Conference goers mix it up in UCLA’s new teaching kitchen

When the team at the Luskin Conference Center and Hotel has an opportunity to elevate a meeting, group stay or conference by offering a little something extra to the experience, they look to the resources available at UCLA to do it. Unlike other hotels, the Luskin resides in the heart of the nation’s No. 1 public university and one of the most well-known campuses in the world. This allows the Luskin to bring a myriad of unique experiences to their clients and guests.

Members of the global Teaching Kitchen Collaborative know this first-hand. The group recently held a three-day hybrid research conference featuring discussions, presentations and breakout sessions. A highlight of the event was a series of pre-taped cooking demonstrations enjoyed on-site by some and streamed online for those attending remotely.

Leveraging a new state-of-the-art teaching kitchen that opened in one of UCLA’s new student residences in Fall 2022, guests not only watched some of UCLA’s talented chefs prepare dishes in front of them, they also participated at 25 individual stations equipped with all the necessary tools to participate in following along in the cooking demos.

This was the first time that conference goers had worked in this space, as the teaching kitchen is primarily designed for UCLA students, but the space was be available at the particular time and offered a wonderful experience that was perfectly aligned with the mission of the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative.

This was not the first time that Luskin event guests have participated in cooking classes. As part of its efforts to create fun and engaging team-building events, the Luskin sales and events team has invited UCLA chefs to the conference center to guide small teams in the creation of a multi-course meal that the group prepares and then enjoys together. Meeting and conference guests have also had opportunities to step out of their comfort zone and build trust with one another by climbing on UCLA Recreation’s ropes course.

Another fun option has been to hold receptions steps away from the Luskin in UCLA’s Morgan Center, which is home to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, 120 NCAA championship trophies (more than any other school in the nation) and a replica of renowned basketball coach John Wooden’s den.

Six reasons why we are one of the greenest hotels in Los Angeles

According to a recent survey, 61% of travelers say that the pandemic has made them want to travel more sustainably in the future. For those visiting Los Angeles, the Luskin Hotel is a prime choice. From the onset, the Luskin Hotel was built with sustainability in mind. Some might say it’s in our DNA – starting with the building materials and expanding to touch every facet of our facility and operations.

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Lake Arrowhead adventures await

In September, a group of medical professionals left their scrubs at home and headed to the Lake Arrowhead Lodge. While they all worked for the same hospital and came across each other daily, each doctor was the head of their respective department and they hardly knew one other. Considering the challenges of their occupation and the demands of leading a medical department, the goal of their trip was for everyone to leave the mountain with stronger relationships so that each person would feel more comfortable communicating openly, leaning on the other leads for support and bouncing improvement ideas off of each other more readily. 

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UCLA Hospitality creates new events team

Meetings and conferences at UCLA have always been fantastic, but now they are even better. After strategizing ways to amplify the talents of our Conferences & Catering professionals for the betterment of our guests and clients, a new events team has emerged.

“We are expanding UCLA’s meeting servicing expertise to now include the Luskin Conference Center,” said Samantha Chan, director of conferences, catering and events, who leads the team.

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Breakfast is back at the Guest House

When the pandemic hit, protocols related to food service changed. The self-serve buffet style of eating that we all knew and loved was no longer permitted. At the UCLA Guest House, this meant a suspension of the deluxe complimentary continental breakfast that guests had become a traditional mainstay of their guest stay.

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Rolling with rollatini: conference goers connect over great food

In-person conferences and meetings are finally back! UCLA Conferences & Catering has been working to make these events memorable and inspiring for everyone, and the team was thrilled to welcome the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative to the Luskin Conference Center this month to connect, network and learn. A highlight of the two-day program was a series of cooking demonstrations led by UCLA Senior Executive Chef Joey Martin, who showed off UCLA’s new teaching kitchen and instructed attendees on how to prepare and plate several recipes, including this hearty, delicious and nutrient-rich Mediterranean classic. We invite you to join in the fun and impress your friends and family by trying this recipe at home.

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Luskin Conference Center and Hotel now open for weddings

It is nothing new for the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and Hotel to set up large events and welcome guests for a special occasion. It is also not unusual for Luskin Banquet team to prepare and serve an array of delicious foods to a large group. So, when the Luskin Conference Center and Hotel started offering wedding packages, couples started saying ‘I do.’

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New experiences elevate guest experience at Lake Arrowhead Lodge

American naturalist John Muir once said: “Wherever we go in the mountains, we find more than we seek.” For guests at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Lodge, going to the mountains comes with an opportunity to find a deeper connection with the land, its history and themselves. 

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Events at UCLA heat up this summer

Summer 2020 came and went. And then summer 2021 did the same. No in-person conferences and events. No guests filling UCLA’s walkways, event spaces and on-campus residences. No delivery vans filled with delicious meals ready to be sent out, set up and served. In summer 2022, that all changes, much to the delight of the entire UCLA Conferences & Catering team.

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Visitors happy to be back ‘home’ at the UCLA Guest House

The UCLA Guest House opened its doors in late April, more than two years after shuttering its doors due to the pandemic. When news of a return to business was made known, bookings started flooding in, said Richard McPhee, general manager of the Guest House.

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