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2016 Top food and beverage Trends

2016 Top Food and Beverage Trends Offer Promising Options for Meetings

From locally sourced to spicy, ugly, personalized and nostalgic, here Thrive! predicts the 2016 Top Food and Beverage Trends When thinking about the 2016 top food and beverage trends, the year will be a fascinating mix of creative menu design from source to finish. Recognizing the approach to food, processing and presentation, the guest experience, and even the kitchen itself are all on the table, so to speak, for the coming year. 1. Source Local. While organically grown and a lower carbon footprint can sometimes be at odds, it seems local trumps all. Food lovers want to know where their food is from.…

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Food Trends from 2015

Launch into the New Year with the Best Food Trends from 2015

From Bar Carts to Beer, Here is How and What We Ate in 2015 As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to review the lessons of the past year and welcome a new year of successes and challenges. Let us know what you thought of the best food trends from 2015. [list icon=”icon: check-square-o” icon_color=”#d81c5c”] Restaurants and events have seen a return of bar carts for cold and warm dishes. This vintage touch has the benefit of transportation efficiency and satisfaction of the immediate supply of additional condiments and other requests. Gourmet comfort foods were added to menus across the nation this year.…

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Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho Ingredients

Do you Know What Ingredients You Need to Create a Safe Food Event?

An Analysis of the Ingredients Used for an Event Earlier this year, I attended a meetings industry conference where I was hired to give two presentations on how to manage dietary requests at meetings and events. The challenges with managing dietary needs can be confusing, frustrating and never ending. We already have a lot on our to do list, so adding a few more ingredients might seem annoying. However, I see those ingredients as opportunities to make attendees feel safe, valued and confident in their experience. I commend the organization for taking steps to meet the needs of their more than 2,000 attendees…

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Food Allergy Awareness laws are being enacted in U.S. states to help save the lives of restaurant patrons

Dietary Needs Unlock New Level of Duty of Care

When I was an in-house corporate meeting planner, one of the executive assistants used to call me “everybody’s mamma.”  Whether it was purchasing new jeans for the CEO because he forgot his, ordering a low-salt meal for the executive vice president with a heart condition, finding hotel rooms for 30 sales staff stranded in Dallas due to bad weather, or getting the vice president of marketing to the hospital when she was sick at an event, I responded to everyone’s needs and wants. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, all of these incidents (except the CEO’s jeans) fall under my responsibilities as an event planner in what is termed…

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gluten-free oatmeal with fruit is a great solution for diabetics, celiacs and food allergic guests.

How to Read a Banquet Menu

This is the first in a series of posts on evaluating hotel banquet menus for event attendees with dietary needs. If you’ve done your due diligence and asked your guests if they have dietary needs, great job! – but that’s only half the battle. Trying to figure out what to serve everyone when you have guests with food allergies, celiac disease or diabetes, others who are vegan, vegetarians or raw and yet others with cultural or religious beliefs that require a specific diet can be daunting. Allergens are often disguised even in well-labeled banquet menus, and just because you’ve offered…

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Lent dietary practices during meetings

Lent Brings Challenges for Event Planners When Menu Planning

Two weeks ago the season of Lent began on Wednesday, after a traditional pancake supper the night before. During this annual ritual, millions of Christians all around the world commence a 40-day period of sacrifice, reflection and “spiritual housecleaning” in preparation for Easter. Though the exact timing varies between sects, the liturgical season typically starts on Ash Wednesday and ends just before Easter Sunday, and is meant to represent the period Jesus wandered alone in the desert. The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon work “lencten,” which means spring. Similar to making New Year’s resolutions, some use the time to…

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