Shanghai Social Diary: Culinary Adventures in Shanghai

When in Shanghai, I love trying foods both new and traditional. One of my favorites is Beggar’s Chicken, one of the famous dishes of China.

SHANGHAI SOCIAL DIARY: CULINARY ADVENTURES IN SHANGHAI
By Jeanne Lawrence

One of the many reasons I travel is to taste the various cuisines of the world. In Shanghai, I’ve had the opportunity to entertain and dine with my friends in a variety of venues. In this dispatch, I’ve picked a few dining experiences that were special.


LUNCH WITH FASHION DESIGNER HAN FENG

On a lovely Saturday afternoon, I met up with my friend Han Feng, the peripatetic designer of fashions, opera sets, and costumes, who spends alternating months in New York City and Shanghai.

Han Feng and I had lunch at the luxury Andaz Hotel in Shanghai’s Xintiandi neighborhood in the former French Concession.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Spring in the City ~ Charitable Events in San Francisco

Among the Bay City’s many recent charitable events was the fashion show/lunch benefit for the San Francisco Ballet, sponsored by Neiman-Marcus at the Fairmont Hotel.

SPRING IN THE CITY: CHARITABLE EVENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO
by Jeanne Lawrence

Civic-minded, cosmopolitan San Francisco offers cultural activities for every age and interest. Here are highlights from some philanthropic events I attended recently.

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET FASHION SHOW AT THE FAIRMONT HOTEL

The San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary held its annual spring fashion show fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel, this year in partnership with Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based luxury department store.

BEACH BLANKET BABYLON’S 40th ANNIVERSARY

In a nice coincidence, displayed in the Fairmont lobby on the day of the Ballet benefit was one of the outrageous costumes from San Francisco’s Beach Blanket Babylon, the world’s longest-running musical revue.

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San Francisco Social Diary: San Francisco Opera Guild’s 75th Anniversary

At the San Francisco Opera Guild’s fundraiser, POPera!, famed drag queen Kotya Smirnoff Skyy and award-winning soprano Deborah Voigt performed for the glamorous, nostalgic evening.

By Jeanne Lawrence

This spring, the San Francisco Opera Guild presented POPera!, a dazzling evening of cabaret and surprises celebrating the Opera Guild’s 75th anniversary.

Held at the historic Fairmont Hotel, the event referenced the city’s glamorous past in many ways, from the invitation itself to the cocktail party in the Cirque Room, to the entertainment in the Venetian Room, where Tony Bennett debuted his iconic “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

The invitation featured this vintage photo, a General Motors advertisement from the 1950s discovered in the commemorative book, The Fairmont: The First Century of a San Francisco Landmark.

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San Francisco Social Diary: FOG Design+Art Fair

At San Francisco’s recent FOG Design+Art Fair, some of the nation’s top artists, designers, and galleries were represented. SF’s John Berggruen Gallery, shown here, showcased pieces by such famed artists as Chuck Close, Tom Otterness, and Richard Serra.

By Jeanne Lawrence

FOG rolled in—and this time, San Francisco cheered!

The opening night and inauguration of the FOG Design+Art Fair in San Francisco was one of the chicest and most vibrant evenings I attended recently in the city—an ideal prelude to the glorious Fair itself.

More than 40 of the nation’s top artists, designers, architects, gallerists, and dealers of 20th-century and contemporary design were represented, and the four-day Fair attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

FOG’s organizing committee: Roth Martin, Cathy Topham, Stanlee Gatti, Katie Schwab Paige, Allison Speer, and Douglas Durkin, who spent two years creating the event.

During the FOG Design+Art Fair at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, celebrated style-makers participated in exhibits, presentations, and demonstrations.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Social Season 2014

Performer Amber Riley sang against a lovely backdrop of the San Francisco Bay at sunset during the star-studded benefit for UCSF Medical Center, a highlight of the city’s spring social season.

By Jeanne Lawrence

San Francisco seems to be the center of the world right now, and here are just a few more of the events happening around the booming city.

UCSF BENIOFF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL BENEFIT

This spring, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall played host to an evening of star-studded entertainment to raise money for both The Painted Turtle camp for chronically ill children and UCSF Medical Center, whose Benioff Children’s Hospital is ranked one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. World News & World Report.

Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center, with award-winning actress Renée Zellweger.

Titled “A Starry Evening of Music, Comedy, and Surprises,” the ambitious event was attended by such celebrities as Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Kathy Griffin, Josh Groban, Randy Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Amber Riley, and Renée Zellweger.

Anyone who has chaired this kind of event knows how difficult it can be to get the stars to travel the distance and show up. Those who attended the benefit showed a true commitment to the cause.

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