Tag: Dietary Restrictions

5 Life-Saving, No-Cost Tips: How to Have Accessible Events

Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act can feel like a daunting task for meeting planners on a tight budget--and an even greater challenge ever since “eating” was included as a “major life activity” in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. This article highlights relatively easy, inexpensive ways to make your meeting accommodating for attendees with disabilities. I recommend bookmarking it for future events. Along those lines, I thought I’d share a handful of low- or no-cost ways to accommodate attendees with special dietary needs. Plan meals well in advance. If you can give the catering kitchen an accurate picture…

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Ramadan: A Time for Fasting, A Time for Fast-Breaking

It’s Ramadan, which is a time of fasting. This also means there are occasions for fast-breaking. While fasting lasts from sunrise to sunset, Iftar is the name of the communal meal breaking the fast and served after sunset. At the end of Ramadan, there is a three-day festival, Eid al-Fitr, where food is a celebrated religious and cultural experience. Whether you are planning a Ramadan-themed communal meal, a banquet, or a festival celebration, here are a few delicious foods commonly consumed for Ramadan fast-breaking.   Dates & Fruits: these are a very popular offering for the after sunset feasts because…

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Are you Alienating 38% of Your Guests?

As many as 38% of people worldwide, self-identify as having a food allergy or intolerance. Whether running a catered corporate meeting, a dining experience out on-the-town for visiting colleagues, or a large conference at a hotel, a lack of trust in the food reflects poorly on everyone and can end up alienating guests. From the event host, to the servers, to the dining venue, lack of trust bleeds into the entire event experience. Food safety is important because it saves lives, but consumer confidence is a critically important goal in it’s own right. From a public health perspective, consumers need…

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climatarian is a diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change

Climatarian: What this New Food Word Means for Menus

Climatarian: The Diet Based on Your Footprint - Your “Carbon-Footprint” Last month on Twitter, Shawna McKinley of MeetGreen tagged me while asking #eventprofs if any of them were planning menus for "climatarians." That was my first introduction to the word and I'm so glad she shared it with me. In 2015, a social network called Climates popularized the term climatarian to describe those who make specific changes in their diet to minimize their carbon footprint. “Climatarian is an easy meat eating diet that’s good for the climate and good for your health.” The site discussed food as a massive contributor to greenhouse…

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Putting out "fires" at events is part of a meeting planner's job description. What procedures do you have in place to manage them successfully?

How to Avoid Food Allergy Catastrophes at Events

I hate to be a downer, but when was the last time you thought about the worst case scenario at your event? Catastrophes can come in many forms: hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, bombings, riots, medical pandemic, attendee accidents or death. Having procedures in place to handle situations is key to ensuring guest safety, whether you’re a meeting or event planner, a travel director or representative of a corporation. It’s your responsibility (it falls under your duty of care) to your attendees while at your event. Aside from these five standard safety measure all meeting planners and travel directors can…

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5 Simple Ways to Help You Save Money on F&B

Tracy recently spoke with Meetings and Conventions magazine on how to negotiate a hotel contract in a seller's market. Of the 12 tips "for getting what your group really needs" in the article, the three tips she provided were focused on food and beverage spend: [list icon="icon: check-square-o" icon_color="#d81c5c"] Custom-build your menus — work with your chefs directly Work the food angle to offset costs — "gang" menus with other groups Group events together — commingle groups to reduce duplication [/list] More from Tracy: There are few more ways I'd like to potentially help you save money on food and beverage at your next event while…

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