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BY Carol Galle, CMP

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ST JULIEN HOTEL & SPA OFFERS NEW MENU OF GROUP EXPERIENCES AND TEAM-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES

The new “Boulder Lifestyle Meetings Menu” at St Julien Hotel & Spa will feature a variety of teambuilding exercises designed to help groups be more effective and have fun! Keeping all the sophisticated style expected from a distinguished member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts LVX Collection, an AAA Four-Diamond Property and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, these new experiences allow groups to experience Boulder like never before. 

Good Cakes and Bakes Provides Treats to Fuel Productive Meetings

Good Cakes and Bakes in Detroit continues to grow its corporate business, which has soared to more than 35 percent of its activity.

When the bakery opened in 2013, goods were prepared in a commercial kitchen. Now, co-owners April and Michelle Anderson have a kitchen in-house and they usually accept three or four catering orders per week. 

Bullet Journals are the Planner's Planner

Organization is key to a planners’ success; a system for staying on track makes for a sense of control, even for the largest of workloads. But keeping track of daily tasks, upcoming events and goals can be overwhelming, and rarely are all those things recorded in one place. That is until the Bullet Journal took hold. Ryder Carroll, inventor of the Bullet Journal, calls it “an analog system for the digital age that will help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future."

Satisfy Meeting Cravings With Snacks from Suttons Bay

Suttons Bay’s Black Star Farms has launched its own line of branded food products.

The small-batch foods are made at the farm and without preservatives. 

The farm used its tasting rooms for a soft launch of the line during the holiday season, then decided to roll it out statewide. Products include Hard Apple Cider Granola, Leelanau Coffee Granola, Sweet Potato Cashew Crackers and Lentil Sea Salt Crackers.

Detroit Bus Co. Offers Photo Tours of Motor City

Distinctive excursions can set a meeting apart. So consider offering your group a photography tour of Detroit. 

The Detroit Bus Co. offers three tours for budding photographers with an eye for the city’s beauty. The four-hour tours focus on street art, architecture and Belle Isle, respectively.

Each tour can accommodate up to 42 people and has a professional photographer on board to help participants make the most of their experience and take the best photographs. 

Build Your Team’s Esprit de Corps at Black Star Farms

Nothing brings people together better than food. So if team-building is your goal, consider taking your team Black Star Farms to bond over beautiful views and delicious wine and food. 

Not only is the Black Star property a luxurious getaway, it also has large meeting spaces, making it an excellent destination for a team meeting or retreat. Possible activities include cooking demos, cooking competitions, create-your-own-wine-blend classes and blind-tasting competitions.

New Year, Fresh Flavor: 2017 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants picked the brains of chefs, sommeliers, general managers and bartenders from its 70- plus restaurants, bars and lounges across more than 30 U.S. cities to push the foodie envelope for 2017. Here are some trends to look out for at the Kimpton and beyond:

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+ MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED DISHES: Moroccan spiced lamp chops with tomato-cucumber fattoush and lemon yogurt

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