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Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara via 360 Magazine.

HOTEL CALIFORNIAN DEBUTS FRESH NEW CULINARY EXPERIENCES

Santa Barbara’s iconoclastic hotel welcomes new talent to its culinary leadership team, unveils new cocktail menus and wine offerings, and announces special events

Hotel Californian, a mainstay destination in Santa Barbara’s bustling Funk Zone neighborhood, will enter the festive season with new talent in the kitchen and several captivating food and wine experiences.

Recent appointments to the hotel’s talented culinary team include Chef de Cuisine Joshua Legrand and returning Executive Pastry Chef Ron Viloria who are collaborating with Executive Chef Travis Watson to infuse inspiring new gastronomic experiences into the hotel’s many dining venues.Legrand spent the last decade as a chef with Boulder, Colorado-based Id Est Hospitality Group, led by James Beard Nominated Chef Kelly Whitaker. During his tenure, Legrand headed several of the group’s kitchens and oversaw high-profile openings including BASTA, BRUTØ and The Wolf’s Tailor. Viloria returned to Hotel Californian as Executive Pastry Chef earlier this year and will continue to champion the creation of exceptional baked goods and confections from scratch each day.

The hotel’s consciously expanded culinary team will host several events – in-person and virtually – in the coming weeks. Beyond the kitchen, locals and visitors can now indulge in a reimagined cocktail menu at Blackbird, Hotel Californian’s signature restaurant, and sip on fan favorites at Djinn, the Moroccan-inspired library bar. Additionally, the hotel’s popular tasting room, The Society: State & Mason, has welcomed new Foley Family Wines addition, Silverado Vineyards, to its selection of more than 70 world-class wines.

“Hotel Californian’s iconoclastic spirit truly echoes throughout the highly appealing updates we have made to our food and beverage program,” said Warren Nocon, Executive Vice President of Foley Entertainment Group’s Hospitality division. “With these new offerings and the thoughtful development to our culinary leadership team, we look forward to continue celebrating some of life’s greatest passions with our guests: world-class wines and exquisite cuisine.”

The hotel’s latest enhancements further its commitment to showcasing Central California as a world-class culinary destination on the American Riviera, providing the exploration and indulgence of a European vacation – without the passport. Located in the heart of the pulsating Funk Zone, bustling with galleries, wineries, and shops housed in converted warehouses adorned with graffiti murals and signature art pieces, Hotel Californian offers visitors easy access to explore the area’s cool factor while enjoying traditional Santa Barbara glamour.

New food and beverage experiences include the following:

Winemaker Dinners at Blackbird (November 17 and December 15; 6 – 8:30 p.m.)

·         A mainstay of the Funk Zone, Blackbird showcases coastal-inspired fare that emphasizes fresh seafood and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Open for dinner five days a week from Tuesday to Saturday, Blackbird provides an approachable yet elevated taste of the region, including its storied wines. Its monthly Winemaker Dinner series features a food and wine pairing hosted by visiting winemakers from the Foley Family Wines portfolio. Traveling oenophiles and local wine enthusiasts can indulge in exquisite wines paired with a four-course meal curated and prepared by Chef Travis. November’s dinner is hosted by Winemaker Greg Freeman and features world-class wines from Chalone Vineyards, while December’s dinner puts the spotlight on a beloved collection of Foley Family Wines. Sip on a few of the Foley family’s favorite wines from across their portfolio while mingling with Second Generation Vintner Courtney Foley. For 2023, the hotel is pleased to continue the popular dinner series, and will announce dates and participating winemakers in the coming weeks. To learn more and book a reservation for the remaining events this year, visit Hotel’s Californian’s online calendar of events.

Dishing It Out for Charity at Blackbird and Goat Tree (November through December)

·         Blackbird and Goat Tree café are once again stepping up to the plate by creating signature dishes that will raise funds for a good cause during 805 Living’s 7th Annual Dishing It Out for Charity program. Both restaurants have created enticing new entrees for the challenge and will donate $2 from the sale of each sold during the months of November and December to Dream Foundation which provides end-of-life dreams to terminally ill adults. Blackbird’s Avocado-Crab Uni dish ($21) features jumbo lump crab stuffed avocado, Santa Barbara uni, pickled cucumber with smoked caviar. Those dining at Goat Tree can choose the Roasted Tomato and Tiger Shrimp Suga ($27) with tagliatelle, crispy shallots, Campari tomatoes, and torn basil.

New Cocktail Menu at Blackbird

·         Celebrity mixologist Devon Espinosa continues to shake up Santa Barbara’s spirits scene by presenting creative new libations to complement Executive Chef Travis’ creations. Capturing the hotel’s exotic and unconventional vibe, the new cocktail menu available at Blackbird includes concoctions like The Tramp, an ode to Charlie Chaplin’s most memorable on-screen character, to On the Ice, which thoughtfully brings the Foley Family’s growing portfolio of entertainment properties together in a single glass, playing tribute to the players on the Vegas Golden Knights and the Henderson Silver Knights. At Djinn, visitors will find familiar favorites such as Midnight in Morocco, a mix of Volcan tequila blanco, violette, orgeat, lime, Luxardo liqueur, and firewater bitters, and the Just Chai Me, an unusual blend of Copper & Kings apple brandy, Rittenhouse rye, and chai syrup that’s like a sip of the season.

The Society: State & Mason Welcomes Silverado Vineyards

·         Just steps from Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail and occupying a prime corner on State Street and Mason Avenue with its chic indoor/outdoor space, The Society: State & Mason is the perfect spot for enthusiasts to kick off their wine wanderings. Offering unique and exclusive wine experiences, the Funk Zone’s newest tasting room, which opened in March 2022, features more than 70 world-class wines from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio, including Silverado Vineyard’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon – the venue’s most recent introduction following Foley Family Wines’ acquisition of this famed Napa Valley winery this year. The Society: State & Mason is open daily Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesdays with Travis

·         Hotel Californian is keeping locals and visitors inspired on social media this fall with Instagram sessions that include delectable tips and treats from Chef Travis. Tune in to Tuesdays with (Executive Chef) Travis on IGTV to learn new cooking skills or try one of his stand-out recipes. In this weekly series, Travis shows viewers how to make the most of the season by paying homage to quintessential flavors such as sweet and savory pumpkin-inspired dishes in the fall and Farmers’ Market finds in the summer, as well as offering tips for how to transform some traditional holiday go-to meals this year. Follow @hotelcalifornian on Instagram to learn something new each week. Previous episodes can also be found on the hotel’s Instagram page under the Reels tab.

Located 90 minutes from Los Angeles, 20 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport, and one block from the Amtrak station, Hotel Californian is ideally situated for travelers seeking an iconoclastic getaway. For further information, please visit www.HotelCalifornian.com or call (805) 882-0100.

ABOUT HOTEL CALIFORNIAN

Hotel Californian continues to redefine luxury in the celebrated American Riviera. The 121-room boutique hotel is a magnet for the Hollywood elite, international visitors and locals alike. Featuring dazzling spaces from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the iconoclastic enclave – part history, part imagination and all Californian – continues to drive the revitalization of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone while upending conventional expectations. Hotel Californian is Santa Barbara’s urban luxury resort destination. For more information, please visit www.HotelCalifornian.com.

ABOUT THE FOLEY ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

The Foley Entertainment Group is committed to providing five-star service and experiences to its fans, guests, customers and clients. Established by Bill Foley in 2021, FEG operates the Foley Family’s growing portfolio of entertainment properties which is highlighted by: the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League, two community hockey facilities, the 6,000 seat Dollar Loan Center venue in Henderson, NV scheduled to open in the spring of 2022, the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, Hotel Les Mars and Chalkboard Restaurant in Healdsburg, California, Hotel Californian and Blackbird restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, Whitefish Mountain in Whitefish, Montana, a number of other assets and any future acquisitions.

 

Chloe Baily sings national anthem at MLB WORLD SERIES.

SCORPIO SEASON

360 MAGAZINE reports on latest news for the month of November, while celebrating the scorpion horoscope.


CHLOE BAILEY sings the national anthem at Game 3 of the 2022 World Series.

Photo: Major League Baseball


28yro American rapper Takeoff, powerhouse hip hop trio Migos, shot down in a bowling alley in downtown Houston. According to his label, Quality Control Music, he was killed by a stray bullet. Additional stories can be found at Houston Chronicle and Fox 26 Houston.


Watch The LOS40 MUSIC AWARDS 2022 GALA again: ROSALÍA, AITANA, DAVID GUETTA, ANITTA, AND MORE WINNERS OF THE NIGHT. The night of November 4 was full of the most important music awards: performances, anecdotes, and improvised dances. Click HERE to know the winners of the LOS40 Music Awards 2022.


Aaron Carter: singer and rapper brother of Nick of the Backstreet Boys dies at 34. Aaron was found dead in the bathroom of his home in Lancaster, California on Saturday, November 5. The cause of his death could point to an overdose due to mental health problems and addictions that he had.


The transgender ‘influencer’ Nikita Dragun, has been imprisoned in a male prison after being arrested for going naked by a pool in Miami.


University of Kentucky student has been permanently banned from campus due to his constant hurling of racist slurs at a black student.


Chris Evans, the sexiest man of 2022 according to People magazine: “My mom will be very happy”.


Taylor Swift becomes the most listened-to singer on Spotify for the first time. Since the release of her new album ‘Midnights‘ on October 21, her listeners have increased and she is close to the 80 million barriers on the platform.


Vogue‘ sues rappers 21 Savage and Drake for making believe they were on the cover of the magazine. The two artists created a fake magazine cover and thanked the director for taking them out. Condé Nast asks them for $4 million.


SELENA GOMEZ ‘MY MIND & ME‘: the emotional documentary about the life of the artist, gives us reasons for hope. In the documentary, which includes images that have been recorded by the protagonist herself, you can already know all the facets of Selena Gomez, as an actress, composer, singer, producer, businesswoman, and activist. However, we can also see her in her most complicated moments.


”The Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 4” by Rihanna drops in the new lingerie collection. Lace, brocade, tight silhouettes, transparencies, and glitter, together with incredible makeup and hairstyles, create an ode to diversity and sensuality. The show is now available on Amazon Prime Video.


Takeoff Funeral: With his coffin surrounded by black and white flowers; family and friends gave the last goodbye to the member of Migos in Atlanta. On November 1, rapper Takeoff was killed in a drive-by shooting. He received a tribute from family and friends at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena which was attended by Cardi B, Justin Bieber, and Drake to remember the musician’s legacy. A choir set the farewell, which was attended by hundreds of people who, since the early hours of November 11, formed outside the stadium of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, which had the illuminated sign “Celebrating the life of Takeoff”.


Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dome have officially tied the knot. The couple announced that they will both be sharing the last name ‘Lautner’.


Two planes have collided in the wings over the Dallas air show.


Transgender model wins local ‘Miss America’ pageant for the first time ever. Teenager Brian Nguyen has recently become the first transgender contestant to win at a Miss American event. This appears after a new court ruling that established transgender contestants could be eliminated from competitions without any repercussions.


Beyoncé officially breaks Jay-Z‘s record as the most nominated artist in Grammys history. The singer has obtained 9 nominations at the Grammy 2023 and winning four of them would become the artist with the most awards at this award.


The world’s population has officially reached 8 billion people.


The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever movie had a $180 million opening weekend domestically and has grossed $330 million globally so far.


A 22-year-old gunman killed 5 people and injured 25 before being subdued by “heroic” patrons at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.


Frank Watson, a popular NYC LGBTQIA+ party promoter and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member, passed away suddenly and untimely on Saturday, November 19, 2022, due to some undisclosed reasons. He will always be remembered.


Lids Foundation recently partnered with NBA Skills Coach, Chris Brickley to give back to the local community with a holiday shopping trip for 12 youths from Covenant House. Chris Brickley and The Lids Foundation spread cheer with a holiday shopping trip for 12 youths from Covenant House. The children were each given $500 to spend in-store at the Lids American Dream Mall store. The Lids Foundation provides support to local communities and charitable organizations to serve community members of all ages.

Speaking about the importance of this partnership, Chris shared, “It means a lot to me, to help out the youth. It’s one of my life goals to put smiles on kids’ faces. I think the Covenant House is a really special place and thank you to the Lids Foundation for helping to make this happen.”

Mark Meuser × Joe Collins via 360 MAGAZINE

Mark Meuser × Joe Collins

Mark Meuser Joins Congressional Candidate Joe Collins in Santa Monica for Final Stop on Campaign Trail 

Mark Meuser, the Republican nominee for US Senate in California will be joining Joe Collins, the Republican Nominee for California’s 36th Congressional District, for a final campaign stop before next Tuesday’s election on Sunday, November 6th at 12pm in Santa Monica, CA. 

The Hope LA Day event, hosted by Congressional Candidate Joe Collins, will also include CA Treasurer Candidate Jack Guererro, Congressional Candidate Lucie Volotzky and other state legislative candidates and political speakers. 

The Hope LA event will be from 12-5pm and held at:

Crescent Bay Park

2000 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Meuser will be addressing voter concerns from Californians of every background highlighting rampant inflation, crime, homelessness, COVID lockdowns and mandates, the open border, parental rights in education and so many other issues that are harming the average Californian. 

“Senator Alex Padilla has been complicit in the failed policies of the Biden administration by voting lockstep with his party on legislation and has let down Californians time and time again,” said Meuser. “I have travelled to every county in this state and spoken directly to voters about their concerns and there is a desire for change in leadership across the state.”

More information on the Hope LA Day Event can be found at: https://joeecollins3.com/event/hope-l-a-day/

About Mark: 

Mark Meuser is the Republican Nominee for California’s US Senate seat in the 2022 elections. Meuser is a native Californian with a proven record of fighting for your constitutional rights.  He joined the Dhillon Law Group where he has focused on Election, Political and Constitutional Law. Meuser has had the privilege of protecting critical First Amendment rights and as well as unconstitutional usurpation of power as a result of COVID-19 by Governor Gavin Newsom and numerous election integrity cases in California. 

Learn more at: https://markmeuser.com/

Donna Kalajian Lagani × Hearst Foundation via 360 MAGAZINE

Donna Kalajian Lagani × Hearst Foundation

DONNA KALAJIAN LAGANI NAMED VICE PRESIDENT AND EASTERN DIRECTOR OF THE WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST FOUNDATION OF CALIFORNIA AND THE HEARST FOUNDATION, INC. OF NEW YORK

Hearst today announced that Donna Kalajian Lagani has been named vice president and Eastern director of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation of California and the Hearst Foundation, Inc. of New York, succeeding George B. Irish who passed away on September 13 after serving 14 years in that position. She begins her new role immediately.

The announcement was made by William Randolph Hearst III, chairman of the board of directors of Hearst, president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and a director of the Hearst Foundation, Inc., and Virginia Hearst Randt, president of the Hearst Foundation, Inc.

Kalajian Lagani joined the Hearst Foundations in 2019 as senior program officer after nearly 25 years at Hearst Magazines.

Separate from the corporation, the Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. In addition, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation operates two programs, the United States Senate Youth Program and the Journalism Awards Program. Since its inception, the Foundations have made over 22,200 grants to 6,300 organizations, totaling more than $1.4 billion in funds awarded. Paul “Dino” Dinovitz is executive director of both foundations and leads the Western operations.

“For years, Donna was a high-energy executive at Hearst Magazines,” said Hearst. “She brings the same passion for making things happen to her role in philanthropy. I know Donna will make a positive impact on people’s lives — creating the kind of opportunities that my grandfather envisioned when he started the Foundations in 1946. The entire team looks forward to working with her. Donna will sustain our mission to identify and fund outstanding nonprofits and ensure that people of all backgrounds have the chance to build healthy, productive and satisfying lives.”

Said Randt: “Donna has already made a profound impact at the Foundations and has worked tirelessly to identify the organizations who can make the most impact with our grants.”

“The past four years with the Foundations have been among the most fulfilling of my career,” said Kalajian Lagani. “The Foundations are committed to helping organizations make lasting, positive changes in our world and I am honored to be able to be a part of it and to carry on that mission.”

Kalajian Lagani joined Hearst Magazines in 1995 as publisher of Cosmopolitan and was named publishing director in 1999. She added oversight of Seventeen in 2014 and of Women’s Health in 2018, following Hearst’s acquisition of Rodale. During her career at Cosmopolitan, Kalajian Lagani introduced groundbreaking initiatives, most recently through mobile and artificial intelligence technology. She developed and immortalized the “fun fearless female” mantra used by Cosmopolitan editions worldwide. During her tenure, she helped launch CosmoGIRL! and Cosmo for Latinas and was a strong force in bringing Cosmopolitan to new platforms, including Snapchat and Sirius XM Radio.

The Hearst Foundation, Inc. was founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1946. In 1949, Hearst established the California Charities Foundations, later renamed the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Both foundations are guided by the same charitable mission, which reflects the philanthropic interests of their founder.

The two foundations are managed as one entity, sharing the same funding guidelines, leadership and staff. Staff based in New York City review all proposals from organizations located east of the Mississippi River, and staff in the San Francisco office review those from organizations west of it.

Nathan Hochman × Death Row Records via 360 MAGAZINE

Nathan Hochman × Death Row Records

Nathan Hochman’s Bus Tour Stops In Venice Beach to Announce the Endorsement of Death Row Records Co-Founder at a Press Conference on Wednesday

The Nathan Hochman for California Attorney General “Experience Matters: Stop The Spiral of Lawlessness” nine-day, statewide bus tour is stopping in Venice Beach on Wednesday morning for a press conference where he will announce the endorsement of the co-founder of Death Row Records, Michael Harris, and be joined by a representative of the LA Sheriff’s Office, and a mother who lost her only child to fentanyl poisoning.

The Press Conference was held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Venice Beach (2100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291). Members attended include Attorney General candidate Nathan Hochman, Co-Founder of Death Row Records Michael Harris, Lieutenant Geoffrey Deedrick from the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Services Team, and Perla Mendoza who lost her only child to fentanyl poisoning. 

Follow the updates from the bus tour on Hochman’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathanhochmanforag/

About Hochman: 

Hochman has served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California and as a US Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice. Hochman has also worked as a civil litigator, defense and appellate attorney, and general counsel, and clerked for a US District Court Judge. His years of community involvement include membership on numerous charitable boards and serving as President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.  

Learn more about Hochman: https://www.nathanhochman.com/about/

Offhand Wine Bar in Santa Monica via 360 MAGAZINE

Offhand Wine Bar

Westside Winos and Restauranteur Jared Meisler team up to open Offhand Wine Bar in Santa Monica

Westside Winos, the LA based wine and music collective formed by Khalil Kinsey, Justin Leathers and Teron Stevenson, and Jared Meisler (Nueva, Roger Room, Bar Lubitsch, The Friend, The Little Friend) today announced the opening of Offhand Wine Bar. Located in the area of Santa Monica known as the University streets, Offhand will feature a carefully curated selection of natural wines with an emphasis on west coast producers. Doors open on Thursday, October 20th. 

Offhand Wine Bar will carry a rotating list of natural wines by the glass, along with craft beers, natural sakes, and wine-based cocktails – a bottle shop will also carry a selection of wines available for take-away or to be enjoyed on site. The bar will also feature a light fare menu highlighting local ingredients and artisanal products created by chef Ralph Johnson (The Spotted Pig, The Pikey Public House). 

The bright and vibrant space will spotlight art and photography from local artists, with the first series showcasing the work of photographer and film editor Vic Brown. In the coming months, Offhand will also partner with local chefs, restaurants, vendors, wine makers and djs to host pop-up food, wine and music experiences. 

Westside Winos was formed in 2019 through a mutual love of wine, food and music. The collective began hosting pop up wine tasting events at The Friend Bar in Silverlake, where Stevenson and Leathers are GM/Partner and Beverage Director. Through a lighthearted approach to wine education rooted in inclusion and accessibility, Westside Winos helped to build and connect a community of next generation wine enthusiasts. The success of the events at The Friend Bar led to a quarterly dinner series with Loam Restaurant (Ace Hotel DTLA), events with SoHo House, merchandise, a recently released collaboration wine with Amplify Wines, and more. 

Stevenson and Kinsey are also co-founders of Natural Action, a subscription-based wine club whose proceeds go towards education and career opportunities in the wine industry for Black and Indigenous people of color. Kinsey also serves as Chief Curator/GM for renowned Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, an award-winning traveling museum exhibition with a current showing at SoFi Stadium.

Offhand Wine Bar will operate in the same building as Meisler’s recently opened Please Enjoy, a specialty coffee shop which will serve customers during the day. 

Hive's Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE.

HIVE’S FASHION TAKEOVER

*Featured image by Lynn Rossi

The month of September is a yearly indicator for change. It’s mostly for the seasons, but for fashion, it’s brought something extra. The advent of NFT, a digital fashion, has transformed the retail industry in recent times. Shows like HIVEMIND, inspired by purveyors SAIbysai and This Man’s Brand, provided a visual depiction of this phygital trend. Featuring innovative NFT drops in tandem with a live catwalk, the production catapulted spectators into a new age of style.

Hive's Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE. Photography by Danica Robinson.
Hive’s Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE. Photography by Danica Robinson.

SAlbysai’s phygital NFT collection with art by Danica Robinson, dropped during her first runway show on September 16 in NYC. The NFT project was produced by Hive and is available on the foundation marketplace.  The event sponsored by Hive and Satoshi’s Closet included a tangible fashion presentation by SAIbysai. Lastly, we held a pilot screening of HIVEMIND by Hive–which recently won “Best NFT Film/Video” at the iHollywood Film Festival. Subsequently, Hive released their WLT skin which permitted access to additonal NFTs and upcoming exclusive events.

The fusion of fashion and technology was groundbreaking. It sparked a deeply rooted conversation from an acclaimed panel of professionals: the founder of Satoshi’s Closet, Michael Pastko; founder of Hive, Bee Davies; and designer of Made by Mena, Chris Mena. Both participants and guests tremendously benefited from this mind-blowing presentation.

Another spectacular event was Holotopia. It’s a new XR fashion event which took place September 24 in Long Beach at Thunder Studios. Of late, This Man’s Brand, powered by Hive, dropped a phygital NFT collection with art fabricated by Chris Arvan. Lastly, cutting-edge AR technology was exhibited from NFT Marketplace DRESSX while XR production was showcased from Holotopia’s team at Metajax, form-u.la and Thunder Studios. The show was streamed live on Decentralland and Twitch, allowing attendees a whimsical behind the scenes peek into the new world order.

For those who missed out on this avant affair go HERE.

Bee Davies' Hive's Fashion Takeover via 360 MAGAZINE
Hive’s Fashion Takeover featured in 360 MAGAZINE. Photography by AndrezLiguz.

Tatev Oganyan by Jonathan Stinson via 360 Magazine

Changing the Game in Cannabis

Q&A With Tatev Oganyan of the Oganyan Agency: Changing the Game in Cannabis

The 360 Magazine had the honor of interviewing a woman who is changing the game in the cannabis space as well as luxury consumer goods as one of the top attorneys in California. She is a force to be reckoned with due to her many accolades and talents. Mrs. Oganyan speaks on gender equality, balancing her professional and personal life, her favorite hobbies including her successful “Happy High Hour” events in Orange County, the future of the cannabis industry, and which A-list celebrities are investing in cannabis companies. Read the informative interview below and keep up with Tatev on INSTAGRAM and her website TheOganyanAgency.com

As a powerful female attorney in the cannabis space, do you find being a woman has made it harder for your success? We read all the time about actresses not being paid the same as their male co-stars. Would you say the cannabis industry is similar or not at all? 

I think being a woman has its challenges in most industries including acting and cannabis, especially as you move up the corporate ladder. I have seen my fair share of gender inequality, which could be detrimental to cannabis companies. Without a doubt, there are a lot more hurdles for women to overcome but we are stronger because of it in an industry that requires thick skin. You must know your worth and advocate for yourself, negotiate your pay and work hard to get what you want because it will not be handed to you.

How do you balance your professional life and your personal life? 360 read that you work with your husband, what are your tips on leaving work stress at the office? 

My husband is of counsel at The Oganyan Agency for corporate and commercial real estate matters so it’s not uncommon to talk business while we brush our teeth.

We just got back from our honeymoon in Croatia, which we had to postpone for eight months due to work deadlines. We powered through and our clients were very grateful. Here are some tips that work for us

  • Get organized and coordinate scheduling for work and personal time on a regular basis.
  • Respect professional boundaries and personal space at home and in the office, which is important for privacy and comfort.
  • Find ways to instill passion in each project and have fun. Your clients will appreciate it.
  • Make time for nature to unplug and stay active.
  • Be present.

Our readers would love to know some of your favorite hobbies. 

My creative outlet is drawing, painting, and curating unique experiences through experiential marketing. This week, we hosted a Happy High Hour, which was an exclusive taste testing event for industry insiders and influencers to meet Trendi, an indoor premium California flower brand that launched this summer.

Where do you see the Cannabis Industry within the next year? 

Without federal legalization, sound regulation, and tax breaks, the market will continue to be volatile as the illicit market thrives. Large operators will continue to buyout challenged operators. Mergers and acquisitions will accelerate as larger companies expand their footprint to boost revenue. The stigma will reduce as education and research improves and more states legalize cannabis. A lot more Americans will be open to using cannabis regularly for medicinal and recreational purposes.

Do you believe cannabis will be legalized on a federal level? If so, when do you see that happening? 

I believe cannabis will be legalized but no time soon, unfortunately. I am optimistic about the prospects of full federal legalization in the long run because I believe it has broad popular support from the American people.

Just look at how long progress takes at the federal level with the SAFE Banking Act which was first introduced in 2013. It would be a huge boom to the legitimacy of the cannabis industry if cannabis companies could bank like every other legitimate business.

It’s 2022 and despite the Act’s continued bipartisan support, we see it held up for one reason or another by both Democrats and Republicans. Overall, we believe the momentum is there for the bill to eventually pass, but it is not a priority for this legislative season.

Tell us who inspires you and did they help influence you to pursue your career in the cannabis space? 

My cannabis backstory happened largely by chance. I applied for a job on Indeed fall of 2016 and the industry was not disclosed to me until the final interview. I requested time to consider the offer since I was unsure if cannabis was legal at the time. My husband (then boyfriend) helped me research California laws on cannabis and encouraged me to pursue a legal career in cannabis. He also believed in my entrepreneurial spirit since law school and motivated me to start my own business in 2020. Today, we tag team our largest projects together.

What are 3 tips or professional advice you have for our readers who are looking to open a dispensary and have never been in the cannabis industry before? 

  • Only the cream of the crop makes it. Don’t expect to get rich overnight. The heavy tax burdens (up to 40%), ever-changing regulations, and competing illicit markets make it challenging to operate a profitable dispensary.
  • Know your market. Integrate yourself into the cannabis culture for long-term industry success.
  • The industry is not for the faint-hearted. Learn to eat bad news for breakfast because you must be relentless to survive when navigating unseen waters.

Since 360 is a lifestyle magazine and also focuses on celebrities, do you see a shift in celebrities being open publicly about using cannabis recreationally? 

We are seeing more celebrities openly discuss cannabis or CBD consumption especially celebrities who want to get into the cannabis industry. Fans expect authentic ventures and collabs. Cannabis consumers are very quick to reject cash grabs.

In order to succeed, celebrities must connect with the culture and lifestyle by openly sharing their story and relationship with weed. Otherwise, their involvement will seem merely opportunistic.

Do you think celebrities will start investing in cannabis companies? 

Cannabis is an emerging industry and a hot commodity with strong ties to Hollywood, hip-hop, and reggae cultures. In recent years, more celebrities are investing in cannabis-connected businesses. Many like Mike Tyson, Bella Thorne and Seth Rogen are already creating their own cannabis brands. Brands that exemplify celebrity personas capitalize on an existing fan base, which can help drive retail sales. It’s exciting to see how celebrity-backed products attract new cannabis-curious consumers and audiences.

Lastly, if you could give advice and inspiration to your younger self starting off in law school, what would you say? 

I would tell my younger self to enjoy the ride as much as the destination. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun because the work will always be there. Trust your instincts and stop doubting yourself. Use your fear as fuel to learn. Being scared and uncomfortable is a sign of personal growth.

Downtown Napa via 360 Magazine

Downtown Napa

New Arts and Entertainment, Wine Tasting Rooms, Food and Drink

Downtown Napa, which has been dubbed The Wine Tasting Room Capital of the World, is the premier Napa Valley experience. This fall, discover new outdoor recreation, entertainment, tasting rooms, restaurants and more in wine country’s most walkable destination. Here’s what’s new in Downtown Napa this fall: 

New Outdoor Recreation 

  • Napa Valley Bike Tours has a new e-bike tour that starts and finishes from the Wine & Brews E-Bike Cruise location in Downtown Napa. The cruise includes stops at a local winery for a tasting and picnic lunch and a unique winery and brewery tasting room experience. 

New Wine Tasting Rooms: 

  • Ox & the Fox Wine Bar received its liquor license and is now serving cocktails among its existing beer and wine selection. The front of the building has also been expanded to welcome more guests in to enjoy the expanding menu. 
  • Wine Girl, a Scottsdale-based wine bar, is opening a location at 1321 First St. next to Anette’s Chocolates, making for a perfect bachelorette and girls’ holiday location in Downtown Napa.

New Shopping:

  • Maison Verbena, a San Francisco-based store, opened the doors to a new location in First Street Napa. It is a young yet dynamic business passion about innovation with a goal to inspire and bring the idea of “fashion marketing” to the US. 
  • State & First moved to a beautiful new space and updated its hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. State & First is exquisitely curated for the Napa Valley lifestyle, offering unique women’s and men’s clothing selections, jewelry and accessories that can’t be found anywhere else in the valley.
  • Color Theory recently moved to Main Street at Caymus. Color Theory carries a wide variety of name brand paints, mediums, papers and drawing utensils for artists of all skill levels. 

New Arts & Entertainment:

  • On Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., Napa Valley Music Associates will host the 2022 series of Napa Valley Guitar Festival: Yuri Liberzon.The festival, hosted by Churchill Manor, will include music by contemporary Konstantiin Vassillev whose music synthesizes several styles including jazz, Russian Folk music and contemporary western traditions. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors/students. 
  • Open Studios Napa Valley, a self-guided art discovery tour, will take place Sept. 17 to 18 and Sept. 24 to 25 from 10 a.m. to. 5 p.m. each day. Seventy local artists will showcase their work throughout Napa Valley. To view and print the Open Studios catalog and map, visit acnv.org. 
  • Napa Drunken History Tour is a walking tour around Napa that takes visitors back in time to the origins of the city of Napa and the people who founded it. The tour, which has spots available Sept. 23 to Sept. 24 and Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, includes three stops at local establishments with local microbrew, boutique wine tasting and distilled spirits tasting.
  • The CIA at Copia/American Bounty at CIA Copia presents Southwestern Cuisine with Edgar Rico. Join Edgar Rico – 2022 James Beard Award winner for Best Emerging Chef and owner/chef at Nixta Taqueria in Austin, TX – and co-owner, Sara Maranbigi, for an adventure through the cuisine and culture of the southwest Sept. 24 to Sept.  25. 
  • Uptown Theatre Napa, Downtown Napa’s ultimate destination for live entertainment, has a variety of upcoming shows this summer and fall. Headliners include “Weird Al” Yankovic with Emo Philips, UB40, Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen and more. 
  • The Cabernet Classic returns to The Meritage Resort and Spa for the second year from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6 in Downtown Napa. This experience features over 20 expert-led tastings featuring hundreds of wines, chef-curated dining experiences and playful events among the resort’s Napa Valley vineyards.

New Food & Drink: 

  • The Meritage Resort and Spa opened The Village Bistro, a French-influenced pop-up dining experience with a wine country twist based on family style dining. The bistro features traditional French dishes in shareable plates, main courses, desserts and an extensive wine list. 
  • Osha Thai now offers lunch special menus with choice of main course and an appetizer or salad for $25 from Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can choose from spicy basil chicken, garlic pepper pork, yellow curry, pad Thai, drunken noodles, beer braised chicken or beef cashew nuts. 
  • Kitchen Door is now fully operating in its new space and has released its Pool Bar menu, served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, featuring delicious eats like potato bravas with smoked paprika and garlic aioli, deviled eggs with crispy pepperoni and picked red onions, beef carpaccio crushed with Himalayan truffle, chives, arugula, crispy potato, truffle aioli, and more. 
  • Napa Yard, a new beer garden located across from CIA at Copia, has opened. It features a micro distillery café, bar, wine tasting area, gardens and event space. The bar will serve cocktails from garden-to-glass Concordia spirits infused on site. 
  • Entrecôt, owned by Argentine-born proprietors Gonzalo Barrado and Maia Antonella Tesio, is now open on the Napa River in the Riverfront Complex, bringing Argentine cuisine to the Riverfront 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The menu includes tapas such as empanadas, ham and cheese croquettes, fried polenta with tomato sauce and cheeses and charcuterie with starters like gazpacho, vitello tonnato, and more. 
  • Sky & Vine, tucked on the rooftop of Archer Hotel Napa, opened its Whiskey Bar. This reservation-only experience features a 100+ list of unique and rare whiskeys. It includes a small vintage collection and rounds out with a range of approachable selections, private barrel flights, specialty cocktails, and more. 

For more information about Downtown Napa, including lodging, dining, wine tastings, shopping and things to do, visit donapa.com.  

ABOUT NAPA TOURISM IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

Created in 2010, the Napa Tourism Improvement District (TID) is the official destination marketing organization for Downtown Napa/City of Napa. With a mission to increase overnight visitation and improve the local economy, the Napa TID promotes nearly 45+hotels and bed and breakfast properties, premier dining, wine tasting, shopping and local entertainment. The Napa TID utilizes its website (DoNapa.com), participates in the creation of local events and develops targeted marketing programs that drive overnight stays during the off-season and mid-week occupancy throughout the year.

Photo of SKAM Summer Music Summit via The influence for 360 Magazine

SKAM × EL CRISTIANO

On August 23, Tuesday night, Skam Land event, which was hosted by Tyga and SKAM Summer Music festival featuring El Cristiano Tequila were held at The Highlight Room.

SKAM Summer Music Summit took place August 21-23, 2021 in Hollywood, CA. The Summit took over the entire 178-room Dream Hollywood, along with fun filled events utilizing the hotel’s Highlight Room rooftop as well as neighboring venues around town. 

Guests sipped on El Cristiano Tequila, while listening to live performances, music and danced the night away. The Music x Tech x Influencer conference-style celebration on August 21st and 23rd, included over 500 DJs,  plus top radio programmers and execs. El Cristiano Tequila featured SKAM SILVER, and EL CRISTIANO PLATINUM specialty cocktails.

El Cristiano Tequila SILVER, REPOSADO and ANEJO were served at SKAM SUMMER SUMMIT

  • Clase Silver Tequila – El Cristiano Silver, its foundation, boasts unrivaled complexity and depth with coil copper stills imparting a pure, clean taste and full mouth roundness. A full body with bright, silver hues and defined legs. Subtly sweet cooked agave aromas with hints of butter, notes of mature fruit, and spicy hints of Bay Leaf and Rosemary.
  • Clase Reposado Tequila – El Cristiano Reposado, 6 months barrel aged. By aging their Silver batches in American Oak casks for 6 months, their Reposado develops a subtle layer of whiskey-like oaky flavors, aromas and complexities.
  • El Cristiano Black: Clase Extra Anejo Tequila – El Cristiano extra aged Anejo, 3 years barrel aged in American Oak barrels to create a luxurious sipping tequila of unrivaled complexity.

About El Cristiano:

Introducing El Cristiano, the world’s finest and additive free ultra premium tequila, made by third generation master tequila makers from the finest Jalisco Highlands Blue Agave.  El Cristiano is dedicated to producing the purist tequila with no additives – (85% of tequila today has sugars and thickeners added) – with a high focus on harvesting only mature agave aged at least five years and certain sizing through sustainable agriculture practices. By establishing this process, they have eliminated the need for additives which would change the true essence of 100% Highlands Blue Weber Agave.

About SKAM Summer Music Festival

Created by Sujit Kundu, the founder and CEO of S.K.A.M. Artist and Skam Division (A Top DJ, Radio Programming and Music Artist Booking Agency), the Summit will coincide with his annual birthday blowout, which has become a much-buzzed about annual celebration.  DJs from all around the world will be streaming direct from Dream Hollywood and other venues around LA, to be announced soon, with hundreds of DJs and notable artists in attendance. His roster includes everyone from Samantha Ronson to DJ Irie to Lil Jon to Eric Dlux to Harm Franklin along with DJ Five, Justin Credible and newcomers to the roster like Angie Vee.