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Awarding Champions at the Exploritorium

June 3, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

Great Champions of science gathered together recently for the 34th annual awards dinner for the Exploratorium. We were again thrilled to provide the dinner and reception and enjoyed every part of the evening.

Attendees treated themselves to passed hors d’oeuvres and sipped their favorite cocktail while playing with the museum’s interactive edu-tainment. After coaxing folks to their seats, a panel of this year’s four honorees discussed the ” importance of people’s scientific assumptions ” while guests feasted upon what SFWire called “ a delectable McCalls dinner”.

The four awards went to Retired Congressman, Educator and Nuclear physicist Dr. Vernon J Ehlers, Dr Ramon Cortines, Educational Leader, Dr. Jane Luchenco, Marine Ecologist and Scott Cook founder of Intuit. Congratulations to all of them! They help make our life richer.

 

 

A Big Bang for the Academy

May 18, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

McCalls was proud to be a part of the California Academy of Sciences exciting 25th Annual benefit gala. This year’s Big Bang was a showstopper. While Project Bandaloop performed an aerial dance overhead, fashionable guests noshed on wild salmon tartar and curried samosas. Stanlee Gatti converted the museum into a world of green astro turf and the innovative lighting of Obscura Digital created a magical world where guests later dined on three-pea mint soup and free range Poussin stuffed with wild mushrooms.

During dinner, guests were treated to a dynamic panel discussion that included Bay Area pioneers Elon Mushk, Craig Venter and Eric Schmidt, led by Master of Ceremonies Carmen Policy. Later that evening at the “Party After Dark” David de Rothschild gave a special presentation of his voyage across the Pacific in the Plasticki, a 6’ catamaran made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and the guests danced the night away. The gala was a tremendous success with proceeds going to the Museum’s research and educational programs.

Co-Chairs Randi Fisher & Wendy Schmidt

Dessert Buffet Delights!

Photography by Drew Altizer: drewaltizer.com

Tales of the City

May 9, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

American Conservatory Theater presents a dazzling evening celebrating the world premiere of this wildly anticipated production. Dine under the stars, revel in the show, then dance the night away at a disco afterparty with the cast.

Balenciaga Takes The Stage in San Francisco

May 3, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

So much drama, so little time to take it all in. The Balenciaga and Spain gala at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum drew celebrities, haute couture collectors and fashion designers to San Francisco for an event that many already consider to be the party of the year. The $2,500-a-ticket
dinner was certainly their fundraiser of the year, garnering $1 million for museum programs. The museum show is a 130-piece retrospective of the work of Cristobal Balenciaga and is on display through July 4.

During cocktail hour, the fashion spectacle was in full force, with guests in vintage and new garments. In a tent decorated with purple tables and bare trees adorned with oranges by Stanlee Gatti, McCalls Catering served up crab and avocado dinner salads and fillet of beef with morels, as the Archangel Flamenco music group (chosen by Bowles and flown in from Seville) played.

The retrospective drew from the de Young’s 12,000-piece textile collection.

Juliet de Baubigny and Trevor Traina share a laugh with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Archangel Flamenco music and dancer directly from Spain.

Photography Drew Altizer: DrewAltizer.com
Read more at sfgate.com

 

Bouquets to Art 2011 – Opening Night Preview Party

April 14, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

McCalls Catering and Events was proud to be a part of the Bouquets to Art Gala 2011. Diana of godutchbaby.com was kind enough to document the festivities. The photos speak for themselves. Please enjoy!

Won’t you take a few moments to enjoy the dazzling buffet brought to the De Young Museum by the talented crew of McCalls Catering for the Opening Night Preview Party? Step into Wilsey Court and choose between the seafood or vegetarian paella, or a little of both.

Make sure to leave enough room on your plate for a helping of rack of spring lamb.

If you still have room, you can belly up to the carving station receive the world’s friendliest service.

I know it’s hard to ignore the buffet of desserts luring you. Will it be the strawberry cheesecake?

Who could resist these profiteroles, either chocolate, vanilla, or coffee cream, served on a Tiffany blue plate? Go ahead grab the tongs and help yourself.

All photos and captions by Diana of godutchbaby.com. Read more here.