This past March, Mary and Vic took one for the team and headed to sunny Las Vegas for the Event Solutions Idea Factory 2013 Conference. Over the course of four days, Mary and Vic attended a variety of informational and educational seminars hosted by both local and international industry professionals – it’s always refreshing to learn how our peers operate.
Working in conjunction with Catersource, Event Solutions hosted an evening reception at the Hard Rock Café Las Vegas which featured several innovative and up and coming catering trends including personal pizza boxes, a wall of self-serve mixed drink vessels and this funky food service idea – a candlelit wall hung with tiny buckets of deliciousness! A welcome escape from the seemingly never-ending Boston winter, Mary and Vic were able to enjoy a little poolside time during lunch breaks – in case you were worried…
Getting away from the bright lights of Vegas, Mary visited the Valley of Fire State Park for a little fresh air and sunshine before settling into the trade show. Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, dedicated in 1935. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs. The terrain and views were spectacular, with amazing color everywhere. The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape.
Vic managed to sneak away and check out the Hoover Dam – quite a site to be seen! Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona. Considered to be the world’s largest dam and an engineering marvel at the time of its construction in the 1930s, Hoover Dam brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest.
Everything in Las Vegas and the surrounding area is BIG, from buildings to mountains. It’s always great to get out of your regular surroundings and open your eyes to new things, especially such big ones!