Teeming with probiotics that boost gut health, kombucha is the wellness drink of the moment. Do-it-yourself kombucha brewing classes are growing in popularity and, for meetings, they offer a hands-on activity that’s a great nonalcoholic alternative to wine tastings. Kombucha Hunter in Los Angeles has been leading homebrewing workshops since January 2016; all have sold out. “We create an immersive, entertaining experience, where students not only learn to brew their kombucha with confidence, but also get to socialize with one another,” says Kombucha Hunter founder Stacy Gueraseva. “All of our workshops include a tasting portion, during which students can try a variety of our own brews.” The workshops can be customized for groups up to 30 people and held in any venue, from cafés and restaurants to maker spaces and corporate boardrooms. The workshops typically last 90-120 minutes, but can also be condensed to 60 minutes. Participants can be gifted everything they need for their own brews back home, including the allimportant gelatinous kombucha starter known as “scoby,” short for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha classes are being taught throughout the state, so you can likely find instructors who will be open to creating group workshops in your area, too. 

The Sacramento/Sierra Nevada Chapter of MPI held its annual trade show April 12 at the new Kimpton Sawyer Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The exhibition followed an education luncheon sponsored by the Marin County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was one of hundreds of events held around the world in observation of Global Meetings Industry Day.

 

Ditching the traffic for “train-to meetings” can lower stress and boost productivity. 

 

Avid golfer and veteran Pebble Beach sales exec, Tim Ryan is redefining what it means to score a hole in one at his resort.