A Day in the Life

The fast-paced days (and sometimes nights) of a Sales & Events Manager are many parts exciting, with (a plethora) of details and a lot of hard work.

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Step into a typical Thursday with Team Member, Sarah Williams, who got her start in the industry by volunteering her time and energy (free of charge) to learn the ropes, because sometimes the very best experience comes in just putting yourself out there!

8:30am

A bright and early start.  Arrive to an inbox of emails (usually 15-20) and phone messages.

Most of the morning is spent responding to emails and phone calls, creating contracts and inputting information to BEO’s, (a Banquet Event Order is a document that outlines the details of your event).

It is also time to create requested floor plans or gather information to send back to the client.

11am

Site tour.  We do all sorts of events – parties, weddings, memorials (and more!)

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Image by Anna Wu

12pm

Lunch.  A great time to recharge.  The Kitchen prepares your choice of a hot (or cold) meal.

1pm

Meeting with the Banquets Manager and Banquet Captain to go over upcoming events

2pm

Managers Meeting.  An hour of connecting with other departments and how we all come together as a whole.  Fast paced and informative!

3pm

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(Another) Site tour, because, well, the venue is beautiful and lots of prospective clients are excited to see it.

4pm

Respond to missed messages and new emails

4:30pm

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Executive Chef Alaun Grimaud

Check on set-up for the evenings events.  It could be anything from a Member Mixer to a celebratory dinner or wine reception.

5pm

The busy day is about to come to a close.  Sometimes staying late is necessary to greet a client with a smile and a handshake.

Feeling the love

Any newly-engaged brides-to-be out there?

With Valentine’s Day just passing, the day of love brings happiness & excitement into the lives of many.

Today, we admire couples in love all around the beautiful Berkeley City Club.

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

The groom seems to admire his ring too!

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Image by Anna Wu Photography

And who here doesn’t love the joy and happiness of a wedding day?

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Image by Nicole Blumberg

And, sharing in a moment of wedded bliss, on the Terrace

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Image by Luke Snyder

Or, with family and friends around a candlelit table.

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Image by Danny Dong

If you need assistance planning your own wedding or even have a date in mind, check out the homepage of our website for special offers on select dates this Spring & Summer.

You can reach out to us at events@berkeleycityclub.com or at 510.280.1532.

Love is in the air

With the excitement of Valentine’s Day coming, we have some stunning images to share.

One of the great things about the Berkeley City Club is that it is filled with these beautiful little alcoves to steal a kiss, an embrace or in this case, a winning image.

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We are swooning for this couple…

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Can you feel the love?  Us too…

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Sharing a beautiful moment of togetherness in the Bridal Suite…

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We hope you enjoyed these as much as we did.  Beautiful images make our day!

If we can assist you in planning your big day or you have a question about events, reach out to us at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com

Images by Gabriella Clavel Photography

Complimentary tours

For the architecture lover in many of us, we are pleased to share of the Berkeley City Club Conservancy’s lovely tours that happen every 4th Sunday (except December)

The magic begins beyond our front doors…

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And through our stunning lobby.

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Hard to beat the beauty of those arches and details…

The First and Second floors are filled with little things to learn and great tidbits of the building.

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Join us from 1pm – 3:30pm on the following Sundays throughout 2015.

 Tours last approximately 30 – 40 minutes and are taken around in small groups.

February 22, March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28

July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25 and November 22.

We invite you to experience the opportunity of learning more about our historic landmark.

For more information, contact 510.883.9710 or bccconservancy@att.net

A day in Berkeley

So you have some free time on your hands and want to explore Berkeley a bit?

A city rich in culture, history, food & the arts has plenty going on.

First up, start the day with a little caffeine and nourishment at Venus.  

This popular restaurant has a great reputation, especially when it comes to brunch. Whether you’re an protein lover or a pancakes person, Venus has you covered. There are even items on the menu for vegetarians and kids, so nobody is left out and everyone leaves satisfied.

Walk over to the Campanile on Berkeley’s campus and take in the views from the top.  

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This year, the 300 foot bell tower known as the Campanile, celebrates 100 years on campus.

Enjoy a slice of pizza at the Cheeseboard for Lunch.

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Their pizzas never have meat and are topped with organic and local ingredients when possible. Pizzas are made fresh daily and each day of the week they are open, the pizza changes.

Insider tip:  Check out their website to see a lineup for the week on what the planned pizzas are.

Feel the vibe of Berkeley and stroll up Telegraph Avenue

At the center of community life, a large section of Telegraph Avenue is home to many restaurants, bookstores, clothing shops, and street vendors galore making a living on the city sidewalks. You will see many types of people walking along – from college students to tourists, artists to business professionals and everything in between.

Indulge in spa treatments at the Claremont Hotel

Spa afternoon at a beautiful and historic hotel, club & spa.  Need we say more?

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Book it stat.

Next up?

How about seeing a play at Berkeley Playhouse (built by our famed architect, Julia Morgan) in 1908.

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Finish off the evening with dinner at Julia’s

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Our beloved gem of a restaurant, nestled on the Second Floor.

If you are staying with us at the Berkeley City Club, it will only be an elevator ride up to your room after treating yourself to food (and wine) bliss.

We hope you enjoy some (or all) of our recommendations.  Berkeley is a great little city.

Cheers to you on your next adventure!

Tips for evaluating a venue

He popped the question.  You said yes.

Now all the fun begins.  The planning, the details, the fun!

Maybe you have had a venue in mind since you were a little girl, or perhaps this wedding planning thing is not your cup of tea.

Either way, a venue is something you need to secure for your big day.  Then come contracts, deposits and sharing it all on the invitation.  Sound like a lot?  Not to fret, we are here to shed some light on the subject.

1.  Start looking early

We like to recommend at least 9-12 months before the wedding. If you’re planning a wedding during the more popular seasons (summer and fall), you may have to be more flexible about the day you get married to get the site you want.

 Sundays are great option as well if your hopeful Saturday is all booked up.

2. Schedule to see the venue in the right light

Spaces can change depending on the time of day. Make sure you schedule to see a venue around the time of day that your event will be taking place (and keep in mind daylight savings time for shorter or longer days ahead).

You may consider adding ambient lighting, which can dramatically change your event.

3. Know all of the details

Each venue has its own unique set of variables. Make sure you get all the details about each venue you look at before making your selection.

Does the venue have their own chairs and tables, or A/V system?

What are their rules on bringing in your own catering or bartender?

What time can you begin setting up, and what time do you need to be out afterwards?

Is there a charge if you stay later?

What is the cancellation policy?

If you are on a budget and your event date is flexible, you can inquire whether the venue has different pricing based on the day of the week.

4.  Speak up

When speaking with event sales reps, let them know you are evaluating a number of venues. If they ask about the offers you have received from their competitors, tell them.

Remember, we would love to have your business.  Be open with us if you have competing offers you are choosing between.

We still have limited Saturdays and Sundays left for 2015.

Contact our Events Team with questions or to book a site tour.

510.280.1532 / events@berkeleycityclub.com

Julia Morgan Hall

A true landmark of a building, owned by UC Berkeley and constructed by our famed architect, Julia Morgan, in 1911, is certainly a treasure not to be missed.

One-year ago today, on January 13, 2014, the building constructed of redwood was (very carefully) moved over a period of two weekends in four, (very large) pieces.

Here is the story of this amazing piece of history.

Fast forward back to 1911…

At that time in history, women were not allowed access to the Senior Men’s Hall or most of the other men’s buildings on campus. Many determined young women staged programs and wrote letters to solicit funds to secure the space.

In comes Julia Morgan, who graduated from Cal in 1894 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

The Associated Women Students at Cal asked Morgan to design a building for their activities.

It became known as Senior Women’s Hall.

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On to 1946…

The building was moved about 160 feet west, to make room for the Gayley Road extension of Piedmont Avenue.

A rounded fireplace and bigger patio were added, all in keeping with Morgan’s original design.

Its name became Girton Hall in 1969.

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In 1970, Girton Hall became a child-care facility.

In 2014, a project a year in the making, and over a period of two weekends came to fruition.

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To get the building down a narrow driveway to its resting place in the UC Botanical Garden, it was cut into four pieces, with the largest weighing in at 14,000 pounds. Each piece required a separate move and road closure of Centennial Drive.

Today, the building will serve as a venue for weddings, events and gatherings.

The UC Botanical Garden has established a fund to aid in the care of the building.

As of January 2014, about $700,000 towards a goal of $1 million has been raised.

Curious to view this piece of history?  I am too!

I think a short little mid-day jaunt is in order.  Tour info, please.

Meet photographer, Danny Dong

In keeping with our wedding, image-loving & beautiful things theme (who are we kidding, we love all of these, all the time), we have some great news to share with you.

Back pedal in time with us to the Summer of 2014.  A beautiful wedding, with bride and groom, Yumi and Kevin, was taking place, and a photographer was there that day that would capture those moments for the lovely bride and groom.  Little did we know the mastery behind his images and the passion in his work.  His ability is one of true talent.

Meet, Danny Dong.

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Here in Marketing & Events, we are a (teeny bit) obsessed with his work.

It is magical.

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Does it get any more beautiful?

 This pool has been captured countless times, over our decades of existence, but this image sure is something special.

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We are in love with this one too.

The Members Lounge here with the brides dress on display.  Stunning.

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Candlelight, architecture and the look of love here?

My heart literally skipped a beat at first glance.

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Now that you have seen a few of Danny’s gems, we wanted to share how proud we are of him!

Brandsmash has given him the honor of being one of the top 100 photographers in the US.

Great job, Danny!

If you love his work as much as we do, head on over to his website or plan to see some gems of his on our website in the coming months.  We can hardly wait.

If you are searching for a venue for your very own wedding, our Team would love to assist you.

We can be reached via phone at 510.280.1532 or events@berkeleycityclub.com.

Engagement season excitement

One of my favorite events to see in the works at the Club is a wedding.  The gorgeous flowers, the venue decorated in its finery of linens, chairs and small touches throughout.

To top it off, you can’t beat being in the presence of fun, fashion and love!

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Photography by: Anna Wu

Weddings have been happening at the Club for decades.  Each one, unique in its own way, gives birth to a new life for a couple as they embark on a journey together.

As we continue through the peak months of engagement season (starting on Thanksgiving and continuing through Valentines Day), we would love to share in the excitement with you as we share some of our favorite wedding images.

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Photography by Danny Dong

The beauty of the pool.  The history of the building.  The understated lighting of the image to let the bride and groom shine on their special day.

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Photography by Danny Dong

This beauty was captured in the Drawing Room.  How stunning is this cozy little space for a small dinner or reception?  This couple thought so and so do we.  Nestled on the first floor, next to our West Courtyard, you have sprawling open spaces, and an opportunity to move freely and have these special moments captured forever.

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Photography by Renee Allen

It seems like everywhere you turn, the small touches of the Julia Morgan building get captured on camera.  It is love in many forms – from stunning architecture to the union of a new couple.

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Photography by Stephanie Secrest

The presence of love and laughter is alive and well on the Terrace.  You can’t beat the smiles and joy captured here.

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Photography by Nicole Blumberg

If you are newly engaged, congrats!

Our Events Team would be pleased to assist you with your special day.  Give us a call at 510.280.1532 or drop us a line at events@berkeleycityclub.com if we can answer any questions for you.

Here’s to love and happiness in the New Year and for many years to come!  Cheers!

Thanksgiving Eve

Through the beautiful doors of the Berkeley City Club, our Team Members are ready to put on an amazing event for you and your family.

From Food & Beverage to Marketing, Housekeeping to Maintenance, Events to Administrative Support – we are all working hard with a common goal – to bring service, joy and food to our guests in a building loved & treasured by many.

Thanksgiving Eve is one of our great traditional buffets at the Club. Chef Alaun began brainstorming and designing a menu for tonight weeks ago.  Our hope and intention is to dazzle our guests with traditional Thanksgiving dishes with fancy touches to make them special.

The beauty of the Club is complemented with fresh flowers by Team Member, Lupe Marquez.

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The details shine in a room already stunning as is, but add dazzling red linens, decadent food, colorful flowers and a committed Team and you have the makings of a successful evening.

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If you have never treated yourself to one of our buffets at the Club, they are simply delicious.  All ages are welcome and the events are open to members and non-members.  It is a great way to soak up the beautiful building and create a special memory with your loved ones.

The doors are about to open for our 5pm reservations – it’s time to shine!

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We would like to thank our talented Team Member, Trevor Johnson, for the beautiful photography highlighted in this post.