the production

Signature Drink: Hanging Chad

Ingredients
—2 oz. Grey Goose La Poire vodka
—.5 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
—.5 oz. lemon and lime sour mix
—.5 oz. pomegranate puree
—splash of Sprite

Directions
Add the splash of Sprite or any lemon/ lime soda to a chilled martini glass. Place the Grey Goose, St-Germain and sour mix in a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into the martini glass and add pomegranate puree, which will settle to the bottom to create a layered effect.

Event Snapshots: MPISCC Pledges to Evolve

On June 23, the Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter (MPISCC) gathered at the Concourse Hotel LAX (soon to be Hyatt Regency LAX) to install its 2016-2017 board. After a lively reception at the newly opened event lawn, an awards dinner was held in the ballroom. The chapter’s theme for the upcoming year is “evolve.” As incoming president Nicole Newman puts it, “Nothing in our industry looks the same today as it did five or 10 years ago. We’re an industry looking toward the future: innovating, adapting, exploring and connecting.”

Magnificent Mountain Gatherings That Set Expectations High

There is an expectation that a mountain event will be special. Maybe it’s the lofty surroundings that elevate anticipation? We found four events that impressed us, so take a peek, linger and learn.

Midnight Masquerade
Aspen

Signature Drink: The Querétaro

There’s a world of flavors out there and Arbella aims to try them all. The new River North cocktail lounge, from the VBD Hospitality team behind Peruvian restaurant Tanta, describes itself as “an energetic, sophisticated social gathering place celebrating the art of mixology with a sense of travel and exploration.” The spirit shows in this drink inspired by a summertime refresher of lime sorbet topped off with red wine often sold in Mexican street markets.

Signature Drink: Mint Apple Swizzle

Hard cider, a centuries-old beverage, is gaining new fans among the craft beer and wine set and beyond, with sales quintupling over the last three years. Some of the very best hard cider is being produced in Healdsburg by the fatherand- son team of David and Robert Cordtz. The two founded Sonoma Cider in 2013 and their ever-expanding line of certified organic ciders has been winning accolades and awards ever since, including being named the 2015 Cider Producer of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition.

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