Fried Rice Balls (Flickr)
Much of your audience at a conference are open to experiencing new food to embrace the culture of the meeting’s destination. However, for an average healthy eater, a conference organizer can over-do it on the food of a destination by not offering other options. You can satisfy most your attendees who enjoy immersing themselves in a culture but leave the other half unhappy and ready to leave to eat their traditional salad or chicken with a side of vegetables for dinner.
How much is too much?
Not offering any alternatives to meals like southern deep-fried everything can be unpleasant for your attendees. Those healthy eaters are faced with skipping a meal and not being able to focus in their sessions or searching for a place to eat with foods they’re accustomed to eating. When every meal serves the staples of a meeting’s destination, the event’s theme is transferred to the meetings but can lose a personal factor. Attendees need food that speaks to them like vegetables and fruits. You can over-do it by serving only biscuits and gravy, bacon, french toast and sausage at breakfast and deep-fried everything for lunch and dinner.
Tips to Remember!
Don’t forget when you’re so busy embracing the destination’s food staples, that it may be brain food. What is brain food? Items proven to enhance meeting performance. Red-meats, sweets, pastas, fried foods and foods dipped in butter are not only unhealthy but also prohibit the attendees from their full learning potential. To read more about foods that enhance and prohibit learning in meetings and conferences, read our white paper.
How do you find the balance between embracing a meeting destination’s food and providing healthy options?