The newly opened BoardRoom is a speakeasy-type lounge tucked inside Kendall’s Brasserie at The Music Center in downtown LA. The latest addition to the Patina Restaurant Group, it’s a great pre- or post-theater spot for playfully indulgent bites like escargot shooters, oxtail poutine, deviled eggs stuffed with Santa Barbara sea urchin and duck fat garlic fries. Literary-themed cocktails include the William Faulkner (bourbon, orange peel, toasted pecan bitters), the mescal-based Frida Kahlo, and a heady mix of cognac, Armagnac, Lillet and maple syrup that honors F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The BoardRoom is also available for private events, with a capacity of 55 seated and 100 for a reception. This is the kind of hidden gem that will delight a small group attending a downtown conference or VIP guests of the convention center. The vibe is French, the lighting soft and the music low enough for comfortable conversation.

If you do host a group here, you’ll want to order one or more of the punches, which are served in beautiful vintage punch bowls.

My favorite, on a recent visit, was the Virginia Woolf. While each bowl of punch serves four to six, here, courtesy, of The BoardRoom is a recipe for a cocktail for one:

1.5 oz. vodka
.5 oz. St. Germain
1 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. lavender syrup
Sparkling wine

Shake and strain all ingredients except sparkling wine into a martini glass. Top with the sparkling wine and garnish with a lemon peel.

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.

 

A new gem in the central coast.