Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving?

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Where are you celebrating Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays of the year in the US.  People travel all over the country to join family and friends for a home cooked banquet and cheers. Maybe you aren’t interested in cooking enough to feed an army, or perhaps you don’t have any plans for Thanksgiving. That doesn’t mean that you have to spend Thanksgiving alone and hungry. There are so many restaurants all over the US that offer holiday meals to celebrate this special day. Sometimes they have specials that last all month long. Here are a few spots that we found in some of America’s biggest cities.

New York City - Jones Wood Foundry

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On the Upper East Side, you can find the English pub Jones Wood Foundry. Run by owner and Chef Jason Hicks and operations partner Yves Jadot, Jones Wood Foundry is meant to be a place where everyone can call their own. Its namesake comes from the fact that this area used to be a forest that burned down toward the end of the 19th century. Serving comfort British food and showing English Premiere League Games, Jones Woods Foundry is sure to be a hit even when it isn’t Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving Day, Jones Wood Foundry is serving a traditional prix-fixe dinner. From 11 am to 8 pm, enjoy butternut squash ravioli with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner that comes with pumpkin pie as dessert. Jason Hicks recommends trying the Chestnut apple and sage stuffing and the roasted brussel sprouts if you decide to spend the day at his restaurant.

New York City - Aldea

If you were to look up what “Aldea” means in Portuguese, it would translate to “village”. Since 2009, Chef George Mendes has tried to make his restaurant seem quaint yet sophisticated as he serves dishes inspired by the Iberian Peninsula.  Mendes has always had a passion for cooking, and what better way than to cook meals based on what his Portuguese family made.  And the passion shows, since Aldea has been the talk of magazines and has won many awards, including a Michelin star. This Thanksgiving, enjoy a 3-course prix-fixe traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a Portuguese twist. Enjoy autumn acorn soup with Concord grape and pumpkin seed to walnut cake and honey.

Chicago - River Roast 

For good American food right on the Chicago River, River Roast specializes in meat, fish and veggies roasted to perfection. Chef Tony Mantuano goes in a different direction after having been responsible for the success of the famed Italian restaurant Spiaggia. River Roast also has quite the selection of Midwestern beer, as well as live musical performances during brunch. For Thanksgiving, there will be four carved roasts, a selection of salads and sides as well as a variety of desserts. So dig into a roasted turkey or maybe just eat your weight in pumpkin pie, the River Roast is sure to satisfy. 

Chicago - Signature room at the 95th

Go to the John Hancock Center and get on an elevator to the 95th floor. There, you will find the Signature Room. Started in 1993 by a hospitality management company, it has been a part of the Chicago restaurant scene for over 20 years. Being considered one of “America’s Top Tables” by Gourmet Magazine readers since 1997, The Signature Room is always known for its high-quality by tourists and locals alike. Here you can bring the whole family for a spectacular view of the city as they dine. Enjoy live music as you are greeted with Champagne and a seafood bar. Choose an entree that includes classics like roasted turkey or be adventurous and try lamb chops, with a dessert buffet to fill you to the brim.

All these places sound really good to check out if Thanksgiving dinner isn’t happening at home or if no one had plans to cook.  But regardless of where you are or what you eat, GMS wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that this holiday season is bright and peaceful. 

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Together: A celebration of corporate unity

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Together: A celebration of corporate unity

How to bring alive the geographic diversity of multilocation practice for a large national consulting company?  That was the challenge thrown our way—a tall order, but we were up to it!  We all had to put our famed GMS creativity hats on and start imagining what each urban area where the company has a foothold stood for. Mandated by the conference theme “together,” and armed with graphic design and CAD drawings, we set off to transform Geraghty, a blank event space in Chicago, into an urban oasis of food and festive imagery representing some vibrant US cities. From Chicago to Texas, from Seattle to New York, from San Francisco to Minneapolis, and from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, there was no shortage of metaphoric representation of each geographic area. 

Food is what unite us all! From Chicago’s famed deep-dish pizza to Seattle’s celebrated java, from New York’s legendary corned beef to LA’s delightful fish tacos food was everywhere aplenty.  Some were downing Texas smoked briskets while sipping on Napa’s premium wines. In another corner, some found themselves in Pittsburgh admiring pierogi while other were plainly appreciating Minnesota’s wild rice risotto. The food was the best tool we found to bring together such a dynamic group of professionals in admiration of their firm’s geographic and practice diversity. There was no shortage of food replication nor city scenes to cure any nostalgia some participants may have felt during the weeklong proceedings.  With a unifying theme like “Together,” the young and active crowd danced the night away to the versatile music of the Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press to wee hours—but miraculously, they were all attentive next morning for their closing ceremonies.  

Event Décor & Technical Production by Kehoe Designs

Challenged with such enormous tasks as creating a lasting theme for what turned out to be 15th year anniversary of the firm’s founding, we had to reach to symbols.  Crystal is the symbol of 15th anniversary and the weeklong celebrations shined in every turn like a symbolically brilliant crystal.  As our client plays a pivotal role in transforming many companies’ businesses, we too tried to bring together the firm’s disperse operations under one brilliantly decorated roof with pomp and circumstance—as a symbol of natural unity.      

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Only in New York City

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Only in New York City

 A whopping 61.8 million tourists travel to New York City every year and they often visit some of the well-known tourist stops: The Empire State building, Central Park, Times Square, and many other big names. While we strongly recommend that you visit these places if you are in the City for the first time, New York City has so much more to offer. Global Management Services found these little gems sparkling in the City and thinks you should check them out.

The McKittrick Hotel---Sleep No More

The McKittrick Hotel---Sleep No More

A bunch of warehouses make up the “recently restored” MicKittirck Hotel. Here you can find an immersive play based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” but the setting takes place in a 1930s noir film. Those who come to see the performance are required to wear mask, which the McKittrick Hotel provides. Since it is an immersive experience, guests can leave anytime they like, and can even stop by The Gallow Green rooftop restaurant or The Manderley Bar for food and drinks.

 

The National Museum of Mathematics

Most people shudder and try to avoid thinking of the dreaded subject called math. The National Museum of Mathematics wants to change that. Bringing the everyday and extraordinary things that we experience and showing the math behind it. The MoMath has been in Flatiron district of Manhattan since 2009, showing the beauty in math for the young and not-so-young. See the shadow of a tesseract or a bicycle with square wheels! You are sure to learn something at the nation’s only museum that focuses on mathematics, and maybe—just maybe—you will hate math a little less.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Before 1986, this 4.5 acre park used to be a landfill. Artists and activists of Queens, New York, turned it into what it is today a great place for locals and tourist alike! You can go on a self-guided tour or stop by for one of their outdoor film events. Many upcoming artists show off their work here, so you can come back and always see something new. There are all sorts of classes and performances; and it is open every day of the year.

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There are so many things off the beaten path in New York City, and GMS can take you there. For a unique journey, contact us for all your incentive travel needs. 

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Fall for Boston as Autumn Comes Around

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Fall for Boston as Autumn Comes Around

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, fall is making it known that it is here. Some places don’t have a full range of seasons, or if they do, it’s not crisp fall days with multicolored leaves, but just drab grey everywhere. But in Boston, Massachusetts, fall is the perfect time of year to visit. GMS points out all the fun things you can do to get in the autumn spirit while traveling in Boston.

Nothing says fall like Halloween and the scary stuff it entails. At the Peabody Museum, they display sci-fi and horror posters from the collection of Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett. This exhibit will be available to the public until November 27th. So if you want to look at mid-century artwork that helped inspire one of the most famous metal bands, this place wouldn’t be too bad to visit.

Ghost & Gravestones

If you want something that’s a little more bump in the night, consider going to a ghost tour from Ghost & Gravestones. Hear real stories about the History of Boston, close to 400 years’ worth. Right now, they have tours seven days a week until mid-November. If you are the type that is always ready for a good scare and a good history lesson, you can come back early March of next year to get a good fright.

Fall Cruise on The Charles River

Fall Cruise on The Charles River

If you are not into horror so much, there are still many traditional fall things to do in Boston. The Charles Riverboat Company invites you to take a 90-minute cruise to enjoy the fall foliage along the Charles River. Pass by the best colleges as you enjoy fall treats like apple cider and take in the best that fall has to offer.

Fall in Boston is sure way to guarantee a great time. At GMS, we guarantee event excellence anywhere you want to travel, Boston included.

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Fun never dies in New York—or in—Miami

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Fun never dies in New York—or in—Miami

Our account managers, Ann-Kathrin and Adeline just completed running a fantastic event that took place in not just one cool city, but two! Being on-site managers for a financial services company, they made sure that our VIP client guests enjoyed themselves. Someone even got engaged on this program!  That much fun! Here we want to share the highlights of what GMS did in New York City and Miami, and why Ann-Kathrin and Adeline love these cities so much.

New York City

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The city that never sleeps was a great place to start the incentive trip. Our client got to enjoy exploring Central Park, learning about the heroic acts of men and women at Ground Zero, and go see The Lion King on Broadway. Oh, and did we mentioned the food?

Award Dinner at Penthouse 808

Award Dinner at Penthouse 808

This dinner was a part of a Gala and award ceremony where the client celebrated and gave awards to their key people who worked hard in their company. Did we mention the dinner came with a limo to give it a real VIP experience, and there was a little dance party at the end of the fun-filled day. 

Miami

Having a little fun in the sun, Miami was the second part of this fun trip. We not only went to the great Miami beaches, but we also took out the client to Everglades National park, where there are over 1.5 million acres of wetlands full of diverse wildlife.

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Not only did the group get to explore some of Florida’s wetlands, but they got to experience Latin culture with food that tasted like it came directly from Havana to watching dances from South American and the Caribbean. It was something that our clients and our on-site account managers won’t forget anytime soon.

 

 

 

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IMEX America 2017

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IMEX America 2017

If you work in the meetings, events, or incentive travel industry, IMEX is the place to be. Not only is it the place where clients, businesses, and suppliers can meet up and establish professional relationships—or renew the exiting ones, IMEX is also a place for education. Every year, thought leaders talk about the present and the future of the industry. If you didn’t get to go to IMEX America this year, you really missed a lot. Over 12,000 people were there for the incredible opportunities. People fly in from all over the world just for this tradeshow!  The next time you could go to IMEX America would be on October 16th to the 18th of 2018. While this is an experience that you should partake in yourself, GMS has you covered. Here are some of the many things we did.

Took this year’s theme to heart:  This year’s theme was “Purposeful Meetings.”  What does that mean for your business? A meeting with purpose pushes out all of the unnecessary and distracting issues, letting one be able to mindfully absorb the information given. This could be done in the “white spaces” provided in the Sand Expo and Conventions Center. You could also use this space to disconnect from everything going on. Having time to think and relax is taking precedence, as it has been said that activity is not necessarily productivity.

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Staying #VegasStrong

On October 1st, another tragedy struck America. Fifty-eight people were killed and over 500 people were injured in one of the deadliest mass shootings. What happened next is what really shows what makes up the heart of the city. Las Vegas persevered. The country persevered. People are sending cards to Las Vegas’ city hall. People are donating money to victims and their families. The amount of support coming from IMEX and the rest of the country is astounding. It’s hopeful; it’s a shimmering star in a dark world. We are proud to be part of reminding the country and the world that we are #VegasStrong.

Learning more about the industry and what we can provide for our clients.

Two of our account managers got the chance to be present at IMEX this year. They learned about all sort of services that could be an interest to our clients and networked with fellow professionals. Being able to interact with thousands of like-minded people and forge new relationships was pretty exciting. Not only that, we even got to experience the Las Vegas nightlife as they took a fun food tour. For two and a half hours, we were smacking our lips with lipsmackingfoodie tours.

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IMEX 2017 was a blast. It was a wonderful opportunity and we hope to see our valued clients next year at IMEX America 2018. GMS will also be represented at IMEX in Frankfurt in May 2018.

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