This very affordable label is perfect for group gatherings.
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There are times, says Stefen Janke, when a board of directors, a small meeting group or a group of friends doesn’t want to dine in a restaurant. That’s where Kitchen Kriminal, a division of Davis-based Gourmet Solutionz, a well-known regional caterer, comes in.
Unconventional, unfettered and sometimes a little unpredictable, dinners beyond the confines of restaurants and hotels can be a blast for laid-back groups.
In the early 20th century, Pasadena was an idyllic resort town where wealthy Easterners flocked in winter. Today, the allure remains, and that era’s rich legacy offers a wealth of gorgeous meeting spaces. Beneath a picture-perfect mountain-view setting, with sunny, year-round temps of 75 degrees, even the busiest meeting planners can stop to smell the roses at events in this charming city.
When the board of directors or the top brass at a company gathers for an off-site retreat, you want to make sure you’ve chosen a place where every detail will be taken care of impeccably. Here are three properties where you can rest easy while your C-suite clients relax in luxury.
Imagine a semitropical island escape barely an hour from Los Angeles. All it takes is a speedy 15-minute helicopter ride or a catamaran ferry ride to reach Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, where an ongoing $40 million revitalization plan by the Santa Catalina Island Company has upgraded vintage venues and added the Hamptons-esque, state-of-the-art Catherine’s Terrace event space at the scenic Descanso Beach Club.
This year, mescal—the smoky, mysterious agave-based cousin to tequila—is hot, hot, hot, popping up on cognoscenti cocktail lists throughout California. At the hip new Santa Monica restaurant Tacoteca, mixologist Gilbert Marquez (who is also brand ambassador for Ilegal Mezcal, and heads up the bar program for SoCal’s annual Taste of Mexico event) creates the restaurant’s most talked-about mescal cocktail, the Aguacatero. It’s also the venue’s most Instagrammed and shared drink on social media.
High tech meets delicious at the Ice-Cream Lab’s four locations in Southern California. The shops deliver a first-of-its-kind take on America’s frozen confection: made-to-order scoops of ice cream frozen on the spot with liquid nitrogen.
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