The Free Library of Philadelphia on the Parkway has named Brûlée Catering as their exclusive caterer.

Brûlée, which is helmed by chef Jean-Marie Lacroix, began their partnership with the venue on Feb. 9. The catering company is prepared to craft cuisine that will complement the newly renovated contemporary Skyline Room and Terrace (space for 290) and the Beuax-Arts Main Lobby (space for 250). Customized menus are available for every event from business gatherings to wedding receptions.

Many of Philadelphia’s well-known culinary professionals work with Lacroix. These include JC Nunez, Thomas McMullen and James Rodebaugh. The team has prepared meals for events such as the annual Liberty Medal Galas at The National Constitutional Center and the City Social with Mayor Nutter at the Philadelphia History Museum. 

Atlantic City

Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 


Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.