“Give your attendees what they want” is the No. 1 rule for choosing the best menu and the best entertainment for meetings and events, presenters agreed at a seminar held yesterday at the 19th annual Las Vegas Corporate Invitational Destination Showcase. The event, produced by MeetingsNet, was held at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.
Patti J. Shock, academic consultant to the International School of Hospitality in Las Vegas and professor emeritus at UNLV, noted the sharp rise in guest requests for healthier dishes, such as an emphasis on fresh produce. More diners want vegetarian and vegan options as they shift away from meat, she said, and many are looking for “authentic” foods, such as food that has not been genetically modified.
She urged planners to include alternatives along with traditional offerings, such as putting out a carafe of