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Event Planning

by Meghann on October 14, 2008

My work has been so much fun the last couple of weeks planning for our huge conference in April. I have done small event planning in the past, but nothing on this scale or at such a great distance (the conference will be in Long Beach, CA!). Of course it’s not until April, but there is a lot of prep work. So far I have opened registration for the event, selected the gift (we’re doing tote bags, beach towels, and water bottles), and have assisted with the launch of our blog. This year instead of doing a normal web site for the event we have decided to go interactive and created a blog that where our clients can respond directly to the info we provide. My supervisor had asked me if I had any blog experience and I kind of broke down and showed her my blog. Thankfully she loved it! In fact it’s been kind of making its way around the office (Hi Co-Workers!). In our blog brainstorming session yesterday I was asked if there was anything I could contribute to the blog as a guest writer and of course I knew exactly what I wanted to blog about. Health, exercise and food! Duh!

I know the first thing I did when we selected the hotel was look at the amenities the hotel offered. There was the standard gym, but I also noticed the hotel had posted amazing running routes that ran along the beach and through popular Long Beach areas. Way to go hotel! I can’t wait to try some of the runs and I am so glad the hotel was kind enough to post that info.  So, for my blog entry I am going to invite all attendees to join me on an early morning run along the beach using some of these predesigned routes. I will also give tips on how to stay healthy and active at the conference. I’m brainstorming right now on what to say and I was hoping you guys would have some great ideas on how to keep it in check while away on business. Let me know any great tips I can pass along to my conference attendees! J

Last night I ended up baking the whole block of extra firm tofu so I could have some left overs to use up for lunches throughout the week. I always find my lunches lack protein since I never have any on hand. So I figure if I prepare a bunch at the beginning of the week, then I could something quick to grab for my meals.



Today the star of my lunch was this AMAZING Tofu Wrap.



I have never actually used tofu as a wrap or sandwich filler before and I have to say it works perfectly. It’s the right amount of chew that blends well with the bread and veggies. For the wrap I used ¼ of a block of Tofu, Multigrain Flat Out Wrap, 1 tablespoon Annie’s Organic BBQ sauce, 1 slice Fat Free Swiss Cheese, mushrooms, tomato & Spinach. I grilled the wrap slightly on the George Foreman. I find it hard to make a wrap or sandwich now that doesn’t include my trusty George Foreman. J


On the side I had some leftover Stir-Fry Veggies from last night’s dinner. I LOVE left over stir-fry. I think the overnight slumber in the fridge really lets the yummy sauce soke into the veggie so they’re always so much more flavorful the next day.

I also had a few grapes to satisfy my sweet tooth.


For my midmorning snack I slowly devoured this Apple Kashi Cereal Bar while enjoying a nice cup of Peppermint Tea.


I have to dash off to a meeting now. For dinner I have another Perfectly Portioned for One Meal planned! Get excited!

1 VeggieGirl October 14, 2008 at 1:35 pm

This is FABULOUS!!! Love all the information. As for how to keep it in check while away on business, try to pack snacks and make “conscious” food choices.

Amazing lunch; and I can’t wait to find out what tonight’s “Perfectly Portioned for One Meal” is!! 🙂

Good luck at your meeting!!

2 maggie October 14, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Awesome food! I’m always nervous about co-workers reading my blog but those that know about it are always commenting on how cool it is 🙂

To keep it in check while out – I would say bring a lot of your own food (snacks) so that if you have to eat light at a meal because there aren’t any good options, you’ll have something to fill you up!

3 caitlin October 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm

yea, i def hide blogging from coworkers!!! LOL

my advice for work conferences: dont get drunk and embarass yourself. seriously.

does you work want to hire a part time blogger? i have freelance experience. 🙂

4 Megan October 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Great eats! I love Kashi cereal bars!

Can’t wait to see tonight’s meal!

5 Bridget W October 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Thats so fun that you are doing so much planning at work!! I love when that happens! My co-workers still have no clue about the blog…thank god, I really don’t think they’d get it!

I need to explore tofu more!

Also to answer your question…the pumpkin butter I used was from a local farm type place, but I saw some at Trader Joes this weekend that looked equally great!

6 wholefoodswholeme October 14, 2008 at 5:20 pm

i remember trying tofu in a sandwich for the first time (especially strange for me since i’m japanese and tofu is definitely not used like that, or in any western way for that matter, in japan!) and i LOVED it! glad you do too!

7 Mel October 14, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Your job sounds like it is a lot of fun… and you get to incorporate your passions into your job too. Lucky you!

8 Jordan October 14, 2008 at 9:24 pm

I can’t force myself to down peppermint tea. I have a weird thing with drinking anything minty. It makes me feel like I’m drinking Listerine.

9 Sara from Chicago October 14, 2008 at 9:27 pm

What is your job?

10 graduatemeghann October 14, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Sara – I’m a Marketing Assistant for a small substitute management software company. I have a communications background that includes internships at Public Relation firms and a year long stint doing advertising at the local paper up in Tallahassee.

11 Bobbi October 15, 2008 at 10:54 am

yummy tofu wrap. I have yet to get out there and use tofu in anything, I need to! So your coming to Cali how exciting April is a nice month to come too:)

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