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Q Center news, industry insights, and helpful tips.


  • Got MUCK?

    You know those milk commercials where famous people have a left-behind milk moustache? That moustache is the by-product of a natural process – drinking a great glass of milk a little too fast. A beautiful pond can have a similar by-product of its natural processes. All ponds – whether created by nature or by man – go through a natural life…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - October 2011

    Business videoconferencing Skype deserves a lot of credit for being a quick, cool option for face time with your daughter who’s off at college or your grandma in Scottsdale. But if you’re looking for a business-class solution, you might want to consider High Definition or TelePresence videoconferencing. While pricey, these systems are…   Read More >

  • Having a Holiday Party?

    Why not give it some personality with some themed decorations! The Holiday Season is rapidly approaching and sooner or later we will all be hosting a Holiday Party.  A great way to make the party unforgettable is to decorate it with a unique theme.  Simple items that you can find in your own home, your own backyard, or at a flea market can really…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - September 2011

    It's your job to keep meeting costs in check, right? And your IT department just got a great portable LCD projector for the sales team to use on the road. So why not take that LCD to your next meeting and reduce your hotel A/V charges? The answer is: It depends. A projector that's perfect in a conference room might not fare as well at your…   Read More >

  • Game Shows in the House

    Who can resist the drama of one hand behind your back and the other hovering above a buzzer just waiting to be smacked? The bells, the whistles, the “ZONK!” sound effect that comes up when the big red “X” indicates a wrong answer… it’s all so much more engaging than listening to a monotone presenter click through yet another PowerPoint…   Read More >

  • Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme...

    ...plus basil, tomatoes, eggplant… and maybe some pumpkins.   A garden is a wonderful thing. It can provide food for your table (and sometimes for local wildlife), beauty for your landscape, an educational and fun activity for your family and support for the ecosystem. Planting herbs is a great way to get started gardening. Most of them are…   Read More >

  • What's New at Q?

    At the risk of being shamelessly self-promotional, we gotta say that we’ve been busy this summer! In June our favorite photographer, Scott Thompson, spent two days capturing the fun available outdoors at Q Center. If you’ve ever been on a photo shoot with Scott, you know we had two fun-filled (emphasize FILLED) days! The end result was over…   Read More >

  • Building Blocks of Video

    Researching new video display options When you need to design memorable event that has a significant impact on your audience, how do you choose between the limitless options for video display? Even if you’re familiar with all the buzz words like LCD, LED, DLP, plasma and projection, how do you decide which one’s best for your event?  Is cost…   Read More >

  • Culinary Corner - June/July 2011

    Cooking with Wine If you've never used wine in a recipe, don't be intimidated. In many ways wine is like any liquid you normally add to a recipe. As the dish cooks, the liquid evaporates and the flavors become more concentrated. If you're thinking of adding wine to your culinary tool kit, start simple. Try replacing some of the liquid in your…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - June 2011

    Are things getting dimmer? If your LCD projection seems to be dimmer than it used to be, it’s probably not your eyes. Projector lamps have a rated life expectancy just like light bulbs. (OK, it IS hard to notice the rating on a bulb when you’re frantically replacing it during an important presentation!) But paying attention to a projector…   Read More >

  • It’s All in the Details

    What makes a Conference Planning Manager different from a Conference Services Manager? As the title says, it’s in the details. Although you’ll find differences from property to property, most Conference Services Managers (CSMs) are there to help you get things done at their hotel. They communicate your logistics requests to the conference…   Read More >

  • Culinary Corner - May 2011

    Perfecting puff pastry Pâte à choux, or puff pastry, is a relatively simple and extremely versatile pastry used in many elegant desserts. Think profiteroles, éclaires, gougères and cream puffs.  The goal in preparing pâte à choux is a perfectly golden-brown, crispy crust and a light, fluffy inside. The high moisture content of the dough…   Read More >

  • Meetings Tech Tip - May 2011

    A/V issues and Windows® 7  Have you noticed that you're experiencing more problems than before with devices attached to your laptop computer with USB cables? Is the equipment locking up or becoming unresponsive over the course of a day?  More businesses are using Windows® 7 on their laptops these days.  Our tech team started noticing a…   Read More >

  • Doing Well by Doing Good

    Team building with a conscience What reaction did you get the last time you told your attendees or fellow team members that you were planning another team building event? Did you get the enthusiasm and support you expected? Or did people roll their eyes and mumble about how lame the last event was? Look around and you’ll find lots of theories…   Read More >

  • Continuing to Kick Our Bottled Water Addiction

    Filtered water for meetings In our last post we talked about the impact bottled water has on Americans’ carbon footprint. We also offered a short case study on what we did at Q Center to try and minimize the use of bottled water at meetings held here. By installing a building-wide water filtration system, we were able to provide a comparable…   Read More >

  • Kicking Our Bottled Water Addiction

    Avoiding the space between the rock and the hard spot Green meetings – everyone’s for them, right? We’re all trying to do what we can to minimize our carbon footprint. But what about that nasty bottled water habit?  Americans’ use of water bottles is estimated at over 60 million bottles EVERY DAY. And it takes about 20 million barrels of…   Read More >

  • Evolution of Conference Center Dining

    Forget about that college dining hall. There was a time when conference center dining was a slightly more sophisticated version of the cafeteria at your college dorm. Both were focused on feeding hundreds of people in a short period of time so they can get back to class or their meeting. Quality was usually second to quantity. If your perception…   Read More >

  • With IT and A/V, you have to know more than your ABCs.

    Avoid the epic fail  If you’ve been in the meetings business as long as many of us at Q Center have, you remember the days when A/V consisted of 35mm slide shows and overhead transparencies. Technology glitches were limited to burned-out projector bulbs and slide trays that wouldn’t advance.  Meetings in the 21st century are…   Read More >

  • New Technology Makes Events More Memorable

    New DSLR cameras provide a variety of options Meeting planners are always trying to devise ways to close their meetings with something fun and energizing. Q Creative, our in-house events and media team, frequently creates montages from photos of attendees as they participate in sessions and special events. Showing the montage at a closing…   Read More >

  • Cooking up a Great Team Building Activity

    Let's make dinner! Cooking shows are hugely popular – so much so that there are TWO American cable channels devoted to food and cooking. From Top Chef to Iron Chef to America’s Next Great Restaurant, it seems you can always find a commercial kitchen on TV. Chefs are the new reality stars. So how can you use the popularity of food and cooking…   Read More >

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