OCTOBER 5, 2016  

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Ask any event planner about menus and you’re sure to get an earful. From the cost of food basics to allergy concerns there’s plenty to talk about when people gather to break bread. Ignite dug in for some insights and tips about culinary concerns.



Food costs:

Everyone’s grocery bill is rising ever higher and those same prices are reflected in event menus. To curb sticker shock, think about having three courses instead of four, creatively controlling portion sizes or consider vegetable items as hors d‘oeuvres. Beef is the one protein that is particularly expensive. Suggest different cuts that can be braised or stewed to mouth-watering tenderness.


Health matters:

Does your client want healthy breaks? Jonathan Strauss, president of Strauss Event & Association Management, based in Winnipeg, says one of his clients wanted smoothies at breaks, but he noticed they weren’t being consumed. He suggested they try serving smoothies in shot glasses instead. Guests liked the smaller portions, and could down them in one swallow. It also allowed guests to try different flavours, and not feel too full. Another trend he’s noticed is serving brewed iced tea and a lot of flavoured waters featuring fruit or cucumber slices.


Celebrity chefs:

Toronto Congress Centre hired Toronto culinary maestro Mark McEwan as consulting chef for their culinary operations. Guests at conferences, galas, meetings and events will be able to experience his renowned taste and culinary artistry.


Vegetarian Options:

Executive Chef Tawfik Shehata at The International Centre loves cooking with a huge variety of grains and loves to work on vegetarian options.  “Vegetarian meals should not be an afterthought, I go to great lengths to present vegetarian plates that look fantastic. We take as much effort to cook vegetables as we do the main entrée.” Tawfik has the added bonus of a rooftop garden to supply herbs for his kitchen.


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Smart Monday
Strategic partner Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will return to IMEX America this fall to deliver Smart Monday educational programming on all four days of the event. Over 30 classes are geared to different levels of expertise; most are aligned to the CMP International Standards and will be eligible for clock hours. This year features more sessions for mid- to senior-level planners such as Hotel Contract Boot Camp for Experienced Planners and Senior Meeting Executive Group Therapy. Keynote speakers for this year include Jonathan Bradshaw, Jay Samit, Pablos Holman and Tami Evans.


Make Mine a Bleisure Trip
This recent article from The Harvard Business Review outlines the reality behind the concept of bleisure travel—adding on a couple of extra days on a business trip for personal travel. Analyzing data from 29 million business trips by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the authors found that seven per cent of all business trips fit the bleisure profile, looking at trips longer than two nights, which started or ended on a weekend. The article suggests that millennials are bleisure champions, more women take bleisure trips than men and the further away the destination the higher correlation of an added few days of travel. Closer destinations could also rate high on the list, depending on the desirability of the city, such as New York or Miami.

Read more on bleisure travel in the latest issue of Ignite magazine.


Bid for It
The SITE Foundation has just opened Auction 2.0 on September 28, 2016 that will take bids from the public on unique travel experiences from beach vacations, cruises and exotic adventures. The bids will close on October 24, 2016, the Monday after IMEX North America. Funds from the auction will support the SITE Foundation and its mission to enhance the awareness and effectiveness of motivational experiences and incentive travel. The SITE Foundation conducts critical research, trend analysis and educational programs.

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SITE Education Day

Oct. 25, 2016

The Boulevard Club, Toronto

Why go:
Discovering the how and why of incentive travel is the focus of REVEAL—a full day of education and networking from SITE Canada. This event sells out quickly, so get your tickets now.

CSAE National Conference and Showcase

Oct. 26-28, 2016  

Enercare Centre, Toronto  

Why go:
In addition to networking and great education, specialized programs will be offered such as Growth Oriented NFPs, Volunteer Leaders and Meeting Management.

Northern Ontario Tourism Summit

Nov. 14-16, 2016

Holiday Inn, Sudbury, Ontario

Why go: Discover the business opportunities, organizations and government contacts at this event that advances the tourism industry for Northern Ontario.

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