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Signature Drink: Sloe Gin Fizz

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This classic cocktail, frothy and balanced, is a drink-anytime quaff that’s especially well suited for daytime. With only five ingredients in a Sloe Gin Fizz, the quality of the spirit—a liqueur made by steeping tart sloe berries—is everything. Spirit Works Distillery, located in Sebastopol, is producing the first American-made traditional sloe gin and the quality is stellar. Spirit Works’ head distiller Ashby Marshall is committed to the “grain-to-grass” philosophy for all their spirits.

Nancy's Fancy brings gelato to caterers

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Ready your spoons for Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Rosemary Swirl, Coconut Stracciatella with Bittersweet Chocolate Strands or Spiced Stumptown Coffee with Cracked Cocoa Nibs. If the flavors of Nancy’s Fancy Gelato & Sorbetto Artigianale sound like a fancy restaurant dessert, that’s because they’re the new product line from Nancy Silverton, the acclaimed Los Angeles chef, cookbook author and famed co-founder of the restaurants Mozza, Campanile and La Brea Bakery.

LA's Cathedral of St. Vibiana is reborn as a high-end venue

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Transforming downtown Los Angeles’ Cathedral of St. Vibiana, which was built in 1876, and the rectory, built in 1933, into a modern event space and performing arts venue has taken more than a decade. Now fully retrofitted, air-conditioned and modernized, with custom sound and digitally controlled lighting systems, the main hall at Vibiana and its adjacent courtyard has been the site of art openings, fashion shows, wine tastings, weddings, high-profile fundraisers and Emmy awards after-parties.

New Venue: The Broad

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Downtown Los Angeles has another stunning new landmark, The Broad, a museum as contemporary and daring as the art within its distinctive honeycomb- like exterior.

The Broad is a $140 million showcase for philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. Visitors can reserve or wait in line for free admission to the permanent collection, which includes art world luminaries such as Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha, Jean- Michel Basquiat and Robert Rauschenberg.

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

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

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