3 Seasonal Cocktails for Your Winter Wedding

3 Winter Wedding Cocktails | Legendary Events

Winter boasts some of the most delicious tastes of the entire year. Apples, pears, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, crackling fires and toasted marshmallows are just a few of the signature aromas and flavors that chase away the cold by warming both body and spirit. It’s no wonder that so many brides opt to plan their big day during such a special season 

Creating a Party Menu to Fit Any Atlantan’s Diet

Atlanta Event Caterers | Legendary EventsThe DJ commands the dance floor, guiding the rhythm of your guests’ every move, shake and shimmy. Give your guests the fuel they need to keep the moves going all night long with a party menu they’ll love. Don’t lose sleep wondering how to please the tastes of any Atlantan’s pallette. Read on for menu tips from your local Atlanta event caterers.
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Beat The Heat With A Legendary Drink!

To beat the heat, A Legendary Event suggests serving a refreshing cocktail at your summer soiree! As one of Atlanta’s award-winning caterers, our “Legendary” mixologists have been concocting fabulous drinks for your special summer days and soirees. Tony’s Old Fashioned Favorite: In true, classy Conway fashion, Tony releases his recipe for an Old Southern favorite. 1 Splash Soda Water 1 Sugar Cube 2 dashes aromatic bitters 1 ½ oz Whiskey (Canadian Club) 1 Orange Slice 1 Cherry 1 Lemon Peel Twist Muddle soda water, sugar, and bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Add whiskey and ice. Garnish with an orange slice, cherries, and a lemon twist.

Fox Five Road Warrior at Legendary Event! Five Segments! Five Departments!

What a thrill to have Fox Five’s outstanding Road Warrior Stacey Elgin come and visit  A Legendary Event! Our team showed how to have a Legendary holiday with our very own Legendary experts demonstrating what A Legendary Event has to offer for the holiday table.  Executive Chef Christophe in the kitchen showcased a fabulous Holiday Cranberry Orange Relish.  Executive Pastry Chef Charles Barrett in the Pastry Shop demonstrated how to make our famed Pumpkin Cheesecake Lollipops.  Floral Director Jeanna Graham showed how simple food die and seasonal fruit such as crabapples or cranberries can add a simplistic flair to a holiday table. Creative Director Steve Welsh showed his talents by creatively transforming a wood panel from the hardware store into a stunning and spectacular tiger eye patterned wood dining table that made an exquisite fall statement. CEO and founder, award-winning Tony Conway showed us his festive flair by appointing the perfect place setting with colorful table napkins making a scalloped fold that dressed up the table and resembled a memorable Thanksgiving turkey styled design. The Legendary team showed how limitless the possibilities are at A Legendary Event and when you add a personal touch, everyone enjoys the holiday in style. Try one of our recipes and tell us how it turned out! 

Happy Holidays and may your blessings be many!

Hotlanta Now- Delta Sky Magazine Launch

A Legendary Event kicked off a fabulous magazine launch and spread in the recent November Delta Sky magazine, which had a spectacular insert all about Atlanta! The kick-off event was held at the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled the profile issue with a focus on Atlanta. The city has never looked so good or so inviting with our very own Tony Conway, CEO and Owner of A Legendary Event as your expert guide to a dozen philanthropic events that make a difference in our great city.  Delta also featured Tony’s upcoming award honor for his dedication to A Meal To Remember befitting Senior Citizen Services of Atlanta.  This issue is filled with many positive articles written on how great the city of Atlanta is and where we are headed in the future.  Without question, Atlanta will be Delta’s travelers next destination after reading this exciting article and we’re very proud of Tony and A Legendary Event for the unending dedication to giving back.  Take a look at this page-turning spread to learn more about the wonderful city A Legendary Event calls our own, Atlanta!

Atlanta Opera Ball

We were very honored to create the stunning décor for the fabulous Opera Ball last month.  The Atlanta Opera Ball began its 31st Season  On October 2nd and opened its season with the  staple of romantic opera repertoire, La bohème. In snowy Paris, six young penniless artists are full of idealism and beauty, but they soon encoun­ter the harsh realities of life. Therefore, our fabulous event designer, Amy Saltzman, interpreted this years Ball into a Bohemian Parisian setting at the St. Regis.  Overall, the ballroom and stage looked magnificent (or should I say Magnifico in Italian!).  A Legendary Event was thrilled to support such a significant cultural event in our great city of Atlanta!!

**Photos Courtesy of Laura Stone at http://www.artstarphotography.com/

New Legendary Catering & Design Sales Manager

Atlanta – (October 5, 2010)―Sam Polk is the newest member of A Legendary Event’s award-winning, full-service special events company, which specializes in catering, design and floral. Polk has served the hospitality industry with over 20 years experience creating and managing high visibility events for groups as large as 25,000 throughout the United States.

Well known to the Atlanta hospitality industry, Polk began his prestigious career as the Special Events Manager at Zoo Atlanta, where he was responsible for marketing, hospitality and fundraising events including Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast affair, raising more than $500,000 annually. Polk then served as Foundation Director for Northside Hospital, where he managed a fundraising budget of $1.2 million annually and directed numerous galas, golf/tennis tournaments, overseeing the highly-publicized community tree lighting events. He was also instrumental in the development of an employee/physician community service program with over 1,500 active volunteers assisting organizations in six counties.

Other highlights of Polk’s career includes owning and creating a unique coffee house dessert café called Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor, which he sold and is still to this day a very successful coffee house in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This popular institution has been featured in the media including the pages of Southern Living and Atlanta Magazine. He also ran an interior design service called Frugality By Design and a retail gift shop.

As a dedicated community volunteer, Polk has been actively involved in the non-profit world including volunteering for The American Heart Association, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, March of Dimes, Hands on Atlanta, Board of Directions of the Fulton County Education Foundation, Partnership Coordinator for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and served as Chairman of the North Fulton County March of Dimes Walk America.

Tony Conway, President and Owner of A Legendary Event said, “We are extremely excited to have Sam Polk on board. His wealth of talents in the field will be a fantastic addition to our team as we strive to provide our clients with a legendary experience. We have confidence in Sam and are confident he will be a valuable member of our team of talented catering, design and sales professionals.”

Holiday Party Advice from Tony Conway

Dear Professor Bruce:

I own a small printing company, and for 10 years we have given a fabulous holiday party. Sales are down this year, but we still want to entertain, thank our clients and network for new business. How can we give a reasonable party and still get our brand out there? Our yearly party is something everyone has looked forward to in the past. We’re concerned that if we don’t do it this year, people will think we are not doing well or we don’t appreciate their business.


Since you have entertained yearly and created such a special tradition at your company with this holiday party, I don’t recommend canceling the party this year. There are many ways to adjust the budget and give holiday parties and corporate events that keep your brand alive and well.
Tony Conway, Founder of A Legendary Event, has some good advice:
— Give a party that makes a difference. You can do an event on a smaller scale at your company. Change your party focus to giving to a worthwhile cause and keep it simple. Perhaps a customer or community member has been touched by illness or some other hardship. Ask everyone to bring a book for a children’s hospital, cans for a hunger drive or something else purposeful. Serve “just desserts” this year to sweeten the lives of others.
— Think quality vs. quantity. Review and scale down your guest list and focus on quality. There are probably many people on the list who have not referred to your business or people who should no longer be on the list. Reducing the numbers can help you better budget any event.
— Make it memorable. Add a theme to your party. Since you’re a printer, incorporate your overruns. Decorate the tables with all the printing samples you’ve done and celebrate your 10 years of printing. Proudly display your work and focus on what you’ve done for clients in a creative way. From table cards to table toppers, centerpieces and more, your printing pieces should be integrated into your decor. It will save money and promote what you do.
— Be creative. Instead of throwing a cocktail party this year, think about an afternoon picnic or something more casual. Picnics are popular and can even be indoors and are value-driven. We’re seeing parties that used to be sit-down dinners instead be light fare and appetizers. You don’t have to serve a feast. Your guests will feast their eyes on whatever you do, but keep your legend alive and party on!

Author/Byline: BRUCE FREEMAN , Scripps Howard News Service
(Bruce Freeman, The Small Business Professor, is president of ProLine Communications, a marketing and public relations firm in Livingston, N.J., and author of “Birthing the Elephant” (Ten Speed Press). E-mail questions to Bruce(at)SmallBusinessProf.com.)

Copyright (c) 2010 Scripps Howard News Service
“Professor Bruce”
Bruce Freeman, The Small Business Professor®

Soirees Southern Events

Photos Courtesy of Nancy Jo McDaniel & Laura Stone
Photos Courtest of Lasting Impressions Photography
Photos Courtesy of Nancy Jo McDaniel
We are delighted to be featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Soirees Southern Events. The articles include our new event venue, Sutton Mill, in Clarkesville, Georgia and the gorgeous wedding of Brandon & Adrienne Worley at the Mill. We blogged about the Farm inspired Nuptials of Ashley & Garland Smith in the spring and the wedding made a perfect feature for the magazine. Visit http://www.soireessouthernevents.com/ to view the entire Fall/Winter issue of this magazine!

The Woodruff Arts Center Awards Hospitality Contract to Legendary Partners of Atlanta

A Legendary Event and Centerplate Join Forces to Deliver
Rave Reviews at Atlanta’s Premier Arts Venue

STAMFORD, CT (August 4, 2010)—Legendary Partners of Atlanta, a new collaboration between A Legendary Event, Atlanta’s foremost special events firm, and Centerplate,  the leading hospitality provider to North America’s premier entertainment venues, sports stadiums and convention centers, announced today it has been awarded the long-term contract as hospitality partner to The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

Recognized as one of the nation’s most prestigious arts centers, and the only center in the nation combining visual and performing arts, The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences. Since 1968, The Woodruff Arts Center has served more than 30 million patrons and annually offers more than 3,300 performances and exhibitions. Its board selected Legendary Partners of Atlanta as its food and beverage solution provider after a lengthy and competitive review process.

“We are very excited about our new relationship with Legendary Partners of Atlanta,” says Joe Bankoff, President and CEO of The Woodruff Arts Center. “They understand our business, appreciate our mission and presented a plan to provide an unparalleled guest experience for each of our audiences.”

Viewed by Atlanta’s charitable, corporate and civic organizations as the region’s premier special events company, A Legendary Event’s Tony Conway, President and Owner states, “We are thrilled to join Centerplate in providing outstanding guest service to The Woodruff Arts Center’s audiences, and excited to deliver the level of excellence that has come to represent the Center’s programming. We are looking forward to bringing Atlanta back to The Woodruff Arts Center for its events and dining.”

Centerplate serves over 250 leading entertainment, sports and convention venues throughout North America, including twenty-one marquee performing arts centers. The company is known for its compelling food and beverage programs; in 2010 alone Centerplate served as the hospitality partner to the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, the South Beach Wine & Food Show, and the recent Nuclear Summit in Washington, D.C. “We are honored to have this opportunity to serve The Woodruff Arts Center and the city of Atlanta, and we are extremely excited to provide world-class hospitality to this world-class facility.” says Des Hague, President and CEO of Centerplate.

Legendary Partners of Atlanta is scheduled to begin service at The Woodruff Art Center in the fall of 2010. Among its plans are a refreshed restaurant concept, enhancements to public food offerings, and offering an array of special event catering choices.
This announcement follows recent Centerplate new business partnerships, including being selected as hospitality partner to the jewel of Ontario the Niagara Convention & Civic Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada and its start of operations at Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Pops. A Legendary Event was named the 2010 Event Spotlight Recipient for Catering Company of the Year and the 2010 Catersource ACE (Achievement in Catering Excellence) Award for the Best Catering Company in the South Region.

About the Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the premier cultural centers in the nation, a unique institutional model where arts institutions unite to form a collaborative and inspirational environment for the arts and education. The Woodruff Arts Center houses four renowned arts organizations: Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences. In addition to its role as a cultural beacon and hub of the Southeast, the Center serves as a critical economic, educational, and social catalyst for Atlanta and the region. For more information, visit http://www.woodruffcenter.org/.

About Centerplate
Centerplate crafts and delivers “Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results.” in 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America—including 21 performing arts centers. Centerplate has provided services to Art Basel Miami Beach, 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 12 Super Bowls, 19 World Series, key events for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Visit the company online at http://www.centerplate.com/.