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Signature Drink: Strawberry Basil Cocktail

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Riviera 31, the cocktail lounge at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, recently had a swank makeover, to offer what’s described as a “sensual baroque take on flowers and their mystery and elegance.” Now guests can sink into deep ruby red and blue velvet sofas under the gold Rococo ceiling and flattering hushed lighting. To complement the redesign, a new cocktail menu has been ushered it, featuring drinks that play off their surroundings. Among them, this striking take on the martini.

Former Hollywood Exec Creates Sweets that Inspire

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Patty Triplett West was a publicity executive at Warner Bros. searching for a meaningful holiday gift for colleagues, when she came up with the idea for Good Karmal. The elegant gourmet caramels come in six flavors—vanilla, sea salt, café caramel, caramel, apple, butter rum and chocolate sea salt. Each handmade confection is individually wrapped with an inspiring quotation, such as “Scatter Joy” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) or “Whatever you are, be a good one” (Abraham Lincoln).

Event Snapshots: IACC America’s Connect 2017

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IACC, the long-standing association that includes 375 small-to-midsized meeting venues worldwide, held its annual conference at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center on April 4-6. Highlights included the Global Copper Skillet, a Culinary Mystery Food & Beverage Tour, and an MPI Meeting Planner Workshop.

Win & Plan an Event at a Gaming Destination

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From San Diego to Sonoma County, Palm Springs to the Sierra Nevada foothills and across the California border into Las Vegas, Reno and Scottsdale, Arizona, gaming destinations abound. In California alone, there are 69 Indian casinos, 13 with hotels and other resort amenities. These destinations and properties off er a boon to planners in terms of both accessible amenities and aff ordability. Think free parking, multiple dining and entertainment options under one roof, accomplished catering and technical crews, and often room rates that beat what you’d get at a standard convention hotel.

Eco-Friendly Venues are Stepping up to the Challenge of Keeping Meetings Green

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When national and global policies on environmental sustainability are up in the air, these six venues are helping meeting planners protect the planet. The properties range from a hotel that serves only local food to one that recycles nearly 1,000 tons a year.

All in on Recycling

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