Form Meets Function

Join a Pod


Photo Courtesy of CORT

Meetings and breakout sessions do not have to be in boring, meeting style conference rooms. Transform a room for team building or networking with pod or campfire style seating. These sofas are curved to create a roomy and comfortable circle. The lighted circle centerpiece not only creates a warm glow, but also provides and interesting decor element.

Incredible, Edible Egg


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Are you hosting an event this spring that might include dying eggs? Do something different with the hard boiled eggs beyond deviled eggs, giving function to form. Try these sour, sweet and salty Thai “Son in Law” Eggs

3 large shallots, peeled and sliced thinly lengthwise
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for deep frying
8 large eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
½ cup of very finely-chopped palm sugar, packed or ¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup Thai fish sauce
2 tablespoons prepared tamarind pulp
3 tablespoons water
2 red jalapeño peppers or half a red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into slivers, for garnish
Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Add the sliced shallots and 1/4 cup of vegetable oil to a small skillet set on low heat (it is imperative that you add the shallots to cold oil lest they burn before crisping up). Stirring constantly, cook the shallots until they are golden brown and crispy. With a slotted spoon, transfer the fried shallots to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.

Add enough oil to a medium saucepan so that it comes up to about 2 inches high. Place the pot on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, gently drop the hard-boiled eggs into it. Stir the eggs around to ensure even browning. Once the egg exteriors are thoroughly browned, fish them out with a slotted spoon, slice them in half with a serrated knife, and arrange the halved eggs on a serving platter.

Discard the oil in the same skillet in which you’ve fried the shallots and set the skillet on medium heat. Add the brown sugar, fish sauce, tamarind, and water to it; bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Once the sugar has fully dissolved, check for consistency. The sauce should have the consistency of maple syrup. If at this point the sauce is still too thin, reduce it down a bit more. If it is too thick, add a little more water to thin it out. Once you have the desired consistency, remove the skillet from heat and pour the sauce over the prepared eggs.

Sprinkle the fried shallots over the top of the eggs. Garnish with red pepper slivers and cilantro leaves. Serve son-in-law eggs with steamed jasmine rice.
Tip Courtesy of Serious Eats

Sunshine Yellow

Photo Courtesy of Suzette

Mixing form and function is easy when you use a cocktail full of healthy fruits and veggies. This Bell Pepper Cocktail is like drinking your liquid sunshine.

In the bottom of your shaker, muddle four rings of yellow bell pepper and 2 teaspoons of fresh mint (you can also use green, red or orange bell peppers). Add 3 ounces grapefruit juice, ½ ounce lemon juice, 3 ounces vodka and 1 ½ ounces Chartreuse, a French liqueur. Shake well, then strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a ring of bell pepper – use a different colored pepper for the best presentation.

Seek and Find

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Working off the popular Pokémon Go platform, the See app uses augmented reality to increase audience engagement at function. A virtual treasure hunt helps drive members to booths for more product and prize information.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

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