Interactive Group Dining: OC’s Top Experiences

By Sponsored Content, October 8, 2018

While planning your next meeting in Orange County, think outside the box when it comes to dining and entertainment. Meeting professionals can get the best of both worlds thanks to innovative restaurants and bars located across Orange County that pair stellar cuisine and spirits with an unforgettable group activity. From guided tastings to storytelling dinners, discover the interactive experiences at acclaimed venues in Anaheim and the surrounding cities.

Royal 21

The ultimate Disney dining experience begins with a private escort to the Disneyland Park venue from the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which takes guests behind the scenes. After arriving at the expansive suite above the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, enjoy a welcome cocktail and tour the suite that was once imagined as a private apartment for founder Walt Disney. A seven-course meal with sommelier-guided wine pairings could include epicurean delights like osetra caviar, Kobe beef and Périgord truffles. Each whimsically named course comes with a story from the chef. While the package includes a private tour and priority access to 30 attractions, guests may also opt for a prime viewing position on the balcony overlooking Rivers of Americas for the Fantasmic! show or fireworks spectacular.

SeaLegs at the Beach

A live music venue on the sand, SeaLegs is just one of a few locations statewide that serves adult beverages on the beach. Enjoy a laid-back SoCal reception in a private lounge, or request a space outside for smaller groups to enjoy the fully furnished cabanas and fire pits. Larger events should contact the venue for opportunities to treat guests to live entertainment, lawn games and dancing. 

The Blind Rabbit

Step quietly and speak easy as you and your guests enter this hidden gem of a lounge in the Anaheim Packing House. The intimate venue can be rented out in entirety for special events sure to dazzle even the most discerning VIPs. A specialty of The Blind Rabbit is a whiskey-themed evening, which could include a signature drink upon arrival with several tastings and small bites to accompany. Work with the events team to add an interactive element like a Whiskey 101 session, which dives into the history and flavor profile of the spirit. Then, guests are invited to roll up their sleeves and follow along in making their own unique cocktail.

Tortilla Jo’s

There’s no age limit for experiencing the magic of Downtown Disney District. Tortilla Jo’s serves up south-of-the-border fun for group events, with interactive elements like DIY-guacamole stations and tastings of premier tequila. The Mexican restaurant can accommodate groups inside or outdoors on the colorful terrace.

For Visit Anaheim, it’s all about surprising and delighting your imagination and making you, and your guests, feel special. When you visit Orange County, you don’t just get a meeting space, you get a meaningful experience.

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