Friday, November 21, 2014

Get "Cooklyn" with a Corporate Event Takeover from Brooklyn

Who needs a celebrity "takeover" when the entire Borough of Brooklyn is available?

We found a new venue in Prospect Heights, ideal for destination incentive dinners, that offers the ultimate Brooklyn eating experience. The concept is simple: source every ingredient and beverage from the Borough. This includes the bread, cheese, wine, beer and other food items that can be purchased from local vendors. And they are quite tasty!

Chef Anthony Theocarpolous, having worked for a unique combination of Michael White, Masaharu Morimoto and Mario Batali, offers your attendees an incredible menu of lamb buns, octopus, pork belly, watercress pesto, venison wontons and sea urchin capellini.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Use Nutty Drinks and Flaky Themes to Warm up Winter Cocktail Hours

Winter destination corporate meetings can be quite cold, so we say embrace your climate, build a "snowy" theme and most importantly, warm your attendees' hearts with something a little nutty and buttery at a cocktail hour.

You can find this exact kind of liquid comfort at New York City event venues that continually reinvent old classics into something quite tasty! Our favorite is a Brown Butter Old Fashioned and we are told the secret behind the drink's success is a process called fatwashing. Browned butter is mixed into whiskey, where it settles and chills. After sitting overnight, the solidified fat is lifted off the surface, leaving the bourbon as clear as the winter sky.  Add in root beer bitters, wintergreen and Maraschino liqueur, and you have a nutty, buttery alternative to both the simple Old Fashioned and a calorie-disaster eggnog.

Want to go over-the-top? Incorporate a winter theme into the event. It could be fun as "apre-ski" where attendees can wear crazy seasonal hats, or something more elegant.  Either way, continued advances in LED technology will help provide decor that truly looks and feels like a winter wonderland!

Flying Elvises and Tony Danza make a "splash" landing on Broadway

What happens when you mix a guy scared of commitment, his beautful girlfriend, a smooth-talking Sin City gambler and the writer of the "Blazing Saddles" and "Fletch" movies? 

You get "Honeymoon in Vegas", a hotly anticipated Broadway musical starring Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley.  Previews started this week. You have to feel sorry for "Jack Singer", played by McClure, a "stuck-in-neutral-guy-for-too-long" (the one married couples relentlessly bash at dinner parties because their single friend's clock is ticking), but what do you expect when you "roll the dice" with a Vegas wedding? He doesn't see Tony Danza coming and "Betsy", played by O'Malley, is too good of a catch to pass up for a gambler looking for a second chance in love.

Based on the 1992 Andrew Bergman movie starring Nicolas Cage and James Caan, this wildly creative writer (also of "Blazing Saddles" and "Fletch") has returned to pen the musical's script. 

For Danza, this is a "wheelhouse" role many of us knew he would nail to perfection. And does. But the actor is doing even more off-stage.  Active in the arts-education organization Inside Broadway, Danza is its 2015 Ambassador.  In this real-life role, Danza and Inside Broadway are visiting New York City's public schools to promote theater education.

Shackman Associates New York provides unique Broadway experiences to corporate meeting, association convention and destination incentive groups has have included backstage tours and interaction with key performers.