Nathan Peitso carries the title of executive farmer at Farmhouse, the new 7,000-square-foot restaurant at LA’s Beverly Center. Kenter Canyon Farms, founded by Peitso’s mother, is the family farm, whose beautiful organic herbs, lettuce, citrus and avocados are grown on 160 acres in Ventura County, and widely sought out by Angelenos at local farmers markets. The menu offers “seed-to-plate” cuisine, showcasing ingredients at their peak, which means responsibly farmed meat and poultry and sustainable seafood, along with farm-traceable fruits and vegetables. The dining room is rustic chic, sprawling and gorgeous. Group dining options abound. The entire space can be bought out for 700 guests standing, 240 seated. More intimate areas include the 1,200-square-foot “living room” with its floor-to-ceiling fireplace (capacity 259 standing, 80 seated); the 900-square-foot café (capacity 180 standing, 64 seated); the lounge (capacity 189 standing; 32 seated); and the veranda (capacity 159 standing, 50 seated). 

If you want to boost attendance at a meeting or conference, try these four letters: N.A.P.A. And while the Northern California wine region has more than enough activities to keep attendees busy when they’re not in meetings—475 wineries, to begin with—the downtown heart of the region is introducing new experiences this fall. Here’s a sampling:

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.