7 North County San Diego Restaurants You Should Know About

Did you know unique San Diego dining experiences stretch well beyond the streets of centrally-located regions like the Gaslamp District? A small venture to North County will find you in a whole new world of exciting options. Neighborhoods such as Escondido, Carlsbad, and Del Mar are buzzing with creative takes on SoCal culinary trends. Here are 7 North County San Diego Restaurants we recommend:

Cordiano Winery, Escondido

Originally working alongside his father in Italy, Gerardo Cordiano sold his restaurants, moved to San Diego, and fulfilled a lifelong dream making his own vino. This winery is a perfect spot to enjoy the San Diego sunset and unwind.north county san diego restaurants cordiano winery

The Wooden Spoon, Escondido

Jesse and Catherine Paul’s in-house creations focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. Just one visit, and you’ll understand why The Wooden Spoon is scooping up impressive ratings.north county san diego restaurants - the wooden spoon

Campfire, Carlsbad

Campfire’s inspiration comes from the simplistic idea of good friends gathered around a fire sharing good food. The restaurant is 6,000 square feet of pure kumbayawesome, featuring a glass-enclosed kitchen, live-fire cooking, and stellar craft cocktails.north county san diego restaurants - campfire

Tasting Room, Del Mar

Tasting Room Del Mar focuses on “all things craft, local, and honestly delicious.” Each menu intertwines with beverage and flavor options. Mix and match  your own pairings, or embrace the unknown with the chef’s own “surrender series.”
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Barrel Republic, Oceanside

Enjoy ultimate freedom of choice with your wristband-operated tab, and take your pick from over 50 beer taps. Wine and kombucha are also available at this revolutionary bar concept.north county san diego restaurants - barrel republic

Ponsaty’s, Rancho Santa Fe

Master French chef Patrick Ponsaty brings 31 years of expertise to his elegant namesake. His elevated French and Spanish flavors are sure to excite.

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WESTROOT Tavern, Carmel Valley

From the makers of barleymash in the Gaslamp, Uptown Tavern and Sandbar in Pacific Beach, comes this posh two-level Carmel Valley stunner. With floor-to-ceiling windows, 30 beer handles, and a robust menu of SoCal-inspired fare, this sprawling venue is a heavy-hitter in the North County San Diego restaurant scene.

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North County San Diego Restaurants – Need More Info?

If you are a meeting planner in search of North County San Diego restaurants, reach out to our event planning experts today. Contact The Event Team destination management company for a complete proposal.


Los Angeles Healthy Activities to Kick Off 2017

With a turbulent 2016 behind us, it’s time to look forward to the New Year. If you’re planning a trip to L.A., here are 5 Los Angeles Healthy Activities to kick off 2017.

Malibu Yoga and Mimosas

Malibu Wines continues the tradition of providing yoga and mimosas on select Sunday mornings throughout 2017. Led by Emily Paige, you’ll start with an hour of yoga to build and stretch the body. Afterward, chase your early morning exercise with a mimosa to soothe and calm the mind, of course.

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Live Talks Los Angeles

Ring in the new year by stimulating your mind at Live Talks LA. Consisting of a series of on-stage conversations featuring writers, actors, musicians, humorists, artists, chefs, scientists and thought leaders in business, Live Talks LA provide topics to interest anyone. The next talk, taking place on January 25th, will feature Michael Lewis with Mindy Kaling.

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Acai Nation

Energize the body at Açaí Nation with their nutrient dense bowls such as the Rio de Janeiro or Cocoa Fruit. In addition to the countless bowl options, Açaí Nation also serves smoothies for something healthy on the go. Find all this fruity goodness at either their Brentwood or Pacific Palisades location.

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Unplug Meditation

Feeling stressed out? Take the Zen road into the New Year with Unplug Meditation, who have been turning stress to calm since 2014. Since Unplug offers a wide variety of meditation styles and teachers, there is an instructor and class to meet the needs of both the experienced meditator and novice practitioner alike. With lower blood pressure, improved mood, and decreases stress and anxiety on the long list of benefits from meditating, it’s worth giving it a shot!

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Malibu Wellness Retreat

Take the new, health conscious you to unseen heights with a wellness retreat at Tabitha Rose Yoga. Participants begin with a Vinyasa Flow accompanied by calming tunes by a local musician. Up next is a hike through the serene Charmlee Canyon Wilderness Park ending with an assortment of refreshing juices, infused water, and a delicious organic vegetarian feast to nourish and replenish the tired body.

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Los Angeles Healthy Activities – Need More Info?

If you’re lookin for more Los Angeles Healthy Activities contact The Event Team destination management company for more info! Our team of creative event planning professionals can arrange a unique and healthy experience, complete with round-trip transportation, meal options, branded amenities and more. Reach out today for a custom proposal created specifically for your group.


Event Decor Orange County: 3 OC Venues and How to Dress Them Up

Orange County features a wonderful selection of event venues for convention and corporate groups. At The Event Team Orange County destination management company, we are experts at dressing venues up in event decor. Here’s a look at three popular Orange County event venues paired with some of our favorite decor recommendations.

1. Mission San Juan Capistrano / Rustic California Chic

Conveniently located minutes from the airport, this historic mission is an idyllic setting of lush gardens, adobe buildings, and the famous Great Stone Church. Dress it up with our rustic California Chic decor concept. Featuring warm colors and wooden accents, this theme gives the mission a modern feel without completely ignoring its roots.

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2. Endless Dreams Yacht / Nautical

Endless Dreams represents the pinnacle of charter yacht design. The 140-foot Newport Beach yacht accommodates 450 guests and boasts modern wood, granite and stainless steel accents inside. Additional highlights include plasma televisions and a playful outdoor balcony fit for stargazing. Dress it up with our nautical theme, which incorporates simple colors, clean lines, and seafaring accents.

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3. Lyon Air Museum / Vintage Military

This  30,000 square foot hangar houses a collection of historic aircraft and classic vehicles from the World War II era. A unique setting for Orange County events, the stunning backdrop of John Wayne Airport’s runway is quite a treat for guests. Dress it up with our Vintage Military theme. This colorful concept highlights the venue’s tribute to World World II era history with industrial furniture, patriotic colors, and vintage accessories.

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Event Decor Orange County – Need More Info?

If you’re in the market for event decor Orange County, contact The Event Team today for more information! We can help you site venues and discover decor concepts to accommodate your budget and vision. From casual beach bashes to swanky awards galas, our team of creative experts are happy to help!


5 San Diego 5K Venues for your next Corporate Fun Run

January is here, and we hate to tell you, but it’s time to back away from the Christmas cookies. If you’re a meeting planner headed to San Diego, we suggest getting your team in gear with a Fun Run? This outdoor fitness activity is a wonderful way to re-energize your attendees while showcasing our beautiful city! Here are 5 San Diego 5K Venues for your next Corporate Fun Run:

1. Embarcadero Park North

An ideal choice for corporate 5K events, this outdoor venue is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center. Bordering Seaport Village, the course runs alongside San Diego Bay and features picturesque views of magnificent landmarks like the”Kissing Statue” and USS Midway Museum. Why we love it: Close proximity to the Convention Center and Downtown Convention hotels make it possible to hit the snooze button one more time before reporting to the early-morning starting line. 

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2. De Anza Cove Mission Bay

De Anza Cove is a tranquil park located within Mission Bay. Highlights include easy freeway access, ample parking, covered picnic space, and a winding pathway that is perfect for a San Diego corporate 5K. Why we love it: Peaceful and serene, you won’t even realize you just spent the last 45 minutes exercising.

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3. Balboa Park

The nation’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo. Featuring gorgeous architecture and plenty of recreational spaces, Balboa Park is an excellent San Diego 5K venue option. Why we love it: We highly recommend a visit to Balboa Park on any trip to San Diego – you might as well get some exercise while you’re at it.balboa park San Diego 5K Venues

4. Liberty Station

Offering 28 acres of incredible, historic surroundings at the former Naval Training Center San Diego, Liberty Station encompasses beautifully restored buildings and lush landscapes.
Why we love it: The venue’s enclosed campus makes Liberty Station a safe selection for family-friendly 5Ks. liberty station San Diego 5K Venues

5. Coronado Tidelands Park

The largest San Diego Bay park, Tidelands Park accommodates events for up to 3,000 guests. Offering picturesque views of the beautiful Coronado Bridge, the park also includes a small beach, recreational fields, picnic areas and plenty of open space for a variety of outdoor activity. A scenic path extends from the Silver Strand to the Old Ferry Landing. Why we love it: 5Ks on Coronado Island provide a post-card-worthy view of San Diego bay. 

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San Diego 5K Venues – Need More Info?

If you’re looking for San Diego 5K venues, our full-service destination management company will take care of all the logistics! From permitting to security to signage, we’ll jump through all the hoops so you don’t have to! Contact The Event Team DMC today to learn more.


2016 Fourth Quarter Awards Announced

What a better way to close out the year than with a list of some super people? The following 4th Quarter award recipients truly helped The Event Team shine in 2016:

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Romy Linde, Director of Sales

Romy leads the company in sales, but she also leads in other ways. Besides managing her own accounts, she also creates sales strategies, trains and mentors her colleagues, facilitates meeetings, and more. “Romy had a fabulous year,” said President/CEO Matt Robbins. “She has been an integral part of our team for nearly 15 years and continues to evolve in her position. I’m very proud of her and can’t wait to see her 2017 sales plan in action.”


Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Marnie Buddo

Marnie continues to be a pillar of the The Event Team field staff. When she is assigned to an event, she always arrives on time, with a happy, positive attitude and always goes above and beyond to make sure the guests and clients have a great experience. VP of Operations Paige Weeber sings Marnie’s praises: “It doesn’t matter if it is a small Gaslamp transfer or a huge off-site event; Marnie ensures that everyone has a good time to and from an event. Her reliability, positive attitude, and ability to think quickly on her feet made her an easy candidate for Employee of the Quarter.” Thank you Marnie for all you do for The Event Team!

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Hotelier of the Quarter – Khoa Hoang, Westin San Diego

We love all our hotel partners, but this quarter Khoa Hoang from Westin San Diego was particularly exceptional. “Khoa is a very detail-oriented convention services manager and a tremendous pleasure to work with,” said National Sales Manager Steve Larson. “She is very informative about her clients’ needs and always available at a moment’s notice!” Thank you Khoa for trusting The Event Team to work with you and your clients – you can count on us!

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Vendor of the Quarter – Innovative Entertainment

Last but definitely not least is our wonderful vendor of the quarter. Peggy Jewell of Innovative Entertainment is one of our most valued vendor partners. “Most groups want entertainment at their events but don’t always know what they want,” said Weeber. “With just a few details, Peggy and her team always put together great suggestions and always include a few “out of the box” ideas to keep our proposals fresh and up to date for clients. Also, her team is always available, and their onsite presence is always appreciated to keep the talent on track.” Thank you Peggy for all your years of partnership and friendship!

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Need More Info?

Solid local partnerships are one of the biggest values of using a destination management company. When you choose The Event Team, we connect you with an array of wonderful suppliers and staff who have a proven history of customer satisfaction. If you’re planning a Southern California corporate event, allow our DMC to do the heavy lifting! Contact The Event Team today for more information.

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Corporate Event Photography and Videography Trends in Southern California

The Event Team DMC always recommends corporate event photography to our meeting planner clients. With so many affordable and unique options to choose from, why not capture every memorable moment? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite photography and videography trends for your perusing pleasure.

1. Drone Cinematography

If your meeting or convention is held in the same location every year, drone cinematography is a great way to engage with current and future attendees. Southern California is beautiful anyway you look at it, but aerial footage of the region is simply stunning. Drone services can offer a wonderful re-cap of your event, while simultaneously providing a marketing tool for next year’s conference. Worried about permitting issues? Leave that to us. Our full service destination management team can do all the research to make sure your drone stays out of  a no-fly zone.

2. GIF Photobooths

GIFs – who knew?! What started as a snarky trend in Meme-ville wound up being an incredible asset to the event community. GIF photobooths are a funky way to incorporate event branding and social media marketing into your theme party. Minimal setup and hours of fun…what’s not to love?


3. Vintage VW Photobus

Nothing quite captures the laid-back surf vibe of Southern California like a Vintage VW Photobus. Sometimes we event planners tend to set up bulky photobooths in some leftover corner of the venue that won’t cause a pile-up at the meat-carving station. This beauty, on the other hand, demands attention and may very well deserve front-and-center placement as your entrance piece. When photography poses as decor, we can’t complain.

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Corporate Event Photography – Need More Info?

Looking for more suggestions for corporate event photography? Our dynamic roster of photographers and videographers are the best memory-makers in the business. Be sure to contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on our discounted event photography rates!

6 Last Minute Office Holiday Party Ideas

If you’re feeling a little Ho Ho Hum about this year’s office holiday party, don’t fret! The Event Team is here with 6 last minute office holiday party ideas to make your event merry and bright:

1. Santa’s Workshop: Cookie-Decorating and Wreath-Making Stations

Whether or not their DIY game is on point, guests always appreciate interactive stations at work parties because they offer an opportunity to do something other than make awkward conversation about their holiday travel plans. Station options include cookie-decorating, wreath-assembly, ornament design, and more!

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2. Reindeer Games: Merry Minute to Win It and Caroling Karaoke

If your team is a more competitive bunch, we suggest hosting a good old fashioned holiday game night. Divide guests into teams and battle against the clock in a series of holiday-themed challenges in our Merry Minute to Win It game. After everyone has enough egg nog (aka liquid courage) break out the karaoke machine for our Caroling Karaoke competition.

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3. Deck the Halls: Venue Selection and Holiday Decor Themes

Opt for all the traditional holiday trimmings, or get creative with a decor theme that matches your city, venue, or company brand. Some suggestions include a Christmas Beach Party theme at an oceanfront venue, a Winter Funderland circus/carnival theme at a local children’s museum, or a spooky Nightmare Before Christmas theme at a private estate.

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4. The GIF that Keeps on GIFing: Festive Photobooths

Photobooths continue to be all the rage at corporate events, and for good reason. Where else can you don a Santa hat and Groucho Marx glasses at the same time? There are no shortage of awesome photobooth variations to choose from. The Event Team can you hook you up with greenscreens, slow motion videos, light painting, photo flipbooks, and the ever-popular GIF booth, to name a few.

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5. Do You Hear What I Hear: Carolers and Drummer Boys

Liven up your event with the sights and sounds of professional holiday musicians and entertainers. The carolers, drummer boys, children’s choirs, etc., have been practicing all year for this. Spreading cheer for all to hear is a job they take seriously, and your party will be better for it.

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6. That’s a Wrap: Volunteering and Holiday Bonding Activities

If a holiday party didn’t quite make it on your 2016 wishlist, there are still ways to sprinkle a little joy throughout your company. Take a day out of the office and volunteer your time toward a local community program. Gift-wrapping donated toys for youth outreach organizations or assembling  military care packages are perfect options for this time of year. The Event Team can also arrange a casual bonding activity for your team, such as a local brewery tour or a friendly game of footgolf (our team just did this last week and had a blast!).

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Office Holiday Party Ideas – Need More Info?

Contact The Event Team destination management company today for more information on these and other office holiday party ideas!