Infographic: 11 Enticing Food and Beverage Trends for 2017

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Food and beverage is one of the most important variables in meeting and event planning. 6 Inventive Food Trends. In 2017, interesting new food and beverage pairings , from oysters and gin to sherry and fries, will emerge to compete with wine and cheese.

Top Food Beverage Trends For 2017

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Selecting your food and beverage menu is one of the most important aspects of designing your event’s guest experience. They are expecting, or rather demanding, thoughtful, delicious gourmet food and savvy imaginative beverages at the events they attend.

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Feeding the Food Truck Frenzy in California

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Although the fast food chain is conveniently located all over the state, if you’re busy in meetings, wouldn’t it be way easier for the restaurant to set up shop at the convention center? Food trucks have become synonymous with California culture.

Serve Brain Food at Your Next Event

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When the afternoon hits and we reach for that third, nay fourth cup of coffee , it’s easy to overlook the full impact of the foods we choose. Here are the best foods for reinforcing focus, memory, energy and an upbeat mood.

6 Brain Food Snacks That Are Office-Friendly

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Studies have shown that people tend to select healthier foods for themselves when purchasing them in advance, versus when selecting food they plan to immediately eat. Finding foods that accomplish all of the above aren’t as difficult as you might think.

Convene TV: Food and Beverage Cost Challenges

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In this video, Michael Dominguez, CHSE, senior vice president of and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, outlines just how closely food costs and environmental impact are aligned. Food & Beverage TipsHow does a drought in China affect your bottom line?

3 Easy Ways to Meet All Your Attendees’ Food Needs


How you can accommodate your attendees’ food allergies, sensitivities, and preferences with some proactive planning. Association Meetings Resources Food & Beverage Resources and Reports

Airline Food: An Around-the-World Comparison


Food & Beverage Global EventsCheck out these meals served by 15 global airlines on their 2016 flights. Best bet: The dessert from Qantas! read more.

Color, Culture and Comfort Food Power F&B Trends for 2017

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Each year a new crop of buzzy ingredients and culinary novelties lands on food and beverage menus to tempt diners eager to try the hippest new dishes and drinks. The post Color, Culture and Comfort Food Power F&B Trends for 2017 appeared first on Smart Meetings.

Bespoke Food Symposium Tackles Tough Issues in Food

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In the meetings industry, many conversations about food and beverage center around food allergies , healthifying menus and working with your venue’s catering team to develop a delicious meal while staying on budget. Robert McKeown.

10 Sweet Ideas to Reduce Food Waste and Food Miles at Your Events


Here's a menu of actions that can help you send a lot less good food to the landfill. Association Meetings Green Meetings/CSR Food & Beverage Corporate MeetingsHow much are you doing to incorporate sustainability into your F&B programs?

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.

6 Ways to Use Watermelon at Your Summer Event

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We’ve come up with some original ways to incorporate this food into your next event—be sure to try them before September’s chill rolls in! Watermelon can play a role in many alcoholic beverages.

5 Dessert Trends For a Decadent Delegate Experience

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Trends & Event Ideas event venues venues food and beverage food desserts event food f&b event dessertsThis is a sponsored post written by Christophe Luzeux, Executive Chef with the Halifax Convention Centre.

Bring the Latest in Food and Beverage Tech to Your Event with These Automated Offerings


Some of the latest tech can also make managing food and drink service at your next event easier, allowing attendees to enjoy their preferred snack or beverage without hiring substantial amounts of extra staff to make it happen.

Fall Flavor: 14 Pumpkin Spice-Inspired Catering Ideas


In recent years, pumpkin spice-flavored food and beverages have been labeled as "basic." " But one can't deny that the sudden

5 Hot Culinary Trends for 2017


Generate excitement without blowing your budget with these chef-tested meeting and event food and beverage trends. Association Meetings Resources Food & Beverage Resources and ReportsBy Anne Thornley-Brown.

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Meeting Rooms of the Future Will Be Experiential, Tasty, and Wired


Association Meetings Resources Audiovisual/Production Food & Beverage Meeting Formats Resources and Reports Site NewsConference centers are going cozy, creative, and high tech, according to IACC’s Meeting Room of the Future study. read more.

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Meet and Eat: Menus for Better Networking

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This is a sponsored post written by Greg Smith, food and beverage expert at Halifax Convention Centre. Food and networking are important elements of most events. Ideas Networking event catering food Catering Event Networking menus

Two Simple Secrets to Happy, Engaged Attendees


Association Meetings Food & Beverage Corporate Meetings Medical MeetingsNearly half of attendees in a recent survey said they fell asleep or felt drowsy during a meeting.

9 Meeting Breaks You've Got to Try


Financial/Insurance Meetings Association Meetings Food & Beverage Medical MeetingsCheck out these creative ideas for getting attendees past the mid-afternoon slump and through a long meeting day with energy and good humor. read more.

A Catering Director’s Advice to Planners


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4 Strategies for Handling Dietary Restrictions at Events

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There are over 100 food allergies and countless diet trends that planners might have to account for at an event. This should include a check box section where they can mark their food allergies and preferences. Do they like to eat healthy or enjoy comfort foods while traveling?

Break Foods that Boost Energy


For your next refreshment break, instead of the typical buffet of pastries, cookies, and cakes, try a balance of whole, colorful, fresh foods. Association Meetings Resources Food & Beverage Resources and ReportsThese will help keep your attendees focused, and productive—and they boost the immune system, and provide the body balanced nourishment for all-day energy. Consider these three tips when creating your break menu: read more.

Raise a Glass to 7 Great Wine Cellar Meeting Spaces

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With more groups heading out of the boardroom and into creative locations , why not schedule an event in a cozy space with great food and a wine tasting guided by a sommelier? Food & Beverage Meeting Planning Venues Hotels Meeting Planners

7 Tips to Make Holiday Parties Sing

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Additionally, consider food stations or passing heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down meal. Encourage additional movement throughout the room by setting the various food and beverage stations in different locations. Food & Beverage How To Meeting Planning

Local Food Vendors in Washington, DC – 3 Ways to Discover Food for Your Next Event

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More often than not, food is the main attraction for event attendance. Click around, and embrace the food wormhole. . Our ever-growing database has 225+ food and beverage business owners from the DC and Baltimore metro areas.

Event Planning Inspiration from Coachella 2017

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Coachella is a convergence of Instagrammable foods, high-tech décor and innovative activity options—the perfect combination for popularity. Coachella is offering more than 100 food vendors this year, serving all tiers of food and beverage options.

Virtual Reality Cocktail Brings High-Tech Twist to Hotel Bar

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Food & Beverage Hotel Tech Technology Virtual RealityMany whiskey enthusiasts are extremely knowledgeable about their liquor of choice. Perhaps some can even discern details about a drink’s particular origins simply by tasting it.

Raising the Bar on Customizable DIY Snacks and Drinks

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The bar is high when it comes to food and beverage options for event planners. Customizable DIY food and beverage bars are an opportunity to create an interactive experience. Food & Beverage Meeting Planning F&B Hotels & Hospitality Meeting Planners

Most Appetizing Food & Beverage Ideas of 2016

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The world of food and beverage is one that allows planners to get really creative. Let’s look back at some of the year’s best food and beverage ideas for events. 6 Brain Food Snacks that are Office-Friendly. Serving Up 2016 Food Trends.

Getting to the Root of Food Waste

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That’s because Calgary participated in a Feeding the 5000 event, a global initiative to serve up meals made entirely from perfectly edible food that otherwise would have been sent to landfills, largely because it doesn’t meet aesthetic standards.

All You Can’t Eat

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But for the two three-course lunches that PCMA plated up during Convening Leaders 2017 at the Austin Convention Center last month, the menus called out everything that wasn’t there—namely, the “big eight” food allergens : milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

The Dish on 6 Hospitality Trends for 2017

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“There are also indicators that the year could be very exciting, including new hotel and restaurant openings, emerging cuisines and beverages , more technology solutions to simplify business and raise the bar for marketing, and so much more,” Freeman says.

Play With Your Food. No, Really

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UNconventional was woven throughout the event, from the venue to programming to food, seating, and drinks,” said Dawn Norman, president of Normand Productions and treasurer of the Southwest & Pacific Chapter. Food & Beverage Room Set

How One Kansas City Community Kitchen Reinvented Itself

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Heyen, president and CEO of Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Heartland, which runs several metro-area meal programs and food pantries. There’s a mentality that can sometimes happen around an emergency-food setting that can be a little volatile.

Ordering Off the Menu

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When it comes to special requests, Strader has pretty much seen it all — and since the National Academies helps write national food policy, Strader “almost always has a healthy food option” for guests, he said. Today, the center’s food is 85-percent gluten-free.

Ritz-Carlton Upping the Ante on Custom-Crafted Meeting Options


Association Meetings Audience Engagement Food & Beverage Corporate MeetingsSixty of the luxury chain’s hotels are participating in a personalized approach to décor, wellness, and F&B called, “A Meeting of the Senses.”. read more.

Why a Growing Number of Event Attendees Are Asking For Locally Sourced F&B

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One of the few time we all pause (and yes, it may be to take a photo) is over food, and sharing an experience about food. We crave connection, and food has always been a means to create those shared experiences that people can remember.

8 Green Event Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

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There are many ways for event planners to become greener, especially when it comes to food. To avoid food waste, avoid overestimating consumption. Food & Beverage Green Meetings Meeting Planning sustainable meetings