Take a Popcalm Break

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The best thing about meeting breaks, as many chair-bound attendees will attest, is what’s on the refreshment table. In San Francisco, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel has gotten off the sugar track with a fiber-rich Popcalm Break menu for meetings. The spread features popcorn with a variety of shake-it-on herb and spice blends (ginger/coconut/ wasabi, for one) to help guests unwind, de-stress and boost their immune systems while noshing. A selection of vitamin waters accompanies the snack food.

I was recently given a tour of Eataly LA, the 67,000-square-foot, three-level Italian culinary destination that opened last November in the Westfield Century City indoor-outdoor shopping mall. Things had quieted down since the hectic opening weekend, when more than 10,000 hungry visitors showed up, some waiting over four hours to get in.

 

The best meal I’ve had so far this year was prepared by Executive Chef Stefano Mazzone of Capri’s Grand Hotel Quisisana. And, while, the setting wasn’t Italy’s Amalfi coast, the private dining room at Catch restaurant at Santa Monica’s historic Hotel Casa del Mar, where we enjoyed a view of the Pacific, was a not half-bad alternative. Both luxury properties are members of the Leading Hotels of the World.

 

Here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep: serve cocktails that will wow your guests at gatherings and events. Toward that end, we’re going to keep on file some suggestions we received from SVEDKA Vokda, Kim Crawford Wines and RUFFINO Wine who collaborated on some inventive recipes. They’re a good starting point for a conversation with your catering team.

Kim Crawford’s Matcha Tea-Sear  

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