Meetings & Events

Welcome to Thrive! Meetings & Events

What does your event say about you?

It’s not just who’s attending your event, it’s how you plan it and what you’re serving.
Does it seem like organizing an event is harder than ever these days with shorter turnaround times, shrinking budgets and managing guests with allergies to dairy, shellfish, wheat, or even sugar? Gone are the days of booking months out, unlimited budgets and one-size-fits-all meals.

Now you have to think about doing more with less and feeding vegetarians, pescatarians and Rastafarians! Okay, maybe not Rastafarians. But the fact is, event planning—including food & beverage—is more complicated today than ever before.

Relax. Take a breath. Thrive! has been doing this for years and can show you the path to creating successful and memorable events that not only meet business objectives; we also have a special focus on providing cost-effective, healthy and delicious menus that account for every possible dietary need out there.

Keep reading to learn more about what we do and how we do it—everything you need to know about this specialized field is here.

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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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August 15, 2012: Exhibitor FastTrak

If you missed Tracy Stuckrath’s presentation “I Can’t Eat That! How to How to Incorporate Special Dietary Needs into F&B Plans” at Exhibitor 2012 in Las Vegas, check out the Exhibitor FastTrak Chicago session August 14-16. Tracy will be following up her March 8 presentation exploring: Who is making these requests and why are they increasing Different dietary needs, from food allergies and intolerances to medical conditions and personal preference Legal reasons to be concerned about meeting these needs When do these “pesky” attendees positively impact your business Managing costs

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March 8, 2012: Exhibitor 2012

Food-related diseases are on the rise, with approximately 45% of your attendees likely to have one or more of them. The 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act protects some and prohibits discrimination on the basis of having to eat a certain way. On March 8, at Exhibitor 2012, Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, an event professional with food allergies, will help you understand: Who is making these requests and why are they increasing Different dietary needs, from food allergies and intolerances to medical conditions and personal preference Legal reasons to be concerned about meeting these needs When do these…

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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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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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