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Monday
Apr112016

Mobile Mavens: B&E Vendor Spotlight

Gai Box, Pop Up, Picnic, Lil Blue, & Biscuit Box... you've seen the different logos and fun & funky vehicles around town but did you know these Seattle mobile food trucks are all apart of Bon Appétit Management Company Mobile Mavens? These uniquely branded pop-up retro campers and bike carts are run by award-winning Chef Danielle Custer and catering partner Michelle Clair. They're perfect for corporate events and parties, and any other reason you can think of to celebrate! Not only do these retro campers and bikes deliver assorted foods and desserts, they now even feature bar service! (Trust us, this is going to be a hot trend!). Food trucks always bring the fun to events! So don't delay, find out where Mobile Mavens are in the Greater Seattle area today on their Event Calendar. The toughest part will be deciding if you're in the mood for bbq, tacos, breakfast, or a signature cocktail from Lil Blu! 
   
The first camper they opened, Biscuit Box, serves hungry guests flaky, buttery biscuits smothered in local flavor. (You may have seen them at Weddings in Woodinville this year warming up guests belly's and hearts before the tour began.) Pop Up, their bike pops, serves the best ice-cream pops, sandwiches and paletas (Mexican-style fruit Popsicles) from local ice-creamery brands like Full Tilt, Cupcake Royale, Vovito and Whidbey Island. Their hard work ensuring the “street menu” fits into all flavor palette appetites & special diet needs is apparent with the inclusion of every flavor from berries, coffee, chocolate, vegan, gluten free fruit pops. Mobile Mavens prides themselves on partnering with local vendors to bring you the freshest, finest, locally sourced ingredients and utilize our area vendors so that they can customize and deliver what clients are requesting.  

Learn more about Mobile Mavens at mobilemavensseattle.com |  "Like" them on Facebook | Follow them on Twitter @@MobileMavensSEA | Droll over them on Instragram @mobilemavenssea.

Follow our blog over the next few weeks while we focus on each of Mobile Mavens and other Seattle  mobile food trucks individually in our B&E Seattle Food Truck Spotlight Series.

Monday
Apr042016

Tips & Trends at Tin Can Alley with PJ Hummel & Company

We like to recognize people who do great things to help our local event community therefore today we are spotlighting PJ Hummel of PJ Hummel & Company.

PJ has been a long-standing leader and supporter in our industry and last month she hosted an incredible informational "Tips and Trends" expert panel in collaboration with Schramm Marketing and Jonz Catering on how to ensure fundraising events are winners. Ten Essential Components of a Successful Event Plan were covered with a panel of event experts that including Stephanie Schramm of Schramm Marketing- Event Marketing, Jennifer Durham with Host Party & Event Planning - Logistics, Ana Nelson with PJ Hummel & Co.- Decor Specialist, David Dagley with Jonz Catering - Catering/Menu Planning, Amanda Peters with the Tacoma Health Department, and Ed Griffith of Hardcastle Entertainment - Event Lighting.

Held at Tin Can Alley Tacoma, this fun and educational event supplied guests with great information in the cool vibes of Tin Can Alley's signature industrial romance look. 

Thank you to PJ and the entire team for sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise with us. We are thrilled that you will be sharing your 10 Essential Components of a Successful Event Plan on the BanquetEvent blog later this week. 

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Monday
Apr042016

Ten Essential Components of a Successful Event Plan

Ten Essential Components of a Successful Event Plan is a guest post from PJ Hummel & Co in collaboration with Stephanie Schramm - Event Marketing, Jennifer Durham - Logistics, Ana Nelson - Decor Specialist, David Dagley - Catering/Menu Planning, Amanda Peters - Tacoma Health Department, and Ed Griffith - Event Lighting.

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Great events always leave a lasting memory and are an incredible tool for fundraising. While they can be great money makers for an organization, they can also be time consuming and expensive. Like the success of your business a great event requires a well-constructed plan. (Yes, you should have a written event plan for every event you hold!)

To help our local community, Stephanie Schramm of Schramm Marketing, Angie Mingus of Jonz Catering, PJ Hummel of PJ Hummel & Company and Tin Can Alley Tacoma hosted a complimentary event on how to help you ensure that your fundraising event is a winner. They covered the ten essential components of a successful event plan, with expert event planners Stephanie Schramm of Schramm Marketing- Event Marketing, Jennifer Durham with Host Party & Event Planning - Logistics, Ana Nelson with PJ Hummel & Co.- Decor Specialist, David Dagley with Jonz Catering - Catering/Menu Planning, Amanda Peters with the Tacoma Health Department, and Ed Griffith of Hardcastle Entertainment - Event Lighting, and they were gracious enough to share the evenings advice with our BanquetEvent followers.

Set up
Your event staff should plan on the event set-up well in advance. The set-up includes all of the particular of the actual event: Where will it be? Will food be served? Will there be entertainment? What kid of dress will be required? What is the itinerary for the event? What Audio/Visual needs are there and who will handle them?

Marketing
Just like a new product, your event needs to be aggressively marked to your target audience. You need to convince your supporters that your organization and event are worthy of their time and money. Draw up an entire marking plan for the event. Possible methods of “getting the word out” include: using your non-profit’s fundraising network, mailed invitations, direct mail, phone banks, word of mouth and the event host committee.

Sales
Once you market your event, there must be a procedure in place for making the actual tickets sales, or accepting donation for the event. You must decide whether there will be different contribution levels for the event (such as a flat ticket charge, an extra charge to be invited to a V.I.P. reception in addition to the event, etc.). You must decide who will sell the tickets, how they will be shipped or delivered, and who will be responsible for organizing the incoming information.

Practice
While you probably won’t need a full run-through of you event, it is essential that everyone who is working the event know, ahead of time, what their responsibility are, where they should be during the event, and how the event is going to “flow”. If you are having a large or unusual event, the key event staff may want to have a practice run to make sure that your operation is running smoothly.

Thank You
One of the most oft heard complaints from contributors to charitable fundraising events is, “They never even said ‘thank you’ “. Ditto for your event volunteers. Make sure that the organization takes the time to send thank-you notes to everyone who is involved in your event, including contributors, volunteers, staff and vendors. Keep your donors happy... you’re probably going to be asking them for another donation sometime down the road. 

To help ensure that your fundraising event is a winner, here are ten major components that you must incorporate into your event plan:

Purpose
Before doing anything else, you must decide what the purpose of your event is. Is this truly a fundraising event? Or does it have other goals? Perhaps your organization may be hoping to raise money at the event, but the main function of the event is gain publicity, or reach out to a new network. Many charitable events have more than one goal. Figuring out the details for your event will depend on knowing what goals you are trying to achieve.

Fundraising Goal
In conjunction with the event host committee, organization staff, and key fundraisers, you must decide what amount of money plan to raise at the event. If this is truly a fundraising event, then everything in the event plan will be geared to raising this specific amount of money. The amount you choose should be what you hope to net, that is, the amount you plan to rise after expenses are deducted.

Budget
Every fundraising event plan should contain a complete budget listing of all the expenses that will be required to hold the event. Your budget should include staff, invitations, space rental, catering, entertainment, transportation, security, utilities, and anything else that will be required to make the event a success. Your budget should keep into account your fundraising totals, ensuring that you raise that amount above and beyond all expenses. Be sure to leave a little extra room in your budget for unforeseen costs.

Leadership
As part of your fundraising efforts, your event will most likely have a “host committee” and one or more “host committee chairpersons.” These people are responsible for contributing substantial amounts to the event and encouraging others to do the same. The host committee is generally composed of wealthy donors, business leaders, or local celebrities. The host committee and chairpersons are not responsible for actually running the event, but are integral to ensuring that you reach your fundraising goals.

Target Audience
Who is the target audience for you event? Is this a general fundraiser where everyone will be invited? Or is this vent geared towards a specific group like business people, parents, or young professionals? In short, you must decide whom you will invite to your event.

Thursday
Mar312016

You're Invited: Bourbon, Bacon & Bloom - Foodz Catering Spring Open House

Foodz Catering

You're invited to join the Sanctuary at Admiral by Foodz Catering Spring Open House Bourbon, Bacon & Bloom. Nibble, on April 7, 2016 to nosh, sip and be inspired at The Sanctuary at Admiral. Industry access 5pm-6pm, clients and guests 6pm-8pm. This event is open to event planners and engaged couples alike.

Participating Vendors include: Venue: The Sanctuary at Admiral; Catering: Foodz Catering; DJ: Seattle Parties; Cake: Baked; Games: West Coast Entertainment; Floral: Floressence; Invitations: Gray and Cake, Officiant: Mary Calhoun; Hair & Makeup: Anne Timss; & Photography: DIWAS.

Please RSVP by emailing info@foodzcatering.com.

Friday
Mar252016

Boozin' Blues Happy Hour with Foodz Catering

Join Foodz Catering and the Velvet Underground Dining Experience for their upcoming event the "Boozin' Blues Happy Hour".  Enjoy two hours of complimentary sensory satisfaction, indulge in a variety of delicious food and custom craft cocktails provided by Foodz Catering and be entertained with a live performance by local blues sensation Milky Burgess of the Yada Yada Blues Band.

Check out the complementary Southern Style Menu they have prepared for the Open House:

Shrimp and Grits
Chicken 'n Waffles
Hush Puppies
Fried Green Tomatoes 
BBQ Rib Served with Southern-Style Collard Greens 
Creole Shrimp Cocktail Shooters
BLT Deviled Eggs

Dessert 
Mini House-Made Bread Pudding
Pecan Pie Shooters
Red Velvet Cake

See what else is happening with Foodz Catering on their Events Calendar-theirs magic, bourbon and bacon to RSVP for!Happy Hour with Foodz Catering

Thursday
Dec242015

Merry Christmas and New Years Wishes from B&E

Rachelle Erickson Design & PhotographyAs the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped us shape our business. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come.

We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Peace and Prosperity!

The Banquet & Event Team ~ Marion, Nancy, Theresa, Jaci, Archie, Yeti and Ani

Friday
Dec182015

The BanquetEvent 12 Days of Christmas 2016 Corporate Gift List: Part 5

 

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Today we complete our week sharing the 2016 B&E 12 Days of Christmas Gift List. If an Experience Woodinville Wine Tour from Butler Wine Tours, Holiday Survival Pack from Novelty Hill-Januik Winery, Holiday Reindeer Basket from Ingallina’s Box Lunch, Egg Nog and Gingerbread cheesecakes from The Confectional, Ray’s Boathouse, Traxx, Buca di Beppo, and Salty’s Gift Certificates, Festive Hot Cocoa Bar from Green Apple Events & Catering, or bouquets from Fena Flowers, have yet to fulfill your corporate holiday gifting needs, then today is your day. Today is all about home-time comforts with lavender gifts from Woodinville Lavender Farm and ornaments from Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Lavender FarmLavender Travel Pack from the Woodinville Lavender Farm: Let the aromatic fragrance of lavender work to calm the nerves, encouraging deep relaxation to melt away the tension of the day for your out of town guests or traveling employees with the Woodinville Lavenders travel pack. A pack contains 2 oz. lotion and liquid soap and one eye pillow. http://shop.woodinvillelavender.com/Travel-Pack-w-2-oz-Lotion-2-oz-Liquid-Soap-and-Eye-Pillow-1012.htm 

 

Chihuly Garden and Glass

 

 

Glass blown ornaments from Chihuly Garden and Glass: The Bookstore at Chihuly Garden and Glass works with a local artist to offer hand-blown ornaments to benefit a local arts organization. The 2015 ornament series features the work of artist Dan Friday and benefits Seattle Symphony’s youth program Link Up. 6 colors are available this year that are packaged beautifully with a ribbon, gift box and informational insert.  To place an order or for more information, please call 206.753.4931 or email BOOKSTORE@CHIHULYGARDENANDGLASS.COM

 

 

We hope we’ve helped you complete your holiday gifting with our 12 Days of Christmas 2016 Corporate Gift List and wish you the happiest of holidays!

Find these gifts and more for your corporate holiday gifts or events at BanquetEvent.com.