June 6th: The 2016 Welcome Conference

On June 6th, the Welcome Conference  will return with the theme “Being Present.” The Welcome Conference is an annual forum for those in the hospitality industry, (and those who bring hospitality to other industries) to exchange ideas and perspectives, and to establish new connections. Last year’s theme focused on the idea of “Being Right,” and featured talks by Steve Ells, Sarah Robbins, Bill Golderer and Jon Batiste, among others.

This year’s attendees can attend forums with some of the most creative and passionate individuals in the industry on:

1. Being present as individuals – giving ourselves the time and grace to contemplate life rather than rushing through it. 

2. Being present with each other –  putting aside all of our to dos and distractions and truly, deliberately connecting with those around us.

3. Being present at work – allowing ourselves to engage deeply in one thing at a time and questioning whether multitasking is always the most efficient approach to take. 

Tickets go on sale April 26th. For more information about the conference, click here.

One Way to Go Green Today: Apply to be a Mobile Food Vendor at NYC Parks

The NYC parks department has issued a request for bids (RFB) for mobile food vendors at various park locations in Central Park and around the city. See below for details, and apply before Thursday, April 7th.

In accordance with Section 1-12 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (“Parks”) is issuing, as of the date of this notice, a Request for Bids (“RFB”) for the sale of food from mobile food units at various park locations citywide (Solicitation #CWB2016B),and a Request for Bids for the sale of food from mobile food units at various locations at Central Park, Manhattan (solicitation #CWB2016A).

Hard copies of each RFB can be obtained, at no cost, commencing Wednesday, March 16, 2016 through Thursday, April 7, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065.   All bids submitted in response to each RFB must be submitted by no later than Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Each RFB is also available for download, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 through Thursday, April 7, 2016 on Parks’ website.  To download the RFB, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities, click on the link for “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFB’s description.

For more information related to the RFB contact Zoe Piccolo (for Bronx and Staten Island Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email: zoe.piccolo@parks.nyc.gov; Eric Weiss (for Brooklyn Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email: eric.weiss@parks.nyc.gov; Joseph Conforti (for Queens Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email: joe.conforti@parks.nyc.gov, or Glenn Kaalund (for Central Park and Manhattan Parks) at (212) 360-1397 or via email: glenn.kaalund@parks.nyc.gov.