Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch. Although Green Pastures was founded in the era of Jim Crow laws, from the outset, the couple welcomed all guests, regardless of race or religion, long before the Civil Rights Act of the ’60s desegregated other Austin establishments. 

Renovated and restored in 2017, Mattie's at Green Pastures has several spaces for private groups and offers complimentary A/V, customizable menus and valet services. For conferences and holiday parties, the Marion Hall & The Pavilion features 3,500 square feet of versatile space with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 240 guests. Intimate luncheons or executive dinners are popular gatherings in the private dining room, Table Royale, which can host up to 12 guests and includes a private entrance. And the Lounge Room, which can be divided into two to three sections, offers two dining areas and a private bar, and seats up to 32 guests with views of Green Pastures’ heritage oak canopy.

Throughout the restaurant, the space tells the family’s story through family artifacts, and the restaurant still offers some of the family’s beloved recipes on the menu, including its iconic 1965 Milk Punch.

When executed safely, in-person meetings and events are possible. But it’s been tough for meeting planners across the nation, due to differing state-by-state and even county-by-county guidelines. In some areas, meetings and events returned a while ago, but for others, it’s hard to imagine what planning a meeting would be like. In an effort to show the latter how to hold safe business gatherings when restrictions loosen, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) launched their Meet Safe platform as a resource for other planners to reference when planning future in-person meetings.

 

The Kimpton Pittman Hotel has opened in Dallas’ storied Deep Ellum neighborhood, serving as the first hotel in the neighborhood and providing doorstep access to some of the city’s most popular shops, breweries, dining and live music venues.

 

The fare and flare of Spain has arrived in downtown Grand Rapids with the opening of the new MDRD, pronounced Madrid, on the 27th floor of the tower at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (previously Cygnus27 restaurant). While the feel and flavors have changed, the unparalleled views of downtown and the Grand River means that this space still provides the best skyline dining in the city. Here, every seat is the “best seat in the house.”