This week I attended an all-day meeting at The Sound Room in Oakland. Since requests for special event spaces/caterers come up periodically, I thought I’d mention it. With art on the gallery walls, this was a more colorful space than a hotel conference room and I appreciated that. Mostly used for musical events, the room was set up for us with chairs in a circle with some scattered round tables that we could share for holding our drinks and notebooks. With about 40 attendees, I liked the intimacy of this set-up where we could see and interact readily with our colleagues across the room.
Coffee service, still and sparkling water refills, and lunch were catered by Uptown Kitchen. The lunch buffet included an array of antipasti/mezes (olives, dolmas, ajvar, mozzarella, marinated mushrooms, hummus, baba ganoush, prosciutto, sopressata, roasted peppers), roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes, black quinoa salad, assorted breads, gluten-free crackers, and housebaked cookies. These were set up in an adjoining room. We had real flatware, cups and plates instead of disposables. Afterwards we had a no-host wine and beer bar with some cheese and crackers. I was told the cost for food and beverage service was approximately $20 per person.
Located at Broadway and 22nd, there’s a public parking lot behind the building that charges $10 per day and BART is nearby. OAK was convenient for those flying in for the day. While I don’t know the cost of renting the space itself, I got the impression that it was quite reasonable and was certainly within the means of this not-for-profit organization. I’d certainly keep it in mind for a future event or meeting.