There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned trivia game, and SocialPoint is putting a twist on a classic activity and making it a great fit for meeting and event planners. SocialPoint Audience Engagement is a software platform that allows guests to interact using trivia games, photo sharing, polls, Twitter voting and much more. Recognized by IBTM World in Europe as one of the top 10 new innovations in the global events industry, the software keeps guests engaged and having fun.
The first of its kind in the Twin Cities, Hop21 is a table tennis club and bar that doubles as an ace team-building outing. The 4,500-squarefoot space is fit for 20-125 guests. “Anybody can play; you don’t have to be a super athlete … that’s what’s great about pingpong,” says CEO and Chief Manager Max Vinogradov, a self-deemed pingpong amateur who grew up playing in Russia.
Breakfast cocktails. Need we say more? Yes, of course. Downtown Minneapolis’ Marin Restaurant & Bar—known for its upscale healthy plates from chef Mike Rakun—rolled out its Cheat Day Brunch menu in March, featuring decadent dishes and innovative drinks (because: weekend). The Morning ‘Rita is just one of the choice cocktails to complete your meal. The smokiness of the mezcal adds depth to the drink, differentiating it from your standard margarita, and the Sriracha salt rim adds a little heat that counters the sweet agave syrup.
Music City hosted the 2016 IBTM America in June and showed attendees a grand ole time
The ART Hotel, located in Denver’s museum district, has introduced a 5K urban public art run. Guests can request a detailed map featuring a route that highlights downtown Denver’s most significant public art pieces, and guides are available if desired.
Denver’s first chef-driven farmers market has launched and runs every Saturday until Oct. 24 due to a partnership between the Boulder County Farmers Market, Denver Union Station and prominent area chefs.
How did Denver-based Catering by Design celebrate its 20th anniversary? Owners Cade and Ingrid Nagy’s answer was BASH 20, an allout, in-your-face culinary adventure held on March 24. The Catering by Design team and sister company, By Design Event Décor, created never-before-experienced food stations and decorative lounges that transformed Denver’s Mile High Station into a showcase of what’s new. A jerky gallery, elevated chandelier dessert buffet, 7-foot-tall rubber duck and threedimensional paint-bynumbers experience were among the many wonders of the night.
As wellness travel continues to grow as a niche market, planners are constantly looking for ways to incorporate healthy programs into their meeting agendas in order to create higher levels of energy and engagement. When it comes to planning a meaningful event, it’s extremely important to have all attendees feel a sense of purpose and contribution.
Colorado has a number of properties that are heavily involved in sustainability and local initiatives. Guests can feel good knowing their stay is contributing to communities and environmental efforts.
Talk about a sugar rush. After attending the annual Sweets & Snack Expo, held at McCormick Place May 24-26, Illinois Meetings + Events shares all the goodies from the expo floor. Here’s a look at what’s trending in healthy snacks for meetings (or the office) as well as decadent gifts and branded treats that make great client takeaways.
The IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) had its 38th annual conference in Los Angeles. Most of the three-day event took place at the Loew’s Hotel Hollywood, where cookbook authors, leading bloggers and food writers, editors, publishers, digital media pioneers and reps from major cooking brands attended immersive workshops and educational sessions.