Every good party, needs great entertainment! The Venues at Fantasy of Flight works with vendors that are experts in keeping the party going all night long! We invite you to learn more about our “Friendors” and how they help us create your once in a lifetime event!
Today, we spotlight an entertainer who injects the fun factor in every event!
Xclusive Deejays owner Andy Jimenez has been mixing and creating music since 15 years old for clubs and events throughout New York City. Playing the hottest hits from yesterday and today including all genres and offering so much more than just tunes. Xclusive Deejays also offers photo booths, effects, multimedia screens, lighting, staging, dance floors, and decor.
Andy Jimenez, Owner, Xclusive Deejays
Andy took some time to fill us in on what he sees happening in entertainment and we think you’ll agree that Xclusive Deejays and The Venues at Fantasy of Flight just sound right together.
What inspired you to join the Entertainment industry?
As a young child I can remember when I went to my 8th grade school dance and I saw the dj, I thought to myself, that is going to be me one day.
What makes Xclusive DeeJays different from other entertainment companies?
We keep up with the music hits from yesterday and today. We strive our best to be very communicative with our clients all the time and we are a one stop shop with many services that brides and event specialists are always looking for.
What are some current entertainment trends you are seeing? Have any of them surprised you?
I am seeing a lot of old school things coming back like disco balls and checkered dance floors.
Name (3) things that a planner should keep in mind when determining their entertainment needs.
What questions should a meeting or event planner be asking their entertainment team?
1. Are you fully and properly equipped for a large size event?
2. Other than music do you provide any other services in the entertainment field?
3. Do you work alone or with a assistant?
What do you think is going to be the “next big thing” in terms of event entertainment?
I think there will be more effects. Clients are always looking for that wow factor so I expect more extensive lighting options and effects such as fake fire and artificial snow.
Thanks Andy for taking the time to fill us in on Xclusive Deejays and for being such a great “Friendor”.
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A ride & drive is just that – an opportunity for a dealership’s sales team to experience the comfort, technology and performance of new vehicles to gain first hand knowledge they can then pass on to clients.
We were pleased this month to welcome Hyundai to The Venues at Fantasy of Flight for their dealer Ride & Drive. Dealers from all over the Southeast descended upon Fantasy of Flight to receive training and hands-on experience on the new 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2016 Hyundai Tucson.
After a quick breakfast of pastries, berry-yogurt parfaits, and sliced fruit inside the Compass Rose, the Hyundai Ride & Drive sales teams headed off to the Officers’ Club for orientation where they were given materials and instructions to guide them through the Ride & Drive experience.
After orientation, guests headed out to the tracks. Our Orlampa Conference Center Ramp and North/South Hangar Ramps converted into driving courses for Comfort, Technology, and Performance where the sales teams were able to get behind the wheel competing in contests to help show the vehicles performance capabilities.
Having worked up an appetite during all that driving, guests then returned to the Compass Rose for a buffet lunch before making their way into the North Hangar to the Hyundai Proving Grounds Exploratorium. Inside the exploratorium, sales teams were able to get up close and personal with details that make their vehicles different including manufacturing, vehicle technology, and styling.
This was the last stop on the Hyundai Proving Grounds tour for 2015 and we hear it was the best one yet. Thanks Hyundai for choosing The Venues at Fantasy of Flight.
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Impeccable service and restaurant-quality cuisine can transform a basic banquet dinner into a memorable dining experience. We work with a passionate team that will ensure your next soiree is perfect to the last bite. We invite you to learn more about our “Friendors” and how they help keep clients coming back for seconds!
Today, we spotlight our exclusive caterer who boasts creative cuisine with superior service!
Puff ‘n Stuff Catering offers a variety of gourmet cuisine including continental, American, ethnic, vegetarian, and vegan, and can accommodate any dietary restrictions with style! Presentation is a priority to their chefs and they take great care to select vessels and plateware that inspire. Fresh, restaurant-inspired cuisine is their passion and it’s their goal to bring creative food to the forefront of each event. Quality cuisine is the star, and excellent service is the spotlight that allows it to shine.
John Durkee, Special Events Planner., Puff ‘n Stuff
In between a bustling schedule coordinating events at Central Florida’s most elite venues, John Durkee, Special Events Planner for Puff ‘n Stuff filled us in on what’s hot, what’s coming, and what makes Puff ‘n Stuff different from others and the perfect pairing for The Venues at Fantasy of Flight.
What inspired you to join the hospitality industry?
Mom & Community; as a toddler I was on a chair next to Mom “helping” her with cooking and baking. Baking is my favorite; I still make pie crust from scratch! Growing up with Community and Church involvement with festivals, bazaar/fairs, celebrations and fellowship planted a deep seed of Hospitality, one that grows to this day.
What makes Puff ‘n Stuff different from other local caterers?
We specialize in unique, customized menus tailored specifically for our clients’ taste, budget and event type. We draw inspiration from our client/group; favorite food, event goals and personality. After, we create a Custom Proposal within the tastes and parameters of the client. We strive to service Restaurant Fresh Style food at each and every event. We are also the only Caterer in Central Florida with a dedicated Convention Department
What are some current food trends you are seeing? Have any of them surprised you?
- Farm to Fork: Local Souring
- Combination of sophisticated palate and upscale comfort food
- Healthy Eating: Vegan/Vegetarian /Gluten Free & Infused flavors
- Surprise: The Ice Pop!! They are a creation dating back to the 1920’s. Popsicle flavors from tropical, vanilla and coffee to margarita, Sangria and, Baileys & Cream! Are “Popping” up all over the place; who knew!?
What questions should a meeting or event planner be asking their caterer?
- Are you familiar with the Venue? And are there any hidden ‘challenges’ to be aware of
- What are your onsite food prep procedures?
- Do you source from local farms?
- How do you handle dietary restrictions?
Name (3) things that a planner should keep in mind when selecting a menu
- Know the client/guest profile and preferences
- Align priorities with budget (Three must haves for the event is a good starting point)
- Service Style & Time line
What do you think is going to be the “next big thing” in terms of event food service?
Creative Catering! With the speed of change in recent years, the pace of technology will continue to accelerate; the sky is the limit. Healthy foods will continue with an environmental focus and personalized touches.
Thank you John and Puff ‘n Stuff for filling us in and being such a great “Friendor”!
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Here at The Venues at Fantasy of Flight we love fall wedding season, especially when working with a couple as wonderful as Laura and Damon.
Photo Provided by RaniaMariePhoto.com
Laura and Damon hosted 100 of their closest friends and family members for a heartfelt ceremony performed by Laura’s aunt inside our North Hangar in front of our P-51 Mustangs and surrounded by vintage aircraft.
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After the ceremony, guests retired to the Compass Rose for a cocktail hour featuring craft beers hand selected by the Bride & Groom while the newlywed couple and their bridal party posed for photographer Rania Marie (who also provided these gorgeous photos) alongside our vintage aircraft .
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Guests were then treated to the couple’s first dance as husband and wife inside the Art Deco Compass Rose Rotunda followed by a delicious meal prepared by our exclusive partner Puff ‘n Stuff Catering served in The Lounge. In a non-traditional twist the Bride and Groom offered an ice cream sundae bar instead of a traditional cake cutting before opening up the dance floor. Jason with Xclusive Deejays emceed the event and kept the party going until it was time to wish Laura & Damon well as they left to begin their new life as husband and wife.
Photo provided by www.RaniaMariePhoto.com
Congratulations Laura & Damon! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together! Thank you for allowing The Venues at Fantasy of Flight to be a part of your special day!
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Fantasy of Flight is more than just an event venue. We are also a photographer or filmmakers dream! Featuring multiple venues and locations to choose from and a vast selection of vintage aircraft we make the perfect backdrop for a romantic engagement sitting or fun filled family session.
Today’s Flashback Friday comes from Marissa Moss Photography who utilized Fantasy of Flight for two gorgeous sessions in 2014.
Lorrie & Nate utilized not only our vintage aircraft, but also took advantage of our landmark water tower and beautiful grass runways!
See more images from Lorrie & Nate’s Engagement Session
The Bild Family had a fun themed shoot complete with bomber jackets and lots of energy.
See more images from The Bild Family Session
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