10 Ideas for Summer Entertaining in Los Angeles

By Alesandra Dubin May 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Photo: Courtesy of All Jarred Up

Here are new ideas for group outings, catering, client entertaining, gifts, and entertaining summer associates and interns in Los Angeles.

1. An in-office catering treat can also be a pick-me-up: Isabella's Cookie Company now offers the “Mocha Monster,” a powerful creation that it claims works better than two cups of espresso. The brown sugar cookie is made with five shots of fresh espresso, and packed with huge chunks of milk chocolate.

2. Mind the carnivores in the crowd with a catering option that also happens to make quite a spectacle. Tender Greens is now offering a new whole-animal roasting option. It's available for off-site catering and orders must be place at least one week in advance. Orders should be made through Tender Greens Catering and inquiries may be made online here.

3. Make a stop for some L.A. culture: Lacma will present “The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy,” a group of nearly 40 alabaster sculptures that have never before been presented together outside of France, on view from May 8 through July 31 as part of the first and only seven-city exhibition tour in the U.S. The exhibition will be presented with a line-up of public programming that includes music, dance, and wine tasting. (While there, stop by the Patina Restaurant Group's new Ray’s restaurant and Stark Bar adjacent to the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion.)

4. Nothing says summer like fro-yo, and nothing says L.A. like Pinkberry. Combine the two with Pinkberry Catering for an in-office or off-site event. Pick summery flavors and toppings, and the group offers either full service (team members will come to the event, set-up pre-swirled yogurt and toppings, and stay to present the treats to guests) or drop-off service (transportation of pre-swirled yogurt and toppings to events).

5. To really make an impression, take a small group for a quick trip to Las Vegas. JetSuite, a fleet of four-seater private jets from a former JetBlue executive and a group of its former pilots, offers a $999 per-flight rate between Van Nuys and Las Vegas.

6. For a festive gift with a down-home feel around the 4th of July, give a stars-and-stripes-themed package of pies baked in eight-ounce mason jars from All Jarred Up.

7. Take a group to cheer the home team on at Dodger Stadium. Inside, try the newest concession: Doyer Dogs, a souped-up, spicy version of the traditional Dodger Dogs inspired by the Spanish version of the team's name. The all-beef hot dogs are grilled, served with nacho cheese, chili, chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos and are available at Camacho stands throughout the park.

8. Get an early start on entertaining: Radar L.A. is a new international festival of contemporary theater running June 14 through 20. The festival is produced by Redcat in collaboration with Center Theatre Group and the Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, and a broader consortium. Group ticketing is available.

9. FoodInk Catering and Bling Bling Dumpling recently announced a new collaboration, and have just launched a new dim sum cart. Dumplings and other bites will get the crowd buzzing in the office or elsewhere.  Prices start at about $1,825 for 100 guests for two hours, including cart rental, paper goods, and server and chef staff (not inclusive of gratuity or taxes).

10. Take the group for some social lubrication along with Los Angeles culture at Angel City Brewing, which just moved downtown to a 27,000-square-foot space complete with tasting bar that has room for 20.

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