• Meeting Munchies: Chicago's Sugary Treats Sweeten Any Event, Near or Far

     
    POSTED August 20, 2018
     

    Sweet Tooth

XO MARSHMALLOW offers gourmet marshmallows and can bring s’mores bars, hot cocoa bars and marshmallow-inspired dessert tables to your events. These shippable sweet treats can be sent nationwide and make for the perfect party favors. The OMG (Ooey Marshmallow Goodness) crème also presents an opportunity for team-building—it’s the perfect glue for gingerbread houses (and used as fruit dip or scooped on cocoa, ice cream or brownies), according to Kat Conner, shop cofounder. 

For a twist on an all-American treat, head to BIG FAT COOKIE for cookies you can barely fit in your hands. Owner Linda Friend and her team can bring hundreds of their gooey creations to pop-up events. The cookies can also be cut up for dessert stations or goodie bags, or shipped anywhere in the world. 

There’s something for everyone’s palette with a classic candy station, and AMY’S CANDY BAR has all the confections you need to sweeten up an event. Hand-crafted chocolates and caramels, vintage candies or something bright to complement a theme are all within reach of any event in the U.S., says Amy Hansen, owner of the shop. 

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.