Going Green Earns a Gold

By | February 4th, 2016|Sustainability|

Monona Terrace is recognized with the second highest LEED rating Before the world was talking about green buildings, Monona Terrace architect and visionary, Frank Lloyd Wright, pioneered an organic approach. By focusing on construction that honored the relationship between people and nature, and by using local material and incorporating solar energy into his plans, he [...]

Can’t-Miss Catering Trends of 2015

By | October 29th, 2014|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Let’s face it. One of the most important parts of any event is the food. Great dishes can make a good event an even bigger success, and distinctive offerings can set the tone for your gathering. Much like fashion and music, catering trends change with the seasons. So, what can we expect for catering trends in 2015? Monona Catering is current on the great food and beverage options that will appear this coming year. […]

Three details every bride should know before the big day

By | May 7th, 2014|Weddings|

Krakora Studios There are obvious questions you need to have answered before your wedding, such as where the wedding will be, the number of guests and the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. But there are other important details that should be squared away with the venue well before the big day, information that often goes overlooked until the last moment. Read on to make sure you’re getting this essential information. […]

Six Steps for a Five-Star Holiday Party

By | September 20th, 2013|Meeting Services and Coordination, Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Planning your office holiday party is a great opportunity for you to infuse some fun into your colleagues’ daily routine. Luckily, it can be a piece of cake. Follow these steps to get started on your holiday event planning. […]

Six Unique Dessert Ideas for an Elegant Wedding

By | December 6th, 2012|Weddings|

What’s the latest trend in wedding cakes? Well, how about a wedding without one!? Many couples tend to go for a more unique approach to dessert these days including candy buffets, petite desserts or cake pops. This playful, new spin on the traditional wedding cake presents couples with many options to serve their guests on [...]

Menu Planning: The Sizzle Is in the Detail

By | September 28th, 2012|Meeting Services and Coordination|

Craving an event menu that will satisfy attendees’ appetites and minds? Catering to both can be creative and budget friendly. Consider these four tips to please and impress attendees: Make special dietary needs a focus of your menu. Gluten free and vegetarian options are just two examples of special arrangements that may need to be made for attendees. Don’t make them an afterthought. Instead, highlight these one or two unique items on the event menu. Then, round out those items with the more mainstream options. You’ll be perceived as a great host, and you’ll maximize your catering budget. Showcase local fare for out-of-town attendees. Work with a certified catering professional, like Monona Catering, to explore items that could add a bit of local pizzazz to your event. For example, at Monona Terrace, a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, meats and samples of craft Wisconsin beers frequently add the “welcome” to the reception. […]

10 Tips to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck When Booking Your Event

By | August 29th, 2012|Location Considerations|

When it comes to thinking about your conference budget, it’s important to ensure that each dollar spent by your company goes as far as it can and provides a maximum return on investment. Get the best value for your dollar by considering these 10 event planning tips: Set a date early. Setting a date and alerting potential guests right away to save the date allows out of town attendees to book flights and hotel rooms early, avoiding inflated costs due to time restraints. Date flexibility. Keep an open mind with your event dates. Shifting things by a day or two could drastically affect the budget! Group transportation. Have a dedicated travel agent to coordinate flights so attendees arrive at the same airport around the same time. Schedule a shuttle bus to save on travel costs to and from the airport. […]

The Dos and Don’ts of Serving Drinks at Your Next Business Event

By | July 5th, 2012|Tips For A Successful Meeting|

Selecting the right beverage service for an event can be a weighty task. As an event planner, or meeting organizer, you know a smooth beverage service can enhance a seamless event flow resulting in focused, energized attendees. Here are a few simple guidelines for choosing a beverage execution that’s perfect for your next business event: […]

Tasteful Impressions: Four Catering Tips to Impress and Energize Guests

By | May 17th, 2012|Meeting Services and Coordination|

Meals and breaks are times to refresh and recharge your business event attendees while keeping them engaged. Whether sharing an elegant sit-down dinner or a cup of coffee and a fresh-baked pastry, your catering choices create a backdrop for sharing insights and camaraderie. Follow these four catering tips to plan the perfect food and beverage options for your corporate event: […]