Celebrating the Season of Faith, Food, and Freedom

Eating at a Meeting Podcast Episode #175

Smiling woman with long brown hair looking at the camera. Hallie (pronounced Holly) Loeb is wearing a black top.Offering an Experience of Inclusivity

Hallie Loeb is an event planner who happens to be petite, vegetarian, and Jewish, joined Tracy on Eating at a Meeting LIVE in early December to share her insights on Hanukkah, the eight-day winter festival of lights, observed through nightly menorah candle lighting, blessings, songs, prayer, and food.

December is the season to be jolly. It’s also the time that many of us celebrate and observe religions and cultures. And, while there will be many Christmas parties to attend (and Hallmark movies to watch), we must remember that Hanukkah, Yule, and Kwanzaa are also celebrated this month. Celebratory meals for each holiday vary by person, family, region, and country.

Stay festive and listen as we talk about religious freedom, the best latke toppings, and the tastebuds of our ancestry.

Hallie Loeb

Hallie (pronounced Holly) Loeb is an event industry professional with expertise in Event Technology, incentive and group travel.

What do safe, sustainable, and inclusive food and beverage experiences look like to you?

As a petite vegetarian, there a few key and easy accommodations that can make my experience more enjoyable. For instance, if food is self-serve place it at a height and arm’s length that is reachable by short people.

Do you have an example of a situation that negatively affected you and other individuals or groups’ food and beverage experience?

I find receptions to be a challenge when the only tables offered are high boys.

What is a best practice you use/or have seen to create safe, sustainable, and inclusive F&B experiences?

Let’s start with registration as the first opportunity to create a safe and inclusive F&B experience, by removing the word “special” from our M&E dialect.

What do you wish people knew about what you do?

I can be persuaded.

Just for fun…What are your favorite food and drink?

potato – preferably fried
fizzy grapefruit water


Connect with Hallie:   LinkedIn

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