Meeting planners know: Good eating is the foundation for a good meeting. But what if you can't afford a high-end spread?
Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer says there's an easy way to make your food and beverage impress -- even if you can't spend a lot: go family-style.
"In our restaurants, we've noticed that our guests are moving towards ordering and eating in a shareable, 'family-style' manner. So in response, we have changed the formatting of some of our menus to encourage that type of ordering. We have also introduced more community tables in our restaurants, wherever it makes the most sense," says Palmer, whose many notable restaurants include Aureole in New York and Las Vegas and Charlie Palmer Steak in New York; Las Vegas; Reno, NV; Washington, DC; and Napa, CA. "This shareable style of eating has also been increasingly requested in the events that we host. We love serving large-format cuts of meats or family-style dishes to groups, accompanied by a large plate of vegetables and various other sides."
Or, there's always tacos, according to Chef Stephan Pyles, owner of Dallas restaurant Stampede 66. "Tacos are very popular still and can act as a conduit for creative fare," he says. "At Stampede 66, some of our most popular tacos are fried-oyster tacos with jicama cole slaw and crispy sweetbread tacos with foie gras jam."More Tips:http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Strategy/Food-and-Beverage/Latest-Group-Dining-Trends-Daniel-Boulud-Cat-Cora-Celebrity-ChefsQuestions, Comments, Suggestions?Contact Successful Meetings Editor in Chief Vincent Alonzo with your "How To" ideas.