The Junior League of San Francisco

Issue 1: November/December 2013


by Alexandra McRae Conrad

JLSF members gathered on most Sundays this summer to volunteer at the Stern Grove Music Festival. The Festival, which just completed its 76th season, offers free concerts to the general public in Stern Grove's open-air amphitheater. The Festival features a diverse group of renowned performers. This summer's line-up included the San Francisco Symphony (July 7th), alternative hip-hop group Deltron 3030 (June 30), and the Indian brass funk band Red Baraat (July 21). The setting, 33 acres of mostly forested land within the Sunset District, offered concert-goers a quick escape from city life along with their weekend dose of culture. Despite the chilly weather, JLSF volunteers reported that they enjoyed spending time outside and were pleased to support such a longstanding San Francisco tradition.

Pictured: Angel Riordan, Alex Conrad, Jana Fung, Taylor Pilossoph, Carmen Cheevers, Jeanne-Louise Camus, Samantha Sevekow, Laurie Brown

Catering Services Available Through La Cocina

by Amanda Tutera

Did you know that La Cocina, one of our community programs, can connect you with one of their many incredible, delicious businesses to cater our private and JLSF events? There are many graduates from which you can choose. Try serving onigiri "brown rice dumplings" from Onigilly at your next event or committee meeting. If your event requires dessert, La Luna makes red velvet tres leches and gluten-free banana cupcakes that are to die for!

The use of La Cocina partners for catering at JLSF events is highly encouraged, and we now have clear guidelines to assist you.

Please direct any questions to the La Cocina Co-Chairs: Courtney Risman- Jones or Dee Iacopelli.


by Laurie Brown

This year's merchandising team, led by Michelle Curtis Harris and Cassandra Escher Edwards, has some fabulous gift ideas guaranteed to garner smiles and appreciation, sealed with a thank you note.

Their treasure trove contains some adorable goodies such as pink or blue short-sleeve t-shirts for little ones with our JLSF logo, and carry-anything canvas totes. These all make great gifts!

For your favorite foodie friends, our 2011 centennial cookbook San Francisco Entertains is comprised of recipes shared by JLSF members and some of San Francisco's famed 5-star restaurants like Gary Danko. To create a special gift, you can add a JLSF chef's apron and long-sleeve shirt to go underneath. Now your chef is ready to impress!

All of these items, and more, will be available for purchase at our November 13 General Meeting. These items will be also be featured at other locations, with details to be announced.

Purchase a cookebook for only $25 or $200 for an entire case (10 books) – a GREAT DEAL! Order online and pick up at HQ or email us to place an order!

Coming soon: Our Foglights e-magazine will feature new recipes from our San Francisco Entertains cookbook for your culinary pleasure. Bon Appetit!

Area Meetings


by Laura Tait

HUGS (Help.Us.Give.Support.) would like you to nominate your fellow JLSF members for the Cause for Applause Award. If you know a member who should be acknowledged for her outstanding contribution to the League, we want to publicly thank her at the November General Meeting. Please fill out the form.

Fashion Show

by Laurie Brown and Gabriella Hdez

The Fashion Show committee, chaired by Devon Diebel, is wasting no time preparing for the 2014 spring Fashion Show and black-tie gala, pulling out all the stops, and with a few surprises, too.

Junior League ladies will grace the catwalk, showing off some amazing ready-to-wear pieces by designers like Trina Turk, who will be showcasing her latest collection.

7x7 Magazine will also be joining forces with JLSF to help create excitement and spread the word about the Fashion Show.

At present, the committee is focused on getting solicitations, everything from corporate sponsors to beverage vendors, and of course fabulous goodies for our patron gift bags. If you know someone who would like to donate, please email Liz Brusca or Jenny Gibson.

The Fashion Show promises to be an event not to be missed, chalk full of surprises and excitement. Stay tuned, and have your calendars ready as the date and the location will be announced shortly.

 JLSF & National AIDS Memorial Grove Community Day Event

by Committee Event & Outreach Chair Ayesha Dillon

"The Junior League of San Francisco has a dedication to doing great things in our community - this year we wanted to show our strength in numbers! We were fortunate enough to partner up with the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park and help them reconstruct an important part of their landscape.

Going into this event, I didn't really know what to expect. My co-chair, Emily Palmer, and I utilized the strength of our committee to round up 100+ volunteers, cater lunch, and coordinate our efforts with the AIDS Memorial Grove.

Upon arriving at the Grove, just about 100 women gathered around to learn the history and importance of the Grove from John Cunningham, while taking in the beautiful landscape. We were quickly put to work; we created teams, we lined up and we made it happen! We filled in two entry paths to the grove with new mulch, every single woman contributing to the goal.

It was a beautiful thing to see us all work as a team and make a difference in the community. We accomplished the tasks in front of us in gusto finishing the day with a healing circle and lunch on the green! This day was a wonderful reminder of why we have all joined The Junior League of San Francisco and why we continue to be members. This is a day most of us will never forget!"

Hidden Gems

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