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Event Snapshots: Buffet of Ideas

Microsoft recently produced Solutions5, the seventh annual collaborative conference bringing together five premier food service associations: Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliation, Association for Healthcare Foodservice, Foodservice Consultants Society International, National Association of College Auxiliary Services and the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management.

Microsoft’s Iconic Oneweek Caters to Participants’ Tastes

Each July, Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, transforms into the weeklong Oneweek. The event is an opportunity for Microsoft employees to come together to learn about new products and services, and to bring their own ideas to life through presentations and activities. The week culminates with a keynote speech on the company’s bold ambitions and opportunities.

Food for Thought

Northwest Meetings + Events editorial advisory board member Melissa Jurcan is our guest blogger. She offers a recap of the 7th Annual Solutions5 conference held on Friday, Jan. 20.

Tips From a Pro for Writing the Perfect Toast

There is art to giving a toast at an event. It has to be conscientious, poignant and funny (if appropriate) and mesh with the overall theme of the evening. To learn how to strike this delicate balance, we spoke with Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, business writer, writing coach and founder of Syntax Training, a business-writing training company. Gaertner-Johnson has helped clients such as Microsoft, REI and Port of Seattle perfect their writing skills. Here are her toast-writing tips.

Must-Have Apps for Planners

The National Conference Center, one of the largest meeting and training facilities in the country, compiled a list of the top meeting and event planning apps by combing through all those offered and chatting with industry professionals. Below are their results.

Check Out New Spaces Around the M+E Venue Block

With old-school gaming systems, a dance floor and slider versions of the adjoining Lunchbox Laboratory’s burgers available, it’s no wonder The Event Lab is a popular choice for corporate events or private parties.

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