Category Archives: Food & Beverage

Signature Cheers!

Nothing says welcome quite like a beverage. Over the centuries, that ahhh-some refreshment has often been alcoholic (water and water storage being suspect). Resorts in the Caribbean and other steamy climes embraced this tradition, offering the newly arrived sugary fruit punch, with or without rum. More recently, boutique, upscale all-inclusives and ultra-luxury hotels have kicked…

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michelin star mean to planners

What Do Michelin Star Restaurants Mean to Event Planners?

A meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant could be a powerful addition to any event. We want to know just how important access to these highly rated dining experiences is to you. Take this one-question poll now and we will report back on how starry-eyed the industry is about these rankings. Yes, the Michelin Guide is…

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It’s Fire Season

Restaurant kitchens across the land are on fire. Wood-fired cooking has chefs competing to see who can come up with the most Pitmaster-ish updates to classics of the smokin’ hot grill. In the Charlotte Marriott City Center, Stoke is overseen by Executive Chef Chris Coleman, one of North Carolina’s most respected chefs. Local hams hang from…

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Smokin’ Hot

We are hard-wired to be drawn to the smoky, charred and blistered. Deep in our cerebral cortexes, we flash back to mastodon steak in a cave dancing in reflected firelight. We have Proustian memories of campfire s’mores. Wood-fire cooking is perfect for September’s gathering sweater season. Sometimes, the best trends go back to basics. And…

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Feeding the Food Truck Frenzy in California

When out-of-towners visit California, one of the most frequently requested must-stops is In-N-Out Burger to get a Double-Double, go all-out with Animal Style or get adventurous with the secret menu. 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…

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Visit San Jose Makes Adventurous Food a Star at Convention Center

San Jose’s foodie scene has come a long way since three brothers living there in 1953 invented the Eggo Waffle. On Sept.  13, Team San Jose in California celebrated the first of what it hopes will be many Michelin-starred restaurants, at Adega in the heart of Little Portugal. The team brought in three other Michelin-rated…

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national watermelon day

6 Ways to Use Watermelon at Your Summer Event

Summer is winding down and autumn’s nearly here, meaning it’s time to make the most of its seasonal specialties before we have to wait until next year. National Watermelon Day is a welcome reminder that nothing screams summer quite like this iconic fruit. An added bonus: they’re an anti-oxidant and provide a variety of health…

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Enjoy the Calming Effects of Tea

It’s an ancient Chinese legend. The very first “cuppa” came about in 2737 B.C., when a leaf from an overhanging tea shrub drifted into a Chinese emperor’s pot. The English began sipping in earnest in the 17th century, and by the 1840s, no British afternoon was complete (in society’s upper echelons, especially) without a steaming…

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Marina del Rey Offers Laidback Waterfront Meetings

Claim to Fame: Laid-back waterfront vibe Minutes from LAX yet light years from cubicle world, Marina del Rey specializes in unique meeting venues—private yachts, dockside event space, private waterside terraces— for on-the-water team-building and waterfront meeting and dining. Splash Get your group truly up-close-and-personal with the azure Pacific by diving into activities that range from…

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