À la Carte Catering and Event Design shoulders the entire burden of event planning, from the food and wait staff to flowers and decorations to entertainment and lighting. Hosts just meet with an event specialist to describe the basics behind their dream party, and À la Carte hammers out the kinks to make it a reality. The company's executive chef draws on his training in France, New Orleans, and the Caribbean to craft elegant and casual menus, and partner vendors manage other accoutrements, such as coat checks, valet parking, or live musicians. Civilians get a glimpse inside the trade at cooking classes with À la Carte’s chefs during interactive demonstrations that cover professional techniques for butchering meat, cooking pasta, or licking brownie batter off of a spatula.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Great Gatherings houses myriad luxurious home essentials for leisurely get-togethers and everyday living. A variety of stools such as the wheat-hued Capri Backless ($159.95) are available for accommodating large parties, or slightly smaller parties of guests who like to put their feet up on another stool. For those preferring higher-backed seats, stylish options such as the Lancaster and Tyler chairs ($199.95 each) are readily available. Great Gatherings also supplies a garden’s worth of outdoor furniture and thoughtful accessories from sturdy chair covers to large Vega umbrella lights ($99). Indoors or out, hosts can dazzle company with miscellaneous entertaining essentials, including Double Swirl 100% recycled glassware ($12.99), allowing them to serve dinner companions and visiting Mother Natures with equally chic aplomb.