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4 Photographers Share Industry Tips for Getting the Best Shots

Whether roving the crowd for candid shots, showcasing an elaborate meal or capturing a well-known keynote speaker at an annual conference, these four Texas photographers have got it covered. Specialists from around the state took some time out to talk about what makes great event photography and how to create better photos of food, people and event atmosphere. All four photographers spoke about one common denominator for great shots: Good editing makes all the difference.

Great Steakhouses Offer Private Spaces Steeped with Texas Traditions

Whether you are hosting a group of locals for a corporate fete or looking to impress visiting out-of-towners, a great steak always makes a good impression. Beef is big business in Texas, which means myriad restaurant choices for planners. 

“Nothing says Texas pride like a juicy steak. Texans spent $3 billion on beef in restaurants in 2014. That’s 700 million pounds of beef,” says Rachel Chou, Texas Beef Council senior manager, consumer communications.

And where better to treat your guests than a distinct steakhouse with private event space? 

Signature Drink: Chamomile Honeysuckle Martini

INGREDIENTS:

1.5 oz. vodka
1.5 oz. chamomile tea
.25 oz. local honey syrup
.25 oz. lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
1. Mix all ingredients together in shaker.
2. Shake and serve in chilled martini glass.
3. Enjoy!

Courtesy of The Hilton Anatole, Dallas

Beyond the Borders: Kansas City Welcomes Meetings of All Sizes

Nestled in the heart of America is one of the meeting industry’s most affordable gems: Kansas City, Missouri. This diverse, metropolitan city spanning the Kansas-Missouri border is less than a day’s drive from 55 million Americans, and Kansas City International Airport is just a three-hour flight away from each coast. Pair this convenient location with all-around affordability and a downtown revitalization, and Kansas City quickly becomes a must-book destination.

Build Group Ties That Bind With Team-Building Cooking Events

One of my favorite television shows to watch is Master Chef Junior—that Gordon Ramsay-spearheaded competition, which pits incredibly talented mini-chefs against one another in a race to produce professional-caliber works of food art. Often these culinary savants perform with startling professionalism when working solo, but struggle when presented with a team challenge.

5 Tips for Tasting Tequila

The National Chamber of the Tequila Industry (CNIT) is the oldest tequila industry group in Mexico. Based in Guadalajara, the heart of tequila country, the organization recommends the following tequila tasting tips:

1. Observe the tequila in a clear glass against a white tablecloth. White or silver tequila should be completely clear in color. Reposado and Añejo tequilas will be golden, with extra-aged tequilas on the amber side.

Infuse Your Next Event with Local Tequila & Agave

El Big Bad restaurant and event space has a reputation for its Texas-sized selection of tequila infusions. One step inside the historic downtown Houston eatery and it’s clear why the venue is known for tequila. A full bar loaded with top-shelf spirits stretches the entire length of the upstairs dining room.

Beaumont is Blooming with Unique Culinary & Recreation Scenes

Settled nearly two centuries ago on the banks of the Neches River, just inland from the Gulf of Mexico, Beaumont has evolved from a sleepy farming community to a vibrant cultural melting pot. East Texas culture, influenced by the thick pine forests to the north, lends Deep South hospitality while the nearby Louisiana border infuses distinctly Cajun flair. Combined with the wildcatting spirit that put Beaumont on the map (Texas’ first big oil gusher spewed just south of town back in 1901), the city dances to a tune of its own.

Three Meeting-Friendly Hotels Accommodate Four-Legged Companions

Texas pet owners are increasingly traveling with their furry friends. In its 2014 Pet Owners Survey, the American Pet Products Association discovered 32 percent of dog owners travel with their pets when they leave town for more than two nights. For Texans, that’s no small number. By 2014 Census Bureau estimates, nearly 27 million people live in Texas, and the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates more than 35 percent of Texas households have at least one dog.

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