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Carnevale Comes to Sausalito!

September 5, 2014
Kirsty Gumina


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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.


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.


Shadow Play

August 27, 2014
Kirsty Gumina

AtmosphereThe San Francisco Exploratorium is a playful place to explore, learn and ignite curiosity. When McCalls was given the opportunity to coordinate the design for The Exploratorium’s Annual Gala, we wanted the principles of the Museum to be translated into the design.   Our designer met with our lighting specialists on the subject of color shadows to create something that would be fun and interactive for guests, and that also emulated the Exploratorium itself.







What are color shadows and how do you make them?  Colored shadows occur when two or more different-colored lights shine on the same spot on a white surface; the light reflecting from that spot to your eyes is called an “additive mixture” because it contains the colors from both lights. Utilizing all white tables, our design team created a table scape with unique and thoughtfully- placed flower arrangements; serving dishes in bold geometric shapes, and reflective glassware to amplify the shadows.  All of these elements drew together to create the perfect configuration for the color shadows to be the focal point of the overall design.

Photo credit to Drew Altizer Photography

For more photos of The Exploratorium Gala and to see the other room designs, please visit our Pinterest Profile.

To experience the Exploratorium first hand buy tickets here.

The 2014 San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show: A Look Back at the Opening Preview Gala and the Arts of the Past

February 24, 2014
Kirsty Gumina

On February 6th the Festival Pavilion On February 6th the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason was brought to life by the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show. Fans of this world-renowned event viewed high quality sculptures, masks, textiles, ceramics, weapons, shields and jewelry from ancient and traditional cultures.

rugProceeds from the Opening Preview Gala go towards the preservation of these featured treasures and their state-of-the-art galleries. More than 100 distinguished tribal art experts from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia and Africa were in attendance, each showcasing the best examples of arts from tribal societies across the globe.

The McCalls Team was thrilled to once again be catering this incredible worldly event. We served up an assortment of internationally charged dishes: from New Zealand Lamb Chops to Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Siu Mai, plus a delectably enticing Bread Pudding Bar with a mouthwatering assortment of toppings to please every palate.

We are already looking forward to another terrific event and show in 2015!

Check out our mention on SF Wire for more details:

To learn more about this great cultural event and the de Young Museum for which it benefits, please visit:

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

January 13, 2014
Kirsty Gumina


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 .