As the head chef of AD Catering | Events in Hoboken, Anthony Pino requires himself to be innovative. “We try to create the trends ourselves,” says Pino. And no one is a better expert on up-and-coming fall trends than the man generating them.

The industry veteran explains the key to creating trends follows one rule: “It comes down to customer service,” Pino says. “We make what the customer is asking for.”

These days, customers are calling for less lavish. “Filet and lobster—I haven’t done them in 10 years,” Pino says. “People like snacks. They like small bites of everything. They want the experience of variety.”

For snacking, the restaurateur suggests big displays that offer an extravagant visual component. “People want visual; they want to see the money they’re spending,” Pino says. Try an antipasto display, so guests can pick and choose their favorite bites.

Clients are more health-conscious now, too. “Glutton is gone,” Pino says. “People want to be more portion-controlled.” This healthier evolution recently came in the form of the glutenfree, organic and vegan movements. To suit these diners, Pino suggests adaptable kitchens that can whip up any special dietary request.

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Over these past two years we’ve all become adept at managing virtual meetings. In 2022, we have a new challenge—hybrid meetings, where some attendees are in the room and others are Zooming in from remote location. In their new book Suddenly Hybrid: Managing the Modern Meeting (Wiley), Emmy-winning broadcaster Karin M. Reed and Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D., a leading expert on workplace meetings, offer a guide to navigating this new normal. We asked the authors about how to encourage a robust exchange of ideas during hybrid meetings.  

 

The perfect holiday gift is beautiful, unique and filled with wonder. Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is all of these things and more: a travel-lover’s delight with enough offbeat facts about food to spark countless conversations at the next cocktail party or event.

 

With executive orders and restrictions across the country in a state of constant flux, not everyone is ready to jump back into meeting in person. While some planners are eager to get back to “normal,” the long-term adjustment to new meeting protocols and potential risks make some hesitant to gather.

While wearing masks and social distancing can help keep attendees safe, intentional design choices—such as including nature-inspired elements and materials and plenty of plants—can also help to calm attendees.