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Above: Salon at Auberge Handfield Country Inn, Quebec
Japan, the Mediterranean, France and beyond, e.g., spice-crusted
pink snapper prepared Hawaiian-style, Asian and Southern fusions
with hot charcoal-grilled shellfish, or market catch fish steaks
prepared as if just pulled from Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. Michael
Mina restaurant was also renovated to reflect Mina's vision for a fine
dining seaside village culinary experience. Gregg Herning, VP of
hotel sales for Bellagio, adds that the culinary experience across the
property is so immersive that they refer to attendees as participants.
"Our Tuscany Kitchen is ideal for groups of up to 75 and we
can also offer a poolside event called 'Taste of Bellagio' where four
or five of our restaurants with celebrity chefs offer poolside dining."
You can book both options at the same time. In fact, Herning adds
that Bellagio can easily handle three groups at once. "We have more
than 700 meetings at Bellagio a year and 80 percent are 125 rooms
or less-don't go away with your meeting thinking you are too small
as we are small-to-medium meetings specialists."
Las Vegas' watering holes also draw more than a few to the
area. The Palazzo is considered a luminary of the Strip's thriving
cocktail culture and is proving it yet again with Rosina, dubbed an
elegant "cocktail retreat." Here, in a swanky setting designed to look
like an elegant train car from days gone by, groups of up to 65 can
press a "champagne call button" to make their flutes sing whenever
they want. Classic cocktails like the negroni, Manhattan and the dark
and stormy are the norm, and a lot of creative brainstorming is sure to
unfold in this breezy atmosphere of rose gold and blush, tufted leather
seats, pink velvet chairs and curtained banquette tables.
QUEBEC PROVINCE, CANADA
Sugar shacks are part of Quebec's answer to exhausted execs
that are in need of a little pampering and pick-me-up. There are
around 200 shacks scattered across Quebec, offering everything
from a five-course maple-centric menu to grab-and-go maple
bites, including the piece de resistance, warm maple taffy on
snow. Groups will have numerous ways to taste the goodness,
including the maple festival Cabane Panache et Bois Rond,
a.k.a. an urban lumberjack party (some 80,000 lumberjacks in all)
to celebrate sugar time in the city. Square dancing, woodcutting,
axe throwing, and mastering the ancestral logging technique of
pitsawing get the ball rolling. And, of course, groups will also want
to sample goodies like salted maple caramel churros, a maple
beverage (lumberjack-style) and maple sugar and almond tarts.
Montreal's maple syrup supply overflows with ooey gooey wonder,
so much so that the need to "off sugar" carved out a seasonal
culinary sensation across the city. In Old Port of Montreal, pop-up
sugar shacks are sprouting up with live entertainment, music and
maple taffy on snow.
During a stay or meeting at the Auberge Handfield
Country Inn in the Monteregie region's Richelieu valley about
a 40-minute drive from Montreal, 2,000 maple trees across 42
acres are tapped and turned into sugar tarts, sugar pancakes
and maple taffy. Groups from 25 to 300 can participate in
tastings and watch the maple sap as it is transformed into syrup
using the same know-how of yesteryears. On-site meeting space
A "champagne call button" at The Palazzo's Rosina is ready and waiting to
make attendees' flutes sing whenever they want.
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