When the culinary team at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City learned that LeBron James was a fan of Fruity Pebbles cereal, they knew they had the ingredients for a unique way to welcome the basketball great to Los Angeles and the LA Lakers. Bar Manager Scott Allen created a Fruity Pebble Martini, available at Copper Lounge, while pastry chef Gail Romulo whipped up Fruity Pebbles Layer Cake (available with 48-hour notice at the signature restaurant Mari).

The 363-room hotel offers guests many other amenities, including complimentary use of a Tesla Model X car service for jaunts to nearby spots, including the Westfield Century City shopping mall, and a 24-hour fitness center with steam room, outdoor pool and sundeck. With 16,650 square feet of meeting space, including the Grand Salon Ballroom, Glass Lounge and Outdoor Garden, and 13 breakout rooms, the InterContinental Los Angeles can accommodate groups of all sizes for meetings and special events.

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.