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Please the Crowd and Host Your Meeting at a Sports Bar

Want to make sure your guests have a ball at your next event? Consider these sports bars for a casual, relaxed atmosphere where no one will miss a single play.

Hockeytown Cafe, Detroit

Located in the heart of Detroit right across from Comerica Park and the Fox Theatre, Hockeytown Cafe is dedicated to all things Redwings, right down to the wingwheel carpeting.

Sexy Vegan Food at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills

Last week the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills hosted a poolside cooking demonstration to celebrate the launch of some new additions to the Cabana Restaurant menu.  As waiters circulated with samples on silver serving trays the press in attendance (myself included) swarmed for every bite. Here’s what makes this surprising: those nibbles didn’t include the usual high-end fare of caviar or glistening slices of sashimi. There were no Kobe beef sliders or lobster wontons.

Up North Venues Offer Fresh Air, Food & Views

WITH NORTHERN MICHIGAN offering plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and invigorating natural views, it’s no wonder that so many restaurants at the tip of the mitt offer patio or deck dining.

Outdoor venues Up North give planners distinctive settings for entertaining guests. Even the upscale spots tend to have a laid-back atmosphere, lending themselves to easy conversation and conviviality.

Eating Paleo at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

One of Los Angeles’ most iconic hotels, the 726-room midcentury-style Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, has hosted the city and world’s elite since its opening in 1966. The tri-part, 25,000 square-foot ballroom, which was recently renovated, has been the setting for countless Hollywood galas. A social center within itself, the hotel was buzzing on a recent weekend with events that included the Goodwill Gala for Heroes fundraiser and the Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival, as well as several large private events scattered throughout the hotel’s 100,000 square feet of function space.

On the Road

These have been a busy couple of weeks for me. Delightfully so! I have been lucky enough to enjoy overnight stays at four terrific properties, all of which should be on the list of anyone planning meetings in Southern California.

A Santa Monica Caterer is Honored for Sustainable Practices

When I heard that a caterer- Tiato & An- was the grand-prize winner of the 2013 Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), I wanted to learn more. The SQA, as the awards are known, are given out annually to celebrate local businesses that practice sustainability in three areas: economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the environment.

Food for Thought

I’ve been thinking about food trends lately for an upcoming story we’ll be running in the magazine. Small plates, food trucks, molecular gastronomy, farm-to-table, head-to-tail. At restaurants, at home and at events, food is being dished out in all sorts of fresh ways.

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