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Stanford Court to Undergo Yearlong Renovation

A $16 million redesign has been announced at Stanford Court, a tech-centric hotel located atop the San Francisco landmark Nob Hill. With a slated completion of spring 2018, the renovation will touch everything from the hotel's lobby to their guest rooms, fitness center, meeting and event spaces and hotel amenities. The hotel will remain operational throughout the entirety of the project.

Living Centerpieces Grown in Oakland

Centerpieces don’t get any more sustainable than the Garden-in-a-Can from the Oakland-based company Back to the Roots. The cans or mason jars of flowering basil, dill, sage and cilantro were used as table decorations at a San Francisco entrepreneur summit sponsored by Inc. Magazine, at a forum of the nonprofit Social Venture Network held in a San Diego hotel ballroom and, not coincidentally, at the wedding of the brother of the company’s co-founder Nikhil Arora.

4 Leading Green-Conscious Event Planners Share Strategies for Saving H2O

How I've Changed the Way I Plan Events in the Drought Era

Meeting & Event Planners Get Water Smart

The room, set for a gala, looks gorgeous: tables dressed in glittery linens, exotic fl oral centerpieces, chairs draped and sashed, multiple glasses sparkling like diamonds at every place setting.

It’s breathtaking, for sure. But if that room is located in California, there’s something very wrong with this picture.

It’s all about the drought.

Get to Know: Sacramento

Population: 475,000 in the city, 2.5 million in greater metropolitan area.

BloomBooth Brings an Adaptable Photo Option to Events

Nathan Flatt, a Sacramento mechanical engineer, and Justin Straub, a marketing and business strategy guru, quit their day jobs last year to concentrate full time on BloomBooth, an innovative collapsible photo booth that is picture perfect for event planners (Straub has since sold his share to Flatt). The mobile contraption can be wheeled into a venue on a utility cart and unfolds into a full-size booth equipped with camera, computer and printer.

Road Soda Bar Creates Artisan Cocktails That Travel to Your Event

Road Soda Bar blends two ofthe-moment trends: vintage trailers and bespoke cocktails. The company can drive both right into your event, whether it’s an off-road or urban location, via its refurbished 1967 Airstream Land Yacht. The trailer is a traveling speakeasy with its atypical built-ins that include specialty ice and frozen-drink machines, dispensers for on-tap artisan cocktails and a kicky red VIP booth.

Signature Drink: Smashing Leaves

The globally inspired cuisine at Hinoki & the Bird, in LA’s Century City neighborhood, is refined, eclectic and vibrant. That describes this cocktail, too. “We use seasonal fruits and herbs in our cocktails just like our culinary team does in the kitchen,” says General Manager Nick Moore. “The shiso leaves are uniquely herbaceous and are balanced by the kumquats’ sweet and tart flavors. The bourbon really rounds out the flavor profile nicely with warm notes of caramel.”

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