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Te ayudamos a elegir el servicio de gastronomía para eventos en Costa Rica

Todos estamos de acuerdo en que ninguna fecha especial puede serla sin una especie de comida para acompañarla. Pero después de decidirse por la idea de incluir comida necesita elegir una empresa de catering para su evento. Estamos aquí para ayudar.

¿Qué es un servicio de gastronomía para eventos?

Un servicio de gastronomía para eventos se refiere a una persona o empresa que prepara, cocina y sirve alimentos y bebidas a clientes en lugares y eventos especiales. 

Se le puede pedir al proveedor que prepare opciones de menú de temporada y proporcione el equipo, como platos, cucharas, cubiertos y copas de vino necesarias para servir a los invitados en un evento.

Además, los servicios de catering pueden tratar demandas particulares y diseñar menús para eventos únicos directamente con los clientes.

¿Qué es el catering para eventos?

El catering para eventos consiste en planificar un menú, preparar, entregar y servir comida en eventos sociales y fiestas. El catering es una parte integral de cualquier evento. 

Los eventos giran en torno a la carta de comidas y bebidas. Los invitados a la fiesta pueden incluso decir que el éxito de cualquier evento depende de los servicios de catering. 

Una empresa de catering puede usar a sus chefs para crear comida o comprar comida de un proveedor o de un tercero para entregarla al cliente. Además, es posible que se le pida que planifique el menú de alimentos para eventos corporativos como picnics, celebraciones navideñas y otras funciones. 

Lee también: Deleita a tus invitados con la gastronomía de Costa Rica

Tipos de catering para eventos

Una buena forma de comenzar a planificar un evento es comprender los diferentes tipos de opciones de catering disponibles. La razón es que pueden tener una forma diferente de procedimiento de planificación, fijación de precios y pedidos.

Escoger una de estas opciones no solo le ahorrará tiempo y dinero, sino que también lo ayudará a simplificar las opciones del menú y el tipo de servicios que necesitará.

Servicio de catering tipo buffet

El servicio de catering buffet es donde se encuentra toda la comida en un área del lugar. Las mesas de los invitados se turnan para caminar a lo largo de la línea del buffet y se sirven ellos mismos. 

Sin embargo, se pueden contratar camareros adicionales para servir en línea en el buffet. Dependiendo de la cantidad de asistentes, puede haber más de una estación de buffet ubicadas separadas entre sí en el lugar.

Ventajas:

  • Menos camareros
  • Variedad de comida
  • Ofrece opciones a las personas con restricciones dietéticas.
  • Menos tiempo de servicio
  • Los invitados pueden regresar y repetir.
  • Los invitados determinan el control de porciones

Servicio de catering por platos

Como el segundo de los principales estilos de servicio, el catering en platos es más formal y elegante en comparación con el buffet. Los eventos que son más adecuados para este estilo son generalmente de semiformales a formales. 

Los asistentes deciden sus opciones de comida con anticipación: un aperitivo, un plato principal y un postre. Las comidas son similares a las que encontraría en un restaurante de nivel medio a alto, y todos se sirven al mismo tiempo.

Ventajas:

  • No hay filas de espera.
  • Comidas sofisticadas que no son porciones del tamaño de un bocado.
  • La preselección de comidas significa que los proveedores saben exactamente cuánta comida preparar.

 Servicio de catering estilo familiar

El catering de estilo familiar es una mezcla entre el buffet y el catering en plato. Los meseros sacan grandes platos de comida de la cocina al centro de cada mesa. Los invitados alrededor de la mesa pueden servirse ellos mismos. Puede ser ideal como catering para eventos pequeños o muy familiares.

Ventajas:

  • Una gran variedad de alimentos diferentes en una sola mesa
  • No hay filas.
  • Servicio con meseros.

Servicio de catering con camiones de comida

El catering de camiones de comida es el más adecuado para eventos informales. Uno o más camiones de comida están estacionados en el lugar. Los invitados al evento luego eligen cuándo les gustaría comer y hacen fila para tener la oportunidad de ordenar. La comida se hace por encargo. Luego, los invitados encuentran un asiento en los comedores comunes.

Ventajas:

  • Ambiente social.
  • La comida hecha a pedido es fresca.
  • Porciones más pequeñas para que los invitados puedan comer en varios camiones temáticos.
  • Una de las opciones más asequibles, sin necesidad de meseros.

Servicio de catering con coctel de recepción

Los bocadillos y las comidas pequeñas del tamaño de un refrigerio se sirven en forma de buffet en una mesa. Los invitados pueden socializar mientras se sirven de la mesa. Los entremeses son atractivos pero no están diseñados para satisfacer completamente. Son ideales como catering service para eventos  empresariales.

Ventajas:

  • Perfecto para eventos de menos de 2 horas que no requieren comidas de servicio completo.
  • La variedad de alimentos del tamaño de un bocado puede ser informal a formal.
  • Se pueden encontrar alimentos adecuados para todos los temas del evento.

Servicio de entremeses con camareros

Este es como el servicio anterior pero más formal. Las opciones de comida suelen ser canapés del tamaño de un bocado, similares a los que encontraría en un coctel. 

La diferencia radica en el estilo de servicio. Los servidores caminan alrededor de los invitados mezclándose con bandejas de comida. Luego, los invitados eligen los bocadillos que desean de las bandejas y se sirven ellos mismos. Son ideales si busca un catering para cumpleaños en el que las personas puedan disfrutar y comer.

Ventajas:

  • Controlar la cantidad de alimentos en circulación a la vez.
  • Controlar cuándo los invitados tienen acceso a la comida.
  • Los invitados tienen la oportunidad de departir y a la vez disfrutar de la comida.

Lee también: ¿Qué son los eventos sostenibles y cómo prepararlos?

Qué debes tener en cuenta en tu servicio de catering

Como consideraciones finales debes tener en cuenta:

  • Tu presupuesto.
  • El número de invitados.
  • El tipo de celebración, (por ejemplo una boda) afecta al catering.
  • El nivel de informalidad.

Recuerda que no importa el presupuesto, siempre debes considerar la cantidad de invitados que asistirán al evento. Conocer estos dos factores lo ayudará a reducir drásticamente el tipo de servicios de catering. Otros factores incluyen el tipo de evento, el nivel de formalidad y las restricciones del lugar.

¿Estás listo para tener el mejor catering para tu evento?

¡Hablémos!

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Here we are, let’s create new experiences together

Did you know that at the Costa Rica Convention Center you can do all kinds of events?

At the venue we are specialists in organizing amazing events, from the most intimate to world-class events. Our goal is to provide accessible, innovative and creative solutions to our clients.

This are some of the different events that you can carry out at the CRCC:

• International and Government Events: congresses and multilateral events.

• Corporate Events: corporate meetings and all kinds of events for companies.

• Social events: artistic and cultural fairs, graduations, weddings, birthdays and social events in general.

It should be noted that all the events we carry out in the venue are sustainable, which certifies and guarantees the good use of resources and our commitment to the environment. Another benefit that characterizes us is our location, since we are close to hotels, airports and the site is located on the main highways in the country.

If you want to know more about the venue you can call us at: 2106-1600.

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Capacity up to 300 people

15“We have received with joy the news that the meetings industry capacity for commercial and academic events goes from 150 people to 300, and social events from 30 to 75 without a doubt some great news for everyone. This industry that has been preparing all these months, for example, in the case of the convention center, we have 4 international certifications on health security issues to provide all visitors with security that they are going to have a fully controlled event , as have other colleagues in the industry, this is good news not only for the convention center not only for national tourism but for all industries because all industries come together, that generates knowledge , generates innovation, generates new policies so with this news it continues to grow and we are waiting and with the doors open so that these next months that we are already waiting, begin more businesses are coming, more visitors and as we say in the industry that knowledge does not stop « 

 

Alvaro Rojas 

General Manager of the Costa Rica Convention Center

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The CRCC obtains more international certifications

The CRCC obtains more international certifications

We have made a big effort in this pandemic time and with pride and emotion we want to inform you that we have obtained several international certifications and recognitions that guarantee the quality and safety of our services.

Focus and dedication have been our tools to fully meet the different requirements that each of them requires. Throughout these 3 years of operation, we have obtained more than 10 certificates and  6 recognitions, which works as a guarantee for our customer in health security, excelent processes and innovation in different areas that allows us to continue to maintain a safe environment.

We share them with you below:

Our certifications are:

  • ISO 9001-2015
  • AIPC quality standards (GOLD)
  • Leed Gold
  • Edge
  • BEQ (Building Energy Quotient)
  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
  • Virtual Event & Meeting Management
  • Safe Travels
  • Safe Kitchen
  • Safe Guard
  • Serf Safe

Our recognitions are:

  • Leading campus in Mexico and Central America 2019
  • Leading campus in Mexico and Central America 2020
  • Eventex Sustainable Venue
  • Eventex People’s Choice Venue
  • Blue Flag in Sustainable Construction
  • Blue Flag of Climate Change.
  • Top 15 Best venues in the region

 

We want to invite you to agree, to design together that Costa Rica Convention Center experience, thinking of your custom event, always in the hands of excellent professionals and in a safe and controlled environment. We keep working to improve and make your events flawless.

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Projection of the MICE industry in this 2021

This 2021 is going to be a challenging year for the MICE industry. The needs of event organizers and venues have changed. Health safety and compliance with protocols were at the top of the check list for any event. Not only hotels or convention centers but all the suppliers that work to develop them. Throughout the value chain.

Most associations and companies have tighter budgets for organizing meetings and events. The programs are more austere in the activities and the meetings are smaller and shorter.

In our country, the national meetings have been the first to return to a certain degree of normality, however, with the opening of the different airports, the international ones will come little by little.

At the Costa Rica Convention Center, we have advanced in the digital transformation of events, implementing different virtual accessories, which have allowed us to create different experiences and continue to transmit knowledge. Hybrid events have been the ones that our clients have done the most.

Are you an event organizer? This year you will have to be more creative to:

• Connect with the audience in a different and more emotional way.

• Justify the trip to meet.

• Increase inclusion and participation in events

• So that they are more productive and generate more value to the participants.

According to Oscar Cerezales, director of MCI Group, the growth of the MICE segment this year should be more scalable which allows an orderly growth, responsible for the different health security protocols, innovative and adaptable to a scenario that has been complex and uncertain.

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Goodbye 2020… hello 2021!

2021 will undoubtedly be a better year.

 

At the Convention Center we have lived this 2020 with feelings on the surface.

We have accompanied our clients in the feeling of having to postpone their social and business events, weddings, parties and dreams due to the pandemic that surprised us all and stayed longer than we expected.

From the couple who decided to postpone their long-awaited wedding, the places for parties that had to be stopped, the social events canceled in many hotels and even congresses with great importance for the country, which had to be rescheduled; Without a doubt, this year meant for many people and institutions the postponement of goals, the transformation of objectives and the disappearance of dreams and illusions.

But this prompted us to find a way for events in the country not to stop completely. At the Convention Center we knew we had to act fast and reinvent ourselves in order to continue offering solutions and support to our clients and the meetings industry. That is why, hand in hand with technology and innovation, we were able to create the most successful hybrid events in the country. We also achieve certifications to be able to offer face-to-face events for up to 150 people with the highest standards in health security. Our mission has been and is today more than ever for the country to continue adding experiences, communicating great ideas and celebrating. We know that there is still a lot of enthusiasm in our clients and Costa Ricans, that is why we invite you to look at 2021 with enthusiasm and reactivate your events and goals.

 

This 2021, without a doubt, you must start with hope and eager to create still new experiences and we want you to count on us. We have for you the best variety of virtual services to accompany you and that all your ideas come true and the commitment of our staff and venue to accompany you to create events that comply with all security protocols.

Without a doubt, together we can create a 2021 full of incredible moments, celebrations, knowledge and hope without neglecting the responsibility of taking care of each other.

So now you know, start creating your guest list and looking for your wedding venue, expressing your ideas, or planning your talks, because our 2021 agenda is already open and a great new year awaits you. At the Convention Center we are waiting for you with the doors open. If you want more information about our new services or to schedule, visit us here: http://208.109.58.152/

 

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Unexpected beneficiary of the Coronavirus: The Planet

Because the consequences that the coronavirus pandemic and confinement have brought, there have been 3 unintended beneficiaries:

Pollution reduction

Several researchers from IQAir, a global air quality information and technology company, conducted a study in 10 large cities around the world, which have a relatively high number of COVID-19 cases and which implemented quarantine measures. The experts found, for example, that, in New Delhi, considered one of the most polluted capitals on the planet, there has been a reduction in deadly particles during a period of 3 weeks of quarantine, compared to the same time of the previous year. And according to the research center on energy and clean air, carbon dioxide emissions in China decreased, by at least 25% from February 3 to March 1, due to measures to contain the coronavirus, causing us to currently have skies. more blue.

The earth shakes less

Seismologists are observing much less environmental seismic noise, that is, the vibrations generated by cars, trains, buses and people in their daily lives.They explain that with the absence of that noise, the upper crust of the earth moves a little less.

Wild life

In the absence of human beings, in Adelaide in South Australia several kangaroos have been seen in recent weeks jumping quietly through the streets. Deer roam the desolate neighborhoods in Paris while monkeys are seen playing quietly on the sidewalks in New Delhi, India.

The important thing about these events and this new opportunity that planet earth is giving us, is to maintain it and take care of it for future generations.

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Juliana López Bermúdez, recognized as a leader of 2020

The global consulting company in association management, Interel Group, recognized Juliana López, president of Grupo Heroica, operator of the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center, as one of the 20 Women Who Advance Associations in 2020 and highlighted her leadership work in the Meeting Industry, as a tribute to commemorate women’s day.

In the interview published on the Women Who Advance website, she refers to the role of women within associations and, although she believes that there is much work to be done, she values ​​that there is an awareness of diversity and inclusion as a fundamental factor for the development of the sector.

Another key factor to achieve success, according to the president of Grupo Heroica, is learning to know the members of an association because it facilitates the identification of collective needs and objectives.

At the same time, it highlights the need for teamwork, the exchange of different generations in the boards of directors and the use of digital platforms that allow instant communication.

In her experience as leader of three venues and member of the board of directors of AIPC (International Association of Convention Centers), Juliana López recognizes that she likes to be fully involved in the Meetings Industry because it is a setting where relationships are strengthened with the colleagues from other latitudes.

«It is incredible that, in countries and cultures very different from ours, there are common situations that can be addressed together and seek innovative solutions that benefit us all,» he says.

As advice to the next generations of leaders in Latin America, he recommends replicating in the region the experience of associations in Europe, where countries participate more among themselves.

“Thanks to continuous innovation in communications, our world is increasingly connected; therefore, we have more opportunities to learn from the successful experiences of other associations around the world, ”he says.

Juliana López is currently the president of Grupo Heroica, operator of the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center, the Valle del Pacífico Event Center and the Costa Rica Convention Center; among other positions during his career is the presidency of the Board of Directors of the Cartagena de Indias Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Board of Directors of the Colombian American Chamber.

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Prevention measures in the CCCR / COVID-19

At the Costa Rica Convention Center we have implemented and activated preventive measures to reinforce cleaning and sanitation throughout the premises, as well as a line of communication that allows us to guarantee that our clients, guests and work team are adequately informed.

What are we doing to address the situation?

We have implemented prevention and awareness measures recommended by the World Health Organization and the Costa Rican Ministry of Health, to increase preparation and reform the cleaning and disinfection protocols in the premises.

Signs of correct hand washing and the correct way of coughing and sneezing have been installed in all the sanitary services of the enclosure to guarantee healthy practices.

All the sanitary services of the enclosure have been equipped with the following implements:

  • Soap
  • Antibacterial
  • Gel alcohol
  • Paper towels for hand drying

Gel alcohol dispensers have been located in strategic places (reception, food station and common areas) with their respective signs of «When to disinfect your hands?» to encourage constant hand disinfection.

Regarding cleaning and disinfection protocols with a minimum daily frequency of twice a day, for; the organization’s floors, door knobs and handles, toilets, tools and work equipment of the organization and any surface with which it has permanent contact.

What can you do during your visit to the venue to promote a safe and healthy environment?

We strongly encourage all visitors to the Costa Rica Convention Center to follow hygiene etiquette and recommendations. The World Health Organization and the Costa Rican Ministry of Health recommend the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and / or alcohol.
  • Cover your face with a tissue and / or the upper arm to cough and / or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid anyone with a fever and / or cough
  • How to proceed in case of symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pneumonia
  • Throat pain
  • Severe respiratory insufficiency
  • Anyone with symptoms of «flu» or «cold» should attend a health service and avoid being in contact with people like colleagues and clients.

 

If people who have «colds» report that they have been in contact with people who were diagnosed as suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) or who 14 days before visited areas of risk of transmission of this virus, according to the official list of countries with autochthonous cases of COVID-19 disease, you should go to the nearest public or private medical center for the respective medical evaluation or call 9-1-1.

Sick people must stay in their homes.

Any discomfort of a visitor who reports symptoms during their visit to the venue will be treated in accordance with the emergency protocol by following the following steps:

  • A person or persons with risk symptoms are detected in the facilities
  • The Occupational Health and Environment Manager is notified.
  • The patient is isolated in the nursing area
  • Report to 9-1-1.
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The CCCR adheres to the «National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Costa Rican Gastronomy»

  • Initiative declared of public interest by the Government of Costa Rica
  • The strategy aims to strengthen the gastronomy, the development of tourism products, and the country as a gastronomic and tourism destination

San Jose, Costa Rica The Costa Rica Convention Center announced its incorporation to the National Plan of Sustainable and Healthy Costa Rican Gastronomy (PNGCSS) for the events held at its premises. The goal is to offer creative options based on local products, both traditional and innovative, and to present a gastronomy and with identity, that supports the entrepreneurship of national farmers and, therefore, that stimulates the country’s economy and gastronomic creativity, also giving visibility to the producers.

This initiative is possible thanks to the joint coordination with the Costa Rican Gastronomic Foundation (FUCOGA), which coordinates the PNGCSS and aims to promote the gastronomy of the country as a pillar of cultural and social identity, as well as a new added value to the tourism offer and an economic, progress, and wellness development factor for all Costa Ricans. All while being inclusive and within the frame established by the PNGCSS.

“For the Costa Rica Convention Center it is a great opportunity to be part of the PNGCSS because it is part of the strategies that we implement so that all details are met in every event, that the food service promotes a creative, sustainable, and healthy gastronomy, and that each client receives the best products and services,” added Álvaro Rojas, General Manager of the conventions center.

«At the Food and Beverages department, this program allows everyone involved in the food service delivery to be active participants on the day-to-day operation. Part of our commitment is to have workshops on the conceptualization of the plan that allows us to link the bases of the project with the development, design, and execution of a gastronomic proposal that creates an experience for our clients and attendees,” concluded María Victoria Piñeres, Operations Manager of the CCCR.

With the implementation of this plan, our purpose is to contribute to the link between society, the government, and private enterprises; to a better natural resource conservation; to a sustainable food production; to revitalize the gastronomic and cultural heritage of the country by using native plants of different geographic areas and excellent quality; to reduce waste and create a positive impact for climate change; to decarbonization, framed within the national plan, which aims to reduce completely the carbon emissions.

“The incorporation of the CCCR as a strategic ally in the PNGCSS represents a milestone in the initiative’s history because the CCCR has an extraordinary capacity to implement its principles practically and transversally to an unprecedented scale, as well as communicating it and sharing it socially, both nationally and internationally, as a contribution and example for Costa Rica on a worldwide level if possible,” declared Alfredo Echeverría, president of FUCOGA.