This article appeared in a recent PCMA industry publication. Besides having 170 downtown restaurants and the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, there is so much going on in the city neighborhoods. You can dine along the river or go boating and kayaking. You can tour a craft brewery and enjoy the samples. If you haven't visited Milwaukee yet, you should definitely consider holding a meeting/event in the city. You can read the entire article here.
If you are looking for a very unique dining experience, then consider trying one of the Farm Dinners offered around the State of Wisconsin. You graze on a several course meal, most often paired with wines that compliment the food and of course you are enjoying fresh farm-to-table food that is selected and prepared for you right at the site. Speaking of the site, you are enjoying the food in the middle of a farm field or on the grounds of a local attraction. Most dinners include tours of the farm or attraction. There is something magic about dining outside with other people who enjoy food and wine, some dinners have included dining under the harvest moon. The farm dinners are popular for corporate groups that would like to sample a bit of the countryside while dining on amazing, fresh, local food.
Here is a link to a recent article with several farm dinners that are already scheduled around Wisconsin.
Photo courtesy of Taliesin Preservation.
Yes, it's true, a company named Retro Boat MKE has two vintage (1950's) electric boats available for rental on the Milwaukee river this summer named Laverne or Shirley. The dock is not far from the Bronz Fonz, I see a theme here! They also are introducing a donut electric boat that seats up to 10 people around with a cooler in the middle fully stocked with ice. People can bring their own food and drinks. Both boats speeds top out at 5 mph, so you can enjoy a leisurely cruise along the river. You can rent both boats online at: www.boatmke.com/
It's Technology Tuesday and there was a great blog in Event Industry News that featured 27 events industry professionals and asked for their insights on technology trends. I will share the hi-lights here:
1. Buzzword Tech: AR - Augmented reality; AI - Artificial Intelligence; AI powered chatbots that can help register attendees or answer basic questions about a meeting; VR - Virtual Reality.
2. Interactive activities and games - attendees now take an active role in in knowledge transfer and outcomes.
3. Holograms are being used by Microsoft to bring attendees who can't travel to the stage.
4. Photo booths which allow branding and reaching out to multiple social media platforms.
5. Data Integration via partnerships or consolidation - more mergers for technology firms.
6. Using data to personalize an experience.
7. Video and Live streaming
8. Automated Check in, Influencer marketing and Digital Displays - faster check in with facial recognition.
You can read the entire article here.
Sounds intriguing, doesn't it? Meeting professionals are always being challenged with coming up with clever ways to display food or drinks. A recent article featured in PCMA's Convene, details how a Seattle based author and entrepreneur, Kathy Casey has created some instagrammable cocktails for events. Attendees want that wow factor, something they can put on their social media pages. She featured a drink in a bag at a Florida event last Fall and it was a huge hit. She also features ways to add the garden to a glass and for a pop of color, adding flower pedals to a cocktail. You can read the entire article, which also includes several recipes on the cocktails mentioned here.
something to think about...
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