oh man I feel a need to vent.....and ask for your input....please. I took on a consulting gig on a food show. What has ended up being a last minute venture has turned out OK in most aspects. I lined up 7 chefs for the DEMO stage....talk and cook for 45 minutes. When the powers that be figured out that restaurants would not buy a booth (DUH! and what I said from the beginning) they felt more participation from local cooks important. Thus I came up with 16 more warm bodies.....caterers, restaurants, pastry and schools. So, my agreement with them is $ and ads.....this is cool. Now they want me to wear a sponsor's chef coat with their logo (instead of my own with my own logo). I got a problem with wearing advertising that is not paid for in the sense that this was not agreed to at the beginning....as a matter of fact I said I wanted to wear my own clothes. I've come up with donated foods (they had budgeted $1500) I've come up with trade for ads kitchen equipment and small wares I've lined them up with a few sponsors So I've essentially came up with the monies to pay me. One of the sponsors has a CC "food handlers license" that wants to be on the main stage 10 minutes prior to Two CEC's doing certified angus beef......really cheesy. I e-mailed my contact back that putting food handlers licnesed in the program will make any person in food laugh.... They undercut the great talent I found them by pushing in someone to talk 10 minutes prior. It ticks me off. There is no thought process behind this....it has leanings toward industrial foodshows not toward general $30ph paying public. ARRRGh....there is also little consideration toward CLOGGING up the stage. And what is it with ice carving???? That's where I totally lost it. Sooooo now that I've vented (not nearly enough) the question is would you wear another's logo when there is opportunity for many to see yours? It's frustrating working through 3rd parties....a non-profit hired me and their sponsors are the ones talking um into the changes. *I said I'd not go to committee meetings. pretty sure this was the sane thing to do but it is becoming clear shtuff is going arye.