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The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time for the annual influx of private events at restaurants across the country. At Old Ebbitt Grill in Washington, D.C., one of the busiest private event spaces in the area, the holidays mean multiple private events each day in addition to their daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner service.
“Depending on the week we usually do about four to five events per day, but we can get up to seven or eight around the holidays,” says Lucy Pearl, private events manager for the restaurant. As part of the private events team, she’s in charge of planning and working with the clients and the kitchen to make sure that every event is executed properly. “We get a lot of repeat business and see some of the same guests year after year,” she says.
From corporate events to rehearsal dinners, private events are another way for restaurants to create exceptional dining experiences for their guests in a special atmosphere. It can be tricky to manage a private events since there are so many moving parts, but there are key things management can do to create a program that makes sense for your restaurant. Here are four ways Pearl and her team at Old Ebbitt Grill maintain a thriving private events program. [Read more…]