Sodexo Conferencing Blog

Event Spotlight: California Garden Wedding

Mandy Volpe - Monday, October 24, 2016

Today's event spotlight is located at the Pickwick Gardens Venue. They recently held a garden wedding that turned out beautifully. Check out the sequin linens, four tier cake, luxury place settings and cafe lights. All of these elements, plus the beautiful bride and groom, created the perfect setting for an October wedding in California.

Event Spotlight: Patel Wedding

Mandy Volpe - Friday, September 30, 2016

Chase on the Riverfront is a great venue in Delaware for weddings. The team at the center recently held a wedding for the Patel Family.

Congratulations to the Patel family on the marriage of their daughter, Ayushi to Ketan.  Thank you for hosting your wedding at the Chase Center. What a beautiful celebration it was!


BBQ at Sodexo Property

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, September 28, 2016


The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing a theme for your event. For the fall, the perfect theme is a mix of rustic, white pumpkins, and BBQ. Check out this interesting set up at Pickwick Gardens for a BBQ affair. The tables were set up with cowboy hats, twinkle lights, and bandanas. Pickwick Gardens accented the event with a BBQ. The menu consisted of delicious brisket, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, sausage, and corn on the cob.  Guests enjoyed the atmosphere and food which made for a perfect event.

Fundraising Event at Sodexo Conferencing Property

Mandy Volpe - Monday, September 19, 2016

This past weekend the Farmer and the Chef event was held at Chase Center on the Riverfront. The event was a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, an organization that focuses on research for maternal and family health issues. Chef Felix Maietta from the Chase Center participated on behalf of Sodexo as one of the chefs for the event. Congratulations to both the Chase Center and the fundraising committee from March of Dimes on a successful event.


Meet National Convention Exhibition

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Meet National Convention was held last week in Washington D.C.  It was attended by exhibitors from all over the country as well as hundreds of meeting planners.  The General and Education sessions were coordinated by the show producers, Questex and MPI.  It was a great collaboration by the Potomac and Philadelphia Chapters. Representatives from Sodexo Conferencing property Chase Center on the Riverfront were in attendance.

Featured in the picture are:  (L-R) Theresa Fera, Chase Center on the Riverfront, Jim Cohn, Publisher of Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine, Casey Rock, Mid-Atlantic Magazine.

Weddings in Tennessee

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Millennium Centre in Johnson City, Tennessee offers a unique opportunity for guests to host their wedding onsite. The location is perfect for as many as 500 guests to enjoy the celebration of marriage. The food service is designed to delight the guests in both theme and taste. There are options for indoor or outdoor venues at The Millennium Centre. For more information about hosting your celebration at this venue, contact the sales team here.

Social Media for Events

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Social media for events is not a new trend, but it is a trend that should be incorporated into your meetings. Social media helps event attendees engage before, during and after the event. Here are a few tips for using social media effectively for your event.

1) Create buzz

Begin by creating a hashtag for your event. Include the hashtag on all promotional materials including your event website. You will want to let everyone know that the hashtag exists so that attendees can start creating a conversation online. You should use the hashtag to create buzz by leaking speaker bios, insider information, and early bird ticket discounts.

2) Live Feed

There are quite a few options for live feed in the social media space. From Facebook Live to Instagram Stories, you can choose a platform to showcase live video snippets from your event. This allows an online conversation to take place as well as show people what they are missing if they aren't in the room.

3) Stay Active During the Conference

Posting frequently during the conference will encourage attendees to post their photos as well. Tag the Sodexo property or event location where your meeting is taking place. Also posting up-to-date schedule changes or pictures from sessions will leave a legacy of content for the future.

4) Don't Let The Flame Die
Continue posting after the event. Whether it is links to videos on YouTube from the conference or pictures from the meeting, post them after the event. This will keep the buzz going that you worked so hard to create in step 1.

Best of luck with your meeting planning and incorporating more social media into your communication plan.

Client Reviews Unique Meeting

Mandy Volpe - Saturday, August 27, 2016

At Sodexo Conferencing we understand that you want to hear real feedback from clients who have been at our properties before. We know that it is important to choose a property that can handle your unique requests to ensure a successful event. Check out the feedback from a client that held their event at the Black Canyon Conference Center.

" Thank you for being so accommodating yesterday! You were on spot with all our requests, even when they were a bit "unique" for the day. You made a big difference in how our event unfolded for the day. "

- Jennifer D. (Arizona STEM Network)

Allow us to accommodate your next meeting and help you carry out the special portions of your event so that you, as the event planner, walk away with attendees raving about a successful event.

Meeting Debrief Checklist

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, August 18, 2016
Planning a meeting comes with a long to-do list in order to ensure success for event attendees. Beyond the event, it is important to analyze the success of the meeting and gather feedback from attendees. Schedule time after the meeting to debrief your event. Things to consider when debriefing:
  • Objectives- Did you meet the goals of your meeting? Did you gather your team at one of our executive board rooms to accomplish corporate planning? Did you walk away with a boast in team morale and synergy? These are all great questions to ask during your debriefing process.
  • Location- Was the location convenient and easily accessible by 90% of attendees?
  • Timing- Was the meeting held on one day or spread out across multiple days? Maybe attendees would like a multi-day meeting schedule in order to spread out the processing time of knowledge that is learned during the meeting.
Are you ready to find a location for your next event that can help guide you in pre-planning your meeting? Our Sodexo teams are ready to help you in planning a successful meeting that will leave you with 5 star ratings in your debrief.  Search our property map to get started today.

San Ramon Valley Courtyard Redesign

Mandy Volpe - Friday, July 29, 2016

The San Ramon Valley Conference Center just completed two courtyard landscape redesigns. You can see a glimpse of the passive courtyard that features some alternative space for meetings and breakouts.