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Our Beloved Bridge’s 75th Birthday Bash

June 4, 2012
Kirsty Gumina

This past Memorial Day weekend, our iconic bridge, spanning nearly 9,000 feet across the Golden Gate, gently ushered in her 75th year; and we tell you what, perhaps it’s the perpetual coats of vermillion or the age-defying properties of constantly being shrouded in fog, but she doesn’t look a day over twenty-nine.

We all know San Franciscans take great pride in their ability to throw a doozy of a party so it’s no surprise that this milestone birthday celebration for the City’s most coveted architectural accomplishment be an event with much fanfare; and where there’s a great party, far be it for McCalls to somehow not get involved.

The three-day bash kicked off Friday morning as hundreds of guests gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to proudly witness the unveiling of the modernized Bridge Pavilion Center. McCalls provided a simple and delicious breakfast of petite pastries, croissants and fresh berries for the crowd while civic leaders and patrons memorialized the bridge.

Sunday’s festivities culminated into an extravagant fête showcasing our beloved bridge when thousands of beaming well-wishers gathered along Crissy Field to joyfully celebrate the night with food, music and drink. Our staff, pleased to join in the merriment, provided unrivaled cuisine and service for those fortunate enough to escape the brisk air into the sponsors’ tents.

Chilled guests dressed in International Orange, the bridge’s signature color, warmed up with a butler service of traditional San Franciscan Cioppino and clam chowder. Inside they sipped Iron Horse sparkling wine and nibbled on fresh oysters, Chinese dim sum and local artisan cheeses. Heartier dishes of roast chicken, pulled pork and skirt steak rounded out the menu as well as an eye-catching, orange-hued candy buffet.

Revelers had a perfect view for the art deco-inspired fireworks display, choreographed to a decade-spanning musical mash-up. The spectacular 20-minute pyrotechnic show, a fitting tribute to our iconic landmark, was nearly as entertaining (but not quite) as watching our executive chef, Lucas Schoemaker, joyfully push a hotdog cart through the festive crowd.

Never prouder to be San Franciscans, guests danced the eve away to the Robert Vickers Orchestra. And sure as a six-dollar bridge toll, many, many hearts were left in San Francisco that night. We said it before … not a day over twenty-nine. You’ve held up mightily, dear Golden Gate. Happy Birthday to you …Happy Birthday to you.