Banquets and Catering: An Insider’s Approach to Food and Beverage

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Register for “Banquets and Catering: An Insider’s Approach to Food and Beverage” Have you ever wondered how can hotels charge $120 or more for a gallon of coffee?

Best Food-Truck Catering for Your Next Event

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Food trucks are fun, convenient, serve delicious food at a fraction of the cost of a sit-down meal, and are a great addition to any event. Koi Fusion offers Korean food with a twist. Koi Fusion offers the option of a hosted truck event, where the host covers the cost; or, alternatively, an option where the guests pay for their own food. Simply Divine, Orlando, Florida. The post Best Food-Truck Catering for Your Next Event appeared first on Smart Meetings.

10 Food Festivals Bringing Flavor to 2017

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Food festivals deliver celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations , and virtually unlimited food and beverage options to hordes of hungry attendees in cities across the United States. South Beach Food and Wine Festival: February 22–26, 2017.

Beer and Ball Games in Southwest Florida

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The Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays call Florida home year-round. Florida hosts numerous Major League Baseball teams during spring training, so they have company. Florida is more frequently associated with umbrella-garnished drinks than craft beer.

3 Enticing Reasons to Plan a Meeting in Southwest Florida

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Air service via most major carriers is available to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, 34 miles north of Naples. With the number of meetings that are booked near the beach in Southwest Florida, attendees will want to make extra time for sun and sand.

Get InsPIred to Take A Slice Out of Pi Day

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Florida: Key Lime Pie. Florida adopted key lime pie as its official pie in 2006, and Key West is known as the place to go to sample the sour-sweet dessert. Bring your ap-PIE-tite to meetings today!

Smart Meeting East National Meets in Lap of Luxury

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The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. Along Billionaires Row, some of the world’s richest own colossal mansions in Palm Beach, Florida. Fun, Food and Friendship. At Smart Meeting East National, we met where the creme de la creme vacation at the majestic The Breakers resort Aug.

Miami’s Emerging Arts District

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Food-lovers enjoy dishes from James Beard Award-nominated restaurants and dozens of food trucks. We had dinner at Wynwood Yard, an outdoor public hangout with plenty of unique food trucks , live music and games, among other things. Wynwood Walls.

Tasty Team-building: Using F&B to Bring Attendees Closer Together

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James Kelly, chef de cuisine at Loews Miami Beach, shows a group of journalists on a food and beverage tour how they can make ceviche. Food and beverage takes a pretty standard path in most event environments: The culinary experts in the kitchen do the cooking, and the service staff delivers it to the hungry attendees at the table. Food & Beverage Taste & Travel

Walt Disney World Resorts Adding Exciting New Group Options

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As a one-stop option for a dine-around or another fun group outing, Disney Springs is a dining, retail and entertainment area that, in keeping with Disney’s knack for storytelling, has a rich, albeit fictional, history as a Florida waterfront town.

9 Innovative Honey Experiences to Delight Your Group

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The dedicated honey-making efforts of bees have been highlighted at hotels and resorts throughout the world in a vast array of ways, including hands-on activities, classes, spa treatments and foods. Eau Palm Beach-Manalapan, Florida .

8 Superb F&B Choices to Cure March Madness

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If you are considering planning an event in one of them, we’ve got the best food and drink orders ready for you. Food: Buffalo wings. If you’re in Buffalo, you better have this classic finger food. Food: Pulled pork and coleslaw. Food: Barbecue Nachos.

Your Turkey Away from Home: Hotels Offering a Thanksgiving Meal

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Caribe Royale Orlando, Florida Caribe Royale Orlando The Tropicale restaurant at Caribe Royale Orlando whips up a full Thanksgiving buffet that spans from 1 to 7 p.m. Plus, Florida residents receive 20 percent off. Being away from home during the holidays can be tough.

6 Smart Moves at Visit Sacramento, Fairmont, The Don CeSar & More

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Pete Beach, Florida named Patrick Faas its new director of food and beverage. Pete Beach, Florida. Appointments & Promotions Meeting Planning fairmont Florida mexico miami beach People ranch pescadero sacramento Smart Moves st.

8 Chanukah Celebrations Across the Country

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After all, who can resist joyful music, sugary beverages and glittering lights. Chanukah at The Yard, Miami, Florida. Destinations celebrate chanukah food fun hanukah holiday latke music religion seasonal toleranceAlthough we call this time of year “the holidays,” it often feels synonymous with Christmas. So, while I’m guilty of being a Christmas fanatic myself, or more accurately a Christmas culture fanatic, finding a Chanukah celebration is always a pleasant surprise.

Las Vegas No. 1 Among Most Fun Cities

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If Las Vegas is the leader among most fun cities, then Florida is the most fun state. The food and beverage culture here is on a scale and scope that is unexpected.”. Tampa, Florida. Orlando, Florida. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Insider’s Guide to Banquet Menu Strategies to Stretch Your Budget

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You’ll learn how to trace hotels expenses through food cost, beverage cost, setup staff and culinary personnel. Tom went into meeting planning and founded CONTACT Planning, a national meeting planning company with headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Register for Webinar.

Top 10 Happiest, Healthiest U.S. Communities to Meet In

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community with the top well-being score is Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida. Located along Florida’s Paradise Coast, Naples offers lovely white-sand beaches, great weather and just so happens to be Collier County’s key meeting city. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.

Oceanfront Resort Emerges in Style Following $100 Million Transformation

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With more than 1,000 guest rooms - including a Presidential suite, 515 king rooms and 484 double rooms, with 96 being suites - The Diplomat Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton is the largest hotel in Broward County, Florida.

5 Smart and Delicious Menu Trends for 2017

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If you compiled a list of food-forward cities, Providence, Rhode Island, would rank pretty high. Seasonal and local food,” said another J&W graduate, Edward Bolus, executive chef at Mill’s Tavern, fully aware that his answer was “not that exciting.” LATIN AMERICAN STREET FOOD.

7 Smart Moves—at Mahekal Beach Resort, Kimpton & More

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Previously, Armenta served as regional director of Florida and the Caribbean Islands for Preferred Hotel Group and regional director of sales at The Delano and The Shore Club in Miami.

5 Smart and Delicious Menu Trends for 2017

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If you compiled a list of food-forward cities, Providence, Rhode Island, would rank pretty high. Seasonal and local food,” said another J&W graduate, Edward Bolus, executive chef at Mill’s Tavern, fully aware that his answer was “not that exciting.” LATIN AMERICAN STREET FOOD.

Las Vegas, Austin and Orlando Earn Top Marks in J.D. Power Destination Study

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It assesses the customer experience based on six factors: activities, cost and fees, food and beverage, infrastructure, lodging and travel. New York performs particularly well in four of the six factors: travel; lodging; food and beverage; and activities.

21 Tampa Event Venues Your Attendees Will Love

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While Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon arrived in the Tampa Bay area as early as 1513, the western part of the land which would one day become Florida remained relatively undeveloped until the 1800s. The Florida Aquarium. Source: The Florida Aquarium.

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Ritz-Carlton Kicks Off Meeting of the Senses

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Individual properties have relied on unlikely sources to curate unique and unexpected food and beverage experiences, develop wellness-inspired breaks and personalize itineraries that embrace the environment of the hotels and destinations. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.

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4 Women Making Smart Moves at Palace Resorts, Fairmont San Jose and More

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Lanaud will be responsible for organizing and promoting food and beverage, while exceeding guest expectations and financial targets at the 805-room hotel. The newly rebranded Sheraton Bay Point Resort in Panama City, Florida, appointed Jean Capps as general manager. She brings considerable expertise and vibrancy to her new role and has extensive experience in sales, food and beverage, and operations. Marie Lanaud.

7 Smart Moves at Hotel Zoe and more

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He’s held leadership positions in food and beverage as well as hotel operations for properties across the country, including The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Colorado, Sunriver Resort in Bend, Oregon, and Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.

The Importance of F&B at Successful Events

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She learned early on that success was about more than just serving food. She has spent the last 12 years with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, working in Toronto and South Florida before a stint at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and, finally, Conrad New York.

Your Story Blog Series: Carleigh Dworetzky

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When Carleigh Dworetzky first began her career in the hospitality industry, she had no idea her career would undergo such an impressive transformation, taking her to a career in food and beverage and then landing her as the Convention Strategy Manager at Destination DC. It was then that I learned I would be working in the food and beverage division and not specifically within the kitchen. Carleigh is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, Florida.

7 Smart Moves at Loews Hotels, Duke Energy Convention Center and More

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He’s previously worked at The Silversmith Hotel in Chicago, One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida and various Marriott International hotels in Kansas City, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

4 Smart Moves at Hyatt, Hotel Ivy and More

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The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU promoted Susan Gladstone to the role of director. She will work closely with the board of directors and lead the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU’s team. As the first female to hold this position, she will oversee day-to-day operation of the hotel and manage staff, food and beverage, housekeeping, guest services and. Dana Orlando . Wischermann Partners appointed Dana Orlando as general manager of Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel.

10 Proven Tips for Healthy Spring Travel

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Due to the spread of Zika, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an alert for travel to Miami-Dade County, Florida, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands. Be cautious with international food. Spring has officially arrived!

Casinos Cash in on Sports Gaming Legalization

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Offering this as another wagering opportunity opens up a whole new chance to integrate this with our food and beverage, gaming and entertainment offerings.”.

10 Smart Moves at Visit Santa Cruz, Benchmark, Turtle Bay Resort, Westgate Park City and More

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He brings vast experience in financial operations at multiple resorts, including as chief financial officer for Visionary Destin, a resort and property management company in Destin, Florida. He attended Florida Southern College in Orlando. Westgate Park City Resort & Spa, a premier Utah resort, announced that Ivan Ruiz is now serving as food and beverage director and executive chef. Laura Manriquez .

A Guide to Serving F&B on the Exhibit Floor

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At the Duty Free Show of the Americas, which takes place in Florida each spring, attendees come face-to-face with almost every conceivable item that might be sold in an airport duty-free store — from necklaces and perfume to cigars, luggage, and, of course, booze. From the threat of tipsy attendees, to wrappers and discarded plates cluttering booths, serving food and drink samples on the exhibition floor can be tricky business.

Top Meeting Trends and Cities for 2017

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destinations also made the cut: * South Florida. * Colorado. * New York. “In line with general food & beverage trends, groups are looking for healthy food elements, local and nutritious cuisine, farm-to-table options and special dietary requirements.”

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Chef Mike Molloy Comes Full Circle at Don Cesar

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Pete Beach, Florida, hotel where he began his career. What kind of food or beverage trends have you noticed in meetings and events? As far as trends from a food standpoint, there’s a big trend right now with vegetable-based foods. Now, a lot of people see the Food Network and the big celebrity chefs , and they don’t realize how much hard work actually goes into it.

7 Smart Moves at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, ART Hotel, and More

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Curtis previously served as director of sales and marketing for The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Coburn has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, including a strong food and beverage background. Marian Wilson. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe announced the appointment of Marion Wilson as director of sales and marketing of the 170-room resort.

25 Things You Didn’t Know About… Suzanne Scully Hackman

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Petersburg/Clearwater for more than a dozen years, Suzanne Scully Hackman, CDME, has become a face of the Florida destination. If I had to eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be potatoes—I’m an Irish girl ! My go-to in-flight beverage choice is water. Having served as director of meetings and conventions for Visit St. But the born-and-raised Floridian isn’t all business, all the time.

10 Smart Moves: New Appointments at The Chattanoogan, Celebrity Cruises and More

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Discover The Palm Beaches, Florida, the official marketing corporation for Palm Beach County hired Peggy Hagaman as director of sales for the Midwest. He oversees all day-to-day operations, including sales and marketing, food and beverage and ongoing property repositioning. Michele Kephart. Michele Kephart was introduced as sales manager for The Chattanoogan , a Benchmark Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee.