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Monday, December 4, 2017

EventWorks Is Proud to Announce Their 2018 Gala Award Nomination



Brynne, Alisa, our friend Paul, Janet and Ted.

We are happy and honored to be 2018 Gala Award co-nominees for
BEST ON-SITE CATERED EVENT BY A HOTEL BANQUET DEPARTMENT: 
JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE, and EventWorks, Los Angeles.

Jeff Stutts, Director of Event Planning, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE:
“We are honored to be nominated alongside Eventworks for this award, which is a true reflection of the innovation and hard work that goes into executing such a comprehensive event. Eventworks creative staging brought the ‘character’ of each space to life, showcasing the unique capabilities of the hotel’s venues.”  

We are very grateful to all our friends at JW Marriott for the wonderful opportunity and the trust they put in our team.
Congratulations to all nominees. We will see you in New Orleans.

Here is our “California Food and Wine Festival” Event Report:

The Event: Taste of California Food  and Wine Tour

The Location: JW Marriott Hotel at L.A. Live, Los Angeles
The Client: Marriott International
Planning Partner: Marriott Meeting Planning Services
The Challenge: Giving a California Wine Tasting a Fresh, New Feel.
We conceptualized the event by looking at wine in a very different way. 

From the connoisseur who lives and breathes for the finer things in life to the novice looking for an introduction to the world of food and spirits, this evening had to deliver a grand experience that was sure to please every palette. 1,800 guests swirled, sniffed and sipped their way through an impressive array of wines and inventive dishes as they traveled from space to space in the JW Marriott.

Alisa Walsh: "We decided to give the theme a fresh spin. Instead of organizing wine and food by region - you know, Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles - we organized and conceptualized space, food and wine by character."

Our six spaces: Vineyard, Smoky, Bold, Spicy, Vibrant and Smooth each offered a selection of outstanding wines and spirits paired with culinary offerings. 

Each space had its own, unique look.

We made use of the tall, open space by going high.


The VIBRANT room: sleek, modern, colorful and energized.


Live from Above the Vineyard.

We filled the very tall hotel lobby with a raised stage and gave the custom rigging the green treatment. 

The Elevated Lobby Platform was transformed into BOLD. We enhanced existing furnishings with bold and gold accents. Using the existing furnishings as a base allowed us to deliver a new look within budget.

Ford’s Filling Station received a SPICY makeover!
By turning existing banquettes into lounge areas, swapping out dining chairs and adding floral, lantern, and pillow styling, the lobby restaurant took on a whole new vibe. 


Vineyard
Again, we made use of the height.
We built a tower at the center of the bar and staffed it with Wine Angels, giving the illusion that they were flying up and down the central tower while “selecting” bottles of wine to be served. The Wine Angel feature required extra rigging within the space. 




SMOKY: not everyone loves wine. We catered to the hookah and whiskey lovers by creating this patio lounge space.


SMOOTH allowed us to create a second, relaxing outdoor space, inspired by the California wine country and traditional settings for conversation around wine. 


The complicated logistics required long overnight hours.

Event Producer Brynne Peña chuckles: "I think we may have broken our own coffee consumption record given that we had to pull this event off in a fully operationally hotel lobby, which meant overnight installs and carefully calculated logistics. For that, and the wonderful feedback from our client afterwards, I am extremely proud of the EW team."


Thank you for reading!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Event Music: Dance Off The Pounds With DJ Lee Dyson










Feeling sluggish this morning? Pants fit a little tighter than last week?
We come to the rescue. Get up and dance it off.
DJ Lee Dyson delivers this high energy, sure-to-burn-off-the-pounds music list that will have everyone jumping at their desk.



Lee Dyson: "GoGo and Be Groovy is all about shaking those hips!"

Have fun!

Monday, November 20, 2017

5 Reasons Not To: Thanksgiving

Before you head out to brave traffic jams or airport security check lines to join your family for Thanksgiving, we hope James Corden's "5 Reasons Not To: Thanksgiving" will make you smile as much as it did us.



Thank you for watching!
Wishing you a wonderful and joyous Holiday!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Event Entertainment Report: Martina McBride Supports A Good Cause


Yes, #WeLoveOurJob! Kristen Rensch, Lisa Bronitt and Ted Bowers meet and greet Martina McBride.
The country artist had been contracted months before the October 7 event. Then the Las Vegas Shooting happened a week prior.
Ted Bowers: "Country music therefore became even more relevant in the context of the event, the annual Celebration fundraiser of St. Joseph Hospital of Orange."

Emotions ran high at the 2017 Celebration, whose proceeds benefited the Heart and Vascular Center.
Ted Bowers: "The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange had invited their friends and supporters to attend the annual event and opened the evening with a prayer for the victims and families of the Las Vegas shooting. The audience response to Martina McBride was outstanding. Martina delivered an uplifting performance and had everyone on the dance floor."
The October 7 event raised nearly half a million dollars.
We are grateful for the opportunity to support St. Joseph Hospital of Orange's annual Celebration. We love working for a good cause.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween - Happy to Share a Scary New Playlist.



Oh the memories! We had a blast last Friday reminiscing about our favorite Halloween moments.
Top row: Kristen with a young friend last year and an adorable Brynne as Pharaoh's Daughter a little earlier in life.
Bottom row: Muhammad Ali-sa and a devilish Elizabeth.
It feels good to be bad.

We also decided to get our very own party on this year as we individually celebrate with our friends and families.

Just in time for ghouls and ghosts:  DJ Lee Dyson delivers a fresh 2017 HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST. Click the image and turn up the sound.
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Event Report: The Elevated Open Air Board Dinner













The Challenge: We had to upgrade an exclusive event at a location that is outstandingly gorgeous and luxurious on its own.
Solution: We transformed the grounds.

The Event: The Board Dinner
Guest Count: 60
Event Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California.

Alisa Walsh: "The guests of this dinner were very VIP, the founders and hotel owners of our hotel group client. Consequently the Ritz Carlton made many exceptions for us and allowed us to hold this event on the lawn. We were allowed to bring in our own team to transform the space. We decided to bring in Bamboo Lantern tents because they provide such a wow factor and could be seen from all over the property. We had to truck in the tents in from Los Angeles, the only place where they are available."



Alisa: "The space allows for 300 guests so we used decor and tent spacing and placing to create a more intimate feel for the 60 VIPs. One tent was a bar, one tent was a lounge. We also built a clear span tent to provide work space for a kitchen. The culinary team of the hotel did a fantastic job offering a la carte dining for the guests in this unusual location."



The reaction: "The client loved it. We also noticed that many hotel guests took photos of our setup. We love using these gorgeous tents to transform a space."

Monday, October 16, 2017

Event Report: International Impact of "La La Land"


La La Land continues to engage international event attendees. We recently brought the show into the ballroom.

The Event:
WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017
Dates: 19-20 September 2017
Location: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Guest Count: 230

Our Task: highlight and showcase iconic L.A. imagery in all decor and entertainment.

We had a blast bringing "La La Land" back on stage, for the first time indoors onto a ballroom stage.
The quintuple Oscar® winning film proves to be a wonderful entertainment concept to promote Los Angeles internationally.

Ted Bowers: "The colorful backdrops are energizing and very appealing to Asian audiences. The music has become an internationally understood and recognized soundtrack for Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board promotes filming locations to the tourism industry. La La Land's happy, upbeat tone makes it the perfect entertainment vehicle to promote our home town or bring that L.A. feel to any event. The audience loved the custom mash up version. The cast got a rousing round of applause."
We are proud of Executive Producer Kristen Rensch and Director of Sales Alisa Walsh for spearheading and realizing this production.
Janet Elkins and Doug Johnson celebrate with the artists in front of our step-and-repeat.

We are happy to provide event video upon request.