Category Archives: Food & Beverage

Wall-to-Table Dining

“The 2020s will be the decade of the Vertical Agriculture Revolution,” proclaims futurist Ray Kurzweil, who’s also director of engineering at Google. He’s referring to veggies and herbs grown sustainably indoors without dirt, using hydroponic (plants rooted in nutrient-rich liquid) or aeroponic (no growing medium) technology and often arrayed as a living wall.

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Top Hospitality Event Trends in 2017

From create your own poke bowl stations to event app polls, 2017 was the year we stopped telling people what to do and let them decide for themselves how they wanted to learn, participate and eat. Smart Meetings has been reporting on these changes all year, and following are the trends that stand out to our editors.

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The Cat’s Hat is Delish

Las Vegas loves its aging celebrities. Billboards and LED displays all over The Strip hype shows by stars who you’ll never see on Saturday Night Live anymore but who live on in this desert oasis. Some of them don’t even have a pulse anymore – but are honored nightly by outrageous impersonators in glitter and gowns.

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Expert Tips on Popping a Wine Cork for Team-building

Wine Militia Looking to put the “fun” back in “function”? Wine-themed team-building can add a refined, celebratory feel to any event. The team enjoys sampling wines, and the experience is made all the better by learning a thing or two. However, it is important to keep meeting goals front-and-center. We asked experts for tips on…

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Las Vegas’ Decadent, Delicious Desserts

Las Vegas does nothing in small measure. Six of the world’s largest hotels are in Las Vegas, for instance. MGM Grand (6,772 guest rooms) is the biggest hotel in all of America. As a Fodor’s travel guide put it, “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, where sleep is a mere inconvenience interrupting…

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9 Culture Sandwiches for Your Meeting or Event

National Sandwich Day on Friday, November 3, is a great day to celebrate the grab-and-go lunch staple that appears at many event mid-day meals. The convenient treat dates back to 18th century England when John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, enjoyed putting beef between a few slices of bread while playing cards with his…

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5 Essential Olive Oil Tastings and Tours You Must Visit

Forget wine; it’s olive oil season. Olive oil tasting is the inclusive way to bring a group together for an unusual and educational culinary adventure. Even those who do not drink alcohol can enjoy learning the subtle differences in types, processes and uses while learning more about each other. Here are 5 places across the…

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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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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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