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The Ranch Opens Private Dinning and Events Space

The Ranch Opens Private Dinning and Events Space

The Ranch Restaurant expands with a Private Dinning and Event Space

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The Ranch Restaurant has enjoyed tremendous success over the past year and won multiple awards, including best American Cuisine and Best Steak at the Golden Foodie Awards. Riding the wave of their success, The Ranch Restaurant is expanding their operations to include a Private Dinning and Events Center on the sixth floor of the Extron building.

My day job requires me to plan and attend many conferences, receptions and client parties. The Ranch’s Private dinning and Event space doesn’t feel like the cookie cutter hotel banquet rooms that I have worked with in the past. The space has a welcoming home feel, and a touch of country elegance. 

See my previous posts about The Ranch Restaurant:

Review of The Ranch during Restaurant Week

Farm to Table Feast at The Ranch

The Ranch Event Spaces and Rooms

The event space is 7,679 square feet and is divided into four unique rooms. Each of the rooms has a cozy country estate feeling. The Study is an intimate space that accommodates 40 people. The feel of the space is perfect for an intimate dinner, poker tournament or corporate meeting space.

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The Dinning Room reminded me of a cross between the elegant 1st class dinning room of a by-gone cruise ship and a plantation estate mansion. With dark woods, leathers and modern saloon style chandeliers, the space oozes with cleaned up country class. This 1,885 square foot space can accommodate up to 60 guests.  There is even a wind protected patio with fireplace outside.

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The Great Room is a study of elegance with modern lines and lighter décor, yet a upscale country touch with the modern spin on the saloon chandeliers. With large picture windows, you can watch the Disneyland fireworks show from your dinning table. In the center of the room is an oak parquet dance floor and band stand. The room is over 3,500 square feet an can accommodate 264 people. In addition there is a Lounge attached to the the great room, perfect for conference break outs, bridal suite or operations room for event coordinators.

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The coolest space from this foodies perspective is The Ranch Private Dinning and Events Performance Kitchen. With a full kitchen to support the private dinning and event space, it also doubles as a performance kitchen. With enough open space to support a crowd, I was able to enjoy my food while watching Chef Rossi work his magic. Andrew Edwards told me that they will eventually be doing cooking classes in this space complete with cameras and monitors to see the Chef’s every slice. I thought this was really cool. You can expect to see me in one of these cooking classes in the future.

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Private Dinning and Event Center Food

Having eaten my share of  marginal hotel catering,  it was a relief to experience the same quality of food in the events center as I did at The Ranch restaurant. With Chef Rossi overseeing the kitchen, I expect to see same high standards of food quality and creativity.  Below are some of my favorite dishes and stations from the preview party.

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The Cold Seafood station was very impressive. It was laid out with marinated shrimp, mussels, clams, oysters, crab claws and my personal weakness octopus salad. If anyone is going to do a wedding at the The Ranch and chooses the cold seafood option, please invite me!

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Chef Rossi has a knack for making the an impressive charcuterie station, with house made items like duck pastrami and rabbit rillette. This is a sample of his spread complete with farm house cheese and fresh baked bread.

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Like any party in the private dinning and event space, passed appetizers and sample size entrees would be standard. The Ceviche Trilogy  was really impressive. It featured North Carolina shrimp, and heirloom toamtoes; blue crab and coconut curry; Main lobster and mango. The American Raised Kobe Beef Carpacio was made with white Alba clams shell mushrooms, wild arugula, black truffle, Percerino Romano.

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 Other favorites includes Hand Harvested Diver Scallops with smoked white corn,  house made pancetta and chanterlle mushrooms.  The Grilled Cheese Fingers were a huge hit with my group, made with three types of cheese and crusty exterior, these were a little bit of heaven. Hoisin Glazed Duck Meatballs – Yes you can make meatballs with duck meat and it is delicious! The duck meat balls were served with pumpkin, shitake mushroom, and sesame ginger dressing. Drake Family Farms Goat Cheese Raviolis were spot on with scarlet red beets, golden raisins, toasted walnuts, and Valencia oranges.

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Gourmet Sliders made with Angus beef, farmhouse cheddar, “secret sauce” which rocked the slider and a potato bun.

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I came back for multiple helpings of the Miniature Lamb Chops . They were served with sun dried tomatoes and black olive chimichuri. Perhaps this was one of my favorite items.

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The juicy Sustainable Chilean Sea Bass is served with an amazing Main Lobster Risotto, baby spinach and bouillabaisse jus. This item is still my favorite in The Ranch restaurant and is a must for anyone ordering a fish dish in the event space.

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Country Fried Petaluma Quail with Weiser farms potatoes, BBQ Bacon and House made agave mustard. I order this dish regularly. 

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Desserts

Award winning Pastry Chef David Rossi turned my very full stomach to near exploding, with this assortment of desserts.  There were too many favorites to list in this post, but my favorites included the butterscotch pudding, assorted flavors of macaroons (pistachio being my favorite), and the very refreshing compressed melons with Valencia orange.  Every dessert was a piece of art and flavor good enough for me to continue eating despite my swollen stomach.

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After having been open for just a couple weeks, The Ranch Private dinning and event space has already started booking up for holiday and events. Word got out quickly and the reputation of The Ranch Restaurant is obviously influencing event planners. I was so impressed with this space I already backed up my opinions by giving my event planning contacts a big recommendation  for this event space.

The Ranch Website

The Ranch Private Dinning and Event Page:

Address: 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, CA 92805 Ground Floor of the
Extron Building

See my previous posts about The Ranch Restaurant:

Review of The Ranch during Restaurant Week

Farm to Table Feast at The Ranch

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

20 comments

  1. Wow, looks so classy and classic!
    And I really want to taste that seafoods

  2. Looks like a great place to hold a party!

  3. The seafood looks amazing! I must have overlooked it (even though I looked twice), where is this located, which state? Hoping it is in California but I am not sure. Great photos and write up. Often a reader gets one or the other, not both. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for the feedback Johnathan, I will add the address to the post. It is located in Anaheim, a couple miles from Disneyland. The parent restaurant is The Ranch, which is located on the ground floor.

  4. Wow! That looks incredible and all that seafood is making my mouth water. Looks like a fantastic place to hold a party, or throw a wedding. Thank you for the descriptive write up, I felt like I was there.

  5. Hotel banquet rooms and their food can get pretty dull. How many times can you eat chicken, salad and mashed potatoes without it getting boring? I like the idea of the performance kitchen like you find at some nice restaurants. Wish they were in our town.

  6. Oh wow, the sea food looks the best, besides, I like round tables

  7. Savannah-Lin Dofa

    Omg that looks so wonderful to go to.. looks like a great place to visit for a great time out.. looks pricy too but I’m sure it’s worth it!

  8. Wow what a nice restaurant – very upscale looking. I love that they have a very broad selection to choose from.

  9. Sounds like a great venue. I love the assorted macaroons. And to be able to see the fireworks that would be amazing!

  10. I love this blog entry. It made me hungry looking at all these pictures of the food. Love the idea that I can take cooking classes and prepare a cozy dinner for two!

    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Wow..super impressed with the venue and food here! Loving the seafood display.

  12. I’m with you Tom on the pistachio pudding, but it all looks great. I’m sure it’s going to be booked up quickly.

  13. What a great write up and pics of the amazing food and what they have to offer for private events.

  14. That looks like a great place for a wedding or party. And the food all looks so inviting!

  15. Wow, the sea food station looks amazing! I love seafood!!!!

  16. Oh My! Those scallops look delicious!!

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