Fuel Your Meeting Attendees with Modern, Local Cuisine
Food expectations are high no matter the locale
Meeting planners who underestimate modern cuisine in non-coastal cities like Indianapolis would be making a mistake. Not only are places like Indy exceeding food expectations, they often offer delicious meals that are more affordable than in cities such as San Francisco or New York. Plus, you’re in the heartland—food is often locally sourced, with chefs and restaurateurs developing relationships with local farmers and producers.
“Some consider Indianapolis a fly-over city; they don’t expect good food here, but that’s changing,” says Lauren McGraw, event manager for the acclaimed Indianapolis restaurant Bluebeard. Bluebeard Chef and Co-Owner Abbi Merriss has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award for four consecutive years: 2016–19. And when Bluebeard opened in 2012, it became a James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant in America.
The day of a meeting attendee often has two extremes: sitting for long hours in meeting sessions, mixed with lots of walking around the convention center, to and from hotels, and throughout exhibit halls. Days start early and often end late, all the more reason attendees deserve good, healthy food.
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