CE Volunteers: The Women’s Lunch Place

Friday, March 29th, 2013

This week, to celebrate and kick off spring, the Corinthian Events team volunteered to serve lunch at the beautiful, newly renovated, Women’s Lunch Place.   Tucked in the basement of a church at the corner of Berkeley and Newbury Street, you may not even know it is there, but once you’ve spent time at Women’s Lunch Place and met the guests, you’ll never forget your experience!

The Women’s Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor.  They treat women with dignity and respect and believe wholeheartedly in fostering a community committed to meeting each woman’s needs wherever she may be in her life.  Open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM, they offer a continental breakfast and lunch.  In addition to meal service, they provide a variety of support services such as a creative arts expressive program, career counseling, housing search support and even a place for the women to shower and do laundry.  The little things in life, the things we may take for granted, are made possible at Women’s Lunch Place.

We arrived mid-morning and got right to work!  Wearing Women’s Lunch Place hats and aprons, we chopped vegetables and prepped the beverage station, just a few of the many tasks needed to make sure we were ready to go when the guests arrived at noon for lunch.  We were busy and it was lunchtime before we knew it!  Committed to treating each woman with respect and dignity, the guests of Women’s Lunch Place are seated at tables decorated with colorful, fresh flowers and served their meal “restaurant-style.”  This practice of bringing each guest her plate makes the women feel special and appreciated, treatment they usually would not receive out on the street.  We are thrilled to have had the chance to meet the guests of Women’s Lunch Place and help make each of their days a little brighter!

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Big Night 2013: So Hot We Melted Nemo

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Big Night 2013 Corinthian Events House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

What blizzard? On Thursday, February 7th, Corinthian Events and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay had to make a choice – cancel Big Night 2013 or attempt to make miracles happen. We chose the latter. By 1:00 pm Friday, we had stashed as much food, beverage, gear, décor (and band members!) as possible at the House of Blues Boston and hunkered down in Kenmore Square to weather the storm.

Saturday morning we charged ahead with a skeleton crew, many of whom travelled for miles on foot over mountainous snow banks and right down the middle of the eerily quiet streets of Boston – no state-wide travel ban could stop us. The way we saw it, we had all the fixin’s for a killer party, whether or not the ban was lifted in time – if you could make it to the House of Blues on foot, we were going to have a party in full swing when you arrived.

Corinthian Events Snow Storm Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

Luckily, the ban was lifted at 4:00 pm and production charged into overdrive so we could deliver an unforgettable night to our die-hard (and rather stir-crazy) guests. Doors opened to VIP guests at 6:00 pm and they were greeted with custom Big Night swag, signature cocktails and an exclusive acoustic performance in the Foundation Room by the stunning Grace Potter.  By 7:00 pm we were in full swing, with over 600 guests joining us by the end of the night.

House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay House of Blues Boston

Aiming to intrigue and excite guests, food was served in alternative ways, including assorted skewers served from buckets worn around servers’ waists. Additionally, in response to the spirited environment at the House of Blues, we designed oversized custom nametags for servers to don while passing food items and specialty cocktails –these tags allowed for guests to easily discern what items were presented to them, without servers or guests straining their voices over the excitement and rock n roll.

The Catered Affair House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

A local favorite (and former “little”), Snap Boogie kicked off the program with a high energy performance – he even stole a kiss from a guest! Finally, Corinthian’s very own Ben Brown made his House of Blues stage debut during the live auction.

Corinthian Events House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

Corinthian Events House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals delivered an unbelievable show. While our opening act, Sharon Jones unfortunately had to leave her “Dap Kings” in the snow, guests we’re afforded a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration performance which we suspect won’t be soon forgotten.

Corinthian Events House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

Big Night 2013 Corinthian Events House of Blues Boston Big Brother Big Sister Mass Bay

This may very well go down in history as one of the best Big Nights ever – it’s certainly one for our books.

Special shout out to our AMAZING team, including: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, House of Blues Boston, The Catered Affair, Port Lighting, AVFX, Peterson Party Center, Winston Flowers, Snap Boogie, DJ Kupah James, Sharon Jones, Grace Potter and the countless number of people who trudged through the snow to be with us and without whom we wouldn’t have been able to execute such a memorable and successful experience. THANK YOU.

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Hot Tip: Contingency Plan

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Sometimes things don’t go as planned.  No one wants to plan for the worst but with New England weather gives us little choice.  I mean, did we really think it would be snowing on March 19th?!  We all know we have to have a Plan B in place, but really, have an airtight Plan B…with today’s technology, we can plan ahead!  Keep your guests dry, warm and safe; a well-stocked bar also helps.

Here are a few suggestions for having a contingency plan in place.

Footnote: keep in mind not only rain but snow, tornadoes (they even happen in Vermont – see above), and countless other things can affect events!

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Introducing: Harpoon Brewery’s Newest Addition

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Boston Waterfront Seaport District Craft Beer

Last fall when we heard Harpoon Brewery would be opening a new beer hall in February we were very excited!  We love pitching venues to our clients that are unique to Boston and what’s more unique than an American microbrewery that has played a major role in the resurgence of craft beer in the United States?  Founded in 1986, Harpoon was created by three friends who loved beer and wanted more quality choices.  Flash forward 27 years and Harpoon has become the largest craft brewer in New England with more than 25 different varieties of beer, 1 hard cider, and even a root beer.

With Harpoon’s increased popularity came an increased amount of visitors and their original tasting room / gift shop just couldn’t handle the numbers (87,000 last year alone!), so they decided it was time to open a beer hall – Boston’s first to be exact!  The new, German-style beer hall offers room for 300, 20 beverages on tap (some available only in the brewery), and freshly baked pretzels.  We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the space and we were not disappointed.  From the large windows that draw natural light and provide amazing views of Boston Harbor to the salvaged Vermont butternut wood communal tables and bar, the hall is a great new place to get together with friends and enjoy a fresh brew!  We personally can’t wait to throw an event there!

Boston Tap Craft Beer Bar

Boston Craft Beer On Tap Cider IPA

Harpoon Brewery’s Beer Hall is located at 306 Northern Avenue, Boston and serves beer and pretzels from 2 PM to 9 PM Monday through Wednesday, 11 AM to 11 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 PM Sunday.  Check them out at www.harpoonbrewery.com!

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