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Mar 23, 2013 12:56 AM

Oakland Event Space: The Sound Room and Uptown Kitchen

This week I attended an all-day meeting at The Sound Room in Oakland. Since requests for special event spaces/caterers come up periodically, I thought I’d mention it. With art on the gallery walls, this was a more colorful space than a hotel conference room and I appreciated that. Mostly used for musical events, the room was set up for us with chairs in a circle with some scattered round tables that we could share for holding our drinks and notebooks. With about 40 attendees, I liked the intimacy of this set-up where we could see and interact readily with our colleagues across the room.

Coffee service, still and sparkling water refills, and lunch were catered by Uptown Kitchen. The lunch buffet included an array of antipasti/mezes (olives, dolmas, ajvar, mozzarella, marinated mushrooms, hummus, baba ganoush, prosciutto, sopressata, roasted peppers), roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes, black quinoa salad, assorted breads, gluten-free crackers, and housebaked cookies. These were set up in an adjoining room. We had real flatware, cups and plates instead of disposables. Afterwards we had a no-host wine and beer bar with some cheese and crackers. I was told the cost for food and beverage service was approximately $20 per person.

Located at Broadway and 22nd, there’s a public parking lot behind the building that charges $10 per day and BART is nearby. OAK was convenient for those flying in for the day. While I don’t know the cost of renting the space itself, I got the impression that it was quite reasonable and was certainly within the means of this not-for-profit organization. I’d certainly keep it in mind for a future event or meeting.

The Sound Room
2145 Broadway

Uptown Kitchen (commissary and commercial kitchen
)2147 Broadway

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  1. Luke Tsai chimes in on Sound Room/Uptown Kitchen in the East Bay Express today:

    A very solid issue this week from the Express with a half dozen Oakland-centric food stories.

    A few blocks from Sound Room/Uptown Kitchen there are a couple of small event/private dining spaces with kitchens but don't know if they would work for the kind of event that Melanie went to. Haven't been to either one but have walked by the Starline which is a beautifully restored 1893 Victorian and it got the last two paragraphs in a NY Times article in 2011. ( ). Kitchener lists event rental rates at $50/hr on their site.

    Starline Social Club
    2232 Martin Luther King (at W. Grand
    (510) 301-2770


    372 24th St
    Oakland, CA 94612
    (510) 835-5885