‘Tis the Season… to PLAN!
ACCORDING TO TERRENCE CROVO OF RIVER ROCKS, PEOPLE START BOOKING THEIR CORPORATE EVENTS AND PARTIES AT ABOUT THE TIME YOU READ THIS, MAYBE EVEN A BIT EARLIER.
Crovo says, “We’re also doing a lot of events with pharmaceutical companies here and that is something we plan to continue to work with — to expand with other corporate events. We’ve hosted Edward Jones in our back banquet area. We’ve also had mortgage companies, title companies, and Realtors hold their holiday parties here.”
But along with the parties and that iconic view, we go to River Rocks for the food. So, what’s new? Crovo says, “We really pushed hard on specials and raising the bar a bit. We’re adding new, creative cuisine. River Rocks has always been ahead of the curve … something that’s been an emphasis as well.” Look for new flavors and flare to the same beautiful riverside restaurant. They’ve also completely revised their wine selection. “When Mike Brennan came on, he really improved our wine list, and our drink specials as well. There have been changes to the inside menu along with the wine list, and that is starting to trickle out to the dock menu as well,” says Crovo.
“ALSO, WATCH FOR OUR DINNER EVENTS. WE LOVED OUR COLLABORATION WITH INTRACOASTAL BREWERY RECENTLY. IT WENT VERY WELL AND I THINK … THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WE WILL LOOK TO DO AGAIN. WE’RE ALSO WORKING ON HOLDING A COUPLE OF WINE DINNERS AND SPECIALTY EVENTS WITH LIMITED SPACE. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT IS DEFINITELY IN THE FUTURE.” ◆
River Rocks prides itself on those events and putting on a good presentation for those clients. “Obviously, we have a very unique space, being on the water, and we typically accommodate about 75 people comfortably in the back banquet room, but we’ve got so many different spots throughout the property that you can do different-sized events.” River Rocks also has the technology on-site for basic presentations. Companies can reserve the entire interior or exterior restaurant or both. “We can accommodate just about anything with a little planning,” Crovo added.
He recalls an event held by Prestige Title a few years ago. “I want to say they probably had a good 150 people outside. They took the whole outside bar area and then the upper deck area as well. We just cleared all the tables and set up like an appetizer buffet around the railing.” To remain useable in any weather, River Rocks just installed new motorized closures around the entire deck area. “Even if it gets a little cooler, that area becomes sort of an indoor-outdoor space that can accommodate events even during bad weather. Still the same view.”