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February 24, 2012: GaMPI Meetings Exploration Conference

I Can't Eat That! How to Successfully Incorporate Guest's Dietary Needs into Your F&B Plans "I Can't Eat That!" class at GaMPI MEC conference The Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (GaMPI) is hosting its annual Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC) February 22-24, 2012 at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta.  As the “Heart & Soul of Meetings” in the Southeast, the MEC attracts 700 to 800 meeting planners and suppliers from across the country. The education sessions are top notch presented by speakers, including Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, with many years experience. The exhibit hall has various…

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February 27, 2012: Catersource

I Can't Eat That! Managing Dietary Needs of Guests Do you often wonder whether the event attendees who ask for special meals are just picky eaters or on one of the latest fad diets? You're not alone. There are millions of people who have chosen to follow a specific diet or just don't like a specific food (I personally dislike cucumbers and melons), but there are millions of others who have food allergies, celiac disease, heart disease or another disease that requires them to eat a specific way to stay safe and healthy. At Catersource 2012 in Las Vegas, Tracy will…

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Catersource “Get Fresh”: January 2012

In the latest Fresh Ideas from the ICA in Catersource's Get Fresh newsletter, Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC talks about how to manage the dietary needs of guests in "Tolerating Intolerance." She says its important to be proactive in your planning - ask guests about their needs in advance, update your recipes so they can be prepared multiple ways to accommodate different needs. Its also important to pay attention to cross contamination in the kitchen and on the buffets.

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Smart Meetings: November 2011

Jesse Fetterling of Smart Meetings spoke to a cross section of meeting planners, including Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM of Thrive! Meetings & Events to hear their stories and find out what irritates them. Here are their top 11 pet peeves. On Tracy's list include impersonal e-mails, sending contracts with completely different specs than what was agreed upon and outdated websites. What Peeves You?

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