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Connect Weekly: 2020 F&B Trends, Holiday Party Planning Tips & More

Lauren Mumford |

Food and beveragesWelcome to another edition of Aventri's Connect Weekly column, where we share the top five news stories from the week that today's meeting and events planners should know. We aim to cover everything from the worlds of events, technology, business, marketing, social media, travel, hospitality and beyond. Check out the top stories from the week of November 11, 2019.

Chefs and Bartenders Predict the Hottest Food and Beverage Trends for 2020

This week, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants released details from its sixth annual Culinary & Cocktail Trends Forecast, a survey of more than 130 chefs, sommeliers, general managers, and bartenders from 75 Kimpton restaurants and bars around the world. "Today’s diners expect more out of a restaurant than just the food, so we strive to create a holistic experience for guests and locals alike," Scott Gingerich, Kimpton's senior vice president of restaurants and bars, told BizBash. "We want our bars and restaurants to be destination-worthy in and of themselves. ... Our annual [forecast] is an opportunity for our entire team to share what they are most excited for in the coming year." Here are some key takeaways from the report. Read more.

Daily Buzz: Define Your Third-party Fundraising Guidelines

You’re sitting in your office when you get a call: An outside organization or individual wants to host a fundraiser for your association. You eagerly, excitedly agree to it—only to find out later that you’re responsible for the fundraiser in everything but name. Invitations, marketing materials, onsite staff—you name it, and your team is expected to do it. To save your association exasperation, Kivi Leroux Miller from Nonprofit Marketing Guide suggests developing third-party fundraiser guidelines. “Guidelines in writing can save both you and your volunteer fundraisers a great deal of time, energy, and other types of frustration. After all, your nonprofit has legal, ethical, logistical, brand, and fundraising standards that your volunteers may know nothing about. Don’t make them guess about these things (or remain blissfully clueless).” So, what should third-party fundraising guidelines include? Read more.

How to Host a Holiday Party Employees Will Actually Want to Attend

How do you make a corporate holiday party engaging and fun without attendees feeling like it’s just another work obligation? It’s a question that the prettiest decor ideas simply can’t answer. So BizBash spoke to Tania Luna, co-C.E.O. of LifeLabs Learning, a manager development resource for companies such as Lyft, Venmo, and Warby Parker, and Hannah Dubin, group principal and founder of the Group Forward, a company that specializes in organizational development, about creating an experience that fosters interaction and camaraderie among attendees. Read more.

Stress-Related Mental Health Risks Are Rising for Business Travelers

While the concept of travel risk often conjures up an image of physical violence or disease outbreaks, the reality for corporate travelers is often very different. Mental health is making up a rapidly growing number of calls to risk management companies, with stress-induced symptoms of anxiety and depression as one of the top issues travelers report. International SOS, perhaps the largest medical assistance and security company worldwide, fields 4.5 million calls a year, with about 40 percent involving issues of mental health. As the frequency continues to rise, companies are becoming increasingly aware of a need to change the corporate support systems in place. Read more.

10 Things You Need to Survive Business Conferences

You’re likely already traveling long distances for business conferences, it’s positively cruel to then be on your feet for 10 hours a day for three straight days. Of course, what can you do? You’re there to hustle, make connections, and close deals — it’s a competitive atmosphere. However, you don’t need to feel completely burned out by day three. These simple products can help take some of the stress out of conferences and maybe make you feel a bit better by the end. Read more.

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This Post was Written by Lauren Mumford

Lauren Mumford has worked at Aventri since 2015 as a content marketing associate. She manages the Aventri blog, social media promotion, the bi-weekly company newsletter, and many other content-related projects. Prior to Aventri, Lauren was in the...

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