Category Archives: Food & Beverage

Utah Flavors in a Grand Way

Imagine our delight when eight top members of the 60-person culinary team of The Grand America Hotel—Salt Lake City’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel—visited our Bay Area headquarters to talk about food! On a given day, The Grand’s kitchens can serve up to 5,000 meals. Last year, the grocery bill totaled $6.8 million, some of which…

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The Beauties Of Cool Climate Syrahs

Add  to your event-planning arsenal an appreciation of unusual wines that can satisfy the pickiest guests. For most, the old standbys of chardonnay, merlot and cabernet sauvignon usually do the trick. But for those looking for more adventure, try syrah. Commonly referred to as a “grower’s varietal” for its natural vigor and versatility, syrah is…

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Inside The Kitchen

Furnish it with window seats, deep club chairs and crackling logs on the hearth. Set the resort atop a windswept (but sun-warmed) cliff, laced with strolling paths and pairs of white-painted wood Adirondack chairs. Top it with the strangely haunting lilt of bagpipes at teatime. Then—critical to the vision—populate this Valhalla with some of the…

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Sparkling Wines For The Season

In the old days, choosing sparkling wines meant securing bottles of pricey Champagne. But today the choices are not limited to wines exclusively made in that legendary region of France. Instead, over the past 20 years, new and vivacious styles of domestic sparkling wine trade have blossomed in Northern California and other areas on the…

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Hip, Hot Dining

As we’ve traveled around the country and dined out at home more frequently, we’ve become more educated, more sophisticated—and ardent devotees of the Food Network. And that phenomenon has spread into the meetings world, as well: clients who want to stay at the hippest, hottest hotels are also demanding dining and event menus to match….

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A*List Dining

That’s partly because incentive planners are so successful in staging wonderful events. After an all-out effort, an incentive planner is often challenged to conjure up ever more impressive rewards. Employees and clients expect to be impressed, and that requires considerable finesse. Dining incentives may be the most difficult experiences to tweak. If you want your…

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Deciphering The Dining Out “Menu

When you’re planning a meeting, the default setting for dining is to stay at the hotel. But there’s a lot to be gained by going out to dinner—and we’re not talking calories here! However, if you’re not from a food-and-beverage background, that decision—and those that come after—may be daunting, so we’ve compiled a few tips…

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Planning An Affordable Menu

The best memories I have of events are based around the food that was served, and while it was all beautiful and delicious, not all of it was expensive. So don’t turn out your pockets in despair at the thought of planning a decadent event complete with a sumptuous meal. There are plenty of ways…

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Star Quality: Celebrity Chefs As Speakers And Caterers

According to Kitchen Confidential author Anthony Bourdain, it used to be that those relegated to the confines of the kitchen were treated as though they were invisible. Kitchen workers and chefs were a breed unto themselves, with the world split decidedly between “front of the house” and “back of the house.” Then came Julia Child….

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