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> meetings thought leadership The B in F&B IT'S NOT ACTUALLY "booze," but for our purposes here, let's just say it is. Guests today are all about the craft cocktails, and 2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year. Anton Preslicka is a mixologist for the Lawrence, a hot Midtown Atlanta restaurant where what goes in the glasses figures as much into the mix as what ends up on the plates. Mezcal, tequila's generally smokier, agave-based sister, is one to watch. "Most these days are less smoky," he explains. "Aspects we're seeing can be peppery with fruit aspects, which makes it much more delicate." Like tequila, traditional mezcal is distilled from the agave plant, though generally not the same variety. It's interesting flavor means it's not necessarily a beginner's choice straight out of the bottle, but lighter variations - and the added benefit of a mixed cocktail - can make it quite a delightful one. It pairs well with juices and herbs. Also hot on Preslicka's list: sherry. "It's versatile, and while I love vermouth, it's nice to play with something different. Manzanilla sherry pairs with almost anything." And while we're on the topic of pairings, he said that juice/spirit pairings are easy to batch for larger cocktail receptions if necessary, but they aren't the only option. "When we do events, often we'll pre-batch the classics-the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, the Negroni-and if you do so ahead of time, they benefit from what I like to call 'the chilly effect.'" Preslicka says the flavors meld beautifully. Much in the way that things like soup, sauce or chili often taste better the next day, pre-batching gives these classic mixes different profiles than the fresh-made variety. "But they are no less enjoyable," he adds. Making Meetings like Music in Macon MEMPHIS MAY HAVE Graceland and Beale Street, Nashville's got the Opry, but the Southern rock and soul roots of Macon run deep. Historic Grant's Lounge is the place where legends, including the Allman Brothers and the Marshall Tucker band, have taken the stage. Soul fans come from far and wide to see Otis Redding's life-sized bronze statue and meditate on classics like "These Arms of Mine" or "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"-and over at the historic Capitol Theatre, the music is still playing. 26 Winter 2016 Built in 1916, the venue closed its doors after six decades spent as Macon's grand dame of entertainment. A 2006 renovation restored it to its original glory, and along with hosting a variety of entertainers, it's also available for very unique events and has an affiliated caterer to help you plan for refreshments. Ideal for a variety of corporate gatherings, capacity is 165 seated on the floor, 305 in the balcony and 650 overall.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Winter 2016

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
Georgia Poultry Federation Goes All In with Avian Flu Communications
Take AIM with Your Communications in 2016
Promoting and Leveraging Your Meeting Content
Why Every Leader Needs a Magic Wand and Glass Slippers
GSAE Presents Annual Awards
GSAE Luncheon & Tradeshow
December Holiday Luncheon
Thought Leadership Meeting Tips
Destination: Atlanta
Choices: With All Due Respect, Let Us Speak
Index of Advertisers

Connections - Winter 2016