• A Vegan Menu for a Classic Steakhouse

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Plant-based, dairy-free options are becoming menu essentials. 

Make no mistake, veganism is now fully part of the culinary mainstream. If you’re hosting a group dinner, you ignore the dietary preferences of vegans at your peril. That’s especially true, of course, in California, where even the most meat-centric restaurants are catering to customer demand for proteins that are plant based. BOA Steakhouse, a long-standing steak and seafood house with locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, has introduced a globally inspired selection of meat- and dairy-free offerings. The new dishes include beet poke; the mushroom-based Nidi Bolognese that’s served with almond ricotta; savoy cabbage leaves stuffed with butternut squash, dates and pecans, and a wild mushroom burger, featuring a Beyond Meat patty served on a potato bun. innovativedining.com/restaurants/boa

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours. 

 

 

The wildly popular Magnolia Brewery in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood has a new addition: Magnolia Hall, a 6,500-square-foot private event space
connected to the always-bustling brewery and taproom. Just a 10-minute walk from Oracle Stadium, where the Giants play, it’s perfect for a pre- or post-game function and for more formal events, too.

 

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.