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Texas Convention/Conference Centers built to stand the test of time

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Other than Alaska, Texas is by far the largest state by area in the country. It is only apropos that the Lone Star State has a number of large convention centers, many of which are brand new or under construction. From the Dallas suburb of Allen down to San Antonio, over to Houston and down to Victoria, Texas is stocked with convention centers that fall under those two categories. The following are four of them.

Emerging Technology Complex, Victoria

Signature Drink: Spice in the Ri

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Ingredients:

—1.5 oz. Ri Whiskey
—TAZO Wild Orange Tea infused with chili powder*
—Garnish with an orange peel twist

*TAZO Wild Orange Tea infused with chili powder
— (Preparation for 1 cup, 8 oz)
—1 cup of Wild Orange TAZO tea
—2 teaspoons Chili Powder
—1 oz. Agave
—Zest of half an orange
—Directions: Mix together and let steep for about 2 hours.

Burger Bar Becomes an Austin Favorite

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The JW Marriott Austin’s Burger Bar on Congress has received rave reviews since opening with the hotel in February. Locals, visitors— and even group attendees—line up at lunchtime and in the early evening for burgers, shakes and fries. The grab-and-go joint has a walk-up food truck-style window, a nod to the food trucks that occupied the space before the hotel was built.

Decadent gifts that will make employees and clients swoon

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Shari’s Berries offers decadently dipped treats, from fresh strawberries and cherries to cake pops and cheesecake bites, which are perfectly portioned, wrapped and delivered. Whether you want to reward one client or an entire office of employees, these fool-proof gifts are always tasteful. Fresh, organic fruit packages and edible gourmet gift collections also are available. The company has a distribution location in Garland, and you can order online at berries.com

4 Photographers Share Industry Tips for Getting the Best Shots

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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

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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

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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

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