Night Without Borders
Location: Building 937 in the Presidio
Guest Count: 250
FOR-SITE Foundation is known for their epic exhibitions of thought provoking art in unusual locations. . .with equally epic opening events to match. The 2016 exhibition Home Land Security would utilize abandoned military batteries in the Presidio as exhibition space to create dialogue about borders, government programs, and safety. Life imitates art: a seated opening dinner - the first ever for the foundation - would take place in a run-down former military airplane hangar on Crissy Field that had never before been used for an event.
Denise jumped at the chance to get involved and help FOR-SITE director Cheryl Haines bring the hangar and her event vision to life. Months of planning, countless ideas, and dozens of site visits later, the international chic design was finalized, with every detail curated for maximum effect.
Transformation of the hangar took one full week. But the end result was stunning and not to be believed. Under beautiful market lights guests dined on international cuisine served on military trays by chefs Traci des Jardins, Charles Phan, Dennis Lee, and Mehdi Parnia and Aisan Hoseinzade. Entertainment included an authentic Persian music trio, a traditional Indian blessing, and dancing to 10-piece world music band Wobbly World.
With art, food, and music set in San Francisco's forgotten WWII locales, it's hard to imagine a more unforgettable and humbling experience.