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Business clubs around the country are starting the week off right with events that bring Members into the club to mingle, dine, and learn.

Columbia Tower Club in Seattle is holding an Emerging Leaders Mentor Moments Dinner with the topic “Leadership – How to Motivate People and Capture their Potential.” Young entrepreneurs and business-minded individuals will sit and dine with a tenured business leader who will share experiences around the topic.

Plaza Club in San Antonio holds Military Mondays each week, saluting service men and women. Members of the military can show their military ID and receive their first drink on the club.

The City Club of Washington in Washington, D.C. is offering their “Build Your Own Burger Night” from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. After dining, Members can immediately attend ClubLIFE 101, which starts at 7 p.m., bringing new Members to mingle with other new Members and longtime Members alike while learning about the benefits of membership at the club.

House of Castello cheese and craft beer tasting events at our Clubs are far from your average tasting.

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Since Castello recently began expanding and offering different cheese flavors and types, they decided to partner with ClubCorp and host gourmet tastings at various Clubs across the nation.

The University Club Atop Symphony Towers in San Diego recently hosted a fabulous pairing of craft beer and cheese on September 20, 2012.

Upon their arrival at The Club, Members and guests were given a take-home tasting glass from the Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, Calif. to fully enjoy and remember the experience.

At each of the eight tables, attendees were first able to taste the cheese in its’ natural state and then prepared as an hors d’oeuvre, perfectly paired with a select craft beer.

Spanning the entire length of the Laureate Ballroom, eight perfectly-paired cheese and beer stations offered intriguing flavors such as Castello wild garlic havarti deep-fried macaroni and cheese, which was paired with the San Diego area’s own Iron Fist Brewing Company's Renegade Blonde. Another favorite pairing was the Castello soft blue and port poached cherry crostini with Lost Abbey Red Barn Farmhouse Ale, another local San Diego craft beer company.

Helping to coordinate the pairings was Matt Simpson, craft beer consultant and owner of The Beer Sommelier. He is pictured above with attendees of the Symphony Towers event.

After guests visited all of the stations, each guest was able to take home a House of Castello gift bag full of cheeses, recipes, coupons and other gifts.

Don't miss out on these upcoming Castello events near you:

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Since 1985, ClubCorp’s Columbia Tower Club has offered its’ Members and their guests one of the best and most breathtaking views of Seattle. For lunch you can dine while looking out over the Puget Sound and for dinner and late night drinks you can watch from 76 floors above as the sun sets on Seattle and the city bursts into sparkling lights.

As one of the many ClubCorp Clubs undergoing a reinvention, Columbia Tower Club is caught in a state of change, currently eight weeks away from completion. However, according to Club General Manager Tommy Trause, Members and visitors should still expect the same amount of “clubbyness” and connectivity but a whole new and improved clubhouse.
“It’s like they've been driving a Model T and we’re giving them a Ferrari,” Trause said. “It goes on the same road but besides that it is a complete game changer.”

Trause is proud that they were able to maintain the lobby function, so Members can still see others come in and out and easily interact with one another. Once inside the clubhouse, Trause said, Members can sit at the communal table, grab a newspaper or the communal guitar or they can start up a game of monopoly or chess and enjoy an interactive, different lunch break or happy hour.

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Or if they prefer, Members can choose more private seating with floor-to-ceiling windows to marvel at their city while enjoying the fine cuisine and Enomatic Wine System or local beer. 
After their reinvention, watch out for a new library nook under the stairs and binoculars on all of the tables with accompanying maps of the area.
“The new clubhouse is now going to push us to perform better,” Trause said.

Columbia Tower Club's reinvention was recently featured in a wonderful article in the Puget Sound Business Journal! Click here for the article.

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