Hands-On, Private Dining Experience for Groups in San Francisco
The Interactive Meal is a unique and fun private dining experience in San Francisco that’s easier than a cooking class and more exciting than just booking a table. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink and snacks as they mix and mingle before making their own incredible cocktails. Then, they’ll sit to savor a seasonal entrée with a beverage pairing, play food and drink trivia for prizes, and end with a special flavor finale. It’s an authentic way to connect with your group over food and drinks.
How it Works
Example Dishes & Drinks
This private dining experience includes 4-courses and 3 beverage pairings, including a hands-on cocktail. The prix fixe menu changes by the package you choose, location, and season, but here are some possible tastings to satiate your curiosity!
Raw Kale Salad with Coconut Meat, Black Garlic-Lime Vinaigrette and Parmesan
Mulligatawny Soup with Chicken Confit and Pickled Black Mustard Seeds
Rich Chicken Curry with Matsutake Mushrooms and Basmati Rice
10-Hour Smoked Brisket Tacos with Pickled Onion and Lime
Refreshing Ceylon Tea Semifreddo
Grandma’s Churros with Sweet Cajeta and Mezcal Cream
Adonis Cocktail with Fino Sherry, Sweet Vermouth, and Orange
Mezcal Margarita with Fresh Lime and Sal de Gusano
Cherrier Sancerre Rose
This dining experience takes place at a single restaurant location in the SF neighborhood of your choice. Based on the package you choose, your group, and event goals, we’ll match you with one of our curated restaurant partners. All of our partners not only serve outstanding food and drinks, but have numerous awards (think James Beard Nominees, Michelin Plate, and Eater’s Top 38), and have a staff committed to storytelling and guest engagement.
West of Pecos
Swinging saloon doors, Santa Fe-inspired with high-quality Tex-Mex and classic cocktails
1601 Bar & Kitchen
Upscale and minimalist with Sri Lankan flavors and French culinary techniques awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand
Captivating with sleek, industrial finishes, serving seasonal and sustainable multi-course Chinese
Lively Roman restaurant with rustic tradition, serving Pinsa-style pizzas and Italian classics
Upscale New American eatery, a SF-institution serving American cuisine with CA ingredients and French techniques
All of our SF Interactive Meal packages include the following. We offer three package options (Classic, Premium, and Deluxe) which feature different caliber restaurants and dishes. Download our proposal for more package details and pricing.
- 2-Hour Hosted Dining Experience
- Trained & Vetted Avital Emcee Host
- 4-Course Meal with Amuse Bouche, Appetizers, Entree, and Dessert
- 3 Alcoholic Beverage Pairings
- Hands-on Cocktail Making
- Interactive Food & Drink Trivia with Prizes
- Flavor Finale Tasting Experience
Where Is It?
The Interactive Meal takes place in a single restaurant location in the SF neighborhood of your choice. During booking we’ll match you with one of our curated restaurant partners based on your group size and event goals.
San Francisco, CA, USA
Run of Show
1: Meet Expert Host, Welcome Drink & Amuse Bouche
Guests are welcomed to the restaurant by their Avital Host before enjoying a delicious welcome drink and amuse bouche as they mix and mingle.
2: Make Your Own Cocktail & Eat Tasty Appetizers
Next each guest will craft their own cocktail with expert tips and appetizers along the way.
3: Seasonal Entree & Beverage Pairing
Take a seat at your reserved tables for a seasonal entreé course and another perfectly paired beverage as you chat and connect.
4: Interactive Food & Drink Trivia with Prizes
Then team up for fun, interactive foodie trivia with delicious prizes!
5: Dessert Course
We hope you saved room for the delicious dessert course and more time for authentic engagement.
6: Perspective-Shifting Flavor Finale
The experience ends with a special, perspective-shifting flavor finale featuring flavor tripping and Electricdust lollipops.
Want to make it a Seasonal Experience?
Our Interactive Meal is the perfect way to celebrate any holiday with season-specific activities and flavors. Just ask your Culinary Curator during booking!
Current Seasonal Offerings
- Halloween 🎃 Including Spooky Trivia and a Tricks & Treats Flavor Finale
- Holiday Parties ❄️ Including Holiday Food Trivia and Cozy Holiday Flavors
This private experience is available any day of the week, at any time!
Gratuity is included in your package price!
We can accommodate advance and last minute bookings. Submit a booking request and we’ll get back to you right away.
The Interactive Meal includes 3 alcoholic beverage pairings for guests over 21. We can accommodate requests for non-alcoholic substitute beverages, including mocktails for hands-on drink experiences.
This private experience does not have a minimum or maximum number of people.
Our Interactive Meal is only available for private groups. It’s great for team building, client entertainment, birthday parties, and large groups.
- Request Your Preferred Day & Time
- Any Group Size
- Private Avital Emcee Host For Your Group
- Customize Your Food & Drink Package
Upgrades & Add-ons
Branded Print Materials
Add your logo to printed event materials, like the menus and cocktail recipe cards
We can accommodate all dietary restrictions on private group dining experiences. You will be asked to submit your group’s dietary restrictions one week before the Interactive Meal. If you are unsure if we can accommodate your restriction, please ask your Avital Culinary Curator during the booking process.
Why Choose Avital for Your SF Private Dining Experience?
- Expertly Hosted: Our SF Interactive Meal is hosted by an on-site, vetted and trained, expert Avital Emcee Host. You can sit back and enjoy as your host takes care of all the logistics with rich storytelling and group engagement throughout.
- Unique & Memorable: Easier than a cooking class, but more exciting than just booking a table. A cool new alternative to traditional dining!
- Experienced Team: A full support team to ensure a turnkey booking and seamless experience from start to finish.
- Designed for Connection: The Interactive Meal creates the perfect balance of authentic conversation and curated experience.
- Customizable: Inclusive, accessible, and customizable to a variety of use cases, from small team gatherings to large, multi-city events.
- Dietary Restriction Friendly: We understand dietary restrictions and want everyone to leave feeling cared for and full! We’ll ask for your restrictions after booking.
Yes and No. Our hands-on experiences feature the best “peak” moments of classic cooking or cocktail class, blended with the pampering and enjoyment of a prix fixe tasting experience. The perfect balance of time to mingle and connect (aka relax and enjoy!) and time to get hands-on (aka learn and engage!)
Choose our Hands-on Meal package for a full and satisfying meal, great for lunch or dinner! Choose our Hands-on Happy Hour package for a beverage-focused experience with light snacks, great if you have other meal plans before or after.
Our pricing already includes applicable taxes! For private events, there is a standard $25 per person private event service charge noted. This helps ensure we can tip the staff for larger/private groups. No surprise “booking fees” or hidden extras.
It’s okay! We can accommodate dietary restrictions and requests for non-alcoholic substitute beverages – including mocktails for hands-on drink experiences. Requests MUST be submitted by the deadline (1 week prior to event.) Extra requests submitted after the deadline, especially day-of will be accommodated as best as possible, but may incur additional charges ($15+ per change.)
That’s okay! You can still book to reserve your date/time with an estimate and adjust later. We accommodate changes of +/- 20% from your original number. Ask your curator if you need special arrangements for larger changes.
We’ll send your confirmed meeting address 1 week prior to your event date, after we receive your final guest list and dietary restrictions info. The menu itself is a prix fixe seasonal menu, revealed as part of the experience itself as it unfolds. You can read about example featured food+drink in our proposal to understand the caliber and style of dishes and cocktails we highlight.
You certainly can, but you may not feel the need! Our Hands-on Meal package includes 3 beverage pairings per person and our Hands-on Happy Hour includes 2 beverage pairings per person. For a 1.5-2 hour experience, we don’t recommend additional alcoholic beverage pairings. But you’re welcome to start a tab if you’d like to!
Yes! Bookings made less than 2 weeks in advance are considered rush bookings. We release our staff’s availability at 2 weeks so they can pursue other passions, so rush bookings require a quick manual availability check. We strive to confirm rush availability within 24-48 hours. Rush bookings do come with a nominal rush charge of $150, and deadlines for dietary restrictions info and final guest count are extended to 3 days prior to the event date. Inquiries less than 3 days in advance require all guest info upon booking.
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