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13 Dec 2012

Should I serve alcohol at a corporate event?

Posted By Lea Cerdido

This is the million dollar question asked by clients to their corporate event planners. There is no easy answer to this important question. People enjoy alcohol and like to have a good time, even at corporate events. There are many reasons why you should allow alcohol at a corporate event, but there are also reasons why you should consider not to.

By far one of the biggest concerns should be the safety of your guests. Depending on the situation, your guests might arrive to the event with their own cars. If your event is out of town then many might arrive by town car or taxi, which helps with the drink and drive situation. It can also send your budget out of control if you decide to have an open bar. Cash bars tend to go down well with corporate events since people are responsible for paying for their own drinks.

If you do decide to serve alcohol at your corporate event then keep the following in mind:

  • Hire professional bartender: This is actually a very important point to remember and one that professional corporate event planners always recommend. A professional bartender can detect potential problems before the happen and know when to turn off the tap even before things reach crisis state.
  • Breathalyzers: For larger events ask the corporate event planners provide cutting stations with cutting edge, portable and calibrated breathalyzers in order to allow your guests to willingly track their blood alcohol level throughout the event and recognize when they are over the legal limit and are unable to drive any longer.

These are only some of the arguments you should consider when thinking about whether you should allow alcohol to be served at your corporate event. Contact Cor Events for professional corporate event planners.

Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.

03 Dec 2012

Healthy food and beverage trends for meetings and conferences

Posted By Lea Cerdido

Many people become more aware of living a healthy lifestyle and making health-conscious choices. This is also true in business, as healthy food and beverage trends are taking the industry by storm. Corporations are increasingly providing healthier options in terms of food at their conferences and meetings since people are increasingly moving towards this trend.

There are many exciting trends in the event planning industry that allow people to still enjoy their food and beverages without opting for the unhealthy choices. Your event planner should be able to advise you on the trends in the industry at present, but here are some of the most popular healthy food and beverage trends for meetings and conferences:

  • Tastings and pairings: Instead of having a lot of only a few things, more and more healthy food and beverage trends for meetings and conferences are leaning towards pairing different foods with unlikely combinations. This gives attendees the chance to experience a little from a lot and can become satiated from many different exciting foods

  • Use of locally grown produce: Locally grown produce is also becoming more popular as it promotes sustainability and also has the added bonus of being food that is farm fresh and haven’t been processed or shipped

  • Sustainable meat: Another trend in the healthy food and beverage trends that seem to be taking the industry by storm. It also builds more awareness around the type of food that is consumed and how it ends up on the plate

  •  Organic drinks: This goes beyond the food choices and these drinks can now be made with organic wine and micro distilled wine

 These are only some of the many healthy food and beverage trends that have become very popular in the corporate events world. Contact Cor-Events for healthy food and catering at your next event.  

Lea Cerdido is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 20 years of experience in corporate meeting services and negotiating hotel and vendor contracts nationwide. You can contact her at lea@cor-events.com.