It takes a lot to entertain sophisticated travelers these days, but leave it to San Francisco to translate some intriguing tidbits of history into an out-of-the-box, underground attraction that meeting planners may want to include in their off-site activity suggestions. Escape Alcatraz is a drop ride and show simulating an escape from the infamous prison, including a (safe) jump off “The Rock.”

Presented by Merlin Entertainment at the new San Francisco Dungeon on Jefferson Street in the Fisherman’s Wharf district, it’s housed in a 25,000-square-foot, below-sealevel space. Visitors check in as “prisoners” and get a 60-minute, interactive, highly theatrical show in which actors posing as gamblers, thieves, harlots and hoodlums lead them through elaborate, 360-degree sets while relating tales of the prison and the Barbary Coast. Guests then strap into nine-passenger gondolas for the simulated “escape,” a 33-second experience with a sudden, 11-foot drop. 

Escape Alcatraz previewed on Halloween weekend. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more.  

Just when farm-to-table is starting to sound like a cliché, catering pros across California have a new menu of food and beverage offerings to bring to your fetes, retreats and banquets. Feast on these new ideas.


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May has been FOOD BOWL month in Los Angeles, a 31-day festival of curated events produced by the Los Angeles Times to celebrate the city’s dynamic and diverse culinary scene and bring awareness to food waste and hunger through programs with chefs and food-justice activists. The charity partners include No Kid Hungry, PATH & Food Forward.

 

Fresh sea air, salty breezes, the sound of breaking waves, a view of sailboats on the horizon, sand between your toes on morning beach walks. When it comes to restorative surroundings for meetings and retreats, it doesn’t get any better than California’s coastal havens. And with 3,427 miles of shoreline, the Golden State off ers havens galore. Here are some of our favorites. 

La Jolla