- BELINDA MAZARELLO-KRACUNAS
PRESIDENT - MANAGING PARTNER
Thanks to Belinda's extensive experience in hospitality development and management, Longwood is recognized as a leader in the industry. Belinda sets highest standards for service and design and implements most progressive amenities.
- DAVID BLESSING
VICE PRESIDENT - CULINARY ARTS & DEVELOPMENT
Inspired by the communal sharing of food, Chef Dave believes in the bounty of New England. He supports local farmers who follow all-natural farming methods. Chef David is a 14 year Four Seasons veteran. He also oversaw 27 Whole Foods locations. Read David's blog.
- NICHOLE WARDLE
SALES + MARKETING DIRECTOR
"I am inspired when Clients consistently tell me that my 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. My MBA with focus on sales and marketing and my media background help me see other perspectives in my role."
- SCOTT DARBY
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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.
- ALINA APTEKER
According to Elle Décor Magazine, organic glamour comes naturally to designer Alina Apteker. From concept to the finishing touch, Alina directs all aspects of design and branding for Longwood's growing destination venue portfolio. See what Elle Decor, Boston Magazine, and Design New England say about Alina.
- YOUVAL JIM APTEKER
Youval Jim Apteker transformed the event industry by opening State Room - largest independent event space in Boston. He was the first to take events out of hotels and to offer modern venues with superb food and service. His foundation, Longwood Giving, works with passionate non-profits that struggle with their fundraising goals.
WE BREATHE A SOUL INTO 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 where having them successful 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 countless number of such events & guide their organizers into how to structure it to raise the most support & awareness. Our foundation, Longwood Giving, is devoted to just that. 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 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 all of you as our clients, guests, colleagues and friends, deserve it. Thank you for being there for us.
YOU MAY WANT TO ASK….
What does LONGWOOD do better 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, be it the European history and architecture of Alden Castle or the understated luxury and classic Americana at Wychmere Beach Club. Our locations, their settings and designs cannot be duplicated.
But it is not just a 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 for 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 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 our non-profit clients dedicate their lives to heir 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 need to inspire, fulfill and bring satisfaction and reach for 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. http://sustainablebusinessleader.org/graduates/boston
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.
What makes people love LONGWOOD?
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 specialist embrace every style from urban chic at State Room to seaside glamour at Belle Mer, from modern vintage at Alden Castle to simply beach at Wychmere Beach Club.
We surprise, seduce and delight in each of our venues. And those who know us, know that we will never loose 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 noone has done before. Our guests desire and deserve best experiences, both on an emotional and functional level. That’s why clients love us.