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.
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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.
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.”
If you're like us, you spend 10 months planning an event that lasts for two or three days. Those days are abuzz with frenzied activity, but before you know it, the event is over and your attendees are gone. How do you keep the buzz going? Here are a few things we do to keep our attendees engaged all year long.
Bold shades of orange and red greet guests at the completely renovated 536-room Hotel Irvine (a former Hyatt), located in a 405-freeway convenient office park in Irvine, a fast shuttle ride from the John Wayne Airport. From the Irvine Company, owners of the Island Hotel Newport Beach and The Resort at Pelican Hill, the remade property is designed to keep guests engaged.
While you're thanking a client, vendor or employee this holiday season, why not choose a gift that also gives back? Here are three of our favorites.
IPAs, stouts and steam beers: There's a craft beer for almost every taste and a brewery event space to match almost every function.
From nothernmost Etna to Coronado at California's southern tip, from the Central Coast to the eastern Sierras, you can find craft breweries making unique artisan beer. While not every brewery has the right space for events, enough do that booking one of California's 550 boutique beer production facilities is as easy as tapping a keg.
Every year, Richard Sandoval’s La Sandia, a modern Mexican restaurant in the open-air Santa Monica Place, hosts a six-week guacamole festival that highlights regional flavors. To come up with the ingredients, corporate executive chef Patrick Maxey of Richard Sandoval Restaurants and Manny Flores, Sandia’s director of operations, tour Mexico City, Toluca, Oaxaca and the Riviera Maya. They also select one ingredient to feature in a festival cocktail. "This year we chose kiwi, which is used in the Baja guacamole because it’s naturally sweet, bitter and sour all in one punch," Flores says.
An expanded convention center leads the way to anenhanced presence in the meetings and events market.
Just as golfers remember every shot, and anglers love to describe the fish that got away, event folks trade tales about odd requests.
One of the oddest I heard was from a client who asked me to produce a rededication party in a cemetery. I staged a New Orleans-style jazz funeral complete with Percheron horses in mourning attire. An old-time undertaker, a brass band, town officials twirling parasols and participants waving hankies landed the event lots of attention and awards.