Thanks to Belinda's extensive experience in hospitality development and management, Longwood is recognized as a leader in the industry. Belinda sets the highest standards for service and design and implements the most progressive amenities.
Inspired by the communal sharing of food, Chef Dave believes in using pristine and seasonal ingredients highlighting the local bounty of New England in his menus. He brings a personal connection to the food he had as a child to his communal table today. Read More about Chef Dave here.
Named one of the Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40 by Providence Business News, Nichole is inspired when Clients consistently tell her that our team is the friendliest and most responsive in the industry. “Putting ourselves in the Clients’ shoes and going above and beyond to be kind, is what we, as a Team, excel in." Read more.
Scott Darby brings his unique and extensive hospitality and investment experience gained, amongst other, at Fidelity Investments, where he oversaw the financial activities of the Seaport Boston and Boston World Trade Center.
A graduate of Culinary Institute of America, a veteran of Four Seasons, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, and most recently Director of Operations of the famed Boston Harbor Hotel, Jaime leads our operations team with confidence, passion, and clarity.
every one of our venues
Like many who attended non-profit events & black-tie galas in the city of Boston, we grew tired of parties and gatherings in spaces that all looked the same: four walls, no windows, salmon-colored wall paddings, and crystal chandeliers.
We realized Boston had a tremendous need for unique event spaces – spaces with personality, style, and most importantly: a soul.
We realized Boston had a tremendous need for open-minded venues where guests could feel an intimate connection with the location, where the event planners knew their clients personally and could respond quickly to their individual needs.
We decided to change it. We converted our only restaurant into a private event venue in 2000 and set on an industry (and life) -changing adventure.
A dedicated private event venue proved to be exactly what Boston needed. The flexibility of the floor plan & the adaptability of the operations, combined with the care of the service, earned high marks from a discerning public. With no operational distractions (no off-premise catering), we are razor focused on what we do best – creating your event. To this day, this is our difference.
Slowly, we have been growing and expanding.
We lead with our hearts. Our venues are like our children. Their success is not the only goal. We want them to be happy, fulfilled, surrounded by loving people, & giving back to the world. We realize that being in the event & lifestyle industry, we have the unique opportunity to contribute to the world via non-profit events & fundraising efforts.
We host a countless number of such events & guide their organizers into how to structure it to raise the most support & awareness. We work with non-profits that passionately support their causes, yet struggle to attain their fundraising goals. Our expertise shows them how to efficiently manage their valuable time and money and focus their efforts on maximizing the impact of their missions. This is our responsibility.
Every day we work to create unmatched memories for you, our clients and guests, by anticipating your unique needs and by honoring the individuality & soul of each of our venues. We are an organic, ever growing and evolving company. We are fueled by the passion for difference and your happiness. Every day, we work harder, we think smarter & we are more creative. This is our essence.
We continue to raise the bar in our industry because of all of you as our clients, guests, colleagues, and friends deserve it. Thank you for being there for us.
THAN ANYONE ELSE?
First, we start with Unique Venues.
Be it urban chic State Room with inimitable view of Boston, be it glamorous Belle Mer right on the edge of Narragansett Bay or the European history and architecture of Alden Castle. Our locations, their settings, and designs cannot be duplicated.
But it is not just space. Our culinary arts and our planning process set us apart even more so!
Culinary Arts – we embrace Local and To Order.
Being locally owned, we are proud to lead by example in our commitment to support local purveyors and vendors. We also simply believe that local and in season taste the best. This is why our menus are so seasonal. This is also why we invite you to a tasting relatively close to your event date. The tomato you will be eating in July is just not available in January! We always favor artisanal, local, and small batch productions.
All of our local culinary offerings are prepared in-house & to order, just like at your favorite local restaurant. We don’t prepare food in commissaries or in advance. Each our venue has a fully outfitted kitchen and a talented culinary team. With Chef David Blessing at the helm, we create ever more intriguing dishes – to be eaten with all senses.
The Planning Process – we get personal.
We deliver the WOW not only during the event but also through the entire planning experience. It can get deep and personal, especially if it is a very private event. We listen to your needs & provide you with the best possible experience. We have built our reputation on cultivating sincere relationships.
We recognize that our clients, corporate clients and brides alike, have truly deep reasons to throw a party or host an event. They have causes that really matter. Many of our non-profit clients dedicate their lives to their causes and through the event they not only want to show their appreciation to their supporters but they want to spread awareness and raise funds.
Every event needs to inspire, fulfill, bring satisfaction and reach a higher goal. It is much deeper than just a party.
Our Commitment – we are mindful of our environment.
Throughout all of our venues, it is our goal to minimize our environmental impact by using energy efficient technology and water conservation. We are certified by the Sustainable Business Leaders program.
Some key elements of our green initiative include:
– Recycling system for all products that are accepted by local recycling companies
– Completely free of polystyrene products
– Independent water filtration systems that purify & bottle our own water
– Energy efficient light bulbs
– Low spray valves in kitchen sinks to promote water conservation
– Energy efficient ice machines that use only half the energy of the standard model to run
– Energy efficient gas ranges, broilers & stoves which allow for more accurate heat delivery
– Energy efficient food warming cabinets in our kitchens
– 100% recyclable & chlorine free paper towels, napkins & tissue.
We make our clients comfortable to just go for it, to believe that how they imagined their event can really become reality with LONGWOOD. We are always original and all about the mix. Our event specialists embrace every style and we have something for everyone in our portfolio. From urban chic (State Room), seaside glamour (Belle Mer), modern vintage European style (Alden Castle), classic coastal (Newport Beach House) to history and luxury (The Tower) we are immersed in any style you can dream up.
We surprise, seduce and delight in each of our venues. And those who know us, know that we will never lose our intelligence, our wit, and our ability to be just a little bit ahead of the times.
We enjoy pushing the envelope, doing something that no one has done before. Our guests desire and deserve best experiences, both on an emotional and functional level. That’s why clients love us.
Over the years, we have hosted numerous non-profit organizations in our venues. With our extensive expertise, we guide them through the timeline, menu selection, and logistics, to ensure their event is as successful as possible. We also believe that engaging in philanthropic activities is key to creating lasting social change.
Feeding Our Neighbors
Chef David Blessing leads our involvement with this trail-blazing organization. Feeding Our Neighbors works with the Boston Rescue Mission to accept unserved event and restaurant food that is otherwise thrown out. One in six of Boston residents struggles with hunger. [Learn More]
Spirit of Giving
Through our annual DCF Kids WonderFund Holiday Drive, LONGWOOD collaborates to collect presents for children who may not otherwise receive them. Children get to “ask” in advance what they would like. Many ask for snow boots, warm winter coat, cozy socks – real basics that other kids get for granted. [Learn More]
Rodman For Kids
With family being at the core of our company it is fitting that our team focuses on children’s based charities. Rodman for Kids is an umbrella charity raising funds for youth focused social service organizations that support at-risk children in Massachusetts. Annually our team participates in the Celebration for Kid showcasing our culinary program outside of our venues while raising money for an incredible cause. Chef David Blessing is also serving on the board as an adviser for this spectacular event.