Sleeping rooms, yes. But big event rooms, no. Hotel developers are shifting focus away from "upper upscale" hotels—the big box properties with big-time ballrooms—to build more middle-market hotels....More
Despite the constraints of a tight budget, the Peninsula Chicago team treated 1,200 guests to a private event revealing the hotel's multi-million room renovation. Although many function spaces were already in use, attendees visited a variety of themed spaces within the property, including a "Tastefully Thai" area and "Urban Chicago"; the menu included everything from strawberry-yuzu terrine to lobster corn dogs.
The event is a 2016 Special Events Gala Award nominee.
The catering team at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal creates an arty party for the gala at the Contemporary Art Museum/Musee d'art Contemporain in Monteal--a lively evening that demanded fine food with a touch of kitsch. The event won a Gala Award in January for Best Event Produced by a Hotel Banquet Department.