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Gala at Grace Cathedral: The Year of Technology

February 23, 2015
Kirsty Gumina

In a city celebrated for being a tech industry hub, it seems fitting that Grace Cathedral’s fifth annual fundraiser gala celebrates this coming year as The Year of Technology. Two weeks ago the Carnivale was a sold out banquet dinner for nearly 400 patrons. The special evening supports the Cathedral’s innovative programs, service ministries, educational offerings and arts programs. The night’s guest speaker was Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy. Mr. Khan’s vision is to provide free, learning resources that use modern technology to personalize education to each student based on their individual strengths and needs.

Attendees dined and socialized within the beautiful walls of the gracious church. The McCalls kitchen team served up a delectable three-course meal that included a Deconstructed Lemon Gremolata Cured Salmon Niçoise, a 16-Hour Braised Beef Short Rib with Farro Risotto, Coriander Carrots and Romanesco Broccoli, and ended with an Heirloom Apple Galette topped with Caramel Walnut Ice Cream.

In preparation for the gala and extending throughout the period of Lent, the church removed all of its pews for a new program called Spacious Grace, an exploratory platform for open seating and using the physical church space in different and creative ways. Make sure to stop by the Cathedral during this time to see and interact with the church in a whole new light.

For this great event with an even greater mission, McCalls was honored to be a participant in Grace Cathedral’s annual affair.

Fabulous Fete at City View

February 5, 2015
Kirsty Gumina

CityView_Callan_012815_010Few events achieve the level of beauty and elegance as the annual City View dinner party hosted by a local institutional investment group. This event, according to the group’s associate, “is so anticipated by our clients that they plan their calendars around it.” Held every January, McCalls has had the pleasure of producing this keystone event for over 20 years.  Along with the reception and dinner menus and service, McCalls handled the entire design, including lighting, floral and décor, to achieve a uniquely tailored experience for our long-standing clients.

CityView_Callan_012815_Staff_Wine Table_Cheese Table_Sommelier (5)Servers greeted guests at the entrance with champagne and a vibrant signature cocktail of vodka, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice, aperol, mint, and an orange twist. Gold, white, and coral accented a wealth of dark wood furnishings infused with organic designs, adding warmth and a touch of romance to the very modern space.
McCalls sommeliers guided the guests through tastings of international white and red wines as well as sake pairings with sushi and sashimi, freshly prepared by sushi chefs in the room. Before dinner, guests gathered on the veranda for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and unparalleled views of the San Francisco evening skyline.

Stepping into the dining room was like walking along the ocean floor as cool tones of aqua and teal enticed attendees into an immersive four-course sit down dinner. Once seated, all 500 guests enjoyed a phenomenal menu featuring a Celeriac and Apple Amuse Bouche; Poached Main Lobster with Lemongrass-Basil; a Mosaic CityView_Callan_012815_100of Garden Vegetables and Hydro Watercress; and a Smokey Filet of Beef with Pancetta Piperade, Potato and Brussel Sprout Croquette topped with a Rosemary Jus. After a light dessert of Chocolate and Green-Tea Mousse, the party flowed onto the dance floor where live music and merry-making carried on until after midnight.

The 2015

December 30, 2014
Kirsty Gumina

NYE Cocktailv2To ring in the New Year, McCalls concocted a fun and sparkly New Year’s Eve cocktail to share at your NYE soiree – and into the New Year itself! We call it, “The 2015.”

One Part Lillet Blanc provides light bitter flavors and two parts Champagne topped with 24 Carat St. Germain Pearls sweetens it up. For those last minute Sam’s and Sally’s out there, you can get the same effect using one part St. Germain Liqueur and topping it off with Champagne.

Don’t forget to pick up some edible glitter from your local party store.  Sprinkle it over your cocktail or put it on the rim of your glasses to give your cocktail that “wow” factor – the perfect glitzy drink for your NYE!

Ancho Holiday Eggnog

December 23, 2014
Kirsty Gumina

Christmas Cocktail


Make the Christmas Holiday your own and experiment with something new this season. Try making the Ancho Holiday Eggnog, a new wintry libation from our mixology team.

The Ancho Holiday Eggnog includes a Smokey Mezcal and Pedro Ximenez Sherry, providing nutty notes to excite your taste buds and your nose. Add Rompope, or “Mexican Eggnog,” plus a dash of Ancho Chile Bitters and a splash of Egg Yolks for the finishing touch. Grab your most festive Christmas glassware, pour and enjoy!

Giving Back

November 26, 2014
Kirsty Gumina

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.


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.










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!