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-Meet & Eat-
BY Karin E. Baker

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SFMOMA Presents a New Palette of Venues

When a major museum closes for three years, then reopens with a 10-story, $305 million expansion that triples its gallery space and makes a stunning architectural statement, meeting planners are quick to come knocking.

“Demand is very high,” says Fiona Humphrey, director of special events at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which took the wraps off its new addition in May. “We’re the new kid on the block, and that’s driven a lot of inquiries our way.”

Dive in to One of These Splashy Poolside Venues

You don't need a swimsuit or towel to talk business by the pool. Grab a table on the deck of one of these poolside venues and let the networking or partying begin. Just don't forget the sunscreen!

Eaters' Delights in Dowtown San Diego

I recently spent a weekend in San Diego checking out some major hotel renovations (more on this in our Winter issue), visiting Balboa Park, and eating. Lots of eating. Coming from Los Angles, one of the things I appreciate most about San Diego’s culinary scene is the wide variety of restaurants packed into the compact Gaslamp Quarter and other parts of downtown. That closeness means if you have groups staying at one of the convention hotels they can easily walk to any of scores of restaurants.

It's Official: America Needs a Vacation

A recent study conducted by Allianz Travel Insurance, found that more than 170 million Americans haven’t taken a vacation in the last year. That’s more than half of the population—53 percent, to be exact!

However, this is down from last year when 56 percent of respondents noted they hadn't taken a vacation in the last year. 

Brunch and Other Outdoor Idylls at The London West Hollywood

You know it’s a good Sunday when the toughest decision you have to make is whether you should order the Watermelon Bellini or the Elderflower Mimosa for your rooftop brunch. I take that back. The truly difficult choice when I dined with other members of the press at the Boxwood on the Roof at the all-suite London West Hollywood was whether to have the Lobster Benedict or the Duck Hash.

Ghost Winery Comes Back to Life

Bergfeld Vineyard is what’s known as a ghost winery, one of many that were built in Napa Valley during the region’s first wine boom from 1860 to 1900, then shut down during Prohibition. Acquired by the Hall family in 2003, it has been lovingly restored to its historic splendor and is now a new event space in the courtyard of what is now the HALL St. Helena winery. The Bergfeld building offers several different reception and meeting options.

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