Potluck 2017

Potluck 2017 was our incredible inaugural conference, held at the Hudson Loft, DTLA. The two-day event was a huge success and brought together industry leaders from all over the country to discuss the ever evolving business of social occasions.

Potluck 2017 featured noteworthy speakers and panelists, and extensive opportunities to engage with other participants through the all-day coffee lounge, rooftop wine bar, and our signature discussion format, Table Topics.

I believe it is a truly worthwhile investment for anyone working in hospitality and events or anyone running a service business of any kind.
— Nicole Arena, Green Ribbon Parties
I had the privilege of attending the Potluck Hospitality Conference this year. I came away feeling energized and inspired with new ideas. Despite being in the events industry for several years, I was still able to meet many new people and connect with them in a meaningful way. The panels were informative and the content was applicable to so many different areas from marketing and social media to graphic design and legal issues. There were many takeaways.
All website photography by Marble Rye
Potluck was an amazing conference, because exposed me to people I would otherwise never have the opportunity to meet. I say “people” because it was actually the faces behind the names. Every aspect was thoughtful, special and rewarding. I would go multiple times a year if given the opportunity!
— Stephanie Karvellas Baynton, Cedar Lakes Estate
What was created with the Potluck Hospitality Conference was a perfectly balanced mix of art and business, food and service. The Conference showcased what the event service industry should stand for - innovation, collaboration, consistency and unwavering dedication to guest experience.
— Lauren Jones
I knew I wanted to attend the moment I saw the speaker list! As someone who has been in hospitality and events their entire career, this event was perfect for me and made total sense. I am very happy with my decision to make the investment since it only can benefit me, my career and educationally. I think we need more conferences like this. You learn much more and take more away from it then you would in any classroom. Can’t wait for the next one! I left inspired and excited!
— Holly Arini

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At our very first conference, we had the great pleasure of featuring a range of industry leading speakers, all presenting thought provoking and inspiring topics on modern hospitality and the business of social.


Jim Denevan – Founder, CEO
Outstanding in the Field

Ashley Capra – Executive Vice President
Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

Simon Ford – Co-Founder, President
The 86 Co.

Anastasia Cole Plakias – Founder, Vice President
Brooklyn Grange

Paige Appel & Kelly Harris – Founders, Creative Directors
Bash, Please

Robert Egger – Founder, President
LA Kitchen

Stefanie Cove – Founder, Creative Director
Stefanie Cove and Company

Chandra Watson, Leigh Watson, Nealy Glenn – Owners
The Cordelle

Elise Metzger and Brita Olsen – Founders
Filigree Suppers

Ellen Bennett – Founder, Designer
Hedley & Bennett

Diana and Josh Perrin – Co-Owners
Casa de Perrin

Lila Theodoros – Owner + Designer
Oh Babushka

Nancy Yaffe – Partner
Fox Rothschild LLP

Sahara Pynes – Counsel
Fox Rothschild LLP

Elissa Phillips – Founder and CEO
Mise En Place Restaurant Services, Inc.

Stephanie and Lisa Karvellas – Co-Founders
Cedar Lakes Estate

Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer – Founders, Creative Directors
The Modern Proper

Meg Smith – Owner
Meg Smith Photography

Jesse Tombs – Creative Director
Event Space Consulting


Potluck 2017