The Places

The Places

-Meet & Eat-
BY Karin E. Baker

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Splendor in the Grass at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

“Playing barefoot on a grass court” was once recommended to me by a tennis teacher as the ultimate way to play. But as an Angeleno who grew up on hard courts, I’d never been within sneezing distance of the grass kind unless you count Wimbledon in 1983, where I watched Martina Navratilova hoist the silver dish after winning the women’s singles.

11 Best New M+E Venues of 2015

There is nothing better than discovering a new venue that will really wow the guests of your next event, especially when those venues are located in some of the most popular places around the country. Here at M+E, we’ve searched to find the hottest and most modern venues of the 2015 season. Let’s take a look at these new, state of the art spaces that are perfect for conducting business, throwing a party or socializing with friends or colleagues.

1). First off, we start in the city of fame, entertainment and stars: Los Angeles, California.

Top 25 Convention Centers in the Nation

WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF FLOOR AREA, plenty of separate meeting rooms and hotels rooms, convention centers are ideal for large groups in need of space to sprawl. There are many standouts across the nation, but this list from meetingsource.com takes a look at the best in the business. These 25 convention centers have the most convention visits, according to a report from the Travel Industry Association of America, the National Business Travel Association and the Institute of Business Travel Management. Looking for an exciting venue in a busy city?

Seven Springs Mountain Resort Offers Adventurous Teambuilding

Soon the scenery around Seven Springs Mountain Resort will be ablaze with fall foliage providing the perfect backdrop for a teambuilding event at the resort. Seven Springs is about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh and offers a peaceful mountain setting for meetings and teambuilding opportunities, which are great for staff, classmates or friends of all courage levels.

Firefly: A Celestial Dining Experience in LA

“Join us for dinner under the stars,” the invitation had read. It’s the kind of enticement that often turns out to be an exaggeration in Los Angeles, where outdoor dining can mean a few tables wedged into a corner of a parking lot or spilling out into a busy thoroughfare with cars whizzing by so closely, you could almost reach in and adjust their air conditioning. But this time, the setting was truly magical.

From Down Under: More than a Trifle of Truffles

Tuber melanosporum is quite a mouthful. It’s also incredibly delicious. More widely known as the black truffle, the precious and pricey mushroom--$800 a pound for "extra class"-- is in season now. When I received an invitation to celebrate "Black Truffle Friday" at Republique-one of my favorite new restaurants in LA-I marked the occasion on my calendar in big black Sharpie letters.

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