Philosophy + Approach

Beautiful Food and Artful Service

Great Performances brings passion to the table. We are dedicated to seasonal ingredients, delicious flavors, innovative culinary presentations and impeccable service. We create new and unique culinary experiences to ensure every event is as special as the clients we serve. We turn catering into an art form and events into celebrations.

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Love Happens Around Food.

Creating a vibrant and memorable experience for momentous life occasions calls for unparalleled attention to detail and service. Our overriding mission is to reflect the spirit of your occasion from beginning to end. Whether your vision is traditional or redefines tradition, our Event Directors will work closely with you to attend to every detail of your momentous day. Our goal is to bring your dream to life. No request is too big or too small - we've done it all throughout our 35 years of planning weddings. And because of our deep relationships with the most enchanting venues in New York, we ensure the planning process is seamless.

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  • Wedding pan seared fluke with morels spring onion braised cippolini red endive and yogurt
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  • Pan seared duck breast, cauliflower puree, grilled leek, preserved blueberry granola
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  • Weddign at 620 Loft and Garden
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Corporate

Whether you are planning a meeting, conference, company event or brand activation, we understand the nuances of every request through our longstanding relationships with companies spanning every industry. Companies of all sizes and backgrounds come to us for our professionalism, service and collaboration.

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  • Corporate Reception at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Atrium
  • Corporate Reception at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Atrium, Station
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  • Corporate Dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Corporate Bar
  • Conference at The Plaza
  • Tartine Station
  • Gala at Ellis Island
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  • Company Lunch Family Style
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  • Company Branding Table
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  • Gala at the The Plaza
  • Company Breakfast Event at The Plaza
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Nonprofit

As a nonprofit organization, you are dedicated to serving others; fundraising is the lifeline to support unique and vital programs. We recognize the work you do and stand ready to assist you with your gala, fundraiser, auction, reception or dinner. Since 1979, we have had the privilege of partnering with a wide range of not-for-profit organizations. Local, national and international groups continually turn to us because they know that we make their priorities, ours.

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Outdoor Events

The Great Outdoors. Under the stars. In the park. At the zoo. On rooftops and terraces or on a blanket. The joy of being outdoors with the bounty of the season and the unique experiences that come with the informality of casual dining and the untraditional. Our farm is at its peak yielding the most flavorful produce to accompany the sizzle of the grill. Food that tastes as beautiful as it looks. Flavors as exciting as the joy of summertime. We'll help you plan your perfect outdoor event, picnic, barbecue or team-building event. Learn More >

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The Plaza

The Legendary.
The Essential.

Our exclusive relationship with The Plaza ensures that your event will be legendary. Our team at CPS Events is known for their passion, experience, and vision. Clients from the non-profit, corporate, and social worlds continually regard The Plaza as there first choice venue. LEARN MORE >

Service Speaks Volumes

So much of your experience and lasting impression relies on service. Service that is professional, intuitive, imperceptible. Service that is graceful, fluid, as if choreographed.

Great Performances began as a waitress service for women in the arts. Today, every member of our impeccably trained staff assumes a pivotal role in this ensemble production. After the sights, the sounds and the aromas have faded, what remains is the memory of a truly great performance.

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  • Casual Service
  • Costumes
  • Bar Service
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RDP

Ronnie Davis Productions

Ronnie Davis Productions is the special events division of Great Performances, providing domestic and international event production, strategic consultation, design and management.

With over 35 years of experience as an award-winning producer, Ronnie Davis has created a diverse portfolio of memorable events around the world, from a product launch at the Statue of Liberty for 5,000 guests to an evening in a 600-year-old palace in the heart of Beijing. We are retained primarily for our matchless expertise, which allows us to come in at any point of a project as advisers or producers. Moreover, we can absorb the corporate identity of any client to work seamlessly as an outsourced meetings or special events department.