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BY Karine Baker

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Water Grill San Diego: Private Dining and Seafood Perfection

On my culinary to-do list for 2016 is a visit to Water Grill San Diego.

The 11,000-square foot two-story restaurant, located just three blocks from the San Diego Convention Center, opened in March in the space that was previously The Palm. Featuring a wall covered in oyster shells, ginormous live seafood tanks and spacious upholstered banquettes and round tables, it’s become a favorite both for locals and conventioneers.

Culinary Walkabouts Offer Mouthwatering & Team-building Delights

California's cities are so rich in culinary treasures, there aren’t enough meals in a day to give visitors a fair taste. Food tours offer a solution, allowing groups to experience a half-dozen or more gastronomic options, while learning about the destination’s history and landmarks. A plus: Food is a universal language. Tacos, pizza and chocolate are some of the most e ective means of bringing together people of di erent cultures, job types and ages. Here are six delicious adventures, from San Diego to Sacramento.

Terrine LA: A Great Spot for a Party or a Midday Time-Out

It has been brutally hot in Los Angeles as of late, with the temperatures hovering near the century mark. That meant that when 10-month-old Terrine, a Cali-French brasserie in the mid-city neighborhood between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, invited the press to the rollout of its midday lunch menu, something unexpected happened. Although Terrine has one of the loveliest garden patios in all of LA, everybody chose to eat indoors.

Spice Affair Brings Contemporary Indian Cuisine & Private Dining to Beverly Hills

There are lots of familiar options for group dining in Beverly Hills, from hotel banquet rooms to iconic restaurants. But you won’t want to overlook a new addition to the neighborhood, the private dining rooms at Spice Affair, a beautiful new restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard’s Restaurant Row that serves contemporary, California-influenced Indian food.

Baltaire: A Chic Steakhouse in Brentwood Offers Celebrity Sightings & Stellar Event Space

Brentwood is home to some of Hollywood’s most beautiful A-listers and its new neighborhood steakhouse Baltaire is appropriately stunning, too. In a departure from the dark woods and opulent fabrics of traditional steakhouses, Baltaire’s 68-seat main dining room and vast 2,500 square-foot terrace, which seats 90, are elegant but relaxed with stylish mid-century décor.

Kitchen Kriminal Offers Intimate Pop-Up Dinner Parties at Home

There are times, says Stefen Janke, when a board of directors, a small meeting group or a group of friends doesn’t want to dine in a restaurant. That’s where Kitchen Kriminal, a division of Davis-based Gourmet Solutionz, a well-known regional caterer, comes in.

Move Beyond the Confines of Restaurants with These Pop-Up Dining Spots

Unconventional, unfettered and sometimes a little unpredictable, dinners beyond the confines of restaurants and hotels can be a blast for laid-back groups. 

Go Old School With Classic Fare & Cocktails

Meeting Munchies: Brussels Sprout Chips Get People Talking

Move over, pretzels, there’s a new bar snack in town: Brussels sprout chips. Created by chef Meg Hall of Made by Meg catering in Los Angeles, the healthy bites have proved insanely popular at the events she caters for clients like Paramount Studios, Toyota, Yahoo and Ryan Seacrest Productions. And they’ve turned out to be a very effective icebreaker, too. “They’re so unexpected, they inspire conversation, even between strangers,” says Hall. She jokes that she created the recipe in the middle of a multiyear study on the perfect bar snack.

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