Nest seats 36. The restaurant is divided into five additional spaces the 36-seat Captain s Quarters the 60-seat Bridge the 60-seat King s Room the 25-seat Oyster Bar and the 88-seat Quarter Deck. (5 Cameron St. Alexandria Va. 571.982.3577) 112 bizbash.com fall 2015 More venues and a local directory bizbash.com venues photos Aboud dWeck (observAtory At AmericA s squAre) Fredde LibermAn (bLAckbALL hitch) courtesy oF venues (ALL others) The hotel unveiled newly renovated event space in the spring including a 4 592-square-foot ballroom and 13 meeting rooms on the first floor. The Grand Ballroom seats 450 guests theater-style 300 banquet-style or 260 guests classroom-style it holds 450 for receptions. The hotel is in the midst of a total transformation with redesigned guests rooms a new lobby and a new restaurant. The property now offers nearly 12 000 square feet of meeting space. (5151 Pooks Hill Road Bethesda Md. 301.897.9400) Bethesda Marriott Centrolina Chef Amy Brandwein opened her new 4 075-square-foot market and seasonal Italian osteria in May at CityCenterDC. Architecture firm Core designed the space which includes a 48-seat dining room 16-seat bar and 32-seat patio. The design scheme includes neutral colors whitepainted brick polished concretes and blondwood tones with accent colors in turquoise terra-cotta and fuchsia. The private dining room seats 10 guests. (974 Palmer Alley NW 202.898.2426) A behind-the-scenes look at the latest event ideas and strategies. EvEnt REpoRts photo Barry Brecheisen for BizBash point of view At the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago in July local beer company Goose Island made custom periscopes set back from the main stages that let guests peer at the festival crowds near the action. To see more ideas from this year s music festivals turn to page 130. 117 event repOrts BOstOn photos courtesy of page one public relations Off the Ground Hendrick s Gin promoted its product with a cross-country tour of a giant flying cucumber. H endrick s Gin took to the skies to promote its brand of liquor when it launched Hendrick s Air earlier this year. The new venture involved the construction of the brand s first and only aircraft a giant green blimp aptly named the Flying Cucumber. Meant to celebrate the old-school glamour and excitement of flying--in contrast with high-speed modern day modes of air travel--the blimp was engineered to fly at a low altitude of under 1 000 feet and maintain a speed of 35 miles per hour during its four-month tour of 13 cities across the United States. The 133-foot-long 44-foot-tall aircraft embarked on its cross-country journey in April flying above areas and cities including Boston New York Los Angeles San Francisco Houston Austin Texas West Palm Beach Florida the Jersey Shore Long Island New York Ann Arbor Michigan and Philadelphia. According to Hendrick s national brand ambassador Jim Ryan The massive aircraft was 133 feet long and 44 feet tall. the blimp was designed to resemble a cucumber because of the popularity of the brand s cucumber-infused gin Hendrick s and tonics are usually served with cucumber slices rather than the standard lime. Under the brand s logo the aircraft design also featured a giant eye meant to emanate a sense of purpose during its tour. The brand also engaged people in social media during the tour as it encouraged Twitter and Instagram users to post a photo of the blimp to their accounts using the hashtags HendricksGin and CucumberChallenge. Those who participated earned a chance to ride aboard the blimp while those outside of the flight path were entered to win various prizes if they simply photographed an unusual place. The tour ended in July with a viewing party that was held at the Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. --Ian Zelaya The blimp flew past popular attractions in cities such as Boston encouraging people to post photos on social media using designated hashtags for a chance to ride the aircraft. event reportS BoSton Ice Cream Social Inspired by its latest climate change campaign Ben & Jerry s transformed an electric car to deliver its sweet goods. B en & Jerry s recently kicked its gas-guzzling boxy ice cream truck to the curb trading it in for a set of hot wheels. As part of its Save Our Swirled campaign which kicked off in April the eco-conscious Vermont-based ice cream company souped up an electric Tesla Model S for its 8 000-plus-mile road trip. The brand is currently touring the country offering free scoops and spreading the word about the effects of carbon pollution and clean energy solutions. Ice cream lovers can show their support by tweeting BenJerrysWest and BenJerrysTour to score a visit from the new delivery vehicle in their neighborhood or at their office. Upcoming stops include Tampa and Miami. The shrunken scoopmobile features a Climate Action station with interactive tablets which are located in the frunk (or front trunk)--where the engine would be in a conventional car. Fans can join the global climate movement by signing up with the company s nonprofit partner Avaaz one Ben & Jerry s converted a Tesla into a 100 percent electric ice cream delivery vehicle that is touring the United States. The vehicle stopped in Boston in early August. of the organizers of the People s Climate March. (The international organization aims to deliver three million signatures on its 100 percent Clean Power Petition before the Paris Climate summit in December.) The back seat and rear of the vehicle is fitted with three freezers holding more than 1 000 scoops. The company s other scoop trucks have been converted to run on B100 biodiesel. As part of its activism campaign the company also released a new flavor by the same name-- Save Our Swirled. The raspberry ice cream features swirls of marshmallow and raspberry along with white and dark fudge chunks. --Michele Laufik photos courtesy of ben & jerry s The new flavor dubbed Save Our Swirled was launched in conjunction with the environmentally conscious campaign. ADVERTISEMENT INSIDE EDGE A Training Session at the New World Center Teaches Attendees to Create Harmony Through Music The New World Center home to the New World Symphony recently hosted attendees from the United States Caribbean and Latin America for an employee training session. In order to represent a teamwork analogy attendees were asked to simulate participating in a symphony orchestra. The New World Symphony percussion Fellows who highlighted the importance of playing in unison and creating harmony through teamwork led guests through a special workshop. The New World Symphony America s Orchestral Academy is located on Miami Beach Florida and is a post-graduate academy for aspiring musicians. The curriculum of the New World Symphony combines orchestral and audition training instrumental coaching wellness support audience engagement in the concert hall the community and in the digital space and leadership development. Available for third-party private events the performance hall at the New World Center allows for unique guest experiences. It is ideal for conferences presentations receptions dinners weddings corporate retreats and training sessions. To learn more about the New World Symphony please visit www.nws.edu. Prime NJ Event Space Battello Now Offering Shuttle Service Situated on the Hudson with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline Battello is one of North Jersey s premier private dining and catering destinations. Battello s environment evokes the industrial mood of a boathouse while exuding the luxury of a fine waterfront dining establishment. Floor-to-ceiling windows on the dining room s three sides open to provide a haven for dockside dining and cocktails during warmer months. Designed by Anthony Carrino co-host of HGTV s Kitchen Cousins Battello s series of open areas and semi- and fully private spaces are customizable to cater to private dining clients needs. The dazzling view of Manhattan extraordinary staff distinctive menu and prime location combine to create a space like no other. Battello is conveniently located near multiple hotel and transportation options making travel effortless for guests of corporate patrons. The addition of a 16-person shuttle now allows the venue to transport guests to and from Battello on demand. Battello 502 Washington Blvd. Jersey City NJ 07310 201.798.1798 battellojc.com. Contact Dominique Borzomati director of events events battellojc.com The New World Symphony commissioned the world premiere of a video created to accompany the performance of Igor Stravinsky s Circus Polka. Choose 2 Rent Leaders in Innovative On-site Registration Two years ago it was clear that technology had become integral to society. But there is a risk when purchasing equipment because it may be obsolete the following season. The demand for devices that are up to date and can be returned when no longer needed helped pave the way for Choose 2 Rent an iPad rental company that launched in 2011. Today Choose 2 Rent is the primary partner for numerous event software providers that require Applecertified devices and lightweight badge printers. Providing on-site registration and name badge printing across the globe Choose 2 Rent partners have stayed loyal because of its affordable pricing timely shipment guarantee and commitment to customer satisfaction. Additionally Choose 2 Rent also offers prospective clients the option to receive a complimentary test rental. As the industry s leader in innovative on-site registration with the highest ranking in customer satisfaction and affordable rates Choose 2 Rent is the way to go when planning an event. event repOrts cHicaGO A photo activation captured guests jumping in front of a backdrop that featured iconic Chicago images such as deep-dish pizza and Wrigley Field. Imaginative games included human foosball in which lines of employees looped together by string played a soccer-like game. Office Hours Groupon entertained employees with classic festival activities. G Employees played a classic summertime game in an area referred to as Cornhole Campus. In one area employees stepped into massive spheres to compete against one another at Hamster Ball Racing. A talent show featured Groupon employees demonstrating their musical skills. roupon hosted its annual summertime employee outing the All-You-Can-Street Fest on July 17 at the site of a soon-to-open street festival in Chicago. Groupon s summer outing is just one way Groupon shows its appreciation for all the great talent in the Chicago offices said Kelly Evans senior manager of experiential marketing and events. It s a chance for employees to come together and enjoy themselves outside of the office and employees really look forward to it. We put the save the date out there almost two months in advance. Getting access to the Sheffield Music Festival and Garden Festival a day before it opened to the public involved leveraging relationships with agencies and production companies. It s been a win-win for all parties Evans said. At the 1 200-attendee event classic festival activities included visits with a psychic and games such as cornhole while snacks included summertime fare such as corn on the cob with drawn butter funnel cakes and corn dogs. There were Groupon s All You Can Street Fest also decidedly less traditional activities Event Management including a compeProduction special Events management tition inspired by hamsters and a game Printing Signage ER2 image Group called human foosSound Diversified audio ball. --Jenny Berg Group Share this story bizbash.com employee-events 122 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos jonathan mathias event reports ChiCago Another festival after-party the Last Call took place at Block 37 in downtown Chicago. The sold-out event featured desserts from local pastry chefs. The sold-out Feast Under the Stars took place in Lincoln Park on August 28. The event offered a five-course locally sourced meal prepared by five chefs affiliated with the event Graham Elliot Tony Mantuano Stephanie Izard Mindy Segal and Jimmy Bannos Sr. First Course Food & Wine s new Chicago food fest put a spotlight on local culinary talent and emphasized interaction between guests and chefs. After the festival s Saturday run the Toast and Taste event took place in Grant Park from 7 p.m. to 9 30 p.m. The event--which required separate 225 tickets--featured live music drinks and dishes from out-of-town chefs such as Tim Love and Jonathan Waxman. F At a book-signing tent stationed near the festival s entrance celebrity chefs such as Rick Bayless (pictured) signed cookbooks for fans. Earlier that day Bayless had led a cooking demo dubbed Fiesta al Fresco in the nearby Mulberry Demo Tent. ood & Wine magazine hosted its Food & Wine prised of some of the most acclaimed chefs in the festival in Chicago for the first time August industry let alone the city of Chicago Love said. 29 and 30. Chicago is a culinary capital The lineup of chefs [and] wine and spirits experts primed for a standout all-star food festival with reflected the city s breadth of restaurants and huge national appeal said Christina Grdovic se- diverse culinary offerings. The festival also staged nior vice president and publisher of Food & Wine. cooking demonstrations wine seminars book At Food & Wine we re obsessed with uncovering signings and activations from sponsors such as and championing amazing talent and of course Stella Artois and Citi. there s a ton of it in Chicago. The event was proSeparately ticketed events took place duced in partnership with C3 Presents and Texas- throughout the weekend. There was a feast in based chef Tim Love. Lincoln Park on the festival s eve on August 28 a Despite the weekend s foggy drizzly weather tasting event in Grant Park on Saturday evening some 4 500 guests attended the outdoor event. and a dessert-centric bash at the dining and Long lines and congestion were notably absent entertainment venue Block 37 late Saturday night. and guests had plenty of one-on-one time with According to Love holding off-site events allowed the chefs and liquor reps. A hallmark of our time for attendees and out-of-town guests to exfestivals is to create an intimate and accessible perience the city of Chicago while they were not environment where attendees have the opportu- on festival grounds. nity to mix and mingle with participating chefs A 2016 iteration of the festival is already in and vice versa said Charlie Jones C3 and festival the works and organizers expect slightly higher co-founder. attendance next year. As a first-year event we Held in Lincoln Park the event featured a would like to see the festival grow Jones said. grand tasting tent with wine and But our goal is to always keep Chicago Food & Wine spirits tastings as well as food the festival a manageable and Festival samples from a variety of local intimate experience and continurestaurants such as Osteria Langhe Event Management ally evolve the overall experience Production C3 presents and Honey Butter Fried Chicken. from year to year. Venue grant park Our advisory board was com--Jenny Berg Share this story bizbash.com food-festivals 124 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos shea flynn (bayless) Charles regan haCkleman rh photos (all others) event repOrts chicagO All 32 N.F.L. Clubs set up team houses at A.F.C. Row and N.F.C. Row. The teams tents were filled with memorabilia. Across the street from the theater in Grant Park the free fan festival known as Draft Town was the approximate size of 15 football fields. The 90 000-squarefoot town inhabited the same space where Lollapalooza is held annually. Fans could also participate in a vertical jump. On Draft For the first time in 51 years the N.F.L. hosted its player draft in Chicago where a new free festival lured thousands of fans. or the first time in 51 years the City of Chicago local chef Graham Elliot there were also concerts played host to the N.F.L. Draft by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and local during a weekend of activities that ran from band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. April 30 to May 2. Much of the actual draft which However unlike Lollapalooza Draft Town took place in rounds spanning the three days was a free event and (naturally) had football was held in the Auditorium Theater. But a new free inspiration everywhere. Along with sports fan festival known as Draft Town held across memorabilia and autograph sessions with N.F.L. the street from the theater in Grant Park received players guests could participate in activities nearly as much attention as the main event. from a 40-yard dash to a wind tunnel skydiving N.F.L. fans are especially hungry in our simulator that let guests fly through the air in a so-called off-season for ways to connect with move inspired by football legend Walter Payton. our game our players and other fans said Peter Though we partnered with C3 Presents ... we are O Reilly the N.F.L. s senior vice president of events. not necessarily in a position to compare the two Creating a massive free fan festival allowed fans events O Reilly said. We did bring football food of all ages and of all teams to come together music and family fun together in one massive to celebrate not only the draft but also their event. Certainly previous events in Grant Park passion for their team and the N.F.L. in an iconic were an inspiration for that. location like Grant Park. That was the vision. Some 200 000 guests filtered through Presented by yogurt brand Oikos Triple Zero the activation throughout its run exceeding the pop-up town took over the same space attendance expectations. In August N.F.L. where the music festival Lollapalooza is held commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor annually. The fest shared a few other Rahm Emanuel announced that commonalities with the famous Chicago will host the event in Draft Town music event. First C3 Presents the 2016 and the fan-festival element Hospitality Suite Decor Austin Texas-based group that is expected to remain in place. Kehoe designs produces Lollapalooza assisted Creating larger fan experiences Production C3 presents with production on Draft Town. Like around the draft is something we V.I.P. Catering Catering by michaels the music fest Draft Town had a hope to continue O Reilly said. Venue grant park selection of food vendors chosen by --Jenny Berg Share this story bizbash.com nfl F Guests could watch the draft live from LED screens prominently displayed in Draft Town. 126 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Courtesy of Choose ChiCago adam alexander photography evenT reporTs chicago Lounge furniture had been set up at an additional lakefront terrace but the space was ultimately closed due to lightning storms. Dinner tables were spread out through the Caribbean reef the aquarium s galleries and the Kovler Family Hall (pictured). Dessert was an edible terrarium. The dish contained chocolate mousse mango cake dirt pink guava sorbet and chocolate rocks. Under the Weather In the midst of Chicago s rainiest-ever June planners of the Shedd Aquarium s annual gala kept their eyes on the forecast. T The original rain plan was to host after-dinner dancing in a tent on the aquarium s Sick Family Lakefront Terrace. he Shedd Aquarium hosted its annual cilities--all met to review the evening s logistics gala on June 20--on what turned out to and back-up plan. By Wednesday staffers knew be an exceptionally rainy night. With a that the city was in for rain on the date of the Metamorphosis theme inspired by the mugala and decided to put up tents on the lakeside seum s current exhibit Amphibians the night terrace and secure umbrellas for guests to use as drew 770 guests and was set to include both they entered and checked in at the Shedd. indoor and outdoor components. A cocktail hour On the night of the event rain turned into with lily-pad-inspired lounges open bars and a lightning storms and security was notified that a sushi buffet preceded an aquatic show then after music festival at the nearby Northerly Island had a three-course dinner the aquarium s lakeside been evacuated. terraces were scheduled to open for late-night To ensure safety for all of our guests and snacks and dancing to a live band. staff which is always a top priority the decision However planners had their eye on the was made to move everyone inside [for the afterweather and had a back-up plan in dinner dancing] and transition the Shedd Aquarium Gala mind. Preparing for fund-raising band from outside on the terrace Audiovisual Production events takes a lot of planning and to inside in our Bubblenet Cafe kobotech inc. attention not to mention a dediLaw said. After working with the Audiovisual Production cated team that can respond quickband to set up a stage and transiLighting sound ly to last-minute changes said tion some of the furniture a dance investment ltd. Catering sodexo at the Katie Law senior director of special floor was made and the room shedd aquarium events and donor relations. For transitioned into a lounge dance Decor Flowers event all events at Shedd Aquarium the party. And because much of the Creative team prepares a full launch plan work was done while guests were Draping Drape kings Entertainment Gentlemen which always includes a rain plan. still having dinner many [guests] of leisure Band Chicago was also in the throes of did not even notice the transition Linens BBJ linen the wettest June in Illinois history. took place. Security monterrey In the week leading up to The gala had a record-breaking security Tenting partytime-hDo the gala reps from several deyear in terms of fund-raising and productions inc. partments--including security the take was approximately Valet sam s valet parking development animal care and fa 2 million. --Jenny Berg Share this story bizbash.com fund-raisers 128 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos BoB Carl (terrarium) niCk samisen for event Creative (all others) eveNT reporTs coasT To coasT Now Trending Health and wellness activities old-school entertainment and complimentary festival goods were just some of the trends spotted at music festivals in 2015. M usic festivals this year presented a number of creative quirky and above all interactive opportunities for the crowds that flocked to them all courtesy of on- and off-site brand activations and events. From activities that focused on keeping festivalgoers healthy and freebies like sunscreen and ponchos to devices that allowed attendees to watch concerts from afar here s a look at five trends spotted in 2015. --Ian Zelaya For early risers at South by Southwest in Austin Texas in March Spotify House held cycling classes by SoulCycle and dance lessons with a live DJ. Wellness remote concert viewing Festivals this year provided the opportunity to watch artists onstage in a less chaotic setting. At Lollapalooza in Chicago in July Samsung s Galaxy Experience and its Owner s Lounge got guests interacting with the Samsung Gear VR a virtual reality device that gave them an up-close view of the performances on the Samsung Galaxy stage. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio California in April provided festivalgoers with numerous health and wellness events to attend including the Nylon Recovery Brunch. The magazine s event offered outdoor yoga as well as other activities meant to help guests recuperate after the weekend. 130 bizbash.com fall 2015 coasT To coasT eveNT reporTs Low-Tech activities Certain music festivals this year proved that going old-school can be the key to throwing an entertaining party. At the Essence Festival which took place in New Orleans in July McDonald s threw a retro-theme community celebration called the Lovin Skate Jam. The fast-food chain s event offered roller skates and a skating rink for attendees as well as a photo booth with 80s and 90s hip-hop-inspired props. Photos Alli hArvey Getty imAGes for sPotify (sXsW soulCyCle) BArry BreCheisen for BizBAsh (lollAPAloozA PitChfork) AlesAndrA duBin BizBAsh (CoAChellA) Courtesy of the nArrAtive GrouP (essenCe festivAl) nAdiA ChAudhury BizBAsh (sXsW PonChos) erik voAke red Bull Content Pool (Winter musiC ConferenCe) Guest amenities At Coachella My Jewel Bar s table at the Retreat at Sparrows Lodge offered guests baubles that they could customize with festivalinspired charms and details. At South by Southwest Comedy Central s oneday Kegs and Eggs at Pelons & Bar offered attendees three key festival necessities eggs beer and ponchos for that inevitable rainy day. sweet-Theme snack Bars Whole Foods had a miniature market at Pitchfork Music Festival which took place in Chicago in July. The market offered fruits and snacks as well as sunscreen hair ties and bobby pins and scented sprays. The station encouraged guests to take advantage of the free perks with a sign that read Refresh yourself before you wreck yourself. More ideas from this year s festivals bizbash.com music-festivals The Breakfast Sessions buffet was housed in the Red Bull Guest House during the Winter Music Conference in Miami in March. Offered as a late-night snack the buffet served munchies including Pop Tarts with dipping sauces mac n cheese chicken-and-waffle sandwiches and Twinkies. bizbash.com fall 2015 131 Join NACE at Experience 2016 July 17th-20th The Diplomat Resort & Spa Ft. Lauderdale FL The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) looks forward to celebrating another fantastic conference in 2016 open to everyone in the catering and events industry. This year s schedule presents innovative educational breakouts fabulous speakers Industry awards and gala Foundation event Marketplace expo and an opportunity to network with the best-of-the-best. 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Keeping on theme the charger plates at each table setting featured the design of a moon. n honor of its continued commitment to space exploration and its legacy as the first watch worn on the moon Omega turned a May 12 outing at Sugar Land s Western Airways Airport Hangar into an outer space voyage. The black-tie celebration--which was attended by astronauts prominent members of the Houston community and industry guests from around the country-- came complete with its own space capsule gravel and rocks to recreate the lunar surface and a cameo by Gravity star George Clooney. While the Swiss brand s 2015 Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award timepiece commemorates 45 years since the Apollo 13 mission when the astronauts relied on their Speedmaster watches to successfully return home there wasn t a specific anniversary in mind for the dinner said Stephen Urquhart president of Omega. It was simply about choosing a time that suited our partners and guests he said. Working with the in-house events and marketing team at Omega Bureau Betak was enlisted to create the authentic look feel and sound of life on the moon in the Lone Star State. (Houston is home to NASA after all.) Under the eye of production firm principal Alex de Betak a 150-person team worked nearly an entire week to transform the 20 000-square-foot space for the event. Five truckloads of gravel coupled with rocks of various sizes were used to lay the foundation of the dinner floor glitter was added to the mix for sparkle. For an event like this our team was dedicated to representing our luxurious standards said Urquhart. That goes right through to the smallest details such as the physical invitation. Indeed the invite itself was designed with the shape and look of the moon with wording presented in the style of a NASA transcript between astronauts and ground control. This unique approach was all about giving guests an unforgettable experience from the first moment to the last added Urquhart. Some 300 guests converged on the suburban Houston hangar for the occasion. Greeted by a phalanx of female model staffers dressed in otherworldly garb the attendees entered into a space devoid of natural sunlight and in through a tunnel surrounded by special light and sound effects. They emerged into the cocktail area a specially built space capsule displaying both vintage and modern Omega Speedmaster timepieces as well as videos and murals that chronicled the brand s storied relationship with the space program. Prerecorded flight calls meanwhile served as white background noise filling the all-white series of rooms with decidedly spaceship-like dialogue. The journey from earth to the moon or from cocktails to dinner was signaled by smoke sound and light effects la a take-off simulation and ushered guests through a transition space to doors that revealed a full-scale landing on the moon tableau--or the anointed Omega Lunar Base. Details from the charger plates to the levitating centerpieces to the globes peppered throughout set the scene without being obtrusively thematic. As guests exited the hangar at the conclusion of the festivities one final transition took place. Thousands of LED lights that had been placed throughout the exterior of the venue and the grounds--mimicking twinkling stars in the night sky--became visible. --Jim Shi Designed to look like the surface of the moon the dinner space was surrounded by gravel and rocks. Adding to the ambience was a massive video screen that showed planets moving across the sky a floating space station meteor showers and an astronaut in space la George Clooney s film Gravity. photos Craig Barritt getty images for omega More photos and a vendor list bizbash.com omega bizbash.com fall 2015 133 event reportS LaS vegaS The stage show on the final night included a mock-up of a G5 with two 150-foot screens for the jet s wings. Flight Simulator S ince Berkshire Hathaway bought Prudential Real Estate two years ago its annual sales conference has been a dual-branded affair. However this year for the first time the event was only under the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name. And with the transition came a scale adjustment as well The event on March 23 and 24 drew more attendees and was bigger in every way. Especially remarkable was the main entertainment on the program s final night at the Mirage Las Vegas which took a theatrical turn. Corporate Magic (which has worked with Prudential for the past 17 years) produced the event alongside Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices director of conference and meeting services Denise Doyle. Organizers set out to create a custom event that rivaled other large-scale shows for which the city is known. That gave rise to the two-hour rock n roll-inspired blowout with a Revolution theme where Corporate Magic deployed the largest video surfaces ever produced for a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices event two 150-foot screens and a 20-foot circular LED screen center stage that rotated. The night s big finale was a production with eight principal vocalists 12 dancers a live band four Cirque performances and special effects. The concert took shape as a center-stage medallion was transformed into the nose of a G5 and the two 150-foot screens A DJ was meant to represent the captain of the plane which was dubbed Rhythm Air and took guests on a virtual ride around the world. became the jet s wings. A DJ--meant to feel like the captain of the plane dubbed Rhythm Air--blasted Macklemore s Can t Hold Us as the mock aircraft s crew filled the stage. The audience danced as the DJ played music mash-ups for each segment performed by a live band and accompanied by Cirque acts. Segments included visuals and sounds inspired by Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (set to music from Pitbull) the New Year s Eve ball drop in Times Square (during which a retro big band performed jazz music from Tony Bennett) Fashion Week in Paris the State Fair of Texas in Dallas (with music from Luke Bryan) Motown and its classic muscle cars and back to Las Vegas where Rhythm Air s captain morphed back into a club DJ. What stood out most to me about this year s event is the sheer joy everyone involved in the production experienced despite some incredibly significant obstacles said Corporate Magic senior creative director Stephen Dahlem. The stress [including] having an understudy take over for our lead sound producer [who got food poisoning that morning] was nearly overwhelming. We could have crashed and burned but instead everyone rallied together to pull off a truly magical event. --Alesandra Dubin photos sjodin photography Berkshire Hathaway s HomeServices used a mock-up of a G5 jet as part of the large-scale theatrics in its sales conference s stage show. For the first time since Berkshire Hathaway bought Prudential Real Estate the annual sales convention was only a Berkshire affair at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The goal was to produce a corporate event that rivaled the city s other large-scale spectacles. A complete vendor list bizbash.com meetings 134 bizbash.com fall 2015 EVENT REPORTS LONDON A 30-foot-tall scenic LED tree set piece accommodated six modern dancers climbing sitting and performing on it. About 16 000 guests attended the opening program for the international congress celebrating 150 years of the Salvation Army. Case Sensitive The Salvation Army s 150th anniversary congress navigated cultural sensitivities and logistics to accommodate participants from more than 100 countries. Guests found on-theme digital signage and 20 unique wall murals as they emerged from the tube station and made their way to the O2 Arena. the show well ahead of time so everyone would have the words in advance and could participate. This required even more advance planning than usual she said. The United States company working in the United Kingdom also encountered challenges when it came to legalities. Due to much different stricter laws in the U.K. the logistical aspects of the show were much more difficult. For instance the United Kingdom has particularly stringent health and safety regulations which required Corporate Magic to hire a coordinator to oversee those issues in the host country. The team put together a 200-page manual outlining how they would address every conceivable health and safety issue that could arise. The team made additional accommodations for labor laws and load-in and rehearsal times. Work was required to shut down by 10 p.m.-- which forced organizers to come up with workarounds on tight load-in deadlines. For example Corporate Magic set up a separate venue the team called the slab a large slab of concrete outside the O2 where they rehearsed each of the production numbers even as another was taking place on stage. --Alesandra Dubin F ar from the minimalism of its holiday red kettle charity collection efforts the Salvation Army celebrated its 150th anniversary with a massive convention in London from July 1 to 5. The event had a Boundless theme drawn from a song Salvation Army founder General William Booth wrote for the Christian charity and drew nearly 16 000 people from 126 countries to the O2 Arena. While an in-house team of six including international congress coordinator Eddie Hobgood oversaw the event Dallas-based company Corporate Magic produced it--working over a period of more than two years given the program s enormous scale. The convention included seven general sessions a grand march down the mall leading to Buckingham Palace and performances by 40 international groups exhibiting cultural traditions like hula dance and Chinese lion dancing. Producers even commissioned an original musical for the event and an exposition hall showcased an interactive heritage display. With so many countries represented at the event observing international protocols and demonstrating cross-cultural understanding Share this story bizbash.com meetings were essential to its success. To keep the wide-ranging delegation comfortable and avoid making any cultural blunders Corporate Magic took extra steps to vet content. Whether it was translation services or cultural sensitivity everything that hit the screens or was incorporated into the program had to be analyzed for how it would come across to people from more than 100 countries said Corporate Magic senior international account manager Meg Lohr. Every word every joke every mannerism was reviewed to make certain that the message was delivered accurately and of course that nobody was inadvertently offended or insulted. In addition to sensitivity concerns the multinational event posed certain logistical challenges Delegates scheduled to be part of the productions were flying in from all around the world so rehearsals couldn t take place until everyone was on site in London. Unfortunately several African attendees were denied visas but no one bothered to tell the hosts Lohr said. Since they were part of the production Corporate Magic was forced to make revisions and accommodations at the eleventh hour. The team also sent out the programs for PHOTOS GRAHAM CARLOW bizbash.com fall 2015 135 event reportS loS angeleS teenage Dream To accommodate families of sponsors and V.I.P.s at the Teen Choice Awards Fox created a space to equally serve kids and adults preferences. S The tent was the only covered space of its kind on the blue carpet on a blazing hot day in Los Angeles. tandard Hollywood events invite each guest tree image typically conjured by a surfboard with a plus one with hosts traditionally motif. expecting two adults to turn up. But Fox s To that end the team set up a colorful space invitations for the V.I.P. tent at its August 16 Teen with a three-tier chandelier handmade by the Choice Awards were of a different stripe Entire YourBash team from more than 200 yards of families of sponsors and Fox V.I.P.s were welfabric. Bold colors and prints mixed with sophisticome--and expected. cated seating pieces and accessories for a vibrant Fox executive director of special events Karin look that could appeal to multiple generations Pofsky and manager of special events Veronica in the crowd. Candies and Sour Patch Kids sponKelley worked with YourBash for production a sored with their logos on branded pillows. partner on the project for the past seven years. Kids scooped up autograph pillows and Teen The team s idea for tricking out the space at Choice Award notebooks for talent to sign. (The the Galen Center was both design-minded and pop group Fifth Harmony stopped by for awhile strategic First it would take decor as did the cast of Dance Moms and inspiration from the surfboard-style Teen Choice Awards other celebrities for photo ops.) V.I.P. Tent award itself. And second it would Aside from the all-ages-friendneed to be a space with a concept and layout that pleased the diverse all-ages crowd. We were excited about the [award] design which was definitely different this year Pofsky said. It was a tribal bohemianinspired print. We were inspired to see something like that as opposed to the traditional surf beach palm Cotton Candy Pretzels hollywood Candy Girls Design Production yourBash Flowers sada s Flowers Hedges Green set inc. Lemonade Lemonade Rentals aB elements Rentals Blueprint studios Rentals Classic party Rentals Venue the Galen Center Candies from sponsor Sour Patch Kids sat on surfaces for kids to grab and go. ly design and decor organizers chose a strategic layout that would accommodate all guests in comfort. When we lay out the tent we make sure to have an area in the back that s comfortable shaded [with ample] seating adult friendly Pofsky explained. Because the adults are usually not in the front getting autographs. She said the Mixed patterns and colors lent a sense of youthful whimsy while ample seating was provided for the comfort of adult guests. 136 bizbash.com fall 2015 Share this story bizbash.com award-shows photos sean twomey 2me studios goal was to have as much autograph-getting space in the front as possible because we don t see many of the kids sitting down. Recognizing another difference in adult versus kid guests the team arranged for food that skewed younger adults don t tend to eat during the mid-day time slot. Cotton candy matched the colors of the surfboard--hot pink orange purple and green--with different toppings from sprinkles to bacon. A pretzel bar also offered various types chocolate-covered yogurt honey mustard and more. Lemonade provided refreshment on the scorching day. It was things you can grab and go up and stand in the front and things to keep people cool Pofsky said. [The tent] is very family-oriented. You see whole families show up at this as opposed to other types of red carpet events where it s a plus-one situation. We also have the only comfortable covered space on the carpet. So it [makes] our sponsors and everyone comfortable. --Alesandra Dubin Food was meant to skew kid-friendly and few adults ate during the mid-day time slot. THE EBELL OF LOS ANGELES LINE8PHOTOGRAPHY The design of the tent was inspired by the look of this year s Teen Choice Award surfboard. 323-931-1277 www.ebelloflosangeles.com LINE 8 PHOTOGRAPHY event reports los angeles Signs identified each represented region and its population. Attendees posed with a Honda in front of a green screen that made their photo session look like snaps from a road trip. on the road A culinary road trip concept felt like an organic on-brand way to integrate Honda as a first-time Thrillist event sponsor. I A projection of the Chrysler building shone behind the setup for New York s Black Seed Bagels. Guests received a so-called road map that explained the experience and the restaurants involved. n an age when authenticity is so critical to such the party space. For example Gino s East is known a huge portion of the target marketing demofor graffiti with walls covered in marker art. We graphic--the millennial generation--event incorporated that into their event station inviting organizers know that attendees can sniff out a attendees to draw on their walls Dowd said. It mismatched sponsor without any difficulty. When was also really important to us that the food was they see it they ll attribute that inauthenticity back fresh authentic and exactly what you d expect if to the brands involved. And that s a big event fail. you went to their restaurant in their city--so we So when Thrillist had a chance to partner with brought the chefs and staff themselves out to L.A. Honda on a new event the media property was As for Honda the brand set up its own array of especially careful to create a program that felt true activations and integrations within the space. At a to its core principals and messages and integrated ticket-booth-style check-in area guests received a the sponsor in an organic way. so-called road map which mapped out the space Although Thrillist and Honda had worked toas well as the restaurants involved. Guests also gether previously they d never before partnered on received a toll ticket to punch at each stop. an event until what became known as the Culinary Highway signs at each location highlighted the Road Trip held June 12 to 14 at Siren Studios Orange relevant city and population and a Honda-branded in Hollywood. pit stop offered water Route 66 Root Beer Soda In coming up with the theme we kept asking Route 11 Chips and more. ourselves When do you use a car How do you A Honda HR-V parked inside the venue was travel for fun and what do you do And finally the main focal point and guests posed for photos what does the Thrillist audience love to do direc- and inside and outside of the car. They took home tor of events Jessica Dowd explained. Then it photo strips consisting of four pictures each with clicked a road trip. a different city background so it appeared that The group began to gather well-known resguests had taken a road trip together as friends. taurants from all across the country to come to Los Hashtags and handles also proliferated the mesAngeles for one weekend for an event inspired by sage on social media. the Honda HR-V. Organizers worked with places Thrillist is all about providing guys with the like New York s Black Seed Bagels Chicago s Gino s ammo they need to live the most fun lives possible East Deep Dish Pizza New England s Luke s Lobster and we take that really seriously in all aspects of our Rolls Philadelphia s Tony Luke s Cheesesteaks and business Dowd said. That means when it comes to Insomnia Cookies Portland s Lardo working with surprising sponsors it s Thrillist Culinary Sandwiches and Stumptown Cofall about taking the time to really unRoad Trip fee Cold Brew and Washington s derstand the sponsor and what they Georgetown Cupcake and Sweetwant. Then you need to look at your Catering My World on a plate green Salad. brand and figure out common goals. A Each venue worked to replicate Production ark Endeavors concept or idea should never be forced L.L.c. Inc. its own hometown vibe by using or fixed. No one will end up happy Venue siren studios North imagery and decor elements within with the results. --Alesandra Dubin orange Share this story bizbash.com thrillist 138 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos kat goduco ADVERTISEMENT Fresh Wata Gets Knotty with MIT Media LAB Fresh Wata recently delivered event production and management services to the first annual MIT Media Lab Summit in Boston Massachusetts. The summit called Knotty Objects as a playful double entendre presented four complex objects-- F.P.O. The first annual MIT Media Lab Summit was a huge success. It brought together designers scientists engineers makers writers curators and scholars. PERSON KILLIAN PHOTOGRAPHY brick bitcoin steak and a phone--as a way to examine and discuss four major disciplines art design engineering and science. The two-day summit was attended by more than 400 guests and was hosted by Paola Antonelli Museum of Modern Art s senior curator of architecture and design and director of research and development. It included an introduction and award presentation cocktail reception and dinner the first night. On the second day guests were kept busy with a full day of presentations and keynote speakers an interactive themed breakfast and lunch and a final night of cocktails dinner and entertainment. Fresh Wata s detailed mission and scope of work included Full audiovisual production and lighting design and the design and fabrication of the stage and set. Event registration which included e-mail invite coding registration website onsite check-in and radio frequency identification wristband technology. Design concepts included space planning solutions computer-aided design and event design. event reports los angeles The last major debut of the summer Straight Outta Compton s world premiere took over the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live on August 10. N.W.A. group member portraits surrounding a pentagon-shaped central decor piece hung above a mirror ball and dance floor. straight outta Compton Black-and-white signage served as decor including vintage photos of the characters in the biopic as well as enlarged images of the Compton Boulevard street sign. In Focus This summer Hollywood studios built out major arrivals areas and party spaces for movies with massive revenue goals. H ollywood magic doesn t just apply to the action that takes place on the screen The movie-making engine in Los Angeles is also responsible for churning out high-impact premiere parties to market those films with particular focus on the summer blockbusters intended to bring in major revenue for the studios. This year s crop of summer movies had premieres with an emphasis on dramatic arrivals setups audiovisual production decor and design and more. --Alesandra Dubin The arrivals area included a black carpet and a giant turntable alongside elevated logos. tomorrowland ant-Man At the world premiere of Marvel s Ant-Man on June 29 at the Dolby Theatre the film s title design at the entrance was an actual giant ant farm. In May Disney debuted the George Clooney movie Tomorrowland with a premiere at Disneyland that made for some complicated logistics The studio brought invited guests into multiple theaters in the AMC multiplex at the Downtown Disney complex adjacent to the park. It then filtered them to the premiere party at Tomorrowland about a 10-minute walk through the public crowds. The premiere party in the park included rare experiences for guests bars serving alcohol and no lines for popular rides. Futuristic dessert stations included confections that resembled the Tomorrowland pins that play a major role in the film s plot. 140 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos sean twomey 2me studios (straight outta compton) Charley Gallay Getty imaGes (ant-man) Jesse Grant Getty imaGes for disney (tomorrowland entranCe) alesandra dubin bizbash (tomorrowland desserts) alex J. berliner abimaGes (jurassic world Car minions) benJamin shmikler abimaGes (jurassic world props) alberto e. rodriGuez Getty imaGes for disney (inside out) ab imaGes (terminator genisys) los angeles event reports Jurassic World The premiere party included various actual props from the movie for a Jurassicera look and feel. Jurassic World s June 9 premiere in Los Angeles was a large-scale theatrical affair that transported guests convincingly to a dino-filled theme park. A vehicle from sponsor Mercedes-Benz stood prominently at the entrance. Inside out Metal decor pieces and industrial-looking design decorated the Terminator premiere party poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt. On June 9 Disney and Pixar premiered Inside Out at the El Capitan Theatre. A whimsical installation marked the entrance to a purple arrivals carpet. Minions terminator genisys On June 28 Paramount Pictures hosted the Los Angeles premiere of Terminator Genisys at the Dolby Theatre drawing cast members including Arnold Schwarzenegger. A splashy arrivals area included pyrotechnic displays on Hollywood Boulevard. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment hosted the Minions premiere at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27. Stars like Sandra Bullock Jon Hamm and Allison Janney walked the yellow carpet where likenesses of the film s famous characters served as engaging photo backdrops. More premiere photos bizbash.com entertainment bizbash.com fall 2015 141 event reports MiaMi south Florida A disco ball measuring 20 feet in diameter presided over the launch event for the real estate development Paramount Miami Worldcenter. Zhantra Entertainment provided futuristicstyle dancers. From the top For a real estate launch party in Miami the focal point was a giant disco ball which posed some logistical challenges for producers. B The outdoor event took place in the development s sales center parking lot with a clear tent in place in case of rain. Since it was a clear night the tent served as a lounge. The sales center itself had black and white decor and a clean design. igger was better at the glitzy sales launch sists of more than 1 000 mirrors and weighs 2 500 event for the mega real estate development pounds arrived in Miami via truck along with a Paramount Miami Worldcenter. And the star small crew who assembled it over three days. that the event revolved around was a massive The day before the event which took place at disco ball hoisted high above the outdoor space. the parking lot of the downtown development s We wanted the entire town to sales center a giant crane slowly Paramount Miami know this was going on said Javier hoisted the disco ball into the air Worldcenter Velarde executive producer and and then raised and lowered it Launch Event creative director of Triton Producto determine the perfect height. tions which designed and produced Audiovisual Production That turned out to be 47 feet from carlton audio services inc. the April 18 event. Everyone knew the floor to the bottom of the Bars Bubble Miami how to get there because they just ball--high enough to be seen from Catering thierry s catering followed the light. the highway but low enough to Crane harrison crane The idea for the globe-like disco impress guests. Design Event Management Production ball--a fun play on the developA crane operator had to be on triton productions ment s name--came before the site any time the disco ball was Disco Ball Derek Dyer team at Triton found the piece itself. in the air which meant it came productions An initial search of rental companies DJ DJ erok down after the initial tests and was Entertainment Zhantra turned up only eight-foot and 10raised for good at 5 p.m. the day of entertainment foot models but that wouldn t have the event. Furniture Rentals fabulous been large enough. Dana Cyboski The stunt created the desired linen D.B.a. fabulous the production firm s director of deeffect The first 500 people who Design & Decor Invitations taMZ sign found the answer a disco ball showed up to the event weren t Lighting atmosphere with a 20-foot diameter from Salt on the invite list Velarde said. lighting Lake City-based artist Derek Dyer. The event drew 1 500 people as Photography ra-haus Dyer created the piece for his homewell as numerous gawkers from fotografie town s New Year s Eve celebration in PR Kreps DeMaria public neighboring residences who relations December and had just days before watched from their balconies as Printing Signage Jp created a website offering it for light from the disco ball bounced graphic solutions event rental. He bills it as the largest Rentals american turf and off their buildings. carpet disco ball in the country. There are a lot of real estate Planning the logistics of getting Security p3Vip limo & parties in Miami Velarde said protection the ball in place for the event was a but this was a big one. Tenting eventstar challenge. The disco ball which con- Video posh panel --Beth Kormanik More design ideas bizbash.com design 142 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos ra-haus fotografie llc event reports MIAMI south florIdA Models wore looks from Lezard Swim s 2016 collection while skating across Basement s ice skating rink at the Miami Beach Edition. The show was part of an issue launch party for Treats magazine. Mara Hoffman s presentation had a Moroccan theme with decor such as rugs lanterns and floor pillows. swim Break After IMG announced a hiatus for Fashion Week Swim others stepped up to stage runway shows presentations and other events. Dijana Swim staged a fashion show and cocktail reception at the Bass Museum of Art. The eye-catching setup had models walking down the museum s trilevel ramp. It was the first event of its kind to take place at the museum as well as the final program there before the museum closed for renovations. the Villa Casa Casuarina the former Versace Mansion an operation that took more time than a fashion show to organize. It brought me here to this beautiful venue where I get to show a production in a beautiful way and I couldn t ask for more Hoffman said. I love IMG and I will show with IMG in New York and this gave me the opportunity to do something different and to evolve. Australian designers We Are Handsome hosted a 30-person brunch on the terrace of the Matador Room in the Edition hotel where co-founder Jeremy Somers was able to discuss his graphic work on new designs and a new activewear line face-to-face with guests. We Are Handsome avoided the runway as Somers predicted chaos due to a lack of head producer and too many venues. He continued So much goes into creating a runway show and we had all of these amazing ideas but we are just going to save them for next year. Somers is hopeful that IMG will return and if not that the hotels will step up again. The Edition alone had as many as six events occurring simultaneously. The hotels are the star of Swim Week he said. --Tracy Block More stories like this bizbash.com fashion-events W hen IMG announced in May that it would not produce Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim this year the fashion and Miami event communities had to decide whether to abandon the runway shows and events that make up Miami Swim Week or to salvage them. Local event producers and venues decided to save the events. Helping their cause was the fact that buyers and media had long secured travel arrangements to Miami Beach. Additionally SwimShow the swimwear trade show at the Miami Beach Convention Center went on as planned. Funkshion and SwimMiami were among those who produced events and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Miami Beach Visitors and Convention Authority supported. We ve been doing this since 2002 so we didn t need any help from IMG said Funkshion s Aleksander Sale Stojanovic whose Funkshion Fashion Week produces fashion shows during October and March. We had to make a decision to spend an extra 100 000 to make it happen. Over the course of July 15 to 21 Funkshion sponsored the main runway tent in Collins Park. Other shows took place at hotels along Miami Beach including the Miami Beach Edition the Setai Thompson Miami Beach SLS South Beach and Delano South Beach. SwimMiami--a venture between New York-based LDJ Productions and New York- and Miami-based SBI--curated shows at the W South Beach as well as at the 1 Hotel South Beach. Overall more than 20 runway shows took place from designers including Maaji Tori Praver Luli Fama 6 Shore Road and Belusso. Despite these efforts not everything ran smoothly. Lack of communication between show hosts and the logistical challenge of having so many venues led to some shows starting late creating a domino effect that made it impossible to stick to a set schedule. And scheduling conflicts forced attendees to choose between competing shows. As an alternative to the runway shows many designers opted instead to produce more intimate event concepts such as presentations brunches barbecues and cocktail receptions to showcase 2016 lines. This allowed them to interact with both buyers and media on the ground. Designer Mara Hoffman elected to host her Resort Swim 2016 Presentation at the stunning 144 bizbash.com fall 2015 Photos Joe schildhorn BFA.com (mArA hoFFmAn) World red eye (All others) event reports miAmi south floridA At a floating bar guests could sip alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks such as the Lollipop Passion Goblet garnished with unicorn pops and candy necklaces the Ocean Blue Goblet that came with gummy whale sharks and the White Gummy Goblet topped with assorted candy worms. Just desserts A by Live It Productions International. Our goal with Live It was to turn the entire second floor into a candy land said Charissa Davidovici owner of Sugar Factory Ocean Drive. Our team worked with Live It to conceptualize custom candy decor bar decor slideshows a custom DJ booth for DJ Irie and much more. Guests were also invited to enjoy the restaurant Sugar Factory opened an outpost on and confectionary portion of the brasserie while Miami Beach s famed Ocean Drive DJ Irie spun top hits in candy land. with custom candy decor. About 3 000 people showed up for the event--no doubt lured in part by celebrity host n outdoor candy land with whimsical Kylie Jenner--but only 500 guests were allowed custom decor set the tone at an exclusive to attend according to Davidovici. Another 500 launch for the opening of the brasserie guests dined in the restaurant throughout the day. Sugar Factory Ocean Drive. Sugar Factory openings are always over the Taking advantage of its location within Hotel top fun and full of celebrity fans Davidovici Victor the restaurant took over the hotel s pool said noting that the event budget exceeded deck for the June 19 event which was produced 100 000. --Beth Kormanik Topiary-like candy sculptures served as non-floral centerpieces. A complete vendor list bizbash.com design CONTACT GERRY TANTALIZEMIA MI.COM 330 LINCOLN ROAD MIAMI BEACH FL 33139 305.695.1401 W W W.TANTALIZEMIA MI.COM photos seth browarnik worldredeye.com eveNt reports sNapshots Fast Food New York Health-focused on-the-go snack brand GoGo Squeez partnered with MKG for the activation tour of its customized vending machine dubbed The Goodness Machine. The structure built by Square Design was a giant version of the brand s signature applesauce packet. The tour which kicked off in New York s Madison Square Park July 23 invited kids to CatchTheGoGo by pushing a button which activated a launching mechanism that shot out an applesauce packet attached to a parachute with the brand s label. The activation also incorporated a social media and video element with a custom video recorder that recorded kids interacting with the machine. The videos were uploaded to the Goodness Machine website as 15-second GIFs. --I.Z. photos Kelly taub bFa.com (shoes) dorothy hong (gogo squeez) shoe stand New York Italian fashion designer Alessandra Facchinetti proved that farm stands aren t just for selling produce--they can also be used as shoe racks. Facchinetti the creative director of Tod s and Jessica Seinfeld hosted a charity luncheon at the Seinfeld residence in Amagansett New York on July 24 which also served as a pop-up shop and preview for the Italian luxury shoe brand s fall winter collection. With the barn atmosphere as a backdrop Facchinetti used baskets of fruits and vegetables to showcase Tod s signature brightly colored Gommino loafers. The custom farm stand paired loafers with the coordinating color of particular foods including red peppers lemons oranges and broccoli. Farm stand labels normally meant for the names and prices of produce instead had the shoe color shade written in Italian. The luncheon which was attended by celebrity guests including Neil Patrick Harris Gayle King and Mamie Gummer benefited Baby Buggy a New York-based charitable organization founded by Seinfeld that aims to fight generational poverty by providing clothes and services to families.. --Ian Zelaya event reports MIaMI south FlorIda Guests raced robot dogs which were avatars of Ardbeg mascot Shortie--a Jack Russell terrier that lives at the distillery in Islay. The idea was a futuristic spin on the competitive field-day-style games that traditionally take place on Ardbeg Day in Scotland. Future tense The Scottish whiskey brand Ardbeg chose a futuristic theme for its 200th anniversary celebration event in Miami. I nstead of focusing on its past the Scottish whiskey company Ardbeg opted for a futuristic-theme event to celebrate its 200th anniversary. This year s Ardbeg Day an annual promotional event held in several cities came to Miami on May 31. Held at the Vagabond Hotel which has a Jetsons-like futuristic vibe the affair featured robotic dogs that competed in races robot toys that guests were encouraged to play with and a local artist who painted a figure dubbed Ardie the Robot in homage to the brand. Ardbeg is known as being a rather quirky brand. They love doing things in their own Ardbeggian way said Julia C. Brown president and founder of Brown & Company PR which produced the event. So it was appropriate when on their epic 200-year anniversary they decided to celebrate 200 years in the future--2215--rather than looking to the past. About 190 guests game through the Ardbeg Day event which had a loCatering misha s Cupcakes cal retail partner Fine Catering Venue Vagabond Spirits Wine & Liquors hotel DJ millionyoung as well as partnerLighting michael ships with the British designs Inc. new Image General Consulate Britproductions Week and the Scotch Photo Booth south Beach photo Booth Company Malt Whisky Society of Production America. Brown Company pr --Beth Kormanik Local artist Juan Rozas entertained guests by painting Ardie the Robot a character he created for the event. The event took place both indoors and outdoors at the Vagabond Hotel which was chosen as the venue for its futuristic architectural style. Green and white robot figurines adorned tables and guests could play with them-- and take them home after the event. 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The indie darlings were a thematic match at the dedication event for an independent hotel brand. event reports new YorK Killer Queens Fox promoted its new series Scream Queens on the sidewalk outside its New York upfront. I photos DC Fox (knives) Deborah rothenberg Fox (all others) n a whirlwind of presentations parties and taglines summarized in hashtags Upfront Week took over New York May 11 to 14. The events hosted by the broadcast TV networks brought hordes of media buyers ad agency reps network executives and TV stars to theaters and venues around the city to hear about new shows partnerships and initiatives. But rather than confine its buzz-building antics to the indoor presentation Fox took the promotion for one of its new shows to the streets. Scream Queens a comedy-horror series from Glee creator Ryan Murphy follows the sorority sisters and pledges of Kappa House and a masked An ice cream truck killer on their college campus. To highlight this Fox offered free treats crowded the sidewalk outside the Beacon Theatre to passersby. on the Upper West Side with college-age women in sorority-inspired gear. That included skirts kneethe theater. Parked beside the squad was an ice high socks and pink sweaters. As a tongue-in-cheek cream truck which was plastered with promotional reference to the TV show s storyline each of the photos for the series as well as text such as Ice sweaters had a fake knife protruding from the back. cream. You scream. We all scream. Staffers inside Blowing bubbles and cheering whilst holding the vehicle offered free scoops to passersby a oversize Greek letters the troop handed out packs welcome treat on the humid May day. of bubblegum to attendees as they headed into --Anna Sekula The troop of coeds filled the sidewalk outside the Beacon Theatre the site of Fox s upfront presentation. As a reference to the show s storyline the sweaters worn by the promotional staff had fake knives sticking out the back. always something new for your something borrowed WWW.PARTYRENTALLTD.COM NEW YORK NEW JERSEY CONNECTICUT PENNSYLVANIA DELAWARE MARYLAND VIRGINIA WASHINGTON D.C. Untitled-1 1 9 8 15 1 46 PM event reports new york Two Target bull s-eye topiaries were on display on the rooftop at the 620 Loft & Garden at Rockefeller Center. David Stark Designs set up the rooftop garden as a picnic using Adam Lippes blankets pillows and travel bags and also added woven baskets and charcuterie platters. The inside of the venue resembled a cozy living room and study with Adam Lippes furnishings and tableware adorning the chairs and walls. Sections were covered in bookshelf wallpaper that depicted books with the Target bull s-eye. Climate Change The Adam Lippes for Target preview event brought the designer s buffalo plaidinspired collection and a sense of fall to a rooftop garden in the middle of August. D Models dressed in the fall collection s apparel were part of the event environment. Picnic baskets held Adam Lippes blankets and thermoses. espite summer temperatures fall was in The picnic setting showcased Lippes s fallthe air at the 620 Loft & Garden at friendly home furnishings and accessories that Rockefeller Center in New York which was included blankets pillows and travel bags along the scene of the Adam Lippes for Target preview. with charcuterie boards and picnic baskets that The fashion designer s limited-edition collection held more of the collection s items. The picnic which debuted at Target in September as part setup was a really compelling way to show the of the retail chain s buffalo plaid takeover was product Stark said. Guests could recline on the integrated into the indoor-outdoor venue s design pillows and blankets and be with the product in a on August 12. way they re not normally able to at events. Designer David Stark used LipModels wearing the collecAdam Lippes for Target pes s Berkshires home and personal tion s sweaters coats pullovers and Preview style--and other notable househeavy tops were part of the interior holds of the region like that of Edith Backline Equipment ambience as they played cards Rentals sIr new york Wharton--as inspiration to transmingled and wrote on a notebook (studio Instrument form the venue s outdoor space also from the collection. A collaborentals--new york) into a picnic and indoor space into ration with Target and Lippes the Catering Bite food Design Production a cozy living room. 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Venue 620 Loft & Garden wonderland. --Ian Zelaya Share this story bizbash.com target 154 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Courtesy of LaforCe & stevens event reportS neW york To celebrate the arrival of the U.S. Open in New York and introduce its newest NikeCourt apparel Nike commandeered Washington Street in front of the Standard High Line hotel in the meatpacking district for a one-night-only tennis match reuniting Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Tommy Hilfiger s event which was open to the public featured the brand s logo created as a tennis court on an elevated platform in Bryant Park flanked by a bevy of branded blankets on the lawn and a rise of bleachers on the concrete. Sports Style To promote new products in the week before the U.S. Open Nike and Tommy Hilfiger brought tennis stars to play in pop-up tennis tournaments. The 14-time Grand Slam winner Nadal who wore a Tommy Hilfiger Tailored suit challenged an assortment of well-known models in a rapid-fire tennis competition that featured a fun twist whoever lost the point had to remove one accessory or article of clothing. iconic NYC Street Tennis commercial starring Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. The selling point of nostalgia--the clothes were through-and-through modern--came through via the tennis champs not to mention Serena Williams Maria Sharapova Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all of whom recreated the original commercial. The next afternoon in sweltering heat Nadal made a second cameo in Manhattan this time at the behest of Tommy Hilfiger whose underwear tailored suiting and TH Bold fragrance campaigns he stars in. The pop-up tennis court in Bryant Park which was also open to the public pitted the 14-time Grand Slam winner against some of New York s best-dressed models in a one-of-a-kind rapid-fire tennis competition. Mother New York consulted on the project and NA Collective handled production. Nadal faced off in several rounds of tennis with top models including Chanel Iman Constance Jablonski Hannah Davis Noah Mills Arthur Kulkov and Akin Akman all dressed in custom Hilfiger looks. Each time a team scored a point their opponents removed a piece of clothing eventually unveiling the new men s and women s underwear designs. --Jim Shi Share this story bizbash.com us-open photos Courtesy of Nike Courtesy of tommy hilfiger W hile tennis requires a relatively simple set of equipment--ball racket net--fashion brands intrinsically tied to the sport have continued to up the ante when it comes to staging productions to tout their latest tennis star-endorsed gear. To wit Nike and Tommy Hilfiger hosted back-to-back tennis tournaments in advance of the U.S. Open that presented the public fan base with an all-or-nothing marketing attitude. 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Contact our Catering Sales Team for full offer details. event reports new York A model home that illustrated insights about consumer behavior at home appeared at both the Chicago and New York events. An area known as the IQ Mart was meant to mimic a shopping mart. Face time For its new IQ Live event series Facebook is making data memorable by presenting research in highly visual entertaining ways. F Another vignette was called the Instagram Caf . Coffee is such a big hashtag and people post photos of latte art--it s a huge trending topic for us Facebook s Erica Bryndza said. The area showcased a piece of art that used coffee mugs to depict the Instagram logo. There was also a latte artist on site who rendered images of guests faces in foam. acebook s IQ platform helps the social media Bryndza said. Inspired by Madison Square Park juggernaut research consumer behavior and the main stage was covered in Astroturf there the brand is using a new event to share its was also a model newsstand and a caf . The insights with ad agencies and advertisers for the everyday-life-inspired setting was based on IQ s first time. On May 20 the event series--dubbed key findings. Facebook is a platform that people IQ Live--kicked off in New York with a 500-guest share their life moments on whether it s big mogathering at New York s Spring Studios. In June ments like getting engaged or getting a new car the gathering took place at Venue Six10 in or everyday moments like shopping or watching Chicago this fall IQ Live will return to New York to TV Bryndza said. present a new study. In a vignette meant to look like a home the Erica Bryndza who works in Insights for mock living room area provided insights about Facebook s North America marketing called the way consumers use Facebook to discover new the series a programmatic thought leadership entertainment. Also in the model home actors platform but says that organizers played the role of new parents don t want the events to feel like tending to a baby. There s a lot of Facebook IQ Live typical business functions. Since data that points to the fact that Audiovisual Production this was the first-ever program new moms check Facebook at 3 Draping Lighting Sound Staging BML-Blackbird there was a ton of data to share or 4 a.m. [when they are feeding theatrical services and we wanted to bring it to life their babies] Bryndza said. We Catering Creative Edge parties in a really fun personal way that basically took those nuggets of Celebrity Wrangling Design would be memorable she said. aha insights and built an experiEvent Management Production Momentum People walked into this event that ential world around it. Worldwide they thought was going to be very According to Bryndza having Decor Props Rentals business conference and they beautiful art installations made DesignCentrix were surprised by how we brought Entertainment gallant the data more memorable. And Entertainment inc. insights to life. I think it woke the more guests were pleasantly Furniture Rentals aFr Event people up. surprised the more they picked up Furnishings Working with Momentum their mobile devices. We wanted Printing Varick street Litho Worldwide staffers came up with to create little vignettes that Security Meyerson associates inc. an overall design concept called would be photo-worthy and could Venues spring studios Venue Avenue IQ. We almost wanted be shared especially on mobile six10 to bring a neighborhood to life Bryndza said. --Jenny Berg Share this story bizbash.com facebook 158 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Margarita Corporan photography event rePorts new york Guests dined on food from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Korilla BBQ as well as snacks from sponsors such as Kind Healthy Snacks and Pretzel Crisps. Tents from Outdoors Geeks housed most of the guests while others slept on bunk beds in the camp s permanent cabins. Gone Camping WeWork brought more than 2 000 people to a children s camp in the Adirondacks for education networking and old-fashioned fun. P Yoga was one of the many activities guests could choose to do while at camp. Staff from Raquette Lake Camps assisted guests with water activities such as sailing paddle boarding and lounging on floats. Comedian T.J. Miller from the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley was one of the entertainers. roducing an event in a remote location in the Adirondack Mountains creates certain logistical issues. But according to WeWork events director Karly Giaramita the benefits far outweigh the challenges. Giaramita manages the company s annual conference at Raquette Lake Camps which this year attracted more than 2 000 members and staff of WeWork a company that provides shared workspace and services for entrepreneurs freelancers start-ups and small businesses in 16 cities around the world. Everything brought to the camp facility for the event--things like stages lighting bars and food--had to be transported across Raquette Lake on a barge. In a speedboat it takes about five minutes to get across the lake but in a barge it takes about an hour she said. We start a week in advance eight hours a day running two barges. The result was a three-day experience for attendees held August 21 to 23 that mimicked the classic elements of children s camp--sleeping in tents and cabins communal dining at picnic tables and endless activities such as sailing ropes courses and bonfires--combined with educational sessions networking events nightly concerts and adult beverages. At WeWork part of our mission is to help our members make a life and not a living. So this is our way to give back to the community and provide a positive and enriching life experience Share this story bizbash.com employee-events 160 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Foster White (dining tables) lauren Kallen (all others) Since there was no Wi-Fi or cellular service at the venue organizers shared information the oldfashioned way a printed program with a venue map activity schedule and speaker bios. Giaramita said. All of our workspaces are in major metropolitan areas and this is the exact opposite. There s no cell phone service or Wi-Fi so everyone is completely immersed in what s in front of them. It s such a great opportunity for our members and staff to escape their routine and be in this inspiring atmosphere. Attendees had their choice of accommodations the camp s existing cabins with bunk beds for 12 to 30 people each tents that organizers rent from Outdoors Geek that each held two to six cots or their own tents. The sprawling facility had plenty of open spaces for games of soccer group yoga open-air speaker presentations and more. But as the conference has grown over the years--just 350 people attended the first event in 2012--organizers have had to make some adjustments. New this year Eventique the event management company brought in large air-conditioned tents from Deployed Resources that had individual showers and sinks WeWork Summer and even Astroturf Camp 2015 floors. 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One of the night s most Instagrammed artworks Adriana Dinulescu s Nature s Hot Spot installation boasted a massive dress made of waxed paper and branches that wrapped around a tree with a lone performer placed inside the costume. walk in the woods To fully utilize its grounds and introduce new elements the Watermill Center changed the layout of its annual fund-raiser. O n July 25 Mother Nature offered a temporary respite from the month s oppressive heat in time for the Watermill Center s benefit one of the East End s top social events of the summer. Now in its 22nd year the always-sold-out soiree which this year raised more than 1.9 million for the arts center s year-round residency and education programs offered a few twists and turns for guests--the least of which was how best to dress for the Circus of Stillness the Power Over Wild Beasts theme a reference to the poet Ezra Pound. As with any massive undertaking let alone one that involves 24 art installations and an audience of 1 300 guests it took a village. Helping oversee production and execution of the concept and design set forth by founder Robert Wilson was an intimate team that included event director Elise Herget event manager Erin Wainwright installation curator Noah Khoshbin production supervisor Charlie Otte and technical director Daniel Von Behr. As the attendees which included Christophe de Menil Nicole Miller Rufus Wainwright Brooke Shields John Varvatos Pussy Riot s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne arrived they were motioned not to pass through the entrance that had been used for nearly the past two decades. Rather they were guided to a new pathway directly adjacent where an entirely different experience awaited them. Once past Mette Sterre s Pink Eye Cray Cray (once it pops it will stop) installation featuring human figures adorned in balls and balloons guests walked single file through a narrow canopy of bamboo trees past Ann Mirjam Vaikla s Silencium installation which boasted masked figures wielding sledgehammers against monoliths. Once they emerged a phalanx of servers with Casamigo tequila cocktails greeted them at a grand set of spacious steps. From there it was an onward march past the Africa House and into the woods where in every corner lay another grandiose form of artistic expression. If guests felt a bit turned around with this year s carnival-like program that was precisely the intention of organizers. Bob [Wilson] gave a lot of thought to the path this year ... the course was completely flipped over and turned around on itself as the usual flow of traffic went in a complete opposite direction said Bill Wagner the center s managing director of the decision to fully utilize the center s new acreage acquired three years ago. One of the challenges was how to figure out where the end point was and where the exit would be so that people could stream out into the tent area in the most balanced and comfortable way. In the past the center s courtyard which housed the silent auction and cocktail party were the first things guests saw when they entered through the main building s rock-festooned walkway. This year that area was the last stop on the voyage through the 8.5-acre grounds chock full of site-specific installations and live performances. This year we tried to implement some nice and unique new changes in part due to the fact that we had planted and designed out beautiful garden beds on that side of the property that were full of color and texture said Wagner. Bob wanted to enter through that entrance to see the newly designed garden bed and also the way the trails meandered it was a more efficient way to get guests into the woods. The other approach required going through a more challenging entrance with rock bed. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars returned as a corporate sponsor of the fund-raiser and this time the luxury British automaker showcased its Inspired by Fashion edition Wraith coupe alongside a model in repose. Event sponsor and fine jewelry Share this story bizbash.com hamptons 164 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Keith sirchio for BizBash ( sleep tight food) lovis ostenriK ( nature s hot spot pinK eye cray cray ) The event s format change allowed first-time caterer Great Performances to introduce new elements. This included adding a Summer s Savory Bazaar to the courtyard an area that provided guests with a slew of hors d oeuvres such as fried chicken served in savory waffle cones. brand Plukka even opened a pop-up boutique in nearby Southampton with a portion of proceeds benefiting the center. For dinner the caterer looked to avoid creating a gimmicky menu. We didn t play into the event theme whatsoever noted Shaun Roberts event director for Great Performances. Instead the decision was made to serve a substantial but not heavy meal and let the vibrant hues of the fresh produce serve as a visual contrast to the otherwise neutral dinner tables. That translated to a grilled peach with poached lobster starter followed by a grilled broiled New York strip steak served with sweet corn squash and salsa verde. And as a way to refresh guests in the summer heat desserts consisted of blood-orange sorbet cones cucumber lime and pineapple ginger frozen fruit pops chocolate pretzel caramel tartlets and miniature ice cream cookie sandwiches. As with years past dinner also held additional artistic offerings. Collaborative installations by the contemporary Watermill Center circus ensemble Summer Benefit & Cirkus Cirk r Auction featured a trip of short rope-infused Catering great performances vignettes--the Graphic Design second theme of which sight art & color was evident in the Lighting Rigging simplistic centerWorldstage PR sunshine sachs pieces of balls of Sanitation emil norsic & rope--in between son inc. the meal proceedSecurity cM security ings capped off by consulting inc. Sound one dream sound a live auction with Tenting stamford tent & Simon de Pury as event services M.C. --Jim Shi Organizers relocated the main guest entrance to an adjacent driveway for the first time this year and guests were signaled to enter past Mette Sterre s Pink Eye Cray Cray (once it pops it will stop) installation. The artist s repetitious figures which stood at the entrance to the grounds were constructed from balls and balloons--meant to transform everyday objects into monster-like forms. event reportS new York thom Browne Spring Summer 2016 Entitled The Officeman Thom Browne s effort celebrated his retro- 50s shrunken tailored silhouette and American men s tailoring. Held July 14 at Skylight Modern and produced by Nian Fish and Eyesight the event had guests enter a specially constructed white box--inside of which stood 28 models in perfect unison against fully mirrored walls. A single desk and typewriter dipped in silver added to the scene. First Showings The Council of Fashion Designers of America s inaugural New York Fashion Week Men s was held July 13-16 and saw dozens of shows and activations. By jim shi photos Dan Lecca (thom Browne) emmanueL monsaLve (cwst) courtesy of John varvatos courtesy of puBLic schooL CwSt Spring Summer 2016 The intimate 16-look presentation at Industria Superstudio took place on July 13 during New York Men s Day. The Los Angeles-based CWST designers and co-founders Joe Sadler and Derek Buse trucked in 105 large sun-dried stones via U-Haul to evoke the desert landscape of Death Valley that had inspired the collection. To complement the backdrop 600 feet of white rope was strung from the rocks to the ceiling and lit by Aion Entertainment for effect. The large rocks were subsequently returned to their upstate New York locale following the presentation. Share this story bizbash.com fashion-week John varvatos Spring 2016 John Varvatos moved his men s show from Milan to New York to close New York Fashion Week Men s and celebrated the occasion with a July 16 show that put the emphasis on the pinstripe. Produced by Jay Arcos for Moda Tech in Platform 1 at Skylight Clarkson Square guests were met by 350 umbrellas hung upside down and a custommade runway with striped fabric covering a one-inch MDF floor. co-founders Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne presented their stylish streetwear using a setup of five vignettes each designed to resemble police lineup boxes. Filled with a multiethnic mix of models and New York influencers like Nick Wooster Waris Ahluwalia and Twin Shadow (who also contributed the soundtrack) the July 14 presentation produced by One Kick seemed to be as much a straightforward display of the duo s crisp tailoring and athletic-inspired gear as it was a social message reflective of nationwide police scrutiny. public School Spring 2016 Public School Hand-crafted Seasonal & Sustainable Catering. B E T T Y B R O O K LY N . C O M 7 1 8 - 8 3 2 -3 8 8 9 GOLF & B O DY NYC corporate events holiday parties team building networking meetings Turning the 19th hole into the most exciting and versatile event space in Midtown. 883 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS 212.244.2626 WWW.GOLFBODYNYC. event reports new York Guests could dress their burgers at a summer barbecue-style buffet table. Clear trays were placed on faux grass and hollowedout condiment bottles held tomatoes and onions. Bottled Up photos paolo Ferraris Michael Jurick photography With grills as props and picnic-like decor a Heinz event had a summer-party vibe. ust in time for summer barbecue season Heinz launched a new yellow mustard for consumers. At a media event in New York called Ketchup s Got A New Mustard the condiment brand introduced the product as well as its new ad campaign of the same title. The ads are set at a backyard cookout and feature a guy dressed as a Heinz ketchup bottle breaking up with his former favorite mustard to start going with a new main squeeze in Heinz. Held at Peter Callahan Catering s test kitchen J on April 21 the event mirrored the ad campaign s backyard barbecue setting. The event design from Patrick J. Clayton Productions used classic red-andwhite checkered picnic blankets faux grass and charcoal grills serving as cocktail tables to set the tone. Clayton also integrated the actual mustard bottle into nearly every decor element of the event--from stacks of bottles as a backdrop for photos to empty bottles used as flower vases. Previously Heinz had offered yellow mustard to food service operators and ballparks but did not offer it in single-bottle servings to consumers. The new product features a fresh recipe and bottle design. The point of this launch is to become American s favorite mustard too said Jessica Ryan Heinz s associate director of marketing. --Beth Kormanik Guests posed with oversize bottles of ketchup and mustard in front of a wall comprising hundreds of bottles of yellow mustard. event reportS new york The Northside Innovation Conference brought a number of speakers to discuss a variety of topics including the Building and Growing America s Best Comedy panel. The festival featured eight outdoor concerts including several free shows at McCarren Park. Multiple Choice With a jam-packed schedule of musical performances art exhibits films and tech talks Northside Festival s attendees get to discover--or become--the next big thing. photos Max Branigan (speakers) Cole giordano (stage) Jane BruCe (elevator) S imilar to South by Southwest Brooklyn s Northside Festival merges live musical performances panels and talks films and art into an annual eight-day summer showcase. This year s festival took place from June 8 to 14 in a host of venues around the northern part of the New York City borough. Northside is a place of discovery. We really believe that the musicians entrepreneurs filmmakers and innovators are all intertwined under the umbrella of creators and Northside is a celebration of that. These are the people in our backyards and abroad who are changing the way we look at the world we live in. We want attendees to discover the music films companies and connections that blow their minds said festival director and vice president of Northside business development Dana Keith. In its seventh year the festival expanded its programming with an intimate free-form Real Talk series as part of its Northside Innovation Conference. The chats featured entrepreneurs giving true life -style talks about their successes and struggles in founding businesses Keith explained. The goal is making sure that the speakers and the audience truly connect and are able to tell and share the personal stories of innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to the seminars more than 400 bands performed during the weeklong gathering including Built to Spill Best Coast Neko Case Sleigh Bells and Against Me while the film division showcased emerging filmmakers and a competition submission process for short and feature films. And to wrap up the festivities organizers took over Bedford Avenue for a two-day art show and block party called Williamsburg Walks. Unlike most festivals or conferences with new build outs or a central venue Northside continues to incorporate itself into the existing spaces of the Brooklyn neighborhood for an authentic feel. Northside Festival is weaved into the fabric of Share this story bizbash.com music-festivals Festivalgoers many of whom were already entrepreneurs could step inside MasterCard s Priceless Elevator and deliver 60-second pitches for business ideas. Judges reviewed the pitches and selected two finalists each day as well as one grand-prize winner. The grand-prize winner of 15 000 was Vendedy an online mobile marketplace that connects travelers to local street vendors. Brooklyn in all of its glory with its cement parks warehouses new developments incredible breweries hotels venues galleries and community. We don t try to create a new landscape for the festival like a Bonnaroo or a Coachella Keith said. The urban environment can present a challenge but the area (and the festival) has grown over the past several years helping to alleviate some logistical issues. When Northside started there weren t any hotels in the area. We would have to host bands in Manhattan. Now the Wythe Hotel and McCarren Hotel & Pool are super strong and supportive partners where we host parties innovation lounges and the Innovation Conference Keith explained. There were also no movie theaters seven years ago when we first started. Now we partner with Nitehawk Cinema UnionDocs Videology and the Wythe screening room for our D.I.Y. Film Competition. Ultimately the challenge of planning and executing the festival is that our environment is constantly growing and changing so we have to be agile and flexible with our community which has proven to be a sucNorthside Festival 2015 cessful strategy. This year orgaElectrical Services Music nizers announced Production Music First productions that the fest will Production villain be expand even Tenting ace party & tent further--to across rental the Atlantic the Venues kinfolk 94 McCarren hotel & pool media group is set McCarren park nitehawk to launch Northside Cinema the Brooklyn Amsterdam bringBrewery uniondocs ing the annual fest Center for documentary art (undo) videology to the Dutch city. Wythe hotel --Michele Laufik event reports pHILADeLpHIA Fans could participate in contests at the Sports Court. Nearly 4 000 fans attended the event which took place in Philadelphia s Dilworth Park. Fantasy Draft DraftKings hosted an activity-filled N.B.A. draft party that brought 4 000 guests to downtown Philadelphia. T-shirts and basketballs with the new logo for the Philadelphia 76ers were part of a sports-theme space complete with lockers. The first 1 000 fans received free T-shirts. over the invitation the marketing and all of the on-site tents Elbaum said. The host of the event continuously said our name in relationship to everything he was leading. DraftKings also had an on-site activation zone where participants could play in a league for free the winner received a pair of season tickets for the upcoming Sixers season. Even though the event was held outdoors in Dilworth Park a heavy downpour didn t keep droves of fans from showing up. Even if it had the ticketing strategy meant that since attendees signed up in advance the rain didn t affect the number of DraftKings new member registrations. Elbaum said the company plans to expand the draft party concept to other markets next year. Philly is a great market he said and the Sixers are industry leaders in coming up with creative ways to do awesome things for the city and also to help grow DraftKings. --Amy Gordon Share this story bizbash.com nba 174 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Jeremy messler (crowd shot) Barrett Images (all others) D uring the N.B.A. draft on June 25 helped coordinate the efforts between DraftKings Philadelphia s die-hard sports fans weren t the Sixers and the City of Philadelphia. watching the event at home on their Rather than pay an entry fee guests signed couches following along in real time on their up for a free DraftKings membership ahead of laptops or even viewing the action at a local time which served as their admission ticket. The pub. Instead nearly 4 000 people came out to a first 1 000 people to register received a free T-shirt massive party sponsored by online fantasy sports with the new 76ers Ballin Ben logo. site DraftKings. In addition to being the larg One of our goals with this event was to get est draft party in Philadelphia 76ers history the people to sign up for the site. Another was to proevent enabled DraftKings to bring the online user vide something valuable for players Elbaum said. experience into the real world and increase its To that end the party included interactive games membership by thousands. appearances by Philly sports legends like Julius A primary focus for us is to grow the busi Dr. J. Irving and Moses Malone and free food ness get more players and increase the action on and drinks courtesy of 76ers partners like Miller the site said Jeremy Elbaum vice Coors Tastykake Papa John s and DraftKings N.B.A. president of business development Gatorade. Draft Party for DraftKings. We met with the As the sole sponsor DraftKProduction Img live Sixers and together we decided to ings branding was present in every Venue dilworth plaza throw a killer draft party. IMG Live aspect of the event. We were all An auction benefiting the Sixers Youth Foundation included autographed memorabilia game-worn apparel courtside tickets and additional V.I.P. experiences. Holiday events are a ball at Buca. Private & Semi-private Rooms Banquet & Catering Packages Fun Venue In the Theatre District Entrance on 45th between Broadway and 6th Call our Sales team at 212-764-6527 bucadibeppo.com For a great holiday event add a little tinseltown. Former Philadelphia 76ers greats Moses Malone and World B. Free signed autographs for fans. The party offered free food and drinks courtesy of 76ers partners such as Papa John s. From stylish surroundings and movie memorabilia to unique menu selections Planet Hollywood offers meeting planners a worry-free experience. Let us take your next corporate event or holiday party to a higher level. Call 212.265.2404 for info or to book your holiday party. In The Theatre District Entrance on 45th between Broadway and 6th open daily for lunch dinner planethollywoodintl.com TIMES SQUARE event reports sAn FrAnCIsCo Culinary Eye handled catering and created a branded doughnut wall with gold pegs. Numbers and symbols also appeared on columns. Gatsby Entertainment provided human statues who were spray-painted in gold to underscore the money-inspired theme. By the numbers Software company Coupa had a highend numbers-filled bash after its annual user conference in San Francisco. oupa a spend-management software company hosted its annual user conference at Hilton San Francisco Union Square on June 3. Produced by Caryl Lyons of Roar Events this year s gathering had a numbers-based theme the Real Math of Success. Everything was centered around money and the billions of dollars Coupa saves its clients Lyons said. The meeting s after-party called Inspire and held at the Village at 969 Market carried on the finance concept. We wanted everything to be gold still playing on the money theme Lyons said. Organizers took over two floors of the threelevel space and assigned them distinct themes. The main floor was all about [classic] luxury while the downstairs [area] was more about urban street-style luxury Lyons said. The downstairs area also incorporated mathematical decor elements. At the conference Lyons and her team had Coupa s Inspire created a Math Bar Party where guests could watch Coupa s cusCatering Culinary eye Catering and events tomer-facing math Decor Flowers Furniture videos surfaces at Rentals blueprint studios the convention space Design Event were decked with Management Gifts roar events numbers and mathDJ Entertainment Models ematical symbols. gatsby entertainment Playing off that we Photo Booth snapFiesta took the conference photobooth & Flipbooks Signage Design in Mind branding and turned Venue the village at 969 it into graffiti Lyons Market said. --Jenny Berg Share this story bizbash.com employee-events C Downstairs the catering selections were inspired by international street foods. Stations offered made-toorder tamales tacos and Cuban sandwiches. 176 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos steve Maller photography (highboys huMan statues) yen Chen photography (all others) Illuminated highboy tables were decorated with graffiti-style numbers and mathematical symbols. evenT reporTs sAn FrAnCIsCo Chef Jos Andr s participated in a panel that discussed methods of environmentally friendly cooking including using solar-powered stoves. Sustainable food expert Anya Fernald of Belcampo Meat Company led a demonstration. The Grand Tasting offered wine samples. First Byte The Bite Silicon Valley conference explored the ways in which technology can help cure global food issues. A wine seminar titled Apps Snacks Maps explored the ways in which technology is changing the way people consume wine. Alder Yarrow of Vinography.com was the moderator. T he Bite Silicon Valley conference a firsttime event took place at Levi s Stadium in Santa Clara California from June 5 to 7. With seminars wine and food tastings and cooking demonstrations the event aimed to explore the intersection between food and technology and tap into ways that technology can assist with social issues such as food shortages and environmentally friendly cooking techniques. By launching the event there were two voids I was looking to address said event producer Caryl Chinn of Octagon Culinary. Geographically there isn t a major food festival in Silicon Valley so we felt there was an opportunity. Our goal with Bite was to show how thoughtful innovation and technology can play a role in the future of food and the epicenter of much [new technology] is the San Francisco area and Silicon Valley. The types of technology represented at the festival took on a variety of forms with demonstrations and panel discussions focused on everything from wine apps to new kitchen technology to brash to the food system. And Bite saw those chefs new start-ups in the Bay Area that are disruptparticipate in the conference. ing industries with eggless mayo and meatless The event s format borrowed elements protein Chinn said. from existing technology conferences and food The conference s socially conscious program- festivals--there were for example seminar disming stemmed from a common concern among cussions led by tech leaders followed by Grand food-industry pros. I noticed a lot of the chefs Tasting events. When compared to preexisting I ve been working with for nearly 20 years have all food events I m not sure we ll ever grow to be as come to the same conclusion recently our food big as the mega-festivals like South Beach Wine system is broken Chinn said. So whether it s Tom & Food because the conference speakers defiColicchio focused on food waste at policy level nitely appeal to a specific audience Chinn said. in Washington D.C. or Jos Andr s working so We had venture capitalists and angel investors tirelessly to bring clean cook stoves people launching their own food and smart solutions to hunger and start-ups and we had a journalBite Silicon Valley poverty in third-world countries ist from Computerworld attend. Conference or Roy Choi taking on the fast-food That was a first for any festival I ve Catering centerplate industry in under-served urban worked on. Though details for next Printing stolze printing communities with his Loco l project year s event are still in the works company inc. Production octagon there s something really exciting Chinn said that meetings about Signage Lahlouh about these culinary icons each Bite 2016 will begin in the next few Venue Levi s stadium taking on these massive challenges weeks. --Jenny Berg Share this story bizbash.com food-festivals 178 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos scott chernis photography event reportS San FranciSco Entertainers along the course wore colorful costumes. Amway China aimed to motivate its sales force with an illuminated nighttime running event in California. The event also served to introduce the sales team to the brand s new energy drink XS and giant gobos showed off the new brand s name. night Lights The centerpiece of Amway China s incentive trip to California was a race course illuminated with colorful lights props and performers. The night culminated in a massive dance party. photos Gilbert baGhramian (xs) nadine FroGer photoGraphy (all others) S ometimes a gathering for a sales team calls for a traditional sit-down dinner. But Amway China s event in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 1 was not one of those occasions. The company s affair held adjacent to the U.S.S. Hornet on Pier 2 in Alameda California needed to serve multiple distinct purposes--and make a big impression on the 1 600 attendees visiting from abroad. One goal was to celebrate the brand s milestone 20th anniversary year. The event the highlight of an incentive trip to the Bay Area for the company s top-performing sales associates was also a way to introduce a new energy drink XS Energy to the sales force. With the intention to draw on the athletic theme connected to the energy drink--and at the same time create something that could rile up the young energetic crowd--Amway China came up with the idea of a so-called electric journey. The Africa Europe and North America. Because Amgroup was inspired by the concept of a wildly lit way China s parent company is American the last nighttime running experience known as the Elec- America-theme portion of the race paid homage tric Run which already exists as a public event. to headquarters. Amway China tapped EventWorks to execute Lights costumed characters and sounds along the event billed as the first corpothe course added to the immersive rate version of the concept and help Amway China s experience. Entertainment Plus Pro Electric Journey weave in various custom elements ductions provided stilt walkers and Incentive Event for the brand. characters for the run and dancers The event included the brandfor the starting point and party. Entertainment (Dance Party) dJ roonie G ing in the colors of both the drink The run ended at the XS Entertainment (Starting and the company. It also honored Party entrance gate where guests Point Run Party) company history by tracing past inscooped up energy drinks on their entertainment plus centive destinations through various way inside. The dance party capped productions Production eventworks inc. theme lands on the one-kilometer off the evening that began with a Technical Production run course. The spaces represented reception and dinner on the U.S.S. Visions lighting the continents visited during 20 Hornet prior to the race. Venue U.s.s. hornet years of reward travel Asia Oceania --Alesandra Dubin museum Share this story bizbash.com entertainment 180 bizbash.com fall 2015 evenT reporTs ToronTo Three BMX athletes performed during the opening ceremony to provide a small taste of what spectators could expect to see during the games themselves. Back in 2013 Cirque du Soleil was tapped to create and produce a show for the opening ceremony. The resulting show used dancers acrobats music and more to tell the story of Canada and celebrate the country s diversity. Cirque du Soleil s performance also featured gymnasts leaping over a line of fire. According to reps for the entertainment company some of the performers were former Pan Am athletes. In all the opening ceremonies featured 625 international performers and ran for two and a half hours. northern Lights The Pan Am Games kicked off with an opening ceremony featuring BMX athletes Cirque du Soleil performers and a celebration of all things Canada. T he long-anticipated Pan American Games the world s third-largest international multipart games came to Toronto for the first time this year. Since the competition features athletes from 41 countries an international theme influenced several of the events and activations surrounding the games--but Canadian pride was also a central motif. The games ran from July 10 to 26 kicking off with a dramatic opening ceremony at the Rogers Centre which was renamed the Pan Am Ceremonies Venue for the duration of the games. Roughly 45 000 spectators watched a show produced by Cirque du Soleil s special events division 45 Degrees. Though much buzz leading up to the multisport event focused on slow ticket sales organizers later reported that more than one million tickets were sold with sales spiking by more than 300 000 after the opening. --Jenny Berg & Amanda Scriver Share this story bizbash.com sports 182 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Courtesy of to2015 event reports toronto The central bar was inspired by the streets of Tokyo at night and had bright patterns and globe lights. A performance included floating bubbles. The event allowed sponsors to purchase banquette areas that seated 10 guests and came with a personal server and custom food and drink selections. tokyo in toronto The SickKids Foundation has developed relationships with sponsors by offering perks at its annual fund-raiser. t he SickKids Foundation hosted its 14th anKids Foundation. An example of a sponsor benefit nual Scrubs in the City benefit at Evergreen that has been really successful is the introduction Brick Works. In total 900 guests attended the of hospitality lounges. The concept of the hospiTokyo-inspired event on June 4 which brought in tality lounge introduced to the event three years 500 000 to support the purchase of a new MRI ago gives sponsors an opportunity to purchase a machine for the Hospital for Sick Children (otherprivate banquette area for 10 guests. The area has wise known as SickKids ). its own personal attendant as well as custom food The event has grown exponentially since its and drink options. We work with the [volunteer] start in 2001 when 200 guests attended what committee as well as the SickKids Foundation s was then a small celebration. As the corporate partnerships team to SickKids Scrubs in the event has evolved so has its planidentify new and relevant sponsor City Presents Tokyo 2015 opportunities while maintaining ning process which has become a highly collaborative effort that includes a volunteer committee and an internal team from SickKids. According to organizers one of the largest contributions of the volunteer committee has been to solicit and retain sponsors. Over the years we have looked for ways to increase sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales and keep sponsors returning year after year said Kirsten Van der GriendMann events associate for the SickAudiovisual Production DJ Entertainment Lighting Sound Staging sole power productions Catering Staffing the Food Dudes Furniture Rentals Divine Furniture rental Linens Rentals Chair-man mills Photography George pimentel photography Printing reprodux Copy Centres Venue evergreen Brick Works This year s event had a Tokyo theme underscored by origami cranes hanging from doorways. and building on existing relationships Van der Griend-Mann said. Some of the benefit s long-standing sponsors include Mantella Corporation Rogers and TD Bank. The SickKids Foundation has also collaborated with some of Canada s influential fashion and lifestyle bloggers to develop customized content including ticket giveaway opportunities this has led to increased social media engagement for the event. --Jenny Berg 184 bizbash.com fall 2015 Share this story bizbash.com benefits photos GeorGe pimentel photoGraphy evenT rePorTs ToronTo To complement the Hell theme of an art installation the gallery in which it was housed had flames projected onto its walls. Power Play Instead of a traditional plated dinner V.I.P. guests got an entirely different offering an interactive experience from food artist Jennifer Rubell. Hands appeared through holes in the table serving guests one morsel at a time. Bertrand Al p e of the Tempered Chef spent the entire evening assembling a tower of eclairs. Eventually the tower climbed as high as the upper balconies and guests in the highup spaces could reach out and pluck a treat. The Power Plant s Power Ball had anything-but-ordinary dinner and drink service with seated bartenders an eclair tower and more. T Four pits were located just outside the museum and guests didn t hesitate to jump in. he Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery held its annual Power Ball on June 4. Presented by luxury brand Max Mara the fund-raising evening drew 1 500 guests and had the theme Appetite for Excess. Excess set the stage for an unparalleled experience and for the savoring of the special treats in life said Ga tnae Verna Power Plant director. It suggests performances at new levels of excellence lavish food indulgent music people you are dying to meet and much more. For planners it was crucial to offer V.I.P. guests who bought in at the 500 ticket level an experience that was beyond what Verna called a regular private cocktail or dinner event. Instead guests got to experience a performance from groundbreaking food artist Jennifer Rubell and sample snacks and treats from local chef partners including Grant Van Gameren of Bar Isabel and Bar Raval Sam James of Sam James The Power Plant s Coffee Bar and Ber Power Ball XVII trand Al p e of the Appetite for Excess Tempered Chef and the Tempered Room. Audiovisual Production Westbury national At around 9 Catering parts & Labour p.m.--when the V.I.P. Celebrity Wrangling PR reception and the pennant Media Group food performance Event Management Candice&alison events had wrapped-- Group guests explored the Flowers DeMarco-perpich museum s galleries Furniture Rentals Luxe which featured inModern rentals Invitations Monnet Design stallations from artPrinting annan & sons ists 8-Eleven Karen Tenting exclusive affair Kraven Swintak and rentals Orest Tataryn. Venue power plant Contemporary art Gallery --Amanda Scriver 186 bizbash.com fall 2015 More fund-raising ideas bizbash.com fund-raisers photos henry Chan F.P.O. CORNER OFFICE C E L E B R AT E OCCASION AN Y OCCasIONsCatERERs.COm 2 0 2 5 4 6 7 4 0 0 Experience a breathtaking rooftop event space under the stars in the heart of DC overlooking our nation s Capitol Building. With a backdrop of historic Washington DC the Observatory at Americas Square is centrally located within walking distance of the Capitol Building the Smithsonian Museums Union Station and other national landmarks. This intimate outdoor veranda is an enchanting space for any modern or contemporary wedding or corporate event. For more information contact events theobservatoryatamericassquare.com. 3 0 0 N E W J E R S E Y AV E N U E N W WA S H I N GTO N D C 2 0 0 0 1 T H E O B S E RVATO RYATA M E R I C A S S Q UA R E .CO M 2 0 2 .4 6 9. 8 4 4 6 event reports WAsHInGton For the first time planners incorporated video content into the decor. There were two 18-foot towers with an illuminated event logo and screens that rotated images of past Washington National Opera performances in German as well as images of German architecture and art to honor the culture of the host venue. A canopy covering the middle section of the patio was created for the event with tents set up to the left and to the right. The geometric perforated design allowed guests a glimpse of the night sky. Two custom structures created a sense of arrival at the entrance to the residence of the German ambassador. They reflected the modern architecture of the residence and the long design drew guests into the reception hall. Since the attractive structures featured the Opera Ball logo they also doubled as a step-and-repeat. Guests could sample nearly 20 different desserts at a buffet from Susan Gage Caterers which included traditional German treats. aspect felt right. It was also a way to bring the history of the opera there as a visual component and to bring the host culture out in the decor as well. The benefit also offered a photo booth for the first time and guests could print out images as This year s Opera Ball in Washington had a modern feel that well as post them to their social media sites with influenced its decor entertainment and activities. the operaball hashtag. Porter s team also rethought the structure of the event itself. Instead of its traditional ith a design that plays off patterns of We wanted to do something very new and format of remarks followed by a band and dancsquares the residence of the German fresh and different from the last time it was ing planners offered a variety of programming Ambassador is a picture of modernism-- hosted there. both on the main stage and throughout the and it served as the design inspiration for this One way the event presented a modern look extensive grounds. The enteryear s Opera Ball a benefit for the Washington was by incorporating technology Opera Ball tainment included an opera set National Opera. into the decor. Inside the residence Catering susan Gage of German works performed by The modern inspiration was reflected in the there were two 18-foot rectangular Caterers Washington National Opera artists sleek signage greater use of technology and new towers with embedded screens that Entertainment adrienne a cabaret act performed in both approach to entertainment at the high-profile featured images of past Washinghaan Moonshine society English and German by New YorkWashington benefit which for years has been ton National Opera performances Flowers Volanni Invitations hannah based Adrienne Haan and dancing held at the home of an ambassador. The ball was in German as well as images of handmade to music performed by the band most recently held at the German ambassador s German architecture and art. The Photography Yassine el Moonshine Society. A separate residence in 2009 and the opera s staging of towers also featured illuminated Mansouri subterranean space dubbed Wagner s Ring Cycle next year made for opversions of the sleek logo for this Printing hitchcock Creative Rentals aFr event the Berlin Bar featured the portune timing to return said Matthew Porter year s event. Furnishings German DJ Arndt Peltner--the director of special events for the John F. Kennedy We got the idea from knowing Tenting us event first time the event had a DJ in a Center for the Performing Arts which organized we wanted to embrace the modern structures separate space. the 500-person ball. architecture of the residence and Valet Marc parc Valet inc. The event raised 700 000. The first design inspiration was to take a new bring that modern feel to the decor Venue residence of the German ambassador --Beth Kormanik and modern approach to the event Porter said. Porter said. 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MAC Presents created a custom grass graffiti wall which had neon logos for Citi its ThankYou rewards program and Global Citizens 2015 Earth Day. eco retreat The specialty drink was a fresh-squeezed pomegranate lemonade. Servers used compostable cups to serve the drinks. Snacks included roasted yellow tomato gazpacho tarragon chicken salad on mini croissants spring melon salad and spicy kale chips. To promote its partnership with the Global Poverty Project Citi created a leafy lounge on the grounds of the Global Citizen Earth Day festival. T At a photo booth guests could select one of five messages to hold in their photos. The messages detailed specific actions guests would take to make the world more sustainable. he Global Poverty Project celebrated Earth keting at Citi. To underscore the day s green cause Day with the Global Citizen 2015 Earth the tent had a botanical-chic look with branded Day Festival. Held on the National Mall in hedges plentiful greenery a grassy graffiti wall Washington on April 18 the gathering included and a focal point of cherry blossom branches. a concert from artists such as No Doubt and Within the lounge guests sipped soft drinks Usher it also featured appearances from global and sampled snacks from the Catering Company of policymakers finance ministers and more. Citi Washington while getting active on social media. has been a partner of the Global Poverty Project The CitiThankYou hashtag appeared throughout for the past three years and seized upon the event the tent intended to drive guests to a URL that Citi to expand that partnership with an created. At the link guests could Citi V.I.P. Lounge at activation on festival grounds. commit to end extreme poverty by Global Citizen Earth Day clicking a pledge button. A photo Designed by MAC Presents the Catering the catering Citi V.I.P. Lounge took two days to booth also encouraged social media company of Washington bring to life. The purpose of the activity guests could take a photo Decor Design Furniture partnership was to create awareness with chalkboard signage that deRentals Production Mac for Citi and the ThankYou product [a tailed an environmentally focused presents Flowers amaryllis inc. Floral rewards system] and the fact that pledge they could then post the & Event Design Citi ThankYou donated one million photos to Twitter and Facebook Screen Printing soul & ink ThankYou Points to the Global Povwith a pre-populated message and Tenting select Event Group erty Project said Christopher Spina hashtag and a custom border. Venue national Mall and Memorial parks vice president of entertainment mar--Jenny Berg Share this story bizbash.com green-events 192 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos Ryan Fitch Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Party with a pachyderm Dine in the deep seas Dazzle your guests with diamonds At your service--expert arrangements from menus to flowers to music and parking in a variety of dramatic settings intimate or expansive--in the world s most visited natural history museum. Corporations and associations making an unrestricted gift to the National Museum of Natural History may cosponsor an event in celebration of their gift. CaPaCity Seated 400 Reception 3 000 FaCility tyPe Natural History Museum FooD anD Beverage In-house caterer available or choose from a list of recommended caterers restriCtions Events of a personal nature fundraisers and partisan political and religious events are not permitted. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History welcomes over seven million visitors each year Constitution Avenue and 10th Street NW Washington DC 20560 mnh.si.edu specialevents Contact Office of Special Events nhevents si.edu T 202.633.1650 - F 202.357.1602 2015 holiday party ideas Merry Makers Tis the season to start planning end-of-year company parties and festivities. From the unexpected (think disco balls and flaming meats) to holiday favorites like hot chocolate stations and seasonal foliage these ideas for corporate gatherings offer a sleigh full of inspiration for themes decor catering cocktails and entertainment. For 2015 event pros predict these party trends will be blowing up social media feeds. By MICHELE LAUFIK PHOTO SHERRI J PHOTOGRAPHY More holiday party inspiration bizbash.com holiday-party-ideas 195 2015 holiday party ideas Decor Pinecones and evergreens will never go out of style but this year unexpected themes like Studio 54-inspired bashes and gold details (instead of icy silver embellishments) offer twists on tradition. A midnight balloon drop kept the party going on the disco-balldecorated dance floor at the ad agency affair. The theme was inspired by Deutsch LA s address 5454 Beethoven Street. Pinecones and tree branches decorated the taco bar at Deutsch LA s Studio 54-theme holiday party held at Hangar 8 in Santa Monica California in December 2014. Marc Wilson founder of MWD Lifestyles a New Yorkbased event brand and design house recommends staying within holiday color schemes that are always in season around holiday time and largely embraced to help keep costs down especially when making bulk purchases. For Manhattan magazine s holiday dinner in fall 2011 the MWD Lifestyles team selected floral arrangements composed of bright blooms to pop against the white table setting. They are modern and can be accented with a cascading orchid or flower of the host s choice Wilson says. We love a beautiful yet simple red holiday berry as an added touch to the napkins on a tablescape Wilson says. For the Comcast Spotlight holiday party in November 2014 Camp Hill Pennsylvania-based catering and events company JDK Group added disco-inspired black-and-white photo collages to the Chameleon Club in Lancaster Pennsylvania. 196 bizbash.com fall 2015 PHOTOS SHERRI J PHOTOGRAPHY (DEUTSCH LA) JESSE NEIDER (MWD LIFESTYLES) PHOTOLE PHOTOGRAPHY (JDK GROUP) 2015 holiday party ideas The Groupon holiday party held at the Aragon Ballroom in December 2014 was inspired by the Midway at the World s Columbian Exposition fair also known as the Chicago World s Fair. The evening featured customized boardwalk games and entertainment with on-theme signage. At Morgan Manufacturing s party in Chicago in December 2014 Event Creative designer Leslie Zaksas used fresh greens to decorate the venue s chandeliers for a festive feel and smell. Much of the decor was outlined in lights and had a vintage feel. Thousands of midway lights created a canopy over the dance floor and helped define the boardwalk ambiance says senior designer Jeffrey Foster at Event Creative the Chicagobased event design and production agency that designed the event. PHOTOS SHERI WHITKO (GROUPON) ERIC RADEMACHER (MORGAN MANUFACTURING) The seasonal greenery also appeared as table decor along with lanterns and goblet-style votive candlesticks complementing the rustic vibe of the dining space. bizbash.com fall 2015 197 2015 holiday party ideas For a private holiday party held at 26 Bridge in December 2014 New Yorkbased event firm Rock Paper Scissors Events created a winter wonderland with a ski-lodge-type lounge a snow machine and a forest of hanging ornaments filled with chocolate truffle favors. Tree stumps served as vases for white amaryllis flowers as well as candleholders and added a contrasting element to the glittery sequin linens at the corporate gathering. A golden event produced by Danville California-based Roar Events in June featured intimate lounges a giant central bar and an LED dance floor. For a Cirque du Soleil-style event in December 2014 JDK Group used eccentric elements like colorful hanging parasols and inflatable furniture by Cort Event Furnishings to transform the room. 198 bizbash.com fall 2015 PHOTOS ELIZABETH BRUNEAU (ROCK PAPER SCISSORS) YEN CHEN PHOTOGRAPHY (ROAR EVENTS) SAMUEL COSTELLO PHOTOGRAPHY (JDK GROUP) 2015 holiday party ideas Countdown Celebration A New Year s party offers a hip alternative to the expected holiday gathering. Booze With a Bow Toast clients employees and business partners with bartender-worthy gift ideas. Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events created a bright colorful dinner setting inspired by interior decorator Dorothy Draper who was known for combining bold tones with black and white. Vintage party hats shimmering accents and a mix of holiday floral coupled with classic black-andwhite stripes say holiday fun without being too in your face says Danielle Couick principal of the Columbia Marylandbased event planning company. The Carry On Cocktail Kit (carryoncocktailkit.com) by W&P Design contains all the necessities--a recipe card a spoon muddler aromatic bitters cane sugar and a coaster (minus the hard stuff)--to craft two drinks midflight. The kits are available in three variations (Old Fashioned Gin & Tonic and Moscow Mule) and cost 24 each. Belgian chocolatier Neuhaus (212.644.4490 neuhaus chocolate.com) teamed up with Gault & Millau to offer a luxe leather-bound collection of sweets called When Neuhaus Meets Single Malt Whisky. The pralines come with a handy guide for creating pairings with whiskies or other digestives. The 24-piece gift box costs 40 and the 84-piece 90. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ELI TURNER STUDIOS (NEW YEAR S) COURTESY OF W&P DESIGN COURTESY OF NEUHAUS COURTESY OF CASAMIGOS TEQUILA Traditional mini holiday lightbulbs add a simple festive decor touch. The Casamigos Tasting Experience ( 6 000) available through Moda Operandi (modaoperandi.com) includes a one-of-a-kind mixology experience at home or for a private tasting at a restaurant for four to 10 people. The package also features bottles of the small-batch premium tequila signed by founders George Clooney and Rande Gerber. bizbash.com fall 2015 199 2015 holiday party ideas Food & Drink Guests can play with their food at interactive stations like gingerbread-men-decorating tables plus innovative catering displays and presentations offer a relaxed serve-yourself vibe. At an event for the Knot held at the New York Public Library in October 2014 executive chef Robin Selden of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning hung small crystal orbs filled with two types of salad from a tree. For the Knot event Selden created a next-level breadstick bar. Hand-rolled breadsticks were served with flavored dips along with carrot and ginger and truffled wild mushroom soups. You d never guess it s a less expensive option because of the abundance of food on the table. For the Traffic Control Services party held in Pennsylvania in December 2014 JDK Group s culinary team created food presentations including torched meats. 200 bizbash.com fall 2015 PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARCIA SELDEN CATERING & EVENT PLANNING (THE KNOT) SETH NENSTIEL (JDK GROUP SIGNATURE DRINKS) SAMUEL COSTELLO PHOTOGRAPHY (JDK GROUP-TRAFFIC CONTROL) Budgets for signature drinks are on the rise again. We are getting a lot of requests for welcome beverages for corporate events especially with the huge cocktail craze says Steve Sanchez chief marketing officer at the JDK Group. 2015 holiday party ideas PHOTOS ELIZABETH BRUNEAU (ROCK PAPER SCISSORS) SHERRI J PHOTOGRAPHY (DEUTSCH LA) DAVID CROTTY PATRICK MCMULLAN (TARGET) COURTESY OF SCHAFFER S GENUINE FOODS SETH NENSTIEL (JDK GROUP-LINWOOD ESTATE) SAMUEL COSTELLO PHOTOGRAPHY (JDK GROUP-POPCORN) Guests could get toasty (and tipsy) at the hot chocolate bar with alcoholic mix-ins at the Rock Paper Scissors Events-produced party in New York. Deutsch LA s party featured a new classic--peppermint cake pops by Schaffer s Genuine Foods. At a party celebrating the Toms for Target partnership in Los Angeles last year colorful nonalcoholic drinks were presented in glass decanters. At the How I Met Your Mother holiday party in Los Angeles at Fox Studios in December 2013 the show s cast and crew ate and played at a gingerbreaddecorating station set up by Marina del Rey-based Schaffer s Genuine Foods. JDK Group served fruity spritzers at a private holiday party at Linwood Estate in Carlisle Pennsylvania in January 2015. A chef prepared a cloud of nitrogen popcorn at the JDK Group-produced circus-inspired bash. bizbash.com fall 2015 201 2015 holiday party ideas Entertainment & Activities From activities such as dance lessons and card-making workshops to live entertainment like aerial acrobats and circus acts end-of-year festivities will get attendees more involved than ever. A pair of dancers taught guests how to perform period dances such as the Foxtrot and Lindy Hop at the Weeksville Historical Center s fund-raising event in Brooklyn in June. The Dandy Wellington Band was provided by musician cooperative Elan Artists. Brooklyn-based event design studio Tinsel & Twine planned the event. 202 bizbash.com fall 2015 PHOTOS TORY WILLIAMS (WEEKSVILLE HISTORICAL CENTER) SHERRI FULLER (DEUTSCH LA) Waitstaff wearing roller skates and shiny hot pants added to the atmosphere at Deutsch LA s groovy gathering. 2015 holiday party ideas A percussion group dressed as construction workers used some unusual instruments to perform for guests at the Cirque du Soleil-inspired event designed by the JDK Group. PHOTOS SAMUEL COSTELLO PHOTOGRAPHY (JDK GROUP CIRQUE DU SOLEIL) SHERI WHITKO (GROUPON) PHOTOLE PHOTOGRAPHY (JDK GROUP DISCO) ELIZABETH BRUNEAU (ROCK PAPER SCISSORS) ...while aerialists from East Coast Entertainment performed overhead. At the Groupon party guests posed in front of a striped circus tent backdrop. ...while a juggler entertained the attendees at the vintage carnival-theme affair. Guests signed a light graffiti wall at the JDK Group-produced disco fete. Guests created greetings for active military members at a card-making station at the wonderland party designed by Rock Paper Scissors Events. bizbash.com fall 2015 203 the 15 moSt innoVatiVe meetinGS 2015 The conferences expos trade shows and summits in North America striving to make meetings matter. It seems as though people are busier than ever nowadays with infinite choices of how to spend their time their money and their attention. That means people and companies that host face-to-face events such as conferences trade shows and meetings are challenged to provide value and relevance for every person they are trying to bring through their doors. As marketing expert Seth Godin said No one accidentally goes to a conference. No one accidentally 204 bizbash.com fall 2015 finds themselves at a convention. The people who are there are choosing to be there they are choosing to pay attention ... treat that attention like the privilege that it is. For our annual list of the most innovative meetings we uncovered how these types of events from a wide range of industries are succeeding in creating meaningful experiences for attendees exhibitors sponsors and other stakeholders. By MITRA SORRELLS & MARTHA C. WHITE 1 To force attendees out of their comfort zones organizers invited them to participate in discussions while suspended 18 feet in the air. 2 C2 s outdoor plaza located alongside Montr al s Lachine Canal included a Ferris wheel a tent food services and seating areas. During the day organizers encouraged attendees to meet for brain dates in one of the Ferris wheel pods and at night the plaza was the hub of entertainment. 3 Using E-180 s matchmaking platform more than 1 350 brain dates took place during the conference double the amount from 2014. 1 2 1. c2 montr al Organizers of the unconventional conference take attendees out of their comfort zones to help bring them together. Since its debut in 2012 C2 Montr al has established itself as a sort of laboratory for innovative conference design strategies. But it is creativity done with a purpose to bring people together with complementary interests and skills to foster networking and ultimately business transactions. Organizers say buzz about prior years conferences led to a 25 percent jump in attendance this year with more than 5 000 people from 42 countries gathering at Montr al s contemporary art space Arsenal in May for the event conceived by creative agency Sid Lee. This year the biggest achievement was to move from being a conference to being an experience. People told us I lived something as opposed to just I listened said Richard St. Pierre president of C2 Montr al. We ve moved from the eyes to the heart. We ve moved from the cerebral to the emotional. We built immersive experiences with the intent of forcing people to be together forcing people to challenge their thinking. But also out of this experience they are not only friends they are more open to actually transact. That concept of breaking down the barriers between participants was the driving force behind the event s design. While the conference takes place in the same location each year St. Pierre said everything else is created from scratch. One of the most unusual and eye-catching experiences was small group discussions that took place as attendees sat in chairs suspended 18 feet in the air above a net. When you are physically at risk of something your perception of who you are the environment the world will change. That s what we wanted to accomplish St. Pierre said. To participate attendees had to bring an attendee they did not already know with them. For seven minutes participants sat in the suspended chairs and discussed a series of questions presented by a moderator. In what organizers called the Cloud of Fog participants stepped inside a 40-foot-diameter igloo filled with fog so they could not see one another. As a moderator in the middle lead the discussion participants were instructed to gradually walk toward the center so by the end they could see one another. It completely changes your perception. It disconnects the person from the persona and highlights the influence of appearances in human interactions St. Pierre said. After participating you would see those groups coming aback again to share coffee and such. Organizers also worked again with E-180 a Montr al company that connects attendees for meetups based on matching requests and offers of knowledge. Nearly 1 350 brain dates took place at this year s conference--double the number from 2014--including some in also included workshops art installations live unusual locations such as inside pods of a Ferris performances and more than 35 keynote speakwheel located in the event s outdoor village and ers including Chelsea Clinton Alec Baldwin and on adjacent stationary bikes. The conference Andre Agassi. 3 photos felix renaud (chairs) allen mceachern (plaZa) sarah-jade champagne (signage) Last year s list bizbash.com innovative-meetings-2014 bizbash.com fall 2015 205 206 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos casey kelbaugh mashable The 15 MosT InnovaTIve MeeTIngs 2015 1 In the Summit s digital media lounge reporters and bloggers could watch the event via the online stream. 2 During the summit thousands of people joined the conversation online by using the hashtag 2030Now to discuss topics such as technology global education opportunities and climate change. Mashable shared some of the most thought-provoking commentary on its website. 1 2 2. Social Good Summit Mashable is harnessing the power of online communication to create worldwide reach for its conference focused on social issues. Mashable s Social Good Summit convenes world leaders grassroots activists engineers educators foundation leaders and more for two days each fall at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Created in partnership with the venue the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Foundation the program is focused on how technology and new media can help address issues such as poverty education health and climate change. The conference takes place during the week of United Nations General Assembly meet- ings with an agenda that mirrors topics being discussed by world leaders and includes speakers such as Al Gore Melinda Gates and former President Jimmy Carter. In 2014 more than 1 600 people attended the event plus an additional 700 bloggers and journalists there to cover it. But the conversation extends far beyond the walls of the venue thanks to an extensive worldwide outreach program that includes social sharing meetups and online streaming translated in seven languages. The Livestream is a huge added benefit we can offer to our community to engage said Natasha Mulla Mashable s director of events. We have a great number of attendees that join us in person but our hope is to make this conversation global. We are dealing with global issues so it was important to have it showcased on a global scale. In 2014 more than 90 000 people watched the stream from 200 countries and territories. To provide access to people without Internet service last year Mashable partnered with AudioNow so people in countries all over the world could dial in to hear the audio stream of the conference. Grassroots activists around the world also create meetups to coincide with the conference. More than 75 took place ranging from events where people gathered to watch the Livestream together to other meetups that included original content. The conference hashtag 2030Now garnered 90 000 mentions a reach of 159 million and 1.6 billion impressions. The part that makes it so successful is having that community engagement aspect to it Mulla said. By combining our speakers with our live audience and the audience on Livestream it s not just a conference in one moment at one time but a year-round conversation that happens. It s an ongoing driver of change that makes it more than just the isolated event. 1 In just its second year conference attendance jumped from 1 500 in 2014 to 7 500 this year. Guests came from 89 countries. 2 The conference s Pitch competition included 60 start-ups presenting over two days. 3 Paddy Cosgrave founder and C.E.O. of Web Summit welcomed attendees to Collision. 4 In the expo space more than 1 000 start-ups vied for the attention of more than 450 tech investors from around the world. 1 3. colliSion Data drives interactions at the up-and-coming tech conference. On the surface the Collision conference looks similar to other tech industry events a mix of investors start-ups entrepreneurs and developers gathered for two days of networking pitching and hearing from industry leaders. What sets the conference at the World Market Center in Las Vegas apart however is the engine that drives those interactions from behind the scenes. It s a deliberate data-driven system that aims to match attendees in a very precise way--what organizers call engineering serendipity. We hire computational physicists applied statisticians and engineers--folks who know a thing or two about machine learning and artificial intelligence. The algorithms they build take into account who you are and who you might benefit from being with on a pub crawl in a meeting or at dinner table said Sinead Murphy director of live events for Web Summit the company behind Collision that also produces Web Summit in Dublin Rise in Hong Kong and several other events. In May 2015 just its second year Collision drew 7 500 attendees from 89 countries which included representatives from 1 200 start-ups and more than 450 investors. As a result of the data-based matchmaking those investors received a spreadsheet with 10 suggestions of start-ups deemed relevant to their interests. Investors then met with the companies in what organizers call Office Hours 15-minute meetings similar to speed dating. During the twoday conference 600 meetings took place. We like to think of ourselves as a technology company but the scenarios we are attempting to generate could not be further from bits and bytes Murphy said. And while we are connected ever more closely in the digital Web of Facebook Instagram and Twitter it is still fundamentally important to us that we look others in the eye shake their hand and introduce ourselves. For 2016 organizers are moving the conference to New Orleans. Collision is growing faster than any of our events and we wanted to find a home with an incredible sense of energy that s at least at the scale of Dublin Murphy said. She said they plan to launch new events in Las Vegas next year. 2 3 4 photos courtesy of collision bizbash.com fall 2015 207 5. Sapphire now SAP s tech conference is leading the way in using attendee-tracking systems to understand--and improve--the attendee experience. German software company SAP is leading the way in using attendee-tracking technology at its events. A widespread installation of iBeacons and Wi-Fi sensors at its Sapphire Now conference in Orlando in May is delivering invaluable data for the company. In the months since the event attended by more than 20 000 customers partners and SAP staff organizers have been analyzing more than one million data points that are providing useful information for both the sales staff and the event team. We got some really really rich insights about what people did at the event ... seeing the traffic patterns on the floor how people moved around what were the areas of interest. It s leading us to rethink even where we put things on the floor next year said Michael Trovalli SAP s vice president of global events. For example if you want somebody to see the entire floor do you spread out certain key things as opposed to clustering The conference showed an IT and developer audience how their respective specialties worked together in the real world. 4. microSoft iGnite A new conference bringing together a diverse array of tech professionals calls for creative networking solutions. For its inaugural Ignite conference in May an event that combined several other developer conferences into one Microsoft had an ambitious agenda By creating a single event that effectively gathered different facets of its developer community under one roof the tech giant hoped participants would mingle and crosspollinate their innovations. We wanted to look at creating an instance that hit on our IT and developer audience at one time versus a scattering said Vivian Eickhoff Microsoft senior event marketing manager. It allowed us to showcase the breadth and depth of our products and services. Customer stories presented to the diverse crew gave them a glimpse of how their respective specialties worked together in the real world. Microsoft also created numerous opportunities for the varied groups of attendees to interact. The show floor was designed so that different silos within the industry wouldn t be sequestered in their own corners and attendees were encouraged to mingle at a show floor welcome reception and ask-the-expert presentations held over the course of the event. It made it a different way for attendees to figure out how to find things and people Eickhoff said. There were also meet-and-mingle activities held off the show floor. We piloted mash-ups where over each of the lunch periods there was the opportunity for different communities to connect Eickhoff said. Microsoft also encouraged nighttime networking with after hours held at the conference hotels where attendees could get discounted snacks and drinks and interact. For the sales staff the tracking data is allowing them to have more relevant conversations with their customers. We ve been able to give them insights such as Here s what your customer did here s where they went here s how much time they spent Trovalli said. And what we are seeing are just incredible increases in the amount of business we ve converted since Sapphire Now and the new opportunities we ve generated. At the event 1 000 iBeacons were located throughout the expo floor in every demonstration station partner exhibit presentation theater and meeting room to assist attendees with navigation and wayfinding. Because users had to opt in through the event app provided by Eventbase Trovalli can break down the data by industry and job titles. The second tracking system consisted of 30 sensors that monitored mobile devices as they communicated with Wi-Fi providing an anonymous view of general traffic patterns. For next year Trovalli said they will expand the use of iBeacons to provide a more personalized experience for attendees. For example if you are watching a demo you can get a notification that will say If you want more information tap here. You ll get the information sent to your email and then we can track that you received it he said. In the center of Sapphire Now s Innovation Showcase SAP demonstrated its work with airline and shipping companies. As attendees used touch screens to select data from clients such as John Deere and Lufthansa their choices powered images on both the digital world map in front of them and also on the screens that wrapped around the space. 208 bizbash.com fall 2015 The 15 MosT InnovaTIve MeeTIngs 2015 6. future of StorytellinG Short films distributed before the conference create a unique and engaging experience for attendees. It s fitting that a conference called the Future of Storytelling would employ a unique and effective strategy to connect speakers and attendees. The annual gathering is hosted by Melcher Media a company that began as a book publisher but in the last decade has transitioned to a comprehensive provider of storytelling tools that include books apps websites films and events. The Future of Storytelling is an effort to bring a multidisciplinary group of people together to explore the ideas the new forms the technologies that are shaping communications in the 21st century said founder Charles Melcher. Organizers invite 500 people from technology media marketing and communications to the two-day event which takes place at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island in New York. In the months leading up to the gathering organizers pair the 25 speakers with filmmakers to create five-minute preview films each uniquely produced to reflect the topic of that speaker. Attendees receive links to the videos and rank their favorites and organizers then use that information to match attendees to sessions. Each session includes about 25 participants the speaker and a facilitator in a roundtable discussion. It s a very engaged lean in high-level participatory conversation with this leader. What s beautiful is we knew people would love getting 1 The two-day conference closed with a party at the Masonic Hall in Chelsea. 2 Child of Light a fairytale video game from Ubisoft was one of the many interactive technology products attendees could play with in the conference s interactive exhibition space called the Story Arcade. 1 to know the speakers--in fact my big complaint about most conferences is I really don t get to meet the speakers-- but what we didn t realize was how much people would get to know each other Melcher said. We ve gotten compliments that unlike at other summits here the cool stuff doesn t just happen between the sessions out in the hall it actually happens during 2 the session. And then the connections made there continue. The event also has a variety of immersive theater elements interactive technology exhibits and hands-on workshops such as an arts-andcrafts session from designer Todd Oldham and a mime workshop lead by Cirque du Soleil. Organizers said the location also drives the event s success. We transport them away from their daily city life and into this beautiful 83-acre photos courtesy of microsoft ignite eventrix ag sap (sapphire now) shannon carroll (juggler) winston struye (computer station) kris krug (dent) waterfront campus built in the 1820s. Just taking that passage opens attendees up to experiencing Future of Storytelling in a way they would not typically experience a conference. And we work with writers and theater producers and performance artists to really craft a story and a narrative around the two-day run of show said summit producer Julia Sourikoff. 7. dent A variety of small-group opportunities are at the core of the invitation-only retreat in Idaho. Jason Preston a co-founder of the Dent conference believes the staying power of an experience at an event is almost always inversely proportional to the number of people you have it with. That assumption is the reason Preston and co-founder Steve Broback have intentionally created an intimate invitation-only retreat that provides a variety of small-group experiences for the participants which include entrepreneurs investors designers artists and other innovative thinkers. Held each spring at the Sun Valley Inn in Idaho the 200 guests begin with a day of recreational activities such as skiing gallery tours and parkour workshops. The small-group dynamic continues on the second night after a day of content sessions when guests go to dinner at local restaurants in groups of 25 with transportation provided by conference sponsor Buick. We assign the groups trying to optimize for compatibility and making new connections Broback said. When we were first developing the event what was paramount was what was happening to facilitate a scholarship program Broback on stage. But what we quickly learned was that said. Central to that is just keeping our ear to the it s the community that emerged at the event ground on why the attendees are there and what that is paramount. People started to hang out can enhance their experience. separately and host their own dinners and meetups and gatherings. The dine-around we think was sort of pivotal in helping to create that environment. After realizing that many attendees had an interest in speaking at the event organizers set aside time at the end of the conference in March for unconference sessions lead by attendees and selected by their popular vote. New for 2016 organizers have created an upgraded registration option and some of that revenue is being used to fund scholarships for the conference next March. As we have gotten to know our attendees better we see two distinct groups. The group that has made Attendees interested in speaking at the conference could post their their dent is eager to see more topics on sticky notes. Those that received the most votes were of the younger up-and-comers invited to present on the final evening at an event held at the headso we thought it was natural quarters of Scottevest clothing company in downtown Ketchum. bizbash.com fall 2015 209 Keeping an audience engaged when they re between the same four walls can be a challenging task. At this year s Adobe Max in Los Angeles the 6 000plus designers developers videographers agencies and artists who attended were treated to an immersive visual display that mixed the ancient and the modern A classic Greek theater technique called periaktoi that historically was used to create different scenes was vaulted into the future with rotating screens that moved in sync with the digital content being displayed. Last year was a great example of just running with an idea said Nicole Williams senior creative producer at Adobe Systems. No one had ever had revolving screens that ran timed to media. They programmed the mechanical bases of the screens to turn when the video was being shown using algorithmic software. Two layers of screens created a 3-D effect while an overhead screen gave the impression of flying out of a box a sophisticated execution of projection mapping that kept attendees engaged for the opening day s two-hour keynote. To pull off this feat of coordination Adobe worked with two production firms Pix Productions and Core Studios. It s very time-consuming work in that you really have to be in collaboration with your actual media designer and your technical person Williams said. I like to keep it very aesthetically clean as far as the screens go and really use media to change the room up and make it shine. Adobe worked with two production firms to create rotating screens that moved in sync with the digital content being displayed. 1 2 1 Furniture and decor in the conference hub known as One Place aligned with the camp theme. The room housed the registration area sponsor booths recharging stations and snacks. 2 Evoking a craft station at a kids camp organizers invited guests to decorate their name badges with colored beads. 9. Summer Brand camp The restaurant industry event proves camp isn t just for kids. Sometimes the name of an event can be one of its most defining characteristics helping to shape its design its marketing its vibe and ultimately its success. That has certainly been the case for Summer Brand Camp an annual conference in Dallas for foodservice industry professionals working in human resources marketing and operations. Since its inception in 2010 organizers have incorporated camp-style elements to create an event that combines useful content with nostalgic fun. When we started this we knew it s Dallas Texas. It s June. It s hot. So we want it to be casual and fun. We didn t want another conference. It s the time of year when everyone gets to go to camp and we get to go to camp too said Joni Doolin C.E.O. of TDn2K a business intelligence provider for the foodservice industry and producer of the event. At the 2015 conference in June more than 300 people from 85 brands such as Chipotle Yum Brands Whole Foods and Chick-fil-A gathered at the Westin Park Central for a mix of educational sessions community service projects and networking all focused on helping them communicate more effectively both with customers and within their companies. The camp theme is evident in the dress code (shorts and flip-flops preferred) decor (faux forest backdrops and hammocks and Adirondack chairs for lounging) food (s mores and a peanut butter sandwich bar have been on the menu) and in the way campers (not attendees) are divided into small groups known as tents that compete against one another in activities such as trivia contests and scavenger hunts. And like traditional camp organizers encourage attendees to stay connected year-round reminiscing about what they experienced together and looking forward to the next event. We have an incredibly engaged community. The SBrandCamp hashtag isn t just active for three days it s active year-round and an incredible way for our campers to stay connected and continue the valuable conversations they had at camp said Sarah Atkinson TDn2K s director of marketing and communications. 210 bizbash.com fall 2015 photos chris hatcher photography (adobe max) jill harper summer brand camp david aleman f-stop photography (greenbuild floor) courtesy of greenbuild international (exhibitors) courtesy of the american college of emergency physicians The 15 MosT InnovaTIve MeeTIngs 2015 8. adoBe max High-tech visual production makes a two-hour keynote fly by. 1 10. GreenBuild international conference & expo A mandatory program ensures exhibitors put their money where their mouth is. For the U.S. Green Building Council s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo throwing away recyclables or using incandescent bulbs in exhibitor booths isn t just frowned upon-- it s against the rules. Vice president of community advancement conferences and events Kate Hurst said the organization runs what it believes is the only mandatory green program for exhibitors. The exhibitor program is part of a broader sustainability initiative the show which is owned and produced by Hanley Wood follows every year. To ensure their compliance with the Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibition Green Guidelines exhibitors have to submit paperwork documenting their green choices in everything from shipping to flooring and verify that booth elements like lights and water displays meet the group s sustainability rules. A show-floor audit of 10 percent of exhibitors helps assure compliance Hurst said. The toughest thing in general is just getting new companies to understand what we re trying to accomplish with the guidelines she said. Hurst said compliance is at about 70 percent (the U.S.G.B.C. ultimately is aiming for 95 percent) and the group also has a kind of incentive program for exhibitors willing to not only meet but also exceed the green requirements. We also have a higher level we call the Green Exhibitors Award and almost 20 percent of our exhibitors participated in that so it s like positive reinforcement Hurst said. 2 1 Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to the green building community. 2 Exhibitors submitted paperwork verifying that booth elements meet the group s sustainability rules. 11. american colleGe of emerGency phySicianS Scientific aSSemBly Mock codes on the show floor make sure every doctor in the house is engaged with exhibitors. At InnovatED a section of the show floor at the American College of Emergency Physicians annual expo dedicated to innovations in emergency medicine there aren t just bells and whistles--there are lights and sirens too. To enhance exhibitor-attendee interaction and let attendees get hands on with the equipment on display A.C.E.P. stages a mock emergency room right on the show floor complete with staged codes --scripted accidents with medical residents playing the part of injured victims. We actually have an ambulance in the innovation center and when the sirens and lights go off people know the code is starting said Stephanie Batson senior manager of exhibits and corporate development at A.C.E.P. Participating exhibitors have to apply and be vetted by a committee of physicians. At ACEP14 in Chicago last year nearly four dozen out of 402 exhibitors participated and organizers projected the action onto monitors around the space to give more attendees a glimpse of it. The mock codes include opportunities for the doctors nurses and medical administrators who attend the show to get hands on with the exhibit. At the end of the day this is still a giant exhibit on a show floor but we ve done our best to make it as much like a functioning emergency department as possible Batson said. A.C.E.P. staged a mock emergency room on the show floor featuring scripted accidents and actors. bizbash.com fall 2015 211 1 1 All content over the three-day event was crowdsourced. 2 Participants could submit as many as two session ideas see other submissions and up- or down-vote them. For its upcoming 2016 event in San Jose California C.E.O. Amy Sample Ward said the 2 group is using a modified version of IdeaScale a cloud-based crowdsourcing platform. The submission period for content lasts about NTEN proves it s possible to shape a conference five weeks and participants can submit as many from thousands of opinions. as two session ideas they would like to lead see other submissions and up- or down-vote them At the flagship annual meeting of NTEN Ward said. The down-vote option initially caused Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network orgasome consternation among proposers of rejected nizers know they have an agenda that will be ideas but Ward said the push and pull eventually compelling to the more than 2 000 attendees strengthened the submissions by encouraging because all of the content over the three-day would-be session leaders to reach out to the event is crowdsourced. It s a logistical balancnaysayers through the platform s comment ing act that requires the organization s staff to system to ask how their ideas could be improved. oversee and manage a weeks-long collective We also had a number of folks who found conversation as suggestions and feedback pour in. ideas that were like theirs and left comments 12. nten nonprofit technoloGy conference saying I d like to join Ward said. After the submission period ends the community has a few weeks to vote on their favorite. From there NTEN s steering committee votes on the winners then the group s staff goes through and vets the choices to make sure there s a good mix of topics represented. If there s a measure of success it could certainly be that it is something we couldn t do away with as the community is integral to the success of the conference and this is part of providing the community a clear path for creating the conference they want Ward said. 13. Brand innoVatorS Organizers of the summits reach busy marketing professionals by bringing the content to them and by partnering with big brands. Now in its fourth year Brand Innovators has created a unique and effective strategy to reach and teach brand marketing professionals in cities around the country. The company created by Brandon Gutman and Mark Sternberg in 2011 produces about 50 one-day Brand Innovators Summits each year focused on topics such as content marketing luxury brands mobile and millennials and big data. But rather than hold the events in conference centers or hotel meeting rooms the company partners with big brands like Wells Fargo Arby s Facebook Williams-Sonoma Salesforce and Western Union to host the summits at their corporate offices. It s a major brand wrapping its arms around this thought leadership. They bring their name Speakers at Brand Innovators events include representatives from the company hosting the gathering plus some from other major brands. and their brand cache to it and the host brand tends to lend a lot of their senior executives to the event said Ted Rubin acting chief marketing officer for Brand Innovators. Brand marketers tend to love to visit other brands. It s a great learning experience. In addition to speakers from the host brand other brands provide presenters for each summit. For example a content marketing event in July at Arby s also included speakers from InterContinental hotels Carnival Cruise Lines Porsche Cars North America and the Coca-Cola Company. Brand marketers attend the events for free and are considered members of the Brand Innovators community. The vibe at the summits is intentionally casual--attendees are free to step in and out as needed to get work done--and focused on relationship building as much as education. To know people from other industries and other companies that s really important these days Rubin said. It s nice to have your LinkedIn connections but then you can take it to the next level to meet these people face-toface on a regular basis. You wouldn t believe the amount of hugging that goes on at these events. 212 bizbash.com fall 2015 14. tnw conference u.S.a. The European import brings Continental flair to a start-up showcase The Next Web an online publication that has been garnering accolades in Europe since its debut there in 2006 might be one of Silicon Alley s newer entrants but for its third New York conference this November the group hopes to build on its chief differentiating point a curated approach that emphasizes high production values a slate of start-ups offering products rather than promises and speakers who aren t allowed to turn their time at the microphone into a sales presentation. We ve always really focused on speakers that have a value-adding talk said Wytze de Haan director of events at the Next Web. In some cases this even means bypassing a C.E.O. for an executive that s better positioned to give the roughly 1 500 attendees valuable insight. You won t always see the highest rank of a person de Haan said. But while prestige might not matter presentation does de Haan says an integral part of the Next Web s success is a unified polished look for its start-up exhibitors. What we do here in Europe is we spend a lot of the budget into the production he said. We put a lot of value into printing designs and a great backdrop. Extra add-ons like a madeto-order coffee break (aka tech fuel ) and in-booth cocktail lounges deliver a jolt of the unexpected--just like the Next Web likes it. The conference emphasized high production values and interesting presentations. photos c trav williams and broken banjo photography (nten) courtesy of ted rubin (brand innovators) julia deboer (tnw) courtesy of world domination summit (beds) armosa studios (world domination summit stage) 1 2 1 To create a sense of community from the start the summit begins with a Guinness World Record attempt. This year more than 600 people lounged in 160 beds to set a record for the most people eating breakfast in bed. Afterward organizers donated the beds to local organizations that serve the needy. 2 The summit includes main stage presentations in the mornings and evenings with attendee-led meetups in between. The 15 MosT InnovaTIve MeeTIngs 2015 15. world domination Summit The tenets of community adventure and service drive the program at the Oregon event. How can we live a remarkable life in a conventional world That question defines the fundamental purpose of the World Domination Summit an annual gathering in Portland Oregon. The event was created in 2011 by Chris Guillebeau an entrepreneur and author of the book and blog The Art of Non-Conformity. In June more than 2 000 people from 30 countries gathered to listen to and learn from one another. According to a statement from organizers All the activities and events of World Domination Summit are centered on helping someone determine for themselves what living a remarkable life might mean. We don t tell people what their lives should be or what they should do. We provide opportunities for attendees to hear what other people are doing with their lives. In addition to keynotes sessions and social events that sharing also takes places at attendee-hosted meetups. In June 140 meetups took place with 10 to 75 participants each. Some are focused on topics such as health and education while others are activity-based gatherings to do yoga or go for a run. Organizers encourage attendees to host meetups and those who are interested can use the event s mobile app to advertise their gatherings--attendees also R.S.V.P. in the app--and organizers provide best practices on how to make the informal events a success. The summit begins each year with a Guinness World Record attempt one of the many activities intended to foster a sense of community among participants. 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Chapter volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos California on June 2 2015 Northern California s premiere event the Northern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International s Annual Conference & Expo (ACE) will be held February 10 2016 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This is the event to attend if you are involved in the meetings industry. It is an amazing one-day conference filled with excellent networking opportunities a vibrant expo floor with diverse suppliers and top-shelf education sessions targeted to beginner through senior planners. For additional information please visit www.mpincc.org. ALL PHOTOS ORANGE PHOTOGRAPHY deeply about your players and realizing no matter what you do it is all an art form. He asked each person not to take for granted the work they are doing to create memories that are powerful and to value their teams as they make a difference in the world of meetings and events. 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Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com BOSTON VENUES THE CATERED AFFAIR AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY Established in 1848 the Boston Public Library now boasts 27 neighborhood branches. The central library in Copley Square has several elegant areas for private events including the Abbey Room the Chavannes Gallery and the courtyard. There are also several conference rooms and lobbies that can be rented. Catering is provided by Catered Affair and there is a list of preferred vendors. 617.859.2282 thecateredaffair.com bpl FROST ICE LOFT Featuring glistening color-washed walls hand-carved furniture an exquisitely detailed bar ever-changing sculptures and drink glasses constructed entirely of ice and maintained at a refreshing 21 degrees Farenheit Frost is quite literally the coolest bar and private event space in Boston. 617.209.489 frosticebar.com JILLIAN S LUCKY STRIKE Located behind historic Fenway Park Jillian s and Lucky Strike Lanes are part of a 70 000 square foot multidimensional entertainment complex that spans over three floors. Whether it s dancing bowling professional billiards or great food and drink there s something for you tonight at Jillian s. 617.437.0300 jilliansboston.com ROYALE Royale brings to you an unparalleled experience for any private event in downtown Boston. Built in 1918 this former opera hall boasts 33 000 square feet available to handle all special event needs. By taking the fundamental and original beauty of the room and combining it with state-of-the-art upgrades in sound and lighting Royale truly is a venue like no other. 617.338.7699 ex.202 royaleboston.com VENEZIA RESTAURANT & WATERFRONT BALLROOM Venezia Waterfront Restaurant and Ballroom holds groups of as many as 350 people for meetings social events and weddings. There s plenty of on-site free parking and easy access to all major routes. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic view of the Boston skyline. 617.436.3120 veneziaboston.com AUSTIN SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com bizbash.com fall 2015 221 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION HEAD TK New York Venue Directory AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CONFERENCES THAT WORK Conferences that work helps you create and run conferences designed to build meaningful mutually beneficial connections between participants. For more than 20 years CTW has been designing and facilitating innovative highly interactive attendee-driven events that leverage attendees expertise and experience to create just the conference that participants want. If desired you can include traditional plenary sessions to create an event experience that will delight your attendees. 802.254.3566 conferencesthatwork.com CORINTHIAN EVENTS Corinthian Events is a total event planning company focusing on Special Events and Destination Management. Centrally located only blocks from Boston s best hotels and the convention centers we have our full complement of resources only steps away from any meeting or event. Personalized service is our specialty our office is not departmentalized meaning clients will work with one primary contact from the inception of a program through the wrap-up. 617.450.0600 corinthianevents.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com CHICAGO S FIRST LADY CRUISES From their docking location on the Magnificent Mile this fleet s four vessels travel along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The largest Chicago s First Lady has space for 225. Its smaller twin vessel Chicago s Little Lady has one bar and holds 100. The Fair Lady has an open-air upper deck and a bar and holds 125 while the small Lady Grebe holds six. 847.358.1330 cruisechicago.com THE DUCK INN The Duck Inn is a neighborhood gastro-tavern and dining room that is situated on the border of Pilsen and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Housed in a pre-Prohibition era tavern it showcases Michelin-rated partner and chef Kevin Hickey s signature New American cuisine. 312.943.7600 theduckinnchicago.com THE GERAGHTY The Geraghty a venue of possibilities features limitless entertainment technical and decor options designed for the best possible results. Less than two miles from McCormick Place the site features 25 000 square feet of space 22-foot ceilings a private green room full audiovisual production capabilities WI-FI and ample parking. 312.967.2520 thegeraghty.com MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY The Museum of Science and Industry offers exceptional spaces and innovative exhibits that provide a dramatic backdrop for any event with an added dimension of interactivity. Tangle with a twister inside Science Storms dine alongside a captured WWII German submarine in the U-505 exhibit or mingle in the Smart Home garden while sipping a glass of organic wine. Whether it s an event for 20 or 12 000 the museum s event professionals will guide you step by step ensuring that all details are executed perfectly. They ve got events down to a science. 773.753.2583 msichicago.org specialevents OFFSITE CHICAGO Located in Chicago s West Loop OFFSITE is designed and wired to inspire creativity and optimize productivity. From the state-of-the-art A V system to the comfortable yet versatile decor OFFSITE offers the ideal backdrop for your next meeting brainstorming session focus group or social gathering. 312.655.8000 chicago.goOFFSITE.com RAVINIA Known as Chicago s Sound of Summer this music venue has been around since 1904. Tented areas--the Northern Trust Tent the Santa Fe Tent the Ravinia Tent accommodate between 70 to 700 guests. The lawn holds 500 and a 43 000 square foot pavilion offers various dining options. 847.266.5100 ravinia.org ROCKIT BURGER BAR Located steps away from Wrigley Field this restaurant and party venue incorporates unique appetizers 60 craft beers and award-winning burgers all within the comfort of a cozy stylish bar. Rockit Burger Bar customizes options for groups of 15 - 200 with turnkey event production for social and corporate events. 312.943.7600 rockitburgerbar.com ROCKIT BAR & GRILL Rockit offers multiple options for hosting events including cocktail parties and seated dinners. Its expert planners take the work out of planning receptions client events brand launches and more with space to fit groups of 20 to 500 guests. 312.645.6000 rockitbarandgrill.com parties SUNDA Enjoy creative sushi unrivaled seafood poultry beef and pork entrees marvelous salads noodle and rice dishes and supreme sushi with creative New Asian adaptations in both private and non-private group dining areas and private party rooms. Approachable brunch lunch and dinner party menus with seated buffet and passed party menus create a culinary journey for all palettes. Special events holiday parties corporate receptions rehearsal dinner bridal brunch brand launch and more. 312.644.0500 sundachicago.com TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO Take your event to a higher level with magnificent views natural light and plenty of space. Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will offer the perfect venue for both business and pleasure. Whether it s an important business meeting an intimate gathering or an all-out gala your event will certainly make an impression. The 20 000 square feet of function space includes the Grand Ballroom Skyline Room Grand Salon five additional Salons and the Executive Boardroom featuring videoconferencing CHICAGO VENUES BOTTLEFORK Named one of Chicago s 10 Hottest Restaurants by Zagat Bottlefork is a comfortably stylish New American bar and kitchen showcasing locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine & cocktails. From Rockit Ranch Productions partners Billy Dec Brad Young & Arturo Gomez and former Four Seasons Executive Chef Kevin Hickey Bottlefork is located in the heart of River North. 312.955.1900 bottlefork.com CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM The Chicago History Museum will provide the quintessential Chicago experience for your next event. The Chicago Room and new North & Clark Caf are ideal settings for events of all kinds. Overlooking Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast skyline the Chicago Room features Georgian-style architecture stained-glass windows by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Comfort Tiffany and state-of-the-art technology. The renovated North & Clark Caf provides a cozy yet sophisticated setting for smaller functions. 312.642.4600 chicagohistory.org hostevent CHICAGO UNION STATION The Great Hall at Chicago Union Station is the ideal location for elegant special events receptions and weddings. The Great Hall is considered one of the greatest indoor spaces in the U.S. The 20 000-square-foot Beaux-Arts-style room boasts 18 Corinthian columns terra-cotta walls and a pink Tennessee marble floor and is crowned with a five-story barrel-vaulted atrium ceiling. 312.655.2481 chicagounionstation.com 222 bizbash.com fall 2015 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION capabilities. Each venue provides spectacular lake river and city views showcasing Chicago s historic architectural landmarks. 312.588.8000 trumpchicagohotel.com THE UNDERGROUND A stylish venue recently renovated to include a 40 ft LED video wall innovative lighting and sound and two distinct rooms. Offering full service event production and catering from Rockit Ranch s award-winning restaurants this venue is perfect for a unique social or corporate event of up to 450. 312.943.7600 theundergroundchicago.com VENUE ONE Venue One is Chicago s only all-inclusive meeting and event center. The venue offers 25 000 square feet of customizable event and meeting space. Venue One is ideal for corporate functions weddings Bar and Bat Mitzvahs galas experiential marketing events and a wide variety of other social and corporate events. From a small business meeting in our gallery space to a large-scale event (up to 800 guests) in the Grand Studio Venue One s multi-use location promises to simplify the hosting experience and seamlessly deliver events that engage and captivate your audience. 312.605.8300 venueonechicago.com VENUE ONE NORTH SHORE Venue One North Shore is the only all-inclusive meeting and event center in the area. Imagined and designed by Chicago s leading event professionals at Event Creative the venue offers 85 000 square feet of customizable event and meeting space at the corner of Kates Road and Corporate Drive in Deerfield. 847.374.9110 venueonenorthshore.com THE WIT HOTEL The Wit offers meeting spaces tailored to meet clients specific business goals. The latest built-in technology audiovisual equipment and lighting guarantee a distinct business experience. 312.467.0200 thewithotel.com work BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT CREATIVE Event Creative is a full service event design and production agency with the ability to design fabricate and execute any size event branded environment or tour. Event Creative s team of experienced event managers designers florists and technicians comprise one of the most comprehensive teams in the industry overseeing the entire event production process from concept to execution. With complete floral fabric and set design studios in conjunction with an extensive inventory of lighting furniture sound and video equipment Event Creative is the one stop shop for all event design and production needs providing everything from lighting and sound to d cor and multimedia to on site production and event management. 312.327.0111 eventcreative.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry. Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net TED S CIGARS For over fifteen years Ted s Cigars has defined itself as the leader in the premium seasoned cigars category. Ted s is the number one producer of premium spirits seasoned cigars representing world renowned brands including Maker s Mark Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Forty Creek Canadian Whisky and Dumante Liqueur seasoned cigars. 502.493.9595 tedscigars.com WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com DALLAS SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com THE AUDLEY REID JAZZ ENSEMBLE The Audley Reid Jazz Ensemble plays all genres of music including contemporary jazz standards Motown Bosa Nova R&B Neo Soul Great American Songbook--Frank Sinatra Cole Porter Duke Ellington--and light rock. The band size ranges from two to sixteen pieces. 312.505.4424 audleyreid.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com bizbash.com fall 2015 223 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION HEAD TK New York Venue Directory BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com HOUSTON SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com LAS VEGAS VENUES PALMS CASINO RESORT Reality is subjective at the Palms Casino Resort a celebrity playground and hipster hangout. Three distinct towers boast the world s most spectacular collection of rooms and suites world-class entertainment exceptional dining and Las Vegas s hottest nightlife. And when it comes to planning the perfect gathering the Palms offers a number of conference rooms theaters longes restaurants and even recording studios. 866.725.6768 palms.com HAVANA ROOM The new Tropicana Las Vegas a DoubleTree by Hilton offers 100 000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibition space. Highlights include a 55 000-square-foot pavilion unconventional meeting settings such as the Havana Room and Beach Club and one of the fastest Wi-Fi services in Las Vegas. 888.810.8767 troplv.com las-vegas meetings-conventions havana-room-special-events ENCORE AT WYNN LAS VEGAS Encore at Wynn Las VegasBoteroBotero gives steak a new curve with bold modern cuisine as voluptuous as the Botero art that graces the space. The pool-side scene at Botero translates to a hip and energetic dining experience. An intimate outdoor gazebo accommodates up to 30 guests. wynnlasvegas.com SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a 224 bizbash.com fall 2015 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com EXOTICS RACING Located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Auto Club Speedway Exotics Racing is the premiere supercar track driving experience that offers the world s largest fleet of exotic cars. Founded in 2009 Exotics Racing has provided racing instruction and driving experience to more than a 150 000 visitors from over 60 different countries and currently has a fleet of over 50 exotic cars. 702.405.7223 exoticsracing.com FRESH WATA Fresh Wata offers a brilliant team of passionate wildly creative individuals who invest time strategizing branding and designing so a company s vision comes through loud and clear. Beyond the design studio Fresh Wata s engineers fabricators and production team bring a diverse set of skills intelligence and proficiency that allows the company to deliver a true full-service experience. The team s all-star planners offer a distinct background in events video technical direction and production. Fresh Wata has the tools to plan execute and carefully craft the framework for optimal event success. 702.889.0935 freshwata.com FWR RENTAL HAUS With a distinguished collection of pieces that can transform ordinary spaces into impressive atmospheres FWR Rental Haus has a wide-ranging catalog that includes event and office furniture displays walls and decor that can be customized with almost any color finish or fabric. 877.673.3744 thirsty4fwr.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com customizable space. One of the largest-ever flying steel truss systems is suspended above the 45 000-square-foot arena floor to be raised or lowered to provide the perfect ceiling height for any event. This can turn the arena into an intimate space for as many as 5 000 guests. 562.436.3636 longbeachcc.com LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART As one of the preeminent museums in the nation the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or LACMA offers a truly unique setting for corporate or nonprofit events. Use of the LACMA event space includes exclusive opportunities for private viewings of its world-class collections and blockbuster exhibitions. 323.857.6000 lacma.org OUE SKYSPACE OUE Skyspace which opened in May 2014 as a private event venue offers spectacular panoramic views from the tallest building in California downtown s US Bank Tower (owned by Singapore-based OUE Ltd.). Just two floors down from the top the circular 10 000-square-foot space is a blank canvas with 18-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows valet bar service audio-visual equipment wireless Internet and access to a prep kitchen one floor below. Skyspace can accommodate 400 guests. 323.909.6226 oue-skyspace.com SPICE BALLROOM AT SPICE AFFAIR The Spice Ballroom at the award-winning Spice Affair is Beverly Hills best-kept secret for events private parties and weddings--both large and small. Located on La Cienega s restaurant row the venue also has an excellent catering staff. 310.400.6800 spice-affair.com UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SPECIAL EVENTS With excellent party locations and now exclusively offering Wolfgang Puck Catering Universal Studios is the perfect site for corporate events product launches bar and bat mitzvahs press junkets film screenings and special occasions. Choose from historic sound stages or picturesque backlot movie locations that will transport your guests to the Wild West the cobblestone streets of Europe or the unique neighborhoods of New York. Treat your guests to a private studio tram tour ending at the glamorous Studio Grill by Wolfgang Puck and Commissary. At Universal every event is a blockbuster. 818.777.9466 universalstudiosspecialevents.com WARNER BROS STUDIOS The world s busiest motion picture and television studio can double as your own private event venue. With (3) screening rooms (13) backlot sets fine dining room museums and premier theater they have the capacity for an intimate retreat for 20 guests or an extravaganza for 10 000. Let them roll out the red carpet for you 818.954.2652 wbspecialevents.com SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include LOS ANGELES VENUES THE EBELL OF LOS ANGELES The historic Ebell of Los Angeles is an architectural masterpiece that brings glamour elegance and legacy to special events. In addition to the 1 200-seat Wilshire Ebell Theatre the clubhouse offers two exquisitely detailed ballrooms a stately art salon and an intimate courtyard garden presenting a variety of sophisticated settings. With an executive chef and full-service catering and on-site event management for preplanning and event-day execution the Ebell s professional special event team is dedicated to the success of your event. 323.931.1277 ebellla.com PACIFIC BALLROOM AT THE LONG BEACH ARENA The new Pacific Ballroom at the Long Beach Arena is a revolution in the event planning industry with its bizbash.com fall 2015 225 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION HEAD TK New York Venue Directory concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com EXOTICS RACING Located at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Auto Club Speedway Exotics Racing is the premiere supercar track driving experience that offers the world s largest fleet of exotic cars. Founded in 2009 Exotics Racing has provided racing instruction and driving experience to more than a 150 000 visitors from over 60 different countries and currently has a fleet of over 50 exotic cars. 702.405.7223 exoticsracing.com can be customized with almost any color finish or fabric. 877.673.3744 thirsty4fwr.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net UNIVERSAL STUDIOS PROPERTY DEPARTMENT Universal Studios Property Department offers the largest and most diverse selection of props and decor in the industry with three spacious showroom floors including a complete selection of furniture statues drapery upholstery and more. Custom props can be manufactured in their Sign Staff and Moulding shops. Live plant rentals with delivery and installation services available through the Greens department. Convenient online ordering at props.universalstudios.com. 818.777.2784 universal. filmmakersdestination.com content property WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com THE HISTORIC ALFRED I. DUPONT BUILDING The Alfred I. Dupont Building is Miami s only Art Deco skyscraper and a representation of Depression Moderne architecture. Built in 1939 the restored mezzanine level began serving as an elegant special event space in 2001. A former bank headquarters the 22 000-square-foot space with two distinct ballrooms boasts wall-to-wall marble flooring hand-painted cypress wood ceilings original brass scrollwork on gates and original teller windows and bank vaults. 305.374.3677 alfredidupontbuilding.com KASKADES SUITES AT GALE SOUTH BEACH Boutique service and private meeting space provide for a memorable company meeting or get-together at the Kaskades Suites at Gale. 407.269.603 galehotel.com MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT EVENT SPACES The Miami Design District houses the city s most distinctive social destinations emphasizing creative environments inspired by the very best design from around the world. With 4 000 to 20 000 square feet spaces each venue delivers a unique setting that will lead to an unforgettable experience and a different approach to the traditional event. Art Architecture and Design live within the walls of each venue and Miami Design District is a premier destination for events productions photo shoots product launches for corporate social and private clients. 305.722.7100 miamidesigndistrict.net ORANGE BLOSSOM RESTAURANT Orange Blossom creates a warm and inviting social space a neighborhood gathering spot where its market-to-table New American cuisine is highlighted by its specialty craft cocktails and flavorful dishes. 305.763.8983 orangeblossommiami.com RADIO BAR SOUTH BEACH Spend the day or evening creating a memorable out-of-the-box experience at Radio Bar South Beach one of Miami s hippest bars. Featuring ambient lighting and graffiti walls guests will truly be impressed by the laid back yet chic space they will have all to themselves. 305.397.8382 radiosouthbeach.com RED GINGER SOUTH BEACH Indulge in Asian-influenced locally inspired fare at Miami s new favorite spot Red Ginger. 305.433.6876 redgingersouthbeach.com SUN LIFE STADIUM Sun Life Stadium is home to the Miami Dolphins University of Miami International Soccer large concerts and other world-class events. The venue s event spaces include LIV Sun Life the Dolphins Locker Room and the field where Super Bowls have been played. Events for as many as 75 000 guests or as few as 75 can be easily accommodated. 305.943.6316 sunlifestadium.com TANTALIZE MIAMI Tantalize Miami is South Florida s most unique and sensual dining destination and event space combining food entertainment cocktails and passion into a luxurious experience for all the senses. 305.695.1401 tantalizemiami.com MIAMI SOUTH FLORIDA VENUES ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY This performing arts center can accommodate 600. The Plaza for the Arts is a 57 000-square-foot outdoor area designed for concerts and festivals. The Knight Concert Hall and Ziff Ballet Opera House--with intimate lounges and salons throughout--have fully equipped stages and seat 2 200 and 2 400 guests respectively. The center opened a new Caf at Books & Books in spring 2015. 786.468.2292 arshtcenter.org BODEGA SOUTH BEACH Take your traditional Mexican fiesta to the next level and heighten your senses with over-the-top Mexican street food in one of Miami s newest hot spots. 305.704.2145 www.bodegasouthbeach.com GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE BROWARD COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER The Broward County Convention Center features new amenities and technology excellent food and beverage offerings and versatile conference space and exhibit halls for meetings and conventions of all sizes. The 600 000-square-foot LEED Gold-certified facility is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale s beautiful waterways. 954.765.5900 ftlauderdalecc.com SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com FRESH WATA Fresh Wata offers a brilliant team of passionate wildly creative individuals who invest time strategizing branding and designing so a company s vision comes through loud and clear. Beyond the design studio Fresh Wata s engineers fabricators and production team bring a diverse set of skills intelligence and proficiency that allows the company to deliver a true full-service experience. The team s all-star planners offer a distinct background in events video technical direction and production. Fresh Wata has the tools to plan execute and carefully craft the framework for optimal event success. 702.889.0935 freshwata.com FWR RENTAL HAUS With a distinguished collection of pieces that can transform ordinary spaces into impressive atmospheres FWR Rental Haus has a wide-ranging catalog that includes event and office furniture displays walls and decor that 226 bizbash.com fall 2015 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com BORGGINI EVENTS Borggini Events is a vibrant and dynamic company that provides innovative and select designs never before seen in South Florida in the event furnishings market. 305.998.7007 borgginievents.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net PZAZZ PRODUCTIONS For more than twenty years Pzazz Productions has been creating sensational live entertainment and event solutions for corporate philanthropic and social events across the globe. Their talented team of event and entertainment specialists looks forward to putting Pzazz in your next event 855.557.9299 pzazzproductions.com SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net SO COOL EVENTS So Cool Events is an event decor company dedicated to making your next event extraordinary. So Cool specializes in ice sculptures lighted tables lounge furniture and event lighting including LED lighting and giant projections. 305.635.8088 socoolevents.com THRILLER MIAMI SPEEDBOAT ADVENTURES Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures offers a unique sightseeing thrill ride through the waters of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean or world-famous Stiltsville. Our two speedboats can accommodate up to 76 passengers at one time. A third vessel is being added soon. 786.477.4988 thrillermiami.com WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com BAY KITCHEN & BAR RESTAURANT Taking over the waterfront Andrra space in summer 2014 Bay Kitchen & Bar Restaurant fill focus on the bounty of the sea. The new 3 000-square-foot place will have an open air bar indoor dining and a dining terrace. Dockside access will be available too for those arriving by water. 631.329.3663 baykitchenbar.com BOWLMOR LANES TIMES SQUARE This 90 000-square-foot outpost of the popular Union Square bowling alley offers 50 lanes for bowling inside the old New York Times building. With seven New Yorkthemed lounges its design is a tribute to the city with areas styled after famous neighborhoods and eras. Also on site is Boomer Esiason s Stadium Grill. The Grill is available for private groups with room for 40 in each of its tiers or many as 200 in the entire space. 212.680.0012 bowlmor.com timessquare BUCA DI BEPPO The family-style Italian restaurant has opened a Times Square location. With sister restaurant Planet Hollywood the complex seats as many as 250 guests. The vibe is an eclectic vintage setting with irreverent photographs strings of multicolored decorative lights gingham tablecloths and family-style portions. 212.764.6527 bucadibeppo.com CAPITALE From the lavish atmosphere to the unparalleled service offered Capitale stands as a venue and event space of distinction and style for those seeking the very best. Originally the Bowery Savings Bank this national historic landmark was designed by Stanford White and built in 1893. Capitale s interior features tall Corinthian columns a beautifully decorated 65 foot coved ceiling and an art glass skylight making Capitale s Grand Ballroom one of New York City s great event spaces. 212.334.5500 capitaleny.com THE CAPITOL THEATRE Combining millennium style with 20th century architecture The Capitol Theatre offers state-of-the-art digital technology sound and lighting. Whether you re planning an intimate wedding corporate event charity concert or large gala The Cap sets the tone for a highly unique jaw-dropping guest experience. 914.934.9362 thecapitoltheatre.com CARNEGIE HALL One of the world s most famous concert halls Carnegie Hall has spaces that offer some of the best acoustics in the city. The Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage first constructed in 1891seats 2 804 amid classic architecture and decor. Also available are 268-seat Weill Recital Hall and 599-seat Zankel Hall. Some event spaces are managed by Starr Events including Citi Cafe Salon Encores Late Nights at Zankel. 212-903-9647 carnegiehall.org privateevents COND NAST VENUES Cond Nast Venues offers access to the Manhattan skyline s newest icon One World Trade Center. On the 34th floor of Cond Nast s new headquarters the media company houses four state-of-the-art venues with a multitude of uses ranging from intimate executive meetings in the Boardrooms to gala affairs in the South Lookout which has sweeping 180-degree views of lower Manhattan and its landmarks. Complete catering services for Cond Nast Venues are provided exclusively by CxRA a division of Restaurant Associates with partner venues at some of the country s premier cultural institutions. 212.613.5536 condenastvenues.com THE EDISON BALLROOM Located in the heart of Midtown the Edison Ballroom is one of New York City s most flexible new event venues. The venue provides a modern art deco setting where guests can enjoy their time in a comfortable environment that s adaptable to any number of seating arrangements. A V.I.P. area ensures that an event of any size from an intimate gathering to a large gala will be taken care of in the same efficient manner. As real estate agents always say a top reason for putting ink on contracts is location location location and the Edison Ballroom on West 47th Street fills a void in the area for a stylish setting to hold any number of celebrations events weddings bar and bat mitzvahs holiday parties fund-raisers meetings parties and dinner dances. 212.201.7650 edisonballroom.com ESPACE This modern event spaced opened in November 2007 inside the newly constructed Atelier Condominium tower. The ballroom has 6500 square feet of space while the function room has 3500 square feet. Espace can accommodate NEW YORK VENUES 320 PARK 320 Park is a versatile event space with spectacular views of Midtown Manhattan. Our venue is an elegant combination of classic style and luxurious comfort. 320 Park can accommodate up to 225 guests for a reception and 150 guests for a seated event. We are available Monday through Friday for corporate events only. The inviting ambience and dramatic views from the 35th floor provide an excellent setting for your next event. Please contact us for availability and any questions. 212.224.1234 bizbash. com 320-park new-york listing 776873 AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY The American Museum of Natural History is a one-of-a-kind experience every single time. Forty-five exhibition halls tempt your guests to venture to the edge of the universe fathom the mysteries of the ocean and trek into the exotic heart of the rain forest. Screen a film or stage a presentation in an elegant Beaux-Arts theater. Host a bash under suspended planets. Celebrate a milestone amid the most marvelous bones in the world. Choose the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable occasion. amnh.org hostanevent ARENA Arena is a multimedia event space that transforms itself into an infinite number of possibilities for a wide range of events. It features an unparalleled lighting system 20-foot ceilings unrestricted sight lines removable furniture three full-service bars and a kitchen area for catered affairs. 212.278.0988 Arenanyc.net bizbash.com fall 2015 227 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION HEAD TK New York Venue Directory 400-500 seated or 1 000-1 200 for standing receptions. On site are a full service kitchen granite and marble bathrooms 2 private suites for hosts talent bride groom. The function space has wireless internet access and a DJ Booth. Valet Parking can be arranged if necessary. 212.967.7003 espaceny.com FEINSTEIN S 54 BELOW Located beneath the iconic Studio 54 in the heart of the theatre district 54 Below is Broadway s Supperclub. This elegant space provides the setting for unforgettable events with classic American cuisine and live music if desired. Menus can be tailored especially for your event. 646.476.3551 54below.com GLASSHOUSES AT THE CHELSEA ARTS TOWER Glasshouses 14 & 21 is one of the premier event spaces in New York City located in the Chelsea Arts Tower in the center of the art community and providing an excellent setting for all types of events including fund-raisers corporate receptions art shows auctions product launches seminar space cocktail receptions photo shoots weddings theater performances and exclusive dinners. 212.242.7800 theglasshouses.com GOLF & BODY NYC Golf & Body NYC is a private club in the heart of Manhattan that offers golfers the ultimate setting for enhancing performance getting and staying fit and socializing with friends and business associates. A world-renowned team of golf fitness and sports-medicine experts combines their knowledge with the members passion to help them play the best game of their lives in the best shape of their lives. Along with its innovative programs Golf & Body NYC offers entertainment options that turn the 19th hole into a sophisticated bar and dining experience. 212.244.2626 golfbodynyc.com GRAMERCY THEATRE Conveniently located just one block east of Union Square IGramercy Theatre offers an ultimate rarity among the city s midsize music venues a mix of seating in back with general-admission standing room in front and a sound system that carries well to both. The main room s versatile clear span floor of approximately 2 000 square feet paired with 187 fixed theater-style seats makes it a perfect space for business meetings product launches and presentations. The Samsara Lounge on the lower level is a perfect spot for cocktail receptions and VIP gatherings. Decorated with Gujarat cloth hand-painted accents and Persian rugs the lounge features intimate seating areas soft furniture and a full-service bar. 212.614.6932 venue.thegramercytheatre.com HARD ROCK TIMES SQUARE Hard Rock Cafe New York offers stellar cuisine music distinctive decor and design. Whether it is an intimate gathering of 15 or a full venue buyout of 1 200 guests we offer 44 000 square feet of private rooms with state-of-theart AV including a one-of-a-kind live concert venue. From a plated luncheon meeting to a black-tie gala Hard Rock serves dramatic flair everyone will rave about 212.343.3355 hardrock.com HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA Hotel Pennsylvania is one of New York City s largest hotels with 1 705 guest rooms and approximately 90 000 square feet of meeting and event space. Its three ballrooms 11 meeting conference and banquet rooms and the adjacent Penn Pavilion Convention Center can accommodate any event up to 1 000 guests. For smaller meetings or events the Executive Conference Center which features an executive boardroom can accommodate up to 250 attendees. 212.502.8717 hotelpenn.com IBIS Housed in a former opera house this large restaurant and lounge offers upscale ambiance and classic decor. The entire space can hold 460. The main floor can accommodate 300 guests while the second level lounge can hold 150. The private wine room seats 20. 212.753.1144 ibis-nyc.com INTREPID SEA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Imagine the sun setting over the Hudson River the world famous New York City skyline at your back and 45 000 tons of steel beneath your feet. The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum is home to the most unique special events venue in New York City. With views from the Flight Deck Space Shuttle Pavilion to the Hangar Deck with the finest aircraft collection your guests will enjoy their time aboard the Intrepid in style. The variety of event spaces will meet all your special event needs. The Intrepid is proud to be one of the few venues in the city with the ability to host events from 20 to 5 000 people with both indoor and outdoor options to make your event Intrepid 646.381.5301 intrepidmuseum.org IRVING PLAZA Conveniently located just one block east of Union Square Irving Plaza offers an event space steeped in rock-and-roll history. Guests enter through the classic lobby which boasts a lounge and bar area before climbing one flight to the main room a 3 300-square-foot clear span ballroom with polished wooden floors crystal chandeliers fullservice bar and a fixed stage. On the third level guests can grab a drink at the balcony bar while enjoying incredible sight lines of the dance floor and stage below. Irving Plaza is the perfect setting to host an event with a rock-and-roll edge. 212.777.6817 irvingplaza.com MANHATTAN CENTER HOME OF THE HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM & THE GRAND BALLROOM Manhattan Center is home to two of New York City s most beautiful event spaces The Hammerstein Ballroom and Grand Ballroom. Together the iconic Hammerstein Ballroom and classical Grand Ballroom offer 22 000 square feet of flexible space with clear sightlines state of the art sound and lighting and unparalleled service. 212.279.7740 mcstudios.com METROPOLITAN PAVILION Metropolitan Pavilion offers multiple venues in one location for receptions dinners product launches fashion shows trade events and more. Amenities include the ground floor s 30 000 sq. ft. of polished hardwood floor Historic District location and original architectural detailing indoor loading dock and 4 additional event rooms the white resin-floored Gallery (7 300 sq. ft.) the Level (7 300 sq. ft.) the chocolate oak-floored Metropolitan Suite (8 000 sq. ft.) and the top-floor Showroom (850 sq. ft.). WiFi throughout. Full A V service. Additional 10 000 sq. ft. is accessible adjacent to the ground floor. 212.463.0071 metropolitanevents.com METROPOLITAN WEST Metropolitan West is New York s new frontier for events. This completely renovated structure includes two separate and adaptable event floors (24 000 square feet combined) for receptions meetings dinners trade events product launches fashion shows and more. 212.463.0071 metropolitanevents.com MEZETTO Mezetto is an innovative Mediterranean-style venue that invokes a quaint rustic-tavern-meets-bistro vibe. Parties big and small can be accommodated and the team seeks to continually deliver products and services that exceed expectations. 212.933.4587 mezetto.com MONARCH ROOFTOP & INDOOR LOUNGE Monarch s indoor lounge features a modern Scandinavian chic decor that seamlessly connects to the exterior oasis patio. Featuring sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors Monarch comfortably accommodates as many as 300 guests. However the real show stopper is the direct view of the iconic Empire State Building. 917.605.0363 addisongroupnyc.com venues monarch THE NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE The newly renovated Great Hall at the New York Hall of Science will reopen for booking as of May 2014. Other spaces are currently available including the museum s North Wing which holds 750 for receptions the oval-shaped Viscusi Gallery with 42-foot ceilings holding as many as 275 for dinner and dancing and an auditorium which seats 302 theatre-style. Because the museum specializes in buyouts those using the facilities are encouraged to plan their events by choosing a particular wing where adjoining rooms can be arranged for sequential activities such as a cocktail reception held in advance of a dinner. Amerievents is the preferred caterer. nysci.org visit-main special-events-main OFFSITE Designed to inspire creativity and optimize productivity OFFSITE was built with the perfect gathering in mind. From the state-of-the-art A V system to the comfortable yet versatile decor this 3-story enclave offers the ideal backdrop for your next board meeting brainstorming session focus group product launch or social event. 212.366.1828 OFFSITEnyc.com ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY Enjoy an all-inclusive planning experience at One World Observatory which has more than 9 000 square feet of flexible space an array of onsite amenities and exquisite cuisines. The Observatory s experienced event team provides personalized arrangements for as many as 330 guests. The venue is also equipped with advanced audiovisual production wireless technologies and connectivity. 844.696.177 oneworldobservatory.com PLANET HOLLYWOOD Closed briefly for renovation this venue reopened December 2012 in Times Square Planet Hollywood offers a 35 000-square-foot multilevel facility with four dining areas two bars a lounge and a private area. The restaurant also houses a 48-seat private screening room with velvetcushioned seating. The decor features memorabilia from films Broadway shows sports legends and music icons. 212.265.2404 planethollywoodintl.com PRINCE GEORGE BALLROOM History meets luxury at Manhattan s premier event destination. Conveniently located between Fifth and Madison Avenues and meticulously restored to its original Neo-Renaissance splendor the Prince George Ballroom is the place for your upcoming corporate fundraising or private function. 212.471.0882 princegeorgeballroom.org ROOSEVELT HOTEL Renowned as the grande dame of Madison Avenue the Roosevelt Hotel seamlessly blends classic architectural style with contemporary capabilities. More than 30 000 square feet of splendid banquet and event space gracefully accommodates 20 to 1 000 guests. The grand ballroom one of New York s most beloved traditional ballrooms offers an unforgettable ambience. In addition to 1 015 luxurious guest rooms and 52 elegant suites the hotel offers a sophisticated rooftop lounge experience at mad46. 212.661.9600 theroosevelthotel.com SENOR FROG S Newly opened the summer of 2015 Se or Frogs is a 14 000-square-foot restaurant and bar located in the heart of Times Square This 2-floor venue features a bar and dining room downstairs and a 2 000-square foot retail store upstairs. Groups from 25 to a full buy out of 800 can be accommodated. 212.221.3833 senorfrogs.com STAGE 48 Stage 48 & Z-Bar Rooftop Lounge is a beautiful four-level event space in Midtown West with a ballroom with mezzanine a private lounge level and a beautiful rooftop terrace with Manhattan skyline views. The venue is perfect for corporate functions galas social events concerts and productions. 212.957.1800 stage48.com TAVERN ON THE GREEN The iconic Tavern on the Green is located in Central Park and offers unparalleled options for events. It has a beautiful landscape three large rooms and outdoor terraces. The space is available for a variety of events including cocktail receptions weddings showers dinners breakfast seminars mitzvahs and all celebratory moments. 212.877.8684 tavernonthegreen.com TERRACE ON THE PARK Perched high above Flushing Meadows Park in Queens Terrace on the Park is one of New York City s most iconic landmarks visible for miles and boasting unparalleled vistas of the park Citi Field the National Tennis Center and the glittering Manhattan skyline. 718.592.5000 terraceonthepark.com THE TIMESCENTER The TimesCenter s modern user-friendly spaces offer a dramatic and welcoming aesthetic. The TimesCenter is a versatile visually stunning state-of-the-art event venue. Designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano the venue is comprised of three separate spaces The Stage The Hall and The Gallery. These are available for rental either individually or in combination making The TimesCenter an ideal venue for a wide array of private or public corporate and social events. 800.272.9533 thetimescenter.com UPSTAIRS AT THE KIMBERLY HOTEL This highly anticipated brand new roof-top lounge sits 30 stories high atop the Kimberly Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The 4000 square foot venue boasts 3 separate indoor outdoor atmospheres featuring stunning design 360 degree views retractable glass ceilings and walls ambient heated floors and a main room that promises to be as elegant and inviting in the winter months as it is sunny and sophisticated in the summer season. Super chic and very New York. 212.702.1685 upstairsnyc.com URBO LOFT On the bustling corner of 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. in Manhattan s Theater district is Urbo. Celebrating New York City with its look feel and food Urbo is a unique 228 bizbash.com fall 2015 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION 26 000-square-foot culinary destination. This includes Urbo Loft which is dedicated to private events and private dining. 212.542.8950 urbonyc.com THE VINE Located in the Eventi Hotel The Vine houses beautiful cocktail lounges and event space. Features include a year-round open-air terrace rooftop airplane hangar-style doors capacity of 1000 seasonal fireplace audiovisual elements and a private and hidden bar. 646.600.7142 lamico.nyc special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com BOOKINGENTERTAINMENT.COM BookingEntertainment.com can provide entertainment for private parties fund-raisers festivals and radio events or promotions. The company s wide array of talent includes rock jazz adult contemporary disco pop R&B and comedy acts. 212.645.0555 bookingentertainment.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career. 347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com HYBRID MOVEMENT COMPANY Hybrid Movement Company creates original and visually stunning specialty multimedia performances. It conceptualizes produces and delivers exciting and breathtaking custom entertainment including familyfriendly acts showcases variety shows high energy stunt shows and full-scale theatrical productions. 917.261.8802 thehybridmovementcompany.net JOHN CREECH DESIGN & PRODUCTION John Creech Design & Production is a full service scenic shop fabricating scenic items for TV film commercials special events theatre retail and display. They deliver fast turnaround and excellent quality. 718.237.1144 webuildeverything.com KVL AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES KVL is a premier full-service audiovisual rental and staging company. Whatever your AV needs we ve got it. From awesome sound to dramatic lighting our equipment and technicians have one goal in mind--to make your event spectacular. Call KVL today to see how we can exceed your expectations 914.479.3300 kvlav.com M&M MARS M&M Mars is the manufacturer of a variety of popular candies and snack foods sold through retailers internationally. The company is now offering their candy-coated M&M chocolates in 21 different colors under the M&M s Brand Store. Custom printing on M&Ms is also available. 800.627.7852 shop.mms.com customized printing step1.asp NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net ORANGE AND OLIVE CATERERS AND CHEF S TABLE Orange and Olive Caterers depicts the local the organic the hip the elegant and the best available. They source their ingredients from local producers people who love their products as much as Orange and Olive loves to use them. Catering weddings corporate events rentals and so much more. 866.247.2520 orangeandolivecaterers.com PARTY RENTAL LTD. Party Rental Ltd. a family-owned business established in 1972 serves the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions with the largest selection of linens tables flatware chinaware and catering equipment in the country. The company is instantly recognizable by its iconic pink-hippo trucks. 201.727.4700 partyrentalltd.com PBG EVENT PRODUCTIONS PBG Event Productions offers innovative ideas in lighting room decor and audiovisual design. They manufacture LEDecor their exclusive battery-operated remotecontrolled color-changing LED light fixtures. PBG offers wireless illuminated bars trays tables arches columns highboys and stools that incorporate their award-winning LEDecor. 516.358.0800 pbgevents.com PROPNSPOON Props for Today and the Spoon Group have merged to bring your visions to life Their extensive inventory of event furniture and specialty props will create any theme and their custom fabrication and engineering will make your dreams reality. You want a 1 500-pound shooting star You got it. A 20-foottall computerized water fountain with a spiral staircase knight in shining armor and Sherlock Holmes inspired pipe and chair No problem. How about a custom-made bar or set of shabby chic tables and slip-covered banquettes Their pleasure Together Props for Today and the Spoon Group have been providing elements to the television film photography theater retail visual merchandising and special event industries for 50 years and they have just created the first one-stop prop and fabrication source in the East. propNspoon If you can imagine it we can make it happen. 212.244.9600 propsfortoday.com RIVIERA CATERERS At Riviera they pride themselves on your personal journey throughout your event. They take your creative vision and aesthetics into consideration with every aspect of food and d cor. Their bespoke food and presentation will encompass both while satisfying the most discriminating palate. 732.567.1316 Rivieracaterers.com SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOOTING STARS PRO PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO Shooting Stars is a boutique photography and video production company based in New York City. They specialize in corporate events headshots and press kit media such as product photography and video and location shoots. They have worked with large clients such as M et Hennessy Delta Airlines and New Balance as well as a host of private clients providing the same level of quality and attention to detail across the board. 917.743.6316 shootingstarspro.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net SONG DIVISION Since 2003 Song Division NY has pioneered music-based team building programs conference openers and experiential marketing campaigns around the globe SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com ATLAS PRINT SOLUTIONS Atlas Print Solutions is a high-quality commercial printer whose work includes production of programs and invitations. 212.949.8775 atlasprintsolutions.com ATOMIC Atomic creates immersive live environments that engage audiences and make a bold impression. From custom set construction to lighting services to modular rental scenery and soft goods they help set the stage for maximum effect. They ve worked for Grammy-winning artists Fortune 500 companies and event professionals of all sizes. Collaborate with their team of engineers artists and craftsmen today to drive your next project forward. No surprises. Unique results. 717.626.4408 atomicrental.tv AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BETTY BROOKLYN CATERING COMPANY Betty Brooklyn Catering provides memorable handcrafted local and seasonal cuisine to complement a wide range of event styles. As a chef-owned and operated company food is the focus and passion. The Betty Brooklyn Catering team loves what they do and believe that the client can taste that. 718.832.3889 bettybrooklyn.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional bizbash.com fall 2015 229 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION HEAD TK New York Venue Directory with clients such as Microsoft Pfizer Coca-Cola and KPMG calling on us in over 20 countries to engage educate and entertain their audiences. Music creates emotional connections. If you want to emotionally connect with your audience whether B2B B2C or social we d love to hear from you. We ll listen closely to your needs then design an experience to bring your event or brand to life with music. 347.264.5586 songdivision.com STERLING AFFAIR For more than 20 years Sterling Affair has served New York New Jersey and Connecticut with exquisite food impeccable service and seamless event management. The company s seasoned culinary and event teams provide unforgettable experiences whether at gala dinners for thousands or informal gatherings at home. The company holds exclusive catering contracts at a number of the tristate area s top event venues and also offers off-premise catering at any location of a client s choosing. 212.686.4075 sterlingaffair.com WHITE PLAINS LINENS LINENS LA CARTE White Plains Linens Linens a la Carte offers a complete selection of tablecloths and napkins in a wide spectrum of colors patterns and fabrics as well as table skirts chair covers and sashes. 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From simple pipe-anddrape to sheers blacks and film drops our in-house sewing department can custom-make what you need for your production. We also provide professional installation whether it s a one-day event or a permanent need large or small. Visit our showroom--it s stocked with accessories such as paint gels tape and hardware. 416.694.8980 ontariostaging.com SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. 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It s set amidst acres of scenic parkland steps from a beautiful sandy beach and the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse Toronto s oldest landmark. 416.392.1030 artscapeeventvenues.ca ARTSCAPE WYCHWOOD BARNS Artscape Wychwood Barns is a community cultural hub located in midtown Toronto. Award-winning architectural and environmental design has transformed this historic streetcar-repair facility into one of the city s most unusual event venues. Revenues from venue rentals and catering support the operations of Artscape Wychwood Barns which is home to artist studios not-for-profit organizations a greenhouse and a gallery. 416.653.3520 artscapeeventvenues.ca ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE Artscape Youngplace is a community cultural hub located in Toronto s vibrant Queen West neighborhood. Youngplace opened in 2013 after a 17 million transformation of the century-old former Shaw Street School. Revenues from venue rentals support the building s cultural programming and services. 416.530.2787 artscapeeventvenues.ca DANIELS SPECTRUM Daniels Spectrum is an exciting new cultural landmark and event venue located in the heart of the downtown east side. This colorful facility features more than 15 000 square feet of flexible event space and state-of-the-art technical systems. 416.238.2453 artscapeeventvenues.ca DISTILLERY EVENTS Home to many of Toronto s hottest designer boutiques unique caf s artisan shops breathtaking art galleries performance venues and award-winning restaurants the Distillery District is the place to see and be seen. An internationally acclaimed pedestrian-only village the Distillery features more than 70 ground-floor cultural and retail establishments in the restored red brick Victorianera buildings of the renowned Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery. There s always something happening at the Distillery one of Canada s hottest tourist attractions centrally located and just a short walk from downtown Toronto. 416.203.2363 distilleryevents.com LIBERTY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP For more than two decades the Liberty Entertainment Group led by Nick Di Donato has been redefining Toronto s restaurant nightlife and special event experience. As SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. No event is too small or too large. 800.522.0597 ae-es.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. 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Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com ARENA AMERICAS Arena Americas is a full-service special event rental supplier with the largest inventory of clearspan and arcum structures in the nation. It also offers a full line of rental equipment including tents HVAC power generation lighting flooring staging furniture and tabletop products. 800.383.6332 arenaamericas.com AV CONCEPTS AV Concepts is a production partner that delivers audiovisual event solutions and creative content for general sessions keynote addresses breakouts tradeshows brand activations and experiential events. Services include concept development show design content creation projection mapping holographic effects LED walls audiovisual and staging. 480.557.6000 avconcepts.com BAMBOO STUDIOS Bamboo Studio uses the strength beauty renewability and versatility of bamboo to offer an ever widening array of products. Whether you are looking for a disposable plate bowl or utensil for your next party or if you want a reusable bamboo plate that can replace or compliment your existing dinnerware they have what you want. 949.951.2064 ecobambooware.com BLUEPRINT STUDIOS Blueprint Studios is a full-service event design fabrication graphics and rental firm dedicated to creating exceptional special event environments with thoughtful detail and dedicated customer service. For over a decade their team of designers production craftsmen and installation managers has established a reputation for providing cutting-edge event d cor graphic prints floral artistry and stylish furnishings for both timeless and modern settings. 855.922.9004 blueprintstudios.com BML-BLACKBIRD THEATRICAL SERVICES BML-Blackbird Theatrical Services is the leader in technical event production services. You name it BML has it and they ve done it theatrical lighting staging audio design and video. Their work spans across numerous industries including special events film television concerts business meetings trade shows any large or smaller scale event you can think of. Their broad experience combined with their extensive inventory can help make your next event special and unique. 201.617.8900 bmlblackbird.com CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furnishings for the meeting and events industry. Our national distribution and unparalleled customer service ensure a successful event anywhere. CORT offers premier brands developed specifically for the event rental industry including the sophisticated LOUNGE22 flexible Endless Collection brilliant Luna Lighting and unique Blofield Air Design. 866.544.1246 cortevents.com DESIGN CUISINE CATERERS Design Cuisine is a nationally recognized full-service catering company. Our growth from a small boutique caterer to a leader in the Washington marketplace is attributed to three primary areas of concentration the development of a knowledgeable responsive sales staff the creation of a highly organized professional kitchen and the acquisition of an extensive collection of unique rental equipment and linens. Now after 30 years of leading the Washington catering and event industry the company continues to provide the innovative menus quality food preparation meticulous service and attention to detail that first defined Design Cuisine style. Visit us at www. designcuisine.com. 703.979.9400 designcuisine.com ECREAMERY ICE CREAM & GELATO eCreamery custom gourmet ice cream flavors are the perfect way to give your message a delicious delivery. For brand promotions unique gifts or a special personal celebration personalized ice cream always makes the moment deliciously memorable. 866.920.5344 ecreamery.com EVENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE The Event Leadership Institute is the nexus for the most progressive education training best practices and insights within the event industry all delivered by top subjectmatter experts from around the world. Our goal is to empower and educate event professionals and give them the tools and resources to create plan and execute better events. Planners at every career level have access to the content they need when they need it. No application. No points to accumulate. Just click and learn. All you need is a desire to increase your body of knowledge and advance your career.347.349.1060 eventleadershipinstitute.com HARGROVE Hargrove is renowned for creating world-class face-to-face experiential marketing environments that showcase their clients stories. They are a full service event and production company and a design and fabrication studio for custom and rental exhibits. With a comprehensive range of services they deliver customized solutions to their clients. Hargrove creates an endless variety of events including global meetings international conventions multi-show exhibit programs corporate events galas mobile and experiential marketing programs exhibit rentals outdoor events and more. 301.306.9000 hargroveinc.com NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CATERING AND EVENTS The National Association for Catering and Events is the only professional association dedicated to everyone in the catering and event industry.Members range from relatively new professionals to leaders and celebrities in the field who enjoy preferred networking industry insight and know-how. 410.290.5410 nace.net NOMAD EVENT SYSTEMS Nomad Event Systems is an international award-winning event production company in Alexandria Virginia just outside the nation s capital. Nomad s clientele includes Fortune 500 companies governments nonprofits national recording artists and embassies. Nomad Event Systems extensive inventory and commitment to their customers goals has made them one of the fastest-growing production companies in the area. 703.354.2939 nomadevents.com OAK ISLAND CREATIVE Oak Island Creative specializes in themed events products and consulting. They are responsible for some of America s flagship holiday events are an industry leader in haunted attraction design and implementation and work with most of the world s major theme park organizations. 502.241.9008 oakislandcreative.com OCCASIONS CATERERS Occasions Caterers is a full-service catering firm located in Washington D.C. Renowned for personalized parties superior menus and attention to detail it has earned a national reputation for flawless execution. Elegant events range from intimate sit-down dinners extravagant galas and elegant benefits to lavish weddings and corporate receptions. With more than 25 years of experience Occasions team of executives and chefs work closely with clients to design customized seasonal menus and craft great experiences. Occasions also provides clients with complete event coordination including full-service catering venue selection entertainment event equipment floral lighting and decor. 202.546.7400 occasionscaterers.com SCARBOROUGH & TWEED Scarborough & Tweed s mission is to partner with its clients to deliver tastefully branded corporate gifts that achieve their goals every time. They are dedicated to product innovation customer service and corporate philanthropy. Their core values of integrity creativity and quality fuel a corporate culture that embodies excellence and fosters social responsibility. 914.741.2706 scarboroughtweedgifts.com SHOPWILDTHINGS Let ShopWildThings bring your creative vision to life. Select from their huge inventory of beaded curtains chandeliers columns string curtains mirror curtains metal curtains LED s and candle holders. Custom orders welcome. They are the trusted source for leading event producers and designers worldwide. Custom orders welcome with the ability to ship worldwide. 928.855.6075 shopwildthings.com SHOWPRO ShowPro provides lighting projection audio video and staging to the corporate meeting and special event industries. ShowPro offers state-of-the-art automated LED lighting fixtures current digital controllers and consoles. 323.805.8000 showpro.net WINNING WIT Founded by comedian Geoff Woliner in 2011 Winning Wit helps people harness the power of humor in their own lives. Together with other comedians throughout the world Winning Wit helps others write and deliver hilarious content that have audiences raving. Services include speech writing and editing for social and corporate events workshops and presentation preparation. winningwit.com WASHINGTON D.C. VENUES CAPITOL VIEW CONFERENCE CENTER This center has a wraparound outdoor terrace attached to a 1 832-square-foot rotunda. The 2 250-square-foot Chamber Room seats 100 theater-style. The 1 400-squarefoot mahogany-toned Caucus Room seats 31 in its leather high-back chairs. 202.624.2380 capitolviewcc.com COLLEGE PARK MARRIOTT HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER The College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center offers more than 40 000 square feet of unique event space including art galleries and a sculpture garden. Enjoy comfortable redesigned guest rooms and the signature pub-style restaurant the Common. In addition the hotel provides green accommodations and LEED platinum certification. 301.985.7300 collegeparkmarriott.com THE MEAD CENTER FOR AMERICAN THEATER Along the scenic southwest waterfront stands the Mead Center for American Theater which offers a blend of breathtaking views and stunning architecture. Enclosed by a towering glass curtain the center holds two historic theaters the new Kogod Cradle and 15 000 square feet of flexible event spaces. The Molly Smith Study Lower Lobby and Rooftop Terrace can be rented for private events yearround. The Grand Lobby and Caf are available for daytime use and on nights when there are no performances. 202.600.4040 arenastage.org plan-your-visit the-meadcenter event-rentals NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY National Geographic s iconic complex in the heart of Washington D.C. offers a variety of rental spaces to fit client needs. The spacious dining hall landscaped courtyard stunning museum high-tech Grosvenor Auditorium and historic Hubbard Hall are ideal venues for gatherings. 202.857.7770 events.nationalgeographic.com events venue-rental SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY World s most visited natural history museum. Highlights for private guest viewing include the Beaux-Arts rotunda with the African bush elephant the Hope Diamond and Gem Hall the Ocean Hall the Mammals Hall and changing exhibits. Corporations and associations making an unrestricted gift to the National Museum of Natural History may co-sponsor an event in celebration of their gift. 202.633.1650 nmnh.si.edu SUPPLIERS AFR EVENT FURNISHINGS With AFR Event Furnishings you don t get just quality furniture you also get a team of experienced event specialists and industry professionals committed to the successful outcome of your events meetings and tradeshows. From stylish lounge groupings elegant dining settings unconventional seating options and space transformations their top quality modern inventory provides you with exceptional choices for artistic design and styling flexibility. When you re looking for a nationwide partner as committed to client satisfaction and service excellence as you are there s only one choice AFR Event Furnishings. Your vision. Their furnishings. It gets you noticed. 888.AFR.RENT afrevents.com AMUSEMENT EXHIBIT & EVENT SERVICES With more 15 years in the special event and trade show business AE&ES brings a wealth of knowledge help you execute memorable corporate social or private events anywhere across the nation. They assist clients with events trade Show traffic building team building photo booth photography and Interactive elements for all their programs. 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Inside Back Cover BML-Blackbird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 BookingEntertainment .com . . . . . . . . . . 179 Borggini Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Bowlmor Lanes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Brookfield Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Buca di Beppo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Capitale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Capitol View at 400 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .113 Carnegie Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Center City District Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Cerf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Chicago History Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Chicago Union Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Chicago s First Lady Cruises . . . . . . . . . . 34 College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Cond Nast Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Conferences That Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Corinthian Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .118 CORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Design Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Digital Sandbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 eCreamery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Edison Ballroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114 Espace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Event Creative Venue One Meeting & Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Event Leadership Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Exotics Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Feinstein s 54 Below . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Frost Ice Loft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 FWR Rental Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Golf & Body NYC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Gramercy Theatre Irving Plaza NYC . . . 165 Greater Ft . 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