When I travelled to Copenhagen last month for the #BeeSustain Tweet Tour, little I knew about the vibrant Danish food scene. This year I started paying much more attention to the nutritional aspects of food as an integral part of event planning and this trip was just right to show how to integrate food into meetings and how to make meetings more productive. Not only had I really enjoyed my every single meal over the three days, I also learned about the “food for learning” concept designed by the Pharmakon Conference Centre.
Pharmakon Conference Centre
After our visit to the Thorshøjgaard farm, we continued to the Pharmakon Conference Centre in Hillerød for lunch and presentation. Pharmakon specialises in research, training and consulting for the pharmaceutical sector and runs the conference centre as one of their business units. This year they also have won the title “Denmark’s Healthiest Company 2014” because they highly support and facilitate the work life balance of their employees.
The conference facilities include 9 functional rooms, 1 conference hall and 135 guest rooms. The conference hall, the largest of all can accommodate up to 200 delegates in a theatre style.
The conference centre is surrounded by green yards, area suitable for recreation and teambuilding to incorporate into the meeting design.
Food for Learning
Meetings and conferences can be sometimes very long and tedious and while the level of concentration is very high in the morning, it can drop down very quickly after lunch break. Food plays a major role in the success of our meetings, seminars or conferences and that has greatly to do with blood sugar controlling the concentration levels. To get the most out of the event, the blood sugar of participants must stay stable throughout the day.
The team at Conference Centre has developed the “food for learning concept” that ensures to keep participants blood sugar at a constant and stable level throughout the day. Food for learning includes healthy snacks, combined with various juices and together they have all the nutrition our body needs to keep the level of concentration high.
After the presentation it was our time for “food for learning”. We had a selection of delicious snacks, both sweet and savoury. I wish I could try all of them, by I just couldn’t eat so much, so went only for the mini rye loaves with dark chocolate, quince compote and pear elderberry juice. Yum.
Mini rye loaves with dark chocolate, quince compote and pear elderberry juice
Crisp bread, apricot-carrot puree and orange paired with redcurrant juice with ginger
Full meal breadsticks with puree of baked root vegetables
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. What food do you think is the most suitable to keep attendees’ levels of concentration high during longs days of meetings and seminars?
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