January 2018 Print

President's Report

Happy New Year to all of you out there in hospitality land.  I am so excited to start 2018 and I hope you are too.  So many new year's resolutions are made this month and a lot of times broken by month's end.  We know health is a big one people focus on after cramming so much yummy food in over the Christmas holiday.  ILEA looks at January as our "wellness" month.  So this month's meeting is dedicated to our mental health with regards to our profession and how we see ourselves in our job roles.  It will be extremely interesting.  

As an added bonus to January, The Special Event is happening at the end of the month. Our chapter is hosting a get-together at Harrah's for anyone who wants to come and network.  Please check out our website for more details.

We hope to see you at all of our functions this month.  I want to wish you an amazing start to your new year and may you reach and carry through your resolutions throughout the year, whatever they may be.

Samantha Lister

President

ILEA New Orleans

 

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ILEA Monthly Events - Future

Kick Start Your New Year's Resolutions with ILEA!

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ILEA's hosting TSE's Best After Party! Don't Miss it January 29th!

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ILEA Monthly Events - Past

We had a blast at our Ugly Sweater Jingle Mingle at Boucherie! Check out what you missed!

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Membership

Cheers to a fresh start in 2018! While we are all electric with the prospects of new possibilities the beginning of a new year brings, we would also like to reflect with gratitude the joy 2017 brought. While our ILEA New Orleans Chapter has fluctuated in numbers with membership, seats on our board, committees restructuring, attendance with meetings and mixers, one constant has remained true for 2017, a tremendous respect for each and every member that gave of themselves selflessly to help our chapter to shine. ILEA New Orleans is stronger because of your passion and dedication. It is with very grateful hearts we say thank you for a memorable year. Bring on 2018! We look forward to seeing everyone at TSE here in New Orleans January 30-February 1st! Happiest of New Years!

 

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Trending Hospitality

Help meeting attendees stay on track this year with healthy options for food and activities.

By Claire Hoffman January 2, 2018, 7:01 AM EST

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Meetings and conventions can often conjure images of sitting inside all day, snacking on unhealthy pastries, and drinking one too many cocktails at networking receptions. But with the new year comes renewed resolutions—many of which center on health and wellness. More and more planners and hotels are finding ways to incorporate healthy options for snack breaks, fitness sessions, meditation, and more.

1. Get guests moving early.

Morning workouts can increase productivity throughout the day. IMEX America in Las Vegas has begun offering the IMEXrun, an early-morning 5K along the city's infamous strip. The 2017 run drew 450 conference attendees from 50 countries. 

1. Get guests moving early.Photo: Courtesy of IMEX

The inaugural In Goop Health summit, held in June in Los Angeles, featured collagen martinis, sound bath mediation, crystal therapy, and other unconventional wellness-focused ideas. There were also several workout classes offered to start the day, including a foam-rolling session from popular trainer Lauren Roxburgh.

<p> The inaugural In Goop Health summit, held in June in Los Angeles, featured collagen martinis, sound bath mediation, crystal...Photo: John Salangsang/BFA.com

2. Create productive and energizing meeting breaks.

Use session breaks to energize and refresh guests with options such as Wolfgang Puck Catering's spa-water hydration station. Fresh fruit and herbs can be added to water, and combinations include orange, mint, and lemon for an immunity boost; blueberry, apple, and raspberry for an antioxidant boost; and cinnamon and strawberry for a metabolism boost.

2. Create productive and energizing meeting breaks.Photo: Jessica Lynne Photography for Wolfgang Puck Catering

IMEX America has hosted a dedicated meditation room for the last few years. During breaks in the busy three-day conference, guests can step inside for regular sessions on yoga, mindfulness, and meditation run by mindfulness trainer Lee Papa.

<p> IMEX America has hosted a dedicated meditation room for the last few years. During breaks in the busy three-day...Photo: Courtesy of IMEX

Wolfgang Puck Catering also offers a variety of energizing snack options with brain-boosting foods such as almonds, walnuts, and flax seeds. Options include a customizable trail-mix bar, a build-your-own parfait bar, and a build-your-own oatmeal bar (pictured).

<p> <a href=Photo: Jessica Lynne Photography for Wolfgang Puck Catering

3. Health doesn't have to mean borning- or bland.

Turn up the color in a meeting room with an eye-catching veggie charcuterie, like this one from the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles—Beverly Hills. Brightly colored seasonal vegetables are displayed on a tiered platter and served with herb hummus.

3. Healthy doesn't have to mean boring—or bland.Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Palomar Los Angeles—Beverly Hills

For a healthy, visually appealing cheese board, Tart Restaurant at Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in Los Angeles serves a veggie option featuring green beans, baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced radishes, hummus, and prunes.

<p> For a healthy, visually appealing cheese board, Tart Restaurant at <a href=Photo: Courtesy of Tart Restaurant at Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

A colorful Mediterranean table display from the Hotel Colonnade in Coral Gables, Florida, features red pepper hummus, baba ganoush served with mixed cured olives and baby mozzarella, dates, feta cheese, halloumi, tzatziki, stuffed grape leaves, grilled artichoke hearts, heirloom carrots, pita chips, and grilled bread.

<p> A colorful Mediterranean table display from the <a href=Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Colonnade

4. Make it memorable and motivational

The Forbes Under 30 Summit, held in October in Boston, aimed to create memorable moments within a larger conference. During one session, former N.B.A. player Amare Stoudemire shared tips and led an informal basketball game for attendees at a gym on the campus of Emerson College.

4. Make it memorable and motivational...Photo: Johnny Wolf

In early December in Los Angeles, AwesomenessTV and Gatorade welcomed local high school women to a motivational workout class led by celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, actress Lea Michele, World Cup champion Julie Foundy, and TV host Rachel DeMita. The women led a conversation about how playing sports shaped who they are today. A visually appealing workout area featured colorful lockers adorned with the phrase “Sisters in Sweat.” 

<p> In early December in Los Angeles, AwesomenessTV and Gatorade welcomed local high school women to a motivational workout class...Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Awesomeness

5....and Instagram - friendly

The workout can continue even while guests are sitting and networking. For Kehoe Designs’ Love Yourself Fitness & Networking Event, held in June in Chicago, decor included orchids anchored to kettlebells as centerpieces. Balance balls set in gilded stands (pictured) made for unexpected, inventive—and healthy—side chairs.

5. ...and Instagram-friendly.Photo: Courtesy of Kehoe Designs

Propel Electrolyte Water recently hosted a series of workout events for consumers across the United States. Known as Propel Co:Labs, the events ended with a two-day festival in Los Angeles in August. Strategic marketing agency Invisible North designed a photo booth set that channeled the color and energy of the brand’s #LetsGetUgly campaign; guests used the vignette’s fitness props while getting snapped by a multi-camera photo system, which captured the moment in a 180-degree GIF.

<p> Propel Electrolyte Water recently hosted a series of workout events for consumers across the United States. Known as Propel...Photo: Courtesy of Propel

6. Have fun with it

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants revealed that 91 percent of the brand’s bartenders plan to use vegetables in cocktails in 2018, including nontraditional options such as beets, carrots, green beans, butternut squash, corn, and radishes. At Firefly in Washington, D.C., the “This Is How We Cass-E-Role” cocktail features El Pelotón de la Muerte mezcal, Green Chartreuse liqueur, Cynar liqueur, salted lime simple syrup, and pureed green beans.

6. Have fun with it.Photo: Courtesy of Kimpton

And don't forget dessert, of course. An array of guilt-free options is available at the Westin Galleria Dallas, including dairy-free dark chocolate mousse with blueberry compote (pictured), a fresh fruit martini topped with non-dairy chantilly, honey yogurt with toasted pecans, and dairy-free strawberry mousse with granola crumbles.

<p> And don't forget dessert, of course. An array of guilt-free options is available at the <a href=Photo: Courtesy of the Westin Galleria Dallas

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Calendar of Events

Don't miss out on our next events!

- Health & Wellness Education Meeting January 11th- 11:30am-1:30pm

-TSE After Party- January 29th- Harrah's Masquerade- 8:30pm-11pm

-Monthly Mixer- February 28th- 5:00pm-7:00pm- Location TBD

 

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Board of Directors

Immediate Past President - Kelly Schellang pastpresident@ileaneworleans.com

President - Samantha Lister, president@ileaneworleans.com 

VP of Programs and Education - Libby Kemp, vpprograms@ileaneworleans.com

VP of Membership - Sherry Constance,  vpmembership@ileaneworleans.com

VP of Communications - Caitlin Alvarez, communications@ileaneworleans.com

Director of Programs- Jeff Rizzo, directorprograms@ileaneworleans.com

Director of Education - Kim Sayatovic, directorofeducation@ileaneworleans.com

Director of Communications - Jessica Talazac, directorcommunications@ileaneworleans.com

Director of Membership - Angela Mahaffey Watson, directorofmembership@ileaneworleans.com

Director at Large - George Kutchler, directoratlarge@ileaneworleans.com

Director at Large Historian - Heather Dyer, historian@ileaneworleans.com

 

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