Venues of North Scottsdale

Venues of North Scottsdale

Venues North Scottsdale maintains a heavy calendar of events and produces every type of event possible. From the traditional hotel ballroom and convention center environments to highway tunnels, open fields, and urban streets. We have many testimonials in all categories for our innovative and globally spectacular productions.
Providing our clients with an experience unparalleled by any other production company in the business. First of all our group offers the most client-centric approach when collaborating with your vision.  Our goal is to leave a lasting impression.

Additionally, with our full line of Audio Visual Equipment, including HD Video, Sound, Staging, and Lighting services, we use the latest technology to make your event shine! Audio Equipment being heard crisply and succinctly is key to any event you are planning. Our expertly engineered audio reinforcement packages custom designed for your event in your venue for your size audience and room layout. We use pro audio and staging to construct the foundation of a world-class experience. After adding lighting and LCD displays and sound systems, your audience is left with a jaw-dropping production experience.

They know their business inside and out!

Furthermore “Venues of North Scottsdale’s team is one of the most high-energy, bright, competent groups I’ve had the pleasure of working within this industry. In addition, they know their business inside and out and are a delight to work with. Our team has the ability to take full responsibility for a project and really get things done. Knowing when key decisions should be brought back to the client is what we do.

I appreciate having someone with their knowledge and expertise in my court during the planning times. Therefore I would recommend Venues of North Scottsdale wholeheartedly to others who are planning events and meetings. They are top notch.”

Our Culinary Skills rock!

Our Culinary Skills rock!

Our Culinary Skills rock! VNS has corporate event planning and catering that presents incomparable event capabilities. Our desire is to provide you and your guests with a flawless culinary experience highlighting sustainability produced, inventive and luscious menus. The highest caliber of service in our industry, trend setting design and attention to every detail.


At VNS we always tailor-makes our menus to suit your imaginative, organizational and budgetary requests.


More than a catering company. We have a culinary team focused on delivering experiential events for a clientele who have seen it all. Let our team bring to life your next corporate event. Our amazing team is equally at home planning a wedding as a corporate event.

Our catering, food styling and event production services include

Creative menu design with sophisticated, innovative cuisine
We provide custom tailoring of buffets and plates as well as bar accessories
Liquid refreshment synchronization
Novelty kitchens
Provision guidelines, timing and coordination
Exceptional trained service staff that are professionals
Creating the perfect custom menu for your event that will be talked about for years is our specialty. Chefs are well versed in food allergies and preferences; vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

We are known for our locally produced food. We have a strong relationship with our purveyors, from farmers to bakers, to cheese makers. Our focus is on the freshest, most seasonal ingredients available. Our team is constantly connecting seasonal and local foods with innovative menu ideas. From our food presentation to beautiful table designs, we will help capture your vision for the perfect event that will impress your guests and make you shine

Whether you are celebrating a corporate anniversary or hosting your annual company party, let us make you look good. From casual to upscale, our corporate catering division can create an event that reflects the caliber and style of your company.

If you need interactive games, entertainment, live music, or out of the box ideas for a unique celebration – we are here to help. Santa Barbara Catering offers one stop shopping and can coordinate all of this for you.

The next time your company needs to plan a memorable corporate celebration or corporate meeting, look to our event planners to bring your vision to life.

We would love to start planning your custom menu!



Political Conventions

Political Conventions

From small breakfasts to arena-filling speeches, the national political conventions offer an amazing variety of events. Tens of thousands of delegates and hordes of media fill every major hotel, meet at venues throughout the host cities, and experience the work of local and national vendors who help pulled it all off. In 2016, Republicans will gather in Cleveland from July 18-21, and Democrats will meet in Philadelphia July 25-28. Stay tuned for coverage of this year’s conventions, and take a look back at past conventions.

Find Out How Sets Are Designed for TV’s Political Convention Coverage

Political conventions present unique challenges in the realm of events. These multi-day gatherings have thousands of in-person attendees and millions of viewers who count on TV networks and websites to take them inside the event. And, of course, those media outlets are competing for a share of that audience, so substantial thought is given not only to the content they will provide but also the look and feel of their on-air personas. Brand experience agency Jack Morton Worldwide has created sets for Fox News, NBC News, and The Daily Show With Trevor Noah for this year’s Republican National Convention—which opens today in Cleveland—and Democratic National Convention, which begins July 25 in Philadelphia. The company’s executive vice president of design, Jim Fenhagen, shared the concepts behind each one.

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

“The Daily Show takes their whole show and moves it to the convention town for a week of shows. They find a theater outside the perimeter of the locked-down convention area and open it up to college students and whoever to be in the audience.

“We’ve created this whole set that definitely has a Washington, D.C., architectural theme to it. To us, it’s like Washington in repair. Washington is a little broken, and it needs to be worked on, so the whole thing looks like it’s Washington broken apart, and it needs to be put back together. That was my idea. and they really loved it, so that’s what we’re doing.

“Trevor is more of a stand-up kind of guy, so we did accommodate that in the set. We have a segment in the beginning when he goes out and stands in front of a big screen, and then the screen flies out, and the desk comes in. So it’s a little more movement than in the past.

“There are two identical sets being made. One goes to Cleveland, and one goes to Philadelphia. There used to be time between the two conventions, sometimes weeks, and now they are back-to-back and it drives the networks crazy.”

Fox News

“In Cleveland, we’ve got a hotel ballroom, and in Philadelphia, we’re erecting a tent on a vacant lot. They bring their whole operation there. We make a mini-convention hall where we have all the Fox desks—the assignment desk and the national desk and politics. They have all their people in this big space, and then during the broadcasts you see that in the background. And then we have windows where we look out over the cities as well. So we create this kind of mini-convention.

“There are several places they can broadcast from. They also will have a small broadcast booth in the convention. Some of the design elements are following through from the debates. It’s very red, white, and blue—super Americana, but in a modern version. So an abstract flag is where we landed on the design elements.

“We’re doing a lot of projection on the walls. We colorize it and project stars and stripes, that sort of thing. When you get into a big space like that, you are almost seeing 360 degrees, so everything has to be kind of looked at for camera shots.”

NBC News

“They’re in one of the sky booths that overlooks the convention. They’re going to use it more for interviews. We’re creating graphic walls around this booth, so when they cross-shoot into the walls it has some interest to it. They are tight little spaces, so you are trying to make them feel not so claustrophobic. And then we tied in with NBC’s graphic look for their coverage of the whole election cycle and tied that into what the design of the booth is. It’s mainly trying to set it up so they have a good shot out into the convention hall and see the podium in the background of the shot, and then creating some kind of design elements on the sides of this booth to give it some interest. We’re basically doing giant wallpaper on the sides of the booth. We create the graphic look and then we have it printed and have an artist apply it to the walls of the booth.”

What Could ‘RFID’ Mean for Your Event?

What Could ‘RFID’ Mean for Your Event?

What Could ‘RFID’ Mean for Your Event? Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID for short, is used for automatically identifying items, packages and people. The RFID tag is attached to an object after which they can be traced and tracked, and today the technology is used in inventory management, asset tracking, toll collection, payment systems and, of course, in event management.

One of the early uses of RFID were the tags placed on animals for identification. Today, thousands of companies around the world use RFID to improve internal efficiencies and in most countries RFID tags are being used to pay for public transportation, to collect tolls on highways, to secure library books and shop items.

RFID and Live Events

RFID serves multiple applications, especially in the live event industry. Instead of paper tickets for entrance and regular payments, RFID brings the possibility to easily permit entrance and payments to visitors through radio waves. RFID can also be used for marketing purposes and Facebook already uses RFID cards at most of their live events, to allow guests to automatically take and post photos.

They could use the wristband to enter and exit the site, with the extra security of having the bike’s license plate numbers stored in the owner’s wristbands making sure only the owners could leave the site with their bike.

The first cashless live event fully integrating RFID was Harley Davidson’s key European event – Open Road Festival (2013), where all attendees and staff were issued with RFID wristbands. They could use the wristband to enter and exit the site, with the extra security of having the bikes license plate numbers stored in their owner’s wristbands to make sure only the owners could leave the site with their bike. With the RFID wristbands attendees could also pay at every selling point and keep track of their spending online. Merchants as well as visitors claimed the wristbands were easy to use, while the technology was able to withstand peak use moments.

RFID might bring even more: increase spend per customer, increase efficiency in operations, eliminate theft, enable real-time reporting and strengthen brand awareness.

Since the first RFID integration in the live event industry was a success, other live events have incorporated RFID as well. Among those were Sónar Barcelona, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Detonate Festival UK and Kappa Futur Festival. Besides faster transactions, reduced processing times and social media engagement, RFID might bring even more: increase spend per customer, increase efficiency in operations, eliminate theft, enable real-time reporting and strengthen brand awareness.

Technology is always evolving, becoming more useful and important every day, the case with RFID is the same. Products will be developed in such a way that the staff as well as the visitors in the live events industry can benefit from it. Even a few years after the first live event that fully used RFID and dozens of events later, RFID technology already is such an outcome that it will be only be a matter of time for the live industry to fully incorporate RFID.

About this guest post

invengoInvengo – the global RFID technology provider is a leading developer and manufacturer of high quality, intelligent RAIN RFID (UHF) and NFC (HF) inlays, tags and connectivity solutions utilized in the Internet of Things (IoT). With a focus on RFID innovation, Invengo has created a leading product line in retail, library, (industrial) laundry, pharmaceutical, healthcare, (public) transportation and many other industries.

Arizona The Resort State

Arizona The Resort State, Healthy competition among properties raises the bar

Luxury meeting options in The Grand Canyon State are as vast as, say, the Grand Canyon.

Stellar resorts with Native American-themed spas, name-brand golf courses and breathtaking desert scenery are hardly new in Arizona. The Wigwam, outside Phoenix in Litchfield Park, turns 86 this year, and JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa helped set the tone for the brand’s resorts throughout the world when it opened in 1967.

“Having such a variety of luxury resorts throughout the state puts us in a wonderfully unique position to market Arizona as a resort destination,” says Debbie Johnson, director of Arizona Office of Tourism. “Our resorts offer such a wide range of amenities, including golf, dining, spas, pools and recreational activities, as well as some of the most luxurious rooms and suites available. This is particularly important to the Arizona Office of Tourism because meetings bring in business travelers, which provide us the opportunity to showcase our state to a different type of visitor.”

From Tucson to Sedona, and with an impressive collection in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Arizona features so many luxurious meeting properties that it could easily change its name to The Resort State.

“With so many luxury properties in the great state of Arizona, it forces all resorts to push the boundaries of luxury and innovation each year,” says Stephanie Sanstead, director of public relations and marketing communications for Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler. “This certainly elevates the overall guest experience and satisfaction.”

The Phoenician

Arizona The Resort State

The Phoenician, Scottsdale

The AAA Five Diamond Scottsdale property has expansive indoor and outdoor event space, measuring 160,000 sq. ft. The glamorous Camelback Ballroom Complex features a 15,000-square-foot ballroom. With a veranda for receptions and outdoor breakout sessions. This unique feature of this property is the variety of accommodations. There are 643 total accommodations. The Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Canyon Suites has 60 guest rooms and suites. Serving as a resort within the resort. Guest rooms in the main building and The Canyon Suites will be remodeled starting this summer. With that said three nine-hole golf courses, 10 restaurants and bars. Eight swimming pools, a spa and an art collection make The Phoenician magical.

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