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19 wacky menu ideas inspired by famous artists
BizBash
Iconic artists have long been a source of inspiration for event decor — think Roy Lichtenstein's primary colors, the tin foil and silver paint of Andy Warhol's Factory and René Magritte's surreal visuals — but recently planners and chefs have been incorporating references to works on canvas and sculptural pieces into the food served at events.
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 UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS
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Upcoming Expo March 9-11, 2015
Midwest Foodservice Expo
The Midwest Foodservice Expo is excited to partner with NACE! Join thousands of industry professionals March 9-11, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to find inspiration for your business. This year, the Expo will host many educational session, with three geared specifically for catering and events professionals. Don't miss the exciting session by David Caruso, "Top Trends for Signature Events," which will be held on Monday, March 9! Watch our website for additional details coming soon!
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Event       Date     Time

Hot Trends Series: 2015 Event Trends Forecast       Dec. 10     2-3 p.m. EST

2015 Leadership Summit       Jan. 4-5     All day

CPCE Fast Track Seminar       Jan. 6-7     9 a.m. - 2 p.m. PST

CPCE Exam       Jan. 8     9 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST




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JB Prince Company

Biodegradable/Sustainable Serveware. Stylish and elegant. Can be used for off-premise catering, receptions, pool-side parties, airplane or boat service, picnic baskets and more. Attractive but not expensive.
 


CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS


See how tall centerpieces helped transform this historic venue
The Knot
Some reception venue spaces can be the perfect palette for just about any wedding vision — just take the James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco for example. This historic wedding venue has high-ceilings, big, bright windows and an open, all-white interior making it versatile when it comes to adding color and decor.
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The pricing challenge
Catersource
No matter what type of catering company you own, manage or sell for, finding the appropriate pricing for your products is one of the most vexing challenges you will face.
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  CARBONE FLORAL & DECORATIVE DISTRIBUTORS

At Carbone's, we provide one-stop shopping for all wedding professionals, caterers & event designers. From quality decorative accessories to basic floral essentials, we offer them all. Our fresh department offers a wide palette of blooms as well as a broad variety of decorative greens.
 


How to retain casual event staff
Event Manager Blog
The event and hospitality industry regularly relies on casual staff and volunteers but this can often bring challenges. This post looks at how to maximize commitment and performance from casual event staff and volunteers.
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Is it ever OK not to have a wedding cake?
Brides
In addition to your dress, venue, flowers and food, your wedding cake is often one of the first things that come to mind when you begin planning your big day. But what if you and your fiancé aren't fans of cake? Do you still have to serve one? Here's what experts have to say about the traditional multiple-tiered dessert.
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INDUSTRY TRENDS


Check out the latest flower trend: Gigantic bouquets
The Knot
If you're looking for a twist on traditional arrangements, you'll love the newest flower trend: Oversized bouquets. From huge clusters of peonies and ranunculus to dramatic ivy cascades, bigger is better when it comes to the bouquet.
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What catering menu items and presentation styles have got to go?
BizBash
When it comes to catering, planners and frequent eventgoers see — and taste — a lot of things and have strong opinions on what's played out. Likewise, caterers get plenty of requests for dishes and presentation styles that they know are already on the wrong side of the trend.
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BEYOND BUSINESS


When the show doesn't go on: Keeping cancellation costs in check
Special Events
Big-name promoters and venues hosting big-name stars would not go without cancellation insurance, so why should event planners for lesser known fairs, festivals, sporting venues, public parks and other facilities risk being left holding the bag when a performer is a no-show or bad weather washes out their plans?
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Tunnel vision will kill your business
Entrepreneur
For any business to grow, it must change with the times. It must be open to anticipating what customers need and want. One of the best ways to do that is to open up your mind and your ears.
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Social media profiling: A marketing must
Business 2 Community
Your business or brand has been an early adopter or late adopter on social media ... good for you! It goes without saying that today social media is and should be part of any marketing and sales strategy mix and rightly so.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    9 event planning rules from Design Exchange's Gillian Hoff (BizBash)
Having a rustic wedding? Steal this boutonniere idea! (The Knot)
The anatomy of a successful event (Special Events)
Social media for events. A free e-book for #eventprofs (Event Manager Blog)
A wedding cake topper trend fit for a royal: Crowns (Brides)

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