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Let’s Get the Party Started!

Let’s Get the Party Started!

Mark your calendars because corporate galas, awards dinners, and social events are making a comeback in 2022. Corporations and small businesses, associations, and charitable non-profit organizations are ready to lighten the mood and kick things off on the right foot. 

If you plan to host a special celebration, event, or gala of any size in 2022, now is the time to start planning. 

Book a Date

Dates are filling up rapidly. Both weekends and weekdays are booking quickly due to the backlog of celebratory gatherings post-pandemic, so you may need to be flexible. Plan early since affairs have been postponed since 2020.

The COVID Effect

Not-for-profit organizations are eager to welcome back fundraising dinners and galas. Their development officers had to get quite creative with virtual events and invent ways to stay in front of their donors and sponsors throughout the pandemic. We’ve all learned a lot about thinking “out of the box.” 

As a result of our new, post-pandemic world, guests will now expect that large events have hybrid elements. After all, if your biggest supporter is unable to attend—for whatever reason–you still want him to attend remotely and raise the ante at your live auction, right?

Boston University adjunct professor and event planner Joanne Dennison predicts that most meetings will have hybrid components and that many national meetings will be broken down into regional conferences. “They may not have the 3,000 – or 5,000-people event; maybe they’ll do East Coast and West Coast events,” she says.

That being said, adding a functional and seamless hybrid element to your event may require retaining a technical company that has the equipment and know-how to make your off-site guests feel like they are there “live.” 

Another catering trend is to host micro parties of up to 25 people, enabling guests to maintain social distancing and provide a safe way to entertain your team, clients, or supporters. These can be as elaborate as a large-scale gala in terms of menu and table decor, but in a more intimate setting reflective of the times.

A Full-Service Caterer Makes It All Happen

Planning a post-pandemic gala or corporate dinner will require a new level of preparation. That’s why it’s critical to hire an experienced caterer that you can rely on to manage all aspects of the event with experience and professionalism. 

When it’s time to celebrate, Martin + Fitch offers full-service catering for corporate parties and charity events. Select an elegantly plated dinner, cocktail party, or lavish luncheon, and be assured that our innovative menus and globally-inspired cuisine will be the centerpiece of an event they’ll remember for years to come.

In addition to cooking up exceptional food, our catering team can help you select the venue–from some of New York City’s most elegant locations to spectacular settings throughout the NY/NJ area. Our team can also  manage the rentals, arrange for flowers, handle décor, and book the DJ or band. Our goal is always to provide exceptional experiences for your corporate events, workplace dining needs, and social occasions.

Martin + Fitch will add inspiration to any celebration–whether it’s a company awards dinner, holiday party, or fundraiser. 

Catering for More Intimate Gatherings

Our catering services can add value when you are entertaining business guests, as well. Let’s face it; anyone can bring a client out to dinner. Consider hosting an intimate, catered event in your office lobby or outdoors on corporate grounds, or a series of small dinners to focus on clients individually, similar to a micro party. Martin + Fitch’s team of hospitality experts can transform your day-to-day office space into an elegant venue that will create an unforgettable experience for your guests.

“On-site catering for business dinners is a superior alternative to taking them to a restaurant,” says Martin + Fitch CEO Judson Kleinman. “It’s more relaxing and more conducive for conversation. All in all, it’s a better way to build the relationships that build your business–relationships that are at the core of what brings true meaning to our companies and our lives.”

Large or small, corporate events are also beneficial to both employers and employees because they elevate morale and employee satisfaction while enhancing camaraderie among colleagues. 

At Martin + Fitch, we help our clients entertain deliciously and safely. Our staff follows all updated protocols to ensure everyone’s well-being, and our customized menu offerings and a full range of catering services make entertaining a breeze. Call us at our NJ office at 973.768.3924 or in NYC at 646.745.0146, or email us at info@martinandfitch.com.

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