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The Meeting and Events Industry Takes Aim at Hunger

California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.

AF & Co. Releases Trend Report

Celebrating its 11th anniversary as one of the country’s leading boutique hospitality and restaurant consulting firms, Andrew Freeman & Co. is very excited to release its 2017 trend report Be Prepared—This Is Not A Test. Their report comes out annually and features hotels, food, hospitality marketing and beverages for the upcoming year. Many restaurants and hotels need to be prepared for the unknown when it comes to how well the hospitality field’s outcome will be by the end of the year. Flexibility is key to meet the increased demands that the year may bring.

Sweets & Snack Expo Gives a Look at What’s Next in Meeting Munchies

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. 

Healthy Snacks

What's on Tap for the Drink Menus of Area Events?

Retro Mad-Men-Inspired affairs are on the way out. Modern, swanky, dressing-up-and-wearing-heels private cocktail parties are in. Ginger beer is cool, and the classics aren’t going anywhere. That’s the word from regional bar catering companies.

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