6 Salt Lake Venues to Host the Perfect Company Event That Gives Back!

Goodbye trustfalls, hello new team building.

Can we talk about the status of current company parties? A few questions:

  1. Why are they always in a ballroom?
  2. Why is the theme always so cheesy and awkward?
  3. Why can't they be different?

It is 2018, people! That means it is time to shake things up. We've put together a list of unique and sure to be experiential event spaces that will knock your socks off -- and hopefully make the interactions with your coworkers less awkward.

1. Church & State

DSC_0408.jpg

Originally built in 1893 as a Christian Church, the building that is now Church & State has been a big part of Salt Lake City for 125 years. As a church, this was where people would come for help and guidance, and when the building was renovated, the new owners wanted to keep that in mind. Today, Church & State serves as a place for entrepreneurs to seek guidance and is a wonderful venue for all types of events to boot! This is the perfect venue for company holiday parties, cocktail hours, or small conferences!

2. The Clubhouse

DSC_0369.jpg

The Ladies Literary Club (LLC) in the Central City neighborhood has been cultivating education, culture, and knowledge since 1877, before women had the right to attend universities. The birth of the LLC was a major push in the equality for women in Salt Lake City, and across the country, as it was the first chapter founded west of the Mississippi. Kind of a big deal.

As the club grew, the ladies ambitiously aspired to own a building. They banded together, and by 1898, they’d raised enough money to purchase their first clubhouse, located on 300 E, below South Temple. It was the first women’s clubhouse in the west, and they thrived in that location for the next 15 years. Then, in 1913, they made another bold move when they commissioned and built a more extravagant clubhouse, which still stands today at 850 E South Temple. It’s a grand example of Prairie-Style architecture, touting clean, horizontal lines, a grand auditorium, wood inlays, and beautiful, leaded glass. The clubhouse was designed by the local architecture firm of Ware and Treganza, who also designed several other Salt Lake City landmarks, including the Walker Mansion and the Commercial Club on Exchange Place. The cost to build was $32,507.94.

Over the last 100 years, the building has housed more than the LLC headquarters; countless charitable and educational efforts have run through, as well. The ‘Ladies’ helped create the first free public library, establish the first free kindergarten, and fund scholarships at the University of Utah. In 1977, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also made part of the South Temple Historic District by Salt Lake City’s Historic Landmarks Commission.

All told, 136 years of perseverance within the walls of 850 E South Temple have seen major cultural shift and forward progression for our city. Equality is an ongoing battle, but change has come, in many forms. Recent years saw club memberships decrease, and maintaining the building became a struggle. In response, the LLC decided to seek out a non-profit partner to help sustain themselves and take ownership of the building. A tough decision, no doubt, but this classy gang marched forward. On Tuesday, Februrary 5, 2013, we watched as the deed was gifted to their new, non-profit partner, The Utah Heritage Foundation. We can’t think of a better outfit to take care of this beautiful, historically significant building. Kirk Huffaker and crew will no doubt do their part in reconnecting the space with its community and helping the Ladies Literary Club continue their incredible legacy.

This venue is perfect for cocktail parties, conference presentations, a pop up concert series, or a dance party spot!

Copy Credit: Clubhouse Website (http://clubhouseslc.com/)

DSC_0305 (1).jpg

Publik Coffee Roasters began as a dream to create a unique space for people to gather and turned into one of Salt Lake's most beloved coffee hot spots. Not only do they serve amazing lattes (like their recent concoction with brown sugar, almond, and cherry -- a flavored coffee dream), but they also provide an event space that is a blank canvas. This space is perfect for sit down dinners, cocktail parties, and they have a space that could be used for an after party (latte bar, anyone?!)

DSC_0242.jpg

Ember is unlike any other space in Salt Lake City. With 5,700 sq. ft. and over 100 years of character, this urban space incorporates bright white walls, exposed brick and raw wood beams. Vaulted ceilings, a spiral staircase and custom built-in bar with a butcher block top are sure to set the stage for a memorable occasion.

This space is perfect for a cocktail party, sit down dinner, interactive art experience, or anything else we can dream up with you!

Copy Credit: Ember Website (About Section) http://emberslc.com/about/

DSC_0284.jpg

A small, local, and family-owned, Finca is focused on bringing great and unique food to Salt Lake City, Utah. No outside investors or corporate ownership here, but they do buy high-quality, sustainable ingredients largely from other local farms and businesses and have a fantastic front and back of house team that makes them shine.

The ambiance transports you into another world, feeling as if you have stepped into a local european hot spot. Oh, and the food and beverages are other worldly too. This is the perfect venue for a small team get-together or a meeting space that is outside of the usual board room. Either way, Finca is bound to make any business dealings more fun.

How to Host Your Own Desert Beer Campout in Five Easy Steps!

The Sonoran Desert is a wonderfully unique place. A clear view of the stars gives you a front row to the night sky, unique wildlife roams free, and wide open spaces provide a peace of mind you can't find in a bustling city.

This past weekend, we were able to experience an event that showcased the beauty of the desert in a unique way thanks to the folks at Casita De Grimes, who hosted a beer campout, an adult summer camp of sorts. They did such a beautiful job with the event details, so we'd thought we would share how to host your very own desert party in your back yard venue.

1. Invite Local Musicians to Share Their Talent

You can support local musicians and ensure that you have people on their feet dancing. Acoustic bands usually do best at the beginning of the event (during dinner or snacks) and upbeat bands can follow once everyone is feeling comfortable with their surroundings. The after party can bring back the acoustic folks while you sip drinks by the fire! 

 

2. Make Sure There is a School Bus

 PC: @off_kilter_photos

PC: @off_kilter_photos

Alright, maybe this isn't required, but it is pretty darn cool. New Orleans based band St. Cinder came with their own school bus which was perfect for ambiance and for camping! 

3. Incorporate Light

 PC: @hhhollylee

PC: @hhhollylee

String lights, a fire pit and light from the nearby homes made this event warm and glowy. Warmer lighting like candles or a campfire provide a certain touch that floodlights just can't accomplish. Besides, incorporating light into your theme is always a little safer -- everyone can see!

4. Provide Killer Food + Drinks

 PC: @hhhollylee

PC: @hhhollylee

Pork sandwiches and locally brewed beer were on the menu this weekend, but you can come up with some fairly reasonably priced dishes of your own. Hobo meals can be cooked right on the fire! Of course, we always support local choices for both the food and beer if possible.

5. Be Present

 PC: @hhhollylee

PC: @hhhollylee

Once the details are all taken care of, make sure to let it all go the day of. By this point, you can't change anything, so you might as well enjoy the day! We can also help with that by running everything the day of -- and the only thing you need to do is put your feet up and namaste.

6 Tucson Venues to Host the Perfect Company Event That Gives Back!

Goodbye trustfalls, hello new team building.

Can we talk about the status of current corporate events? A few questions:

  1. Why are they always in a ballroom?

  2. Why is the event theme always so cheesy and awkward?

  3. Why can't they be different?

It is 2018, people! That means it is time to shake things up. We've put together a list of unique and sure-to-be experiential event venue spaces that will knock your socks off -- and hopefully make the interactions with your coworkers less awkward.

1. Victorian Age Carriage House + Gardens

624e3ca9cf8b112d0fab74614f823236.jpeg

Kingan Gardens is located near downtown Tucson within the historical Kingan Building and features a beautiful garden area and nineteen hundreds carriage house. This venue provides the perfect space for a backyard vibe without having to use your own. Lawn games, spring cocktails, and small bites anyone? (note: max capacity 200 people)

6-US89_100518-038.jpg

Tumacácori National Historical Park is located in the upper Santa Cruz River Valley in Tucson with over 360 acres of land. The park protects the ruins of three Spanish mission communities, two of which are National Historic Landmark sites. It also contains the landmark 1937 Tumacácori Museum building, also a National Historic Landmark.

You can enjoy a dinner party on the lawn with a beautiful view of the Mission San José de Tumacácori or a concert with a beautiful backdrop?!

PC: Nieves Montaño Photography

22089425_2035781466651351_7197457637265444828_n.jpg

Built in the 1950's The Rail Yard has been restored to create a unique venue space for all in a unique Tucson neighborhood. Phil Perry and his team have created a space that is welcoming, warm and rustic, perfect for holiday parties, team outings, or reunions! Not only do you get the space when you book this venue, but you also get the games that come with it (corn hole, ping pong and foosball to name a few)! GOODBYE TRUST FALL ACTIVITIES, this is the new team building.

o.jpg

Located just off of 6th avenue in the Tucson arts district, Crooked Tooth Brewery is a hidden venue gem with some of the best local brews.

Their patio is intimate and is complete with wood tables, colorful green chairs, and historic brick walls. This is the perfect spot for a beer pairing dinner, live music get together, or an after work happy hour!

Photo Credit: www.yelp.com

ddff9bb37b.jpg

Located on the second floor of The Brings Building on South Scott Avenue, this 2,000 sq. ft studio is the ideal setting for meetings, parties, and retreats. High ceilings, hardwood floors and white walls make it easily adapted to any decor and Tucson's Owl's Club is right down stairs (perfect for an after party). Break out of the usual board or team meeting and have it in a sunny space instead! Find Out More Here

Photo Credit: Creative Tribe

DSC_0278.jpg

The San Pedro Chapel is a historic chapel was built in 1932, ad serves as an amazing Tucson venue. The original chapel that was built in this location in 1915 and was destroyed in by a tornado in 1929. Both chapels were constructed by the El Fuerte community.

The perks? Great acoustics for music, indoor and outdoor options, AND there is a hookup for a food truck (yes)!

8 Tucson Holiday Venues You Never Knew Existed

Finding the perfect Tucson venue for a company celebration or event can be painful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Luckily, you have us and we’re here to tell you about eight of our favorite Tucson venues and event spaces — but there’s definitely more and you can find them by browsing our website.

1. Historic Boarding House in Armory Park

  Photo Courtesy of Shane Reiser

Photo Courtesy of Shane Reiser

This 19th-century boarding house is the coziest late-1800s home we’ve ever been in. Making it perfect for intimate evenings with friends. It’s just three blocks from downtown so you could still hit the town if you wanted.

2. Creative Tribe Studio

  Photo by Priscila Matei Photography

Photo by Priscila Matei Photography

Besides being home to the already-cool pop-up events, the Creative Tribe Workshop’s minimal interior makes this venue incredibly versatile. Your friend’s bridal shower would look great here. Oh, and shares a sidewalk with Owl’s Club. After-party cocktails, anyone?

3. 1800's Converted Bakery in a Historic Neighborhood

23972492_10154847672591436_1661177761_n.jpg

It may not smell like freshly baked bread but the converted-from-bakery-to-residence building downtown does make the best venue for large parties with its comfortable patio and separate bedrooms. And its pink exterior and urban interior is going to look great on your Instagram.

4. El Presidio Grocery Market

e96afa88-a878-49f4-b253-6cc88c88b575.jpg

This historic adobe home in downtown Tucson is super charming with its vintage decor and run-down aesthetic. Just imagine your next dinner party there: Everyone would be sipping on old fashioneds gathered around the piano.

5. San Pedro Chapel

  Photo by Alyssa Gallion

Photo by Alyssa Gallion

You can smell the creosote and hear the birds chirping at the San Pedro Chapel. This place is perfect for the desert dweller, the Tucson-lover and/or the history buff. And the acoustics are perfect for surprise (or planned) performances.

6. Tumacacori National Park

  Photo Source: www.americansouthwest.net

Photo Source: www.americansouthwest.net

There’s no reason to run out of things to talk about at Tumacacori National Park, you’ll be too busy talking about how beautiful it is. This preserved Spanish mission community would make the best backdrop for your next dinner party.

7. Historic Gardens in the Center of the Desert

  Photo Credit: Sarita Mendez

Photo Credit: Sarita Mendez

Twinkly lights, small colorful buildings, and an intimate setting are waiting for you at the Kingan Gardens. It’s perfect for close friends, good food, and stargazing.

8. A Reinvented Warehouse in the Industrial District

  Photo Credit Alyssa Smith Photography

Photo Credit Alyssa Smith Photography

Rail Yard means business. It’s so industrial chic with its exposed brick and copper tones. 

Want to know more about partying with a purpose with Celebrate for Good? Contact one of our party planning experts here.

3 Drink Recipes to Spice Up Your Next Event!

We were inspired to make cocktails, but with an Old Pueblo twist.

With the help of friends and our dreamy bartender Noah Meyer, we made two Tucson-inspired cocktails with our favorite Arizona-born whiskey. And you can too.

The first is The Open House margarita with clear Whiskey Del Bac mixed with maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, grapefruit, and lemon. The other is our Corona de Tucson made with the classic Whiskey Del Bac with sweet vermouth, ancho chile liqueur, coffee and orange bitters.

They’re easy to make and they’ll definitely impress your guests. Here are the full recipes:

The Open House

  Photo Courtesy of Erin Brockel Photography

Photo Courtesy of Erin Brockel Photography

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Whiskey Del Bac – Clear
  • 0.5 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Fresh grapefruit juice
  • Squeeze of lemon

Directions:

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, add ice, shake like hell. Serve up in a cocktail coupe. Adjust the simple syrup based on how sweet or tart the grapefruits are.

Corona de Tucson

  Photo Courtesy of Erin Brockel Photography

Photo Courtesy of Erin Brockel Photography

Ingredients:     

  • 1.5 oz. Whiskey Del Bac – Classic
  • 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz. Ancho chile Liqueur
  • 0.25 oz. Coffee
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a shaker and stir to chill with solid cubed ice. Strain out into a cocktail glass and garnish with coffee beans.

Mt.Lemmon-ade

CFG Tucson Cocktails_Kristen Brockel_34.jpg

Ingredients:

  • Three Wells Mt.Lemmon Gin
  • Ginger
  • Lemon 
  • Rosemary
  • Simple Syrup
  • Orange liqueur

Directions

Add all ingredients into a shaker to your liking and shake well. Add rosemary for a garnish!

  Photo Courtesy of Erin Brockel Photography

Photo Courtesy of Erin Brockel Photography

Cheers!