Simple Ways to Jazz Up Food

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Coupa Inspire Conference that we produced last month offered so many unique twists on serving food.  I’m excited to say that it was even featured on BizBash (10 Surprising and Simple Ideas for Jazzing Up Meetings).

We created fun ways for people to network, make connections and be memorable.

I absolutely love the first concept we created.  The sponsors in Inspire Hall (our showcase area) needed exposure to the attendees.  We served breakfast, breaks and dessert on day 1 in the Hall.  As you can see from this post, there wasn’t room to bring in buffets and since this conference was all about inspiring, we didn’t think buffets would work.

Instead we brought breakfast to everyone.

During Lunch, it was all about networking.  Have you ever been to a conference and lunch time is awkward?  Everyone that knows each other typically stick with those they know.  Well on Day 1, we had table topics to spark conversation, but took it a step further and served everything family style.  The conversations were instant.

We needed the attendees to head back to Inspire Hall after lunch and what better way to do that, but with a drawing and dessert and coffee.

On the second day, guest only had an hour for lunch.  We needed something quick and easy, but also something that sparked conversation and was unique.  Instead of the typical deli, we opted for a summer picnic.  Everything was grab and go from the Turkey sandwiches on pretzel rolls (they were incredible) to a trio of cold salads in mason jars.  Dessert was served on the table – an assortment of cookies filled mason jars and fresh pink lemonade.

all photos except for the rocket man coffee were shot by Orange Photography.

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