• A New Outdoor Kitchen at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar

     
    POSTED July 5, 2017
     
  • A New Outdoor Kitchen at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar

     
    POSTED July 5, 2017
     
  • A New Outdoor Kitchen at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar

     
    POSTED July 5, 2017
     

It’s hard to resist a smile when you’re offered spiked lemonade in a plastic pouch presented by servers on a silver tray that also holds inflatable pink flamingos. And so there were grins all around last week when Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica kicked off their summer dinner series at The Kitchen, the new poolside dining and entertaining space located at The Miramar Pool Club. Executive chef Yousef Ghalaini of the hotel’s signature restaurant FIG was working the state-of-the-art Kalamazoo grills, turning out finger-friendly versions of his seasonal Mediterranean fare. On a lower pool deck, a picnic table offered wood-fired pizzas, gorgeous charcuterie and platters of roasted veggies.

The Fairmont Miramar, which has 25,000 square feet of meeting space and the largest ballroom in Santa Monica, has expanded its outdoor offerings, with weekly poolside movie screenings, as well as the weekly Kitchen dinners, beach butlers and super-sized board games including checkers, chess and jenga on the Sunset Terrace. All are available for groups. The hotel can also arrange offsite excursions, such as visits to the Getty Villa in Malibu that includes a gourmet packed lunch, and half-day giving-back teambuilding activities like beach cleanup, volunteering at a local food bank or working with Habitat for Humanity to complete the final steps in creating a new home for homeless families.

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. 

 

 

California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.

 

There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.