Meet & Eat

Meet & Eat

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BY Melissa Sersland
 
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BY R. Chad Dove
 
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BY Belinda Lichty Clarke

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Caterers Deliver Wheat-Free and Wonderful Cuisine

GLUTEN-FREE CUISINE IS MOVIN’ ON UP-the popularity scale that is, and this growing trend is impacting the way caterers meet the needs of gluten-free clients at corporate events.

According to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) What’s Hot in 2014 culinary trend forecast, which surveys professional chefs who are American Culinary Federation members, gluten-free food moved from No. 9 to No. 5 on the top 20 list of predicted menu trends. Eighth on the list was non-wheat pasta, which jumped up from No. 12 last year.

Eating Paleo at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

One of Los Angeles’ most iconic hotels, the 726-room midcentury-style Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, has hosted the city and world’s elite since its opening in 1966. The tri-part, 25,000 square-foot ballroom, which was recently renovated, has been the setting for countless Hollywood galas. A social center within itself, the hotel was buzzing on a recent weekend with events that included the Goodwill Gala for Heroes fundraiser and the Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival, as well as several large private events scattered throughout the hotel’s 100,000 square feet of function space.

Ready for a ‘wellness break’? Head to the Omni Fort Worth Hotel

What’s better than a meeting? A break from a meeting -- especially when it doesn’t revolve around empty-calorie snacks and drinks.

The Omni Fort Worth Hotel just launched a concept I can appreciate. These new "wellness breaks" feature healthy made menus designed for associations and groups holding meetings at this Four Diamond downtown property. I’d be more than happy to swap a bagel or muffin for cucumber roll-ups stuffed with grapefruit crab salad or warm spiced poached apples with low fat vanilla cottage cheese or any of the other new options.

On the Road

These have been a busy couple of weeks for me. Delightfully so! I have been lucky enough to enjoy overnight stays at four terrific properties, all of which should be on the list of anyone planning meetings in Southern California.

A Santa Monica Caterer is Honored for Sustainable Practices

When I heard that a caterer- Tiato & An- was the grand-prize winner of the 2013 Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), I wanted to learn more. The SQA, as the awards are known, are given out annually to celebrate local businesses that practice sustainability in three areas: economic development, social responsibility and stewardship of the environment.

Food for Thought

I’ve been thinking about food trends lately for an upcoming story we’ll be running in the magazine. Small plates, food trucks, molecular gastronomy, farm-to-table, head-to-tail. At restaurants, at home and at events, food is being dished out in all sorts of fresh ways.

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