• Officine Brera: Group Dining in a Former Gas-Meter Factory in DTLA

     
    POSTED March 2, 2017
     
  • Officine Brera: Group Dining in a Former Gas-Meter Factory in DTLA

     
    POSTED March 2, 2017
     
  • Officine Brera: Group Dining in a Former Gas-Meter Factory in DTLA

     
    POSTED March 2, 2017
     
  • Officine Brera: Group Dining in a Former Gas-Meter Factory in DTLA

     
    POSTED March 2, 2017
     
  • Officine Brera: Group Dining in a Former Gas-Meter Factory in DTLA

     
    POSTED March 2, 2017
     
  • Officine Brera: Group Dining in a Former Gas-Meter Factory in DTLA

     
    POSTED March 2, 2017
     

Whether you’re arranging a group dinner for a conference that’s taking place in downtown Los Angeles, want to take a break with a few colleagues from a gathering at the Convention Center or are looking for an exciting place to bring an adventurous client, you’ll want to keep Officine Brera on your radar screen. Or should we say on your Instagram feed. The restaurant offers a sense of discovery—it’s tucked into a parking lot on a dark stretch of the Arts District; a gorgeous, soaring space—it used to be a factory that made gas meters—and truly superb food.

Officine Brera, which opened in 2016, is the second Los Angeles restaurant from the hospitality group behind Factory Kitchen, the four-year old spot that’s been cooking up killer cuisine right around the corner.

I celebrated a birthday at Factory Kitchen three years ago, and I’ve since thought I should go back there every year. It has a vibe that’s at once celebratory and intimate, like dining with a large group of friends, many of whom you’ve yet to meet.

The mood is just as lively at Officine Brera, which, like its sister restaurant, specializes in the rustic cuisine of Northern Italy; both kitchens are led by Executive Chef Angelo Auriana.

The sprawling industrial-chic Officine Brera is better designed to handle groups. A patio accommodates 35 for receptions; the terrace 40 for a seated meal, 60 for a reception. Adjacent to the main dining area are two private rooms. Each can seat 20 at a long table or the rooms can be combined to host 48 guests at six rounds.  The whole restaurant is also available for buyout. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi and AV equipment.

To suit the convivial space, food is often served family style for events. A menu might begin with vegetable sage fritters, house-cured lardo and their revered farinata, a kind of unleavened pancake made with chickpea flour. You’d then move on to antipasto, like grilled octopus and cavolo rosso (red cabbage with cranberry shelling beans, roasted leeks, frisée and goat cheese), followed by platters of gnocchi and risotto, and then to main courses that include slow-braised beef shoulder, polenta with foraged mushrooms and grilled market vegetables, a spit-roasted chicken and grilled fish.

And, yes, it’s all as delicious as it sounds.

For more info visit: officinebrera.com/group_booking

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

We never outgrow the pleasure of an Easter egg hunt. That’s the thinking behind a promotion by Visit Temecula. While the city’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place on April 16 in three different locations, the visitor’s bureau promo is monthlong. Visitors, whether leisure travelers or part of a group, who book a midweek stay in Temecula Valley during the month of April might just find an Easter egg with a $50 Visa card inside under their pillow.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.