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November 26, 2014 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

Giving Back

019Every Thanksgiving the McCalls Chefs take time away from their busy schedules to give back to our local San Francisco community. Each year our Chefs work with  Fraternité of Notre Dame and the “Mary of Nazareth” Soup Kitchen , two organizations who help feed the homeless in Union Square, the Tenderloin and other areas around the City. Our Chefs dedicate this week to prepping and cooking meals to feed about 800 people in San Francisco over the course of two days.

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Wondering how much food McCalls produces for this close-to-our-hearts cause? On Tuesday alone the Chefs prepared 60 Thanksgiving Turkeys and over 100 Pumpkin Pies!  Additionally they made delectable side dishes, including Sweet Potato Mash and Stuffing, topping it all off with our mouthwatering Sage Gravy.

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If you are short on time this Thanksgiving but would like to share and give thanks to our community this holiday season, please reach out to Fraternité of Notre Dame. If you are looking to give back during other times of the year, join them in Union Square where they feed up to 200-250 homeless every Tuesday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 22, 2014 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

Pier 2 Celebrates its New Look!                 

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Last month The Fort Mason Center, in partnership with the National Park Service, was excited to celebrate the reopening of Pier 2 after more than a year-long “rehabilitation.” The $21 million restoration provided updates to preserve part of the City’s historic waterfront, as well as integrated the park’s second largest solar power system supported by the Silicon Valley-based SunPower Corporation.  These renovations were made possible by generous gifts from the Herbst Foundation, Columbia Foundation, the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, the Center’s board of trustees, along with many individual donors.

Petite TacosMcCalls was overjoyed to cater the opening night event for this revamped space. The 103-year-old pier celebrated with 250 guests that mingled and marveled over the 35,000 sq. ft. venue – a site with a capacity for up to 3,000 people – while enjoying an assortment of mouthwatering appetizers, including a crowd favorite of Petite Tacos with Tomatillo Chicken and Cilantro Crema. A stunning acrobatic performance welcomed attendees as they sat down for dinner. The supper ended sweetly with a dessert of Lambrusco Poached Pears, Mascarpone Crème, Biscotti and Zabaglione Mocha Gelato, all topped with a Chocolate Raspberry Cigarette and Hazelnuts.

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Congratulations Fort Mason on your fabulously renovated space.  We look forward to partner together on many more parties at Pier 2!

To see more photos and get more information about the space, please visit the McCalls Venue page at or Fort Mason’s Venue Rentals page.

September 5, 2014 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

Carnevale Comes to Sausalito!

 

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Last weekend, Marinship Park in Sausalito came alive with the sights, sounds and flavors of Carnevale. The 2014 Sausalito Art Festival Foundation kicked off its annual Labor Day weekend of art from 270 local artists, live music and food with its Friday night preview soiree: the 2014 Carnevale “Unmask Your Imagination” Gala. The evening was replete with cocktails and a Carnevale inspired banquet dinner and dining tent. Brazilian dancers spiced up the night and danced along with revelers to the musical stylings of the Dick Bright Orchestra. Even our own Chef Josip enjoyed some of the fun!

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Before taking part in the spectacle, Chef Josip and our team of culinary artisans served up quite the feast. Chilled Carrot Gazpacho Soup topped with Curried Prawns tantalized the palettes of artists and art enthusiasts alike, along with a vibrant salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, Melon, Di Stefano Burrata and Wild Arugula, drizzled with Micro Basil Olive Oil and White Balsamic Reduction. A hearty Grilled Filet of Beef with Champignon Crown, a medley of summer vegetables and a sauce of Cognac and Cream followed suit, and a Frozen Elderflower Soufflé Glacé Parfait with a Raspberry Macaron rounded off the meal on a cool note.

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But underneath this fabulous evening and the ensuing art festival lays an important mission. The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation is founded on an objective to bolster arts in the local community.   This year the proceeds of the weekend will be funneled into Artists Teaching Art, a fresh but highly successful program that engages young Marin students and working artists in order to foster artistic stimulus, imagination and experience.

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We are always honored to be part of such a fun and inspirational evening celebrating our local creative community. If you missed the gala and festival this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next years’ Labor Day weekend and boogie the night away at the “Studio 63” Gala.

 

January 13, 2014 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

New Year, New Ventures: A Glimpse at McCalls’ Latest Venue Partnership with The Wattis Room

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McCalls is always excited to unite with novel and unique sites on special events. Ringing in 2014, we are thrilled to showcase The Wattis Room as one of our newest venue partners.

Located in the cultural hub of San Francisco’ performing arts district, The Wattis Room is an intimate, exclusive locale nestled in the heart of the celebrated Davies Symphony Hall. Designed by distinguished architect Andrew Skurman, the room features deep crimson red walls, a beautiful existing U-shaped marble bar and three spectacular paintings on loan from SFMOMA.

WattisRoom_3dec13-005v2The room’s cozy and inviting surroundings are perfect for anything from a corporate dinner or business reception, to a rehearsal dinner, wedding or birthday celebration. This exceptional venue can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated dinner and 200 guests for cocktail receptions.

 

So if you are looking for an intimate yet vibrant space to host your next event or gathering, The Wattis Room may be the perfect fit.

To inquire about catering packages or to schedule a site visit, please contact Trisha Heigl at 415.503.5333 or theigl@sfsymphony.com .

December 16, 2013 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

A Ring-a-ding-ding Event

One of October’s greatest Bay Area highlights was the 32nd Annual San Francisco’s Fall Antiques Show Gala benefiting Enterprise for High School Students held at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.

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The Gala’s 1930’s glamour was exquisitely portrayed in the Jazz Modern: Art Deco and the Avant-Garde theme. Guests were immediately greeted by towering urns designed by Andrew Skurman that transported them to a bygone era. In line with the Avant-Garde theme, the cuisine mirrored the Antique Show 2013American Industrial and European-influenced era with wondrous displays of caviar, fine assortments of cheeses, and decadent desserts.

Students from the Enterprise Program helped pass hors d’oeuvres while guests perused the selection of fabulous antiques. Attendants indulged in chilled Blue Angel Vodka paired with American Sturgeon caviar sprinkled with lemon on homemade IMG_4006-004potato chips and topped with a touch of sour cream. Guests continued to enjoy the Lamb Karsky on a bed of Potatoes au Gratin with an Apple Mint Relish.

As a grand finale, dessert-lovers satisfied their sweet tooth with an array of sweets: from Espresso Crème Brûlée to Raspberries with Crème

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The successful gala raised funds for an excellent cause and provided an enjoyable experience to all involved. We look forward to seeing what next year’s show will bring.

To find out more about EHSS mission and its programs visit their website at: http://www.ehss.org/index.html

September 13, 2013 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

The San Francisco Opera Ball 2013: The Party of All Things Good, With a Healthy Splash of Evil

This year’s opening night gala for the San Francisco Opera’s 91st Season was a Bay Area cultural soiree for the books. Internationally-renowned event designer, Colin Cowie, was selected by the Opera Guild to visually bring to life The Opera Ball 2013: The Garden of Good and Evil with his acclaimed eye for design.

As stilt walkers clad in greenery and leaves meandered among guests outfitted in ball gowns and tuxedos, audible bird chirping and ambient green lighting completed the experience for City Hall’s nighttime “garden party.” Cowie’s design featured whimsically eerie, yet mysteriously beautiful, crystal-draped and black feather-topped chandelier centerpieces that towered over the green velvet and copper sequin dinner tables. Attendees enjoyed dishes of Chilled Three Green Pea Soup with Apple and Smoked Trout and Grilled Grass-Fed Lamb Chops with Monterey Fog Artichoke-Potato Gratin and Late Summer Squash. Rounding out the banquet, White and Dark Chocolate Skulls filled with a Berry Parfait and Madagascar Vanilla Anglaise pleased both the good and the slightly evil alike at this enigmatic garden fete. After dinner, guests enjoyed a glittering opening night performance of Arrigo Boito’s Mephistopheles conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti. After the performance, the opera-goers followed fire dancers back to City Hall for the slightly more sinister after-party, where we tempted guests with bountiful savory stations, decadent hand-rolled chocolate truffles and cocktails as guests danced the night away.

While the grandness of the Opera’s opening night ball is always impressive, it is most important to note the driving cause: the Opera Guild takes all proceeds from ticket sales and funnels them into arts education for Northern California students in over 230 schools. Between this great mission and the added benefit of a great party, it is no wonder the Opera Ball sells out so fast!

Prior to the gala, The Avant Gardist, a fashion blog based out of San Francisco, got some inside information from the Opera Guild and the design skinny from Mr. Cowie himself. The article also referenced McCalls for our impending catering services. To learn what Mr. Cowie had to say about the then-upcoming Opera Ball and to see our mention, check out the article by Cynthia Riddell here: http://theavant-gardist.com/stay-tuned-with-colin-cowie/

To see photos and to read more about the Opera Ball, take a look at this article from SFGate: http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Opera-gala-s-glittering-Garden-of-Good-and-Evil-4797318.php

To find out more about the Opera, its performances and its programs, please visit their website:
http://sfopera.com/Home.aspx

Be sure to check out our Facebook page next week to see some behind the scenes photos of the Opera Ball as well as the Symphony Gala!

July 26, 2013 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

An Opening Night Gala at the Asian Art Museum

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On June 26, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum put on a lovely dinner and cocktail reception in honor of the debut of their latest exhibit, In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection.

AsianArt_Christies_26June13-055Inspired by the collection, the menu focused on Japanese cuisine with our own California twist. Sake was paired with bites of Seared Loin of Lamb with Japanese Eggplant Puree on Rice Chips as well as Sushi Balls of Maguro, Hamachi and Avocado. Guests continued to dine on a salad of Smoked Duck Breast, Cherries, Hearts of Palm, Petite Lettuce, Tatsoi Spinach, Pickled Daikon drizzled with a Yuzu Basil Vinaigrette followed by a Seared Wild Northern Halibut accompanied by Bamboo Rice Risotto, Tokyo Turnips, Wilted Japanese Spinach and a Shoyu Shallot Butter Sauce. Under the warmth of the sunset flooding Samsung Hall, attendees enjoyed their meal at intimate wooden farm tables adorned with cascading white orchids, succulents and bamboo– the perfect floral touch to evoke the spirit of the Japanese Art.

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the works themselves as well as the dynamic relationship between collector and the collected. Make sure to head over to the Asian Art this summer to catch this exhibit before it ends on September 22.

To learn more about this exhibit, please visit: http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions_index/in-the-moment

To see more photos from the opening night event, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/McCallsCatering

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June 17, 2013 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

Music to My Ears: The Stern Grove Festival

It must be summertime! San Francisco’s annual Stern Grove Festival kicked off its 76th season yesterday afternoon with “The Big Picnic” – a celebratory benefit concert and luncheon supporting the Stern Grove Festival Association. Overjoyed to be a part of the outdoor music-filled event, we served up summer-ready dishes to over 400 guests such as our house-made Sun Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Deep Dish Quiches, Poached Salmon with “Dill Mousseline” and Blueberry Caulfoutti with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The sun was shining as Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs headlined the event in support of Stern Grove’s mission of providing admission-free performing art shows throughout the Bay Area.

With many great artists on the Stern Grove’s 2013 line up – including Ramsey Lewis and Dee Dee Bridgewater, the San Francisco Symphony and Pink Martini, to name just a few – don’t let the summer pass you by without checking out a concert. The Stern Grove Festival takes place every Sunday through August 18 at 2:00pm, but be sure to get there early to snag yourself a good seat!

To learn more about the Stern Grove Festival Association and to find out who else will be featured on the 2013 lineup, please visit the Stern Grove Festival website at: http://www.sterngrove.org/

May 31, 2013 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

Proud to Be a “Great, Big Caterer!”

The McCalls team is overjoyed to be featured in Special Events magazine’s May-June cover story on “25 Great, Big Caterers,” and we are honored to be the only representative from Northern California!

Featuring fun tidbits of information on the selected 25 biggest caterers worldwide, the article shares some of each company’s strategies for success in this recovering economy while also highlighting their standout traits. Special Events gives us accolades for our long-standing tradition of impeccable service thanks to our knowledgeable and dedicated wait-staff, many of whom have been with us for a decade or more. While we are a catering company built on a history of excellent service, the magazine also gives a nod to our drive to keep the industry on its toes with our trendsetting food and beverage programs.

With over 700 events on our calendar this year, we are absolutely thrilled to be ranked with these 25 top international companies all working to propel the catering industry into the future!

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learn more about the other international caterers that were listed, please visit Special Events digital magazine issue at: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/3c8312e3

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April 26, 2013 | by Kirsty Gumina | Share

A Swinging Scientific Soirée at the California Academy of Sciences’ Big Bang Gala

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A typical Thursday night at the California Academy of Sciences finds the Academy bustling with its very popular, hip and successful NightLife program. However last Thursday, April 18, was not your average Thursday night: instead, the museum was packed with party-goers enjoying the Academy’s biggest night of the year, Big Bang: Party After Dark! in conjunction with the annual Big Bang Gala.

IMG_0938As guests streamed into the Academy for Party After Dark! they were welcomed by vibrant, colorfully decorated human butterflies, gracefully towering above on stilts. Attendees were first received in the Piazza, specially adorned with graphic black and silver lounge furniture, delicate orange flowers and bold black bars.  Music piped through the building as bartenders started whipping up cocktails and pouring wine. The evening’s specialty drink, our very own Spa Collins, was a hit: a zesty and refreshing concoction of vodka, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup, pickled ginger, mint leaves and cucumber slices. Buffets of scrumptious finger foods were open to those hungry for Chicken Siu Mai, Fried Chicken Sliders and Crispy Purses of Swiss Chard, Preserved Lemon and Feta – to name a few edible delights. Bars and buffets continued outside in the East Garden, where the Del Popolo pizza truck was also stationed, dishing up pizzas to guests checking out Rock the Bike featuring DJ Izzy Wise.

IMG_0856Towards the end of the night, DJ Mayer Hawthorne threw down on the turntables in the Piazza, where guests danced up a storm. As guests left the event, they were tempted by abundant candy buffets offering up a wide array of treats to satisfy any sweet tooth.

The gala dinner, which took place for a smaller group prior to Party After Dark! was also a tremendous success. Gala diners were invited first to participate in one of two lectures in either African Hall or the Planetarium by two of the world’s leading natural scientists in the field of biodiversity: James Balog and William McDonough.

Upon the conclusion of these illuminating discourses, attendees were lead into a tent impressively designed by Blueprint Studios, who drew design inspiration from the natural world that the Academy helps to protect. Decorative green and brown walls enclosed diners in an intimate setting, topped off with multi-shaped geometric chandeliers – hanging like stars against the clear-top tent. Succulents and vibrant floral arrangements in stone containers ornamented the tables, alongside candles floating in   vases of water.

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In this atmosphere of natural wonder and beauty, guests supped on fresh antipasto until the service of the first course, a Monterey Artichoke Salad with Shaved Fennel, Butter Lettuce, Chiogga Beets, Spring Peas, Artichoke and Chenel Cheese. Seared Halibut followed replete with Potato Turnip Puree, Fava Beans, Romanesco Broccoli, Carrots Vichy, Cipollini Onion and a Lemon Dill Beurre Blanc. A delectable dessert course of Raspberry Sorbet with Santa Cruz Berries in a Nougat Basket followed for those who saved room for dessert.

IMG_0894Revelers at both the Big Bang Gala and Party After Dark! not only enjoyed a rollicking grand time, they also helped to raise money for the sustainability and conservation programs for the Academy of Sciences. We are already looking forward to supporting these great initiatives with next year’s Big Bang!

To find out more information about the California Academy of Sciences and its programs, please visit their website at: http://www.calacademy.org/

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