After their first-look on the rooftop of the Ivy Boutique Hotel, Emma and Tunji strolled east along Ontario St to Chez where they said their vows in front of family and friends. Dozens of white calla lillies and candles set the tone for the elegant event. A menu influenced by traditional Nigerian dishes was served by Food For Thought. After dinner, the newlyweds changed into Nigerian dress and danced the traditional money dance. Congratulations Emma and Tunji.
Archive for month: May, 2017
Name: Jeff Durocher
Title/Position: President/Owner of US Poker & Casino Parties
Specialty: Casino Games
CHEZ: How long have you been in the events industry?
J.D.: In some ways, I was born into the industry. My parents came out of the carnival business and were owners of food service companies. I have owned US Poker & Casino Parties for 6 years.
CHEZ: Describe what you/your company does in one sentence?
J.D.: We provide premier casino night entertainment to companies and individuals at great venues all over the United States.
CHEZ: What sets you/your company apart from others?
J.D.: Our customer service, quality equipment and helpful dealers. Many times we end up taking the Event Planning portion of the event off the clients hands which makes it much easier for them.
CHEZ: What is your most memorable moment from past events?
J.D.: It is always great to see a group of corporate clients high five-ing, yelling and hugging at the craps table. I LOVE those moments!
CHEZ: What event trends do you love right now?
J.D.: Entertainment budgets are back and early bookings seem to be making a come back. Both great trends for us.
CHEZ: What is the most unique request a client has ever had?
J.D.: Two things come to mind: 1. We had a client from Ohio, fly 150 employees to Las Vegas for a conference and they wanted us to provide ‘fake’ gaming for them at the Bellagio hotel which, of course, has the live gaming one floor below. 2. The other one was providing our equipment and dealers for a TV shoot. That was pretty cool.
CHEZ: What does a typical event day look like for you?
J.D.: We meet at the warehouse around 11am or noon to load the truck. We get to the facility a few hours before the event to set up. We like to be set one hour before the guests arrive. Our dealers show up 30 mins before the guests for a “Dealer Briefing”. We make sure everyone has a great time at the Blackjack, Roulette, Craps or Poker tables. We often run the raffle for the client prizes. Then we tear down immediately after the event. Head back to the warehouse and unload the truck. This often takes place after midnight, making for a long day.
CHEZ: Name three things you couldn’t live without (besides the obvious!):
J.D.: Computer/internet, quality people that we can trust, and repeat clients.
CHEZ: Name three things people probably don’t know about you:
J.D.: I played Division 1 football, I have 5 children and work is my hobby.
CHEZ: What is the best piece of advice you can give someone planning an event?
J.D.: Plan everything to be done EARLY. Never let the ‘go time’ get there before the set up is done. It puts too much stress on everyone!
CHEZ: What do you love about Chez?
J.D.: The space is so beautiful and super flexible. One night could be an amazing wedding and the next a corporate party for 100. Love. Love. Love the place.
When the production team from Fox’s tv hit show, Empire, visited Chez we were excited to imagine how the space would be transformed by their set design team. Fast forward a few weeks and Chez became the home of fashion label ‘Antony & Cleopatra’ for Empire scenes featuring Taraji P. Henson, Naomi Campbell and other cast members. The all-white space, 17′ tall ceilings, abundant natural light and contemporary glass staircase served as the perfect back drop for their stylish fashion house design. The scenes filmed at Chez were aired on Fox in early 2016.
Image 1 – 2, 5 – 6 courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. Images 3- 4 and 6 approved by Twentieth Century Fox.
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