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When you think bar snacks, you might think sliders, calamari or french fries. But snacks will never be the same after enjoying them at The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa. The Restaurant at Meadowood The Restaurant at Meadowood is a Michelin Guide 3-Star restaurant in Napa Valley, CA. The tasting menu costs $330 per guest. A three-course menu is available in the bar for $90. But if you are not looking for a full dining experience and just want to have a few bites with a glass, or two, of wine, take a seat at the bar or in the rotunda and try the Snack Program for $40. The Snack Program is a 9-course tasting menu. Each course is a small bar bite but it takes bar snacks to another level. Each course is like a small sampling of what you might enjoy inside the restaurant because the snacks are inspired by dishes from chef Christopher Kostow's menu in the main dining room. This also means that the snacks change regularly.
This story originally appeared in Wine Industry Network Advisor. Running a wine association takes a tireless multi-tasker. The job is a combination of strategy, business development, marketing, finance and politics. It takes understanding the needs of the association, as well as the community as a whole. It is about managing the desires of a diverse group, from large producers to small producers. morgenprofilepicture2 Morgen McLaughlin knows this all too well. She has spent time on both coasts running wine associations, first working with the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association in Upstate New York and now on the west coast as the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Vintners Association. McLaughlin was raised in Connecticut, not exactly in wine country. But, in 1978, when she was six years old, her parents started a winery and vineyard on the family property. With a farm on the property, a winery was a value add to their lifestyle. From that point on, she grew up riding tractors and working harvest and all associated wine activities. In response, McLaughlin had no interest in working in the wine industry. “I wanted to do the opposite,” she explained. “I wanted to get off the farm and get away from family so I went to school in Boston and studied to be high school English teacher.”
Summer is officially over and fall is underway. School is back in session and we await the change of season. That is, everywhere but California. Here is Los Angeles, it is still over 90 degrees and sometimes that makes it hard to get into a work frame of mind. So why not head to Viviane Restaurant in the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills for an afternoon. If enjoying breakfast or lunch outdoors with a view of the pool is not incentive enough, perhaps the new extended happy hour menu will be. Happy Hour at Viviane Restaurant Welcome fall with Chef Michel Hung's daily happy hour menu. Every day (all seven in the week), happy hour is offered from 2:30pm - 7:30pm. So whether you have the luxury of having your afternoons free, are looking for somewhere to go after work or want to relax with friends during the weekend, Viviane is the answer. viviane-restaurant-at-hotel-avalon-1