Arden Fair Mall.
Alex Lane, Yelp Community Manager (Sacramento), performed a small miracle there yesterday.
He was able to get a large group of fun people to attend a Yelp Elite event there. And managed to do it with his usual understated, classy, effortless panache.
Honestly, that was the only reason I ventured into the area; the promise of another fun event hosted by Alex. And I stayed because I was pleasantly surprised by the casual elegance of the restaurant, Seasons 52, and its welcoming and attentive staff. From the servers pouring the drinks, to the ones walking around the appetizers, all of them were uniformly polite, sweet, attentive, and genuinely interested in making our experience memorable and enjoyable. The patio was beautifully decorated and the glass panels strategically placed along the half wall separating the patio from the sidewalk worked perfectly to keep the traffic noise out and the sounds of the party in. The heat lamps worked almost too well…I had to move away from under a couple because they were getting uncomfortably warm. Strategic positioning on my part was all that was needed!
The appetizers were so delicious: I tried the stuffed mushrooms, the chipotle shrimp quesadillas (never-ending supply!), and the artichoke pesto flatbread.
After the event, we moved into the main dining room and had dinner and dessert. Tierra and Bryan, our servers, were extremely helpful, explaining the vision behind the restaurant, talking about the meals being under 475 calories each, and pouring tastes of their favorite wines for us. The desserts were the highlight of my dinner: little works of art displayed in shot glasses…I wanted all of them.
One small but exquisite touch: after we were seated, Tierra asked us if we wanted black or white napkins. I have NEVER heard of a restaurant doing this, and I’ve been to some phenomenal ones all over the world. So impressed. Why? Because if you are wearing a dark skirt or dress, as I was, the white linen napkins leave a lint residue on your clothes, and to avoid that, they offer black linen napkins.
Effortless, and classy.
Count on seeing me again, Seasons 52, and with my posse!
Seasons 521689 Arden Way, Ste 1065
Sacramento, CA 95815