January 8 – 10, 2019
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California

Diamond Sponsors

The Event Experience

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: The PRADO,  Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego
Transportation: 6:00pm-9:30pm continuous shuttles from the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and Hard Rock Hotel 
Tickets: Required for entry. Pre-purchased pick-up at registration 8am-5:30pm at the Convention Center Hall G or the door. Purchase at registration, online or at the door.
Event Details: Showcase and Networking Reception, mostly indoors throughout the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park
Suggested Attire:
Event Chairs: Marcy Melley, Sr Catering Sales Manager, The PRADOAmy Ulkutekin, Owner, Catalyst Creative Events

Event Trends – Combining the New with Iconic History

Events are about experience, ambiance, uniqueness, so you must join us at The Event Experience and be transported to another, beautiful world that is The Prado at Balboa Park, built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition festival.  Be prepared for a multi-room, immersive experience in each of The Prado’s spaces, planned by Catalyst Creative Events and First Comes Love.

As you enter the Courtyard of the historic Prado, you get your first taste of the mixture of Spanish, Moorish and Mexican architectural design you will notice throughout the event.  Yet, your experience tonight – as you explore this unique venue – will be filled with modern experiences and yummy tastes.  Plus, you see the latest trends in live events, and newest offerings from companies like BBJ Linens, Bright Event Rentals, Pacific Event Productions, and Vario Productions.

You will start with a garden experience in the courtyard designed by Thomas Bui Lifestyle, filled with cherry blossom trees by Three Petals and flower beds marking your path, marketing lighting by San Diego Event Lighting, and live caricature art of vines and a live fountain by Key Artist Group.  And you will be welcomed by The Prado team with a signature cocktail – a rose water cocktail in a champagne coupe from Bright Rentals.  In this area, you will enjoy entertainment by Mariea Antoinette, an edgy, elegant, and soulful harpist, and have the opportunity to have a personal souvenir glass made just for you by Signature Hand Engraving (don’t worry – he’ll be there throughout the event, so you don’t have to wait immediately!).  Plus, you will enjoy the craft beer offerings by Tap Truck, as the San Diego craft beer offerings are known worldwide, and start to enjoy the paella offerings from The Prado.  As one example of including variations on a simple item throughout an event, The Prado will also be serving seasonal shooters throughout the venue, with a floral one to be found in the courtyard.

As you move into the Ballroom, designed by Nahid’s Global Events, you start to enjoy the differences amongst the beauty of Balboa Park, the history of the Gaslamp Quarter, the energy of Old Town, and the trendy vibe of Little Italy.  Each area will have its own culinary influences for you to enjoy, from gelato provided by Frost Gelato, to cakes and desserts from Fab Cakes, and options like grilled street tacos, paella, short ribs, koji beef crostinis, and even a slider station by The Prado Catering.  You will be able to imbibe – and be educated at the same time – with a wine tasting area by JUSTIN Wines, and an infused tequila tasting by Scarlette Bartending.  And you will be thoroughly entertained by the Big Band experience of Encore Entertainment, as well as the Electric Violin of SPAGS Music.  Plus, you’ll be able to experience Virtual Reality offerings for venues by All Seated, a 180 degree photo booth by CEG Interactive, and an LED Wall by Show Imaging.  In this area, you will have the comfort of CORT Rentals, the décor of Pacific Event Production and Bright Event Rentals and lighting by Vario Productions.  

It’s time to head upstairs to enjoy what else this event has to offer!  In the Upper Arcade, the Touch Screen DJ capabilities of Mobile Music Plus will invite you into the color and life of the Alhambra Room, designed by Jacob Thater, where we celebrate Hillcrest and pay homage to the LGBTQ community and what is trending in LGBTQ events.  You’ll enjoy the tastes of brunch here, with modern brunch offerings by Personal Touch Dining, along with a mimosa station and bloody mary station (with vodka from Svedka) by Snake Oil Cocktail Company.  Here you will be entertained by a Drag Queen and dancers, provided by Innovative Entertainment, along with a Dream Machine Oxygen Bar by Airheads.  Plus the décor by Three Petals and comfort of CORT Rentals, Pacific Event Productions and Bright Event Rentals.

And you won’t want to miss the Loggia Room, designed by Bliss Event, which will be transformed in Coastal San Diego, a seaside retreat, celebrating the relaxed vibe.  There you will enjoy the tastes of fresh fish sashimi directly from the fish by Sushi on a Roll and oysters by Broad Street Oysters, as well as the sweetness of churros by Churros el Tigre, while enjoying the tequila bar by Casa Noble and micheladas from Modelo.  In this space, you will be entertained by a beachy vibe band by Encore Entertainment while you are in awe over the work of a live sand sculpture architect, Archisand, and enjoying the comfort and décor of Bright Event Rentals.

The Event Experience will provide a true captivating San Diego experience you don't want to miss. We will see you there!

Find out more about the unique venue of The PRADO here.