Bourbon & Beef Speakeasy

Another great sell-out evening at The City Club of San Francisco, as we continued our Speakeasy tradition….

Members and good friends (and lots of new friends!) enjoyed a mouth-watering dinner prepared by Executive Chef Michael Munoz:

Bourbon and Brown Sugar Roasted Nebraska Beef Tenderloin with Cremini Mushroom & Bacon Gravy

Red Pepper Roasted Southern Fried Chicken

Creamed Corn

Ambrosia Salad

Buttermilk Biscuits

Walnut Brownies

All of that deliciousness paired beautifully with our spectacular Bourbon Tasting:


We also scored big on the cigar front, with each attendee receiving 2 premium cigars, which included Cigar Snob’s #2 pick for 2015: Herrera Esteli Nicaragua – a real treat!




Thanks to all who attended and we can’t wait to see you at the Davidoff Speakeasy and Toy Drive in November!

City Club Team Night Out: Liholiho Yacht Club

We love any excuse to try a new restaurant so The City Club team headed out to Liholiho Yacht Club to see what the buzz was all about!

With a group of our size, we were able to procure the Ohana Table right in the center of all the action. This modern space with exposed brick walls, wooden tables, and hints of ocean blue took us all on a quick vacay to the Land of Aloha!

We enjoyed a delicious menu, served “ohana style”:



Popcorn, butter, togarashi


Fried oyster, beef carpaccio, 1000 island, butter lettuce


Tuna poke, sesame oil, radish, nori cracker


Duck liver toast, jalapeno, pickled pineapple



Heirloom tomatoes, shiso ranch, furikake crunch


Marinated squid, crispy tripe, cabbage, peanuts



Country pork steak, jimmy nardellos, cranberry beans, coconut–miso, mustard seeds


Fried cornish game hen, cashews, tamari glaze, broccoli, flowering kale


Grilled shortrib, escargot, bone marrow, mushrooms, fresh horseradish


Twice cooked pork belly, pineapple, thai basil, fennel


Manila clams, coconut curry, turmeric, garlic naan



Coconut butter mochi and Black sesame sponge cake, pineapple jam, white chocolate coconut cream, cocoa nib tulie

Our evening left us all dreaming of our next trip to Hawaii (hopefully sooner rather than later)…but in the meantime, we’ll always have Liloliho!

If you’ haven’t been yet, it’s a must try!

Summer Speakeasy

Our Speakeasy events have always been a big hit with our Members…these evenings are just so much fun! Just add Summertime and the fun is kicked up a notch. A delicious, BBQ-themed menu, hot new whiskeys to sample, and this time, we had the pleasure of two different cigar experiences.

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First – Master Cuban Cigar Roller – and good friend of The City Club – Antonio Cortado was here rolling six different types of cigars for our guests. They were able to watch Antonio create them – he would question their cigar preferences, and then produce a hand-rolled cigar that was best suited to them – very cool!


And second – we had Ian Reith in the house, the founder of Cubo Cigars. He brought two packs of cigars for our party-goers to try, and spoke to us about the experiences (amazing!) of starting his own cigar brand.


There were fantastic whiskeys to try from Stitzel Weller Distillery in Kentucky – Blade & Bow, I.W. Harper & Forged Oak Orphan Barrel 15 Year. They blew us away!

Guests enjoyed this scrumptious menu:

Whiskey Grilled Kentucky Baby Back Ribs

Southern Fried Chicken

BBQ Beans


Watermelon, Feta, and Red Onion Salad

Corn Bread

Walnut Brownies

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If you’re a City Club Member and you haven’t joined for a Speakeasy lately, come try the next one on September 22, 2016!

Photos courtesy of James Lilley


City Club Team Lunch – Prospect

Every once in awhile, we like to get out and about to see what our foodie-friendly city has to offer. We are always on the look out for new trends, yummy bites, and exceptional dining experiences. Prospect sure hit the mark on all three – and more!

Check out our delicious meal:

First Bites:

Deviled eggs

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs, Pickled Serranos, Crispy Prosciutto


Hummus Labneh, Olive Oil Crackers

Duck Mousse

Duck Liver Mousse, Peach & Cherry Mostarda, Pretzel Crackers



Tuna Poke Bowl, Local Seaweed, Chili Soy Sauce, Nori Chips

Duck Confit

Crispy Duck Confit, Summer Cassoulet Braised Escarole Mixed Beans, Duck Ham, Mission Figs, Hazelnuts

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Cole Slaw, Tabasco & Honey Aioli, Torpedo Roll, Country Style Potato Salad


Seared Sea Scallops Risotto with Peas & Chanterelles

And finally, Dessert:


Nectarine Strudel Burrata Ice Cream, Blueberry Sauce Greek Yogurt & Thyme Crémeux, Brown Butter Almond Crumble

Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Short Cake Strawberry Sorbet, Angel Food Cake Frozen Vanilla Bavarian, Black Pepper Cookie Crumb

ice cream sandwich

“Berry” Politan Ice Cream Sandwiches Strawberry, Blueberry & Buttermilk Ice Cream Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

What’s missing from this post is the other 7 desserts we ordered…we thought we’d save face and just highlight three! But in truth, they were all fantastic. Prospect did not disappoint and we hope to back to enjoy their seasonal specialties again soon.

Our Favorite Summer Wedding Trends

‘Tis the season for weddings, weddings, and more weddings! We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite “looks” – many of which can be applied to any kind of event, not limited to just weddings. Here’s a few to share:

Hydration Station – Flavored Water: Keep your guests hydrated throughout the day, so they can dance the night away.

Jug of water with citrus fruit, lemon balm and ice cubes

Fresh Fruit for a Sweet Treat: Stay away from the treats with added sugar to can cause you to crash and instead opt for treats with natural sweeteners.

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Naked Cakes: Less frosting = less sugar. Not only does the naked cakes offer a lighter option in regards to sugar but it also works well with the summer heat. No stressing that the heat will melt the cake.

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Signature Cocktail Station – Make Your Own Drink: Interactive stations have become very popular and for very good reason, who doesn’t like to have a say in how their drinks are made?

Signature Cocktail Station

Practical Favors:  It’s always nice to receive a cute little something to remember the special day and it’s a bonus if the item is usable. We love these cute little match boxes.

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Happy wedding (or any event) planning!

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…


Or gold mercury candle votives for a touch of ambiance


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:


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!


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












Kale Hummus Cucumber Bites

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Shamrock Breakfast Sandwich 

Kale Slider


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.





















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.
































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.


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!