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Free Your Taste Buds at the Freehouse

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Walk into The Freehouse, and one of the first things you see is a massive portrait of Andrew Volstead, the man behind the National Prohibition Act. Made entirely out of bottle caps, the ironic piece of art embodies the character of the restaurant, bar and brewery. The Freehouse effortlessly mixes vintage inspirations with modern industrialism to bring a refreshing new space to Minneapolis’ North Loop.

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.

Spirits of the Season

Fall in Minnesota means a lot of things. There’s football, the looming onset of winter and also, seasonal beer. I recently attended Autumn Brewhaha, an event at the Uptown Cafeteria, and was able to sample the seasonal craft beers of eight local breweries. As a Wisconsin native, I got the chance to not only expand my knowledge of Minnesota beer, but also my knowledge of the breweries themselves.

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.

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