Notable SF Event Venues

We're constantly scouting interesting venues to recommend for client events.  Recently, we did a full 2-day tour of venues in San Francisco for an east-coast based client seeking the perfect space for a reception of 100+ guests.  Several venues stood out to us as great locations for wine-centric events. Below is our recap.

 

ONE KEARNY CLUB

Photo Credit:  One Kearny Club

Photo Credit: One Kearny Club

This space was impressive to us for it's sleek, modern feel, and rooftop patio. The space offers a full kitchen, several separate meeting spaces, a large projector, and they allow outside wine without corkage, which is a big plus! 

 

DIRTY HABIT

Photo Credit:  Wedding Wire

Photo Credit: Wedding Wire

Dirty Habit is a restaurant located on the top floor at Hotel Zelos. It offers an industrial-rustic feel and a great wine list!  They separate the space very well using their rustic barn doors, which allows for several different rooms to be utilized for wine tastings and food stations. This is also perfect for a smaller group or for private dinners. 

 

NOVELA

Photo Credit:  The Perfect Spot

Photo Credit: The Perfect Spot

Novela is a quirky cocktail bar located in SoMa. Their theme is literary and all their drinks are named after characters from classic novels.  Its vibrant colors and fun atmosphere make it a unique spot for celebrations.  They also have their own house-made punch on tap!  This could be a fun element to complement our wine experiences.


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A (Couple) Day(s) in NYC: June Edition

Gina took a month off from her NYC travels in May, which we made up for in June!  Here are some of the highlights from her last trip:

View of Central Park from one of the meeting rooms at  10 on the Park .

View of Central Park from one of the meeting rooms at 10 on the Park.

Our day began with a beautiful view of Central Park from the event space 10 on the Park.  Gina and I coordinated many events at the Mandarin Oriental in the past, but never had the chance to work with 10 on the Park, which is also located in the Time Warner Center.  The spacious property is perfect for small to mid-size corporate events, but we thought the Circle Room could also be really nice for an intimate tasting or dinner.

The retractable roof at  Rock & Reilly's  can be completely removed on beautiful days.

The retractable roof at Rock & Reilly's can be completely removed on beautiful days.

After a quick bite at Bouchon, we took a tour of the new Rock & Reilly's rooftop bar located within the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel near Madison Square Garden.  We were impressed by the sheer size of the restaurant's outdoor space and the many options for hosting private and semi-private events.  The space is super-flexible with setups and menus and has been non-stop since they opened in March!

Next, we made our way to 620 Loft & Garden to set up for a client event.  We love working with this space and its blank canvas and outdoor garden.  This is our fourth year producing our client's summer party and every year it's even more beautiful.  We can't speak any higher of all our vendors: Petal Design Studio, Taylor Creative, and Creative Edge Parties.  Thank you for helping to make this event such a success!

Gina engaging with guests at  Primary .

Gina engaging with guests at Primary.

The next day began with a few client meetings followed by a lovely Global Summer Sipper wine tasting at Primary, a new co-working space focused on bringing health and wellness to the workplace.  We met a great group of entrepreneurs and poured some delicious, refreshing wines including NV Graham Beck Brut, From the Tank Rosé, Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Mourvèdre, and a kosher white, Hagafen Riesling.

The Oeuf Norvegien at  Le Cou Cou .  Magnifique!

The Oeuf Norvegien at Le Cou Cou.  Magnifique!

Our day ended with cocktails at the new hotspot the blond (which doesn't really get started until 11pm) followed by an epic dinner (with a David Chang sighting!) at new French restaurant Le Cou Cou.  We enjoyed so many wonderful things, but the Oeuf Norvegien won us over with its poached egg, smoked salmon, and artichoke deliciousness. The restaurant was buzzing with an excited energy and the service was top notch.  We can't wait to return!

A (Couple) Day(s) in NYC: April Edition

Last month I had the pleasure of Gina's company as she travelled to NYC for two separate trips. Check out the highlights of our adventures below:

The   Rainbow Room   being set up for an event.  

The Rainbow Room being set up for an event.  

We started and ended our day overlooking New York City.  First, we had a tour of the historic, and recently renovated (2014) Rainbow Room.  We loved every square inch of it with all its beautiful grandeur.  (The window treatments are strings of Swarovski crystal!)  We couldn't help but make our way back to the restaurant next door, SixtyFive (open to the public), for a nice cold glass of wine to end our day.

The stunning view from   SixtyFive  .

The stunning view from SixtyFive.

In between trips to Rockefeller Center, we were able to fit in a few appointments, starting with a special tasting offered by the talented Cloud Catering & Events in Long Island City.  We were impressed by the table presentation (centerpieces custom created just for us!) and the food was fantastic.  Of note, a liquid nitrogen demonstration which resulted in frozen s'mores.  Need I say more?  

Liquid nitrogen station by   Cloud Catering & Events .

Liquid nitrogen station by Cloud Catering & Events.

Our final appointment (before wine) was a site visit at the stunning Morgan Library & Museum. This museum and event space has several venues to choose from for hosting events, which range in size from a small meeting room housed within the historic town home to the massive subterranean theater.  We highly recommend a visit (and if you're around this month, you can enjoy their Warhol by the Book exhibit, which features Andy Warhol's career as a book artist)!

Gina's second trip to NYC included two wine cocktail demonstrations; the first at One World Trade Center and the second at NYC & Co.'s offices. We had the best time encouraging unique wine cocktail combinations using bitters, shrubs, and Schramsberg.  And the participants discovered that chocolate bitters with quince shrubs isn't so crazy after all! 

The artwork at the entrance of One World Trade Center.

The artwork at the entrance of One World Trade Center.

We ended with a light, refreshing meal at Rebelle.  We shared everything and particularly loved the appetizers of white asparagus, buerre blanc, summer truffle and the kohlrabi, daikon, brebis, buckwheat (pictured below).  Until next time!

A Day in NYC: February Edition

Our Founder, Gina King, lives in San Francisco, but is a (maybe just part-time) New Yorker at heart.  She travels to NYC about once a month and we make sure to cram as many site visits, lunches, meetings, dinners, and networking events in as possible while she's here.  Here's a brief recap from her February visit:

One of three Sky Pods at St. Cloud (within the green structure).

One of three Sky Pods at St. Cloud (within the green structure).

Our day started overlooking Times Square at the historic Knickerbocker Hotel rooftop, St. Cloud.  We loved the Sky Pods, which are semi-private lounge areas tucked into the hotel's existing architectural structures.  We took a look at the modest, but well-appointed meeting space and Charlie Palmer's beautiful restaurant afterwards.  We loved our experience at the newly renovated Knickerbocker Hotel down to the quaint coffee shop, Jake's, located within what looks like an old subway tunnel.  Find out more about this historical landmark here: Knickerbocker History.  

Langham meeting room

After a delicious lunch at David Burke's fabrick, we moved on to the Langham Hotel, home of Michelin-star awarded Ai Fiori and a stunning, freshly renovated 3rd floor event space.  All of their meeting rooms are equipped with user-friendly and extremely useful technology (i.e. touch screen control panels, large screen TVs, and power outlets for both plugs and USBs).  We loved the custom curated art on display in the event space and the hospitality was top notch.  Learn more here: Langham Hotel Events.

Setting up the s'mores station by Creative Edge Parties.

Setting up the s'mores station by Creative Edge Parties.

On to an event industry networking event hosted by 620 Loft & Garden.  We've worked with this venue for years and love its blank canvas and coveted outdoor rooftop space overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral.  This night, however, we focused on the vendors, catering, and entertainment.  The winner in our book was Creative Edge Parties, who created this stunning, unique, and delicious deconstructed s'mores bar!

Pure deliciousness at Toro.

Pure deliciousness at Toro.

Our final stop was for dinner at the chef's table at Toro.  We basically ordered the whole menu and every morsel of food was divine (another uni panini, please!).  We shared a bottle of 2007 Raventos de Nit Rosado Cava (a refreshing crowd pleaser, which paired well with all of our decadent selections).  This restaurant is a lively, massive Spanish tapas heaven playing nothing but old school hip-hop jams (Can I kick it? Yes, you can!).  The perfect end to a lovely day!

Event Recap: Client Event at CES

January 7, 2015

CLIENT TYPE: A global IT services company

LOCATION:  Chihuly Gallery, Las Vegas

GUEST COUNT: 44

 

THE MANDATE

Our client was looking to host a brand enhancing experience at CES with interesting content and activities in a unique setting. Since CES is a large trade show with many hospitality events, it was important to create an experience that stood out from the crowd and one that would leave a lasting impression. 

THE SOLUTION

Given the large volume of people who attend CES, we sought to find an environment where we could create a haven away from the masses. After a thorough venue search, we decided to host the event at the Chihuly Gallery given its off the beaten path feel and central location on the Las Vegas Strip. Dale Chihuly is a world renowned glass sculptor and his works often move into large scale installations. This gallery in particular showcased many of his large colorful glass installations making the setting  a unique visual environment.

In order to provide a unique and engaging activity for the guests during the reception portion of the evening, we produced a Wine Sensory Experience wherein guests could experience all the sensory elements of wine individually, including even through music. In this activity, we also deconstructed structural elements of wine including Aroma, Tannin, Acid, and Body. and even music. We also paired each wine with a different style of song for the guests to experience wine through music.

Our client was keen on featuring content that is topical and trending at CES, but also fun and insightful for a mainstream audience. Our guest speaker for the evening was Gary McCoy, a sports scientist from Catapult Sports. Gary led a lively discussion about how wearable devices are used on athletes in both college and professional sports teams to improve performance. The topic of the future of wearable devices was trending heavily at CES, so our event content was very much spot on for our guests and they enjoyed learning about the practical application of these technologies for some of their favorite teams and athletes.

We strived to create an environment that was sophisticated, yet comfortable. To facilitate interaction during the dinner, we served dinner family style and encouraged questions during the presentation by Gary McCoy. Catering was provided by the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and they did an excellent job of creating an elegant food experience offsite. 

THE OUTCOME

The Wine Sensory experience allowed guests to think about wine in a different way, and much like the art in the gallery, discover that wine can be subjective and interpreted differently. The guests had a great time discovering new ways to enjoy and learn about wine. The presentation led by Gary McCoy resulted in a lively discussion about wearable devices and professional sports teams. The guests were so captivated by the content that the presentation ended up being more of a conversation as there were so many questions. This was definitely a one of a kind experience of art, wine, and technology. The guests left feeling rewarded by the experience. 

 
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