Weekend Roundup: Festival Napa Valley Opens, Elle Women in Tech Dinner

Festival Napa Valley's opening gala
Festival Napa Valley’s opening gala

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Festival Napa Valley kicked into full swing up in wine country with a special dinner at Promontory on Thursday night and the opening gala on Friday at Meadowood. The music and arts festival features over 60 performances—from ballet to comedy—with opera being showcased at Friday’s dinner. Soprano Danielle de Niese and baritone Paulo Szot performed a concert on Meadowood’s new Redwood Lawn. It was followed by a luxurious gourmet meal paired with some of Napa’s finest wines from Chateau Boswell, Williams Selyem, PlumpJack, and Domaine Carneros. Notable attendees included opera aficionado Gordon Getty, Maria Manetti Shrem, Pamela and Ted Deikel, Rick Walker, and Olivia Decker.

Maria Renz, Kimberly Bryant, Melinda Johnson, Robbie Myers, Piraye Beim, Jessica Richmond, Jess Lee and Shiza Shahid
Maria Renz, Kimberly Bryant, Melinda Johnson, Robbie Myers, Piraye Beim, Jessica Richmond, Jess Lee and Shiza Shahid

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Elle magazine hosted its fourth annual Women in Tech Power List event with a private dinner last week at Wayfare Tavern. Eight local females were honored at the celebration including Jess Lee, a partner at Sequoia Capital, Belinda Johnson, chief business affairs and legal officer at Airbnb, Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, and Fei-Fei Li, director of artificial intelligence lab at Stanford and Google Cloud’s chief scientist of AI and machine learning. The dinner was presented by Dyson in partnership with Asos. Robbie Meyers, the editor in chief of the glossy, was on hand as well as Haute Living’s fashion editor-at-large Sonya Molodetskaya.

The limited-edition watch
The limited-edition watch

Photo Credit: Agency Moanalani Jeffrey

Watch enthusiasts were invited to Shreve & Co. on July 11 for an exceptional evening celebrating the San Francisco stop of Breitling’s historic DC-3 world tour. The 77-year old aircraft landed in the Bay Area and then its pilots met with American astronaut Mark Kelly at the iconic jewelry store for a champagne toast. Breitling’s new limited edition Navitimer DC-3 timepiece (there were only 500 made!) was presented and Kelly gave a short, but memorable speech. Of the event, Shreve’s co-owner Lane Schiffman said, “we are delighted to be hosting the incredible captain and crew of the Breitling DC-3 team, as well as the inspirational Mark Kelly at our store. Along with Breitling, we are committed to excellence in everything we do—something I’m sure Mr. Kelly can relate to.”