Food & Beverage

  • Are your meetings creating a culture of dialogue?

    For the most part, if you are reading this, you play a role in planning meetings and events both face-to-face and hybrid, and provide opportunities for meaningful dialogue. Why is this important? It is dialogue between human beings, sharing ideas, debating opinions, hearing other perspectives, analyzing our own responses to new ideas, and using these exchanges to understand and develop healthy approaches to diversity, collaboration and innovation that will continue to allow us to build communities – traditional by location,…

  • Mixing it up with the bourbon trend

    “Shaken, not stirred.” Thank you, Mr. Bond. And hey Carrie, (Bradshaw that is) cosmopolitans took on a whole new level of popularity in your hands! Today, thanks in part to the spirits-soaked habits of Mad Men’s Don Draper and pals, we have a new “it” drink capturing the tastes of a fresh generation of spirit and cocktail lovers. Some have called it “The Screaming Eagle”, others the “The Kicking Chicken”. I know it simply as bourbon – a spirit rich…

  • Six tips for adding healthy eating options at business events

    Living the double-life in this industry has given me great perspective on a topic I feel is often overlooked. As a frequent attendee of conventions, conferences and galas, I relish these opportunities almost as much as being on the supplier side. One would figure that being a supplier producing thousands of events, I’d have little desire to attend any but wearing an attendee badge provides me the outlet to step over to another perspective. Amazingly enough, it’s actually not too…

  • Top five food and beverage trends for events in 2014

    The good news – there are more choices than ever when it comes to types of cuisine, menu selections, mixology, artisanal beers, wines pairings, the newest, the latest and the most unique food and beverage trends at your corporate meetings and events. The bad news – there are more choices than ever when it comes to types of cuisine, menu selections, mixology, artisanal beers – I think you get the point! With tighter budgets, shorter turnaround periods, less or no…

  • What’s behind the scenes

    I live and work in The Distillery District of Toronto. All around me there are events in the making – from weddings to product launches to outdoor artisans’ events and so much more. I watch setup and teardown almost on a daily basis. For those of us that plan events and conferences, while we know what goes on behind the scenes for us, are we aware and do we appreciate what goes on behind the scenes so our event comes…

  • The choice + ability quotient: Finding creative ways to increase your meeting’s relevance

    “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Professor Albus Dumbledore If we apply this wise thinking to our event planning, would we change our approach? Certainly we are thorough, detailed, organized and creative as meeting managers/producers. But, do you feel every day that you are making the choices that will create that special combination of unique experiences and practical takeaways for our participants that clearly shows you have their needs…

  • Twelve tips for incorporating attendee wellness into your next corporate meeting

    Are you dreading your next onsite corporate meeting, surrounded by heavy banquet meals, dinners, appetizers, break stations loaded with everything from rich entrees to those decadent hotel brownies and blondies followed by long stretches of sitting? Our corporate meeting planners are happy to be experiencing an increase in requests for healthier options and activities at our clients’ corporate meetings and events. “In addition to the benefits for our clients and their attendees, our staff also feels more productive and rejuvenated…

  • Meeting challenges, trends and solutions

    Independent planner Q & A with: Angela Zaltsman, CMP, A to Z Event Management Mary Mulligan, CMP, Mary Mulligan Event Management Heather Baker, Amaryllis Events What are some of the biggest challenges you face as an independent meeting and event planner in Canada? Angela Zaltsman: Budgets and a shorter turn-around time for meeting and events are my challenges. Budgets dictate the limits within which an event will be produced, forcing creativity with respect to how a planner delivers and solves…

  • Top 10 food and wine apps for event planning

    Whether planning a function for 2,000 or a private event for 20, event planners are turning to mobile apps to facilitate the planning of special functions. With new food and wine apps launching daily, it is easy to become overwhelmed. The team at MeetingApps.com selects the top 10 food and wine apps for meetings and events to help with the process. 10. Cor.kz Wine Info Cor.kz is the perfect wine app for wine enthusiasts and novices alike because it offers…

  • Nine ideas for injecting energy into your next meeting or conference

    When I tell people that I am leaving to attend a conference in an amazing city or country, they usually say things like: “wow, you are so lucky that you get to go there,” and “take lots of pictures!” They don’t realize that I will only see the airport, the conference hotel or facility and whatever else I can glimpse outside the taxi cab’s window as I make my way to and from the airport. The taxi ride is normally…

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