“The best conference meals offer balance,” says Nancy Monte-Frye, CMP, LES, director of catering/convention services, Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif. “And the best advice is to know your audience. “Complex carbs, such as starch and pasta, spike your insulin levels, which brings you down, and then you have no energy,” she says. “Protein carries you through the day.” Although “trendy” diets shouldn't enter into a planner's consideration, Monte-Frye does see trends in menu ...

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