When companies decide to hold meetings, one of the first questions is usually whether or not the meeting will take place on company property. On-site meetings are often much cheaper and more convenient for attendees, but do they yield the same results? Here’s why it’s a great idea to take your group off-site: Fewer distractions… Read More The Benefits of Holding an Off-Site Retreat
Hospitality professionals are constantly told that they need to keep up with emerging technologies. However, many of the opportunities for learning at conferences revolve around really basic information that many of us already know – social media is important, tablets are nifty, and apps are a cool way to engage with attendees. We attended a… Read More The Future of Technology in the Hospitality Industry
Emerald Green Décor – Since Pantone has named emerald green the color of the year for 2013 (well, officially it’s Emerald 17-5641), expect to see it featured prominently in event and catering décor. Beer – As the craft beer industry gains popularity, serving Coors and Bud Light at your next catered event may not seem… Read More Catering and Event Trends for 2013
We are excited to announce that our brand new UCLA Catering website is LIVE! We think you’ll be pleased with the changes – gorgeous color photos, floor plans, menus, team bios, special offers, and more! To visit, click here!
Thanksgiving is almost here, and a lot of people like to explore new ways to cook their turkey. Here are a few suggestions! The “No-Baste, No-Bother” Roasted Method (Trisha Yearwood) This recipe uses simple ingredients – and you only bake the turkey for 1 hour! The key is to use a 12 pound turkey, and… Read More Different Ways to Cook a Turkey
UCLA Conference Services is excited to be hosting the annual system-wide University of California Conference Services planning session up at the beautiful UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center this month. As we were planning this event, we were reminded of the many great reasons to visit and stay at the Conference Center – and here are… Read More Memorable meetings start at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center!
The meetings industry has become increasingly conscious about its impact on the health of our planet. From the increase in virtual meetings, to the decrease in printed materials, to the use of locally sourced food at catered functions, putting our planet first has become a trend that is sure to continue. But what about the… Read More How to Plan Healthy Meetings
MPI Southern California Chapter’s Meeting Planning Basics & Beyond series is a great way to learn the fundamentals of meeting planning from hospitality industry professionals. While this is a three-part series, participation in any session is not dependent on having attended a prior session; unique topics are addressed at each meeting. You will receive a… Read More MPISCC’s “Meeting Planning Basics & Beyond”
Whether your event is taking place indoors or outdoors, it’s crucial to select an appropriate set-up style. Here are some common set-up types that meeting planners choose: Banquet Can also be referred to as rounds. Round tables with chairs spaced evenly around the entire table. This is a common choice for a meal, as it… Read More Room Set-up Styles
It may not look like much now… …but in 2013, UCLA will have a new ballroom immediately adjacent to Sproul Hall. The Palisades Ballroom will be 6,700 square feet, and can be divided into six smaller rooms. The room features floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as state of the art audio/visual equipment. While the Palisades Ballroom will be… Read More Coming Soon: Sproul Presidio!