How To Save Money on Meeting Entertainment, Food and Lodging
There are many costs attached to a meeting venue and every little cost adds up. If you are not careful, then an expense that looks like tiny on the budget sheet can quickly balloon into a dinosaur, thereby shooting your carefully-laid out plans to hell. Here are a few tips that will save you money on entertainment, food and lodging:
- Live bands are very expensive. Fees aside, you have to pay money for the heavy-duty sound equipment, glitzy lighting and technicians. You also have to pamper some monster egos. Instead of a live band, work with a DJ.
- Many meeting venues stage their own shows. You can buy into these shows – for cheap – instead of planning your own. Check with your resort about such events.
- Can any one of speakers entertain? If yes, hire him as an entertainer too as it will cost lesser than hiring two professionals.
- Offer a consolidated fee to entertainers and speakers. Otherwise, the travel will start counting in a big way.
- Communicate your food and beverages budget to the caterer and ask him to get creative and plan for great meals, snack and beverages within the financial limits. Ask him to come up with 3-4 menu options to choose from.
- Don’t go overboard with the number of courses. A two-course meal is as filling and fulfilling as a four-course meal, and it costs lesser too.
- Go with dips and chips instead of something fancy.
- Decrease hotel employee-to-guest ratio. In any case, most guests can look after themselves at meetings.
- Find out if the hotel is hosting another event at the same time. If yes, check the other event’s menu and try and incorporate the same items into yours. It will help you save money.
- Go with basic spoon and linens. Avoid fancy stuff.
- Always, always, negotiate on food. Every caterer keeps some elbow room.
- You will get very hefty discounts during off-peak periods. Schedule your meetings in and around times like these.
- Choose destinations where room inventory is high. When hotels compete fiercely among themselves, you stand to benefit.
- Every hotel has “fillers.” Fillers are rooms that remain vacant after a major event or after major holidays. Hold your meeting around these times to get fabulous discounts.
These tips will help you save up on meeting venue expenses without compromising on hotel quality and attendee satisfaction.
Adele Adler is a event planner and meeting advisor who likes to blog about ways companies can save money on their events. Her most recent discovery is a CBV search engine that helps meeting planners locate venues in the cities they are in.
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Introduction to Macrobiotic Cooking, Food and Diet
Macrobiotic cooking, food and diet has its specific rules on which food to prefer, how to cook it and which foods are the most suitable for actual season. Like the energy (electromagnetic charge), often referred in as Chi/Ki/Prahna, food can be either expansive (jin) or contractive (jang).
For hot temperatures of summer (yang) are ideal fruits, raw vegetables and light cooking (jin). For cold winter (jig) is ideal pressure cooking and baking (yang).
Here is a sorted list of foods starting with most expansive/jin and finishing with most contractive/jang: chemicals, preservatives, drugs, alcohol, simple sugars, spices, tea, coffee, tropical fruits and juices, fats and oils, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, soft diary products, temperate fruits, nuts, leafy green vegetables, ground round vegetables, beans and bean products, root vegetables, wild plants, sea vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, miso and tamari, salty cheese, red meat, eggs, caviar, sea salt.
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Mono Food Eating Habits and Food Combination
When comes to a food combination people used to mix everything together. It is absolute wasting of food and it will make more damage than good. It is unnatural that you have so many different types food at the same time and most of them is even artificially prepared.
The preferred way to eat is mono food eating. That means that you eat one food only at once. Between every food you should have about 2 hour space. This space depends on what you are eating. Raw fruit has the smallest time to digest, usually 30 min to 1 hour. Raw vegetables digest 1 to 1 1/2 hour. After a cooked meal, especially meat, you should take at least 4, 5 hours rest.
If you would like to combine more food, here is some basic rules:
1, starch (potato, cereal based, beans) never combine with 2,3,4,5,6,7
2, protein (meat, milk based, eggs, tofu, nuts) never combine with 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
3, sweet fruit (figs, banana, dates) never combine with 1,2,4,5,6,7,8
4, acid fruit (tomato, orange, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, passion fruit, blackberry, strawberry, pineapple) never combine with 1,2,3,5,6,7,8
5, subacid fruit (grape, cherry, apple, peach, nectarine, pear, raspberry, apricot, blueberry, mulberry, mango, papaya) never combine with 1,2,3,4,6,7,8
6, melons do not combine with anything
7, fats (oils, seeds) never combine with 1,2,3,4,5,6
8, vegetables never combine with 3,4,5,6,7,8
This table is mine simplified. But as you see, it is better to eat everything alone. Why? Very simple. Every food types need different enzyme to digest it. And every enzyme need different medium in stomach for working. When you combine meat, which use trypsin and pepsin to digest, these enzymes need HCL to work, which is acid environment, and starch, use ptyalin, which need alkaline environment, result of alkaline and acid will be neutral watter that will not digest food and you will get zero nutrition of it.
The images bellow are all bad combination, do not food you child with this things.
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What is Injera Teff Food
I have came across the word teff or tef for the first time when I was reading about Ethiopian runners and what they eat. Teff is a cereal grain native to Northeastern Africa and Southwestern Arabia. The word teff means “lost”, which is based on a fact that the grains are so small that dropped grains will be impossible to find again.
Teff is the primary ingredient in injera. Injera is a type of fermented bread served with most meals like classical bread in many countries.
From teff flour you can of course prepare cookies or cakes like with any grain flour. But what makes teff so special is that teff is gluten-free and is rich on minerals like magnesium which is essential for proper muscles functionality.
Artificial Colors in Food Recipes
Artificial colors in food become somehow standard in last years. Todays market has the only one goal – to sell as much as possible. And much colorful food sells better. Natural sources for coloring were used in the past like beet juice for red or turmeric for yellow. To replace these natural sources with cheaper one, artificial colors are added today. The report from CSPI called Food Dyes – A Rainbow of Risks stated many risks: Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 have long been known to cause allergic reactions in some people. Tests on lab animals of Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 showed signs of causing cancer … Yellow 5 also caused mutations, an indication of possible carcinogenicity, in six of 11 tests… FDA tests show that the three most-widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are tainted with low levels of cancer-causing compounds, including benzidine and 4-aminobiphenyl in Yellow 5. So don’t let you hooked on these color food and eat rather something natural.
Do You Like Sushi Food?
Sushi is an Japanese food consisting from fish or other sea creatures and rise. Slices of raw fish are called sashimi. All is nicely designed into a roll. This dishes concentrate more on quality than quantity which is good. If you have some Japanese restaurant near by you, give it a try.
Miniature Food Art by Stephanie Kilgast
There is a lot of miniature food made from polymer clay but I like these ones, handmade my Stephanie Kilgast. I have such a feeling that the salmon brought a lot of points for her.
Dont Play with the Food Mama Said
Your mama probably said you that you should not play with the food. That is of course true but a little bit of design is not a bad idea.
National Popcorn Day in American Food Holidays
There are so many American food Holidays over the year. It is hard to choose the best one. Some food I even don’t know. When I look at January, National Pistachio Day looks good at 26th of January. But can it beat the National Popcorn Day at 31st? I don’t think so.
Raw Food Inspirations for Healthy Living
The raw food diet is much more than what you have on your plate. Its a new lifestyle, new way how people look on the world, what they feel, who they are.
Most people eat cooked meal everyday and they think that they are healthy. I thought the same way few years ago. But I do it not now anymore. The raw style brings much more than healthy living.
A peoples think that there is not much difference in that what they eat and what raw foodists eat. But when your review what you eat daily, like small piece of tomato or one leaf of letuce, you will found out that it too low of raw food.
Everybody is talking that you should eat vegetables and fruits but nobody do it. And when one day you become ill and you ask yourself how could this happen. Very simple – you eat cooked meal and your body did not received material what really needs for recovery and the basic functionality.
That’s because your body needs specifics enzymes. And as you already know most of enzymes will be damaged in temperature over 42 C.
The second problem is that your immunity system was build on raw food.
When it encounters cooked food it threat it as infection and starts an immunity reaction which cause to overloading of your immunity system and it is becoming weak over the years.
This deficiency on enzymes cause many civilizations illnesses like eyes errors, teethes problems, asthma, allergies, bone problems, cancers.
If you would like to live really healthy lives it is recommended that you eat at least 80% raw food daily. 100% of course the best solution but it will take time that you make this transition.
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