• Event Snapshots: Hospitality Fest

     
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    1. Annie Freedman.

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    2. Emily Gilbert.

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    3. John Caron and Natalie Kay.

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    4. Caitlyn Danforth and Jinny Mergl.

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    5. Scott Littleson, Mark Aston and Melissa Lipton.

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    6. Jessica Lindberg, Laura Wrasman and Kim Bronder.

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    7. Donna Mitsos, Gail Orfanos, Aileen Laracuente and Monika Janiak.

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    8. Event games.

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    9. Attendees brainstorming.

Lucky Strike served as the host venue for the third-annual Hospitality Fest, which gathered more than 750 meeting and event planning professionals for a four-hour evening event. With the goal of spotlighting options across Chicagoland for holiday parties, 74 table sponsors showcased ideas for F&B, event spaces and corporate activities. The teams and volunteers wore bowling shirts with presenting title sponsors’ names on the front to create a fun, laidback atmosphere. Hospitality Fest also included several 20-minute TED Talk-like education sessions on topics like customer service, branding and mentoring. The event was organized by Jim Grillo, CMP, who founded Hospitality Fest to replace the Here’s Chicago Meeting & Event Industry’s End of Summer Bash.

An empowering approach to leadership makes Jill Torke, director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, a superwoman in the city’s hotel scene.

 

Think creative F&B always has to be expensive? Think Again. We asked a hotel, a restaurant and a conference center to create three menus at three different price points - and they delivered. 

 

From new interactive F&B ideas to clever ways for introducing bold flavors to picky palettes, consider this your guide to more creative cuisine in 2019.