Do you coordinate meetings or events in Kendall Square? So do we! The Kendall Square Association's Meeting and Events Committee invited fellow planners from all kinds of organizations to join us at Firebrand Saints on Tuesday evening, October 29th. Here was a chance to enjoy "light snacks" as it was advertised, but, anyone who knows Firebrand Saints owner, founder and Chef Gary Strack, knows that huge platters of incredible foods and large quantities of liquid refreshments flowed for the entire gathering. Gary is committed to changing the culture of Kendall Square – for the better – forever. As a long time denizen of the square, we'd say he is doing just that. We had private use of an incredibly good eating establishment. Gary is always a most gracious host and excellent restaurateur.
The evening represented a chance for all types of event, meeting and party planners to relax and share issues, stories, needs and opportunities. Discussions ranged from venue options, favorite catering providers, and the constant search for unique and different choices for meetings. The search for ever better SWAG and custom logo gifts came up as well.
Really Large Gatherings- several area hotels can handle the large crowds. Royal Sonesta and Marriott were both mentioned.
For Intimate and quiet- Gary pointed out – not Firebrand Saints. The music gets you moving and they can host 120 folks inside and 80 outside, so some 200 people can move to the music, engage in conversation and enjoy a delectable buffet from the kitchen.
SOME TAKEAWAYS -
There is a need for a directory of venues; with capacity information, ambiance details and contact information. It sounded like the KSA was going to take the lead on compiling one.
Finally, if you haven't been on the mailing list and want more information, try these contacts:
Kendall Square Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
KSA Retail committee: KSAretailgroup@gmail.com
Join in or sign up for more details from the KSA or give me a call.
Keith for the Team at Kendall PRess
and an active member of The KSA Marketing and Events Committee