When comparing endless options for event spaces, it can be challenging to determine which venue will provide the most memorable shared experience for attendees. As you plan your next meeting, we recommend focusing on sensory elements that invite conversation and leave a lasting impression — including catering.
David Reddick, director of food and beverage at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, shares how he and his team value the limitless potential of thoughtful food and beverage. “In addition to providing versatile venues and innovative technology, we understand that taking an inspired approach with this core offering can make all the difference,” he says. “Our goal is to have our guests talking about their lunch buffet months after the meeting has concluded — that is a success for us.” Here are just a few ways that Reddick recommends staying ahead of the curve with the latest culinary trends.
Interactive Beverage Service
Turn your coffee breaks into conversation pieces with kegged cold brew, kombucha, and iced tea. At the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the simple act of pulling a bar tap to pour your drink can add an unexpected touch to what would be an otherwise standard experience. During evening sessions, invite your group to socialize over a selection of handpicked local craft beers.
Inventive Small Plates
Make it easy for attendees to network and sample dishes with unique, residential-style plating and individual portions. Choose interesting canapés such as fried oysters to pique guests’ interest, or consider raw oysters served by a roaming shucker. You can also play with presentation by using nesting tables rather than traditional banquet décor, or offer an eye-catching food wall, like the one constructed by the hotel’s engineering team to serve bagels.
Locally Sourced Flavor
Give your event a personal touch and support community purveyors whenever possible. As a guest of the hotel, you can taste the difference with a cup of Atomic coffee from nearby Beverly, Massachusetts, served with fresh milk from area farms. Small-scale breweries are also on the menu, with pours from Turtle Swamp Brewing and Prospect Ciderworks, both located less than 3 miles from the hotel.