On January 29, 2021 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that assuming New York State's COVID-19 infection rate stays on its current trajectory, indoor dining in New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity on Valentine's Day. The reopening will be subject to strict state guidance, which can be found here.
The Governor also announced that marriage receptions will be able to resume in accordance with state guidance on March 15. Events must be approved by the local health department. There will be a 50 percent capacity limit and no more than 150 people can attend the event. All patrons must be tested prior to the event.
With this in mind, we are ecstatic at the notion of events and more dining on the horizon! And with the warm weather just around the corner, venues and locales with outdoor spaces are the perfect option. And when hospitality staff is needed, our servers / waitstaff, bartenders, porters / cleaners, greeters, directional staff, catering captains, venue managers, cooks / culinary staff - and more - are ready for action!
Check out a few of these Blace NYC venues:
Hudson Square, Manhattan, New York City
Part of The Hudson Collective, this gorgeous West Village rooftop space allows for nearly 360 degree stunning views of the city. There is ample bar space which would allow your guests to relax with a cocktail in hand. The restrooms are easily accessible, offering the best of outdoor space in downtown Manhattan.
A Goode Locale
East Village, Manhattan, New York City
This gorgeous venue is decorated in a classic old world style with wood-beamed, 13 foot ceilings, salvaged brick walls, Moroccan tiled floors and antique tapestries. The expansive outdoor terrace is one of the most beautiful in the city.
West Side Auto
Hudson Yards, Manhattan, New York City
Classic Car Club is a large auto showroom located on the NY waterfront. The venue has an industrial feel and is the perfect place for events and activations. Along with 30’ ceilings and a fleet of automotive art available for display, the spaces’s 20’ glass doors open onto a waterfront terrace with unobstructed views of the Hudson River.
NoHo, Manhattan, New York City
This downtown event space was designed to look and feel like a loft apartment with its open floor plan, high ceilings and abundance of natural light. This space includes a table that seats 22, and a state of the art chef’s kitchen. There is also fantastic outdoor event space that can be used year-round because the roof is tented and heated during the colder months.
We wish all of our event professional and hospitality staff, colleagues, clients and friends a peaceful, healthy and safe 2021.
We here at Tapuz staffing are thrilled to be partnering with BLACE, an online marketplace for booking unique event spaces near you. Check out a few of their Exclusively Managed Properties:
Ramscale Studio: A gorgeous film/photo studio on the west side of Manhattan with stunning outdoor space, perfect for intimate gatherings.
75 Varick: Part of The Hudson Collective, this new rooftop venue offers prime views of downtown Manhattan and the Hudson River.
Gateway: Located in the heart of midtown within a Class A office building and offers high-end work and conferencing facilities.
To book a venue or find out more about BLACE, reach out to email@example.com or 212-574-7970.
With the hospitality and event industry in an especially unique place this year, we are truly grateful for our team, staff and clients who keep us going - throughout the New York City tri-state area and beyond. Thank you all. Have a safe and peaceful holiday season.
Have the details of your wedding changed due to the pandemic? Is it now more do-it-yourself? Are you overwhelmed by the constantly changing guidelines? The Tapuz team of service staff is here to assist!
Over the last couple of months, many weddings have either been postponed or cancelled— but love should not be cancelled!
If you are still racking your brain trying to come up with a new plan for your big day, a Minimony or Micro Wedding might be something to consider! According to The Knot, a Minimony is a small ceremony which can include up to 10 people (with social distancing) plus any vendors that you require. Many couples have been choosing to have a Minimony, followed by what's called a Sequel Wedding next year, which would be the original dream wedding you were planning pre-pandemic. Another option we like is the Micro Wedding. A Micro Wedding consists of 50 guests or less — think of it as a traditional wedding, but just with a more intimate setting.
Our Event and Service Staff can assist with DIY events, with setting up decor, cleaning up before, during and/or after the event, greeting, guiding and serving guests, creating your signature cocktail for your special day (our Bar Captains are happy to take the lead on this!), and much more. As an additional note, our team will be following all CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of you and your guests. Whatever it is, we are here to help make your special day unforgettable and stress-free!
During this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are able to provide support staff for your specialized personnel needs over the course of the various phases of reopening and beyond - throughout New York City and the Tri-State area (New York / New Jersey & Connecticut).
The range of staffing options includes:
Ushers / Directional Staff / Greeters / Street Team / Social Distancing Ambassadors: Staff members who assist with greeting, guiding, directing and informing guests and customers, as per client and onsite manager directions.
Supplemental Staff for Retail Stores: To assist with organizing store displays, restocking, greeting customers, processing phone or website orders and in-store purchases, working as cashier.
Supplemental Staff for Bars / Restaurants: Bartenders / Servers / Waitstaff: Setting up and breaking down of seating and tables for outside dining; packing take-out or to-go meals, making deliveries; Back of house / kitchen staff for breakfast, lunch or dinner service; Prep cooks.
Cleaning / Housekeeping / Porter Staff: To clean / sanitize / disinfect front of house, back of house / kitchen, inside / outside, residential homes / house cleaning or commercial spaces.
Culinary Staff: Kitchen staff for food prep for boxed lunches, catering, bars, restaurants, cafes / coffee shops.
Catering Staff: Front of House / Back of House: For Drop-Off, Deliveries, Set-Up, Breakdown.
Our hospitality and service staff are here for you during these reopening phases and beyond.
Stay safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing you soon!
We stand in solidarity. We will use this time to listen, reflect and learn. #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused
A toast to our hospitality friends and colleagues at Deborah Miller Catering & Events for their generous efforts in feeding the frontlines! In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak within the United States, Deborah Miller Catering has put together a comprehensive donation campaign to provide daily meals to those on the front lines of this crisis.
For more information and/or to make a donation, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cater-because-we-care
They have secured relationships with hospitals and first responders all across New York City and the greater Tri-State area, and every donation they receive goes to delivering hearty meals to those fighting around the clock to save lives.
Where have they delivered so far? Mount Sinai, Beth Israel Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Columbia Presbyterian, St. John's Riverdale Hospital, NYPD, EMT, FDNY, to name a few, and the list keeps growing each day.
What kind of meals are offered? Their hot meals are prepared from scratch, packed in individual takeout containers, and are served on a 5-day rotation with a different protein, side, and either fruit or dessert for a complete and nutritious meal.
How does a contribution help? 100% of the proceeds donated here will go to feeding those on the front lines, courageously risking their own lives to save lives of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
In an effort to keep spirits up during these unprecedented times we are thinking about our smiling staff during past events. From our servers at catered buffets, to bartenders at cocktail receptions at New York City venues, to our promotional brand ambassador street teams throughout Manhattan parks and neighborhoods, we are feeling much appreciation and gratitude for our team members and clients!
Plus there are some scientific findings regarding smiling.
Top 3 Health Benefits of Smiling:
Reports have shown that smiling can boost your mood. A 2010 study found that making yourself smile when you’re feeling down helps improve your mood and increases positive thoughts.
Stronger Immune Function
It has also been found that laughter (which often begins with a smile) appears to help boost your body’s immune system. The Mayo Clinic reports that laughter and positive thoughts release signaling molecules in your brain that fight stress and illnesses.
A 2012 study found that laughter also increases your pain threshold, creating a higher pain tolerance. So, if you’re in pain due to an injury, illness or chronic disease, watch a funny movie or spend a little (socially-distant!) time with friends and family who make you smile - maybe coordinating an online get-together.
During challenging times, if we can try to muster a smile with some comedy or quality time with loved ones - even if remotely! - it just might help a little bit!
Hello #NewYorkCity / Tri-State Area #Staff, Clients, Friends + Colleagues,
We hope you are doing as well as possible during these challenging times.
As we all know, it seems that most industries and people are being impacted by the COVID-19 virus in one way or another. We are aware that the widespread cancellations and postponements of #events are a necessary step at this time -- and that a "new" normal will be reached at some point in the future. We look forward to seeing you once event bookings are back in gear.
We appreciate you all! Thank you as always and be well.
Tapuz is extremely proud to say that we are a women-operated business through and through - including the executive, management, and operational teams - along with the service staff who are on the front lines at every event. From heavy lifting (in both the physical and business sense!) to refined hospitality, our strong female staff members (including bartenders, servers, cooks, and porters - just to name a few of the roles) take care of the heavy-lifting type tasks, just like their male counterparts on our team - by setting up satellite bars, buffet tables, and chafing dishes at catered events, cooking in the kitchen, maintaining event spaces, and overseeing all of the daily operations. Bottom line - we're proud of all of our staff members and appreciate the hard work it takes to produce a successful event! International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. This is the day to appreciate their efforts! Organizations large and small come together to show women just how valuable they are in today’s society. We are happy to be a part of this special day!
The weather was a beautiful crisp and sunny day here in New York City today - which was the perfect timing for a venue site visit at The Bordone LIC event space open house in Long Island City, Queens! With panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and expansive spaces both indoors and outdoors, we couldn't think of a better place to spend an afternoon! Thank you, Bordone! Additional shout-outs to the event professional vendors who created the perfectly festive vibe for today's event: Delicious catering by Ryan Brown Catering New York, Mixology / Bartending Services by Momentum Mixology, Botanique Floral + Design Studio, Broadway Party Rentals and Jarrell Entertainment.
In honor of #tablescapetuesday, we would like to take a moment to give praise to our detail-oriented service staff, who meticulously manicure and maintain table settings, buffet stations and bars throughout all of their shifts around the New York City and tri-state area. Whether it is a catered wedding with table service at a Brooklyn venue, a fundraiser in a Queens loft, or a corporate luncheon in midtown Manhattan, hats off to our hardworking staff who know that attention to details will add that final touch of perfection to any event!
THINGS NOT TO SAY:
No problem, Unfortunately, You have to…, I’ll try, Yep, Ok
THINGS TO SAY INSTEAD:
My pleasure, Right now the info I have is...I will let you know if anything changes, May I suggest…, I’ll find out for you, Yes, Good to hear!
PHRASES & WORDS TO AVOID:
But, No, The problem is, I think, I can't, Hold on
We like to encourage all of our service staff to keep these notes in mind in order to stand out above the rest while working at an event!
Our Top 5 Cocktail Reception Service Tips for Service Staff to keep in mind:
Bus with a tray during cocktail hour.
All items should be placed on a tray when being transported, not in one's hands. Keep an eye out for dirty glasses collecting at the bar, plates at a buffet, and guests holding skewers or porcelain spoons from passed hors d’oeuvres.
Know the details of the hors d'oeuvres that are being served.
Know the sauce, know the garnish, etc. Not only will guests want to know, but oftentimes people have specific dietary needs and need to know what they are being served.
When passing hors d’oeuvres, have a tray in one hand and cocktail napkins in the other hand.
Napkins should be fanned out so they are easy for the guest to grab.
When standing or moving through a room with an empty bussing tray, have the tray at one's side with the “front” of the tray facing up.
When serving champagne, gently keep the flutes in place by spreading your fingers and placing them between the stems of the flutes.
We ask our servers / waitstaff to keep these service guidelines in mind when working at any catered event - small or large, social or corporate - good service is always top priority!
Today we are toasting to all those hosting a party at home on this Superbowl Sunday; we are lifting a glass to toast to those who bravely open their abodes to friends and family for a festive Superbowl fiesta!
This popsugar article sums up all of the essentials when hosting a party at home.
Our Top 5 Faves:
Prepare a space for pictures — whether it's a small booth with props and a Polaroid camera or just a pretty wall that's ideal for Instagram snaps, fun photos will leave your guests with fond memories of the party!
Be ready early in case of extra-punctual guests. It's much better to be dressed and prepped half an hour early than for the doorbell to ring while you're getting out of the shower.
Provide extra props at any themed or costume party to make sure nobody feels uncomfortable or out of the loop.
Use your washing machine as an extra refrigerator. Seriously! Filling a washer with ice and using it to chill wine and beer is a mess-free godsend for anyone with limited kitchen space.
Do as many dishes as you can before you go to sleep after the party — you'll thank yourself in the morning!
Read more here.
Whether these essentials are applied to a small event at home or a larger soiree at an event space with a full staff - we would like to say cheers to ALL of the event hosts out there! We understand it is truly a labor of love!
The Women Building Women: Women In The Events Industry Breakfast Summit at Webster Hall in New York City that we attended this week was truly uplifting. As Tapuz, Inc. Staffing Services is a women-owned and operated business, we very much appreciated the immense inspiration we felt throughout the entire event.
With Webster Hall as the perfect venue for this inaugural summit - and delicious catering by Gracious Thyme Catering - we were ready for the day!
One of the highlights for us was the panel discussion entitled: The Power of Collaboration.
This concept is something we believe in as well, and put into practice on a regular basis, whether it's through our preferred vendor list or referring clients to staffing colleagues, we believe collaboration is the key to success, as emphasized throughout the discussion.
With welcome remarks from Karen Gamba from Ellipsis and Frank Carlisi from Ventus, the crowd was ready to hear more!
The Power of Collaboration panelists included:
With the overall message being that success in any business involves finding the right partners, collaborating with other vendors when needed, and finding those who share in your core values when teaming up.
How can success be achieved? Be solution-oriented, ask what is the goal and how do we get there? Communicate with one another and find ways on how we can help each other, whether it's withing a group, company or entire industry.
At Women Building Women, the message that was woven throughout the discussion was we as women-based businesses will continue to break glass ceilings, continue with optimism, maintain a positive outlook , surround ourselves with the right people, find those who support us and vice versa.
With this inspiration in our pockets, we are ready for this upcoming event season with a newly-found sense of optimism and energy. Hope to see you at the next event!
Many thanks to YEP (Young Event Professionals) and ILEA (International Live Events Association) for a fantastic evening with fellow event industry folks at EVENTELLECT! From the esteemed panel to the delicious catering by Elegant Affairs Caterers (those mini cheese boards were so cute!!) - with Housing Works Bookstore Cafe being the perfect venue for this event - we couldn't think of a better way to spend our evening. We appreciated having a chance to chat with current clients and get to know a few new ones. Thanks again - we can't wait for the next gathering!
This holiday season our New York City Street Team of Brand Ambassadors and Promotional Staff hit Manhattan neighborhoods armed with a list of bullet points along with product samples to share with the public and passersby. Sealed with a smile and good cheer, we can't think of a more fun way to spread the word!
A “street team” is a group of individuals who hit “the streets” to market to and engage with potentials customers face to face, providing brand personality and product knowledge. Street teams are known to help boost audience awareness with the kind of energy needed to increase audience engagement. Ultimately, street teams can offer a more personable, authentic interaction between an organization and its consumers.
Positive feedback about our staff is truly heartwarming! We very much enjoyed providing our Greeters and Bartenders for this New York City showroom holiday event again this year. Can't wait 'til the next one!!
Our event staff and entire team wish everyone Happy Holidays and look forward to an exciting year ahead, serving events throughout New York City, New Jersey, Long Island & Connecticut!
On this #LaborDay2019, we would like toast to our diligent front and back of house #staff members for all of your positively professional efforts at each and every #event. Your hard work does not go unnoticed! Many thanks to the entire Tapuz #servicestaff team!
When we receive positive feedback we like to share as we do take great pride in providing top-notch hospitality service staff to our clients for their events. Many thanks to our Fairfield, Connecticut event planner colleague! We are thrilled to hear these kind words about our servers and bartenders. We are inspired for future events. See you next time!
We hope you're having a great summer and keeping cool during these high-temp New York City days! We thought that now would be a good opportunity to review a few Safety Guidelines that may be helpful during an event. Keep these notes in mind and we will see you at the next soiree!
1. Wipe/mop up spills immediately and mark with a sign or something to allow people to see to proceed with caution. Anyone can slip on a slippery floor – guests, staff, etc. Familiarize yourself with where rags, brooms, dustpans and/or mops are being stored during the event. Can’t find any? Please ask the onsite captain/contact where these items are.
2. Slow down! Never run in hallways or the kitchen or on the floor, always walk carefully. Even when it’s busy, take small steps and pay attention.
3. Wear shoes with non-slip soles. No open toed shoes.
4. Report defective equipment or tools to a manager immediately.
5. Call out things to make avoid bumping into someone – i.e. - “Coming In” or “Behind You”.
6. Use trays and/or dry towels to handle hot plates. Also, warn guests that the plate you are presenting is hot.
7. Let people know when you’re carrying anything hot. Don’t be shy, yell out something like, “hot items coming through.”
8. Don’t put hot food or plates in front of small children.
9. Use proper lifting techniques. Never lift too much/more than feels comfortable. If it’s uncomfortable, make two trips or get some help. Remember to always bend at the knees, lift with your legs, not your back and carry the load at waist level.
10. Dispose of glass properly. Clean up broken glass with a broom or towel. Do not directly clean broken glass with your hand. Dispose of glass in the proper broken glass tub. If no broken glass tub is available then staff should ask Captain / Host / etc. for something to use as a broken glass container; take initiative to resolve quickly.
11. Treat coffee and hot liquids with care. Never take coffee carafes from the machine before it is finished percolating. Hold the carafe close to your body, with both hands and a dry towel, when possible.
12. Keep the customer close. Serve as close to your customer as possible. Do not lean over tables to serve because leaning can increase your possibility of injury.
13. Pamper your body. You are on your feet almost your entire shift. Making sure you change your tasks and movements can reduce some of the strain your body goes through.
14. Wash your hands often, especially after smoking, eating, restroom breaks, coughing,
15. Never operate equipment unless you have been trained how to use it properly.
16. Pay special attention when using slicers. They are very sharp and move very fast.
17. Wear nylon, no-cut gloves when cleaning slicers. If you don’t have a pair, see a manager.
18. Never try to catch a falling knife!! Knives are easier to replace than fingers.
19. Make sure you eat prior to your shift to keep your energy up. It’s a good idea to bring a snack in case you feel the need to take a few minutes to eat something during the shift.
20. Stay hydrated! Bring bottled water and/or a bottle to be filled/re-filled with water.
This particular event was indeed one for the books! As the Glenmere Mansion website describes their venue:
Deep in the rolling farmlands of the lower-Hudson Valley sits a magnificent 150-acre estate crowned with a spectacular hilltop mansion known as Glenmere.
And we couldn't agree more -- it was an absolutely spectacular sight to behold! Just a little less than 50 miles from New York City, we felt truly transported as the Mid Summer's Day Dream event was underway.
With our event staff serving and bartending at this gorgeous Orange County, New York venue -- with the incomparable full-service catering by On The Marc Events and event planning by Ali Barone Events, it was an exciting event that we were truly thrilled to be a part of, alongside fellow event vendors and participants.
Plus it was lovely to see our name mentioned on the beautifully designed invite by Ceci New York!
And many thanks to Phillip Van Nostrand for the outstanding photography!
'Til next time!