Meetings just got a little sweeter with artisan chocolates from Chocodiem. Founded in 2012 in Clinton, the Belgian father-daughter duo Jean-Paul and Eveline Hepp began handcrafting truffles, pralines and more. Pharmacistturned- chocolatier Jean-Paul aims to create authentic creations with personal touches. “For weddings, events and conferences, I sit down with each client and really get to know them,” says Jean-Paul. “I learn their likes, dislikes and find the perfect fit for their personality.” Opt for truffles infused with the flavor of your favorite craft beer, wine or fruit for a truly personal treat. To take it a step further, Chocodiem can hand-paint each truffle with corporate logos or designs to evoke the theme of your event.

Unprecedented times call for strategic measures. With so many planners wondering how best to plan for the event-specific challenges posed by COVID- 19, industry leaders and top associations have stepped up to offer a road map with trainings on everything from cleaning protocols to new contract clauses.

 

Lake life provides a kind of tranquility and beauty that can’t be replicated. Often, it accompanies a woodsy cabin on the water, but in the Finger Lakes, luxury and lake life pair perfectly at The Lake House on Canandaigua. World-class amenities and a residentially inspired design throughout the building bring a sense of comfort to visitors, as well as the title as one of the “most anticipated hotel openings of 2020” by Vogue magazine.

 

When events went virtual, sharing a meal with coworkers and fellow industry professionals at in-person meetings and events became a realized luxury. The opportunity to connect with others over food disappeared for a while, but catering companies like Tastings in New York and Miami worked to keep it around by launching its new service, Tastings 2.0, in April.