10 AMAZING RESTAURANT VENUES FOR A WINTER WEDDING IN LA

Planning a winter wedding in LA? Today Nicole shares her favorite restaurant venues with our friends at 100 Layer Cake!

THE SOCIAL 101: NICOLE’S FAVORITE SPOTS FOR HOLIDAY PARTIES

Hi! Nicole here. The holiday season is in full swing, and today I’m excited to share a few of my favorite places to throw a fabulous holiday party. What I love about LA is that every neighborhood has its own charm and character, and if you look hard enough, you can always find a place that fits what you’re looking for.

THE SOCIAL 101: NICOLE'S TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR COMPANY HOLIDAY PARTY

Hi! Nicole here, sharing some tips to help planning your company holiday party go as smoothly as possible. The holidays are just around the corner, which means it's time to celebrate! This time of year draws crowds to restaurants and retail spaces for end-of-year gatherings and holiday parties. Planning your company holiday party may seem like a daunting task, but with a little creativity and a few insider tips, you can host a special evening that all of your guests are sure to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorite ideas to help you plan a successful company holiday party.

VENICE IS READY TO PARTY AT #ABF2018

Every year for the past 34 years, Abbot Kinney Festival celebrates Venice’s eclectic community and showcases all the character it has to offer. The longstanding summer tradition is back this year on Sunday, September 30th from 10am-6pm.

THE SOCIAL SPOT: TALLULA'S

With the success of iconic Santa Monica restaurants like Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe, Cassia, and Milo + Olive, husband and wife restauranteurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan have become household names around Los Angeles. But why stop there? The opening of Tallula’s in May 2017, has proven to be yet another win for the popular duo and their Rustic Canyon Family of Restaurant group.

THE SOCIAL SPOT: THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER

The Butcher’s Daughter may have been born and bred in New York City, but it sits right at home among the ocean breeze and thoughtfully designed corridors of Abbot Kinney. Its bright and distinguished interior is the work of owner and designer Rachel Tierney, and features a harmonic blend of industrial elements outfitted with rustic materials like wood, brick, and of course, plenty of plant life. It is after all, a plant-based restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the lively vegan and vegetarian menu takes it beyond just another Venice Beach health café, thanks to the creativity of Executive Chef Richard Rea, formerly a sous chef from Superba Restaurant Group, and Pastry Chef Ignacio Zorzoli.

THE SOCIAL SPOT: IT'S ALWAYS SUMMER AT SALT AIR

Endless sunshine, beautiful beaches, that perpetual feeling like you’re on vacation… few restaurants capture the Los Angeles of peoples’ imaginations quite like Salt Air. Blocks from Venice beach on the iconic Abbot Kinney Blvd., the bistro-style restaurant has been charming locals since 2013 thanks to Dave & Patti Reiss (the duo behind Westside favorites like Sunny Spot, The Brig, and A-Frame), serving seasonal seafood-inspired dishes amidst a backdrop of white brick walls, marble tables, and an open kitchen.

THE SOCIAL SPOT: ESTERS

Tucked in a refurbished 1937 Art Deco building, Esters Wine Shop & Bar strikes a delicate balance between classy and inviting for Santa Monica wine-loving crowd. The decor, a blend of Art Deco and Parisian flea market with racks of wine beautifully stacked from floor to ceiling, creates a relaxing ambiance in a bright space with ornate touches.

PARTYING WITH A PASTA PRO

Avner Lavi may not be a household name, but he’s arguably one of LA’s carb cooking kings. A veteran of the local dining scene, he honed his skills at Italian hotspots like Sotto and Bestia before striking out on his own as chef and owner of Cento Pasta Bar, a critically acclaimed, roving pop-up that takes over local restaurants otherwise “dark” for lunch or dinner service.

WELCOME TO THE SOCIAL ARENA

Welcome to The Social Arena! Since this is our first post, we wanted to take a minute to introduce ourselves. Hailing from New York, Founder/CEO Nicole Arena has a background in business and design. She spent eight years working in luxury fashion buying before turning to the event industry, when she started working for the renowned Mindy Weiss – and eventually founded her own LA-based company, Green Ribbon Parties.