Top Restaurants in Nashville for Hosting Private Dinner Meetings

Nashville’s calling and its popularity is soaring! It seems like everywhere you turn the city of Nashville has been declared the top this or best that. Located on the Cumberland River, the city of Nashville has been cultivated from a history immersed in music and a culture created from its diversity. Home to numerous fine dining establishments it has quickly become a must-visit destination in the US and the reason why meeting planners are taking note and planning meetings and events there. When it comes to venue site selections for private dinner meetings, look no further. We have compiled a list in alphabetical order of the Top Restaurants in Nashville for Hosting Private Dinner Meetings: (Click or scroll down for more information) 1808 Grille Cabana Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Husk Restaurant Maggiano’s Little Italy Morton’s The Steakhouse The Palm Restaurant Prima Ruth’s Chris Steak House Sinema Restaurant & Bar The Southern Steak & Oyster Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill How do we know this? In 2004, we began providing onsite meeting management services in Nashville and have been fortunate to work in many of its eating establishments. Managing private dinner meetings in these restaurants has provided us with key insight into which ones work best for these types of meetings and why. For the last 13 years, we’ve been collecting valuable data provided to us from our meeting professionals who have worked in these restaurants. We analyze their reviews and rating scores with criteria deemed vital when planning a private dinner meeting. A sample of these considerations include: aesthetics of private dining room, making note of its...

Best Restaurants for Dinner Meetings in Las Vegas

Are you planning on hosting a private dinner meeting in Las Vegas in the coming months? Well, there’s good news because we’re able offer guidance when tackling the site selection process. We’ve collected valuable information meeting planners will find useful when looking to contract with a Las Vegas restaurant. Listed at a glance in alphabetical order, here are the top restaurants for hosting a private dinner meeting in Las Vegas: (Click or scroll down for more information) The Capital Grill Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Summerlin Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Town Square Maggiano’s Little Italy – Las Vegas McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant Morton’s Steakhouse Roy’s Restaurant Over the past 13 years, GCG Event Partners has been providing onsite meeting management services in Las Vegas, managing corporate dinner meetings on behalf of our clients. It’s the local meeting professionals we contract with to manage these dinner meetings, who have given us detailed feedback based on specific criteria we’ve requested. These reviews then grant us key insight into the service a venue provides for these types of dinner meetings. Primary examples of what is included in a venue evaluation include: aesthetics of private dining room including its location within the restaurant how the dining room accommodations fit the meeting’s requirements availability for registration set-up and whether space is provided inside or outside of meeting room attentiveness from restaurant management quality of the food and beverage performance of wait staff convenience of travel to venue location and parking options Businesses across all industries rely heavily on the ability to host...

Top Restaurants to Host Medical Dinner Meetings in NYC

Because the venue is your attendees’ first impression of what to expect from your medical dinner meeting, selecting one can prove to be a difficult task. GCG Event Partners has alleviated that challenge by providing you with a resourceful list of the Best Restaurants in New York City to Host your next Medical Dinner Meeting. Since we believe all of these restaurants will suit your needs well, we have listed them here in alphabetical order: (Click or scroll down for more information) Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse Brassiere 8.5 Carmine’s Charlie Palmer Steak NY King’s Carriage House Morton’s The Steakhouse Osteria Cotta Palm Restaurant – Tribeca Parlor Steak & Fish Ruth’s Chris Steak House State Grill & Bar Criteria  We compiled a list of key factors that meeting planners consider most important when contracting with a restaurant for a dinner meeting. We then compared those factors against the thousands of restaurant reviews we have collected. Some of the notable attributes that helped each restaurant find its spot on our list include: Suitable, closed-off private dining room space with flexible room set-up options Registration accommodations set outside of the private dining room or well-situated inside the room Superior quality of food and beverage Exceptional service with an attentive staff Restaurant management’s adherence to Pharma regulations Convenient location with access to parking and transportation services Appropriate room acoustics for AV and/or Speaker presentation How Were These Venues Chosen? Since 2003, GCG Event Partners has been providing onsite meeting management services in New York City. During this time, we have had the privilege of working in a large number of its local restaurants,...

Vendor Relationships and Responsiveness

Spring is upon us! Well, almost. With 2016 well underway, people have returned from the long mental checkout of the holidays and are fully back in the swing of things. That means events, events, and more events. The routine of once-again refreshing the vendor list and inserting photographer tab A into event slot B is back up and running. What makes a trusted planner is the track record of great events they’ve put on, but dig deeper, and it’s the vendors who are the parts who create the sum. People remember specifics from events…the decor, the food, the music, the knick-knacks, the gaudy outfits, the great speeches. All of these components have someone behind the curtain, and chances are, you’ve used them in a repeat capacity since they’ve been reliable, well-received and on-point. While most people focus on the vendor’s duty to keep the planner happy so they stay on the vendor list, the responsibility of the planner to keep the vendor happy is very much underestimated. Dig deeper into the vendor-planner relationship and a specific trouble point crops up over and over again – responsiveness. Too often, a planner doesn’t get up to date feedback from a client, and therefore leaves the vendor hanging out to dry. This lack of communication and real-time feedback puts the vendor in a bad place, and makes it difficult for them to commit to an event. In worst cases, this state of limbo forces them to lose out on other jobs as they wait for answers that never show up on time. Therefore, in order to keep vendors happy and keep your...

Questions to Ask When Checking a Vendor’s References

As Independent Meeting Planners, we’ve all had to hire vendors. But how do we know they’re any good? Just taking their word for it may get us more than we bargained for, so we ask for references. Whether they are a caterer, an on-site staffing agency, an audio/visual company, party rental company, or a band, wouldn’t it be great if we could look into our crystal ball and know that they will live up to our expectations? References help us to get that insight. But we have to ask the right questions of the references… and listen very carefully between the lines. Presumably, most people will provide references they feel will give a good reference, so here are some tips to uncover their real feelings. 1) Call the references at a time when you think they won’t answer the phone, either at lunchtime or before or after work hours. Then leave a message identifying yourself and the purpose of your call and ask that the person call you back if they feel the vendor was exceptional. Note the time you called and how long it takes the person to call you back (or if they call back). That, in and of itself, is a clear indicator. 2) Ask the reference to describe their relationship with the vendor. You’d be surprised how many will identify a personal relationship. “Oh, Mary! She’s my best friend!” On the other hand, they may strictly have a professional relationship, which might allow you to get a non-biased reference with solid information. 3) Ask the reference to give you a general idea of the services...

Pleased to Meet You

Welcome to the new GCG Event Partners Blog —GCG Meeting Point.  As a network of On-Site Meeting Managers and Independent Meeting Planners, we will be bringing you key topics relevant to our industry. We invite you to engage, share ideas, make comments, discuss topics, and debate issues with us as part of a casual, fun dialogue (and hopefully enlightening and educational at times as well). We anticipate an audience from all ends of the spectrum, from seasoned Meeting Planners to those in training, and welcome vendors, hoteliers, travel professionals and everyone in between to join our discussion.  This will be a place where you can come to find some camaraderie and relax for a bit.  Sometimes being an independent meeting planner and working from home, as many of us do, can be a lonely job.  Here you will find a group of like-minded friends and colleagues. As On-Site Managers and Independent Meeting Planners you’ve likely battled any number of situations that would be helpful if shared with others.  Or maybe you just have a funny story that would bring a smile to industry colleagues.  If you’d like to share your wisdom or wit on a relevant topic, please submit a 250 – 500 word blog post for our review to info@gcgeventpartners.com. We won’t be pushing any services on you and we request thesame in return.  Soliciting business or advertising your services is frowned upon.  And because we want to keep the tone positive, we ask that you not share negative comments regarding vendors, venues, or other meeting planners. We value your input and suggestions because we want to continually...