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    Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

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    Hershey Lodge

    Hershey Lodge

GENERAL NORTHEAST AREA

Best Convention/Expo Center
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Situated on the west side of Manhattan, the Javits Center is the busiest convention center in the nation and is currently undergoing a $1.5 billion expansion set to debut in 2021. The expansion will increase the total area of the facility to 3.3 million square feet and add an extra 22,000 square feet to what is already the largest green roof in New York City

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“As part of our 1.2-million-square-foot expansion, the Javits Center will begin offering locally grown food to exhibitors and visitors that will be sourced from a working farm being built on our roof.”

Runners-up: Atlantic City Convention Center; Meadowlands Exposition Center

Best CVB/DMO (1 million+ in Population)
NYC & Company

This year, NYC & Company endeavored to work with increasingly diverse planners and decision-makers and inventive new conventions. In June, NYC & Company welcomed its first LGBTQ+ MICE familiarization trip aligned to WorldPride in partnership with LGBT MPA. Additionally, the team secured a brand-new convention for the destination: Fortnite World Cup Finals, a major, global e-sports competition that convened in Arthur Ashe Stadium in July.

Runners-up: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; Central Jersey Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best CVB/DMO (100,000-999,999 in Population)
Visit Bucks County

“Bucks County is a great destination for businesses looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city for a variety of off-site meetings and events, including board meetings, retreats, holiday parties, strategic planning or teambuilding sessions in an inspiring, nature-filled setting. We have some very unique venues, including historic mansions along the Delaware, riverboat cruises, bed & breakfasts, museums and more.” —Jenna Worrell, business development and events manager BY THE NUMBERS 4,300 guest rooms 30 miles from Princeton 25 miles from Philadelphia 4 full-service hotels

Runners-up: Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau; Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board


Meet AC

Best CVB/DMO (Less than 100,000 in Population)
Meet AC

Surf the Atlantic Ocean, ride the third tallest Observation Wheel in the United States and stroll the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk without leaving the comfort of your home. In partnership with YouVisit, Meet AC recently launched a virtual reality experience called “Meet Atlantic City Experience.”

“Immersive experiences perform in ways that our photos and our floor plans have never been able to. They show the beauty of our destination and the flexibility of our facilities in 360 degrees. They make it easier to see how the flow of an event will work from an attendee perspective. They enable the viewer to learn more about the specifics of an event space in less time,” says Sandi Harvey, vice president of sales for Meet AC. “But this is about more than just one event. I see this as a fundamental change in the way our industry will be doing business in the years to come.”

Runners-up: Cape May County Department of Tourism; Discover Lancaster (tie); Visit Hershey & Harrisburg (tie)

CONNECTICUT (STAMFORD/GREENWICH)

Best Caterer
Best in Gourmet

Founded in 1999, Best in Gourmet has been serving clients delicious meals for 20 years. From private celebrations and grand openings to corporate functions and holiday parties, Best in Gourmet offers a range of services from a full buffet setup to a simple meal drop-off. Linens, serving utensils, chafing dishes and décor are all included, with an additional cost for paper products.

Runners-up: Sweet Relief Catering; Clambake Connection LLC

Best Event Design/Planning Company
Signature Event Design, LLC

 At the heart of Signature Event Design, LLC is the belief that no two events should look alike. With more than a decade in the event planning industry, Signature Event Design experts help clients construct floor plans, operate on a timeline, make budget decisions, collaborate with vendors and more. Signature Event Design is capable of servicing nonprofit and corporate events of any size.

Runners-up: Stacie Shea Events, LLC; Wings Unlimited, Inc.

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Accommodations)
The Loft at Chelsea Piers Connecticut

“Our facility is unique in the sense that we can accommodate almost any need for an event. We offer meeting spaces, social event spaces while also being able to do team-building or activity outing-type events. We offer so much variety under one roof,” says Alex Judge, events operations manager. Some of The Loft at Chelsea Piers Connecticut’s most memorable events this year were a large health expo, home show and wedding expo. It also hosted about 2,000 corporate guests of the winter seasons for holiday parties and events.

Runners-up: Bank Street Events; The Landing by David’s Soundview Catering

Best Resort with Meeting/Event Space (Statewide)
Mohegan Sun

BY THE NUMBERS
275,000 square feet of meeting space between the Earth Expo & Convention Center and Sky Convention Center
10,000-seat arena
1,600 hotel rooms
85 acres along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut
80-plus shops, restaurants and bars
3 casinos
2 world-class spas
1 golf course

Runners-up: Foxwoods Resort Casino; Water’s Edge Resort and Spa


Hyatt Regency Greenwich

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space
Hyatt Regency Greenwich

The Hyatt Regency Greenwich hotel has 373 oversized guest rooms located in the picturesque coastal town of Old Greenwich. It caters to both corporate and social clients offering space to accommodate small events up to 700 people. The hotel boasts more than 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with the Regency Ballroom at 9,600 square feet. “The hotel features a stunning sky-lit garden atrium— the perfect setting for both corporate and social functions,” says Emily Frank, associate director of sales and events.

Runners-up: Hotel Zero Degrees Stamford; DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor

NEW JERSEY​

Best Caterer
Simply Delicious Catering

Founded by brothers John and Richard Donato in 1986, family-owned Simply Delicious Catering has been pleasing palates for groups large and small for over 30 years. Whether catering an intimate dinner party or large corporate event, attention to detail and reliable service are a main priority. Simply Delicious specializes in sandwich platters, salads, and hot and cold buffet dishes and offers specialty menus for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Simply Delicious works with groups of five to 2,000 and offers disposable chafing dishes, and quality plastic ware, set-up services, staffing and more for special events.

Runners-up: Chez Alice Catering Company; Encore Catering

Best Event Design/Planning Company
The Charles Group, Inc.

The Charles Group, Inc. operates on four Pillars of Distinction to design, plan and manage unforgettable corporate meetings and special events across the globe:

» Leadership and Expertise
» Continuous Quality
» Seamless Integration
» Innovative Solutions

“We have a passionate and seasoned team of professionals working to bring our clients visions to life. Some of our clients have been with us for almost 30 years and we feel that speaks volumes about the level of service and care we give to every single event for every one of our clients. We are known for a first-class service and for creating memorable special events and meetings.” —Carol Davis-Grossman, managing partner

Runners-up: Flowerful Events; Eclipse Events

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

There are new developments to note at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa: Moneyline Bar & Book and Level One Cocktail Bar & Lounge. The $12 million development was designed by Nelson Worldwide.

“Since Borgata arrived in the market more than 15 years ago, we have maintained a steadfast dedication to property growth and development, and we believe our new concepts confirm our position,” says Marcus Glover, president and COO. “When conceiving Moneyline and Level One, we knew we wanted to provide our guests with an experience that was more than a transactional venue for sports wagering. We felt Borgata’s guests deserved something that would advance the market by bringing together sports, culinary, entertainment, gaming and nightlife into a destination experience they can enjoy seven nights a week.”

The 8,000-square-foot Moneyline will serve as Borgata’s newest destination bar complete with a dining program by executive chef Tom Biglan. Connected to Moneyline through an escalated corridor, the Level One Cocktail Bar & Lounge is an intimate venue for high-end gaming and curated entertainment. Featuring glass link chandeliers over four blackjack tables, the 3,600-square-foot venue will offer customizable seating with lounge chairs, sofas and ottomans for private groups. It will showcase a cocktail menu by master mixologist Craig Schoettler.

Runners-up: The Asbury Hotel; Caesars Atlantic City Hotel & Casino


The Crystal Springs Resort

Best Resort with Meeting/Event Space
The Crystal Springs Resort

“As New York City’s closest resort with full-service meeting offerings and a unique combination of amenities in a stunning mountain setting just one hour from the George Washington Bridge, Crystal Springs is a venue unmatched by any other in the tri-state area,” says Chris Mulvihill, the resort’s chief marketing officer.

The resort, which hosts over 500 corporate and association meetings annually, boasts over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and group catering space, a dedicated team of in-house conference planners and sweeping valley views. Surrounded by rolling farmland, groups can enjoy a full suite of team-building activities and popular experiences like goat yoga, guided nature hikes, canoe races, tours and tastings in one of the world’s best wine cellars, aerial yoga and interactive wellness seminars—all on-property.

Home to the state’s most highly-awarded eatery, Restaurant Latour, the resort’s impressive culinary team also offers a comprehensive variety of event menus and can customize its offerings for theme parties, picnics and more.

BY THE NUMBERS
10 seasonal restaurants
6 golf courses (including New Jersey’s No. 1-rated course)
3 clubhouses
2 day spas
2 hotels
1 mountaintop lake and recreation center

Runners-up: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City; Ocean Place Resort & Spa

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Accommodations)
Liberty House Restaurant and Events

Completed in 2002 by Landmark Hospitality owners Frank and Jeanne Cretella, Liberty House Restaurant and Events was designed as the ultimate room with a view. While the waterfront venue features a 3,900-square-foot Grand Ballroom, two smaller indoor event spaces, a tented pavilion and expansive grounds and gardens for outdoor events, the venue’s unobstructed views of the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are second to none.

Liberty House’s lawns are also a popular spot for over-the-top weddings (some even featuring fireworks and aerialists), corporate events for up to 1,500 guests and team-building activities including volleyball, rock climbing, life-size chess and tug of war. “We’ll work with clients to create carnival themes, bring in slides or cabanas, anything from an informal night out to a fully themed celebration,” says Vin Sehgal, Landmark’s digital marketing manager.

Runners-up: Grounds For Sculpture; MetLife Stadium

NEW YORK (5 BOROUGHS, WESTCHESTER/ ROCKLAND COUNTIES)​

Best Caterer
Fancy Girl Table

“Fancy Girl Table is a bespoke caterer using exclusively organic, locally sourced and sustainably farmed products. This approach means a faster path from the farm to your table, better flavor, and higher nutritional value. We take great pride in our presentation and enjoy working with clients to create memorable meals,” says Director of Operations Mark Westin.

The full-service company, which accommodates vegan, gluten-free and other dietary needs, serves one-of-a-kind offerings for meetings, cocktail parties, dinners and conferences.

“Fancy Girl works with each client to create a customized menu. Product launches and themed presentations are a specialty for us. Recently, while working on a product launch for a beauty company, our team was tasked with designing food that matched the shape and specific color of the new product, which was round and purple. As an organic caterer, food coloring was out of the question, but owner Jeanette Maier and her head chef Margaret Dugan were able to experiment to create the correct shade naturally and design a menu around it.”

Runners-up: Sweet Basil Catering; Deborah Miller Catering & Events


McVeigh Global Meetings and Events (MGME)

Best Event Design/ Planning Company
McVeigh Global Meetings and Events (MGME)​

Last June, Fourth Wall Events and WorldTek Events merged with and acquired McVeigh Associates to form McVeigh Global Meetings and Events, LLC. After combining “three exceptional companies into a single powerhouse,” MGME has structured itself with six core business solutions to provide tailor-made services, including:

» Global Meetings, Incentives & Conventions Management
» Hotel Sourcing Solutions » Group Travel Management
» Creative Meeting Design and Production
» Management Solutions for Associations, User Conferences & Conventions
» Strategic Meeting Management Consulting Services

“Looking ahead, MGME will continue to excel in the industry and overachieve on our clients’ business objectives through the delivery of creative solutions that nurtures genuine human connections, encourages collaboration, inspires ingenuity, motivates productivity and delivers with a purpose.” —Douglas Hunt, senior vice president, Marketing

Runners-up: Northern Lights Events; Kraft Event Management

Best Resort with Meeting/Event Space (Statewide)
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa was designed to incorporate as many stunning waterfront views as possible, guaranteeing groups a picturesque seaside experience. “Gurney’s is the ideal environment for productive, distractionfree conferences, along the relaxing waterfront in one of Long Island’s last unspoiled outposts. For meetings and corporate events, the beautiful waterfront location in Montauk helps boost productivity amongst colleagues in an environment that creates a sense of calm and thoughtfulness,” says Michael Nenner, area general manager for all Gurney’s Resorts.

The resort offers nearly 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including The Great Hall, multiple smaller meeting rooms ideal for board meetings and breakout sessions, three breezy multilevel oceanside decks and five eateries.

Runners-up: The Sagamore Resort; Mohonk Mountain House

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space
New York Hilton Midtown

“As one of New York City’s largest hotels and home to the city’s largest columnfree ballroom, New York Hilton Midtown is renowned for executing seamless corporate meetings, highprofile events, celebrity gatherings and more,” says Commercial Director Kellie Cahill.

With amenities like an on-site event service concierge and stateof-the-art projection equipment, the property offers groups the perks of a large hotel with personalized service to “wow every customer so that every moment stands out. We may be big, but we play small.”

BY THE NUMBERS
150,000+ square feet of meeting and exhibit space
3,000 guests can be accommodated
900+ events hosted each year
51 meeting rooms
3 ballrooms

Runners-up: New York Marriott Marquis; Conrad New York Downtown

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Accommodations)
Tavern on the Green

Already an iconic New York City staple, the historic Tavern on the Green places visitors in the heart of one of the world’s most well-known landmarks.

Originally designed by American architect Calvert Vaux to house the sheep that once grazed in Central Park, the building was later transformed into a restaurant by Robert Moses in 1934 and has served presidents, royalty, artists and actors, and locals and visitors alike ever since.

Co-owners Jim Caiola and David Salama renovated and reopened the modern tavern in 2014 with a warm and inviting new look (inspired by the original sheepfold), and a hearty, rustic menu made of seasonal American fare.

Groups can work with the Tavern’s experienced event team to plan everything from board dinners and holiday parties to weddings and movie premieres in a variety of sophisticated indoor event spaces featuring vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and luxurious décor or plan an al fresco celebration with twinkling bistro lights and lush park views.

Runners-up: The Glasshouse; Brooklyn Winery (tie); Brooklyn Botanic Garden (tie); Gotham Hall (tie)


Brûlée Catering​

PENNSYLVANIA​

Best Caterer
Brûlée Catering

Brûlée Catering is a full-service catering company that offers catering for a variety of event sizes. They can cater large scale events for thousands of guests, small board meetings with an intimate group of as little as ten attendees and elaborate black tie galas. On a daily basis, they also manage and operate several grab-and-go cafe concepts in the Philadelphia region.

This year, Brûlée Catering opened The Met Philadelphia and partnered with them as their exclusive caterer. The property underwent a $56 million renovation to restore the historical site’s original architecture. Large groups can be accommodated for private events throughout four floors of event space.

Runners-up: J Scott Catering; Catering By Design (tie); Garces Catering (tie)

Best Event Design/Planning Company
The Event Group

The Event Group, a global event planning company, specializes in corporate, private and nonprofit meetings and events. “We were hired by VisitPittsburgh to plan the opening and closing events for the PCMA Convening Leaders Conference,” cites Sheila Weiner, president, as a memorable moment from this past year.

Runners-up: The JDK Group Catering & Events; Event FX Productions, Inc. (tie); Corporate Dimensions Ltd. (tie)


Philadelphia Museum of Art

Best Meeting/Event Venue
Philadelphia Museum of Art

“In the fall of 2018, we opened our new restaurant Stir, an intimate dining experience and the only Frank Gehry-designed fine dining restaurant on the east coast that is open to the public. This space is available to rent for dinner and a tour after 5 p.m. As we enter the final phase of our Core Project, we will have many new and exciting event spaces, services and exhibitions to offer in 2020,” says Camille Focarino, director of special events.

From the iconic Rocky Steps to the stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is an exceptional setting to host a meeting or event. “Our teams create memorable experiences through our historic architectural setting, including access to unparalleled works of art from across the globe, inspiring guests at every turn.”

Runners-up: The Fillmore Philadelphia; The Franklin Institute

Best Hotel with Meeting/ Event Space
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

QUICK FACTS:
» Loews Philadelphia Hotel is located in the heart of Center City and close to historic attractions like the Liberty Bell and Betsy Ross House
» The Pennsylvania Convention Center is directly across from hotel
» Bank & Bourbon, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, serves traditional American food with a modern twist
» There are 581 guest rooms including 12 suites and 54 Club Rooms
» 47,000 square feet of function space with three ballrooms
» Flavor by Loews Philadelphia Hotel partners include coffee from La Colombe and bread and pastries from Metropolitan Bakery
» Complimentary Wi-Fi in every guest room and in public spaces

Runners-up: Historic Hotel Bethlehem; Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center (tie); Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square Hotel (tie)

Best Resort with Meeting/Event Space
Hershey Lodge

Meeting space at Hershey Lodge was recently renovated as well as the interior to create more flexibility. The Cocoa Boardroom features outdoor access and the Cocoa Ballroom now boasts natural light. Guest rooms are being renovated over two phases.

One of the largest convention resorts in Pennsylvania, Hershey Lodge is centrally located three hours from New York City, two hours from Philadelphia and Washington, 90 minutes from Baltimore and three and a half hours from Pittsburgh. Additionally, Harrisburg International Airport and Amtrak stations are 20 minutes from the resort. The 665 guest rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space welcome groups of 10-4,000, which can be accommodated throughout 35 function rooms.

Runners-up: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions; Sands Bethlehem

GENERAL NORTHEAST AREA

Best Convention/Expo Center

AND THE WINNER IS: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Runners-up:
» Atlantic City Convention Center
» Meadowlands Exposition Center

Best CVB/DMO (1 million+ in Population)

 

Congratulations to the finalists for Northeast Meetings + Events Best of 2019 readers' choice awards. We won't be hosting an awards celebration this year, but check back in a few months when the winners will be announced online. 

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General Northeast Area

Best Convention/Expo Center

Atlantic City Convention Center
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Meadowlands Exposition Center

 

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