Conference food… There’s typically two types of conference food;
“Oh my god, this conference has really good food” and,
“Let’s just go somewhere else (and spend our own money), this event has crappy food”
More often than not 360|iDev (and 360|Flex in it’s day) were usually the former. I’ve always thought that conference food shouldn’t be gross, it shouldn’t be rubbery chicken, and steamed veggies. It should be something that people go back for seconds for, it should be something people actually talk about, as much a valued part of the event as the content. I’ve mostly been successful at that.
That’s not to say I’m batting 1000 (I think i used that reference right), there are times when the meal fails to deliver, either i picked poorly, or the venue wasn’t up to the task.
The last two years I’ve taken my approach to conference lunch a step further, offering something few events offer; choice.
While having everyone eat lunch in the conference space has value, I think it’s more valuable to get attendees outdoors. For a few reasons, in no particular order;
- Attendees have more choice in what they eat, which is either impossible or stupid expensive within the conference center.
- They can meet new people by ending up at the same place as others, but not so many that it’s daunting.
- They get to enjoy what the host city has to offer
- I get to support local businesses, which is a huge part of my business. 360|Conferences is a Denver, CO company and whenever I can I want to support other Colorado businesses.
It’s easy to do an event, it’s harder to do events that don’t suck.