Sunday 4 June, 11h00 | H.U.N.G.E.R. Games
Attending an event for some is a requirement, others a source of inspiration, others a crucial business opportunity, and others an indulgent affair. For those with food allergies and other dietary restrictions, attending events like this – or any other type – is a game of chance, a tale of survival.
Meeting planners spend an incredible amount of time planning food for events. Participants with dietary restrictions do the same. But for them, it’s a game to avoid hunger. As event professionals, we are committed to providing environments where everyone is treated with the same respect, dignity and courtesy. But in today’s society, that is not necessarily true.
H.U.N.G.E.R. Games help us navigate guests’ eating restrictions, providing challenges and education to participants while they compete to create an event that feeds the needs of many safely, efficiently and deliciously.
Essential learning components:
- Understand different dietary needs
- Determine processes to work with vendors & participants on meeting needs
- Address challenges and obstacles presented circumstantially
Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, CFPM, is a speaker, trainer and consultant for the meetings and hospitality industry on how to serve delicious, healthy, inclusive and safe meals for all participants.
As a certified special events professional and one of 15 million Americans with food allergies, she founded Thrive! Meetings & Events to educate and empower event planners, caterers, hotels, corporations and convention bureaus to maximise budgets, reduce risk, minimise waste and improve attendee experiences while creating menus that are delicious and nutritious and that provide for dietary needs. Prior to opening Thrive!, Tracy spent 18 years creating, managing and executing events for two Olympic Games, consumer and trade magazines, private corporations and associations.
She speaks regularly at events worldwide on how to accommodate guests with food allergies, religious practices, medical conditions and dietary preferences. In addition to serving on the Slow Food Atlanta Board of Directors, she has served as the Chair of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy Atlanta since 2012 and chaired the Allie Awards in 2010 and 2015. She was selected to join Les Dames d’Escoffier in 2016. In her spare time, she teaches kids’ and allergen-free cooking classes.