Event Snapshots

Event Snapshots

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BY Photos by Brittany Jean Photography


Event Snapshots: A Taste of NACE

Every year, the Austin chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events hosts a fundraiser. In 2017, this annual Taste of NACE event took place at downtown Austin’s Trinity Hall and benefitted the Foundation of NACE and a local partner, Adventures with Autism, Down Syndrome and Epilepsy. The Taste of NACE event, which has become a nationally recognized, award-winning fundraiser, featured some of Austin’s top culinary talent, a silent auction, live entertainment and dancing. naceaustin.com

Event Snapshots: The Art of the Matter

The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel celebrated its grand opening in September. The hotel includes 15 floors, 288 rooms, 16 suites, 19 meeting rooms and 30,000 square feet of ballroom and event space. Located next door to the newly developed Toyota Motors North America headquarters and the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, the hotel features a provocative and diverse collection of art that underscores its inventive West of Zen design theme.

Event Snapshots: Meet at Eatzi’s

In May, Eatzi’s Market and Bakery hosted a preview party in celebration of its new (and first) Fort Worth location in University Park Village. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed wine and signature bites from Eatzi’s while mingling and shopping the new store. CEO Adam Romo, along with the rest of Eatzi’s team, greeted guests—as did Eatzi’s instore opera singers. It was an evening of celebration for all those who have long-awaited the brand’s expansion to Fort Worth, including meeting planner who may now take advantage of Eatzi’s group catering options.

Event Snapshots: Hyatt Regency Austin Celebrates 35 Years

The Hyatt Regency Austin, located on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. The property opened its doors in 1982 and was the first downtown hotel located south of the river. The hotel continues to provide modern and upscale accommodations for travelers and underwent a recent $70 million renovation, says Michael Murphy, general manager of Hyatt Regency Austin.

Bubbles and Plant-Based Cuisine in Venice, Courtesy of Matthew Kenney & Moët

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.

Heat up Your Meeting with a Culinary Event

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.

Event Snapshots: Ribbon-Cutting at the South Padre Island Convention Centre

The City of South Padre Island and the South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrated the grand reopening of the South Padre Island Convention Centre with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, following the center’s multimilliondollar renovation. 

Backpacks to Briefcases

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.


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