Sacramento Sets the Table

A wealth of top-notch restaurants and a thriving local food make Sacramento the "Farm-to-Fork Capital"

Farmers markets Sacramento

The capital of California is seeing a burst of development and new offerings that are getting meeting planners excited.

"Sacramento is seeing a real renaissance," says Sarah Atilano, director of convention sales for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. "From the construction of a new downtown sports and entertainment complex to the explosion of the region's food scene, there's never been a more ideal time to explore Sacramento."

Sacramento calls itself the country's "Farm-to-Fork Capital" for good reason. There's the wealth of top-notch restaurants with private function spaces, as well as the locally sourced dishes of Classique Catering, which services the vast Sacramento Convention Center (which has 137,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space).

But groups should not overlook the more adventurous culinary offerings here, such as hosting an event on an actual farm. For example, the family-owned Vierra Farms can serve up to 1,000 attendees for outdoor events. Or groups can get their exercise as they dine with a culinary walking tour, such as Follow the Chef, in which attendees join a chef as he selects ingredients and takes them to the Grange restaurant to prepare.

Beyond the food, the capital city has some historic new spaces. It recently completed the renovation of the 1918 mansion Julia Morgan House, with landscaped gardens that accommodate receptions for as many as 200. Or the newly renovated Sutter Club, founded in 1889, which can accommodate from eight to 250 attendees.

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This article appears in the January 2016 issue of Successful Meetings.