The catering staff partners with local artisans and organic farmers. The collaboration between the chefs and trusted partners is designed to provide culinary experiences that celebrate wellness and sustainability.

There is no dining hall; Focus Meals will be in meeting rooms, and gathering spaces with tables will be available for eating General Meals. Final locations for meals will be posted onsite and in the program book. Focus Meals are open to anyone unless it is a noted ‘Invite Only’ meal. Please indicate on your registration any dietary restrictions so that catering staff can provide the appropriate meals. Cost includes 20% gratuity for service personnel who serve and prepare the meals.  There are 4 onsite restaurants as well (not covered by the Conference).

Breakfast is buffet style located in the Michigan Ballroom or Aerie Restaurant. Other breakfast options are Hotel and Tower room service or on your own. All breakfast options are at your own expense with the exception of your new district welcome breakfast, which is covered.

Each District will host a breakfast at Annual Conference.  There is no cost for members of their district to attend their District’s breakfast.

Districts 1 – 5 have their breakfasts on Friday morning at 6:30, and Districts 6 – 9 will gather on Saturday at 6:30.

Focus Meals

The Program Committee is excited to have this option back for our Michigan UMC ministries! These meals will be open for anyone to attend, as this is the meal seating space.

The Program Committee has encouraged groups to be creative with programming and invite everyone to participate. These meals are seen as an extension of any teaching time that would happen in plenary. There are a few  agencies and ministries who use this meal time for business. All Focus Meals are combined as Michigan Conference, rather than Detroit and West Michigan.

Attendees register and purchase their meals when they register for Annual Conference. Two hours are allotted for most meal times.