Monday, 02 July, 2018

Innovative F&B ideas to improve delegate performance

We’ve all seen it a thousand times. Five varieties of meat in sauce kept simmering away in a bain-marie, a tired bread basket, a limp and unappealing salad.

Rafts of stodgy food make it difficult for delegates to stay alert. It’s time to freshen it up a bit! (Excuse the pun). Research suggests that a balanced intake of slow release carbohydrates over the course of a day can improve concentration and focus by up to 30%. Getting the food right = more attentive and engaged delegates and improved output of focus and concentration.

Delegates care about food. At Yas Conference Centre, we’re with them. Our in-house Y-Solutions Event Team have created innovative catering options aligned to global food trends to change up the lunch break and offer something new.

1. Picnic
Delegates use lunch breaks as an opportunity to network, abandon the buffet entirely and offer a picnic experience! Promote conversation and interaction between delegates by asking them to form groups of six, collect a picnic basket and head off to find a table outdoors. Baskets are filled with substantial healthy options including cold meats, fresh salads, Arabic dips, and a variety of bread.

2. Food Truck lunch
There are over 250 food trucks in the UAE, get in on this worldwide trend by offering a street food concept served straight from a variety of food trucks. Delegates can grab a bite and enjoy lunch trackside, under the sun.

3. Brain food station
Nuts and seeds are known to improve focus and concentration. Replace sweet pastries and cookies at the all-day coffee station with dried fruit, seeds and nuts in take away bags to keep energy levels from dropping and encourage delegates to stay engaged.

4. Innovative Cocktails
It’s exciting times for the Cocktail Industry, and the corporate event scene is bursting with on-trend combinations for innovative cocktails. Offer something different and change up the drinks menu at your next cocktail function with fresh blends of plum and thyme Prosecco, blackberry and char-grilled lemon Gin, and Lavender Lemonade!

5. Tapas
No longer just for the Spanish, clients are now hosting sophisticated cocktail functions with tapas inspired by cuisines around the globe! Particularly popular are Indian, Mexican and Arabic tapas. Easy, accessible, un-plated bites make it easier for delegates to network and re-energize simultaneously.

6. Outdoor networking lounge

Did you know sunshine can improve a person’s mood and sense of calmness? Outdoor networking lounges, operating for the duration of your event with Barista coffee service, fresh juice and relaxed outdoor furnishings with wifi connectivity are a great way to allow delegates an outdoor space to meet and network.

For further details on how the Yas Conference Centre's Y Solutions team can develop a bespoke catering package for your next event, contact [email protected]