SF Week in Review: Colbie Caillat, Dita Von Teese, Richard Gere, Margrit Mondavi and Darren Waterston

There’s so much going on in San Francisco these days that we understand if you have a hard time keeping up. That’s why we like to recap all of the haute events at the end of the week. From a cocktail reception for Darren Waterston in Ken Fulk’s loft, to Dita Von Teese at the W San Francisco to wine country happenings with Colbie Caillat and more, we’ve got it for you right here.

Haute Scenes

Darren Waterston and Ken Fulk
Darren Waterston and Ken Fulk

Photo Credit: Kelly E. Carter

It was a haute scene at Ken Fulk‘s loft, where a cocktail reception for painter Darren Waterston took place on March 19 to celebrate Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, a contemporary re-imagining of James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room. The installation will be on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution from May 16, 2015 through December 2016. Among those at the bash: Fulk, Colin Bailey, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Eric Petsinger, Mary Beth Shimmon and Kevin Sessums, who will be at Books Inc. in the Castro on March 24th to read and sign copies of his new hit book I Left It on the Mountain. Guests sipped tasty, specialty cocktails by Rye on the Road, nibbled on bites from Foxtail and enjoyed 60s soul music played by DJ Carnita of Hard French. It was a homecoming of sorts for Waterston. “My mother lives in Half Moon Bay so I go there as much as I can,” he told Haute Living. “I’m a California boy. I live in New York now but this is still home.”

Other haute scenes:

Dita Von Teese Rocks The W San Francisco
The opportunity to see international burlesque star Dita Von Teese put on a complimentary performance was too tempting for many San Franciscans to pass up, which explains why so many people packed the Living Room Bar of the W San Francisco hotel on March 19.

Gordon Getty and John Conover Celebrate Odette Estate’s 100 Point Wine
The Getty mansion in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights was the scene for an exclusive luncheon on March 17 to celebrate the PlumpJack Group’s newest winery, Odette Estate, and their inaugural vintage release of the 2012 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Gordon Getty, Gavin Newsom, Hilary Newsom and John Conover joined Odette Estate’s boy wonder winemaker, Jeff Owens.

Haute People

Colbie Caillat Yountville Live
Colbie Caillat

Photo Credit: Kurt Iswarienko

Catching Up With Colbie Caillat Before Yountville Live
Haute Living talks Yountville Live, music and wine with two-time Grammy Award winning pop singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat, one of the headliners at the inaugural festival, taking place March 19-22 in Yountville.

Haute Pursuits

Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2014
Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2014

Photo Credit: Courtesy Napa Valley Festival del Sole


10 Reasons Not To Miss The 10th Annual Napa Valley Festival Del Sole
Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole turns 10 this year and we’ve got 10 reasons you’ll want to make your plans now to attend the festivities, which take place July 17-26 and artfully blend the world’s finest classical, jazz, opera, theater and dance artists with curated culinary, wine and fitness pursuits in Napa Valley’s most iconic settings.

SF: 9 Haute Wine Country Happenings You Can’t Miss
Spring is here and that means festivals and events galore in California’s celebrated wine country. Here are nine haute wine country happenings taking place this spring in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County that you won’t want to miss.


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9 Spring Fashion Trends You Need to Know About Right Now
Now that the fall runway shows are over, it’s time to hit rewind and think spring fashion. Remember all of those fabulous duds, shoes and accessories you went gaga over last fall when you watched those shows? Well, you’ll find the hautest spring fashion trends available now at Saks Fifth Avenue Union Square.

6 Spring Fashion Musts From Super Stylist Mary Gonsalves Kinney
Spring officially starts this Friday and that means it’s time to start thinking about cleaning out your closet. If you’re wondering what statement pieces you should be investing in this spring, we have 7 spring fashion musts that you need for your closet immediately. We asked Mary Gonsalves Kinney — fashion stylist to San Francisco’s elite and founder ofMGK Style, a full-blown styling company — what items are must haves for the upcoming season.


Haute News

richard gere san francisco film society
Richard Gere

Photo Credit: Myrna Suarez

San Francisco Film Society To Honor Richard Gere in April
Richard Gere fans, mark your calendar for Sunday, April 26 and Monday, April 27. That’s when the handsome and talented actor will be honored by the San Francisco Film Society.

Margrit Mondavi Unveils Ginormous Robert Mondavi Sculpture
A ginormous Robert Mondavi sculpture was unveiled by his widow Margrit Mondavi and Richard Sands on March 18 at the Robert Mondavi Winery.

Dining + Drinking


Top 5: Best Burgers in San Francisco
What makes a great burger? Ask five people and you’re apt to get five different answers ranging from the bun, to the meat to the condiments to the temperature the meat is cooked to the thickness. We took all of those things—and then some—into consideration as we searched for the best burgers in San Francisco. Here’s our list.