Sodexo Conferencing Blog

New Dining Experience at Waltham Woods

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Enjoying the Sodexo dining experience at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods just got upgraded. The Dining Room in the Boston, Massachusetts area now features new floor, upgraded lighting, and a new layout to allow guests to move quickly through the action stations. The action stations feature a hot and cold food kiosk as well and new food display tables. Here are a few pictures from the new area. 

New Menu at San Ramon Valley

Mandy Volpe - Sunday, August 31, 2014

The San Ramon Valley Conference Center is proud to introduce a new dining experience to enhance the time spent onsite by our guests. We have added an interactive customized omelet bar for breakfast.  Lunch has an expanded grill menu, more customized made to order dishes and a new Global Cuisine offering.  Dinner has fresh displays, a la minute cooking and table delivery service.  All these changes have really helped to make the space feel like 3 different dining venues. We will be continuing to evolve our food service to create an ever changing dining experience! 

5 Event Planning Tips for Conference Centers

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, August 28, 2014

When planning a corporate retreat, you will find the following check-list helpful for exceeding your attendees expectations.

  1. Wifi- Your attendees want to be connected during your sessions. Make sure the center has free wifi or that you know ahead of time what the fees are to get internet access for your attendees. This will keep them engaged and even Tweeting about your meeting!
  2. Food- Consider the menu options for your meeting. Make sure you choose a location that has a variety of meal options to meet everyone’s dietary needs. Typically our conference centers have buffet options that include a beef, chicken, and vegetarian option. You will even find a salad bar as well as a great dessert option to keep everyone fed for the afternoon meetings.
  3. Parking- Find out the best place for your attendees to park ahead of the meeting. Make sure you provide great directions so that attendees know how to get to the venue and how much parking will be. It would also be a good idea to give directions and shuttle information from the airport to your attendees traveling from out of town.
  4.  Networking areas- Find ways to encourage networking. Are there lounge spaces outside of the meeting room for attendees to gather on breaks? Are there comfy chairs in the lobby where guests can relax in between sessions?
  5. The Content- Who is presenting at the workshop? Will they be engaging and will they have fun icebreakers for guests? Make sure slides are received ahead of time so that attendees can have a pdf copy of the information being shared. They can use this for note taking and to make sure they are following through with the key ideas after the meeting. 

We Need Your Votes

Mandy Volpe - Saturday, August 23, 2014

Unique Venues has their “best of” survey going on right now and we need your help in getting on the list! Fill out their survey to help us be recognized for best business center, best on-site fitness, and best place to hold a meeting.  Here is the link for voting which closes Sept 5th, 2014.

Event Spotlight: Wedding Season

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, July 24, 2014

We've said it before, and we will say it again, our venues were made for weddings! Some of our venues are in the midst of wedding season and this past weekend was no different. Congratulations to Ashley and Cody on their beautiful wedding ceremony at Pickwick Gardens. The wedding was memorable and everything looked lovely. The Pickwick Family loved helping create an unforgettable evening for you and your guests. Best wishes for many years of happiness!

Event Spotlight: Sustainability in Statistics

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recently High Country Conference Center hosted the ICOTS9 Conference which had the theme of Sustainability in Statistics Education. The theme was a nod to the Arizona mountain region in which the Conference Center is located. Over 500 people attended the 5 day conference which included excursions to the Grand Canyon and Sedona via a Jeep ride. All of the programming focused on innovate teaching while incorporating sustainability. The sessions were engaging and some were so well attended that it was standing room only. Thanks to Amelia McNamara for this photo of her time at the ICOTS9 conference. 

Sodexo Pinspiration

Mandy Volpe - Monday, July 14, 2014

We have been pinnin’ up a storm of good ideas for you over on our Sodexo Pinterest page. There is a combination of great food ideas to make your event special along with décor ideas that meeting planners can incorporate at our venues. Keep in mind that many of our properties are in great locations that you can draw inspiration from in terms of decor and themes. You could incorporate a green or outdoor theme for locations like Pickwick Gardens or San Ramon Valley Conference Center. Tap into a varsity theme centered on football when choosing a location like The Millennium Centre. Whatever you decide for your theme, make sure it is "Pin Worthy" and will leave your guests talking about the atmosphere for months to come. 

Holiday Weekend Weddings at Pickwick

Mandy Volpe - Monday, July 07, 2014

Summer time is a busy time for weddings. Pickwick Gardens was lucky enough to spend the 4th of July weekend as the site of Jane and Michael Sewell's holiday nuptials. The wedding was perfect and the cake was beautiful! Check out the post on Facebook to see all of the glorious details of the cake from Half Baked Bakery in Burbank, California. Congrats to Jane and Michael Sewell! 

Get Your Groove On

Mandy Volpe - Monday, June 30, 2014

It is important to give attendees a break from the routine of sitting in a meeting room for 8 hours straight listening and brainstorming new ideas. The best way to do this is to have built in recreation time during the meeting. Here are a few ideas to get you moving in terms of planning meetings that branch outside of the seated agenda.

1) Have a team building exercise planned that gets attendees up out of their seats and moving around. 

2) Host meetings at Conference Centers with on-site fitness centers. This allows attendees to take a break during lunch to get their fitness on. It also allows attendees to have a post-session shred time due to the close proximity of the accommodations to the gym.

3) Meetings that take place on beautiful garden grounds help make outdoor team building activities possible. Visualize a meeting where attendees are outside on the lawn brainstorming the next big business break through. 

4) Encourage attendees to take a walk around the Conference Center grounds. A lap indoors through the conference halls or a lap around the perimeter of the building could provide just the right amount of energy to leave your attendees with a little pep in their step.

Incorporate some of these elements into your meetings and focus on finding an event venue that allows your attendees to keep moving and grooving during the conference.

Event Recap at High Country Conference Center

Mandy Volpe - Monday, June 30, 2014
Last week at High Country Conference Center they hosted the Transportation Administrators of Arizona. Over 200 people for 4 days! Check out this photo of the board members captured from the TAA while at the facility.