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”? 

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Who: Hosted by MPISCC, SITE SoCal, PCMA Southwest & Pacific, and ILEA

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What: Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the event industry to showcase the positive impact that events have on our local communities. The evening will include games, prizes, live music, networking, drinks, bites and property tours.


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