The Week in Review: San Francisco Hotbed Gala

The week began with a rattle, a 6.0 earthquake that shook the nerves of many of us in the Bay Area. As things calmed down, events heated up. Kathy Griffin was on hand for Hotbed Benefit, Art by the Bay, an annual event that gives emerging and established artists in various fields the unique opportunity to exhibit their work in a beautiful outdoor setting. Joe Montana teamed up with some of his former 49er teammates to support his better half Jennifer, whose designs continue to help others. And the Veuve Clicquot truck made deliveries — with more Northern California stops to come.  Here is the San Francisco week in review and a save the date for foodies.

6.0 Earthquake Wakes Up the Bay Area

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We were reminded that California’s wine country is also in earthquake country. At approximately 3:20 a.m. on August 24, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake occurred northwest of American Canyon and six miles from downtown Napa. Several structures in the city of Napa, many of historic nature, received significant damage. The majority of the damage was centered on specific areas in the city of Napa. The regions around Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga experienced minimal damage and disruption.

Hotbed Benefit

Photos by Drew Alitzer Photography

The Drever Family Foundation threw its annual Hotbed Benefit on Aug. 23 at the Drever Family Estate in Tiburon, benefiting 10,000 Degrees, whose mission is to achieve educational equity, and support students with need to access and complete a higher education. Guests sipped cocktails, nibbled on hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed music at this Moroccan-themed bash. The evening featured a contemporary art auction featuring more than 15 locally and internationally recognized artists donating Moroccan-inspired pieces, a runway fashion show by T. Rains featuring menswear and womenswear by designer Traver Rains, and students and graduates whose educational opportunities through 10,000 Degrees have propelled them away from poverty and onto a path of personal and professional growth.

Jennifer and Joe Montana Host “Key to the Stadium”

Photos by Drew Alitzer Photography

Jennifer and Joe Montana introduced the Levis® Stadium commemorative “Key to the Stadium” specialty JMD collection to benefit the 49ers Foundation & the Four Rings, Montana Family Foundation as part of Jennifer Montana Design’s Chain Reaction Key Necklace on Aug. 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley.


Mailbox PhotoPhoto Credit: Courtesy Veuve Clicquot Veuve Clicquot’s cross-country mail truck tour delivered to Northern California when it stopped at Mustard’s Restaurant in Napa and the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn on August 28. If you missed it, don’t worry. You have a few more chances to catch the truck during Labor Day Weekend. The Clicquot Mail Truck rolls through San Francisco today and will be at Balboa Café from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. For $36, guests will receive two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and a complimentary appetizer. From there, it’s on to Sino Restaurant and Vintage Wine Bar in San Jose, where from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 30, you can enjoy Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label by-the-glass for $22 and Rose by-the-glass for $25. Additionally, guests who order a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose will receive a complimentary plate of chocolate covered strawberries. On Sunday, August 31, the Clicquot Mail Truck will be parked outside of the Lodge at Pebble Beach from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and champagne-fueled brunch specials will be available.

Save the Date

Acquerello place settingPhoto Credit: Courtesy Acquerello Michelin-starred Acquerello hosts a special 5-course prix-fixe dinner on Sept. 10, highlighting Italian wines from 1989 on to celebrate its anniversary. Guests can sip on 25-year-old vintage wines carefully selected by Acquerello’s Wine Director Gianpaolo Paterlini. The evening will start with a champagne reception in the Gold Room at 6:30 p.m. featuring Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosè ‘La Grande Dame’ 1989 and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by dinner in the main dining room created by Executive Chef Suzette Gresham paired with Nebbiolo based wines. The 5-course prix-fixe dinner with wine pairings is $415.00 per person; exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call (415) 567-5432 to reserve your spot.


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