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Steven Tanzman

Hi.  I am very fortunate to have had articles published in many trade publications and was quoted as “one of the leading consultants in the hospitality industry” by Catering Trends Magazine. Recognized by the highly acclaimed Biz Bash organization & CNBC as one of the top 10 event producers in New York City.

My consulting experience and career accomplishments include Director of Catering and Director of Sales and Marketing have allowed me to work with some of the finest facilities in the Northeast including: The Pleasantdale Chateau, Helmsley Palace (Now the New York Palace), Tappan Hill, World Yacht, 24 Fifth Avenue Ballroom, The Tides Estate, Fountainhead of New Rochelle and Lyndhurst Castle.

My commitment to you – Whether it’s a private yacht that comes to you or coordinating vendors and rentals to an island accessible only by ferry,

Always rises to the challenge.

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Flawless Execution is Our Mission

We are the premier live music and special event venue that has been setting the standard for entertainment and fine dining aboard luxury yachts for many years. The entire fleet of ships has recently been refurbished with a multi-million dollar investment that has our elegant rooms radiating with style and luxury.

Our unique package of entertainment, dining, dancing and sightseeing presents a one of a kind dining entertainment experience. Offering a wide variety of menu selections, including Buffet Brunch, Lunch or Dinner, a Sit-Down Dinner preceded by a Cocktail Reception, a Continuous Cocktail Party Buffet, or any particular type of event you wish to custom-plan to meet your precise specifications. We will gladly accommodate your requests for International and Regional Cuisine, as well as special themes. Under the watchful eye of the executive chef- our team of Private Chefs prepares all food onboard daily.

While still as a sales manager in early 2003, Steven Tanzman expanded his catering experience and created “Yacht Events LLC.”, specializing in event planning for both social and corporate clients. Although New York \ New Jersey is not lacking in this area, what sets us apart from all others is that the staff of Yacht Events are all former caterers representing the client’s best interests.

As independent representatives, we now have the ability to further provide enhanced services to our clients. When our fleet is fully booked, and/ or a privately owned yacht is a better fit for a clients needs, we provide that extended service. Our yachts for charter are perfect for any event from 20-1200 guests. We offer a diverse style to accommodate our client’s individual taste and preferences.

With Flawless Execution, as the leading one-stop solutions provider for yacht events, we manage it all—from assisting with the initial strategy and developing measurable objectives to logistics —all within budget and on time!

But don’t just take our word for it.  Look to the organizations who rely on us to meet their yacht needs. Our clients are principally Fortune 500 companies who need creatively designed and flawlessly executed events. They work with us because we do it all and we do it well.

Patricia Romano
Quality of Service (5.0 / 5)
Professionalism (5.0 / 5)
Value (5.0 / 5)
I came to Yacht Events on a Short notice to plan my daughter wedding. I wanted something unique and different- I told Steve what I wanted and he did EVERYTHING to accommodate me and went beyond that. He helped me plan the most memorable day for my daughter- The food- The service- The Yacht was above a 5 **** star rating. It's been 5 years now and The guest are still talking about my daughters wedding. If you have a special occasion to be marked in your life as memorable- exciting and great food You MUST call Steve at Yacht Events-
Thanks Steve for your wonderful personality and great service

Patricia Romano The Yacht was above a 5 **** star rating

Hi Steve,
It's Lindsay from August 3rd with the crazy/hilarious family. Just wanted you to know that I gave you 5 star reviews on wedding wire and yelp. You were so great and we had such a good experience with you and the whole staff, and we're still hearing how great the wedding was a month later! I know the best thank you is a good review, so here are two!
Quality of Service (5.0 / 5)
Professionalism (5.0 / 5)
Value (5.0 / 5)
I recently had my wedding reception on the Destiny yacht. I had such a great experience on board. Steve Tanzman in particular is a rockstar coordinator. He's not attached to his blackberry (as he is often on the yachts) but he'll get back to you within 24 hours and his advice was GREAT.
You will get a better value here than at most waterfront venues in NJ and the city. Perfect Spring, Summer or early Fall venue as the interior decks have AC and the breeze is just perfect when you're cruising.
The menu is very open to customization and the waitstaff is great. The food was great, the appetizers as well. If you bring your own cake they will serve a great dessert selection alongside. My guests were raving about that.
Very very memorable wedding reception venue.

Lindsay Very very memorable wedding reception venue.

On behalf of Extraordinary Events Team, I want to thank for your outstanding efforts. Our May 12th event on board the Inamorata Yacht could not have been such as success without you. Our client was very pleased with everything. You were very helpful and made planning this event easy.
Thanks again for all your help Steven.
Best Regards

Jonas Fraser

I've had the pleasure of coordinating two cruise events with Steven, and he is absolutely the best! I was thrilled to be able to suggest him recently to a colleague. Our latest outing in July was one of the best events in our firm's history, thanks to Steven. I can't recommend him highly enough and I sincerely hope to be working with him again in the very near future!

Victoria CaveArsenal Capital Partners

I have been lucky to work with Steven multiple times with his company Yacht Events. Steven is a true professional and makes the whole experience seamless for his clients. He took care of every detail allowing me to enjoy the amazing event with my guests. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking to plan a special event in NYC.

Nicole Caruso- CarlinMarketing and Communications Manager-BMW of Manhattan

Steven was amazing to work with for my wedding in April. I booked a evening dinner cruise for my wedding through Steven and Yacht Events llc aboard the Cornicopia Destiny. Steven was so personable, honest and helpful creating the plan for our perfect wedding ceremony and reception at a very reasonable cost. He was exceptionally helpful with the inital arrangements a year out, answering all questions throughout the planning period. He also made sure every detail was taken care of the night of the wedding by personally attending and orchestrating the perfect night for us. He was beyond accomadating and working with him is an absolute pleasure.

Jennifer (Finotti) SheppardAppraiser - Associated Appraisal Group. Tax Assessor - Wood-Ridge, Nj

We want to thank you for the most wonderful day of our lives. Our daughter Joi’s wedding left nothing to be desired because of your professionalism and your marvelous staff. The day was perfect, the place was beautiful, the food was excellent and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks again for taking over on such short notice and for making our day worry free.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Raf

10 Days into my Honeymoon and still every time, I lay down to relax the magnificence of our wedding replays itself. I thank you for making our day more than a little girl’s dream, come true. The setting, the food, the service, people were beside themselves; it is a day to remember not only for us, but for our friends and family too. We wanted to give them a night of nights and that is what it was. You are the best!

Hi Steven,

My husband Umesh and I would like to thank you, Deisy and the rest team for an awesome..awesome job for my husband's 50th. All the arrangements were impeccable. Everything from your side was perfect. The ship looked beautiful. The staff did a great job taking such good care of our guests. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the dining and cruising experience. Getting to see the illuminated statue of liberty from up so close was amazing. Even though it was cold, everyone was out on the top deck. Everything turned out great just like you used to keep telling me. All our guests thought this to be once-in-a-lifetime experience. All the arrangements were so good, that one would forget that we are actually on a cruise. As you surely noticed, no one wanted to leave !!

Can't thank you enough for always being so patient with me, answering all my questions and making me always feel at ease. You are an awesome person to work with.

So, once again thank you for everything. Hope to work with you again one day !!

Wish you and your family a wonderful thanksgiving and joyous Holiday season !!

- Shilpa Mahajan

Shilpa MahajanA big..big Thank you !

I hired Steve to help with planning and executing a yacht party event for about 100 people. Steve and his team were great. They were very welcoming with the ideas I had and were able to help me with what turned out to be a great event. They were great with pricing, service and time. No unexpected curve balls with this team. They delivered exactly what they promised, which turned out to be better than expected. Everyone that attended the event really enjoyed themselves. I would highly recommend using Steve for events. He is very personable, professional and takes an interest in meeting his client needs.

Jessica Sinclair PeñaDriving talent attraction strategies to fuel innovation

Quality of Service (5.0 / 5)
Professionalism (5.0 / 5)
Value (5.0 / 5)
We can’t say enough good things about our experience with Steven and Yacht Events. Our wedding on the Cornucopia Destiny was everything we wanted – and multiple guests commented it was the best wedding they’d ever been to.

Steven was so easy to work with from the first meeting – a great blend of making recommendations while accommodating any request from us. He was responsive and helpful through the entire process, even letting us come back for a second walk through as we got closer to the wedding.

The venue itself was amazing. First, the views of NYC can’t be beaten (including the Brooklyn bridge, downtown skyline, and a close up of the Statue of Liberty). Plus everything was handled for us: table set up, linens, lighting, delicious food, and open bar. Steven was even on board during the wedding making sure everything ran smoothly. If you’re looking for a beautiful, unique, turn-key venue, do yourselves a favor and call Yacht Events.

Brian and DavidThe night was exactly what we wanted from start to finish and multiple people told us it was the best wedding they'd ever been to.

First of all I can not pick just 3 attributes about Steven's service If I could I would pick them it is with great pleasure that I can write a recommmendation for Steven and what an amazing job he did for me and my guests for a very 'special' party I had for my wife that Steven planned right down to picking out the flowers. The party was so successful and fun that people still not only talk about like it was yesterday but also talk about Steve who sailed with us up and down the Hudson for 4 1/ 2 hours attending to every detail and making sure everything was being done right and that we were happy..............

It was truly a pleasure working with Steve on this extremely important event and I woud not hesitate to engage his very talented services again!

John GunningVice President, Sales (Eastern Division) at Split Rock Studios

Jill and Paul had the most wonderful wedding. We thank you for everything you did for us. The evening is one we will remember. Our guests were overwhelmed with the wonderful food service and the ambiance.

We greatly appreciate the efforts of you and your staff.
Yours truly,

Susan and Wally

We knew our daughter’s wedding at the Chateau would be wonderful but everything you and Rick did far exceeded our expectations. The glow on the faces of the bride and groom was not only their love for each other, but also the wonderful feeling they had to begin their married life so elegantly and so happily.

We know it isn’t easy to come in cold to a position such as yours and we appreciate the stress you had to deal with not only on your end but also with the parents and brides and grooms and the results were spectacular. Your staff is very well suited for their responsibilities and we would like you to know how wonderful Naomi was in helping us get ready. My only regret was that I didn’t get to sample all the wonderful food.

Again, our sincere appreciation.
Best Wishes,

Susan Tanzer

We have received numerous phone calls telling us how ideal the wedding was I have used every superlative I can think of and I would like to pass on one comment by a friend of ours who is a gourmet chef, you should write the textbook on how a wedding should be done. Absolute perfection.
Thanks Again

Sherry & Stanley

Thank you so much for helping to make my daughter’s (Wendi) wedding a spectacular event. The services and food were exceptional. You definitely exceeded my expectations in helping to create a truly magical evening and “Storybook” wedding.

I appreciated all your special touches and certainly your patience. Again, many thanks.
Best Regards

Sheila Richmond

Everyone has been complimenting Frank and I for our daughter’s wedding and I would like to extend those compliments to you. Without you and your staff it wouldn’t have been the magnificent event that it was. The food, service and décor were impeccable, even the weather – and after seeing your work I wouldn’t be surprised if you had something to do with that!! My heartfelt thanks for a job well done.

Elaine Gianbrone

We just had to write and thank you for what had to be the most wonderful night of our lives. We are still getting calls from guests raving about our wedding and how perfect everything was! The food was exquisite; the service impeccable -- the whole affair was just like a fairy tale.

Thank you so much for everything, you made our wedding a night we’ll treasure forever.

Stephanie and Ken

Mark and I first wanted to thank you for helping to make our wedding so unforgettable you and the staff were incredibly generous helpful, and professional. It was truly a pleasure to work with you on one of life’s most important events. We will always remember the Chateau as an incredibly special and meaningful place. In particular we’d like to say how helpful Naomi was. She made sure we ate the delicious food (something I’m very thankful for).

Everyone who attended our wedding was struck by the beauty and serenity of the event, as well as by how efficiently it is was run. We are sure we will be back sometime soon!

We thank you for helping to make our wedding so wonderful and so special.

Heather and Mark

I have had the pleasure of working with Steve for many years. The reason is simple and straight forward. He gets the job done. And in doing so he is responsive, available and on target. Not much more to ask for but if I did I'm sure he'd find a way to do it.

Barbara BensonDirector Special Events at NYU Stern School of Business

If your expectations are no less than perfection then Steve and his team are the people for you. The event was complex, the guests included adults, children, teenagers and some very demanding performers. At no time did Steve ever lose sight of the guest of honor as being the most important person at the party. The creativity of the party, the venue, the food and the presentation created a lifetime of wonderful memories. Steve listened well and made sure he understood all that was important to us and then delivered beyond our greatest expectations. I also had the opportunity to obseve a number of other events he hosted/created including a photo shoot with some of the worlds most successful models. They looked as happy with their event as we were with ours.

Laurie WojcikManaging Director - Head of Governance and Administration at HSBC Private Banking

I want to thank you and your staff for a wonderful evening aboard the Cabaret, June 14. Our staff had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the amenities aboard the Cabaret. Shang was a great ship steward and very understanding. The DJ was wonderful and played music which entertained all on board. The wait staff was courteous and pleasant. Thank you for arranging for the audiovisual equipment.

We had a wonderful time and will consider World Yacht for our next event.

Sandra DiazDivision Administrator

Thank you so much for the most perfect wedding our children could have every hoped for. Thank you for your patience with us. We look forward to having another wonderful event in the near future. You did an outstanding job.


What a perfect wedding you conducted for our son Andrew and his bride Nancy on Sunday, July 20th. Everything was done smoothly, elegantly, and caringly. The entire event flowed perfectly. The service by the wait staff was impeccable. The young lady who organized the ceremony was marvelous.

The food was fantastic. All of it looked and tasted superbly. Our compliments to the chef. Everything was done to perfection.

Hi Steven,

Sending you and your team of AV rock stars a big, Wonder Woman THANK YOU for making our event sound, look, and feel so very special!

From pre-plan to seamless execution, you were on top of everything, consummately professional, and just plain fun to work with. Heartfelt hugs for making this years' AV so painless!

I look forward to creating even more amazing memories together in the future!!

Mary Kay

Mary Kay RussellExecutive Director WIT - Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment

A huge thanks to ALL of you - -- our THINK Forum agency and venue partners - - for collaborating with us to produce a highly successful THINK Forum. We began working with many of you on this event more than a year ago and you have been by our side every step of the way. So many twists and turns yet you persevered and we are deeply grateful for your dedication and partnership with IBM. Not only was your collaboration with IBM outstanding but your integration with each other was key to the event outcome.

It has been an amazing ride with the best in the business and on behalf of the extended team at IBM -- thanks again and we look forward to many more successful collaborations.


Vice President, Corporate Events
Client Executive Marketing
IBM Corporation

Heidi TerensVice President, Corporate Events Client Executive Marketing IBM Corporation

Dear Steven,
On behalf of the MLB Network, it was a pleasure to work with you to coordinate our All-Star Cruise to Citi Field aboard the “Atlantis.”
The event planning was flawless. We received many compliments from our clients and guests thanking us for such a memorable trip to Citi Field.

I, personally, thank you for all your good work in making the cruise a “success”

Liz Layton

Liz LaytonExecutive Assistant at Major League Baseball

Hi Steve,
I wanted to also send you another note of thanks. I heard only amazing feedback from the team. The food, the service, the atmosphere were all AMAZING. It was the best boat event they've had and they've all been raving about their experience on Tuesday. Thank you for everything!


GRACE LUI - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business NYU Stern School of Business -over 15 years of consecutive events with Yacht Events LLC

Hi Steve,
thanks SO much for everything yesterday!!! You're team was amazing!!!
I just wanted to say thanks so much again for all your help putting together a fantastic event!
All the feedback has been very positive. Everyone really enjoyed the food, the bar was never too crowded. Your crew was attentive, courteous and fun!

Would love to show our marketing team some photos, who wasn’t able to make it, as much of a full picture of the beautiful set-up.

Very much look forward to working with you again in the future!

Thank you!

Angelina Mendez

Angelina Mendez-Integrated Marketing & Special EventsPop, A CBS I Lionsgate Partnership