Food & Beverage

From the opening night reception to the closing party, Destinations by Design/George Kun Travel & Incentives will make the most of your food and beverage budget. We have planned and executed meal functions ranging from small intimate gatherings to banquets for thousands.

In an ever changing event industry, guests tastes are evolving and require more than basic nourishment or meal options. When they’re not busy satisfying their hunger for knowledge, collaboration, and business potential, they need food to refuel and stay energized.

Maximizing your food and beverage budget is our speciality.  We understand the important role food and beverage plays  in the overall event experience. Your Destinations by Design/George Kun Travel & Incentive teams are hospitality experts and can provide creative options and negotiate food and beverage offerings that will fuel and wow your guests.

Columbus special event companies
Columbus special event companies
Ideas include:
  • Get rid of the plated dinner and offer specialty food stations instead. It gets people moving around and talking and it’s usually lower cost. Make each of the specialty stations a different take on a theme (ie, different food regions) for a conversation starter among guests.
  • Instead of a traditional sandwich display, offer a make-your-own salad line with creative toppings. Most guests will appreciate the healthier options.
  • Get interactive! Let guests get in on the action either through cooking demonstrations or “make your own” bars.
  • Serve meals family style. By literally sharing a meal from a common platter, guests will be sure to start conversations with one another.
Our Food & Beverage Services include:
  • Design of a comprehensive food and beverage plan
  • Develop creative menu options
  • Special accommodations planned to address food allergies and restrictions.
  • Custom RFP and sourcing review
  • Contract negotiation
We’ve helped clients develop and execute food and beverage for events of all sizes. Our team can help you
  • Ensure food & beverage is thoughtfully considered throughout your event design
  • Save time on sourcing research to find the menu options
  • Negotiate the best terms
  • Maximize budgets and minimize unforeseen expenses
  • Protect your organization with contract language that mitigates potential exposure
  • Bridge communication, language and cultural barriers
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5 Hot Food & Beverage Trends

Most venues and catering teams pride themselves on serving regional specialties, but local is taking on a whole new meaning. Guests are increasingly interested in knowing what local farm their meal is sourced from, where their fish is caught or what seasonal vegetables were incorporated into the menu.

There’s a sense of pride in eating local, and allowing guests to experience home-grown and seasonal food items helps to deliver on their overall event satisfaction level.

Popular choices for beverages now include local estate wines and regional craft beers. Try and expose guests to local traditions and providers, including culinary to give them a true taste of the region’s culture and hospitality and leave them with lasting memories.

More organizations are now factoring sustainability into their event menu. Venues and catering teams should expect to see increased demand for offerings such as sustainable meat and seafood, as well as healthy menu items that are locally sourced and organic, fairly traded, seasonal and not processed.

Another option is to donate your event leftovers to the local food bank to help reduce food waste and support social good.

Table service has its time and place, but with increased demands and busy schedules, interest in highly convenient, portable food is growing. Guests want the flexibility of grabbing meal options on the way to a session, or refueling while they wait for the perfect moment to introduce themselves to an industry contact.

Portable snack food options free up time for guests to re-energize yet mingle and network in between sessions.

We’re seeing a lot of traditional favorites reborn with more sophisticated pairings or unexpected flavors.

The easiest way to make sure that your meal isn’t soon forgotten is to think of new and exciting combinations. The gourmet twist to classic foods will delight delegate taste buds and leave them wanting more in their quest for the ultimate event experience.

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