News & Articles - food and beverage

  • 17 ideas to add now for more memorable events

    Mobile device charging stations – the new water cooler of your events. Make it comfortable. Add water and maybe even a list of questions people can think about relevant to your industry as conversation starters – ideal for the power-hungry introvert. Mobile app. Keep it simple, or add some bells and whistles aka participant feedback mechanisms. Every single person shows up with a device, and most of them don’t need more paper to recycle later. Enough said. Water stations, with…

    A/V & Special Effects, Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Meeting Checklists, Social Media & Technology, Speakers & Entertainment

  • Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) trends for 2016

    What’s new in meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions this year? Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, or MICE, have all experienced strong growth year-over-year, with continued success. This is in part due to successfully utilized technology, entertainment, food and beverage and corporate gifting choices at meetings and events. The meeting industry market is a thriving market with spending set to rise globally as hotels and airlines enjoy record performances this year. Incentive travel is also growing, as 36 per cent of…

    Breaking News, Corporate Travel & Incentives, Meeting Community, Travel Tips & News

  • Canadian programs help make buying seafood for your event a little less fishy

    Last month I visited the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world: Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Japan. The market handles more than 400 types of seafood valued at approximately $7 billion Canadian every year. Products arrive from all over to be sold during a lively early-morning auction. They are then sent to restaurants, hotels and caterers to serve to customers all over Japan and beyond. Strolling through the miles of aisles at the market it is easy…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • Seven hot decor ideas for your next event

    By Marla Brown In the event world, you are considered only as good as your last event. Staying fresh and current with your design ideas is a must to wow your clients time and time again. Whether you are faced with a large, medium or small decor budget, you can use the “30 second wow factor” to blow your clients away. We call it “the 30 second wow factor” because if your clients haven’t commented how great the space looks…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Operations

  • Event planner grievances with food and beverage: What venues have to say

    Planners are from Mars, chefs are from Venus (or in this case, Venues!) I recently sat down with Toronto meeting and event manager Tina Aprile, CMP, who works in a popular downtown Toronto hotel. Wanting perspective from the venue side, I hoped to discuss some of my grievances when it comes to food and beverage. ML: What is the main disconnect that you experience between planners and venues when it comes to F+B? TA: It comes down to priorities and…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage

  • Meetings need trust, timing and yes, surprise

    Do your meetings and events leave your participants wanting more? This year, I have attended more than a dozen conferences designed for meeting and event professionals. Most recently, over a period of 12 days I attended four industry conferences. This is more than the average, as most people will attend three to six conferences at the most per year, and each time we plan a meeting we are hopeful to have the “right” audience – in both size and mix…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Social Media & Technology, Speakers & Entertainment

  • Steps to end food waste in the event industry

    All of us working in this wonderful industry know there’s an inconvenient truth – food waste. We all dislike it, yet feel powerless to stop it. According to a updated study released in 2014 by Value Chain Management International, food waste in Canada equates to an estimated $31 billion annually, of which eight per cent (about $2.5 billion) is attributed to the “food service” industry (hospitality and restaurant industry). When I read the report, I was not surprised because I’ve…

    Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings

  • IACC reveals Top 10 Conference Food Trends for 2015

    Useful tips for meeting planners contribute towards healthier conferences Following extensive research among the 400 members of the International Association of Conference Centres, the organization released its Top 10 Conference Food Trends for 2015, which are influencing meeting planners across the globe. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “Planners are always looking for new and interesting ways to nourish and invigorate their conference attendees, as food has become so much more than just fuel. Recently there has been an enormous shift…

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

  • Three key areas for improvement in the events industry

    It’s a new world, or is it? Just when I think we are making leaps ahead in how we are managing and delivering meetings, events and group experiences, something happens that makes me think, perhaps we are not. I have the opportunity to go to many conferences and events as part of my job and feel very fortunate for a number of reasons. The opportunities abound to see colleagues and friends from (literally) around the world, to learn from experienced…

    Event Operations, Food & Beverage, Green/Sustainable Meetings, Social Media & Technology

  • Reader survey: Canadian event planners rank their biggest challenges

    Whether it is shortened lead times, continually shrinking event budgets, the influx of new meeting apps or rising food and beverage costs, we wanted to find out what is most important in the minds of today’s meeting planner. In a recent online poll of CM&E readers from across Canada, we discovered that corporate and independent event planners share many of the same concerns and challenges when it comes to planning, budgeting and managing meetings in Canada. Here’s a brief snapshot…

    Industry Research, Meeting Community

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