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Call on Calistoga for Fine Wine, Dining & Venues

Long before it became known for wine, this little town at the north end of the Napa Valley was famous for the hot springs and geysers that bub- ble up from volcanic soils at the base of 4,342-foot Mount Saint Helena.

Sam Brannan, California’s first Gold Rush millionaire, recognized a new kind of gold when he saw it. Envisioning a resort town to rival fashionable Saratoga Springs, New York, he was said to have bragged at a dinner party that he would transform the region into the “Calistoga of Sarifornia”—meaning, of course, the Saratoga of California.

Go Old School With Classic Fare & Cocktails

Signature Drink - Bird of Paradise

Redbird, located in a downtown LA space that used to be the rectory of a former cathedral (which also houses the stunning event venue Vibiana), offers a cocktail program inspired by vintage cocktail books. The Bird of Paradise is a close play on a recipe from the 1939 compendium A Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker Jr.

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. gin
—.75 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
—.75 oz. raspberry syrup
—one egg white
—.5 oz. cream
—dash of orange blossom water

How to navigate the needs of attendees with food allergies

Meeting planners across the nation have reported a significant increase in specific dietary requests in recent years, and not just for vegetarian or vegan guests. No matter what the reasons—religious beliefs, medical restrictions, concern for animal welfare or simply a desire to eat healthier—we as hospitality professionals need to understand the basic guidelines for the most prevalent requests and plan for them accordingly.

New Venue Spotlight: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

There’s a new vibe on Lake Tahoe’s south shore—and lots of new meeting space to go with it. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened on January 28 in the shell of the former Horizon Casino Resort, just across Highway 50 from Montbleau and next door to Harveys Lake Tahoe. A $60 million top-to-bottom revamp has changed the look of everything in the building, from the 539 guest rooms (including an Elvis suite) to the 14,300 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Meeting Munchies: Brussels Sprout Chips Get People Talking

Move over, pretzels, there’s a new bar snack in town: Brussels sprout chips. Created by chef Meg Hall of Made by Meg catering in Los Angeles, the healthy bites have proved insanely popular at the events she caters for clients like Paramount Studios, Toyota, Yahoo and Ryan Seacrest Productions. And they’ve turned out to be a very effective icebreaker, too. “They’re so unexpected, they inspire conversation, even between strangers,” says Hall. She jokes that she created the recipe in the middle of a multiyear study on the perfect bar snack.

Keys to Achieving Trade Show Benefits

Q: I’m planning a trade show. How can I best partner with exhibitors to ensure we’re both successful?
A: First, understand that the person who completed the trade show agreement is not likely the person who will set up the display or staff the booth.

Identify and communicate with key players early to ensure they’re leveraging activation opportunities before, during and after the show. Following is an exhibitor success guide to serve your organization’s needs.

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