Food & Beverage

Foodimentary

Basics Aren’t Boring – Its Foodimentary!

My Dear Watson, it's Foodimentary! As event professionals, it's easy to get caught up in making everything grand. Dressing things up and making fancy upgrades is impressive, but it can also get complicated. Especially when it comes to designing event menus. That's where foodimentary comes in. What is foodimentary? According to Urban Dictionary, food blogger John-Bryan Hopkins created the word foodimentary, defining it as "a specific way of looking at food or a food item." And, that's what we're going to do—look at our food through the eyes and stomachs of those with food allergies and other dietary needs. We're going to…

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Meeting Menu Makeovers

Meeting Menu Makeovers

Meeting Menu Makeovers - Let's do it! In honor of ANTI-boredom month, I want you to think about how you can banish boring buffets and makeover your meeting menus. We need to stop serving foods that are lifeless, drain our systems and are full of sugar and artificial ingredients (see picture). It is a waste of money, energy and food. Buffets and meeting menus should be inviting, healthy, and full of life. The food we serve at meetings and at work should invigorate us and help us get through the day. Food is so important — it sustains us, it delivers a social focal point, and it is…

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National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month: March is the Time to Evaluate Nutrition and Taste

Nutrition is a big part of our everyday lives. We continue to learn ways to improve our lifestyles, respond to medical challenges, and share in the growing awareness that nutrition and taste are not mutually exclusive. March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s the perfect opportunity to evaluate the foods we serve our attendees. National Nutrition Month Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors National Nutrition Month. It’s meant as a campaign to help bring focus to the importance of making informed choices and develop healthy eating habits. They also place importance on the right amount and…

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Swirls of cooked noodle on a fork - National Eat Your Noodles day

It’s National Eat Your Noodles Day

Noodles: A Food Staple of Many Forms It's National Eat Your Noodles Day (#NationalEatYourNoodlesDay). Who comes up with these specialty days, I do not know, but I'm going to go with it today. Especially since what you think of as noodles might be different than the guy next to you. According to the Oxford dictionary, noodles are made from flour paste into very thin, long strips of pasta. Once cooked, they can be eaten in soup or with sauce. When you take my friend Chef Gloria Smiley's pasta making class, you learn that pasta is simply white flour and egg. From…

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Food and wine pairing for the holidays

Make Your Holiday Wine Shopping Easier with These Tips

I'm a vodka drinker. Used to drink beer. And, since I have never been a fan of wine (I know!), so I've asked my good friend and sommelier Don Hackett to give us (you) some hints on how to successfully pair food and wine this holiday season - or any time of the year.  When Pairing Food and Wine Decide Which is the Star: the Food or the Wine Shopping for wines for your holiday party can present a unique challenge. Holiday spreads often offer an abundant and diverse selection of dishes and trying to find a wine that will work…

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