February 2017
Food and Beverage Trends
food·and·bev·er·age | fo͞od and  bev(ə)rij/ | noun
Maintaining a high-quality of food and service

Food and beverage (F&B) is a key part of any event. Attendees will always remember a bad meal and, as meetings and events professionals, it's important to stay ahead of the curve so your attendees will be excited and delighted through each step of your event.
A Planner's Expanding Responsibilities
New and emerging technology, as well as dietary trends and lifestyle changes, have transformed how meetings and events professionals plan meals for attendees. Learn how to stay ahead of the curve with this month's blog, written by Ann Luketic, CMP, of the Education Committee.

Meetings 2026: F&B Planning in Today's (and Tomorrow's) Economy

Take a trip back to Nashville and watch the session recording from the   popular Meetings 2026 seriesLearn about the major factors affecting food and beverage prices, as well as ways you can address challenges and opportunities on not only a local scale, but a global one.

#TBT - Salad Boxes at the Omni

Creative displays are an easy – and beautiful  way to dress-up a familiar dining option. 

Gluten-free Snacks and Meals for Conferences

These days, there are a lot of dietary restrictions, and no one attendee is alike  it's important to have options to ensure every attendee has a great meeting experience. 
Romy Nelson, a fitness and nutrition expert and frequent FICP speaker, has prepared this helpful handout that will helpful you come up with simple snacks to help fuel your attendees with specific dietary preferences.

Trend Forecast

How can you incorporate the latest trends this year when planning your F&B choices? Take a look at this infographic. Its simple design will easily point you in the right direction. Click the photo above to read the entire article, from Smart Meetings.

Save the Date
Want to see how FICP stays on top of F&B trends? Save the date for the 2017 Education Forum. You won't be disappointed!