Smart food 'not on conference menu'

Conference bookers don’t pay enough attention to the food balance they provide at their events, with 71% saying it isn’t a consideration. Research by venue management and catering company Maverick among 500 bookers found that 78% of them also thought that delegates were more accepting of poor quality food at events. Henry Weldon, managing director of Maverick said conference delegates were long suffering. “Delegates may not wish to be accepting, but unlike being in a restaurant they can’t send the food back if it’s not to their liking so they put up with it.” Weldon pointed out that organisers can keep delegates focused through providing a balance of low GI foods such as seeded breads, basmati rice, beans and pulses which provide a constant stream of energy rather than a sugar rush.

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