Food trucks and meetings have gone hand in hand prior to March—but the pandemic and the resulting increase in outdoor events has launched the Andiamo Food Truck to new heights.

“With everyone redesigning the way in which they conduct business and celebrate social functions, this outdoor alternative has expanded our horizons and grown our sales to new levels as the outdoor events of up to 100 people are perfect for a food truck,” says Samantha Visconti, director of catering at Andiamo Catering & Event Management.

The food truck has been serving up homemade favorites from the Andiamo restaurants since 2015 to reach their fan base in more places outside of their brick and mortars. But this summer more than ever, people chose Andiamo to cater their graduations, weddings, birthdays, memorial services, bar and bat mitzvahs, and more.

The Andiamo Food Truck has taken many measures to ensure safety, such as contactless pay, single-use service items and electrostatic misters that disinfect the truck before and after events. Plus, guests can stand and sit in open air, socially distanced lines and tables. The food truck’s menu provides some of the in-house favorites at the Andiamo restaurants, such as pasta and calamari. However, the Andiamo Food Truck allows clients to ask for custom menus, incorporating requests for anything from sushi to fish tacos, Mexican to Middle Eastern food.

Regardless of requests, the Andiamo Food Truck works tirelessly to accommodate no matter the menu, the time frame or the location.

“We are now very fluid with executing events with little to no notice, as people are desperately seeking alternative types of events for life’s milestones and important events,” says Visconti.

With all of the abnormalities that the pandemic has brought on, still having the option to enjoy the Michigan favorite at outdoor events during quarantine has made a strange time feel more normal—and delicious.

The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) hosted its first inperson event since the pandemic began at The Medalist Golf Club in Marshall. MSAE’s goal was to host a fun networking opportunity that followed COVID guidelines, and helped members gain confidence attending in-person events again.

 

Chances are, you won’t know you’re living through history until it’s too late. It’s already happening. A chain reaction has been set in motion and the ground has begun to slide beneath your feet. This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. As a global pandemic sent the world reeling, planners were left grasping for footholds as the event industry was brought to a standstill and many of the most fundamental elements of live meetings and events were cast in a new light.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.