Food and Beverage — it can make and break an event experience. Do you find yourself running down a checklist of today’s social ‘necessities’ when planning your break fare? Is it health conscious? Is it allergen free for all participants? Is it gluten free? It is cost effective? Is it Instagrammable? Gone are the days of coffee and cookies…or is it?
For today’s participants, presentation is everything. At IACC Connect America’s, in April, break-session fare was EXTRA (extra special) and created fun, conversation starting and picture taking focal points.
Snacks consisted of a mix of nuts, pretzels, gummy bears, Swedish Fish, wasabi peas, and more. Attendees could grab a small container and build their own mix at anytime, but where the creativity truly reigned was during the ‘official’ break/networking sessions.
The break sessions were only the tip of the iceberg when it came to food stations. The opening night awards and dinner gave participants tastes from around the world with presentations on multiple levels of space for mingling with colleagues. Aside from wine, beer, and cocktails, some of which had their own stations, the food was above and beyond. From cheese, crackers, meatballs, and handmade mozzarella to street tacos, guacamole, salsa, and chips or pub sliders and fries to sushi and poke bowls, meeting, mingling, and masticating was all part and parcel of the celebration.