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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.

Mix Up Midweek Business Meetings with Brunch

Pancakes dripping in syrup fruit-topped Belgian waffles, the aroma of jalapeño bacon and the sweet bubbles of a mimosa—what’s not to love about brunch? With a fun and flexible menu featuring well-loved sweet and savory dishes, brunch is a guaranteed guest-pleaser. Whether you’re looking for a casual neighborhood restaurant or an exclusive country club, take a look at three Texas eateries ready to bring the festive comfort of Sunday brunch to your next event.

Le Peep

Go from Emerging Leader to Expert with an Always-Learning Approach

By definition, the word “emerging” means to come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity. But, how do you know you’ve come into view or been noticed?

When I was working to become an official meeting planner for a software company in Dallas, many of my colleagues weren’t sure what my role was or how I spent my time. These people were focused on bits and bytes, so a meeting planner was an enigma. It was only after I had managed a couple of user conferences that they had an idea of the work involved.

But then something great happened.

Meeting Munchies: Snacks Redefined

Looking to give your guests something to munch on during the day that will surprise and satisfy their foodie palettes? The Omni Fort Worth Hotel has created a variety of innovative snacks offered to meeting groups for different times of the day.

For a morning snack, try a cereal milk panna cotta verrine, a pumpkin granola bar with pumpkin seeds or a fresh baked pistachio financier (a buttery French cake).

Signature Drink - Colonial Peach

INGREDIENTS:
—1 oz. Buffalo Trace
—.5 oz. Peach Black Tea Cordial*
—.75 oz. grapefruit juice
—3 oz. sparkling wine

DIRECTIONS:
1. Place all ingredients but wine into shaker.
2. Shake vigorously with ice.
3. Strain into flute, then top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint.

* Steep 4 ounces of peach liqueur with 2 ounces of black tea. Fold into 750 milliliters of peach liqueur. Rebottle for use.

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