News & Articles - catering

  • Unexpected added costs when planning an event

    At one point in every event planner’s career, there has been the situation of receiving a final invoice from a venue with added costs that were never included in the budget. This refers to power costs, internet costs, extra catering labour costs, and so on. This is especially problematic when a third party such as a DMC has given an inclusive price to the client and must absorb the extra costs or an in-house planner must go back to their…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations

  • Wish list of items for a perfect event space

    By Jessica Symons and Sarah Stockton Before determining what the perfect event space is, you first need to understand your client’s needs, their demographic, and their expectations: Do they prefer downtown locations versus the suburbs? Do they need to be close to transit or the airport? Do they need to have off-site social locations close by? Where is the majority of their membership coming from? How many people are expected to attend this event? Are they mostly women, mostly men,…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Operations, Meeting Checklists, Meeting Venue Overview, Site Selection, Speakers & Entertainment

  • Centerplate chosen as exclusive food and beverage partner for St. John’s Convention Centre

    The Board of Directors of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd. have announced the selection of event hospitality leader Centerplate as the exclusive catering partner for the St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC), following a comprehensive bid process. Located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. John’s, SJCC offers state-of-the-art facilities for meetings, conferences and events. The 10-year contract will encompass all food and beverage services for events at SJCC, beginning June 1, 2018. “Centerplate has an excellent reputation for working…

    Breaking News, Food & Beverage, Meeting Community

  • Striving for sustainability in events

    By Daniella Bustamante The concept of “sustainable” and “green” events is not new. Over the years, we have seen a shift towards making events more eco-friendly. This has been most noticeable with more hotels and convention centers coming up with detailed eco-friendly initiatives. With venues stepping up to the plate, planners and producers (myself included) need to do our part to prioritize sustainability. Overhauling an event to make it “green” is not an easy nor appealing feat, but even through…

    Event Operations, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Meeting Checklists

  • Celebrity chef catering trend gaining traction in Canada

    By Marian Staresinic For many up-and-coming event planners and promoters, the idea of highlighting the servings or in-house appearances of a celebrity chef has felt like somewhat of a pipe dream, something only the overly wealthy or elite could pull off. The logistics and key questions can be overwhelming, even when the overall budget is in favour of the initiative. “How can I access these busy chefs? Can we get them to cater our large-scale events? How can I see…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • 10tation Event Catering partners with top Canadian celebrity chefs

    Are you looking for star power at your next event? Are you interested in bringing the cuisine of a renowned chef to your guests at an upcoming gala and looking for somebody to make it happen? While chefs offering catering services outside their restaurants is not a new concept, their partnerships with popular catering companies has become a rising trend in staple American hotspots, starting with Mario Batali in New York City. In the summer of 2013, Batali teamed up…

    Breaking News, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Meeting Community

  • Corporate event catering ideas that exceed guest expectations

    By Paul Spano Food trends are constantly morphing, especially given the growing number of corporate events each season. Not only are the food trends changing every year but the way the dishes are presented is changing as well. Chances are, your guests have grown to expect not just a well-planned and informative event but delicious, well-prepared, high-quality food as well. With social media and online resources, it’s easy for guests to see what other corporate events are offering so why not try…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • Choosing a new meeting destination: It’s all in the details

    By Shannon Byck and David Drover There are various reasons for a company to decide to plan a meeting or incentive in a new destination: team building, incentive award, or training are just a few. When looking outside of your typical in-house or local meeting venue, a new destination provides your attendees with a unique environment that can build upon your companies’ goals for that meeting. There may be concerns about the additional costs (transportation, hotel costs, etc.) of using…

    Event Operations, Site Selection

  • On the menu: A look at the top catering trends

    By Jasmine Baker In today’s competitive meetings and events industry, catering is a major component of most business and social events that can benefit from the expertise of hospitality professionals who care about crafting thoughtful food, beverage and hospitality experiences in unexpected settings — from small and intimate to the big stage. At For the Love of Food, it is our job to know what’s exciting in all forms of catering and it’s our pleasure to share it with you. Here…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

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