You don’t have to meet overseas to give your attendees international tastes and authentic group dining experiences. These three convention city restaurants provide authentic group dining that goes beyond the plate.
Nakato Japanese Restaurant, Atlanta
There’s a reason CEOs from Japan-based company Yamaha head to Nakato during business meetings in ATL. The restaurant’s three tatami rooms can accommodate up to 24 people combined and are designed with traditional shoji walls and kakemono artwork. A server in a kimono delivers multicourse kaiseki dinners, and guests kick off their shoes before being seated on tatami floor mats. On the menu: sashimi; egg custard soup; green tea pudding
Less than a mile from The Baltimore Convention Center, Cazbar is the city’s first Turkish restaurant. Two private rooms are available upstairs—one can hold up to 20 people, but together they hold up to 120. Turkish-style belly dancers serve up dishes with pizzazz, and the rooms are decorated with handcrafted lanterns. For a mobile option: Cazbar has a food truck available for events at off-site locations. On the menu: baba ghanoush; lamb shish kebap; falafel and hummus
Break out your dancing shoes! Salsera whips up Latin American cuisine alongside on-site dancing classes for groups meeting in the heart of the Big D. A whole roasted pig can be ordered for the table. (It’s an eye-catching presentation, so give time for foodies in your group to snap a photo!) Salsera’s balcony accommodates 50 people standing, and the dining room seats 100. On the menu: rum-glazed pork skewers; pollo frito torta; ahi tuna ceviche