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San Francisco Opera Kicks-Off 88th Season with Gala Dinner & Aida Performance

September 16, 2010
Kirsty Gumina

The San Francisco Opera kicked-off its 88th season on September 10 with a gala evening celebrating Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, “the grandest of grand operas” set in ancient Egypt.

The sold-out event benefited the Opera Guild, which supports arts and education programs for about 60,000 children and adults in Northern California. McCalls catered the dinner for 1,100 people under City Hall’s dome.

“McCall’s Executive Chef Lucas Schoemaker’s menu starred a salmon Marquise salad, short rib tournedos and chocolate mousse pyramid-shaped dessert,” said Catherine Bigelow in her society column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Guests at the opera included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown. “Thank God McCalls was the caterer,” said Brown in his Sunday San Francisco Chronicle column. “Short ribs, of all things. Just what was needed to get through the long, long night.”

Photo courtesy of San Francisco Opera