Tips from the Team: Hot Eats & Cool Treats

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Love food? So do we, which is why Megan is here to tell you the must have items for your menu this year!

“Every new year means new and exciting food trends to be on the lookout for! As an event planner, I’m always looking to make sure I’m on top of all the current trends for my clients. While some of these foods are not necessarily new, they have proved that they are here to stay for 2016.

Poke

Is Poke the new Sushi?! Looks like we’ll be seeing this Hawaiian dish more frequently. Poke (pronounced “po-kay”) is raw fish made into cubes and marinated. Also following the newest “bowl” food trend, Poke is a fun way to deconstruct your sushi roll into one big bowl. If you’re an avid sushi lover on the lookout for something new, definitely check out this fun dish.

Seaweed

Goodbye kale and hello seaweed! With tons of antioxidants and nutritious benefits, it’s the superfood of 2016. Seaweed can be eaten by itself or mixed into tons of dishes. We can’t wait to see what creative seaweed recipes people come up with!

Veggies, veggies, and more veggies!

Eating healthy is important and more dishes are becoming vegan, gluten free, and Paleo friendly by replacing pasta and rice with veggies such as zucchini noodles (Zoodles) and cauliflower rice. Now more than ever it’s quick and easy to eat a healthy, but absolutely delicious meal. Grab yourself a spiralizer and start cookin’!

African & Middle Eastern Flavors

Ethnic condiments and spices are popping up left and right. According to the National Restaurant Association, more chefs are reporting a growing interest in using these ethnic spices like dukkah, berbere and za’atar, just to name a few! Bursting with flavor in every bite, these spices are a major game changer.

Doughnuts

Doughnuts are not going away anytime soon. In fact, these are being incorporated into fun and unique displays at events, like the cool doughnut pegboard wall at the ArtEdge Gala in Chicago! Doughnuts are being baked with the craziest flavors such as coconut bacon, lemon ricotta, and peanut butter with sriracha. We all know that struggle of having to decide what we want to buy when there are too many amazing options, and now it just got 10 times harder. Caution: it may become difficult to not buy a dozen at a time.

Fried Chicken

Baum + Whiteman is predicting that the Sandwich of the Year will be Fried Chicken. We are seeing fried chicken pop up everywhere; whether on a sandwich, waffle, or just served plain, this bird is taking over! So open that honey mustard, ranch, or my personal favorite, Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, and enjoy every crispy bite!

Bagels

Bagels are getting revamped. Check out this VERY POPULAR Williamsburg joint called The Bagel Store. Forget cronuts, The Bagel Store has Bagels and Cragels, AKA half bagel, half croissant. How delicious does that sound?! Rich colors make these bagels appealing, however, the best part may be the cotton candy and funfetti cream cheese to finish it off! You don’t have to be in Williamsburg to enjoy this treat – they ship nationwide if you’re lucky to get your order in early enough!

Milkshakes

Ok – leave your diets at the door for this treat! Milkshakes are back and hotter than ever! Or should I say colder than ever. Black Tap NYC is helping to make milkshakes a popular trend by going all out with their milkshakes. With a variety of flavors like Oreo, peanut butter, and black cherry these milkshakes are created to look like pieces of art (art that you want to devour the minute you see it of course). At $15 each, these milkshakes may be over the top, but who doesn’t love a good milkshake?

Bacon

Last but certainly not least is the all-time favorite: Bacon. This trend has been popular for the past few years. We’re still seeing bacon chocolate, bacon doughnuts, bacon garnishes and bacon displays at events. Once a favorite, always a favorite with this crunchy sweet and savory deliciousness.”

So whether you are looking to make menu selections for your next event or out to eat with friends and family, keep your eye out for these delicious eats. We bet you’re hungry after reading this post…we know we are!

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Mad About Themes This March

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

When you work with Corinthian Events, we love to think outside the box or in this case, off the court. Being that March is all about basketball, we thought we’d show off some of our basketball themed events.

Looking to get in the game? We can bring the entire court to you! From building a basketball court inside of the Museum of Science to bringing Pop-a-Shot arcade games to your event, it’s always a slam dunk with CE team! And if the players need some encouragement, how about a 30-piece marching band or a custom logo air dancer to get the players hyped?

We think of every detail when it comes to our themed events. We can transform any space with fun and sporty décor styling and our basketball inspired centerpieces are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. If you’re more of a spectator, we can supply you with some comfortable soft seating with basketball hoop end tables. And don’t you worry, we will make sure our DJ is playing Jock Jams in the background!

So even if your bracket is a bust and you feel like you want to throw in the towel, Corinthian Events is here to help you make the buzz beater three point shot to win the night!

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EI > IQ?

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is defined as the capacity of individuals to recognize their own and other people’s emotions, to distinguish between feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide your thinking and behavior.

Last month, Elizabeth and Jenni headed to the brand spanking newly renovated Commonwealth Hotel in Kenmore Square and experienced Shannon Oleen’s talk on EI at the monthly educational MPI event.  The topic got Elizabeth and Jenni thinking: How do we interact with our 17 fellow CE-colleagues on a daily basis? Understanding that each one of us processes the world in a different way and comes to the table with a plethora of different experiences, it’s only natural that each of us would interpret information differently.  EI comes in when we begin to understand differences in one another and use them to our advantage.  Inevitably if you understand why someone is motivated to behave a certain way, you are best able to tailor your presentation, pitch, or water cooler conversation to something that is pleasurable, and possibly even persuasive, to both parties. This kind of intelligence is a social intelligence that evaluates our capacity for empathy and self-awareness.

In the world of events, we are often interacting on a social level.  We partner with vendors, clients, and colleagues.  Isn’t collaboration best when we recognize and respect one another’s perspective and communicate well? The art of event management is so much more collaborative and experience based than a singular book can teach…a good argument that EI comes out ahead of IQ!

Oleen left us with these five main points to think about:

  1. Self-Awareness – This is the ability to continuously learn who we are. How do we react on an emotional or unemotional level? How do we learn our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats?
  2. Self-Management – How do we manage our emotions? Are we adaptable? Are we holding ourselves accountable for our own actions?
  3. Motivating Oneself – This is the ability to understand what motivates you individually. Are you pro-active or reactive? What is your commitment level to a project or a relationship?
  4. Recognizing Emotions in Others – A state of higher EI to not only be self-aware, but to be aware of others. How do others learn and process information?  Can you tailor what you’ve said so that it has the highest response?
  5. Social Competence – This is both your verbal and non-verbal communication skills; your aptitude for leadership and influence.  Are you willing to step outside your comfort zone?
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We Got Gronked!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

As always, Corinthian Events is on the lookout for the latest and greatest offering in Boston, and as we were searching what did we find? The Gronk Bus, which is now available for private charters. For those of you who don’t know what the Gronk Bus is, it’s Rob Gronkowski’s private custom coach that he uses to bring him and his family to and from games.

Not only is this bus decked out with custom lighting, but it has comfortable couches and coolers to store your drinks in. Needless to say, it’s quite the ride!

Over a two-week span, we offered a fun ride around the city complete with cocktails, tailgate snacks and of course bumping music. Showcasing Corinthian Events highest level of service, we collected our hotel partners from their front door without hassle. Offering door-to-door convenience aboard the Gronk Bus is just one of the many examples of the unique experiences we offer our clients.

Unfortunately, Gronk was off relaxing after a long season, but he was there in spirit with the custom Gronk cut out heads we provided as an extra special touch, perfect for a photo op!

A big thanks to all our hotel partners who joined the ride. We had a blast checking out the latest trend in Boston with you!

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