California Meetings + Events

Dream Hollywood’s Executive Management Team Appointed

Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group has announced three new hospitality executives to lead Dream Hollywood in Los Angeles: Ayo Akinsete as general manager, Kendall Viola as director of sales and marketing, and Carly Skinner as manager. The team will lead the hotel through its February 2017 launch.

AEG Management Leads LA Convention Center to Millions in Reserves

Celebrating three years with the Los Angeles Convention Center on Dec. 20, AEG Management is celebrating another achievement of leading the convention center to $6.1 million in reserves and annual operating surplus. This ended in a record-breaking financial result for the LACC along with many other improvements since the partnership began in 2013.

Since the management change, the LACC increased operating profits each year and surpassing its initial goal of $2.1 million in the first five years in only three years with $6.1 million instead.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis and San Jose Marriott Introduce Healthy Meetings

San Francisco Marriott Marquis and San Jose Marriott have introduced “Meet Well,” a new team-building initiative that gives groups a healthier option. The initiative will include healthy banquet and coffee break menus, active meeting options, wellness topics and speakers, body-friendly seat spacing, meeting planning perks and volunteer options.

Condé Nast Traveler Names The Scarlet Huntington Top Hotel in San Francisco

Condé Nast Traveler just released the 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards results, and The Scarlet Huntington was at the top of the list for hotels in San Francisco.

The Scarlet Huntington, part of the Grace International hospitality group, incorporates historical and modern features throughout the property and provides amazing views of downtown San Francisco.

Ghost Winery Comes Back to Life


Bergfeld Vineyard is what’s known as a ghost winery, one of many that were built in Napa Valley during the region’s first wine boom from 1860 to 1900, then shut down during Prohibition. Acquired by the Hall family in 2003, it has been lovingly restored to its historic splendor and is now a new event space in the courtyard of what is now the HALL St. Helena winery. The Bergfeld building offers several different reception and meeting options.

Hotel Food Trucks Are No Sleepy Trend


The food truck movement has branched into new territory of late, and we’re not just talking tacos. In late 2012, as part of a $70 million makeover, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco launched a new restaurant, OneUP, and outfitted a food mobile to circulate around the city for two months and help publicize its offerings. ¶ The idea caught on: Last October, luxury brand Four Seasons launched a food truck of its own and sent it on a 1,000-mile West Coast tour.

A new app can be considered a high-tech treasure map for cheese


Need a yummy alternative to wine-tasting trails? Try the California Cheese Trail. A new— and free—app for iPhone and Android can be considered a high-tech treasure map for cheese lovers. Use it to locate cheesemakers, plan a farm visit, find a farmers market and get news about cheese-related events.

Ritz-Carlton Hotels Offer Digital Connectivity To Some Hotel Services


Everyone lives on their phones and other hand-held devices these days. To meet timepressed clients’ demands, the luxury Ritz-Carlton Hotels offer digital connectivity to some hotel services, available at all seven in California. Updated continually, the Ritz-Carlton app also features local content, shareable travel posters and the ability to make requests in real time.

Wild Thyme Company offers cooking competitions for groups


For the last decade, the Wild Thyme Company has been known as one of San Diego’s most creative caterers. Now the company has introduced a team-building program called the Thyme Table Challenge. In Iron Chef-like challenges held at the Wild Thyme commercial kitchen, teams face off in a battle of culinary skills and improvisation. Both teams receive the same basket of ingredients and must use every one to create dishes that work together as part of the meal.

Event Snapshots: The California Society of Association Executives Seasonal Spectacular


The California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) staged Seasonal Spectacular, its annual trade show, in December at the Sacramento Convention Center. Members of the 1,200-person organization, the third-largest SAE in the nation, turned out in force to see what more than 200 exhibitors from throughout the state had to offer.


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