In the abbreviated (read: censored) words of David Ortiz, "this is our city!" With everything going on, we want to add to Big Papi's words a little, if we may:
This is our city, and we can't wait to share it again with everyone.For the foreseeable future, in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the Old State House and Old South Meeting House will be closed to the public. Withstanding and eliminating COVID-19 is crucial to making Boston a place where we all can gather and celebrate again, and, perhaps ironically, we must stick together to help make this happen.
At the same, fighting for and protecting our voice and liberties is as important as ever. "The two city blocks connecting these national landmarks – Boston's Old State House and Old South Meeting House – are hallowed ground for our American tradition of protest," writes Nathaniel Shiedley from Revolutionary Spaces.
Shutting down this area during a time of protest is not unique to this era, and this cycle of history is interesting and important to the makeup of Boston. For more, check out Nathaniel Shiedley's piece over on Revolutionary Spaces.
Stay safe, and we will see you soon!
The Impact of Social Distancing on Event & Food ServicesLast week, we formed the Boston Event & Food Service Collaborative (BEFSC), a small group of local Event and Food gurus to collaborate and share potential best practices for the "new normal".
After sharing some battle stories of how March played out with cancellations and postponements, we charged forward with positive thinking! Whenever this ends, we all agree there will be pent up demand for gathering again and perhaps even some revenge spending.
While we all wait for the CDC and government to outline exactly what the new directives will be, we all agreed on a few likely outcomes as follows:
- Relentless focus on Sanitation.
- Much less self-service at gatherings (re-think buffets, self serve coffee & beverage stations); plated meals will be more common.
- Larger events will likely have fewer attendees in general.
- Floor plans will need to be re-done and room capacities adjusted to allow for more social distancing (see renderings).
- Tables will be spaced further apart with less seats at each table.
- Hybrid events will become the norm, meaning a smaller in-person gathering coupled with live streaming or virtual elements.
- Pre-packaged/self-contained food will be more popular.
Before: Ten (10) people per 72" round table. Tables arranged 5'6" apart. 650 guests.
Social Distancing: Six (6) people per 72" round table. Tables arranged 6'6" apart. 275 guests.
The BEFSC group was made up of some esteemed industry colleagues and friends:
- Shira Brandt, Event Manager, Corinthian Events
- Courtney Church, CEO, Corinthian Events
- Lisa Flores, President of SERV and Director of Sales & Marketing, Columbus Hospitality Group
- Jenni Logan, Director, Corinthian Events
- Catering Manager, The Catered Affair
- Amy Porchenick, Director of Sales & Marketing, Gourmet Caterers
- Chuck Ray, General Manager, Capers Catering
- Emma Roberts, Owner, Capers Catering
- Gail Sarni, Director of Catering Services, Gourmet Caterers
- Two Catering Directors from Boston Based Hotels
We will be convening again on Friday, April 17th, so there will be more information to come. If you would like to receive updates from the BEFSC, please email Shira Brandt at email@example.com and she will add you to the list.
Stay Healthy and Hopeful!