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Catering to the Unique

Las Vegas Hotels Provide Lessons on Catering to All Tastes


Catering to the Unique

Tuscany Kitchen at Bellagio

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Feeding the masses can be one of the most challenging operations for a hospitality venue – whether it’s for a group of 10 or 3,000. While it’s easy to create a one-size-fits-all, no-fuss menu, event organizers will appreciate (and enjoy) options that tempt their taste buds in new and different ways. Here’s how Las Vegas hotels are sating planners’ appetites for the whimsical and unique.

Dishing up a taste of nostalgia. Nothing is more of a crowd-pleaser than serving up a taste of childhood memories. At New York-New York, planners can choose the playful New York Vendor refreshment break offering attendees large soft pretzels and ice cream bars as well as assorted drinks, coffees and teas.

Next door at Monte Carlo, the only thing missing from the hotel’s Movie Time refreshment break is, well, the movie! The quirky menu option, reminiscent of a roadside carnival, includes mini corn dogs, buttered popcorn balls, Milk Duds, Nerds, Whoppers, Dots, licorice and chips with cheese sauce as well as soft drinks and water.

Satisfying a sweet tooth. The scent of coffee usually goes a long way towards perking up business travelers as they prepare for the session ahead. Mandalay Bay offers a Doughnut Hole Shoppe that fills this need in a fun, sweet way. Along with a hot cup of joe, this do-it-yourself station allows guests to shake up personalized breakfast creations by providing attendees with doughnut holes, bags and a selection of toppings from powdered sugar to sweet cocoa powder.

Making it a world affair. Celebrate the cuisine of the larger world around us by featuring multi-cultural culinary experiences. The Catering team of ARIA provides planners with such world-view choices as a Pacific Rim lunch buffet featuring savory mouth-watering inclusions like Thai Noodle Salad, Spicy Vegetable Summer Rolls and Korean BBQ Ribs.

Being unique. Give planners something they won’t find just about anywhere else. At Bellagio, event organizers will find a unique team-building experience – Tuscany Kitchen, an exhibition cooking facility. Ideal for culinary presentations for groups of 12 to 75, this flavorful option provides interactive instruction on a variety of food and beverage topics and is the only such facility on the Las Vegas Strip.

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