Category Archives: Food & Beverage

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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Washington Wines Northern Stars

Don't scoff; prepare for a surprise: The reds as well as whites from Washington's vineyards, especially the small vineyards of eastern Washington, rank right along with the world's finest—and often much more expensive—wines. In May The Economist, the international news magazine, referred to Washington's "dense and complex" yet "elegant" wines.  Harvey Steiman, editor-at-large for The…

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The Eye Pleasing Plate

Presentation is everything when it comes to food. Top restaurants know this better than anyone. A menu can proclaim that the restaurant offers the best produce, the finest meats flavored with the most exquisite spices, but if the end result looks like it’s been doled out with an ice cream scoop onto a cafeteria tray,…

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Staying Alert With The Glycemic Index

Imagine: it’s two-thirty in the afternoon. You’re listening diligently as Bob from accounting reiterates the importance of TPS report covers while your buffet lunch sits heavily in your lap. You stretch to look behind you for a glimpse of the coffee service when lo and behold: a sea of drooping eyes and nodding heads greets…

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Convention Centers Tastings

Soft lighting accentuates lush wood detailing and throws the table into a warm spotlight. The aromas from the kitchen swirl in the air and act as an appetizer before the appetizer. Someone across from you motions that the show is about to begin. Turning in your plush chair, you are greeted with an elaborate act…

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Escape from the rock (by taking your group out to dinner)

If you're planning a group meeting and thinking about doing all evening events in one hotel, the same place where everyone will not only be staying, but where you're also holding all the group's meetings and where they eat all their meals, think again. That place could start to feel more like the Chateau d'if…

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