"I have been telling everyone that the food at the Raleigh Convention Center is the best food that I have ever had at a conference. Given the challenges of feeding over 500 people in a short amount of time, that is no small feat. From the fried chicken to the wonderful vegetarian options to the luscious desserts, it was the talk of the meeting. Your staff were all very kind and helpful, going out of their way to accommodate our members at mealtimes. Many thanks to everyone."
- Tinsley Davis, National Association of Science Writers, Berkeley, CA
"I cannot thank you enough for the fabulous conference we had at the Raleigh Convention Center and Raleigh Marriott City Center. It was perfect from beginning to end. We received rave reviews about the fabulous hotel, the convention center and meeting rooms, the gourmet food (people talk about the food at length!!!) and the attention to detail by Ted and his assistants who were a step ahead of us on everything. We have never had a conference before that came off so smoothly. You are all amazing!!! It’s obvious that all of you put customer service first and have the coordination and logistics down to a science."
- Katherine Davis, NC Community College System
"The Convention Center staff members were extremely courteous and ready to assist us in any way possible to ensure our successful and pleasant experience"
- Joseph W. Goodrow, Flotilla Commander U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary
"I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your team for the outstanding service our attendees received...The Centerplate staff was very personable, compassionate and caring toward the attendees. I found many of your staff going out of their way to assist our group with special needs."
- Pam Peterson, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors
"It has been nearly 10 days since the WakeMed 50th Anniversary Gala, and we are still receiving outstanding reviews and positive comments. On behalf of all of us, please accept our sincere appreciation for you and your team’s hard work in making this signature event very special. Everyone went above and beyond to ensure our expectations were met in terms of the food and service, and we could not has asked for a better result. The food was very good as was the service. Everything was timely and delivered in a professional and courteous way. It has been interesting to hear the comments about the bison filet. Those who knew bison were impressed and those that had never had it before were converted. And, the scallop was outstanding. We have even had requests for the recipe for the dessert – that is quite a testament."
- Debra Z. Laughery, WakeMed Public Relations
"Aaron, Kate, and the rest of the Convention Center staff members were extremely courteous, knowledgeable, greeted you with a warm smile, and ready to assist us in any way possible to ensure the conference was a success. If I left anyone out I apologize because they all were wonderful."
- Minister Pamela JP Martin, Silver Spring, Md
"Thank you for your professionalism, patience, and service in helping us pull off a successful 85th and 105th Celebration for our chapter and fraternity, respectfully. Your team did a great job in helping us meet the needs of our guest and brothers. Again thank you for everything and we look forward to working with you all again for our guest loved the convention center."
- Corey D. Branch, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
"... the food was superb! An extremely high level of customer service was apparent at every turn, with EVERY employee! It made a difference in the attendees' experience. So many teachers (especially from NC) said 'I can't believe I'm in Raleigh!' Well done, and we can't thank you enough!"
- Kathy Turner, Conference Chair National Consortium of Health Science and Technology
"I was happy to have participated in the 32nd Annual Joint Meeting/Japan-SEUS at the Raleigh Convention Center. It was more than Japanese hospitality with fine considerations such as preparation of Japanese breakfast!"
- Hiroaki Horima, Japanese Delegate 32nd Annual Joint Meeting/Japan-S.E. United States
"I brought my 91 year old friend to the Convention Center for the first time to attend the Golden Years Celebration. The event was lovely as always, but the staff and volunteers were outstanding! Thank you for going out of your way to be so helpful."
- Carol Derrenbacher, Raleigh, NC
"I want to thank the entire staff at the Raleigh Convention Center for the outstanding job assisting me last Sunday night at Garner High School's Graduation. My father is in a wheelchair and from the security attendant who helped me when I went over last Thursday and walked me through where to park and how to enter the building to the elevator operator who assisted us the night of the graduation to the security person who personally escorted us to the door once it was over I want to say thank-you! I was so impressed at how smoothly everything went and my parents were so happy they could be there. Kudos to everyone working that night!"
- Lori Walters, Raleigh, NC
"While participating as a 2011 NCHSA Parent Of The Year finalist, I must say that both the staff, as well as the facility were top notch."
- Pettrus Henderson, Salisbury, NC
"I can’t begin to tell you how much we all enjoyed the plated meal served by your staff. The chef out did himself. The meal as not only appealing to the eye, it was delicious to the palate. There was an assortment of food items but the portions were perfect. Your wait staff was very professional but friendly as well. What a wonderful combination, a great chef and exceptional wait staff. We truly appreciate all efforts made in planning this breakfast. It was exquisite."
- Gene A. McCabe, First Cosmopolitan Senior Club
"What a great experience! The Raleigh Convention Center was the perfect setting for the Partnering for Performance conference. The staff took pride in delivering top-shelf service to every aspect of the meeting. Thanks for a great experience."
- Keith, Lincoln, NE
"NCSolarNow has attended as an exhibitor for many of the convention center's events over the past few years and just wanted to say it's been outstanding! NCSolarNow fully supports and applauds the convention center's effort to go solar! Great job!"
- Greg Olenar, Raleigh , NC
"Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today, I greatly appreciate all your help! As mentioned I wanted to let you guys know that your website is fantastic! Having the need for so much information, it was a breath of fresh air to have everything in front of me, and being so easy to access was a plus. I was able to save so much time by having everything an event planner would need, and any pending questions already answered. I wish all the other convention centers in the city followed this template!"
- Amy Nunes
"Our Joy Group wishes to express our appreciation to each of the sponsors of the Holiday Celebration held at the Convention Center on December 15th. We had 21 members who attended and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious breakfast, the MC’s and the entertainment. The wait staff members were so prompt in serving out meals which were hot and delicious and we welcomed the refills on coffee, etc."
- Betty Justice, Trinity UMC Joy Group
"The convention staff are really hard and dedicated workers, dealing with thousands of different personalities and still smiling. GOOD JOB!"
- Lachardon Floyd, Fairmont, NC
"Thank you guys so much for another successful event! We look forward to many more events with Centerplate."
- Katie Reavis, National Agents Alliance
"... an event of this magnitude requires a lot of hard work and preparation, and the RCC staff rose brilliantly to the challenge; their efforts ensured the safety and enjoyment of thousands of people during one of the State's most historic events ... "
- Michael East, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Re: 2009 Governor's Inaugural Ball
"Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a great team you have to work with! I was quite impressed with all banquet presentations. They exceeded my expectations! Our attendees thoroughly enjoyed the events and are eagerly looking forward to attending next year. Your attention to detail coupled with your professionalism makes us want to return to the RCC!"
- Diane Butzer, CMP Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina
"The hotel was great, the food was great, the event was great! Nice to walk away feeling positive again! BTW…please tell Dan and his team, the owner of Ruth's Chis took us aside and said that it was the best banquet food he’d ever had…and he goes to A LOT of banquets! The steak was divine this year!"
- Anna Jackson, Jimmy V
"My wife and I are members of the American Cheese Society and have attended conferences in many major cities across the USA in the past decade. When we were recently attended the ACS conference in Raleigh, NC we both agreed that the food served at the lunches and the breakfast service was the best we have encountered. The salads were not only eye pleasing but delicious. The hot foods were equally well prepared and presented. Kudos to you, your chefs, cooks and servers.
We will be sharing our positive views when we receive the post conference evaluation forms from the organizers of the conference."
- Ronald Cardoos, President, Green Harbor Associates, Marshfield, MA
"From the early planning through the technology questions to the execution of the event, the staff at the Raleigh Convention Center was great to work with. Please pass our appreciation along to all of those that helped make the event so successful. I look forward to again working together on next year's Forum."
- Joseph Palumbo, Institute for Emerging Issues
"I just wanted to say a quick thank you for following through on the local food sourcing. The raspberries were the talk of the town! Everyone really loved the breakfasts featuring the raspberries and NC apples. Saturdays’ veggie lunch was scrumptious and beautiful. The desserts on Friday noon were eye catching, and tasted pretty delicious too! The butternut squash and apple soup was amazing, and even the “comfort food” of sweet potatoes and collards was so wonderful, that we ran out for a time. The cart menus were great too—enjoyed by all. I guess the biggest compliment was that you have to replenish the food several times at most events, and had long appreciative lines at the carts. Thanks to your team for being flexible and coming out with more food. We have big eaters, and they obviously enjoyed your menus and the fabulous preparation of local ingredients! KUDOS to all. As you know, if the food is good, attendees think the whole conference was great, and vice versa! THANK YOU."
- Lois Nixon, 2011 NAAEE Annual Conference
"Your staff's attention to detail and level of customer service make me want to throw another bash for the Park's next anniversary ..."
- Tina Valdecanas, VP, Corporate Stragegy The Research Triangle Park
"On behalf of Carolina Ballet, please accept my most sincere thanks for all you and your staff did to make our maiden voyage at the Raleigh Convention Center a success. Our Midsummer Night's Dream Gala raised over $100,000 to support Carolina Ballet with the support of industry professionals like the Centerplate team..."
- Michele Weathers, Special Events Manager, Carolina Ballet
"The Convention Center food, service and facilities were outstanding. This was the best conference for meeting potential customers that we have ever experienced - you have a good thing going in Raleigh!"
- Nick Milasnovich, Exhibitor (PassAssured) National Consortium on Health Science and Technology Education