Business has been booming at Jar Bar since they opened in downtown Northbrook in May. Hungry customers are reeling over the deliciously hip meals from the healthy, fast-casual restaurant that prepares all options in creative packaging. Now, event planners can also join in the fun with the Cake Jar catering program, offering customizable dessert options in convenient glass jars that have various layers outfitted with company or wedding colors. 

With customized options such as the “Bora Bora Blue” (a tres leches cake with Nutella buttercream), Jar Bar promises to add a unique feature to any occasion. Its signature trendy jars have already dazzled guests at all types of events including weddings, corporate gatherings and even a Chicago sports-themed Bar Mitzvah. 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Whether dabbling with an augmented reality app, getting up to speed on the complexities of 5G service or employing cocktail-mixing robots, planners are no strangers to emerging technology. As meetings and events become increasingly tech-driven affairs, we’ve checked in with top event production pros for their takes on the latest event tech trends and what’s to come in the year ahead.