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by Jonathan Vatner | January 25, 2010

Open bars can be outrageously expensive and can leave attendees falling-down drunk. A system of drink tickets is one solution, but attendees might be annoyed at having to pay for extra alcohol. Instead, try setting up a wine tasting. Karen Shackman and Associates, a destination management company in New York City, brings together vintages from local producers to give attendees some local flavor while keeping their actual consumption to a minimum. Add some locally made cheeses and attendees will be raving. (212) 753-5900; shackmanassociates.com