Boston forecast: future growth & opportunity

February 28, 2018

Hosted by Grill 23

The focus of this discussion was local urban development, upcoming conventions, future corporate neighbors, overall trends to expect and how this will affect our events industry as we know it. 

Our speakers:

  • Jeffrey Gates-Partner, The Aquitaine Group: Aquitaine, Gaslight, Metropolis, Cinquecento
  • Chris Coombs-Chef / Owner, Boston Urban Hospitality: Deuxave | Boston Chops | dbar
  • Bob Luz-President & CEO, Massachusetts Restaurant Association
  • Lisa Deveney-Director of Convention Services, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • George Comeau-Marketing & Brand Activation Manager, The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID)

Our panel of experts took a deeper look at weddings and rehearsal dinners in restaurant venues. A panel of industry experts touched on how they navigate a couple's expectations and execute their vision for their big day.

Our speakers:

  • Cori Sharp, Director of Event Sales & Client Relationships, Winston Flowers
  • Linda Matzkin, Owner, Hopple Popple
  • Jim Peters, Director of Catering, Four Seasons Hotel Boston
  • Deborah Farley, President, Rafanelli Events
  • Brittany Jasnoff, Editor, Boston Weddings

Then comes marriage: how we help with happily ever after

September 27, 2017

Hosted by Serafina


Bridging the Gap: Partnering with Destination Management Companies

April 12, 2017

Hosted by Menton

Our panel of experts focused on the importance of working with Destination Management Companies: What are they looking for and how can we work better together? 

Our speakers:

  • Donna Wolf, Founder Donna Wolf Consulting
  • Lindsay Goneau, Director of Operations & Program Development, Allied PRA
  • Kathleen Landry, DPI Events
  • Joanne O’Connell, Vice President, NXT Event
  • Jill Tate, Corinthian Events

In SERV's first breakout event, two of Boston's most celebrated industry professionals discussed inspirational stories from their careers with the SERV Boston community.

Our speakers:

ABOVE THE STANDARD: THE RAFANELli EXPERIENCE

February 27, 2017

Hosted by The Commonwealth Hotel


Our panel of experts focused on the importance of hospitality: What does hospitality mean? How do you create special experiences while staying within your restaurants concept and standards? 

Our speakers: 

The Art Of Hospitality

January 18, 2017

Hosted by Empire


The Marketing Mix: PR, Social Media & Branding

September 14, 2016

Hosted by Island Creek Oyster Bar

At the Marketing Mix, our panel of experts focused on the importance of a strong social media presence in today’s market, how strategic branding enhances the customer experience, as well as developing public relations to improve business growth. 

Our speakers:


The Value of the Private Event

June 1, 2016

Hosted by Ostra

Our panel of experts covered important questions regarding the financial impact of having a private events program within your restaurant, how pricing, minimums and administrative fees are evaluated, and how private dining margins and revenue effect the bottom line. 

Our speakers: