We are seeing more event spaces open in New York City that have been converted from old industrial buildings. They provide light and views attendees love! While the location of many of these venues is not necessarily directly in Midtown Manhattan, they offer the benefit of being in cool neighborhoods that reflect the architecture. They are also located near many new boutique hotels that are popular with millennial attendees. These venues are great for creative fashion shows a
It might be the first week of Fall in New York City, but it is obviously not too early to put some finishing touches on your cold weather meetings here in the winter. Our favorites include: 1. Creative hot chocolate bar. This is really up to your imagination, but we think this is a great meeting break idea, complimented with treats, to either replace the usual coffee and carb idea. We also love it as a way to re-welcome your attendees to their hotel or meeting venue after an
There are major, tech-driven event venues like the NatGeo Ocean Odyssey in Times Square that offer all kinds of interactivity with a set theme. We are now seeing a new breed of venues in this category that make the immersive experience highly personalized. The most interesting example we have found features a fashion showroom from the future where clothes are replaced with body modifications. As we often incorporate highly creative set, entertainer and decor design at events
Forget about what you have been told about wine harvest season at New York-area vineyards. Some of the most exciting wines are harvesting way past October and ideal for winter corporate events. What exactly is a late-harvest wine? It usually features grapes that are aging longer and go through at least one freeze. While they are sweeter then usual, we especially love the Long Island North Fork Rieslings that are basically "endless summer" vintages. There is another vineyard o
Today is National Burger Day, and your destination corporate meeting attendees won't find more options than they will in New York City. A growing challenge is how to incorporate this delicious and increasingly gourmet option into events where your group doesn't have to feel like tourists waiting in line or where they have diverse tastes and dietary requirements. You might consider selecting a hybrid option, usually found in a neighborhood. We found one venue in Soho that deli
Mixology at corporate cocktail hours has added a new twist of Japanese. We are not simply talking about about the standard fare of cold or hot sake. Instead, your attendees can enjoy more exotic offerings like Sinso gin and tonic highballs and Yuzo-Shio Daiquiris. Ok, there is sake there as well: it is used a delicious marinade for the venue's creative assortment of small plates.
When most of us think of Couscous, we often associate it with a bland offering that we cook on a stove from a box. In New York, those days are over. The city's chefs are finding new ways to spice up a super-healthy menu item that is appearing more frequently at events and galas. We recently checked out a few options and here are our favorites: 1. Fried garlic, copped toasted almonds chopped dried apricots, currants, cumin and olive oil. 2. Chili paste. 3. Cubed pumpkin in oli
New York City is blessed with some of the world's most amazing architecture. It can be a great backdrop to use for a major corporate event. This includes venues that span an outdoor inspiration point, historic banks, a fashion venue that is adorned with two peacock crowns, the biggest church in the world, and a hot hotel in the Lower East Side. Here's another twist. Make it a scavenger hunt idea that can include up to 10-15 historic architectural venues!
If your destination corporate meeting attendees love to golf while at destination corporate meetings, we have found a concept that could soon replace the random F&B cart: Drone delivery. Think about it. How many times have you, your executives, or destination meeting attendees wanted a beer or sandwich at the 8th Hole after a Triple Bogey? There is new technology we are seeing that can seamlessly help your attendees order food or drinks wherever they are on the course via an
If your destination corporate meeting attendees are looking for a way to loosen up, New York has become a capital for personalized stretchers. And it has nothing to do with a cocktail hour. We are also not talking about the latest fads in training or even personal trainers you can hire at some of the top gyms in Manhattan. These are people who can help your attendees rediscover their elasticity. Here is another benefit. This kind of treatment can help recovery if your attende