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  • 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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