ing planners and visitors overall is Kristen Adamo, vice president of
marketing and communications for the Providence Warwick CVB.
“Providence is a top culinary destination for three reasons,” she
said. “Firstly, we are home to the flagship campus of Johnson &
Wales University, the country’s largest culinary educator. Many
alumni stay in the area, which gives us big-city talent without big-
city prices. Next, with no one ethnic majority, we offer authentic
cuisine from around the globe. Our large Italian, Portuguese, Asian
and Latino populations are all communities with strong culinary
traditions. Lastly, our chefs champion using locally caught ingredi-
ents in creative ways, including the abundant fresh seafood afforded
It’s a winning recipe for attracting groups.
“For the meetings market, we like to highlight the number of
quality restaurants at different price points that are within walking
distance of the Rhode Island Convention Center and downtown
hotels,” Adamo said. “We also showcase activities such as cooking
classes, culinary walking tours or progressive dinners on Federal
Hill, our nationally renowned Little Italy.”
Offering “the most creative menu” on Federal Hill, Trattoria
Zooma, serving authentic Neapolitan cuisine with pizzazz, hosts re-
ceptions and functions. Event-capable downtown standouts include
the original Capital Grille, opened in the former Union Station in
1990; Gracie’s, with its own rooftop garden; the magical menu and
interiors of CAV; and the Rooftop at the multivenue Providence G
Groups also have food trucks, and popular food festivals including Eat Drink RI in April and Crave RI in June.
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Outdoor, high-altitude rooftop bars—past, present and future, are elevating choices for Bay Area groups.
Classic “points of view” for events include Cityscape ( www.cityscapesf.com) on
the 46th floor in Tower One of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, one of the
city’s tallest buildings. Unobstructed 360-degree views of the city skyline and Golden
Gate Bridge provide celestial backdrops for private functions.
At the regal Kimpton Sir Francis Drake, 16,000 square feet of group space includes the 21st-floor Starlight Room ( www.sirfrancisdrake.com/san-francisco-night-clubs), offering 180-degree city views. Other vintage vantage points include the Top
of the Mark ( www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com/top-of-the-mark.aspx) at the
Mark Hopkins Intercontinental. Opened in 1939, this 19th-floor command post features a dance floor and signature martini menu. Next door, Fairmont San Francisco
( www.fairmont.com/san-francisco) offers the famed Penthouse Suite and Pavilion
Room & Rooftop Garden.
Recent arrival San Francisco Proper Hotel ( www.properhotel.com/hotels/san-fran-
cisco) offers Charmaine’s, the event-ready rooftop bar and lounge 120 feet above
Market Street. South Beach newcomer Hotel VIA ( www.hotelviasf.com) lures groups
with its 12th-floor rooftop Lounge, available exclusively to hotel guests and private
Anticipated 2018 flag wavings
with rooftop bars include the new
ground-up Virgin Hotel San Francisco ( www.virginhotels.com) and
YOTEL San Francisco (www.yotel.
with a 3,700-square-foot terrace as
part of its 10th-floor rooftop bar.
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