While I am punishing my body badly by going out every night for four nights straight, I can't help but smile at all the new friends I made - as well as connecting with those I really should have caught up with more often.
Wednesday was all about sharing the joy of being entertained by a Vendor with my team. I know this sounds weird, but I once made peanuts but still manage to eat to eat at every Michelin restaurant in town - my guys don't know this as we act as vendor most of the time.
So how did we blow this one out of the water? A 15 course Omakaze (chef's choice) at Roka Accor SF
A few close up of my faves..
And ever so grateful our hosts were so fun, and didn't talk business till the very last second.
So how does one top this decadent experience?
Well, an industry friend works for a company that's known for their summer yacht party. But as the company got bigger, yachts became impractical so the solution is hire a whole concert venue - Bimbo 360 North Beach, SF, and bring that cruising feeling to you... Including
Yes indeed, it's an 80s cover band in sailor outfits
I am so grateful to have caught up - finally, in person - with two amazing ladies. Industry mentors of mine in fact. It reminds me how important it is to make time for people and things you love.
And how does one top an open bar yacht party? Why, a night with legendary DJs, of course!
I am a house fans from way back - esp sounds from mid 90s Chicago. If you're tracking with this subject matter, Derrick Carter and Mark Farina would be names you bucket into this description and wouldn't you know, they played last night!!!
They chose the most awesome of venues - maybe deliberate since most of the party crowd would be 30+, given the acts playing.
Monarch SF is a beautiful lounge upstairs, and a great dance space downstairs (with amazing air ventilation!). There is just something a little grown up about it, don't you think?
I danced my ass off to those deep beats - but not before connecting with yet more causal acquaintances who turned out to be SO 6 degrees of separation with! More new friends :)
Finally... Grateful I now have the legs to rock an outfit like this (a flowing white t under the jacket)
So today is day 4: More amazement to come today!