I am working on starting an executive conference to be held in or around Chicago this fall.
Before I select a venue, I wanted to get opinions on the food/catering options at local hotels and event venues. I will need three dinners for ~400 people, breakfasts, lunches and snacks.
I'm looking for venues that would have food and service levels above the typical conference food fare, that is, I am looking to avoid rubber chicken etc.
I may optionally hold one or more of the dinners at another venue (but it needs to accomodate about 400 people with ease..).
The food should be good without dominating the proceedings - that is, the service should be virtually invisible, the food easy to get and eat, and the overall quality high.
At the same time, as the first year a new conference, I want to know that the budget on food will be well spent.
Suggestions? Feedback? Comments?
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