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Are You Ready for a Culinary Throwdown?

As sales managers, our minds are constantly in motion generating innovative and unique team building ideas. Your phone rings - the meeting and event planner reaches out to you inquiring about what type of exercises at your property have been successful with past groups. The sales manager’s focus is distinctive and energizing activities, whereas the planner’s interests are interaction through fun and friendly competitions. Recently, The Carolina Inn held a successful and scrumptious Shrimp-n-Grits Throwdown. Seven local star chefs from renowned restaurants competed for the title of Shrimp-n-Grits Champion.

A panel of judges included food writers and local industry experts who determined the winner. The object of this culinary event was to engage the local foodie community, bringing everyone together for a great cause (proceeds benefitted TABLE, serving Chapel Hill-Carrboro children at risk for hunger), and to determine which star chef’s shrimp and grits reigned supreme.

So, what does a Shrimp-n-Grits Throwdown have to do with meetings and events - friendly competition. Make your next team building exercise exciting and innovative by incorporating your version of a Throwdown. Divide the group into teams with a minimum of two on each team. What’s the challenge you may ask? A Medicinal Potion Throwdown! Teams will concoct their version of a tasty potion that remedies pain after a long, grueling day. Each team would utilize at least 3 of the same ingredients chosen by the hotel. The challenge is fast and teams are required to think on their feet so, the competition should last no more than 30 minutes. In the end, two judges will sample each “remedy” and based on a predetermined set of criteria, a Medicinal Potion Throwdown winner will be announced.

What type of Throwdown ideas do you have in mind? The bottom line is, just make it fun!  

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