Our neighbor to the north, New York City is a wondrous place bursting with energy and excitement. Of course, the city can also be intimidating, especially for those who may need to book a private dining event. With so many different restaurants to choose from, how does a planner pick the right one? Enter Private Dining Concierge. The online service is free for planners and is searchable by neighborhood, cuisine, size, price and even special features, such as audio-visual capabilities, outdoor seating and more. President Valerie Ciarlo is a former restaurant owner, so she knows the business. “I sold, managed and marketed private dining space. I know what works and doesn’t work,” she says. All restaurants featured on the site are vetted to ensure quality control. For planners, the best part about the site isn’t just the listings, but the sending of one form with your specifications and getting in touch with multiple places at once. It’s a time-saving resource that Ciarlo specifically designed for its ease. While Private Dining Concierge currently services New York City only, plans to expand to San Francisco and other major markets with brisk business travel are in the works.
Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.
“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.