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March 2020 CAP'D Luncheon 2020 F&B Trends

March 11, 2020
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Grand Tuscany Hotel
12801 Northwest Fwy
Houston, TX
MPI Houston Area Chapter

Photo - Couvelier, Christine
What Tastes Are Next in the Future of Food and How You Can Use Them

Christine Couvelier is a Culinary Executive, an Executive Chef, and a Global Culinary Trendologist.

What’s a Culinary Trendologist? Christine tours the globe to taste what is coming next, cooking with chefs, attending food shows, visiting greenmarkets and gourmet retailers. She develops her sought-after Trend Watch Report focusing on emerging, developing and existing trends.

Christine is the past Executive Chef of President’s Choice, the Director of Culinary & Beverage/Executive Chef at Cara Operations, and the Chair of The Chef School of George Brown College. She worked on Global Innovation for Unilever and was the first Director of Culinary Strategy at Maple Leaf Foods, where she worked on the vision, design and construction of the ThinkFOOD! Centre. 

Currently, Christine continues to educate, teach and inspire her customers through her consulting company Culinary Concierge, with clients across North America. Christine goes beyond borders and gets up close and personal with the food industry to provide her clients with a better understanding of the marketplace and trends in the world food sector in order to help develop and sustain a competitive edge.

As meeting professionals, we are constantly tasked with designing new food experiences, with decreased F&B budgets and expectations to still produce inclusive, unique, trendy and great tasting culinary experiences at our events.  If this sounds like your challenge, you won’t want to miss this luncheon.

Christine Couvelier, Executive Chef/Global Culinary Trendologist with Culinary Concierge, will open up her culinary crystal ball and share with us the new emerging culinary and beverage trends.  Christine show you where to look for trends and how to translate these trends into fabulous menus at your events.  You can become your own Trendologist!

We will taste our way through some of the most innovative 2020 F&B trends and find out why ‘sizzle’ is a trend…. what’s new in the world of ‘cauliflower’.… what ‘African grain’ is going to be on menus this year…. and taste the world of ‘craft mocktails.

Why should a member attend?

At the end of this event experience, you’ll be able to blend new tastes into delectable menus that have your clients and guests talking about the event. 

Learner Outcomes:

  • Hear the latest F&B trends and learn how to turn them into culinary experiences. 
  • Discover where to look for new tastes and how to build them into a flavorful menu. 
  • Learn creative solutions for negotiating food and beverage to get the most out of your budget.

Venue Details

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A Luxury Boutique Hotel for the Perfect Escape

The Grand Tuscany Hotel is a new luxury boutique hotel concept. We are our own brand, letting go of the old and in with the new; it is time to transform the way of travel. The hotel is a destination showplace of brilliant and beautiful with a welcoming of glimmering chandeliers highlighting a reflection of the caliber of hotel. Surpassing greatness in hospitality is what we intend to do, as we will offer experience like no other. We are excited to offer the first of its kind, an island oasis wrapped by a 350 foot lazy river, a resort style pool with a water-wall fountain, Italian-inspired gazebo with glowing lounge furniture, and poolside cabanas for the best destination-hotel in Houston, Texas.

Our hotel features 268 guestrooms, that feature Standard King and Queen/Queen sleeping arrangements, one-of-a-kind Home Theatre Suites, pool view Oasis Suites, and Luxury Designer Suites. Each of our guestrooms or suites feature bamboo bedding, 50" TV's, Free Wi-Fi access, multiple easily accessible USB ports and outlets, in-room safes, KEURIG Coffeemakers, some rooms with Mini-refrigerators, LED Bright Back-Lit Vanity Mirrors, and the essential amenities.

The Grand Tuscany offers a mix of dining options, from casual to poolside dining to a romantic setting in a formal private dining room. The Brasserie will serve as our main dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our Barista Cafe featuring Minuti Coffee, Italian gelatos, pastries, sandwiches, plus many grab 'n go choices, as well as your forgotten home items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, lint roller to name a few! Along with additional specialty retail items.

Audrey I Wine Room, our signature dining room, is ideal for a fine dining experience, while our Audrey II Dining Room is ideal for an intimate group gathering fine dining experience. Both of these restaurants are available for dinner by reservation only.

The Venetian Bar is perfect for entertaining with a view of our Italy-inspired gazebo on our island oasis with a flowing 350 ft length lazy river, or simply to relax and sip on one of our many specialty cocktail beverages or brews while watching your favorites sports team on our 100” LED 4K Screen TV.

Need to stay fit while on the road traveling, no worries, there is room to pump iron, yoga, treadmill, or stationary bike action to keep you fit in our state of the art fitness center. Want to unwind and network in a business setting, visit our 2nd floor business lounge.

Groups, meetings, events, reunions, gatherings, we have amazing indoor and outdoor event space to make any occasion a memorable experience.

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