CATEGORY: Food & Drinks for Gatherings

Beth Kirby Introduces Us To Her Delectable Christmas Morning Secret: Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Whiskey Eggnog Frosting
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27042
VENUE:
In The Kitchen with Local Milk
LOCATION:
Nashville
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Christmas Morning Recipe
Southern Comfort
In The Kitchen
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

In prepping for the holiday season, we couldn’t help but peruse some go-to recipes that give Christmas morning just a little extra sense of comfort and joy. And, as with every year, the philosophical question arises: Should we tinker with the classics or keep it traditional? Coming to our holiday rescue, the lovely photographer, stylist, blogger, and recipe guru, Beth Kirby of Local Milk introduces us to her favorite traditional pastries with a twist. Her recipe for soft brown butter cinnamon rolls with whiskey and eggnog frosting have us thinking she might actually be Santa. So, save your Christmas stocking treats for the afternoon, because these gooey pastries are going to be the sweet hit of the day.

Words + Photos by Beth Kirby of Local Milk 

 

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A Look Inside One Of L.A.'s Most Magical Outdoor Venues
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27048
VENUE:
Daily Dose Cafe
LOCATION:
Los Angeles
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STYLE
SETTINGS
A Magical Holiday Tasting
Holiday Gathering
Outdoor L.A. Venue
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

In Los Angeles, the coolest spots can be found anywhere. Now, that’s not necessarily suggesting that each and every diner and dive bar in the City of Angels is of equally awesome merit, though it honestly feels that way on some blocks. Instead, it’s more a curious case of finding your favorite escape in anything from an abandoned warehouse to a mysterious mansion to a parking lot.

So it doesn’t seem too surprising — if you’re from California anyway — that a spectacular farm-to-table experience awaits you in a magical alleyway tucked on the eastern edge of Downtown Los Angeles. Indeed, in the very colorful Arts District, Sarkis Vartanian welcomes you to his enchanting urban oasis, The Daily Dose Cafe.

Photos: Scott Clark

 

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The Holiday Inspired Cocktails That Everyone Needs At Their Next Gathering
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27050
VENUE:
Daily Dose Cafe
LOCATION:
Los Angeles
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
A Magical Holiday Tasting
Holiday Gathering
Outdoor L.A. Venue
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

So you’re throwing a holiday party. Avoid the all-too-easy red wine cop out at your get together this year and test drive a new, seasonally fitting cocktail. We partnered with cocktail specialist, Matt Landes of Cocktail Academy to share his favorites for any festive gathering. Don’t worry, the test drive has already been done on these so you can worry about more important things like, what types of cheeses are best for your charcuterie board.

Whether you want spruce up your menu with a perfect pairing, add something a little special to your hors d'oeuvre tasting or simply looking for the best spiked punch recipe to satisfy the masses - Matt's thought of everything and sharing his secret sauce ways.

Photography by: Scott Clark 

 

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A Holiday Tasting with Daily Dose + Cocktail Academy
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27049
VENUE:
Daily Dose Cafe
LOCATION:
Los Angeles
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
A Magical Holiday Tasting
Holiday Gathering
Outdoor L.A. Venue
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

'Tis the season of chunky sweaters, unapolegtic eating, and endless holiday parties. From traditional family gatherings to crazy corporate events, how do you make your holiday party stand out from the crowd as a truly enjoyable time? The winning trifecta for all postively perfect parties is menu, music, and decor. We recently collaborated with Cocktail Academy and Daily Dose Cafe on A Holiday Tasting embodying all of these things that will knock your socks off. Ever wonder where to begin when it comes to prepping for your holiday gathering? This guide sums up all you need so you won't miss a single beat during the flurry of winter holidays. Speaking of beat, we've also got a festive playlist that will make your soiree a rockin' good time.

Photography by Scott Clark

 

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Our Giving Gathering Focused On Changing Our World
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27045
VENUE:
VR Headquarters
LOCATION:
Encinitas
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Giving Gathering
Simple & Natural
TVR HQ
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

2016 has been a year of radical change, uncertainty about our future, and divides of the past resurging and rooting down deeper than ever. With so much affecting the future landscape of our political sphere, environment and humanity, this Thanksgiving - more than ever - is the ideal time to step away from ourselves and reflect on what is happening in the world around us. What worries you? What ignites a spark in you? What can you do to make a positive impact on our future?

Start by shifting your meaning of Thanksgiving to a Giving Gathering - the 'giving' part of this holiday. We know Thanksgiving as a time to reflect inwardly and be thankful for the good in our lives but let's change our intentions to reflect outwardly and focus on giving back when it's more important than ever. While we're still using this time to be thankful, this year rather than writing our 'thankful' notes down, we are writing down ways we want to give. 

We gathered as a team to set our intentions of giving back, celebrate what's to come, and enjoy one another's company. We were inspired by the rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest that is wild, natural, and pure. We brought our favorite dishes and recipes to share with each other while discussing causes we're passionate about, how we're getting more involved in our community, and how we're planning on making a positive impact on the world we live in. How are you giving this year?

 

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