San Antonio restaurant Pharm Table is dedicated to reinventing comfort foods while eliminating those inflammatory ingredients with chronic health implications, such as dairy, wheat and processed sugar. Chef/owner Elizabeth Johnson promotes a largely plant-based diet, with smaller portions of clean animal proteins. She takes much of her inspiration from the ayurvedic diet.

Ayurveda is the conjugation of two Sanskrit words, meaning “life” (ayus) and “science” (veda). The ayurvedic diet is an anti-inflammatory approach to eating that focuses on a person’s unique constitution. Johnson suggests event planners incorporate the philosophy of ayurveda into group meetings through body, mind and spirit programming. This could include serving foods relevant to each season and the three body types; incorporating exercise activities that promote health and movement; and bringing people outdoors to enjoy some of San Antonio’s treasures, such as its rivers, missions and public art. Pharm Table can help facilitate by customizing activities with local health and wellness professionals.

Event professionals are constantly thinking about how to best stimulate our guests’ senses in order to create the most memorable experience and greatest impact, whether it’s a wedding, corporate meeting or event, fundraiser or social gathering. Many people focus on only three of the five senses: taste, sight and sound. Rarely do planners pay attention to touch or smell. Strategically paying attention to scent and how it interacts with other sensory experiences can greatly impact the overall quality of an event.


Teresa Preza first came to Sugar Land 14 years ago while pursuing a job in event management. Today, she’s assistant director of economic development for the city. Here are some of her reasons for calling Sugar Land her “home sweet home.”

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This past December, the HALL Arts Hotel opened in Dallas. Located in the largest contiguous arts district in the country, the hotel features 183 rooms, 19 suites, a rooftop pool, restaurant and lounge, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.