Visiting Vendors Over the Summer

For the event industry, summer is slower. Kids get out of school, the weather heats up, and most often the kind of entertaining that people are doing are backyard barbecues. Not to mention, the Orlando Science Center is open later on Friday and Saturday evenings to the public. Since you cannot have your event with us on those nights, you should definitely be visiting our exhibits or Hollywood films during our extended hours!


With a lighter event schedule, we decided to take some time during the week to visit some of our favorite vendors in the area. We are still planning more, but had to share some fantastic visits that we’ve already had. We visited Big City Catering for lunch one day in which they treated our office to a three-course lunch of raspberry vinaigrette salad, mahi mahi, and a ricotta ice cream and pastry for dessert! It was a delicious meal and fun to chat with vendors, not to mention a sweet way to end a visit.


Another one of our favorite vendors that we visited was American Audio Visual. They are our go-to vendor for all external technology productions and components. We got to visit their vast warehouse, and they even showed us these fun new “Bliss Lights”. We had Our Planet Our Universe exhibit in mind when we saw these lights. They slowly moved across the ceiling and emulated stars, giving Our Planet Our Universe the perfect atmosphere for events.


We also visited one of our favorite florists in Central Florida, Flourish. Everything from their design to their service is flawless! They treated us to a light lunch complete with the perfect little bunches of flowers and cake pops too! Our favor to-go were little bunches of roses in Flourish mugs. Right now we have two in our sun-lit office, keeping our desks company while the others are home planted in the ground.


We absolutely had to visit Puff n’ Stuff, our preferred caterer. They treated us to many delicious new hor d’oeuvres like chicken and waffle cornets, steak and blue cheese flat bread, and a twist on the beloved cake pops: cheesecake pops! It was a wonderful mix of sweet and savory.


We visited with another caterer, John Michael Catering and Events. We have been seeing the John Michael team in our building for weddings and events more and more these days! We visited their store front which is just blocks away from us. They treated us with a to-go box of sweets including brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and dipped Oreos!


Last but certainly not least, we had lunch at one of the hottest spots in town, 4 Rivers. We all got our favorites from 4 Rivers, mine being a trio sampler of brisket, pulled pork, and pulled chicken with their 4 Rivers house sauce. And of course, a side of their delicious cornbread. At most of our events when 4 Rivers caters, the cornbread is always the first to go – it’s that delicious!


Just wanted to share a taste of how wonderfully our vendors treated us. We promise that all of these vendors will take great care of you too! Thank you to all these vendors who took the time to entertain us on their turf instead of ours!

Until next time,
Manager of Meetings and Events


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