Presented at the GaMPI Workshop on February 19, 2013 at The Cook's Warehouse Midtown in Atlanta, GA. Food was donated by H&F Bread Co., Riverview Farms and Moore Farms & Friends.
How do planners create menus that incorporate special requests like gluten-free, allergy-free, vegan, Paleo, Halal, or farm-to-table? And how do planners make menu options healthy and enjoyable?
Learn how easy it is to incorporate delicious, healthy options into your banquet menus and feast your eyes on delicious dishes your attendees will enjoy.
From ordinary breakfasts to elegant dinners, we’ll explore examples of food to please all palates and deliver on dietary needs. See (and taste) how simple it is to stay on the healthy track…no matter how busy and stressful your agenda (or life!) can get.
Meet the Speaker
Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, founder and chief connecting officer of Thrive! Meetings & Events, is an event planner and consultant who is one of just 296 people in the world to hold a designation as a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), among several other industry certifications. She is also one of the 15 million people in the United States suffering from food allergies.
Around age 30, Tracy began to suffer from a number of medical complaints and symptoms. Four years (and multiple doctors) later, she at last discovered the culprit: a food allergy to yeast. As a result, Tracy made major changes to her diet and lifestyle, and saw major improvements to her health. And now that she finds herself on the other side of the special dietary request, she’s making major strides in changing how our industry addresses not only dietary needs and allergies, but the entire culinary possibilities of meetings and events.
Meet the Chef
Megan McCarthy, of Healthy Eating 101, is a healthy lifestyle consultant and chef who teaches kids and adults how to incorporate fresh food into their everyday lives. Not only does Megan show you how to integrate nutritious foods into daily meals and snacks, but she also puts you at ease in the kitchen. Megan is the Edible Garden Chef at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and also teaches healthy cooking classes focusing on simple, fast, and fresh recipes. She has also been featured on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act and Starting Over, and she is a spokesperson and recipe developer for national food brands like Marie’s Salad Dressing, Disney, and Seeds of Change.