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.


Looking for ideas on ways to make your event unique? We can help enhance your event through unique experiences, venues, and of course wine! Contact us to learn more!

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!

Adventures in Team Building

Most of our clients are companies who are always looking for unique ways to increase engagement at their events, whether it's for internal teams or for their clients and partners. For this reason and because we love the creative process, we are constantly thinking of new activations, tasting a plethora of wine, and testing pairings.  We thrive on collaborating with our clients to create a memorable experience that stimulates communication and brings delight through wine.

Recently, San Francisco's destination marketing organization, San Francisco Travel, released their annual Meeting Planner's Guide and we're thrilled to be featured as a team building resource for groups meeting in San Francisco and beyond.  For your next company meeting, consider carving out some bonding time to keep your employees and partners engaged.  In our experience, wine is usually welcomed, especially after sitting through back to back presentations!

Our team of sommeliers and event professionals are based in California, New York, and Texas, but can bring these experiences to any location.  To learn more about how we can elevate engagement at your next event, contact HELLO@DOMAINESOMM.COM

The Domaine Somm Guide to Burgundy

This summer, our founder Gina King went on a whirlwind tour of some of France's greatest wine regions.  In the first of a series, she shares her top tips for Burgundy, including winery picks, restaurant recommendations and an introduction to the region's rich history & culture.  

Download the guide and start planning your next vacation.