• Cozymeal offers unique team-building experience

    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE

    Cozymeal makes building and booking group cooking experiences easier than boiling water.

Want to cook up a unique team-building experience? Cozymeal, a new platform that got its start in San Francisco and has since expanded to Los Angeles, makes it easy. Choose the type of event you’d like—cooking classes, private dining, market tours or a combination of the three. You can browse through dozens of curated events, which include everything from six-course food-and-wine pairings to a sushi-making class, or build a completely customized experienced. Cozymeal works with top chefs, including some from Michelin-starred restaurants, and can host an event at the chef’s venue or come to yours. A group of software engineers from Google recently booked a cooking class in “roasting and searing.” Led by a certified therapeutic chef, the engineers prepared vegetables and herbs straight from the chef’s garden and then learned how to sear fish perfectly. Flush with pride, the hungry team sat down together to enjoy the healthy paleo and gluten-free meal they’d created.

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours. 



The wildly popular Magnolia Brewery in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood has a new addition: Magnolia Hall, a 6,500-square-foot private event space
connected to the always-bustling brewery and taproom. Just a 10-minute walk from Oracle Stadium, where the Giants play, it’s perfect for a pre- or post-game function and for more formal events, too.


Downtown Los Angeles has gone through a renaissance these past few years with a staggering number of hotels and restaurants opening or reinventing themselves. Among the most vibrant of these properties is The Mayfair Hotel, which brings a history, authenticity and creative energy that feels distinctly DTLA. The Mayfair was first established in 1926 and was the tallest building west of the Mississippi when it opened.