Wasn’t it just last week we were talking about the Fourth of July? Time sure goes fast—and that means if you haven’t booked your company or client holiday party, now is certainly the time to do so. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some great holiday specials offered by a variety of local venues. From a complimentary sangria hour to a donation to your favorite charity, there are plenty of ways to spread cheer this season.
Party place: Mercat a la Planxa
“Join us for dinner under the stars,” the invitation had read. It’s the kind of enticement that often turns out to be an exaggeration in Los Angeles, where outdoor dining can mean a few tables wedged into a corner of a parking lot or spilling out into a busy thoroughfare with cars whizzing by so closely, you could almost reach in and adjust their air conditioning. But this time, the setting was truly magical.
Hotel sweet hotel. Yes, when you have to stay or play away from home, there is no shortage of great properties in and around Chicago. Recently we uncovered three interesting news items that are causing a buzz in the hospitality industry. Here’s the latest scoop for you:
Le Meridien Chicago—Oakbrook Center Creates More Jobs
Tuber melanosporum is quite a mouthful. It’s also incredibly delicious. More widely known as the black truffle, the precious and pricey mushroom--$800 a pound for "extra class"-- is in season now. When I received an invitation to celebrate "Black Truffle Friday" at Republique-one of my favorite new restaurants in LA-I marked the occasion on my calendar in big black Sharpie letters.
It seems that I keep bumping up against things I don’t know. Whether it’s a fact I didn’t know or a place I wasn’t aware of before, it seems that at least several times a week I discover something new.It used to bother me and make me feel less "in the know," but now I put my ego aside and just enjoy the moment of basking in something new.
Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? And these early evening respites don’t get any happier than the one offered by Petrossian West Hollywood. During last week’s media happy hour mixer, the indulgent bites included caviar burger sliders, smoked trout tacos wrapped in jicama and topped with tequila-infused trout roe, potato tarts with crème fraiche and a dollop of white sturgeon caviar and caviar deviled eggs.
I attended the PATT, Pennsylvania Travel and Tourism, conference in Harrisburg two weeks ago. It was a great event that brought together CVB’s, hotel professionals and media professionals at the Harrisburg Hilton. One of the takeaways from the conference was that PA has slipped from its status as one of the most-visited states in the U.S. It’s dropped to 6 on the list. What a shame! The state has so much to offer, which I was reminded of at every turn. Wineries, state parks with fantastic hiking and biking trails, art and culture in our major cities and our small towns.
Small wonders: We profile four of the best options in the area that prove size does matter when you want undivided attention.