Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine

Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Detroit Dining & Drinking Establishments

Detroit is being heralded as a food mecca, a city bursting with countless new and creative places to eat, drink and socialize.

New bars and restaurants have opened all around the Motor City in the past couple years, from an eatery with the gooiest macaroni and cheese around to a spot that gives you the feeling of entering a spaceship. And many of the new spots offer distinctive opportunities for group dining.

The following are a dozen of these places, some of the city’s up-and-coming hot spots and newest places to eat, drink and just hang out.

Planners & Chefs Share How to Best Address Guests' Dietary Restrictions

BONE UP. Get familiar with common food allergens, religious observations, the different types of diets and how these foods must be prepared. This will help you plan menus and knowledgeably discuss food issues with attendees, caterers and kitchen staff.

Ensure Satisfaction & Safety of Guests with Dietary Restrictions

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, halal, pescetarian, fruitarian, lacto vegetarian, ovo-lacto-vegetarian: Planning food and beverage is more complex than ever, given the growing number of dietary restrictions. And for guests with food allergies, a meal even may have life or death consequences. 

“Anaphylaxis is an ugly thing,” says Lori Shepard, executive chef and owner of Simply Scrumptious Catering in Dexter. “You never want to have to call an ambulance in the middle of your event.” 

JW Marriott Launches Wellness Menu

The JW Marriott Grand Rapids is taking an active approach to New Year’s resolutions with a new Wellness Break Menu, offering activities such as yoga, kickboxing and more.

The idea was inspired by a recent study of Fortune 100 companies that found employees’ overall well-being translates to improved productivity and increased likelihood of staying with their company for more than one year. The menu, which also offers light therapy and mindfulness activities, is intended to help groups increase productivity during meetings.

Let’s Go to Lansing

The more I travel—and the longer I edit this magazine—the more I appreciate convention and visitors bureaus. They are staffed with people who know their area inside and out, and are passionately committed to supporting and promoting it. In Michigan, in particular, we've needed voices telling our story to a country that often had it wrong. Our CVBs have done as much as anyone to do so and to turn our state’s fortunes around and attract the enthusiasm and investment that we need.

Family-Friendly Venues Help Meeting Planners Lure Attendees

Looking to boost attendance at your next meeting? Consider holding it at a family-friendly venue.

Increasingly, business travelers want to blend work-related travel with vacation. According to the Professional Convention Management Association’s 2015 survey, “Decision to Attend,” more than 50 percent of respondents indicated a desire to extend their stay or turn their trip into a vacation.  And nearly one-half will bring someone with them (friend, family, companion).

The Cattle Baron’s Ball Saddles Up for a Cause

Cowboys aren't known for sitting around, and the American Cancer Society’s annual Cattle Baron’s Ball aims to keep its attendees on its feet. 

The ball, held Sept. 24 at Cobo Center, drew 700 attendees and raised $1 million to support the society’s mission. It featured a strolling supper with local celebrity chefs making their signature item; a live auction; and entertainment. The event, though open to the public, is primarily a corporate fundraiser that draws its support from sponsorships. 

TwoFoot Creative Gets a Refresh

I first encountered Ana Skidmore at the EPIC Awards. I was new to the magazine, and attending the awards for the first time. (They were at The Henry Ford that year.) It seemed like every nomination included a company called TwoFoot Creative (a full-service planning company), and a good number of the winners did, too.

How to Rock Registration & Make a Great First Impression

First impressions count for a lot, and registration is one of the first things that people see when arriving at an event. So it’s important to get it right. The location and setup, the way staff members present themselves, and how issues are handled can set the tone for the rest of your event. Make sure to consider these five tips when setting up your next registration.

Traverse City Wineries Don’t Let Winter Stop Them

Looking for a fresh winter activity? Or just can’t wait until the warm weather for a Michigan wine tour? Strap on those skis and snowshoes and get ready to warm up with a glass of the good stuff. Traverse City-area wineries see no rea - son the cold weather should keep visitors away. Here are some winter wine tours worth checking out.

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