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  • Christy Strong-Simmons,

    USA Fencing National Events Director  

    John Groff,

    American Society of Naval Engineers, Fleet Maintenance & Modernization  

    Bob Ferraro,

    NHSCA Executive Director  

    Cindy Curtis,

    Virginia Parks & Recreation Society  

    Edith White,

    Urban League of Hampton Roads  

    Amy Frostick,

    J&A Racing  
     

    It was such a relief not to have to worry about anything knowing your capable staff had it all “under control.” I especially appreciated Antonio’s technical assistance, dependability and easy-going manner.

    Dr. Robert Brooks

    VBCPS Teacher Forum National Speakers Series  

    It was all wonderful. Nothing but compliments. The entire staff at the [VBCC] and [caterer] could not have been better. Also the quality of the food at both the Ladies Brunch and President’s Banquet was excellent. The other locations that SASA goes too, Myrtle Beach and Pigeon Forge does not come close to what we have at Virginia Beach. Thanks so much for all of your personal attention too.

    David Monell, SASA Past President

    South Atlantic Shrine Association  

    You all did a great job! The food was great as well! I heard lots of nice comments! Look forward to working with you again next year!

    Martha Thomas

    Mary Kay Regional Sales Convention  

    I consider the VA Beach CVB an extension of my office. They took the time to thoroughly understand my event. In every area - they exceeded my expectations. I believe [they] added value to my event, brought quality and professionalism to my team and helped me take my event to a level higher than it could have obtained without their involvement.

    Dean Jones, CMP | Conference & Events Manager

    Rejuvenate Marketplace  

    What a great event! The CVB really did pull out all the stops. I have to say, they are a very special team who provided an excellent experience.

    Scott Graham | Meetings and Expositions Director | Christian Booksellers Association (CBA)

    Rejuvenate Marketplace  

    The members of my team, as well as my client, were impressed with the professionalism and excellent service we received from the convention center staff at every turn. I felt fortunate to work with a group of professionals that understand the unusual balance of calm and efficiency that keeps the rest of us on track. I am please to now consider Virginia Beach for my other clients’ needs knowing that the city can truly offer excellent service and execution of a flawless program.

    Ms. Marti Balcom, President, The Balcom Group

    National Association of Workforce Development Professionals’ Conference  

    Thank you is barely enough, but it is heartfelt and sincere. Virginia Beach and the entire Hampton Roads area could not have been more welcoming and hospitable during Marketplace week...I had delegates come up to me who felt, based only on their arrival at the airport, their ride to the convention and check-in at the hotel, that they had experienced the best Marketplace ever because of the warmth and hospitality of the community and the volunteers. I can't say thank you enough to the hundreds of volunteers who serve...Each of our volunteers is very special and critical to the ABA, and I thank each and every one of you for helping make Marketplace what it is today, and what it will be tomorrow.

    Peter Pantuso, ABA President

    American Bus Association 2008 Marketplace  

    We thoroughly enjoyed our event at your facility and everyone raved about the food! Thank you so much for the excellent service!

    Linda Rutherford

    Cox Communications Teambuilding  

    Outstanding event! I received many unsolicited accolades regarding the facility and staff. Many of the senior Commanding Officers have not visited the VBCC and were very pleased. Thank you very much for your flexibility and your outstanding service! The large disco ball was a great hit!

    Robert McCharen

    Hampton Roads Seabee Ball  

    The food was great. People truly enjoy it, and they constantly spoke about just how good the food was.

    Carla Bailey, USABI

    USABI Construction Contracting Consortium  

    Great job, outstanding example of "green" facility.

    Denise Thompson, Director of Member Services & Environmental Policy, Virginia Municipal League

    Go Green Virginia Forum  

    Patricia and Cassandra, the entire wait staff, the bartenders, the coat check ladies were courteous, friendly and made us all feel welcome. Patricia and Cassie’s level of knowledge and professionalism made the planning and execution of our event easy and enjoyable. Home Depot Holiday Party  

    Erica was outstanding. She made our event so memorable. Dee was wonderful the night of the event and always asked me questions before she did things. Everything ran smoothly. Westminster Winter Gala  

    [VBCC’s event manager] has been our rep for several years and knows STIHL’s likes and dislikes. I can depend on [them] to have everything arranged and ready to go. [VBCC’s catering staff] did a great job planning foods to symbolize different countries for our international themed event. [They] designed the serving areas in the lobby and ballroom differently than in past years and it made for good flow for our guests. [VBCC event manager] was close by in case I had any questions or requests during the evening to ensure everything went smoothly. I have received many compliments from our guests that this party was the best ever.

    Kathy Marsh

    Stihl Holiday Party 2008  

    This was STIHL’s third holiday party in as many years at the VBCC. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with the same event staff. We keep to the same format, just changing up the food and decor. We feel the Center’s staff is hard working and they give us excellent service. We hope to see you next year!

    Kathy Marsh

    Stihl Holiday Party 2009  

    This was a wonderful event. This team did a great job making everything happen for us, and the food and service was excellent!

    Connie Boucher

    Navy Seal 4 Team Dinner  

    Everyone had a great time at the party and was very impressed with the decor of the room, the courteous staff and the food. Everyone was very friendly and accommodating at the party. We will certainly keep the [VBCC] in mind next year!

    Kimberly Holland

    Kimley-Horn Holiday Party  

    Weather was horrible and the van was already circulating parking lot for our guests. Several VBCC staff volunteered & provided umbrella coverage for guests coming off the bus. This was such great customer service without having to ask! We wanted to have a bit different feel and atmosphere for this year, all the recommendations were spot on. The VIP reception was the best in five years!

    Gretchen Allen, Director

    United Way of South Hampton Roads Women’s Initiative Luncheon  

    Thank you for a great event! Everyone had a fabulous time and the food was very good. I’ve had several people tell me how good the food was and was a great time they had. We’ll have to do it again!

    Cindy Fletcher

    SL Nusbaum Holiday Party  

    Everyone has been saying how wonderful the food was. The food was excellent and so was your staff. Everyone did a great job and I truly appreciate all your hard work in helping me put this together.

    Joanie Ford

    Liberty Tax Holiday Party  

    What a great experience! From start to finish, the Sales and Catering staff were A+, and the facilities exceeded our expectations. We look forward to working with the Virginia Beach Convention Center in the future.

    Kimberly Bronk

    Cox Communications Employee Gala  

    Your facility is GREAT. Your staff is great. You make my job easy.

    Laurie Harrison, Event Planner

    Hampton Roads Youth Center Ray of Hope Award Gala  

    Overall, our experience was very good. All of the staff members were friendly and Ericka did an excellent job with the food.

    Cindy Bogdan

    Landstown High School Ring Dance Class of '09  

    With your help and Jane’s, we put up a top notch event that impressed the boss and other attendees. Col Bligh was most impressed with the food service and the ability to add that table at the last minute. My meter stick was based on the glowing conversations and reactions of the attendees over the night. The best testament was the stragglers that stayed until midnight even after the CMC left. Marine Corp Birthday BallThe experience was exceptionally coordinated and executed and the staff was superb. Many kudos and thanks to everyone there. I hope to someday work with them again.

    Sheila Flanagan, Conference Coordinator

    ModSim World Conference and Expo  

    Home run. Outstanding. Great folks to work with. Professional, motivated, great attitude and all have a "can-do" response. Thanks for a superb experience.

    Steve Strippoli, President

    AFCEA USNI Joint Warfighting Conference  

    We will continue to hold the Forum at the convention center and it is largely due to the excellence of the staff and catering.

    Barry Forbes

    NAVFAC Industry Forum  

    The Reunion Banquet was absolutely fantastic! The facilities, service and food were all first class and made for a very memorable experience. The skill, experience and professionalism of your staff were spectacular. Your efforts contributed directly to the overall success of the Red Ripper Reunion and allowed 210 former Rippers to have a memorable weekend.

    A.T. Desmet, Commander, U.S. Navy Commanding Officer

    Red Ripper Reunion Banquet  

    Absolutely superb work and great food. You all are the best!

    Steve Strippoli, President

    Joint Warfighting Conference  

    Excellent work to you and your team [...] I attended as a guest and was impressed with all you and your team did...Thank you again and a special thank you to all that you worked with last weekend. The food was great, wine was wonderful and service was impeccable!

    L. Dittmer

    Sea Bee Ball  

    Thanks for going the extra mile in making our holiday party a great success! Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed every aspect of the event. We plan to rebook with you for our next holiday party. We have been hearing nothing but good things from everyone who attended.

    H. Scheidt

    USS George Washington Holiday Banquet  

    Dave is such a pleasure to work with. He always makes sure everything I ask gets done right away. Jackie is a huge asset to your catering business. She is very professional and I enjoyed working with her. She also made sure I was well fed throughout the entire event! They are so accommodating and made my very stressful job go smoothly. Dickie, the electrician, is another person I want to recognize. He is so pleasant and gets the job done...FAST! Tidewater RV ShowI want to thank [VBCC event manager] and staff again. [He] is great and you are all very lucky to have [him] on your staff. We need more people like him in the work force.

    Cindy Byrum

    Tidewater Kennel Club  

    I can’t tell you how impressed we were by the service, the presentation and the food. We received glowing reviews from everyone who attended.

    Ann Marie Hohman | Student Services Coordinator

    Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling Commissioning Service  

    Our event was just wonderful. Thank you and your staff for such great service.

    Doris Dunekack

    Joy Ministries Mother’s Day Dinner  

    As always our meetings with you and your staff to plan the upcoming events for our organization were well handled and efficiently prepared. To date the activities we have held at the VBCC utilizing the services of Distinctive Gourmet have uniformly been excellent. Not only have the meals been creatively conceived, attractively presented , received appropriately hot or chilled as designed, they have been truly enjoyed by our guests. It is a significant challenge to select a menu each year that can be served to what is primarily the same group and still make each appear unique. Our congratulations to the Chef and his team.
    The 750 plus or minus guests that attend our main, signature event are the top business, community and professional leaders of this area. They are not easily pleased or quickly satisfied. As such service is always a consideration. Under your direction this very special element of the evening has been completely successful. To date we have received not one complaint in this area and to the contrary have been the recipient of many compliments. It is a pleasure to work with those who know and care about their professions and who produce quality not once but every time.

    Nancy Creech, President, Virginia Beach Neptune Festival

    Virginia Beach Neptune Festival  

    OUTSTANDING JOB, You all made me look good.

    James Bailey, Freedom Fund Banquet Chairman 3rd Vice President, NAACP

    NAACP (VA Beach Branch) Freedom Fund Banquet  

    Dee and the catering team were very attentive to our needs. They always made sure we were doing OK and brought anything we needed to our table. Also, Darcy and Patricia did a fabulous job planning and coordinating the event. The wedding was everything we dreamed of and more. All of our guests are still raving about the venue, the food, and the experience. We are so glad we chose the VBCC. You and the team did a superb job with every little detail. Everyone is still craving the seafood stuffed flounder!

    Sledge-Beltran Wedding

     

    You are incredibly fortunate to have Cassie Murdough on your team. She went out of her way for us on numerous occasions to provide as many options as possible. We were more than impressed with her level of service. Our guests ALL had raved about the quality of the food and attentive service from your staff. We would like to recognize the banquet manager and the woman who personally serviced the table for the bride and groom. She was kind enough to package a to go box for the both of us as we were busy greeting guests and didn’t get a chance to eat dinner. We were thrilled with the service and the venue itself and thank your entire staff for going out of their way to make our day special. It really was the happiest day of our lives!!

    Ingram-Dodson Wedding

     

     

    Thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding! It was everything we could have asked for and more. Paul and I had a great time and our guests could not stop talking about how great the food was! Thank you so much for making our day special!

    Reynoso/Gumayagay Wedding

     

    They were AMAZING! My wedding went perfectly because these ladies treated me like I was the only customer at the VBCC. I felt that by the end of our special day I had made three good friends, and I will recommend anyone to go to them with any event they have. I also want to thank the rest of the staff who set up everything for us. We are still getting compliments on the wedding, and I think it was partly because of the VBCC staff that assisted us.

    Cristie Stoneking

     

    I had a wonderful experience with the [VBCC]. All of my guests were impressed with the site, service and menu. Everything fell into place the day before and the day of the event and I have absolutely no complaints.

    Tricia McCord

     

    The food was amazing! People are STILL complimenting it! The VIP setup was beautiful and the guests loved it.

    Nicole Orozco

     

    It was an absolutely wonderful experience! Everything went perfectly and I could not have asked for better!

    Denise Canonizado Alcantara

     

    They were the friendliest, accommodating and professional staff that I’ve ever encountered. What I liked most about each of them was their level of enthusiasm they had when helping us plan. I knew they had other large major events going on and yet they never rushed us and treated us like we were their only customer. I will be singing your praises for a long time to come.

    Mary Yanisko

     

    We cannot begin to thank you for making our wedding reception a truly unforgettable event. You made the planning process so much less stressful than it could have been. You were always so prompt to answer questions and so accommodating in the final days leading up to the reception. Our guests commented, ‘the room was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the staff was great! Even with the large event downstairs, our guests said they were greeted at the door and promptly pointed in the right direction.

    Janice Lavapie

     

    The food and set up were fabulous and we have received numerous compliments on how delicious everything was (and looked)! You’ve been great to us throughout this entire process and we truly appreciate everything you have done for us. It has been a pleasure working with you!

    Joel & Jessica Gutierrez

     

    Thank you (again) for all your help during the planning process and for all of your help during our reception. Everything was beautiful and the food was delicious!

    Michelle & Cesar Balot

     

    You did a great job staying on top of our details and responding quickly to our requests and we appreciate your creative insight and suggestions into making the food events go smoothly. We always hear great comments about the food that Distinctive presents and this year was no exception. The cookout, reception and BBQ lunch were very well received and enjoyed! Please pass along our compliments to your chef. It’s always a pleasure to be at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and, we look forward to many more successful events in working together.

    Virginia Hazmat Conference

     

    I want to sincerely thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to my family reunion. Because of your diligence and commitment, the Lemon Family Reunion was an absolute success…Thanks to you, my job as a host was made that myuch easier and more rewarding. It is hard to find people that do their job with excellence, however, you and all of your staff went above and beyond all expectations…It was truly my pleasure working with you and look forward to working with you again in the future.

    Danielle Arnold, and the entire Lemon Family

     

    I would like to thank you for your tremendous support and attention in preparing the 2014 Seabee Ball. Your professionalism and exceptional performance ensured the success of our very important event. The dedication of your time and due diligence with all matters related to planning, staging and execution of this year’s Seabee Ball was a testament to the entire Virginia beach Convention Center team. Your superb efforts, motivation, and “Can Do” attitude were observed and appreciated by all. Thank you for a Job Well Done!

    J.A. Campbell, Commanding Officer, Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO

     

    We have been bombarded all week with guests who are saying they had the absolute BEST time they ever had at a wedding. They could not stop talking about ALL the amazing food, and how beautiful everything looked.

    Cardi and MaLisa Johnson

     

    I have heard nothing by fabulous comments about our event…usually people expect terrible food at these types of events, but I had several people tell me it was excellent and I know my plate was HOT! Not an easy challenge. My hat is off to you and the entire Distinctive Gourmet staff. You set the bar! In addition to being accommodating, you and your captains were such a pleasure to work with. You all are very professional and your attention to detail is unmatched. I cannot say enough!

    Kelly McGraw, Horizons Hampton Roads

     

    I wanted to thank you and your staff for your incredible assistance throughout the weekend. I appreciated your flexibility and the above and beyond service that everyone provided… There was always fresh food; hot food was hot, cold food was cold, there was plenty of ice for dinks and the coffee was always fresh, hot and plentiful (This is a very important thing for gymnastics coaches!). I look forward to working with you and your team again net year.

    Rachel Grass, Hospitality Coordinator for the 2013 Excalibur Cup Gymnastics Meet

     

    I was amazed at the professionalism and well-trained staff at all levels. I know the catering was outsourced to Distinctive Gourmet, who excelled in presentation as well as taste. Your facility and staff were outstanding. Thanks for providing such a high standard of service. Your organization is a superb reflection on the hospitality industry.

    Judy S. Ryals, Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau

     

    Your facilities provided a perfect set-up for our unique needs…we appreciate your generosity in permitting us to occupy your facilities for a full week…Special thanks to your chef and kitchen staff who provided healthy and tasty meals for all involved. Comments were often heard form assessors that the quality of the food far exceeded their expectations for a typical conference fare. We appreciate all of these extra efforts and others that we may not even be aware of. Truly, we appreciate your competent partnership in this endeavor and your willingness to share your beautiful facility with us.

    James A. Cervera, Police

     

    Wow! You guys rock! Everything was perfect at our wedding reception. Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t comment on how delicious the food was. It was really amazing! We can say thank you enough. Thanks for making our reception perfect! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Mr. & Mrs. Zukowski

     
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