The 37th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference took place on April 16-18 at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The three-day conference, hosted by former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz, included educational sessions, panel discussions in the form of campfires, workshops, culinary tours and tastings, as well as the annual Global Copper Skillet competition.
Held Oct. 13, 2017, at the Museum of the American Revolution, Taste America was a four-course plated dinner held to benefit the James Beard Foundation. The event, planned by Cashman & Associates, welcomed 300 attendees who dined on food provided by Brûlée Catering in collaboration with other culinary stars.
The Pennsylvania Meetings + Events second annual Best of 2017 readers’ choice awards were held at The Fuge in Warminster on Oct. 4. The event was attended by 85 industry insiders who anxiously awaited the announcement of each category’s winners, selected online by the readers of the magazine. The Fuge, home to the centrifuge where the astronauts trained to adjust to the G-force of the rockets, played up its otherworldly theme with blue-and-white lighting and space-themed accents, including a bar tucked inside the base of the centrifuge.
Spectra by Comcast Spectacor chefs competed at a Culinary Innovative Challenge on Aug. 15, 2017. Pretzel Crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquets were the winning menu item selected by a panel of five judges. In total, eight new game-changing food offerings were created for Spectra to add to the menus at its stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and catering properties across North America, beginning as early as this fall.
Jingle Jam was held on Jan. 25 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. The event was co-hosted by ILEA and HSMAI and was themed with 1920s “Great Gatsby” flair. Attendees dressed in their flapper best to relive the Roaring Twenties while networking with new friends and reconnecting with old ones.
Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program. More than 30 years old, it has supported the creation of 4,000 public art pieces that have transformed public spaces and helped the city earn the nickname “City of Murals.” Decorating facades of buildings in neighborhoods throughout the city, the organization even offers mural tours (our own Maureen Hennessey experienced one last year). Now, the organization has announced something new and exciting – a 10-episode radio broadcast starting with a large-scale performance on Independence Mall.
May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.
A sneak peek of the venue spaces at the Museum of the American Revolution, which will open on April 19, was celebrated on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. The invite-only event was held for industry insiders to showcase the new museum’s offerings for events and meetings, which includes four main event spaces: Rotunda, Patriots Gallery, Liberty Hall and Founder’s Board Room.
Pennsylvania Meetings + Events’ inaugural Best of Pennsylvania event was held on Oct. 6, 2016 at Philadelphia’s Top of the Tower. The event was attended by almost 150 representatives from across the industry, including venues, services, products and planners. Awards were given to readers’ choice winners, as well as editor’s picks.
On Nov. 16, 20 MPI PHL members and myself had the pleasure of engaging with Temple and Drexel Hospitality and Tourism students in an information filled speed networking hour, aptly named Backpacks to Briefcases.