Eating Communally

The Power of Eating Communally

Can Eating Communally Positively Impact Events? When we think about food at conferences, most of the talk is about logistics: How do I serve 500 people while the keynote speaker is talking? How many drink tickets can we afford to give away for free before charging? What meat will most of our attendees eat? Don’t get me wrong, this type of problem-solving is vital. If you can’t feed your attendees, you’ll have riots in the ballroom. But here’s the thing: We see meals as part of the structure, not the content of the meeting, in other words, what happens when…

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Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort

3 Nights in Cabo with the DMC Network

Last month I had the pleasure of speaking at the inaugural DMC Network Exchange event held at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. What an amazing experience! Who knew that the desert can go all the way to the ocean – crazy gorgeous. For two days and three nights, the staff at Terramar, one of the DMC Networks members, delivered unparalleled service with their creativity and skill in managing events for groups coming to the area, even with an impending hurricane threatening to dampen the trip. Let’s not focus on that. A few highlights from the event, especially the food.…

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50 Year Marine Corps Basic School Graduation Celebration

Last month, I had the honor and privilege to plan and execute the 50th reunion for my father’s US Marine Corps basic school class. We had 113 retired Marines and their spouses for three days of fun and camaraderie in Quantico, Virginia and Washington, DC. This was a very interesting group to plan for. Some of the initial planning obstacles included: • Generational differences, such as whether to email, call or snail mail? • Activity timelines • Special needs accommodations • Food allergies, celiac disease and dementia • Transportation management From the first call last year to the last goodbye after the reunion, I fell…

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International Association of Culinary Professionals

International Culinary Professionals Conference

I’ve been in New York City all weekend for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conference, “The Fashion of Food.” More on that later. Today, after the IACP Book Fair today, I was on my way back the hotel when I spotted one of the authors trying to hail a cab. I was already in a cab, so I rolled down the window to ask if he wanted to share a ride. Granted, I did not officially know him, but I knew he was with IACP, so I figured I was safe. And, boy was I safe. The gentleman…

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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 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 exhibitors all waiting for you to learn about their…

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