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

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

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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

Pop Up Wedding Event! 2.19.16

Cheers to the newly engaged! The City Club rolled out the white carpet (literally!) to over 100 newly engaged couples last Friday evening at our first-ever Pop Up Wedding Event! Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a glass of bubbly from a stunning Champagne Skirt – and the night got started from there!

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Guests enjoyed an array of hors d’oeuvres and sample entree selections from The City Club of San Francisco as they enjoyed the modern lounge set up of the Cafe, and the rustic “outside-in” elegance in the Main Dining Room.

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While guests noshed on delicious wedding cake from The Cakemaker, they were surprised by a lively and dramatic flash mob! Because nothing says “wedding” better than a full, rocking dance floor!

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Brides, grooms, family, and friends enjoyed all the sights and sounds of this lively and “not-your-typical” wedding event!

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628_0080A very special thanks to all of our fabulous vendors and participants:

Photography: Andrew Weeks Photography

Champagne Skirt: Catalyst Arts

Wedding Dresses: Trish Lee and Jinza Couture Bridal

Bridal Jewelry: 66 Mint

Flowers: Flowers by Nina and Paul Robertson Floral Design

Cake: The Cakemaker

DJ: Sound in Motion

Acoustic Guitarist: Bobby Jo Valentine

Hair: Hair by Tony and Hair by Ezelda

Make up: Christina Choi Cosmetics

Whiskey Tasting: Youngs Market Company

Cigar Roller: Cortada Cigars 

Invitations: Minted

Rentals: Blueprint Studios and Classic Party Rentals

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Videographer: Thomas Hughes Films

Photo Experience: Denon & Doyle 

Ice Sculpture: Chisel-it Ice

Flash Mob: SF Flash Mob

Lighting: Optimum Entertainment 

Media Partner: C Weddings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s for the Kids! SF Firefighters Toy Program Kick-off Party

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Every year, The City Club proudly participates in the Annual San Francisco Firefighters Toy program – one of our favorite holiday traditions!

On November 12th we hosted our member dinner and auction to benefit this wonderful program and raised over $15,000 in donations and toys. WOW, do we have some generous Members or what?

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The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program believes that no child should be without a toy during the holiday season. In time of loss due to fire, our firefighters are the ones who see first-hand, the devastation when a child is left without a favorite toy. Donations of toys are graciously accepted throughout the year at any San Francisco firehouse, or here at The City Club during the month of December.

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Attending an event this holiday season at The City Club? We welcome any and all new gifts to add to the collection bin on the 10th floor. Thank you for joining us in making spirits bright for local children!

About the program:

The San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program is the city’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2013, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, children’s cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units. We also respond on a year round basis to displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other such disasters.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We love all things related to food and celebrating, so naturally the Thanksgiving holiday ranks up there as a favorite among our team at The City Club. It also signifies the last quiet day around the Club before the hustle and bustle of the holidays greet us immediately following our break. We can’t wait!

Whether you are planning on a traditional Thanksgiving with the family or planning your very own Friendsgiving, make it extra special with some of 2015 Hottest Trends

If you’re looking to keep things more traditional, here is an easy Pumpkin Pie recipe to make for your feast:

Ingredients:

1 (15oz) can pumpkin filling/puree

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

2 large eggs

1t ground cinnamon

½ t ground ginger

½ t ground nutmeg

½ t salt

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth.
  3. Pour into crust.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue baking fir 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from the crust comes out clean.

Cool completely before serving. Garnish with whipped cream.

From our “family” to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

City Club Team: Celebrating America’s Pastime

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The City Club of San Francisco family celebrated 4th of July one week early at the San Francisco Giants game vs. the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, June 28th!

An American staple of family, baseball parks, and of course don’t forget the hotdogs – the finest of summer traditions. Aaaaand it was Hello Kitty bobblehead day!

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Take us out to the Ballgame!

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What a great team outing to support our SF Giants!! Four home runs and the 1,000th Strikeout by Madison Bumgarner, the youngest to accomplish this in Giants history.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy 4th of July!