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Top Chefs: The IACC’s Copper Skillet Competition picks its winner. We meet the finalists from the U.S., U.K. and Canada ...

Started in 2004, the annual Copper Skillet Competition is the International Association of Conference Centre’s (IACC) opportunity to showcase the great culinary skills of its member conference centers around the world. The showdown is held each year at the IACC-Americas summit where competing chefs assemble and are presented with a secret basket filled with produce, grains and proteins to use in their meal. Each chef is granted 15 minutes to plan his or her dish and 30 minutes for the cook-off.

Super Potion

The Conference Services team at the University of California Santa Barbara put out all the bat signals when they recently hosted a training/talk seminar for local planners.

Family Recipe: Guava Chicken

This recipe comes courtesy of The Manor House in Littleton, Colorado. The restored mansion not only has a unique setting for special events, the catering department also gives guests the option to replicate family recipes for their menus.

Now’s the Time for the Paperless Office

By Corbin Ball, Corbin Ball Associates

More than ever before, meeting technology is picking up speed. It’s an exciting time to see rapid changes and new opportunities appear that will help you improve business processes and provide a greater attendee experience at your events. Two major trends that have been developing and working together to assist meeting and event planners are social media and mobile technology.

The Bonuses and “Be In the Knows” of a Unique Venue

By Chuck Salem, president of Unique Venues

A Night at the Museum: With built-in ambiance, educational value and exhilarating artifacts, Sodexo’s...

When patrons walk into Chicago’s famed Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), they are immediately greeted by fascinating treasures resurrected from some of the world’s greatest scientific advancements and its ages of industrial revolution.

From football stadiums to decked-out cruise ships, one-of-a-kind venues provide atmosphere, culture and amenity...

According to the dictionary, unique is an adjective that means “being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.” Nothing could come closer to describing the special collection of event venues that have broken out of the traditional mold, creating an industry model that values originality and memorability. Here we breakdown just what makes the seven segments of Unique Venues, well, unique.


Spring, summer, fall or winter, the coast of New England has big appeal for a small geographic area.

From Massachusetts to Maine, the New England coastline has always been a popular vacation destination—but with more and more boutique hotels and lavish retreats fit with modern-day amenities, the corporate world is taking notice, too. When booking events along the Atlantic, planners find an escape from the city and customized personalization not often seen in the big markets. Plus, appealing day trips encourage attendees to extend their stay.

The Amber Room Colonnade/Danbury, Connecticut

Don't Let Party Planning Overwhelm You

As fun as the job sounds, party and event planning is serious work — just ask the professionals. According to Smart Meetings Magazine, the event planning industry employs 1.7 million people and brings in $458 billion annually.

Unique Venues to Host Marketing Conference for Members in Chicago, October 7-8

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110