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Whova Takes the Work Out of Networking

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Developed by a San Diego tech team that spun off from UC San Diego, the Whova app is designed to boost networking and contact swapping at events and conferences of any size. It offers a platform that connects organizers, attendees and sponsors before, after and during an event. With Whova, eventgoers can plan who they want to meet before the event; a superior strategy to relying on randomly bumping into people. During the event, Whova provides real-time notifications on updates like room changes or reminders that cocktails are being served.

Tutka Bay Lodge Introduced New Culinary Package in Homer, Alaska

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Groups traveling to Alaska’s Tutka Bay Lodge can join award-winning chefs (and mother-daughter team) Kirsten and Mandy Dixon for a culinary-specific package that delves into the history and technique of Alaska cuisine. As part of the package, guests will forage for wild edibles and visit a Kachemak Bay oyster farm. The package includes transportation to and from Homer, all lodging, amenities, cooking classes at Tutka Bay Lodge and a Tutka Bay Lodge cookbook.

Take Business to One of Minnesota’s Many Lakefront Venues

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Get away and get business done. Being the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” Minnesota has no shortage of lakefront retreats. These resorts are located on lakefronts and are able to accommodate corporate meetings and conferences.

Ludlow’s Island Resort, Cook

No cars. No motorized traffic at all. Gilligan’s Island? Nope. We’re talking about Ludlow’s Island Resort, located on Lake Vermilion.

Signature Drink: Over the River

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Doug Fir Lounge’s bar manager, Joshua Merrion, recommends his Over the River cocktail to keep you warm when the temperatures dip.

INGREDIENTS
—2 parts Woodford Reserve
—1 part Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
—1/4 ounce honey syrup
—4 dashes each Peychaud’s bitters and Angostura bitters

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine all ingredients, stir and strain over a single ice cube.
2. Garnish with a lemon peel and Amarena cherry on a pick.

Meet John Wheeler

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

John Wheeler was recently hired as the director of event production for The RK Group—a hospitality and culinary service management company.

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