The Good Food Awards Mega-Movement


The Good Food Awards is marking five years with the biggest celebration yet! Meet the 146 Winners from 33 states at the Good Food Awards Marketplace ($5 at the door, 9am-2pm; 8-9am VIP Hour, $16) at the San Francisco Ferry Building. You can sample and take home their winning cheeses, chocolates, coffees, pickles preserves and more on Saturday, January 10. While you’re there, visit the Cider, Beer & Spirits Garden (11am-2pm, $16) to chat with brewers and distillers while tasting their winning libations. Looking for a more up close and personal experience? Limited tickets are now available to the Good Food Awards Ceremony on Thursday, January 8, where you can toast the 2015 Winners (with winning brews and spirits) alongside food revolutionary Alice Waters, Mark Bittman, 200 Good Food Awards judges, writers, chefs, restaurateurs and the jubilant winners and their families. Tickets to the weekend of events available here.

Don’t forget to use code ‘DPEM’ for discounts on tickets to the Good Food Awards Ceremony and Cider, Beer & Spirits Garden.

P.S. Good Food Awards founder Sarah Weiner was recently featured by San Francisco magazine in this amazing article. We are so proud to be a part of this incredible path that she is blazing in the name of America’s food artisans.


Photos by Gamma Nine.

Posted by: Lindsay Sutherland, Discount Tickets, Press, Upcoming Events


We’re celebrating everyone who helped make the last 10 years an amazing adventure. Our successes wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our favorite people. Here’s to the next 10.


The Team at DPEM

Anniversary Example


San Francisco’s biggest moments throughout the past decade have something in common.  Whether culinary or corporate, non-profit or national, they have solved problems, supported causes, celebrated-and at some times-created communities.   Behind the very scenes  that they’ve produced throughout the last decade, DPEM | Event Marketing has been that common thread.

Most notably shining national spotlight on San Francisco’s food and beverage community through breathing life into events such as Slow Food Nation, DPEM has celebrated major achievements for national corporations including the 20th anniversary of NASDAQ and Bayer HealthCare’s 150 Year Celebration.

As the San Francisco-based event concepting, marketing and production firm marks its 10th anniversary of producing authentic experiences that have greatly impacted the most significant industries and movements in the country, we see an opportunity to showcase nationally how the firm has been integral to some of the most pivotal moments in the event industry at large.

DPEM’s impressive portfolio of work also includes Bayer’s Collaborator Launch and 150 Year Celebration; Google’s International Science & Engineering Fair, Ventures CEO and PeopleDev Summits and others; Facebook’s Studio Live multi-city campaign and VIP receptions for partners and clients; as well as countless launches of properties and brands within acclaimed culinary, non-profit and business sectors.

Posted by: Lindsay Sutherland, DPEM Team, Press

Team Building

Best practices for building strong teams


Effective teamwork is the most crucial element in a successful and productive company, and what better way to enhance that corporate teamwork then through off-premise engaging activity based team building? With each new team building experience, companies are able to boost their employee productivity through increasing the company morale. The key to this however, is planning an all-inclusive activity that employees want to be part of, as planning a team building experience could potentially be detrimental if not executed appropriately. The true foundation of team building is to develop goals to which all team members are aware of, committed to achieving and excited about executing. Whether your group is large or small, team building is a productive and vital part of every business across all industries that should be exciting, fun and entertaining. Ultimately, as a planner you want your client and their team to walk away from every team building experience having achieved their goal, gotten to know one another on a new level, and have had a great time doing it. When planning a corporate team building activity, the approach a planner must take will differ from group to group depending on the size of the team, the goal of the activity and the types of issues that may inhibit good teamwork. Executive Producer Dominic Phillips, of Dominic Phillips Event Marketing (DPEM) says, “Create simple challenges outside of the office, to ensure employees break away from their daily sense of responsibility and are able to engage in a stress free, relaxed and fun environment.”

When planning your next team building experience, keep these tips of the trade in mind:

Questions to Ask:

What are the group demographics?

Depending on the demographics of the group, you may opt for a less active intensive activity such as a relay race, but choose a fun and engaging activity such as a cooking class.
What is the goal?

Ultimately, team building is about building strong relationships within the office and what better way to do so then to take employees out of the office so they can see one another in a new light while developing a newfound appreciation of one another’s interests, strengths and weaknesses.

Things to Avoid:

Creating mandatory team building activities that may ostracize a team member from the group, may overly expose their weaknesses in a negative way, or that may create more stress.

If opting for a sport intensive activity, confirm all group members are in appropriate health and have desire to be involved.

Recommended Team Building Activities:


Develop activities where there is a single focus project that everyone can galvanize around. Working on a project that is impossible for one, but possible for many allows for everyone to achieve success through working as one single unit.

Community service based projects are great for this because you are doing well for your local community, while building company morale.


Build laughter and excitement through off-site group activities where employees can get to know one another in a stress free environment.

Sports games and concerts are perfect for this type of team building, as they are fun and exciting, and everyone can participate.


Remove employees from their comfort zones and place them in team challenges to allow the team to evaluate and work off of the groups’ strengths and weaknesses.

An urban scavenger hunt or group trivia is excellent for large group challenges as they allow for everyone to be involved and participate.

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