Hospitality expo attracts hundreds in Glen Ellyn

 
 
Updated 10/12/2018 12:19 PM
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  • Jessica Aviles of Nothing Bundt Cakes talks with Susan Rose of Western Springs at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo.

      Jessica Aviles of Nothing Bundt Cakes talks with Susan Rose of Western Springs at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kristen Beneke of Pinot's Palette in Naperville was a vendor at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo.

      Kristen Beneke of Pinot's Palette in Naperville was a vendor at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • More than 80 vendors took part in the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn.

      More than 80 vendors took part in the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo at Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Teri Panniero, Christiane Umphrey, Smily Williams and Maggie Basta of City Barbeque of Downers Grove set up at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo.

      Teri Panniero, Christiane Umphrey, Smily Williams and Maggie Basta of City Barbeque of Downers Grove set up at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kristine Chinnici and Marla Latour of City Gate Center in Naperville were exhibitors at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo in Glen Ellyn.

      Kristine Chinnici and Marla Latour of City Gate Center in Naperville were exhibitors at the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo in Glen Ellyn. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Brittany Wallin with Waldo Castro of My Chef from Naperville took part in the hospitality expo Thursday.

      Brittany Wallin with Waldo Castro of My Chef from Naperville took part in the hospitality expo Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Paige Logan of Lombard samples sweet treats from the Vanilla Sugar Bakery of Winfield.

      Paige Logan of Lombard samples sweet treats from the Vanilla Sugar Bakery of Winfield. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Paige Logan of Lombard, center, with her friend Jennifer Freymark of Glen Ellyn and Norma Samaan, left, from The Vanilla Sugar Bakery of Winfield took part in the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo Thursday.

      Paige Logan of Lombard, center, with her friend Jennifer Freymark of Glen Ellyn and Norma Samaan, left, from The Vanilla Sugar Bakery of Winfield took part in the Daily Herald Business Ledger's DuPage Hospitality Expo Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

The Daily Herald Business Ledger DuPage Hospitality Expo held in Glen Ellyn on Thursday showcased hot industry trends, networking opportunities and an array of ideas for corporate events and holiday parties.

The expo provided a one-stop source for everything needed in the suburban market when it comes to meeting and event planning. More than 80 exhibitors from restaurants and caterers to meeting sites, conference centers, hotels, golf courses and specialty businesses were on hand at the event at Abbington Distinctive Banquets. More than 750 guests registered to attend to explore ideas for corporate events, meetings, luncheons, dinners, conferences, retreats or holiday parties.

The expo, the second of three planned in the suburbs, is all about building awareness of the suburban hospitality industry.

The expo also generated ideas for consumers planning holiday parties, weddings or other events. Guests mingled and enjoyed food and drink samples and interaction with local businesses. Salads, barbecue pork sandwiches, desserts and fun bar drinks were some of the samples.

"There's a lot of energy in the room," said Chris Craven, Daily Herald Business Ledger advertising team leader and director of the expo. "We're providing meeting professionals with products, services and venues in the area."

To incorporate the entire Business Ledger footprint, earlier this year, an expo was held at the Orland Park Civic Center. The Northwest suburban Hospitality Expo is scheduled for Nov. 8 at Stonegate Banquets in Hoffman Estates.

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