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thought leadership Fall Foodie Fabulous By Amy Drew Thompson AUTUMN IS UPON us and our thoughts of summer barbecue quickly blow away like so many colored leaves. In their wake: cranberries, apples and pumpkins - oh my! These may be the signature tastes and scents of the fall but there are atypical ways in which to showcase them (and wonderful goodies with which to pair them. Here are a scant, spicy few... bright vinaigrette offer beautiful balance. And it's fall, so why not throw a decadent, creamy cheese into the mix? Gorgeous on the plate and brilliant on the palate. DINNER Spicy-Sweet Spuds Think sweet potato fries are outré? Spice them up for cocktail hour with BREAKFAST/BRUNCH Egg-in-the-Squash-Hole This fun fall spin on the usual hollowed-out bread slice showcases flowery shaped butternut squash rounds. Roasted first, then done up with a fried egg in the center where the seeds would have been, chefs can dress them up with chopped nuts and a light drizzle of real maple syrup for sweetness. a dusting of chipotle power for some heat to go with the sweet. Serve them in a fun paper cone (branding opportunity!) and create a fun walk-around snack or a simple, savory side to your mains. COCKTAILS Apple Cider Mimosas Move over citrus, see you later hibiscus, it's fall - and apples rule the roost. Rim the flutes with cinnamon sugar and top the champagne with cider. Meeting in an apple-y region? Make that cider local! Serve it at brunch, lunch or cocktail hour. So refreshing! DESSERTS Candy Corn & White Chocolate Blondies If Fall had a No. 1 addiction, candy corn could be it. It's colorful and whimsical and reminds everyone of trick or treating. This is a sugar-junkie's delight. (You'll make up for it with an array of healthy choices at breakfast, don't worry). Attendees will be napkin-wrapping these to enjoy back in their rooms like a secret treat. LUNCH Roasted Beet & Blue Cheese Salad Talk about putting color on the table - nothing does it like brilliant earthy beets, their jewel tone offset by the complementary greens of fresh dill and scallions. The tangy cheese and The Where CAN WHERE YOU choose to hold your meeting directly affect who shows up? Of course! But not for reasons you might think. While just about any attendee on your hit list is going to be tempted to head to San Juan or Sonoma, but it takes more than a great climate and terrific local to-dos to tick up that registration count. Have you considered whether your prospective locations can better accomplish the meeting's goals? Choosing a region or venue with a 16 connection to your client's business or industry could be the box those invited need to tick before choosing to spend the time and money to attend. In what regions, nations, cities is this particular field growing? Are there factories, hospitals, universities or other places where valuable information or cutting-edge trends in the field can be gleaned? Discussing your meeting's goals with suppliers on the local level is one way to drum up respondents with an interest in ENGAGE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 VOL. 38 NO. 1 helping you meet them. Strategic analysis of each prospective location can help you move some options to the top of the list and put others on hold until the segment is richer. Questions to ask include: * Is said industry growing in this region or city? * Are there opportunities to take advantage of this fact via field trips or tours, or bringing in local professionals for panels and speaking engagements? * Will this destination help us meet our goals?

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PMPI Engage - September/October 2016

President’s Message
15 Tips to Make Your Association Meetings Better!
Time Management Techniques for Extremely Busy People
Meetings Thought Leadership
The Road Warrior: Staying Healthy on the Road
Volunteer Spotlight
What’s New in Fort Lauderdale
Welcome, New PMPI Members!
Members on the Move
PMPI Dashboard
Index of Advertisers
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PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - 6
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - President’s Message
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - 8
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - 9
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - 15 Tips to Make Your Association Meetings Better!
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - 11
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - Time Management Techniques for Extremely Busy People
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PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - Meetings Thought Leadership
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - 17
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - The Road Warrior: Staying Healthy on the Road
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - Volunteer Spotlight
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - What’s New in Fort Lauderdale
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - Welcome, New PMPI Members!
PMPI Engage - September/October 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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