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Below (l-r): Catering by Mazzone Hospitality at the Albany Capital Center
Stopping at a North End deli during a North End Walking Tour in Boston (photo credit: Leise Jones)
Dining experiences for groups include Jack's Oyster House,
which opened in 1913 and has been continuously operated by the
same family. Executive Chef Larry Schepici presents a menu that
includes the original 1913 recipes for dishes such as Manhattan
clam chowder and crabcakes. The City Beer Hall is housed in a
historic building in downtown Albany and offers three unique indoor
spaces and an outside patio for events. It can host functions for up
to 150 and can arrange beer/cocktail tastings, pig roasts and other
The recently opened Albany Capital Center is located just
steps away from the New York State Capitol. The new facility
is the latest addition to the Capital Complex, and is connected
by enclosed climate-controlled walkways to the Empire State
Plaza Convention Center, The Egg Performing Arts Center and
the Times Union Center Arena, which collectively offer more than
159,000-sf of meeting and event space. The center will also be
connected by enclosed walkways to the newly renovated 200room Renaissance Albany, which was once the historic Dewitt
"Based on the feedback we've gotten so far, Albany area
residents and attendees alike are impressed with what we have to
offer at the Albany Capital Center and want to spend time here,"
says General Manager Doug McClaine. "With more bookings in
the works every day, we have a lot to look forward to in the coming
months and years as we build what will surely be the premier events
venue in the Capital Region."
The Albany Capital Center offers a 22,500-sf multi-purpose
ballroom and exhibit space, as well as six meeting rooms with
9,200-sf space and a 13,600-sf pre-function area. Food and
beverage are provided by Mazzone Hospitality, an award-winning
local catering team that emphasizes the Capital Region and
surrounding areas in their menus.
"Beyond what the Albany Capital Center has to offer, Albany is a
fantastic location, with New York City, Boston and Montreal just three
hours away by car," says McClaine. "Adirondack lakes, mountains
and rivers, perfect for competitive outdoor sports like road races,
triathlons, skiing and kayaking, are within easy driving distance, and
downtown Albany is home to five hotels and nearly 100 restaurants.
It's a truly pedestrian-friendly city in every sense of the word, which
means that when attendees visit they won't even need a car."
Groups that want a hyperlocal culinary experience
can embark on one of Michele Topor's awardwinning food tours into Boston's North End.
Topor's walking cooking class reveals the culinary
history of America's oldest Italian community and lets groups
in on secrets such as the best pasticcerias (pastry shops) for
biscotti and cannoli, an authentic salumeria (delicatessen) selling
olive oil, balsamic vinegar and imported cheese, and an old world
spice and coffee vendor that has been in the neighborhood for
over 70 years.
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"When it comes to Greater Boston, we
are the destination experts; that is, the
DNA of the bureau's services team."
Boston's Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, located
on Boston Harbor, boasts 428 guest rooms and more than
180,000 sf of meeting space, including seven ballrooms and an
amphitheater. Its Tamo Bistro & Bar offers a menu inspired by the
city's famous ethnic neighborhoods and ingredients sourced from
local New England farms. Groups seeking a more hands-on culinary
experience can host their event at the hotel's Action Kitchen. Awardwinning chef Richard Rayment assists groups in preparing gourmet
cuisine. The space welcomes groups of 24 to 40, and offers a
choice of collaborative or competitive team building experiences.
The Boston Convention & Exhibit Center (BCEC) is the
largest event space in the city with 516,000 sf of exhibit space,
82 meeting rooms and a 41,000-sf Grand Ballroom with views
overlooking the harbor area. Next to the BCEC is the Lawn on D, an
experimental event landscape. The nearly three-acre outdoor event