• Canned Wine Worthy of the Grape

     
    POSTED October 19, 2018
     

With the canned wine category booming, longtime Sonoma friends Matthew Allan and Kenny Rochford have launched West + Wilder to offer high quality and accessible wines that can be enjoyed at release and on the go. Their debut collection includes a white and a rosé, as well as sparkling versions of both, with grapes sourced from California, Washington and Oregon. The elegant aluminum cans—three 8.4-ounce cans equal a traditional bottle of wine—are already being offered at high-end venues like the Pebble Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl. A six-pack—three of two wine varieties—costs $35, a reasonable price for two bottles of wine. A case of 36 cans is $200. 

In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.

We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet.

This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill, and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.

 

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.