• Baskets from A Gift Inside Deliver Delicious Edible Treats

    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE

A Gift Inside began in 2009 as an online gift shop known as Golden State Fruit. It then expanded to the East Coast in 2013 and set up shop in a 40,000-square-foot production facility located in the heart of Lancaster County. After purchasing an artisan confections company in 2015, A Gift Inside added a full-service chocolate kitchen to both of its facilities, where many chocolates are handcrafted. Many products are made in the Lancaster County area, but east meets west when the company adds in the bountiful variety of its own California orchards gift-grade pears and citrus, with more locally sourced premium fruit, handmade dried fruit trays that include dried pears from their orchards, California-grown nuts and area gourmet foods. The company was rebranded as A Gift Inside in 2015 to better showcase the brand’s offerings and to add emphasis to the company’s philosophy—that beyond offering delicious gourmet foods, the company wants every recipient to receive “a gift inside” each basket and gift box.

Great lighting is key. Smart décor is a must. But the mood of any gala, auction or awards ceremony lies largely on the shoulders of its master of ceremonies. Who you choose to represent your cause or organization on stage can be the difference between an event that is “ho-hum” or “electrifying.”

Texas Meetings + Events reached out to three of Texas’s favorite emcees. They shared with us how they got where they are—and what they’re doing now—along with some sage advice.


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