The MPI New Jersey chapter met on February 4 for a monthly educational meeting held at the renovated Crowne Plaza Englewood. Kevin Kirby, chair- man of the MPI International Board of Directors, was the event speaker. He spoke to the crowd of New Jersey and New York event professionals about the state of the meetings industry, as well as the importance of MPI membership.
New Jersey Meetings + Events
The hospitality business is filled with big visions and little details, and often a dedicated team of vendors is tirelessly working behind the scenes to make it all come together. When exceeding expectations is part of the job description, the stakes can be high and the time frames can be short—a combination that can easily result in tension, but the most successful vendors in the industry work through issues with a smile. Here, some of the area’s best share common challenges they face and how they work through them to deliver an outstanding event and build a strong partnership.
For event planning that feels more like a holiday and less like a day at the office, consider a dramatic change in venue. What captures the spirit of getting away better than the sparkling place where land meets ocean? Why not swap the sounds of traffic and ringing phones for the lull of waves lapping the shore? If it has been too long since you’ve dug your toes into the warm sand, it might be high time to look toward the shore. Home to venues with unique offerings, it’s the ideal locale for your next event.
When people hear Atlantic City, thoughts of the boardwalk, blackjack tables and top entertainment usually come to mind. Of course, the weather has played havoc with the coastal town of late, with Hurricane Sandy and other storms hurting casino business and causing major damage to the area. Still, residents say things are looking up and there’s a positive energy in the air.
With its proximity to the water, New Jersey commercial fishermen regularly reel in more than 100 million pounds of fish and shellfish each year, which is why so many seafood restaurants thrive in the state. For those looking to enjoy the freshest catch in the company of friends and colleagues, many of these seafood restaurants offer private dining space for groups and parties.
More than Lobster
Summer’s bounty is the inspiration behind this product launch luncheon’s design.
NO MATTER WHAT TYPE OF EVENT YOU’RE PLANNING, VENUE SELECTION IS ONE OF THE FIRST BOXES YOU HAVE TO CHECK OFF YOUR TO-DO LIST. THAT EMPTY BOX CAN FEEL LIKE A CONTINENT, WHICH MAKES MARKING IT “DONE” ESPECIALLY REWARDING. TO SHRINK IT DOWN TO ISLET SIZE, SIX NEW JERSEY-BASED EXPERTS—THREE EVENT PROFESSIONALS AND THREE VENUE INSIDERS—OFFER THEIR EXPERIENCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
FARMS HAVE LONG BEEN THE BACKBONE OF AMERICA, and there’s something both historic and patriotic about walking along land that has been owned and worked on for generation after generation. Farms are typically comprised of a barn, acres of land and the family’s private home. Many of New Jersey’s historic farms have opened up some of their space to hold meetings and events.
NEW JERSEY’S NICKNAME OF THE GARDEN STATE IS WELL EARNED, with its legendary tomatoes, sweet corn and abundance of farm stands. But if there was ever a need to change its state moniker, Jersey could go with the Diner State. New Jersey has more diners than any other state, and while the word “diner” brings to mind a place for breakfast, quick dinners or a late-night meal, that’s now changing.
For 21 years, Proprietor Tony Del Gatto has been sharing his love of vera cucina Italiana—true Italian cuisine, the way it’s found in Italy today—at Grissini, his swanky, stylish restaurant in Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County. Old school in all the best ways, Grissini presents fresh, delicious food in a classy space. Enjoy a well-made cocktail at the restaurant’s convivial, buzzing bar or a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive list of fine Old World Wines while savoring a true taste of Italy.