Thomas Overbeck

Let's do some eco-eating

Following on from September’s MICE  Focus Group when SACA’s (SA Chefs Associations) Thomas Overbeck took us through three hours of real understanding of what happens in the kitchens and participants gained much valued credits – the MICE industry is...

Effective catering assures MICE success

The 30 August MICE Focus Group at Gallagher Convention Centre concentrated on the intriguing subject of ‘Volume Catering’. After the Academy set-the-scene of why was the event being held including theme, demographics, service & entertainmen-...
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Food glorious food and eventing

The MICE industry has come a long way in the past ten years and the unsung heroes are the executive chefs that create the outstanding dishes. The communications process between what is known as the venue’s ‘front-of-house’ together with the...

Your sleeve is in my salad

‘How could we be put in such an embarrassing position like this?’  When a great deal of hard-core planning goes into a major banquet or launch function – especially where there could be a limited sense of humour or some looking to find fault – this...

Do you want gravy with that?

The best number for any plated meal is two, myself and a dam’ good waiter’. It is a personal interaction between the server and the individual being served.  That is how important good service is – irrespective of the type or capacity of the...

Serious food for thought

‘The catering was appalling’.  How many times has that been the first reply when a conference, award banquet, product launch or brain-storm session outcome was mentioned?    The real answer to the catering should be more questions – who provided...

And so say all of us

‘Success should be celebrated – just like a birthday’ The Academy started the MICE Focus Groups in January 2013 and with six Focus Groups under our belt, we can claim the experience has been an interesting and fulfilling one. Many participants have...