There are hundreds of bars in Los Angeles. Dive bars. Rooftop bars. Wine bars. Hotel bars. Cocktail bars. There are even mozzarella bars. The newest is Obicà West Hollywood, the latest outpost—and the third in LA—of the worldwide collection of cheese-eateries. Like its sisters restaurants in Santa Monica and Century City, this Sunset Strip location receives twice-weekly deliveries of Mozzarella di Bufala from old-world cheese makers in Campania, Italy. (There are also Obicà branches in Rome, London, New York, Tokyo, and Kuwait City.) The menu includes a wide range of antipasti, pizza, housemade pasta (gluten-free substitutions available) and meat and fish entrees. But the star is, of course, the mozzarella—fresh, creamy and oozing with deliciousness. The Los Angeles Times described the menu as “basically an Italian picnic eaten at a table.” The casualness is part of the fun, as are the antics and bravado of the servers. Customize a mozzarella-tasting menu and reserve the back dining room and balcony, which offers privacy but is still part of the buzzy good time of the main room. The capacity is 30 sitting or 60 standing. Full restaurant buyouts (capacity 115 to 200) are also available.  

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. 

 

 

Set between Pacific foothills and the sparkling San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a spirited city that will surprise anyone who still considers it only as the counter-culture center of the ‘60s. Home to the University of California, Berkeley, the city features an authentic (if endearingly off-beat) college town vibe that is perfect for meetings and events.    

In the absence of a dedicated convention center, Berkeley offers unique venues that reflect the vibrant local scene while at the same time, offer big-city service and amenities.

 

When corporate groups gather in California, boosting health and well-being is on the agenda.