45 responses

  1. Beth @ Beth’s Journey to Thin
    February 22, 2011

    The Healthy Living Summit DEFINITELY had the best food of any conference I’ve ever been to – and I do conferences for a living! That said, they are not healthy living conferences so it figures.
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  2. Kiran
    February 22, 2011

    I am seriously missing you both and the fun! 🙁
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  3. Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    February 22, 2011

    Most of my conference boxed lunches looked like the above. I had a lunch at an Autism conference once and they tried to have a speaker with Asperger’s Syndrome speak while people were eating lunch. It was a TERRIBLE idea – he was distracted, we were distracted, and he couldn’t concentrate from all the silverware and dish clanging! I felt really bad for him.

    Lunches should be for breaks!
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  4. melissa
    February 22, 2011

    double tree cookies are amazing, I have been meaning to make them at home. Sorry lunch wasn’t up to par!
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  5. Brittney
    February 22, 2011

    I’d have to agree that the Healthy Living Summit lunch was pretty unreal! I remember my plate overflowing as I tried to fit a little of everything on it!
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  6. Freya
    February 22, 2011

    Healhty Living Summit spread without a doubt, was the best!! I normally hate lunches packed for lots of people, like at conferences – I have bad memories from school, of being stuck with either cheddar cheese (veg option – and i hate cheese!) or ham. Blergh.
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  7. megan @ blackberries for jam
    February 22, 2011

    This is the first time your lunch has looked really unappealing to me. Conference lunches are usually pretty bad!
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  8. Kara
    February 22, 2011

    I interned for a summer on Capital Hill and some of those events had the BEST boxed lunches. It was hit or miss, but I used to go to some events just because I knew they had good food. 🙂
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  9. Dorry
    February 22, 2011

    Yes! The HLS lunch spread was phenomenal. I could eat that just about everyday. 🙂
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  10. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete
    February 22, 2011

    I haven’t been to too many conferences — but our company lunches are amazing — usually catered by a local company. Lots of fresh veg and fruit and we had this amazing pulled pork last time — yum!
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  11. Hope
    February 22, 2011

    I love Doubletree Cookies! They are magical! I need to find the recipe to replicate them. They are just too good! My work typically has pretty good tasting boxed lunches when we have them, which is really rare. If we have a long meeting, they will usually provide food from a local caterer or cafe. 🙂
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  12. Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    February 22, 2011

    Cookies make everything better 🙂

    I think one of my favorite conference lunches was at MPI in Houston… they had a make your own taco bar one of the days. It was actually really good!
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  13. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    February 22, 2011

    I’m ready to enjoy THIS year’s lunch spread for HLS. 😉

    And swiss always wins for me too.
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  14. Jessica @ The Virtual Scrapbook
    February 22, 2011

    I love that you found something that you could eat. I wish they’d make vegan meals, I can never seem to find that one as an option.

  15. Katy (The Singing Runner)
    February 22, 2011

    That spread at HLS looks AMAZING! Speaking of HLS…. 😉 Any news?
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  16. Mindy @ just a one girl revolution.
    February 22, 2011

    I ditto on HLS – all the food that weekend was phenomenal! Healthy living bloggers do it right (thanks Kath!)!
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  17. Kaitlin
    February 22, 2011

    Those cookies look amazing! I need to get to a DoubleTree, stat!
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  18. Shanna, like Banana
    February 22, 2011

    Oh I loooathe boxed lunches. The meat is always disgusting; the bread soggy; and the cheese slimy. Yick!

    I prefer when my work orders from outside caterers like this place called Specialty’s. There food is fab!

  19. Alaina
    February 22, 2011

    Yeah, the boxed lunch is always such a gamble. I have been to several army events with my husband where the food is catered. And it’s always been very good! Especially the desserts. 😉
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  20. Stacey
    February 22, 2011

    Hmm, yeah the boxed lunch doesn’t look great taste wise but it’s pretty decent nutrionally for a catered event – at least it contained fruit!

  21. Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 22, 2011

    The cookie looks SO GOOD!!
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  22. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    February 22, 2011

    Blech I hate boxed lunches too – I always just bring my own!
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  23. Ash
    February 22, 2011

    Yuck, I hate boxed lunches! I would go to tradeshows and what they offered was positively awful. Nothing healthy and extremely overpriced!
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  24. Kath Younger
    February 22, 2011


  25. Doc (The Healthy PhD)
    February 22, 2011

    I’m surprised there wasn’t a veg option…

    Best: Lite Bites at conferences during cocktail hour – usually fruit, veggies, and amazing cheeses, etc.

    Worst: The BBQ Joint that caters my school so often – the only vegetable/fruit you get is coleslaw UNLESS you get the veg option, which is literally raw onions and peppers on a hoagie. Ugh.
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    • Kristy @ KristyRuns
      February 22, 2011

      Yeah! Where’s the veggie option? I would have been one hungry gal at that luncheon! 🙂

  26. Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate
    February 22, 2011

    You are loving those cookies! I want one 😉

  27. Ashley
    February 22, 2011

    That kind of bothers me, where are the veg friendly options?
    Here “the masses” want bbq and grease. Ew. Your choices are fried chicken, cobbler, coleslaw, or canned green beans soaked in butter and fat.
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  28. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
    February 22, 2011

    Wish I could say I’ve had great food, but alas, only boxed lunches at conferences!

  29. Kacy
    February 22, 2011

    The food at Fitbloggin was pretty rad, and I went to a conference for work once that catered in a great Italian restaurant. That was a nice surprise.
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  30. Emily @ Savory and Savage
    February 22, 2011

    Volunteering at conferences looks like fun.

    I know people do it at writer’s conferences hoping that they will get the job of picking up authors at the airport and get a chance to talk to them 1 on 1.
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  31. Clare @ Fitting It All In
    February 22, 2011

    I love when my company gets Panera for meetings! So many choices with veggie sandwiches, salads, and soups.
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  32. Runeatrepeat
    February 22, 2011

    I still think about that amazing tofu sandwich I had at the Summit. I even recreated it one time. So.good.
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  33. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    February 22, 2011

    oooh I must say – roast beef + mustard = a winning combination!
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  34. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    February 22, 2011

    I’ve never been to a conference, so I’ve never had a boxed lunch like that. They should have a buffet 🙂
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  35. Amanda (Eating Up)
    February 22, 2011

    I agree it’s hard. The social media conference I went to last year had pizza and pasta for lunch. I don’t love Italian food–especially at lunch. That was unfortunate! Haha.
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  36. Kristen
    February 22, 2011

    We just had a conference for the school I work at, and the lunch spread was amazing! Pesto pasta, breadsticks, cold orzo salad, Caesar + Italian salads, roasted veggies, and baked chicken. And to top it off, desserts of cannolis, Tiramisu, and cookies. Plus, the gave us a ton of afternoon snacks (candy, chips, etc.) and breakfast in the morning.

    I’m wondering how Katy did with no veg options?
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  37. LauraJayne
    February 22, 2011

    I always dread lunches where I have no control over what is served – I hate to be picky, but I just want a good healthy meal! It looks like you scored on your second try!
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  38. Semisweet Courtney
    February 22, 2011

    Oh my, Doubletree cookies are the best! 🙂
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  39. sarah (sarah learns)
    February 22, 2011

    i am not usually a fan of conference meals either. honestly, i’ve started just packing a bag of healthy snacks (cut up veggies and fruit + granola bars, etc.) and supplementing the “good” parts of those meals with my snacks. it works for me!
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  40. Kristin @ FoodFash
    February 22, 2011

    I’m pumped for HLS 2011 lunch!!!
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  41. Kayley Ray
    February 22, 2011

    Well, I can’t exactly say that it was the BEST conference food, but I recently attended a Christian conference in Atlanta with over 21,000 college students….all fed in less than 15 minutes. Talk about organization and AMAZING volunteers!

  42. Mac
    February 22, 2011

    We had vegetarian lasagna at one of our conference dinners! I think I like veggie lasagna better than meaty lasagna!
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  43. Lauren
    February 22, 2011

    I really wouldn’t mind box lunches except that pickings are slim for vegetarians usually!
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  44. mia
    February 23, 2011

    All sorts of appetizers, followed by smoked salmon on salad, filet mignon, and cheesecake and chocolate covered berries. Then there was a fancy afternoon tea. I went to another one that had amazing sea bass.

    (This was during the pre-crash years in finance. I’m sure things are more austere now.)

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