Staff and volunteers for the 15th annual Meetings Industry Council’s Educational Conference and Trade Show promised they were going to shake things up with format and offerings, and I am happy to report that they delivered! I’ve attended several MIC Conferences in my 10 years as editor, since the magazine is one of the sponsors, and this one was my favorite.
I am writing this the morning after the magazine’s ninth annual Best of Colorado readers’ choice awards and Hall of Fame induction. After nine years of being editor and the Vanna White of this event, I came away from last night with a few observations.
The so-called soirée of the year celebrated Denver Union Station’s rebirth, raised serious funds for good causes and resulted in career highlight moments.
Food festivals have become as common as movie openings in Los Angeles, with one or more just about every weekend. But L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade, which took place a couple of weeks ago on a grassy plaza on the UCLA campus, stands apart from the rest - in both the top toques it attracts and the cause it supports. The event benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit that funds research into childhood cancer.
Timed to include a sunset over the Newport Beach Harbor, the launch party for Newport Beach’s new culinary marketing initiative Dine Newport Beach had a picture-perfect backdrop that only a California coastal city can provide.
Photos courtesy of Chad Chisholm
Summertime is wine tasting event season in California. Every weekend brings at least one major, long-standing event to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego with entire weekends like San Luis Obispo’s Roll Out the Barrels (2014 was the 24th edition) ongoing in wine country. How does a new wine event stand out and attract participants in this crowded schedule? The organizers of the Garagiste Wine Festivals came up with a winning formula in 2011.
Sure, Boston likes to claim its independent roots, but nothing screams American independence quite like Philadelphia. And while we are on the subject of all things American, few things seem more red-blooded, good old US of A than a cold beer. That’s why Visit Philly is serving up one of the best festivals this summer - the "Summer of the Beer Garden." This 12-week festival features pop-up happy hours on Fridays in six distinct settings.
I love the idea of hopping on the iconic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Durango and riding through the scenic canyons of the Colorado San Juan National Forest, going from car to car to listen to blues musicians.