Pump It Up
Escape from the Alcatraz of a meeting room for a fun night out in the hilly city. Hotel Zoe is within walking distance to North Beach (San Francisco’s version of Little Italy), Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. We had an early bird dinner and tour at China Live, a restaurant and marketplace which aims to bring modern-day Shanghai to San Francisco. All three floors can be rented for private events, individually or as a buyout for up to 825 people. We dined on several of dishes, served family-style. My personal favorites were the shrimp-fried rice, chicken lettuce cups and crab spring rolls.

One of two lounge areas on the second floor, Cold Drinks Bar, is inspired by the film Blade Runner and can accommodate up to 50 people. A huge mirror becomes a television screen for videos or presentations. Large monitors can be wheeled into any of the other rooms for events.

We then met Chef George Chen, who was meticulously arranging beautiful porcelain dishes for his Nine Essential Flavors of Chinese Cuisine, served as part of the prix fixe menu at Eight Tables, an intimate space inside China Live. A special ninth “chef’s table” is located inside the immaculate kitchen.

The third floor contains a ballroom with a cork floor. A curtain divides the space and two screens descend from the ceiling for presentations. A group who did a buyout had Chinese acrobats on the top floor, a fortune teller on the second floor and another unique experience on the ground level. Groups often enjoy a dumpling-making activity. – Smart Meetings (09.17.18)