We saw and learned a lot that was new and impressive at the recent IMEX America convention in Las Vegas. When it came to food and beverage offerings, there was one clear stand out: the salad presentation at the swank party The Venetian and The Palazzo held at an airport hangar.

If you think there’s no fresh way to make greens exciting, take a look at the photos above. Micro greens were planted in “soil” made of pumpernickel crumbs and guests were invited to pick the herbs, lettuces and mini veggies they wanted. Even in Vegas, where spectacle reigns, this new interpretation of the salad bar drew oohs and aahs. It was an innovative twist on “farm to table,” and one that California meeting planners might want to adapt to take advantage of the beautiful local produce in our home state.

On the other side of the hangar, was another novel food station. A sushi chef carved sashimi right from the belly of a giant tuna. We’d call that “fish to fork,” were it not for the fact that, of course, one eats raw fish with chopsticks. Maybe “sea to sticks”? 

With a spate of large-scale LA events, including The Grammy Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, being canceled or postponed, there was growing concern that Los Angeles might bow out of hosting the Super Bowl. But city officials have announced that the game will almost certainly go on as planned at SoFi Stadium on February 13. 


According to Variety, the “buzziest” product of CES 2022 was Samsung’s Freestyle, a portable projector screen and smart speaker in one that weighs in at a compact 1.8 pounds. Just as buzz-worthy was the fact that the annual show once again took place in person, after last year’s virtual gathering. The world’s largest consumer electronics show was smaller than usual, drawing some 40,000 attendees to Las Vegas, according to the Consumer Technology Association, the event’s organizer.


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