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Celebrating the Season Openings of the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera

September 22, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

The city of San Francisco was abuzz as the Fall Arts Season kicked off with a “WOW!” hosting Opening Nights for both the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera.

This year’s Symphony Gala marked its 100th Anniversary , and all the stops were pulled out to ensure it was more phenomenal than years past.   For the first time, all levels of the Symphony family gathered together in the Opera House, mixing and mingling during cocktail hour.  The Symphonix and Supper Club members headed to City Hall for dinner, where Blueprint Studios decked out the Rotunda and North Light Court. Guests dined on a Salad of Black Mission Figs and Prosciutto, Butter Poached Maine Lobster and Birthday Cake.  The Patrons supped on Franklin Street where Stanlee Gatti created a sexy supper club, using more than 8,000 feet of platinum fabric to adorn the tent.  Patrons enjoyed Caviar and Egg Mousseline, Lobster Medallion, Seared Squab, Chocolate Cake and Traditional Cherries Jubilee.  Two highlights of the evening were the very special, star-studded performances by pianist Lang Lang and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Less than 48 hours later, was opening night for the San Francisco Opera and they were not to be outdone.   Inspired by Turandot, Robert Fountain built a scene right out of the Royal Court of the Lost City, creating a tent lined with rich, deep red fabric and luminous lanterns.  Guests were dressed in royal splendor, and were treated to a meal of equal caliber, feasting on a Salad of Mosaic Beets, Filet Mignon with Morels and decadent Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Both perfectly choreographed galas raised funds for musical education and programs throughout the Bay Area.  We had such a fantastic time being a part of something so wonderful, that we’re already looking forward to next year!

Photography Drew Altizer http://www.drewaltizer.com/
Read More:  SFGate Symphony, SFGate Opera

Celebrating with the Symphony

September 7, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

As McCalls kitchen is busy working to prepare for the Centennial Season Opening Night Gala for the SF Symphony, we were pleased to be mentioned in edible San Francisco” recently in an article about last year’s Black and White Ball.

The “edible San Francisco” had this to say: “At the Symphony’s last Black and White Ball, Lucas Schoemaker, President and Executive Chef of McCalls Catering & Events, and his team fed over 12,000 people in one evening.  And as the night ended, Schoemaker wasn’t simply proud of his delicate canapés or pupusas. He was most excited that no food had gone to waste; ‘we hit the numbers right on the mark.’”

“Even in a business that trends towards fanciful, Schoemaker’s respect for food, people and culture always comes before fanfare. A native of the Netherlands, he grew up with parents who experienced great deprivation and hunger. ‘We were taught to be frugal,’ he says. And true to his upbringing, Schoemaker implemented sustainable practices long before waste management was a citywide ordinance. As one of the largest food service companies in the city, he says his business became a model for other restaurants. ‘Many people said it was impossible,’ he remembers. ‘But then they would say, if McCalls can do it, you can too.’”

A large part of who we are at McCalls is the passion and depth of experience of our kitchen staff, led by Lucas Schoemaker. Our staff is distinguished by their precision in everything they do.  Their inspiration to create delicate and delicious fare comes as much from around the globe as from our diverse city.

We are proud to be part of the Symphony again this year as we are of all our events.We look forward to a wonderful evening!

Read more at ediblecommunities.com
Photo of Lucas Schoemaker by Stacy Ventura from Edible SF, Summer 2011

McCalls is Honored with 2011 ISES Award

August 24, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

Sweet memories still linger when I think of the Giants winning the World Series, the victory parade of nearly one million people and the fever pitch excitement surrounding the event. Happily, there is more good news to report.

McCalls has been granted an ISES ESPIRIT Award, 2011 for the Best Team Effort for our role in partnering to plan and execute the Giants Victory Parade and relating activities. “We are very proud of the fact that, due to the superstitious nature of baseball, we were able to plan and execute an event of this size on such short notice. It is really a testament to the great relationships that we have built with our industry contacts like Hartmann Studios, Cappa & Graham, and McCalls Catering, all of which were key to making this amazing celebration a reality,” said Stephen Revetria, vice president and general manager of Giants Enterprises.

ISES is recognized internationally as the standard bearer of awarding excellence in the competitive special events industry. At McCalls we strive to bring the esprit de corps of excellence to everything we do. For this reason we are especially proud to accept the Espirit Award, for Large Group Production, recognizing the Best in Team Effort.

McCalls Catering & Events Executive Vice President, Lee Gregory and Stephen Revetria, Vice President and General Manager, Giants Enterprises, shown with the 2010 World Series Trophy during a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Celebration.

McCalls Voted Best Caterer for 2011

July 26, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

Thank you to all the Nob Hill Gazette Readers for this Honor. We are proud to serve the Bay Area. It is our goal to create the best possible experience for every client, every time.

We help you make your big ideas, your expectations and your desires a reality every day.

The Fourth of July Down by the Marina

July 22, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

On the Fourth of July you could find McCalls Catering & Events partnering with the Golden Gates National Parks Conservancy at the Maritime Museum. The guests were invited to enjoy a day of great summertime food, games, and crafts for the kids and fun for the whole family. The evening brought fantastic fireworks; an amazing dual display set to live music on the beach, for everyone to enjoy. It was another spectacular San Francisco celebration and tribute to our Nation’s birthday!

Photograph by Jan Lundberg