Sodexo Conferencing Blog

Meet the Planner: San Ramon Valley Conference Center

Mandy Volpe - Monday, March 31, 2014

Let’s kick this week off with a ride on the welcome wagon. Today we welcome Shannon Martin to the Sodexo Conferencing team. She is the newest member of San Ramon Valley Conference Center where she is a Senior Sales Associate. To get to know Shannon a little bit better, we asked her about her background in conference planning and her career highlights so far.

How did you get started in the conference coordinating industry?

I started working at a winery in Sonoma my senior year of college.  After I graduated I stayed at the winery and moved my way up to become the Tour and Group Coordinator.

How long have you been coordinating Conferences?

I’ve been involved in the events industry for 10 years.

What is your favorite part about working at San Ramon Valley?

My favorite part about working at the conference center is the team atmosphere amongst the employees and working with our awesome clients.

Congratulations Shannon on joining the team. Send an email to Shannon to welcome her to the family or to contact her regarding your next event at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center.


Easter Brunch in California

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, March 20, 2014

Are you looking for Easter plans in Burbank California? If so, Pickwick Gardens has hatched up a unique special event experience for your family on April 20th. From 10am-3pm they will offer a champagne brunch and egg hunt. Reservations for brunch can be made by calling 818*845*5300 ext. 171. 

Bridal Shows, Teen Expo, and Events, Oh My!

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Pickwick Gardens sales team has been traveling all over California meeting new brides. The ladies were at the Valencia Hyatt Bridal show showcasing the beautiful option of having a wedding at Pickwick Gardens.

While the gardens are the perfect location for weddings and bridal showers, they are also a big hit for quinceanera’s. Here is a quick snapshot of the booth at the LA Convention Center for the Teen Expo that our team visited at the beginning of the month.

Were you able to stop by one of the shows?

Rocking Events at The Millennium Centre

Mandy Volpe - Friday, March 14, 2014

We’re talking green meetings today, and not the kind that are green initiatives or sustainable. While our Sodexo Conferencing venues have these certifications, we are talking green events in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Check out the recent special event at The Millennium Centre where everything was green, even down to the enhanced trees and the photo booth props. The event was a fundraiser for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Venue Spotlight: Enchanting Pickwick Gardens

Mandy Volpe - Friday, February 28, 2014

It’s no secret that we have some great venues within the Sodexo Conferencing portfolio. One of the most picturesque properties is Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, California. Not only is the property pretty with the plethora of gardens and outdoor meeting space, but they also host a variety of meetings.

Whether you are having a company holiday party, Bar Mitzvah, engagement party, or rehearsal dinner, Pickwick Gardens has a package for your event. Prom’s and homecoming events would also be ideal for this California event venue.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Pickwick Gardens offers the perfect mix of event spaces with a view and team building activities. All work and no play is highly frowned upon at Pickwick Gardens, so there are on-site options for team building. The property features a bowling alley and ice-skating rink. Pickwick Ice is a full NHL-size ice arena where event attendees can skate together and break outside of the typical team-building scenario.

If ice-skating as a team builder seems a little foreign, try bowling. Pickwick Bowl has 24 lanes and a pro shop refreshment bar to keep your attendees engaged and fed during their bowling competition.

For your next event take a look at Pickwick Gardens and truly transform the meeting experience for your attendees. 


Venue Spotlight: Black Canyon Conference Center

Mandy Volpe - Thursday, February 20, 2014

Today we wanted to turn the spotlight on one of our favorite venues in the Sodexo Conferencing portfolio- Black Canyon Conference Center.

When you are a looking for a location for your meetings, it is important to find a place that is easy to get to and has state of the art facilities coupled with on-site coordinators. That is exactly what Black Canyon Conference Center offers to meeting and event planners.

How does Seared Salmon Filet with Avocado Salsa sound for your next day meeting?  With an Executive Chef on site creating master menu selections like that, meeting attendees won't go hungry during their busy day.

Between the location, menu selection, and room layout flexibility, Black Canyon Conference Center is the perfect location for special events and day meetings!

Wedding Bells at High Country Conference Center

Mandy Volpe - Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day. We have love and wedding planning on the brain over here. Wedding planning is an exciting time for newly engaged couples! Whether you are just saying “Yes!”, or maybe in the thick of planning, we have some options for you.

High Country Conference Center is a great wedding venue in Flagstaff Arizona. Picturesque views create the perfect indoor/outdoor wedding venue options. The Conference Center has three packages to choose from for the big day:

 Heart Prairie Package

Golden Aspen Package

Platinum Peaks Package

All of these packages included many of the tiny details already on your checklist! Colored table linens, glassware, flatware, and china are included at The High County Conference Center. Decorations included in the packages feature mirror tiles and votive candles, dinner tables and banquet chairs, additional tables for cake/sign-in, and a dance floor! Can you say, let’s get this party started?!?

To help with the celebration, the packages feature a raspberry champagne toast, plated dinner with a dessert station, and cake cutting service.

Of course leading up to the festivities we have a bridal party staging room, professional event planning assistance, and a complimentary one-night stay at Drury Inn & Suites for the Bride & Groom. This is the complete package to make your wedding day an occasion to remember. Contact High Country Conference Center today to get started on your wedding planning.

Festive New Year Event

Mandy Volpe - Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The Millennium Centre kicked off the new year with a very festive event put on by the Mountain States Foundation.

The 2014 Spirit Gala benefited the Mountain States Radiation Oncology Services.

With over 400 people in attendance, the event was a huge success. The event committee did a great job of adding decor to the table and ceiling that brought a lot of color into the ballroom. We would like to thank the Mountain States Foundation for hosting this event at the Millennium Centre.

Hot Deals at Sodexo Conferencing Venues

Mandy Volpe - Monday, January 27, 2014
High Country Conference Center is offering some very special deals for the first quarter of 2014. Below is more information about the Day Meeting Package special that is going on now! This special deal applies to meetings held at the Arizona destination during February and March. Call Chris at 928-523-7778 for more information!

Facelift: Website Style

Mandy Volpe - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Michael Jackson once said, ‘If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.’

And that is exactly what we did…on our websites. A new year in Sodexo Conferencing came with a few new websites. Check out Black Canyon Conference Center, Desert Willow Conference Center, and The Millennium Centre.

The new homepage, larger graphics, and easy contact forms make event planning a breeze. Let us know what you like about the new sites.