Group Gatherings - Sentinel July 2012

Tips and trends on holding the best meetings, reunions, weddings and special events from Salamander's professional team of service staff
 
Trend Alert!
 
At Reunion Resort in Orlando, part of Salamander’s Grand Golf Resorts of Florida collection, the conference services team has noticed an increase in particular type of team BUILDING.
 
Planners are increasingly interesting in incorporating “Liquid Architecture” or mixology into their meetings. The one-hour mixology contest was developed by Reunion Resort’s banquet team in 2011. Liquid Architecture allows conference attendees’ inner bartender to emerge as they join teams create a cocktail. The Reunion team provides all the freshest ingredients, spirits, mixers, garnish and glassware. 
 
“The key to the Liquid Architecture program is customizing the rules for each group, and dividing the group into teams in some sort of creative way,” says Christopher Shimkus, director of catering and conference services at Reunion.
 
Liquid Architecture contestants are given a main ingredient that every team must use, like rum for example. However, contestants have their problem solving skills put to the test with some curve ball ingredients that may not mix so well with the main ingredient, making communication and creativity key. Each team is judged in the following categories: Taste, Creativity and Presentation.  The winning team may even have their cocktail served as the signature beverage of choice at the bar during a meeting’s event.

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