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New Hires at LACC

The Los Angeles Convention Center, a renowned event venue managed by AEG Facilities, recently announced that they hired Alexa M. Diaz as a marketing specialist, and, Adrienne Hall and Frank Keefer as senior event managers.

Diaz has more than four years of experience in the media and marketing industry, and a master’s degree in communications from California State University, Northridge. She will be responsible for LACC’s marketing endeavors, social campaigns, press releases and community relations.

Eaters' Delights in Dowtown San Diego

I recently spent a weekend in San Diego checking out some major hotel renovations (more on this in our Winter issue), visiting Balboa Park, and eating. Lots of eating. Coming from Los Angles, one of the things I appreciate most about San Diego’s culinary scene is the wide variety of restaurants packed into the compact Gaslamp Quarter and other parts of downtown. That closeness means if you have groups staying at one of the convention hotels they can easily walk to any of scores of restaurants.

LACC Reports Record Year

AEG Facilities, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company, provides venue management and other specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. This management has recently gained attention from its management of the Los Angeles Convention Center, as its 2015–2016 fiscal year yielded exceptional results. LACC reported a successful financial and operational year-to-date with the venue exceeding revenue expectations and nearly tripling the prior year’s profits.

New Venue: The Broad

Downtown Los Angeles has another stunning new landmark, The Broad, a museum as contemporary and daring as the art within its distinctive honeycomb- like exterior.

The Broad is a $140 million showcase for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. Visitors can reserve or wait in line for free admission to the permanent collection, which includes art world luminaries such as Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha, Jean- Michel Basquiat and Robert Rauschenberg.

The Dining Room LA Offered a Fresh Take on Swank Soirees

On a warm Saturday night in Los Angeles, guests arrived at a nondescript gate in a warehouse district, hoping that they’d found the latest incarnation of The Dining Room LA.

More than fine food was on the menu. The dinner also combined high-production décor and entertainment, plus a surprise element: The location was a secret until just days before the event. Guests knew only the date, city and zip code. 

Signature Drink: Smashing Leaves

The globally inspired cuisine at Hinoki & the Bird, in LA’s Century City neighborhood, is refined, eclectic and vibrant. That describes this cocktail, too. “We use seasonal fruits and herbs in our cocktails just like our culinary team does in the kitchen,” says General Manager Nick Moore. “The shiso leaves are uniquely herbaceous and are balanced by the kumquats’ sweet and tart flavors. The bourbon really rounds out the flavor profile nicely with warm notes of caramel.”

Room With a View: Mr. C Beverly Hills Updates its Rooftop Ballroom

The 137-room Mr. C Beverly Hills embodies Venetian style. Teak floors, nautical architectural details and white-jacketed waiters are among the hallmarks of the property from Venice, Italy’s famed Cipriani family of hoteliers. Recently, the hotel’s 12th-floor, 5,000-square-foot Starlight Ballroom (50-350 capacity) received a palette redo ensuring a view-rich, blank canvas for events. Flooring is now neutral, walls are a fresh brilliant white and designer sconces complete the décor upgrades.

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