The Planning

The Planning

-The Planning-
BY Janet Fullwood

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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

InitLive: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Melissa Pinard, marketing manager, InitLive

EventCollab: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Megan Powers, marketing director, EventCollab.

EventCollab is an event-planning software created for event people by event people, filling the need for a tool that makes for easy collaboration with all stakeholders.

FêteFone Turns Up the Audio With Unique Telephone Stations

Forget about greeting guests with the same old guestbook. FêteFone lets guests speak for themselves with unique telephone stations. Event planners can go to fetefone.com and select from more than 25 styles that fit their event décor. Once selected, the FêteFone hub arrives at the planned event location at least two days before the kickoff. The best part about the design? No telephone line is required. Guests can pick up the phone, hear greetings from hosts and also leave messages.

Turn Imagination Into Reality with EverBlock

Add a creative touch to your next event space with EverBlock, a building system comprised of oversized plastic blocks that can be constructed into nearly anything imaginable. Blocks come in a wide variety of colors, ensuring the ability to match any logo or theme, and they’re environmentally friendly in addition to being easy to set up and take down.

Engage attendees with Bizzabo

Engage attendees with the advanced social media and event interaction capabilities of Bizzabo. The event networking app gives users the ability to see who has viewed their account and connects to their LinkedIn profile. Those with the app can then follow the conferences their connections plan to attend. With Bizzabo, users can also share insights like their favorite speakers, sessions and more to increase conversations among users.

A new app can be considered a high-tech treasure map for cheese

Need a yummy alternative to wine-tasting trails? Try the California Cheese Trail. A new— and free—app for iPhone and Android can be considered a high-tech treasure map for cheese lovers. Use it to locate cheesemakers, plan a farm visit, find a farmers market and get news about cheese-related events.

Ritz-Carlton Hotels Offer Digital Connectivity To Some Hotel Services

Everyone lives on their phones and other hand-held devices these days. To meet timepressed clients’ demands, the luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotels offer digital connectivity to some hotel services, available at all seven in California. Updated continually, the Ritz-Carlton app also features local content, shareable travel posters and the ability to make requests in real time.

LIGHT UP YOUR DISPLAY WITH LED

Want your trade show booth to stand out from the crowd? With the ability to create environmentally friendly displays that light up the floor, NanoLumens, an LED display designer and manufacturer, has your answer. The company, which uses LED technology for digital wallpaper that can be flat, curved, round, thin and flexible, has installed displays for Fortune 500 companies on four continents.

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