2016 Wedding Trends

The arrival of Spring brings the start of wedding season and we’d love to share our Top 5 Favorite Wedding Trends for 2016.

  1. Metallic Color Palettes – The Golds, Silvers and Coppers are definitely adding a nice twist to the classic looks. You can have a traditional table setting for a seated meal but add something different with gold charges…

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Or gold mercury candle votives for a touch of ambiance

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2. Lighting Galore – Transform the look of any room or space with great lighting. You can go with something as simple as uplighting to add a touch of color to the room

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Or we’ve recently been loving a combination of uplights, market lights, and light-up signage:

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3. Non-Floral Centerpiece / Food-Inspired Floral Elements – With the cost of weddings growing increasingly high over the years, saving a little here or there when it comes to the budget is very key. You can certainly do so by straying away from the traditional elaborate centerpieces and instead used succulents or candles arrangements.

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Another fun trend that is popping up is the food-inspired floral elements, such as using fruits and vegetables, which is both fun and unique as well as re-usable…go green!

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4.  Food Stations & Cocktail Receptions – 2016 is the year to socialize and move away from the traditional seated 1.5-2hr dinners. Instead think about making the “dinner” portion be part of the entire evening by having food stations with Chef Attendants and small plates. This will get the guest moving and talking and give your wedding an extra fun element.

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5.  Couples are steering away from the traditional multi-tiered wedding cake and instead opting to have a fun interactive station for the sweet factor at their wedding. This can range anywhere from simple bite size dessert buffets to a more interactive build your own cupcake stations.

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Of course there are still options for those of you who like to still have the traditional wedding cake but want a little something extra for the guest….why not include a candy & sweets station to add to the sugar rush for the evening!

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The possibilities are endless when you start with the backdrop of a fabulous venue! We may be biased on that…but we’ll let you be the judge!

Happy Wedding Planning!

Photos by Andrew Weeks Photography, Sophie Spinelle Photography, and Wild About You Photography

 

Max’s “March Madness” Bar Mitzvah

We say it all the time – we LOVE a good party and we especially love a good party with a great theme done right!

A recent Bar Mitzvah that was held at The City Club took “March Madness” to a whole new level! We loved everything about Max’s basketball-themed celebration, from the cake to the yarmulkes and every detail in between. We’re partial to the love for the Golden State Warriors, but really, everything about this fun event brought out the hoops fans in all of us.

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Those yarmulkes are amazing, aren’t they?! The guests all looked fantastic!

Congratulations, Max! We hope you and your family and friends had the best time celebrating your special day.

Happy March Madness! Wishing you a weekend full of bracket busters and exciting upsets!

Thinking Beyond Corned Beef & Cabbage this St. Patrick’s Day

Here at The City Club, we love any excuse to celebrate anything and everything, especially holidays! From food to table scapes and all details in between, we’re always excited about new twists on holiday traditions, so we decided to switch things up this St. Patrick’s Day. For the more traditionalists, rest assured corned beef and cabbage is definitely on the menu in the Member’s Cafe today. We won’t leave you hanging!

Do you know the meaning of “Potluck”?

Potluck, originally meant “what may chance to be in the pot, in provision for a meal; a meal at which no special preparation has been made for guests” now mostly associated with “a meal consisting of whatever guests have brought.”

For your next Spring gathering, be it a St. Patrick’s Day potluck or an Easter or Passover get-together, try one of these delicious green treats (links to recipes listed below):

Spinach & Feta Hummus

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Kale Hummus Cucumber Bites

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Healthy Avocado Deviled Eggs

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Shamrock Breakfast Sandwich 

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We rounded up some of our favorite green table decorations to complement these delicious creations that you’ll be whipping up in your kitchens. Who doesn’t love succulents?!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our leprechauns to yours!

 

 

 

 

Davidoff Cigar Dinner 3.3.16

On Thursday, March 3rd, the City Club was honored to host a special evening celebrating Davidoff Cigars – what a night! Members and friends joined us for a whiskey tasting, a hearty dinner paired with Spanish wines, and finally, port and cigars.

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The evening was such a success that we will do this twice a year going forward – we can’t wait!

Special thanks to our partners at Telford’s Pipe and Cigar.

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Reception:

Special tasting of Hudson “Maple Cask” Rye &

Woodford Reserve “Double Oaked”

Displayed Charcuterie

Spicy Southern Fried Chicken, Marshall Farms Honey Drizzle

Devilled Eggs, Crispy Prosciutto

First Course:

Conde De Valdemar Viura 2012

Crispy Iceberg Wedge Salad w/Shafts Blue Cheese,

Hobbs Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes

Main Course:

Numanthia Numanthia 2011

Snake River Farms Short Ribs, Truffled Mashed Potatoes,

Bloomsdale Spinach, Cippolini Onions

Dessert Course:

Fonseca “Late-Bottled-Vintage” 2008 Port

Double Chocolate Cake, Raspberries

Cigars of the Night:

Davidoff Nicaragua Diadema

& Davidoff Puro d’Oro Deliciosos

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A Weekend in the Wine Country: Healdsburg

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The City Club Gang met in Healdsburg for a weekend of good wine, good food & even better company.

Hotel Healdsburg, located right on the edge of Healdsburg historic town’s plaza was the perfect combination of modern and charming. With luxurious amenities and accommodations, our management team had the opportunity to enjoy one of the finest experiences that the hospitality industry has to offer.

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Our first activity was a private tour at MacPhail Family Wines, led by winemaker James MacPhail. We learned about the process of making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rose from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Anderson Valley. We took full advantage of the beautiful Spring-like day, enjoying sips of their handcrafted wines in the garden, and nibbling on an array of delicacies from Oakville Grocery. It was the perfect way to kick off the weekend!

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After soaking up some afternoon sunshine at the hotel pool, we were treated to a spectacular meal at Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. WOW! From the fantastic service to the five-star meal, it was a dining experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

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If you’re looking for a quick getaway out of the city, Healdsburg is your spot! It’s has the feel of a country town sprinkled the luxury of tasting rooms, fabulous restaurants, and lovely boutiques.

Our favorite find of the weekend may be…Shed! Every food and garden-lovers paradise, all under one roof!

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Check out what we ate at Shed here!

Healdsburg…we will be back!

 

 

 

 

Iron Horse Vineyards Winemaker Dinner 2.18.16

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On Thursday, February 18th, The City Club welcomed Joy Sterling, CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards, who hosted our first Winemaker Dinner of the year. What a special evening! The aptly named Joy is not just a tireless Ambassador for the brand, but has an infectious enthusiasm for the products her family produces, and appreciates the ability that a wonderful glass of wine – sparkling or still – has to bring people together.

Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful, small, independent, estate, family-owned wineries. A pioneer in the Green Valley appellation within the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, the Iron Horse family is building a legacy of prestige sparkling wines and estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Iron Horse’s renowned Sparkling Wines have been served at the White House for five consecutive Presidential Administrations, beginning with the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings ending the Cold War

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The evening’s menu was spectacular – Executive Chef Munoz really outdid himself this time!

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RECEPTION
2011 Brut X & 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay
Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon Rillette

FIRST COURSE
2008 Brut Rose 
2012 Wedding Cuvee
Poached Sweet Maine Lobster, Butternut Squash Fritter, Crispy Chard, Mole

MAIN COURSE
2013 Thomas Road Pinot Noir
Rosemary Grilled Hanger Steak, Pancetta White Corn Grits, Bloomsdale Spinach, Pickled Watermelon Radish

DESSERT
2010 Russian Cuvee Magnum
Full Belly Farms Strawberry Shortcake, Vanilla Bean Custard

Next up on the Winemaker Dinner calendar: St. Supery on Thursday, April 7th!

These events are always a Club favorite, as seen here and here.

Photos: James Lilley Images