meeting planning

New Year, Fresh Flavor: 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants picked the brains of chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from its 70- plus restaurants, bars and lounges across more than 30 U.S. cities to push the foodie envelope for 2017. Here are some trends to look out for at the Kimpton and beyond:

CULINARY

+ MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED DISHES: Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt

Creative Ways to Get Groups to Digital Detox

Ample reasons and great ideas for gently getting groups to put aside devices. 

6 Steps to Master Common Registration Troubles

OFTEN, the most important details of an event are the most tedious to plan. The art of registration certainly falls in this realm, as it is a process that needs to begin well before your event.

Too often, little thought is put into registration as a process except for actually gathering information about who is coming. However, a proper registration process has three phases:

Pre-Planning Phase: the process in which an event sets up an online registration to collect data and details from attendees.

Planner's Pocket Dictionary: Transportation & Accommodations

TRAINS, PLANES, AUTOMOBILES-AND HOTELS (lots and lots of hotels). These places often become mobile offices for event planners, even as they’re developing itineraries for thousands of destination travelers year-round. Since travel can be such a large component to production, we spoke with Hanson Ansary, hospitality veteran and president and CEO of AlliedPRA Chicago, to map out some important key words for transportation and accommodations.

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