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Meeting & Event Planners Get Water Smart

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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.

The Dining Room LA Offered a Fresh Take on Swank Soirees

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On a warm Saturday night in Los Angeles, guests arrived at a nondescript gate in a warehouse district, hoping that they’d found the latest incarnation of The Dining Room LA.

More than fine food was on the menu. The dinner also combined high-production décor and entertainment, plus a surprise element: The location was a secret until just days before the event. Guests knew only the date, city and zip code. 

Get to Know: Sacramento

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

BloomBooth Brings an Adaptable Photo Option to Events

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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

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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.

Signature Drink: Smashing Leaves

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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.”

How to Maintain a Connection With Attendees After the Meeting

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.

Engage & Connect at Hotel Irvine, A New Lifestyle Hotel

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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.

Give Guilt Free With A Trio of Holiday Gift Ideas

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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.

Kitchen Kriminal Offers Intimate Pop-Up Dinner Parties at Home

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There are times, says Stefen Janke, when a board of directors, a small meeting group or a group of friends doesn’t want to dine in a restaurant. That’s where Kitchen Kriminal, a division of Davis-based Gourmet Solutionz, a well-known regional caterer, comes in.

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