Princeton, New Jersey’s Mistral opened in 2013 with a splash. The shared plates menu made a big impression on New Jerseyans seeking something globally inspired yet close to home. Now, Mistral has added to its growing empire (which also includes the award-winning elements in the Princeton location) and opened a spin-off in the King of Prussia Mall in February 2017. 

“While we were originally questionable about opening at a mall, we saw a lot of potential for the restaurant in the area. There are some great local purveyors and farms in the area to gather ingredients from and develop new flavors with. In addition to heavy foot traffic at King of Prussia, we were intrigued by the corner location and strong outdoor seating area,” says Stephen Distler, co-owner. 

The 3,700-square-foot restaurant offers seating for 111 guests, including an 18-seat bar, and as weather permits, outdoor seating for 48. Groups can either buy out the entire restaurant or enjoy a semiprivate area. Like its Princeton cousin, Mistral is decidedly modern. “Unlike many of the chain restaurants surrounding Mistral KOP, Mistral KOP offers diners an independent, chef-driven menu concept that can be seen throughout the taste, style and atmosphere of the restaurant. Food activists and culinary pioneers Executive Chef Scott Anderson and Chef de Cuisine Craig Polignano place a superlative emphasis on sourcing local ingredients from Montgomery County to impress diners with the freshest flavors available in Montco,” adds Distler. 

These retro-style bars bring legit cool to cozy gatherings.

If you’re trying to help your team bond, impress a client or show your colleagues that you’re still cool, hold your next intimate gathering at a secret speakeasy. Some of these establishments have been around since Prohibition and others replicate the illegal bars from the 1920s. 

 

Retreats and off-site meetings present wonderful opportunities for groups to collaborate, strategize and build relationships away from their normal office environments. With proper planning, these sessions can be highly effective and even pivotal in setting a new direction. However, off-sites may present some unforeseen challenges that can quickly deflate the energy in the room if not anticipated and addressed in advance.

 

Entourage Events Group is determined to produce events that elevate brands, cultivate community and leave lasting impressions through the creation of unique and memorable event experiences. With a corporate office located in Minneapolis, Entourage Events Group can host more far-flung events in unique and historic venues.