As companies become more spread out, and more employees begin working from home or off site, many corporations are turning to things like conferences, retreats, and galas to help keep workplace connections strong. At the same time, conferences designed to help build and gain new skills are also quickly growing in a number of industries. Both of these types of get-togethers are often held on a fairly regular basis, organized by the same groups each time. Therefore it makes sense for conference throwers to invest in equipment that can be used again and again to help make these events a success. And for event throwers who aren’t using full service sites for their conference, such as hotels, it also makes sense for some of that equipment to be food-based.
For many people, packing up and heading out to a day or weekend conference may not be at the top of their list of enjoyable activities. They know it’s beneficial, but they may not truly want to attend. Offering things like food, coffee, or entertainment as part of the conference is a great way to help lure people in who might otherwise decide to pass on the event.
And while some conferences are held at inclusive sites that offer these things, they may not be offered on your schedule or in the quantities necessary to keep your employees and guests happy, not to mention that not every site offers these amenities.
That’s where having some food service equipment can come in handy; it allows you to set up food and beverage stations at your convenience. This in turn allows your guests to feel more comfortable and to enjoy themselves more, ensuring their return.
Types of Equipment to Consider
Not every conference is going to be geared toward sit down meals. In most cases, however, people will be mingling between activities, which gives them an opportunity to take a break for food or drink. That’s why having a few different types of equipment on hand can allow your employees or guests to help themselves, boosting their comfort levels.
Coffee and Hot Beverage Dispensers
Having hot coffee or tea on hand can go a long way toward motivating people and making them feel at ease. Something like the Boswell Airport Style Coffee Brewer can help ensure that you have plenty of hot coffee on hand throughout the event. And if you know that you’re guests will have varied tastes, you can also accommodate them with a dual decanter warmer to offer them a choice of hot beverages.
Heat Shelves and Food Warmers
Stop serving your guests cold cuts and limp salad, and start serving them some warm food options instead. With heat shelves like those made by Nemco, you can keep multiple dishes warm and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Unlike warming cans or chafing dishes, a heat shelf is safe and simple to set up – just plug it in and set the temperature.
Heat shelves come in a number of different sizes so you can customize your conference’s needs. Serve hot pizza, appetizers, or anything else you’d like without any mess or a lot of set up time.
If you’re having an informal-style conference, consider injecting a little fun into the day with a popcorn cart. Popcorn is a nearly universally liked food that’s easy to serve and doesn’t require your guests to have to sit down to eat. An old-fashioned popcorn cart like the Gold Medal Cart can be a point of interest for your guests, something to look forward to and visit throughout the event.
Step Up Your Conferences
Conferences are an increasingly popular way to get a lot of face time and training into a very short amount of time. Don’t forget that food can be a powerful draw for many people who might otherwise be hesitant to skip or avoid a non-mandatory conference. Consider adding some food service equipment to your conference budget to help make the next event a huge success.
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