MPI Virginia April Education, Committee Onboarding & GMID Celebration

April 04, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

April Monthly Education

On-line registration for this event is closed.  Walk-ins are welcome!

  9:00am - 11:00am: Chair Onboarding

11:00am - 11:30am: Reception
11:30am - 12:30am: Lunch 
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Education

Session Title: Hot Trends in Event Food & Beverage

Session Description:   If you missed Susan’s lively and informative presentation about Food & Beverage Trends during our 2018 Annual Conference, you are in for a treat!  Susan is back and ready to explore with you the look and feel of the most current trends in food, beverage and décor.  You will learn how to take one idea and apply it to many situations!  Memorable events have an overall look and feel, and when they come together with delicious food that is nutritious, easy to prepare, colorful and works for all clients, your job as a meeting planner is easier!

Learner Objectives:

  1. Provide a manageable option for the myriad of dietary concerns of today’s clients 
  2. Understand the latest in color palates and how the same palate in difference hues can be applied seasonally and situationally.
  3. Show the versatility of the menu by applying the template to multiple cuisines and meals



Susan Hicklin
General Manager
Meriwether Godsey, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens 

Susan has worked for Meriwether Godsey for 25 years, and has been in the food service business since 1984. Since 2005, Meriwether Godsey has been the exclusive food service provider for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Meriwether Godsey provides the food for all catering events and for the two onsite restaurants; The Garden Café, a fast casual restaurant, and The Robins Tea House, a full service restaurant. Meriwether Godsey is an employee-owned company headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia and serves partners from North Carolina to Massachusetts.

Need some foodie inspiration? Follow Meriwether Godsey on Pinterest to see Susan’s amazing ideas, and beautiful execution, on their boards. 


Parking is complimentary

Thank you to our Sponsors:


MPI Virginia Chapter Attendance Policy: All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.

Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to: Cee Rivas, MPI Virginia Chapter Administrator
Cancellation Policies do apply:
Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

*No-Shows are responsible for full payment


$45.00 MPI Member (Preferred/Premier level) Registration
$55.00 after 05:00 pm March 28

$75.00 Non Member and MPI Essential Member Registration

$1.00 Donation for MPI Foundation

$5.00 Donation for MPI Foundation

$0.00 Choose Your Own MPI Foundation Donation Amount