For a fundraiser at Everwood Farmstead Foundation, located in Glenwood City, Wisconsin, Jason Suss of A Proper Pour created two signature drinks, including BeeSqueezin’, that were inspired by the beehives located on the farmstead (and in which he got to use the farm’s honey and cider). 

In late September, guests gathered at Everwood Farmstead, about 70 miles east of Minneapolis, for the foundation’s annual Cultivate fundraiser, where they dined on a meal created by Jim Christiansen of Heyday Restaurant and enjoyed local artists such as Kevin Kling, Chastity Brown and Simone Perrin—all while enjoying the thoughtfully crafted cocktails from Suss.

INGREDIENTS:
—2 oz. Tattersall (or other) gin
—2 oz. apple cider
—1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
—3/4 oz. honey syrup (Everwood Honey ... if you are lucky enough to have some)
—one dash of bitters; Bittercube Bolivar or Dashfire Spiced Apple are great local options

DIRECTIONS:
Add above ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain and pour into glass with ice and matchstick-cut apples. Garnish with a slapped thyme sprig and fresh ground cinnamon.

Courtesy of Jason Suss of A Proper Pour, A Proper Pour provides professional bartending services for parties and private events.

Scott Castillo-Milburn, owner of mobile bartending service Classic Cocktails by Scott, developed this recipe last summer for a client who was looking for a bourbon-based drink that would feel seasonal and light for an evening party. The night ended with everyone who’d tried it asking for the recipe, and Castillo-Milburn has since replicated it at 10 events. He’s kept the drink a secret—until now. You can hire his company to create this drink for an event, create a new signature cocktail, or even obtain general liability or liquor liability insurance for your venue.  

 

You need to drive up winding roads and pass through two private gates to get to One Gun Ranch, a 24-acre biodynamic farm and animal sanctuary in the Malibu hills that’s owned by Alice Bamford and her partner Ann Eysenring. The sometimes nail-biting—at least for an ex-New Yorker like me—road trip is well worth it.

 

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is focusing on corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the 2018 World Education Congress (WEC2018), scheduled for June 2-5 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. These initiatives will support location charities and help create a methodology, which meetings all over the world can emulate in the future. The scheduled programs include the following: