Time to Play Ball! Junior Giants Play Ball Lunch

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again)…let’s Play Ball! Our beloved San Francisco Giants are ready for a new season and we have a tradition of kicking off baseball season at the annual Junior Giants Play Ball Lunch!

Our tradition of attending this incredible event started over ten years ago when our then-Board Chair, Cleopatra Vaughns, introduced us to the Junior Giants program and invited us to join her at this special lunch. After Mrs. Vaughns passed away in 2007, we’ve honored her legacies to both The City Club and the Giants Community Fund by continuing to support this wonderful organization at this annual event each Spring.

This year’s event was exceptional! Held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, we enjoyed a reception and the panoramic views of beautiful San Francisco from the 46th Floor at the Cityscape Lounge, while getting autographs from some of our team’s bests – Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence, and Buster Posey.

  

  

The lunch program following the reception is always great fun, and the perfect way to kick off the start of a new season. Each year we learn more and more about this awe-inspiring community program, and we always enjoy hearing first-hand accounts of how valuable the program is from participants of Junior Giants programs from all over California, and parts of Oregon and Nevada. This year, we had the pleasure of having Giants infielder Kelby Tomlinson as a guest at our table, along with a 4-year old Junior Giant – who was the real star of the show!

And now, it’s time to officially PLAY BALL! Wishing our boys the best of luck out there this year!

Congratulations to the Giants Community Fund for another incredibly successful Play Ball Lunch, raising over $475,000 at this year’s event!

About the Junior Giants:

Junior Giants is a free, non-competitive and coed baseball program for youth ages 5-18. Working together with local agencies, families and volunteers, Junior Giants reaches into communities and offers youth a chance to learn the basics of baseball during the summer while also discovering the importance of essential life skills.

Established in 1994, Junior Giants now annually serves over 25,000 participants in 90 leagues. Junior Giants is more than just baseball and offers several distinct programs to further enrich a player’s experience. Players learn the Junior Giants Four Bases of Character Development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork, as well as the importance of Health, Education and Bullying Prevention.

A City Club Wedding Soiree – All You Need is LOVE

CHEERS to the newly engaged! The City Club rolled out the red carpet last Friday evening for a Wedding Soiree! Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a glass of bubbly from a glamorous Champagne Skirt. The soothing voices of Bobby Jo Valentine and Vintage Jukebox set the mood!

Guests enjoyed an array of hors d’oeuvres, sample entree selections, and his & hers signature cocktails from The City Club of San Francisco. The dining rooms were decked out head to toe with floral creations by Paul Robertson and custom pastel votives by Glassybaby.

Our Bridal Suite featured stunning bridal gowns from Marina Morrison, make up touch ups and goody bags by Benefit Cosmetics, and a fun selection of jewels and bridesmaids gifts from Stella & Dot.

Next to the bridal suite, a Groom’s Lounge was dressed to impress with a whiskey tasting and a cigar roller. Yes, the grooms had fun too!

Brides, grooms, and their entourage enjoyed an evening of everything wedding!

A very special thank you to all of our fabulous vendors and participants who made this event a success!

Photography: Colson Griffith Photography and Red Eye Collection Photography

Champagne Skirt: Catalyst Arts

Wedding Dresses: Marina Morrison Bridal 

Tuxedos and suits: Generation Tux

Jewelry and Bridemaids Gifts: Stella & Dot

Flowers: Paul Robertson Floral Design

Candles: Glassybaby

Cake: Cake Coquette

DJ: Sound in Motion

Jazz Trio: Vintage Jukebox Orchestra

Acoustic Guitarist: Bobby Jo Valentine

Make up: Benefit Cosmetics

Whiskey Tasting: Youngs Market Company

Cigar Roller: Cortada Cigars 

Rentals: Blueprint Studios and Classic Party Rentals

Linens: La Tavola

Photo Experience: Red Eye Collection Photography

Lighting: Optimum Entertainment 

Media Partner: C Weddings 

 

Holiday Party Testimonials

We love events of all kinds, but the holidays are particularly special around The City Club. 2016 was no exception, as the decor sparkled brighter than ever and we entertained more happy guests than any other holiday season in history. We are especially thankful to have such wonderful staff, many of whom have been with The City Club for several years, and a culinary team that continues to inspire and delight our guests with the best that the City has to offer.

We are grateful to our wonderful clients who took the time to share their thanks and feedback about their events this year. See what they are saying:

“I wanted to reach out and give you the biggest THANK YOU that I could possibly give! We had such a great time on Saturday. We also keep getting rave feedback (e.g. “party of the century” “best Party I have EVER been to”, etc.)!  I know that your team was instrumental in making sure that the atmosphere, food, flow, execution, literally EVERYTHING was top notch and we couldn’t be happier with the City Club.” ~Stephanie

“I would like to extend our appreciation for a wonderful event we had last night. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to your staff as everyone was great – from ambiance, food and mostly the service. They really took care of us. This is the best Holiday Celebration we had the last 3-years and we’re hoping to be back in 2017.” ~Murita

“I wanted to take some time to properly Thank-You!!! For helping to make this year’s celebration one of our most memorable events, to date!  The décor was amazing, as were the entrée’s and appetizers.  Again, Thanks so much!!” ~ Meshay

“Thank you for a perfect evening!  We had great support, a professional staff, and a wonderful ambiance and meal. I was so impressed with the kindness and care your staff showed our guests.” ~Rosa

“Our entire event was awesome and you folks did a magnificent job. Things would not have gone as smoothly as they did had you all not been so on top of your game. You have our eternal gratitude. Happy New Year!” ~Brian

“Congratulations on such a stellar job for our company party!! A million thank-you’s for every effort you and your team put forth—it truly ended up being fantastic!” ~ Stephanie

The holidays are on our minds year round…from decor planning, to booking spaces and premium dates early, the spirit of the season is constantly in play! Let us know how we can help you plan your best party!

Cheers!

The City Club Sales & Catering Team

Photo credits:

Sophie Spinelle Photography

Imagetel Photography

Colson Griffith Photography

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:

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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!

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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”:

Starters:

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Popcorn, butter, togarashi

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Fried oyster, beef carpaccio, 1000 island, butter lettuce

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Tuna poke, sesame oil, radish, nori cracker

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Duck liver toast, jalapeno, pickled pineapple

Salads: 

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Heirloom tomatoes, shiso ranch, furikake crunch

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Marinated squid, crispy tripe, cabbage, peanuts

Entrees:

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

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

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

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Twice cooked pork belly, pineapple, thai basil, fennel

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Manila clams, coconut curry, turmeric, garlic naan

Desserts:

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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!

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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.

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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

Coleslaw

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:

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Jalapeno Deviled Eggs, Pickled Serranos, Crispy Prosciutto

Hummus

Hummus Labneh, Olive Oil Crackers

Duck Mousse

Duck Liver Mousse, Peach & Cherry Mostarda, Pretzel Crackers

Entrees: 

Poke

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

Scallops

Seared Sea Scallops Risotto with Peas & Chanterelles

And finally, Dessert:

Strudel

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

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“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?

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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…

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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!