One of my favorite things since I’ve started in the catering business is when I actually get to be a guest at an event! This weekend I am attending my first blogger conference right in my own backyard! Work backyard that is- The conference is being held right at Epcot.
The unique part is that I while I was signing up for this talent loaded conference put together by amazing bloggers, I have also have been working on planning the events from an operational stand point. And I have been getting sooo excited because our teams are really pushing boundaries to give the bloggers an awesome experience. We, as chefs and caterers love when our guests are equally as passionate about food and beverage, and never want to disappoint!
Our teams spend weeks planning events, looking at guest flow, station designs and looks, as well as the food presentations, and that’s just some of the details. We dream big- and consider what a right fit for each event and what we can do operationally. Our teams are numerous and it is quite a feat to keep everyone on the same beat.
My favorite events to help plan are the functions with high detail- whether it’s a dinner for 5000 people in a theme park with numerous action stations, off premise kitchens and only an hour to set, or a more intimate dinner with a highly creative menu and room set up. The adrenaline rush that comes from pulling off these events is what I love about catering.
Planning events are pretty awesome, it is great having the ability to sit down with such a creative team and bounce ideas until something sticks. Those planning meeting are definitely my favorite! They certainly can go on for hours, and sometimes we have to walk away because we have hit a brick wall. I told a friend recently, that it is embarassing how much I love my job, but it is true.
And now, after weeks of planning the events of the food blogger conference, I am hanging up my chef hat and putting on my guest hat! I am definitely going to soak it all in and I can’t wait to experience the magic first hand!