Planners will agree that F&B is a crucial component to a great meeting. Working with creative chefs around the country, planners are expanding beyond humdrum sandwiches and boring beverages to feature cutting-edge culinary offerings. Below, Smart Meetings presents some of the best F&B ideas from 2015.

1. 2015 Food Trends

2015-Food-TrendsHip new food concepts that chefs gobbled up in 2015 included unusual tacos, savory pancakes and sophisticated soft serve ice cream. Read more.

2. Wolfgang Puck Catering Your Event

wolfgang-puck-cateringCelebrity chef Wolfgang Puck offers catering services in 26 locations, across 10 U.S. cities. Bring panache to events by featuring chef stations with Puck-trained culinary artists. Read more.

3. Guy Fieri’s Your Guy

guy-fieri-in-the-kitchenWhen booking events or organizing buyouts at Guy Fieri’s popular eateries located around the country, expect  bold, American-inspired food and drink. Read more.

4. Standout Sandwiches

sandwiches-that-stand-out-at-events (1)The simple yet satisfying sandwich is a staple in schoolchildren’s lunch boxes and at afternoon teas. At meetings, expand the sandwich selection with these creative suggestions. Read more. 

5. Spotlight on Seafood

f-and-b-scallopsFish is a light, easy-to-digest protein that is low in calories, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can be prepared in a myriad of delicious ways. From lobsters to scallops, here are some great preparation ideas. Read more.

6. Meat & Greet

meet-and-greetNothing satisfies quite like meat. Planners with game are going beyond the ordinary burgers and steak to offer more exotic carnivorous offerings. Read more.

7. Going Green

green-vegetablesFrom deep fried kale to green tea ice cream, chefs are incorporating popular green foods into their menus. Read more.

8. Decadent Ice Cream Treats

ice-creamEvery day is sundae with these new takes on the cold, creamy treat, a perennial favorite of young and old. Read more.

9. Unusual Cocktails

FB-Cocktail1Mixology has been elevated to an art, as creative bartenders are transforming mundane beverages into eye-popping treats. Here are five unusual cocktail ideas. Read more.

10. Celebrate with Champagne

ChampagnePeople often toast the New Year by popping open Champagne, however chefs are incorporating the bubbly beverage into dishes, as well. Read more.

11. Winter Menus

seasonal-winter-foodWhen the weather grows cold, here are some hearty, stick-to-your-ribs winter meal  ideas. Read more.