Sodexo Conferencing Blog

Reservations Now Open for Easter

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The Pickwick Gardens Easter Brunch is now accepting reservations! The menu will include an omelet bar, fresh seafood, and carving stations. The kids will enjoy train rides, Easter Bunny pictures, and face painting. To make a reservation for this Easter hot spot in Burbank, California, contact 818-845-5300.

Event Spotlight: Wizard of Paws

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Millennium Centre played host to the Humane Society of Washington County, Tennessee this past weekend. The theme for the Dogwood Cattails Ball was "Wizard of Paws" and featured movie references along with live animals. This was an excellent fundraiser to raise money for the four-legged animals of Washington County.

(Picture Credits Jeffery Cambell)

Event Recap: Millennium Centre

Mandy Volpe - Monday, March 20, 2017
Last week, The Millennium Centre hosted the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee for breakfast. The event was held to honor the Humanitarian of the Year, Scott Niswonger. The event also included keynote speaker, Dave Sanderson, survivor of the Miracle on the Hudson. It was a privilege for our Sodexo Conferencing property to host this event.

Drool Worthy Meeting Meals

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
You must take a look at the recent video from High Country Conference Center. They offer Sodexo quality food and beverage service for their meetings. Located in Northern Arizona, their conference center offers lunch buffets that include hot, cold, and sweet options for your tasting pleasure. Here is a link to the video for you to enjoy: HCCC Video.

Meeting Planner Tips for Site Visits

Mandy Volpe - Monday, February 27, 2017

We want your meeting to be a success. We partner with you to provide site inspections before your big meeting. Here are a few tips for optimizing your time while at the property.

Pay attention to the details

What will your attendees experience? The ease of parking, the access to Wi-Fi, the presentation of the food and beverage are all key elements to pay special attention to during your site visit.

Event Set-Up

What does it really take to get your meeting set up at the facility? Find out how much time you have before and after your meeting for set-up and break down. Are there additional charges? Will the facilities close after a certain hour? These are all great question to consider asking your site’s professional team during your visit.

Linger a Little Longer

While on your site visit, take time to sit in the lobby and watch the interactions of the staff. Take in the staff’s attitudes towards other customers, especially ones who are currently in house for a meeting. Evaluate their attention to detail, their speediness in responding to requests, and their overall satisfaction on the job.

Best of luck with your site evaluation.

Industry Events at Sodexo Properties

Mandy Volpe - Monday, February 20, 2017
Chase Center on the Riverfront just completed a week of hosting double header industry association events. Their week started off with the MPI Education Institute and then finished with the IACC Americas Chapter Copper Skillet Chef Cook-off Competition. Both events were a huge success due to the superior service of the staff and event teams involved. It is always a pleasure to welcome industry colleagues to this Sodexo Property with hospitality and attention to detail that sets the venue apart in the venue space.

3 Reasons to Love Sodexo Conferencing

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Three reasons to love Sodexo Conferencing properties:

Commitment to Superior Service
With over 20 years in the event industry, our team has the number one priority of making sure your guests are well taken care of during their meeting. We will proactively work with you to provide a one-stop-shop experience in order to provide unparalleled service.

IACC Standards
From technology to seating, our facilities are equipped to take your meeting to the next level. Businesses love Sodexo Conferencing properties for their ability to pair design and sustainability for the best meeting environments possible.

Dedicated Partners
Our team of skilled professionals want to partner with you to assess and deliver on your event needs. Each property will work with the meeting planners to ensure event elements are well thought out for a flawless guest experience.

3 Corporate Event Trends

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Staying on top of trends is crucial in the meeting world. You want to ensure that you are engaging attendees, especially the millennials that are becoming more present in the meeting arena these days. Here are a few ideas to incorporate to transform your event this year.


Create gathering spaces for attendees to network in between sessions. Instead of high top cocktail tables, opt for plush couches with low coffee tables. The relaxed setting will provide a comfortable retreat for attendees to strike up conversations with new colleagues. The lounges are also great spaces for attendees to spread out their belongs in between sessions to review meeting notes before launching into the next session.

Spicy Cuisine

Consider adding Siracha to your menu for the event. Siracha brings a heat of flavor and creates a punch for any catered meal. Pair the Siracha flavors with international cuisine or simply include as a dipping sauce for the main course. This addition will certainly please the meeting attendees who pride themselves on being "foodies".

Interactive Guest Experiences

Allow your exhibitors to create guest experiences beyond the typical tradeshow booth. Sponsors can opt to have magicians greeting attendees at the front door with business cards intermixed with playing cards. The idea is to create memorable moments through interactive experiences. This will result in higher satisfaction ratings for sponsors for their return on investment in your meeting.

Visioneering the Meeting Room

Mandy Volpe - Monday, January 30, 2017

On February 15, 2017, Chase Center on the Riverfront will feature a breakout during the Education Institute. One of our featured breakouts at the upcoming Education Institute, ”Visioneering the Meeting Room of the Future” is sure to be an interesting and unique session led by Mark Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of IACC.  Join Mark and learn how different meeting rooms support learning outcomes and help maximize meeting ROI. Attendees will also develop a better understanding of how technology can help build multi-way communication in the room and for virtual participants, and how to consider different venue types and non-traditional room layouts to help foster connections between and among delegates.

Today, planners must think about creating meeting environments that are comfortable and functional. Gone are the days of boring theater seating using uncomfortable banquet chairs. Attendees expect a higher standard to help foster creativity and learning. Upgraded meeting furnishings such as CORT’s Meeting Chairs, PRO executive chair or Roma seating collection are good examples of the type of stylish modern seating that can be mixed together to set a room for maximum engagement.” –Kevin Dana, Director of Marketing and Product Development for CORT Tradeshow and Event Furnishings

Ready to sign up for this exciting event? Register here.

IACC Coooking Competition

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Recently the IACC Copper Skillet Competition was held at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Canada. Here is a group photo prior to the IACC Canadian Chefs Competition including esteemed judges Chef Michael Smith, Javier Alarco and Peter Hum. Well done to all of the outstanding chefs who competed in the event. The Nav Centre's own Jessica Neville was one of the winners.