• Essentially Austin

     
    POSTED March 16, 2017
     
  • Essentially Austin

     
    POSTED March 16, 2017
     
  • Essentially Austin

     
    POSTED March 16, 2017
     

Have an event on the horizon? Then it may be time to check out your catering and event planning options. Although I’ll periodically introduce you to caterers and event planners in other Texas regions, this particular post is focused on Austin.

Dagar’s Catering

Dagar’s Catering, the oldest catering company in Austin, opened in 1952 in a small café on Sixth Street, but has grown into a full-service catering company known throughout central Texas. The company can handle event catering of all sizes and has built a reputation on providing each occasion with a polished and delicious customized menu. That said, Dagar’s still offers some of the best Texas BBQ in town, alongside a variety of cuisines envisioned by Chef Sas Taber. Hint: Try the watermelon salad or salad in a martini glass.

DNA Events

DNA Events was founded by Kathryn and Frank Albarado in 2009 after many years in the catering and event industry. As the sister company of Dagar's Catering, DNA Events has become a full-service catering company, providing everything down to the plates and staff—just not the food. Instead, DNA Events partners with other notable restaurants and food providers throughout Texas to bring clients a seamless, full-service wedding or event.

The Peached Tortilla

The Peached Tortilla opened in Austin in 2010 as a single food truck serving Asian- and Southern-inspired tacos and sliders. It has since grown to include several food trucks and a permanent location at 5520 Burnet Rd., and now caters all types of events—with or without a food truck. If you’re looking for a catering menu that features The Peached Tortilla’s well known street food items, then you’ve hit the jackpot. Of course, you could also request more traditional entree options like roasted salmon with tomato jam or a Kalua pork shoulder, served family style with bibb lettuce, sweet Hawaiian rolls and pickled vegetables. The Peached Tortilla clients have included H&M, Cricket Wireless, Nike, Google and Whole Foods.

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.