For the 2011 gala, some 1,000 dinner guests arrive for a "Belle Epoque" meal from Paula LeDuc
at San Francisco's stately City Hall.
A dramatic entryway is lined with flowers.
The reception area features a dramatic bar.
Another view of the reception area.
Lighting adds drama to the reception area.
The dramatic dinner in the rotunda.
Another view of the dining area. Props such as topiaries suggest dining in a regal French garden.
The gardens of Versailles inspired the tabletop design.
Another view of the dining tables.
A palette of plums and orchids dominates the room.
Custom props include climbing ivy, continuing the outdoor garden theme.
The North Light Court was used as a dining area, then transformed into the after-party space.
Aubergine drapery and hanging mirrors add richness to the North Light Court. Different palettes are featured in each dining area.
Another view of the dining area.
Accents on the mezzanine level.
The restrained yet lush floral, emblematic of the entire event's design.
The mood gets supercharged at the post-party.
Dramatic chandeliers accent the post-party.
A dancer helps guests celebrate at the post-party.