Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch. Although Green Pastures was founded in the era of Jim Crow laws, from the outset, the couple welcomed all guests, regardless of race or religion, long before the Civil Rights Act of the ’60s desegregated other Austin establishments. 

Renovated and restored in 2017, Mattie's at Green Pastures has several spaces for private groups and offers complimentary A/V, customizable menus and valet services. For conferences and holiday parties, the Marion Hall & The Pavilion features 3,500 square feet of versatile space with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 240 guests. Intimate luncheons or executive dinners are popular gatherings in the private dining room, Table Royale, which can host up to 12 guests and includes a private entrance. And the Lounge Room, which can be divided into two to three sections, offers two dining areas and a private bar, and seats up to 32 guests with views of Green Pastures’ heritage oak canopy.

Throughout the restaurant, the space tells the family’s story through family artifacts, and the restaurant still offers some of the family’s beloved recipes on the menu, including its iconic 1965 Milk Punch.

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

The 18-story, 303-room Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas is now open for business. Located within Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre, the hotel includes a 27,500-square-foot conference center with Regency and Junior ballrooms and additional breakout spaces, most with floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light.