• Restaurant Recommendation: Crustacean Beverly Hills

     
    POSTED February 13, 2019
     

    The iconic Crustacean Beverly Hills is event-ready.

Crustacean Beverly Hills, the groundbreaking restaurant that brought Euro-Vietnamese fusion cuisine to Southern California, reopened in March 2018, after an eight-month, $10 million redesign. With elegant adjustable walls, the new floor plan offers the versatility to accommodate everything from intimate private dinners to large corporate events. Private dining options range from the Santa Monica Room, with or without the Patio Lounge, which can accommodate 35 guests for a sit-down event, and the Bedford Bar & Lounge (50 seated; 80 for cocktails) to a full restaurant buyout (capacity 150 seated; 250 reception).

No dinner at Crustacean, as regulars will remind you, would be complete without Chef An’s Famous Garlic Noodles. Other standout dishes include tuna cigars, served, of course, in a cigar box, complete with smoke; Himalayan salt block steak; crispy duck egg rolls; Vietnamese wagyu tartare and the hearts of palm vegan “crab” cakes. The bar program includes a wellness take on classics, with drinks like the Turmeric Mule and Artichoke Old-Fashioned. Crustacean’s event team can design customized menus that spotlight a company’s theme, branding and logo, and the in-house creative team is also available to handle every detail from live music entertainment to invites and personalized party favors.

We've all been there: You’re heading out to lunch with a group of people when someone asks, “What are you hungry for?” Everyone responds at once: “Italian!” “Chinese!” “Sushi!” “I could go for a burger!” Well, now what? Thanks to food halls, you no longer have to choose just one. Here are five food halls across the North- east that will satisfy everyone’s cravings (and possibly serve as your next meeting venue!).

 

Green salad, chicken, two veggies and a starch—that might have been a reasonable meal to serve group attendees in the last century, but it won’t cut it in 2020. Today, guests expect that a growing range of dietary needs will be accommodated, whether they’re eating keto, vegan, paleo, gluten free or some combination of all four. And, in a time when tech employees enjoy gourmet in-house commissaries on the job, it takes some serious culinary pyrotechnics to impress them.

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.