• New Event Trend: Branded Beverages

    Three top accoutrements dress up drinks.

     
    POSTED December 29, 2016
     

PURE & CLEAR MINNESOTA ICE

Ice is an integral part to a great cocktail (with the exception of those made neat). Pure & Clear Minnesota Ice prides itself on its artisan ice cubes that are so dense they melt slower than regular ice, minimizing dilution. Handcrafted in Minnesota but shipped nationwide, the crystal-clear cubes come in a selection of geometric shapes. Logos can be etched into The Rock and The Cylinder for a visually engaging drink. 

AARDVARK

Aardvark’s paper straws won’t last forever—and that’s a good thing. Every day we use one billion plastic straws globally, most of which will never deteriorate. All Aardvark’s straws (including its patented Eco-Flex paper straws) are made with materials that are chlorine-free and are biodegradable, compostable and sustainable. But durability isn’t an issue. Aardvark’s straws are made with 33 percent more material than all other paper straws and won’t break down in beverages. With over 200 designs as well as the ability to create customized straws and wrappers, brands will quite literally be at attendees’ fingertips. 

EVERMINE

Classy and eye-catching, Evermine’s coasters make attendees think twice about setting their drink down. Evermine’s website boasts a wide selection of design templates with customizable text, or clients can upload their own design or logo entirely. Its Business Preferred Club is free to join and offers 20 percent off and promotions to members, making Evermine’s coasters even more cost effective. 

INGREDIENTS
—.5 oz. strawberry shrub*
—1.5 oz. Kettle One Vodka
—1.5 oz. lemon juice
—.5 oz. simple syrup
—3 oz. fever tree soda

FOR STRAWBERRY SHRUB
—2 cups strawberries
—hulled and sliced
—2 cups granulated sugar
—1 cup cider vinegar
—1/2 cup white wine vinegar

 

Meeting planners are always looking for fun and creative ways to entertain guests, and the latest trend is heating things up in a big way.

Sit-down, plated meals have evolved into active culinary events, thanks to a variety of chefs and creative entrepreneurs who are making dining at meetings fun again.

In the summer issue of Texas Meetings + Events, you’ll read all about this hot trend, which you might describe as “Eating as Entertainment.” In the meantime, meet Michell Huber, founder of Austin-based culinary event company and cooking school Freda's Kitchen.

 

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