Small Market Meetings

NOV 2016

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November 2016 21 with staggered brown and white towers rising over the Contraband Bayou, and its interior does not disappoint. The elegant 14,140-square- foot Ballroom is considered Louisiana's premier meeting venue. Lined in paneled wainscot and coffered ceiling beams, this 1900s-style event center extends outside onto a landscaped terrace, supplying the perfect setup for an evening banquet or reception. Another unusual aspect of the resort is the recurring theme of Louisianan roots and culture, from French-based names to local food dishes. "Our customized meal experiences highlight the Creole cuisine of southwest Louisiana," said director of public relations Karen Andersen. This festive atmosphere often inspires guests to plan colorful events. "Past groups have gathered for a luau by the pool, a 'cochon de lait' experience with a fully roasted pig or a Mardi Gras-themed cocktail party on the Terrace," Andersen said. For a taste of fine dining, guests can stop by Ember Grille and Wine Bar, or relax with a beer at Jack Daniel's Bar and Grille, which offers live music and lip-smacking barbecue. Before morning meeting sessions, delegates often grab a pastry at the resort's newest casual dining venue, Modern Pantry. In the casino, game players can try their luck at 1,600 slots, 83 table games and monthly poker tournaments. There are several top-quality shops to browse, from boutiques to clothing and pro-golf supplies. For a relaxing afternoon, drift down the lazy river or visit the award- winning Contraband Bayou Golf Course. During the holidays, many businesses organize an appreciation trip for employees, treating them to a program of wine tastings, gift certifi- cates to local shops and sunset boat rides at the marina. www.llakecharles.com Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi, Mississippi Visitors channel their inner rock star at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, where musical talent and history fill the halls. "We have a huge culture of different rock music around us, and the meeting spaces also have that," said sales and catering coordinator Cortney Hyer. Located right off Highway 90, the Hard Rock Hotel strives to facilitate planning for guest groups with production services, customizable catering menus and audiovisual equipment. Planners can take advan- tage of the 1,800-square-foot Rock and Roll meeting room or consider the casino's premier entertainment venue, Hard Rock Live, which seats more than 1,500 people and includes several dining halls. Out on the pool deck, guests get a stunning view of the Gulf of Mexico and can swim over to Tequilas on the Gulf for a custom cock- tail. Tequilas' menu includes quesadillas, taco salads, churros and more. "It's beautifully set right next to the pool overlooking the gulf, and so the view is second to none," said Hyer. The restaurant also functions as a venue for cocktail parties or receptions, and since it is climate controlled, guests can enjoy the setting in both humid or chilly weath- er. Other notable amenities are the Body Rock Gym; the Rock Spa; and Boogie Nights, a dance hall dedicated to '70s and '80s music. In October, the hotel hosts the Champagne and Shellfish Festival, during which local chefs prepare a mouthwatering array of oysters, shrimp and other seafood for tasting. www.hrhcbiloxi.com EXQUISITE CATERING BUDDY V'S RISTORANTE NOW OPEN! ROOM RENOVATIONS COMPLETE! Must be 21 years of age or older to enter the Sands Casino. GAMBLING PROBLEM? CALL 1-800-GAMBLER. M E E T I N G S | E N T E R T A I N M E N T D I N I N G | O U T L E T S | H O T E L SANDS BETHLEHEM WHERE YOUR MEETING IS ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY. Book your meeting or conference today by calling Scott Lewis at 484.777.7928 or email scott.lewis@sands.com.

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