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Earlier this year we showcased our partnership with Entire Productions at their annual Swing into Spring event at the Bently Reserve. The special evening is a showcase of design, discussion, and imaginative entertainment.
Entire Productions has been producing this gala for nine years, and the annual celebration has become one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated industry insider events. While Entire Productions gets “fired up” to showcase their creativity, we love to see our space showcased in such visionary ways! Every year has a different theme, and every annual event is tailor-created to be completely unforgettable.
This year’s theme hearkened back to a glamorous time and place: 1960s Palm Springs. The fête was filled with pop art, geometric shapes, and beautiful muted color palettes… along with a sprinkling of Warhol and flamingoes, of course.
While Reserve is famous for its grandeur, events like this truly showcase how we’re also the perfect place for unconventionally imaginative endeavors!
Widely recognized as one of California’s finest event venues, the Bently Reserve can add another “best-of” recommendation to the long list — this time from The Salonnière. Thank you!
Mollie & Patrick’s regal wedding, photographed by Kate Webber, was highlighted as an example of one of one of their favorite ceremonies. The photo really shows off the grandeur and sophistication an wedding in the Banking Hall can embody.
California Meetings and Events magazine featured the Bently Reserve in its Summer 2017 issue. This time, the magazine focuses on sustainable venues, so of course they had to reach out to Jim Bruels, the director of events & sales at our own LEED-Certified venue!
Jim talks about how important all the little details are when it comes to being green. He also discusses how working for a company whose core value is sustainability has freed him make a big difference in managing an industry-leading eco-friendly events venue.
You can read the digital edition here.
Successful Meetings magazine has recently featured the Bently Reserve in an article about sustainable spaces in the green-thinking city that is San Francisco. While this might be the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the City has shown it can look forward as well as back — and we’re proud to be a part of both San Francisco’s past and its green future!
You can read the full article here.
The Bently Reserve’s new fall and winter SFMOMA collection combines fascinating textures, representational landscapes, and wintry palettes.
Heidi McDowell's crisp view of Mt. Whitney contrasts high desert scrub in the foreground with dark foothills and snowy peaks in the background. In End of Day, Donna McGinnis depicts a warm, softly lit fall afternoon along the Sacramento delta. Each of these images has a relationship to our companies in Nevada: both Bently Ranch and Bently Heritage reside in the Carson Valley, on the high plains just east of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Bently employees often make the drive through Sacramento and across the mountains when going between the Bay Area and the town of Minden — these paintings represent sights they might see on that drive.
Kim Miskowicz's Grassy takes texture and landscape to a literal conclusion. From a distance we see a misty mountain, trees, grass, and water; up close, we see that the canvas is actually layered with hundreds of scraps of paper that emulate the objects in the scene.
The Bently Reserve Conference Center received its new installation of art in April. This time we went in a direction inspired by spring and summer with representations of water and forests, a little whimsy, and some pure abstraction.
Wander through the woods, get lost in the patterns of the forest floor, invoke the smell of pine needles, and come back refreshed within Linda Galusha’s "Don’t Look Back, It is All Right in Front of You.” Or, take a take a cool dip in John Bucklin’s “Swimming Pool.”
In the Port and Euphemia boardrooms, Pat Doherty’s "Chocolate Cherry Cake" adds a bit of whimsy to the serious boardroom decor, and Irena Kononova’s “Amur" takes the room in a very abstract, yet color-compatible direction.
A wall at the end of our hall has been begging for some attention for a while, and now has it with Carrie-Ann Plank’s "Flow #9”. This lovely monotype print combines organic, soft, overlapping spheres on the bottom half with crisply detailed and multifaceted diagrams on top.
We continue to thoughtfully curate these spaces for you to enjoy, …
In honor of the US Dept. of Labor’s Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide reasonable break time and a private space for breastfeeding mothers, the Bently Reserve has created a Mother’s Room. The secure, tranquil room is ideal for breastfeeding moms who attend meetings at the Bently Reserve.We’re increasingly receiving requests from meeting planners for a private room for mothers who are breastfeeding, and we wanted to create a truly comfortable space for them,
said Jim Bruels, Director of Events and Sales.
The Mother’s Room is available for meeting attendees and includes amenities tailored for relaxation and convenience: wet bar, mini fridge, water and tea station, cozy chairs, magazines, and complimentary wifi.
Here's more information about the Mother's Room
The Bently Reserve Conference Center recently received a new set of works from the San Francisco MOMA Artists Gallery. Since 2013 we’ve hosted the works of Bay Area artists in our boardrooms, adding new collections twice a year. Past genres have included collage, abstract photography, and modern art — this time the pieces are more traditional, focusing on oil paintings and landscapes.
In the Cordova boardroom you can experience Jeff Bellerose’s Front, a graphic division of space that features a view of San Francisco's Front Street.
The Niantic boardroom now hosts the atmospheric landscapes of Gage Opdenbrouw’s Daybreak #3 and Pacific #2.
On the opposite wall enjoy another perspective on Bay Area landmarks with Jeff Bellerose’s Bay Area Geometry, which captures a view from the old Bay Bridge. The old Bay Bridge is currently being disassembled in favor of the new span between Treasure Island and the East Bay.In the Port boardroom, Kevin Taylor’s The Beckoning features a quiet, contemplative gathering of statuesque figures on a snow-covered pedestal, surrounding the disembodied head of a bear. Some sort …
MeetingsNet highlighted our recent renovation, and included this photo of the beautifully restored ceiling in the Battery Street entry.
Meetings and Conventions listed our renovation and new meeting space in their roundup of meeting space debuts.
Continuing a partnership with the San Francisco MOMA, the events and design teams at the Bently Reserve have selected a new set of artwork and prints for the Conference Center.
The art isn’t just meant to accentuate rooms, but to offer visual relief and stimulation for people spending long hours in meetings. Some meeting rooms have very distinct decors, so the team choose pieces to serve as focal points; other rooms with neutral white wall space have pieces that were chosen to balance or play off one another.
The current set includes abstract photography, mixed media and traditional landscape painting. In the Niantic room the team chose two abstract photos by Carol Inez Charney that feature colorful, liquid streaks. They are countered on the opposite side of the room by a more monochromatic yet densely textured multi media piece by Miring Wonne. In the Euphemia and Port boardrooms, teams chose pieces that fit well into defined central spaces, creating a focal point and a departure from the wood paneled grids. These pieces will be in place until September 2015.
These paintings take into account the Bently Reserve’s core design approach …
Unique Venues, an organization committed to bringing together unique venues and meeting planners, has featured our building's restoration of the Adriatic and Gateway rooms.Adjacent to the Banking Hall is the brand new Adriatic Room and the newly refreshed Gateway Room, both featuring 870 square feet of space ideal for meetings and events. Showcasing the building’s stunning architecture, the Adriatic Room has original 1924 exposed brick walls and large windows overlooking downtown San Francisco, complemented by a brand new ceiling, LEED-certified carpeting and paint plus LED energy efficient lighting.The Gateway Room has been completely refinished with new walls and ceilings to provide a clean and cohesive look, sustainable carpeting, porcelain floor tiling framing the entire room in a printed travertine pattern to match the Banking Hall and Farallon Room, cherry wood-trimmed windows, and an upgraded LED Lighting System providing 15% more energy efficiency and multiple lighting options. New unisex bathrooms adjacent to the Gateway Room add convenience and double the number of the restrooms available on the first floor.
Read the full story here.
Smart Meetings featured a story about our first floor renovation and the unveiling of the Adriatic Room.Planners seeking a sophisticated venue in San Francisco can bank on Bently Reserve. The building, which housed the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for 60 years, still retains much of its 1920s architectural charm.
BizBash, a resource hub for the event and meeting industry, honored this year's Earth Day with a roundup of San Francisco's ten greenest venues for meetings and events — and the Bently Reserve is number one on the list!
Our spring 2015 renovations were highlighted in their slideshow.
We're proud to have spent Earth Day the company of the greenest event venues in one of the world's most sustainable cities.
We were thrilled to host the inaugural EGR North America Awards in April.
This article on Totally Gaming explains why San Francisco is a hub of gaming talent, and the perfect place to host the awards ceremony.
A big thank you to I DO PR for their blog post about the Spring Awakenings event, the grand re-opening party after our renovations of the Banking Hall, Gateway Room, and Battery Street Entrance. The photos are amazing. A wonderful time was had by all, and Entire Productions outdid themselves as usual!
In the April 2015 destination guide, Meetings and Conventions listed the Bently Reserve Conference Center as the venue for group events:Group Venue: The Bently Reserve Conference Center, which began its existence in 1924 as the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, has nine meeting rooms that combine for more than 6,400 square feet of space, with high-tech offerings such as on-demand video capture, high-definition audio and digital videoconferencing services. The rooms currently feature rotating artwork on loan from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For receptions, the center's 8,045-square-foot Banking Hall is currently under r can accommodate up to 650 guests. (415) 294-2226.
Citing its one-of-a-kind sophistication, elegance and rich history, the Bently Reserve was chosen from more than 2,000 venues as one of the best spots in the San Francisco Bay Area for brides and grooms to say "I do" by the readers of Wedding Spot. Additionally, the Reserve's Banking Hall was named one of the top ballrooms in Northern California.
Criteria for the awards was based upon the number of online clicks, number of viewing appointments requested, number of price estimates created and number of weddings booked for each venue on the Wedding Spot website.
"Our mission has always been to provide ease and transparency for brides to discover and book their dream venues," said Wedding Spot CEO Tina Hoang-To. "We've been fortunate enough to work with a number of absolutely stunning locations since our launch, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to share our brides' excitement for these incredible venues and showcase them through these awards!"
"We are thrilled to be …
Thank you to Haute Residence for highlighting the Bently Reserve as one of the best spots to host a large gathering.
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Lafayette Park: one of the cities best parks for people, kids and dogs alike! There's also the Bently Reserve, which has been called "one of the best ballrooms" in North America. The space is lavish and holds so much San Francisco history and architecture. A legendary spot to host just about anything!
In a roundup of unique meeting places located in the world's financial capitals, the Bently Reserve was recently highlighted by Meetings and Conventions Magazine.
We are delighted to be the top venue in San Francisco!
We're proud to announce our new events and sales director, Jim Bruels.
He was recently spotlighted on the San Francisco Business Times, and you can learn more about him below.
Jim directs the sales and events team to enhance the Bently Reserve's tradition of unparalleled events, meetings, and weddings. In April of 2006, Jim had the unique experience of opening California's first LEED-NC hotel in San Francisco. His position as Director of Business Travel for the Orchard Garden Hotel quickly introduced him to the world of sustainable hospitality. Jim became the hotel's Green Ambassador, due to his enthusiasm for sharing knowledge on the subject through educational tours and panel discussions. He proudly partnered and volunteered with many eco-friendly organizations, such as Forest Ethics, Global Green, Friends of the Earth, GMIC, and the NRDC.
Jim's professional experience and passion for travel had brought him to hold a management role with the AOL Travel Channel, and as Director of Vendor Relations for Uniglobe Passport Travel allowing him to sail …
Thank you to Bizzibo for naming us one of the 12 best event venues in SF!
Best 'Trendy' Venue: Bently Reserve
From halls, to lounges, to getaway rooms, this can acclimate all ranges of event festivities. This venue is a sleek and sophisticated getaway for all your attendees.
The April edition of Meetings Focus West included an article about our partnership with the SFMOMA.
We recently received new art, to compliment our meeting rooms. Our most recent featured artists are Mark Bowles' "Sum of Light (2009-32)", Margaret Chavigny's "Family Tree", Sidnea D'Amico's "Lights On-Lights Off", Edith Hillinger's "Conversation 1", Edith Hillinger's "Personage", and Sherman Nobleman's "Burnished Series 1A" and "Burnished Series 1B".
"The Bently Reserve's Banking Hall is the epitome of the stately grandeur and timeless elegance of the banking temple tradition; it is one that hearkens back to Rome, but is also a part of San Francisco's rich and colorful history. Originally part of the 1924 Federal Reserve, the Banking Hall is now a prestigious and versatile event space.!"
Read the rest of the blog and get some amazing event inspiration ideas here.
BizBash announced the winners of the First National BizBash Event Style Awards, and the Bently Reserve is the Best Ballroom in North America!
We are thrilled to be recognized in this category, and are so honored to receive the award.
We're pleased to announce SWA's offices in the Bently Reserve have achieved LEED Gold CI certification. With this certification, along with Baker Avenue's official LEED Silver CI achievement, the Bently Reserve now houses four LEED Commercial Interior certified spaces that range from silver to platinum.
The SWA Group's buildout was designed and managed by SmithGroup JJR, an architectural firm with some serious chops: they've been in business for 160 years, designed the world's very first LEED platinum rated building, oversaw several double-platinum projects (platinum buildings housing platinum interiors), and have implemented diverse net zero energy projects.
The SWA Group is one of the world's leading landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firms. As a global firm so closely involved with the sculpting of environments, their new office space embodies the company's commitment to a harmonious coexistence between human being and environment.Nurturing Nature
SWA builds around, and designs with, natural materials. As a brick, steel, and concrete building built in the 1920s, the Bently Reserve exhibits an abundance of earthy elements in its structural components: its bricks and concrete are made from fired clay, and its enormous seismic steel beams are an aggregate of …
Ryaan Cantrell has been appointed Event and Sales Coordinator at the Bently Reserve, one of San Francisco's most prestigious event venues, ideal for meetings, special occasions and weddings. In her new position, Cantrell joins the team responsible for selling the historic building's 14,000 square feet of LEED-certified meeting and event space and providing hands on assistance to clients.
Cantrell brings a strong background in coordinating and promoting corporate meetings, conferences, conventions, and trade shows. She began her career at Meeting Pro in Beverly Hills, CA where she developed event logistics for large conferences of 500+ attendees, established registration procedures, managed, and evaluated events. She gained additional experience as the Catering and Conference Services Coordinator at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, CA ,and as Event Manager/Catering Sales at Bi-Rite gourmet market in San Francisco.
"We are delighted to welcome Ryaan to our team," says Event & Sales Director Vivian Perez. "Her professional knowledge and experience in meeting and event planning are terrific assets to our sales team."
Cantrell holds a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She is a volunteer tutor and assists …
Our custom conference center iPad controls have been featured in a lovely little piece in Techopedia!
The Bently Reserve, a conference and event center in San Francisco's Financial District, used to be the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; it's also on the National Register of Historic Places. IPads are part of how the venue's augmenting its 1924 ambiance with a high-tech edge.
"We have 10 different meeting rooms, and five of them are managed through iPads mounted on the walls," said Vivian V. Perez, the Event and Marketing Director, at The Bently Reserve.
"Clients can bring up and down the window shades (both a daytime and blackout), bring up and down the built-in projector and screen, manage the volume of presentations, as well as the lights in the room.
"The software we are using is proprietary and was developed in-house. To our knowledge we are the only conference center using iPads this way."
Read the rest of the article on Techopedia.
The Bently Reserve and Le Meridien have partnered to create an exclusive package for your wedding rehearsal dinner.
This three course composed dinner has the following options:StartersMelange Of Chicory Salad With Slow Roasted Beets orRoasted Butternut Squash Soup With Pumpkin Seeds And Sage OilEntreesCornish Game Hen With Brown Sugar Brine, Sweet Potato Puree And Jack Daniel's ButterBlue Nose Sea Bass With Forbidden Rice And White Miso GlazeMushroom Ravioli With Brocolli Rabe And Parmesan Reggiano Chips (Vegetarian)DessertBrown Butter Tart With Caramel SauceWine Service And Champagne Toast
Packages Starting At $129 Per Person (Applicable 22% Service Charge And 8.5% Ca Tax)
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The Bently Reserve is proud to announce the opening of our stylish new Couples Lounge. This luxurious space was created to give wedding couples a place to get ready and provide wedding parties with a private space to relax before their big event.
While not in use during a wedding, the lounge is transformed into a resource center for couples to meet with a Bently Reserve consultant, view inspirational picture books of previous weddings, as well as gather vendor information to assist with the planning stages.
This lounge has been thoughtfully designed by Blueprint Studios, a renowned event-planning firm in San Francisco; featuring mocha-colored walls and sleek, creamy-white furnishings with purple accents.
A large glass table aligned by a curved white sofa with fluffy pillows provides a cozy spot to relax. With a large mirror and storage area, bridal parties will be able to get ready with ease. A 46" LED flat screen TV linked to a camera inside the lavish Banking Hall allowing couples to view the wedding preparations and their guests arriving for the big day.
There's also a bar illuminated with LCD …
The Bently Reserve is home to some of San Francisco's groundbreaking technology events — and next in line is the The Social TV Summit, where technology leaders will meet to discuss SOPA , social media, and privacy issues on April 3.
After selling out conferences in New York and Los Angeles, The Social TV Summit has chosen the Bently Reserve as a perfect space for their upcoming San Francisco conference. With two hundred of today's top-level media executives in the audience, this event will provide fruitful discussion about today's technology and privacy issues.
The Social TV Summit is an executive conference focused on social media and its effect on television, online content, tablets, and mobile devices. Major issues to be discussed include SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), and the story behind the Internet's viral protest against the legislation.
Keynote Speaker Erik Martin, the general manager of Reddit.com, will lead the discussion. Dan Simmons, CNN's Silicon Valley Correspondent, will follow with an interview-format discussion.
The Bently Reserve has become a popular space for technology event and conference planners. The venue has recently …
California's brides recently voted for their favorite wedding venues at The Knot, and the Bently Reserve has been chosen as the Bay Area's top wedding venue!
We're elated to have hosted so many unforgettable weddings for so many couples, and grateful to have this distinction. Learn more at Business Wire.
The Bently Reserve has also been featured in other high profile publications, such as:
The Knot is the Internet's most-trafficked one-stop wedding planning solution. Founded in 1996 to offer a much-needed alternative to the white-gloved, outdated advice of the available etiquette experts, The Knot has quickly become America's leading wedding brand reaching out to millions of engaged couples each year through our award-winning website, books, magazines, and broadcast offerings.
A recent article in the Record Courier takes an in-depth look into the lives of Donald Bently, who passed away on October 1, and Chris Bently, his son.
Get a glimpse of this family's colorful past, present, and future here.
Vice President Joe Biden was at the Bently Reserve on January 18 for a fundraising luncheon. The event was followed by a more intimate fundraiser, with only twenty donors in attendance.
The White House has said that Biden would later meet Bay Area Technology leaders to discuss the economy. Doctor Jill Biden was also in the Bay area, visiting wounded soldiers at the VA Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center. This was part of her Joining Forces initiative with first lady Michelle Obama; the program seeks to recognize, honor, and support veterans and military families.
The event at the Bently Reserve fundraised for the primary and general elections, as well as the Democratic National Committee. The fundraising luncheon was held in the Banking Hall, and followed with a smaller gathering in the Conference Center.
We're honored to have hosted the Vice President, and the Bently Reserve staff would like to personally thank everyone who attended or was involved with this fundraiser; it was a rousing success!
An eBook about the Bently Reserve is now available on the iTunes bookstore.
This handsomely illustrated book takes readers on an intimate tour of the building's fascinating history, cutting-edge technology, and world class facilities. It traces a history of the building that begins with the California gold rush and ends by detailing present day eco-friendly technologies.
Whether you're considering a wedding or conference at the Bently Reserve or have an interest in the history of the Bay Area, this book will provide a detailed glimpse of the influential art, architecture, and technology that shaped the Bently Reserve — and the city of of San Francisco.
Download the free iBook today to get an intimate glimpse at this historic building, and our city!
We're proud to announce that our newest tenant, Baker Avenue, has had its buildout featured in a variety of magazines and blogs.
The investment firm's modus operandi, "this isn't your grandfather's investment firm," was taken to heart by designers: the space amalgamates the traditional and historic beauty of the Bently Reserve with a preference for an open-air and transparent work aesthetic.
SmithGroup, a well-known architectural firm and current tenant of building, created a design that embraces the Bently Reserve's historic features, while reflecting Baker's preference for a contemporary, Zen-inspired aesthetic favoring transparency. dTank was enlisted as a cost-effective source, letting the design team craft workstations, reception stations and the furniture for private offices.
Baker Avenue has said that "it is the perfect dichotomy of old versus new — a good representation of the business we try to run."
The Baker Avenue project is slated for LEED-CI Gold and recently received an IIDa northern California Chapter award in the small workplace category.
Learn more at bakerave.com.
Its been a great week here at the Bently Reserve… first we saw some gorgeous time lapse footage of the A Soolip Wedding event at our venue, and now The Bently Reserve has been featured in Destination I Do's blog!
Make sure to take a peek at Choco Studio's photo gallery of the wedding for even more inspiration!
A California first, The Energy Foundation's offices in the Bently Reserve have received LEED-CI Platinum Certification.
The unique and sustainable space is a flawless fit for the company, which is a partnership of philanthropic investors that promotes innovative clean-energy technologies. BCCI Builders and TannerHecht Architecture completed the construction with recycled and renewable materials, using advanced energy-efficient lighting, mechanical, and climate control systems.
In an article published in California Construction, Alex Spilger, the sustainability manager of BCCI, says "this is an enormous acknowledgement for everyone involved. Not only is BCCI honored to have contributed to The Energy Foundation's significant office space, but we thoroughly enjoyed working with the client and TannerHecht Architecture to deliver the vision of this project."
The unique floor plan allows nearly every occupied space to receive direct light from the large exterior windows, and daylight harvesting and lighting control systems reduce lighting power density by 45%, while new efficient fixtures achieve a 59% water use reduction over EPA performance requirements.
The Bently Reserve provided …
I do venues recently featured a spectacular wedding reception that took place in our Banking Hall.
As they aptly put it, "This unforgettable wedding soiree is a classic example of what sets the Bently Reserve apart from so many San Francisco wedding venues. The Bently Reserve is filled with great architectural elements, marble floors, and many gorgeous aesthetics. It is a phenomenal starting point for a great design."
If you or anyone you know will be saying "I do" soon, we recommend a visit to their site for some fantastic ideas, magnificent photo galleries, & inspiration for your own soirée!
As featured in the SF Examiner, A Common Green 2010 provided a second year of inspiration and ideas.
In tandem with The Orchard Hotels, we rolled out the green carpet for this highly anticipated meeting of Bay Area Minds. This significant occasion was a call to action for all Bay Area Eco-enthusiasts to make our City greener via sustainable commerce, progressive technology, and collaboration.
We'd like to thank to Jared Blumenfeld, the Regional Administrator for EPA's Region 9, and Zem Joaquin, our City's eco-lifestyle guru, for speaking at the event. Darren Moore was also an incredible MC. And of course, all of our vendors and caterers provided fresh ideas, organic drinks, and eco-friendly hors devours for guests during this inspiring evening.
We're already …
A federal judge in San Francisco has handed victory to the opponents of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution.
The judge's decision was officially announced by the plaintiff couples today at our very own Bently Reserve — a venue well-known for some of the city's highest-profile weddings. The Bently Reserve made an ideal place for the announcement to be made — not only for its reputation as a wedding venue, but because we have always been strong supporters of the right to marry for all citizens, regardless of lifestyle choice.
We're absolutely thrilled that the right to marry has taken such a huge step forward today! You can also check out the crowd's initial reaction over on Youtube.
A Common Green will begin in the Bently Reserve's Banking Hall on August 26th with a showcase of innovative and sustainable designs for the home and office. After the showcase, the Regional Administrator for the EPA's Region 9, Jared Blumenfeld, will give a lively talk in the Conference Center. This will be followed by the opportunity to meet the local representatives of forward-thinking organizations.
Jared Blumenfeld is currently the Regional Administrator for EPA's Region 9. This region encompasses California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations. He spent eight years as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, and was the primary environmental decision-maker for 28,000 city staff and a $6.5 billion budget. He also managed the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department which oversaw 242 world-class parks and recreational centers including facilities such as Golden Gate Park, Candlestick Park, and Harding Park PGA golf course.
The Bently Reserve recently finished in 5th place in the BayList 2010 Best Wedding Venue competition — and was the only venue in the city of San Francisco to make the top five cut. We're delighted to have been voted the best wedding venue in San Francisco, and also to be in the final five for the entire Bay Area!
This honor follows closely on the heels of the Bently Reserve's selection as one of the Best of 2010 at The Knot.
The BayList is an interactive city guide featuring promotional contests hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle. The BayList profiles local businesses and allows consumers to vote for and recommend their favorites. Eligible businesses are nominated by readers and winners are determined by popular vote, meaning that Bay Area locals choose the Best of 2010. More than 71,000 people voted in this year's contest.
Vivian Perez, the Event and Sales Manager at the Bently Reserve, had this to say about the event space: "The Banking Hall is …
Join MB Wedding Design & Events and Especially Yours Chair Covers at the Bently Reserve for a showcase of the Bay Area's finest wedding professionals. From unique tabletop designs, to decadent foods and savory cocktails, we plan to offer an array of upscale and professional resources to help couples plan for their upcoming nuptials. If you are looking for quality service providers, Promises and Pearls is not be missed!
July 7, 2010, from 6-10pm
Participating Vendors include:
For a second year, two of San Francisco's environmental leaders have partnered to bring together like-minded businesses for an evening of communication, collaboration, and networking.
Sponsored by the Bently Reserve and Orchard Hotels, A Common Green is a meeting of minds for the Bay Area's environmental communities and leaders, giving them the chance to join their efforts in improving the quality of life for the entire West Coast. The possibilities for new partnerships, projects, and initiatives are endless — but the goal for a greener future is common to all of the participants!
A Common Green will begin in the Bently Reserve's Banking Hall with a showcase of innovative and sustainable designs for the home and office. After the showcase, a celebrated keynote speaker will give a lively talk in the Conference Center, followed by the opportunity to meet the local representatives of forward-thinking organizations. Some of these businesses include:
There's certainly no shortage of great catering options for our events in the Banking Hall. Our preferred caterer list reads like a who's who of the San Francisco culinary world, and the choices just got even better: as of April, clients in small meetings can now enjoy the same quality food that they've come to expect from larger events in the Banking Hall.
Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, one of San Francisco's most influential caterers, has designed a menu exclusively for the Bently Reserve Conference Center. Featuring delectable items, this menu was specially created to be the centerpiece of any meeting, and to match the elegance of the Bently Reserve. All dishes are playfully presented in keepsake bento boxes and feature fresh seasonal ingredients.
The menu for Spring of 2010 features items such as Roast Halibut, Smoked Bacon and Grilled Treviso and Prosciutto and Eggplant Sandwich with Smoked Tomato "Jam."
Catering can be coordinated through the Bently Reserve — it's never been easier to plan a great meeting with us!
The Bently Reserve has announced a one-of-a-kind partnership that will allow charities to raise additional money during their events, while guests to contribute to different causes.
Starting in April 2010, the Bently Reserve began offering, as an option, the use of a "Charity ATM" during events. Every time a guest withdraws money from the ATM, a portion of the transaction fee will be donated to either the charity holding the event at the Reserve, or the charitable organization of the host's choice. If a charity is not selected, but the client would still like to have the ATM available, the Bently Reserve can also select a worthy charity.
Who knew that you could make a difference while holding an ATM card in one hand and a Cosmo in the other?
For more information on the partner organization, Charity ATMs, please visit their site.
To all those who were planning on attending our Wedding Open Studios during the first week of May, we'd like to let you know that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the events have been postponed until further notice.
However, the Bently Reserve will still be open and available for walkthroughs during those days, so please let us know if you'd still like to visit — we'd love to share a glass of champagne with you!
If you are still interested in learning more about Blueprint Studios and their bridal production services, please visit their site.
We apologize for any inconvenience, and we look forward to meeting you!
California's brides recently voted for the Bently Reserve as one of the state's finest wedding venues at The Knot — we're elated have hosted so many unforgettable weddings for so many couples!
The Bently Reserve has also been featured in other high profile publications, such as:
About The Knot:
The Knot is the Internet's most-trafficked one-stop wedding planning solution. Founded in 1996 to offer a much-needed alternative to the white-gloved, outdated advice of the available etiquette experts, The Knot has quickly become America's leading wedding brand reaching out to millions of …
Make the Bently Reserve San Francisco's top wedding venue by voting today!
The Bently Reserve has been nominated as a finalist for the BayList's Best Wedding Venues Contest — we're thrilled to be nominated, but it's up to you to rank us as the best wedding venue in San Francisco. You can learn more here.
If you've held or attended an unforgettable wedding at the Reserve, vote for us today.
This Saturday, the Bently Reserve will celebrate Earth Hour by setting its advanced Lutron lighting systems to conserve electricity between 8:30 and 9:30p.m. We encourage everyone to do the same!About Earth Hour 2010
On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple — turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.
Participation is easy. By flipping off your lights on March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time you will be making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America. View the …
With the shopping season in full swing here in San Francisco, we'd like to share some holiday safety tips with you. Areas like our own Union Square provide some of our city's most fabulous shops — but amidst all the holiday bustle, distracted shoppers can prove easy prey for pickpockets and other thieves. Here are some tips to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe this shopping season.Protect Yourself
The Black Rock Arts Foundation's third annual fundraiser, the Artumnal Event, will once again be held at the Bently Reserve.
This is the BRAF's largest celebration of extraordinary community artists and the resounding spirit they all share. On November 20 the Bently Reserve will once again be transformed into "an enchanted world of lush decor, captivating entertainment, and tempting libations. Participate in interactive art experiences created by community visionaries. Be the art!"
There will also be a pre-event dinner, cocktails, and an auction. Tickets for this sensational avant-garde gathering went on sale September 18, and it's sure to sell out — make sure to get yours soon!
With the BART strike looming this coming work week, we thought we'd share some of our tips on carpooling and green travel with you once again. Even if you drive, remember that our highways and roads will be jam packed with traffic. Consider the greener option of carpooling: if enough of us do it, it'll save everyone valuable time. Remember too that AC Transit and the SFMTA will still be in operation – just leave for work at least an hour early, and bring your patience with you, as these services are likely to be overcrowded.
Update: while the strike has been averted, these are still fantastic tips to travel green every day. Perhaps some of our readers can learn from the plans they made for a possible strike.Commuting to WorkFor the Conservative Conservationist
One of the simplest and most common ways to go green …
This Friday, August 7th, The Cove Movie will be opening nationwide. You're invited to to see this outstanding documentary at the Landmark Embarcadero Theater, and attend a special after party at teh Aventine.
Billed as "an intelligent action/adventure/Ocean's-Eleven-like horror film wrapped around a tale of redemption and ultimate revenge," The Cove is a documentary that follows an elite reconnaissance team to the picturesque fishing village of Taiji, Japan.
The Cove will be showing at 12:00, 2:25 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 9:45 pm. Bring your ticket stub to the Aventine for a drink compliments of Heart of Green, and meet and mingle with special guests local eco-glitterati from 9 p.m. to midnight.
We think this is an important cause and a groundbreaking film – so after you see the film, you should get involved.
Business meetings have become so much more than a group of people getting together for a discussion over free donuts and weak coffee. In the crucial financial climate of today, a client meeting that even goes slightly off track can be a deal breaker. If you are looking to make a great first impression, or perhaps reinforce a valuable existing relationship, you should consider elevating your typical gathering to the next level.
Like it or not, the attention span of the tech savvy business professional seems to get shorter with every mundane power point presentation. When people are more interested in texting, Tweeting, or updating their Facebook status, it can be increasingly complicated to stay on task and maintain linear focus during a meeting. Why not stimulate your associates with unique and modern edge features that encourage raising the bar instead of just raising their hands. Forward thinking establishments like the Bently Reserve located in San Francisco's simmering Financial District, offer conference space with "wall talkers" which allow for spontaneous creative expression via innovative coverings that enable you to write directly on the wall with dry erase markers. You can now ditch that ridiculous oversized yellow note …
Planning, processing, organizing, doing, reviewing – business owners and managers often feel too busy to take the time to carefully plan their meetings and conferences. Here are some tips on how professional planners do what they do so well:
As with any project or task, planning is the most important stage of putting your meeting together. It can seem difficult to clear all the clutter, but taking a deep breath and setting your priorities, concept, and theme as far in advance as possible will save you time and headaches in the future. We understand that you are in the business of being steadfast and accurate in preparation and execution, with finite time to deliver. Need help tuning out all the "noise"? Below are some resourceful websites and links that you may find helpful in your never-ending quest to manage your work-flow and be as beneficial as possible to your pocketbook:
These two hotel websites work in conjunction with one another. They will help you search either small rooms by blocks of 4 or less, to blocks up to 1000. They'll also index other websites to find the lowest rates for hotels:…
Mike Feldman, the Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales and Services, mentioned us on his blog while he was busy unveiling these new products live from the Bently Reserve on Monday.
As Mike said, "touting the latest, greatest high definition digital technologies, advanced networking and unparalleled eco-friendly operations, this building truly represents innovation and forward thinking" – we couldn't have said it better ourselves!
Unlike most weddings, the union of NFL star Drew Bennett and Heather Hudson wasn't a one-night event: it was a weekend-long showcase of Northern California (the couple's future home), that began in Napa Valley and culminated at our very own Bently Reserve in a truly glamorous evening.
Read more about this couple's sensational ceremony, from Hudson's starlet-worthy gown to the elegant ambiance they created at the Bently Reserve, at San Francisco Brides (the story begins on page 58).
It was one of the most sophisticated nights we've seen yet!
A fundraiser for the incredible Raygun Gothic Rocket Ship, a large scale interactive sculptural art installation, was held at the Bently Reserve on June 5th. Costumed captains cavorted with with strange beings from other worlds, while space mechanics mingled, danced, and romanced the night away – all for the universal cause of raising funds to complete the Raygun Gothic Rocketship. This was one of the Bently Reserve's most unique evenings – it's not often we fend off alien invasions with drink and dance! We think you should take a look at some of the elaborate costumes our guests created, and learn more about this incredible interactive installatioin.
We will be hosting an exclusive open house at the legendary Bently Reserve – brokers will enjoy drinks and hors devours, and find out why this is San Francisco's smartest place to do business.
Included in the National Register of Historic Places, The Bently Reserve is a pristine example of San Francisco's vast architectural history. Formerly the Federal Reserve, this distinguished building is now the home of several of San Francisco's most esteemed companies.
The soon-to-be LEED certified Bently Reserve offers abundant space, versatile floor layouts, ample natural light, and an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the Financial District. 16-foot ceilings, generous daylighting, and sustainable design are the touchstones of our commercial spaces.
This event is RSVP only – make sure to let us know you'll be attending as soon as you can – spaces are filling up fast!
5:00-7:00 p.m., May 13thThe Bently Reserve400 Sansome StreetSan Francisco, CA 94111ph. 415.288.0202 ext 400Contact us
On May 4th the Bently Reserve and winemedley brought the West Coast's finest wineries into the city for an exclusive evening of tastings and treats.
Many of California's most exceptional vineyards brought their most outstanding work to this event – and our palettes were pleased indeed. This was a unique opportunity to sample 100 current release Cabernets from California and be the first to taste the upcoming vintage. It featured a first glimpse of the 2008 Cabernet Vintage.
San Francisco is one of America's most scenic cities, but recently we've been seeing larger amounts of litter accumulate in our streets.
Litter does much more than mar our unique urban landscape – it poses a health risk and endangers the wildlife in the Bay Area. Every city has an impact on the surrounding environment, but San Francisco is unique in that it's nestled within the Bay: the trash we leave behind is quickly deposited in local waters, harming the wildlife. Toxic Runoff from everything from cigarette butts (which contain nicotine, arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, acetone and vinyl chloride), to plastic products, slowly poison the delicate ecology of our Bay.
Whether you're a long time resident, or someone visiting San Francisco for just a few days, it's important to be aware of the Bay Area's ecology. Several unique species, such as California's Dungeness crab, Pacific halibut, and Pacific salmon rely on the bay for their nurseries. Around the Bay are salt marshes, unique habitats that several endangered species call home; these marshes also filter sediments and pollutants from the surrounding rivers.
The problems pollutants pose effect more than just our waterways – the San Francisco …
Finding a planner who shares your vision is the first step to creating an event that goes off without a hitch – whether it's a wedding or a corporate function, the right consultant can make every step along the way to your special night stress-free. Here are some tips on choosing the right planner.Save The Date… And Think Ahead
You'll never know if you've found someone who can make your special night happen if you don't have a clear idea of what you want – this is the first, and most important, step in creating a memorable night. Sit down and choose a date, at least several months in advance if possible. The longer you have to plan, the less your event will cost – any goods or services provided at the last minute tend to be much more expensive.
Next, make a list of the venues where you'd dream of hosting your event. Some simple questions to ask yourself here include how many people will be attending, what your budget will be, and how far you are expecting your guests to travel. Make sure to include several venues in your wish list, because it's not guaranteed …
Seafood Watch: Consumers Can Save Our Oceans
Overfishing, or the practice of catching fish faster then they can reproduce, is a threat to our world's largest ecosystem. This has an impact on the delicate balance of coastal wetlands and sea floor – damage that takes centuries to repair. Over-harvesting this natural resource also has an impact on our economy, because species of fish can become so low that fishermen can't make a living anymore – this has already happened to the centuries-old Cod fisheries off the coast of New England.
But we can create the change that's needed by being conscientious consumers of seafood. When you're at the supermarket or a restaurant, being an informed customer can help turn the tide.
Seafood Watch, an organization dedicated to spreading consumer awareness and action, can help you take action. Not only are they a valuable source of information on the web, they offer convenient pocket guides and even an iPhone application with information on regional restaurants and supermarkets that sell sustainable seafood.
If you're a lover of …
Last night, the Bently Reserve offered an exclusive screening of the movie The Cove in its Apollo room. Guests had an exclusive opportunity to meet the filmmakers and see the documentary months before its release this summer.
Billed as "an intelligent action/adventure/Ocean's-Eleven-like horror film wrapped arounda tale of redemption and ultimate revenge," The Cove is a documentary that follows an elite reconnaissance team to the picturesque fishing village of Taiji, Japan. It is here that the world's largest dolphin kill takes place in a bay that's patrolled by armed guards and obscured behind blue tarpaulins.
The goal of The Cove is to stop these barbaric acts by exposing them to the world. The filmmakers have risked everything to capture their footage and the Bently Reserve applauds their accomplishment. We hope that this powerful film can help put an end the dolphin drive fisheries.
April 9th, 2009 – San Francisco, CA – Last night, the Bently Reserve offered an exclusive screening of the movie The Cove in its Apollo room. Guests had an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and see the documentary before its release this summer.
Billed as "An intelligent action/adventure/Ocean's-Eleven-like horror film wrapped around a tale of redemption and ultimate revenge," The Cove is a documentary that follows an elite reconnaissance team to the fishing village of Taiji, Japan. This remote and picturesque village is home to the world's largest annual dolphin kill: in a bay patrolled by armed guards and obscured beneath blue tarpaulins, the heartbreaking slaughter of some 2,500 dolphins takes place. Killing these dolphin pods has a significant impact on the ocean's ecology: by reducing human-animal competition for a natural resource, these fishermen are upsetting the delicate balance of our planet's largest ecosystem.
The goal of The Cove is to put an end to this barbaric culling by exposing it to the world. The filmmakers have risked their lives to capture this footage, and the Bently Reserve applauds their dedication to the well-being of our planet. We hope that this powerful film can help put an …
This Saturday, the Bently Reserve will celebrate Earth Hour by setting its advanced Lutron lighting systems to conserve electricity between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30. We encourage everyone to do the same.About Earth Hour 2009
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
The Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers has created a unique holiday experience that features San Francisco's most famous landmarks, and the Bently Reserve is a part of it. miniature trains will wind through a landscape of dwarf plants, and the city's most prominent landmarks in this exhibit. The trains will pass ten replicas of our City's most famous landmarks, including the
Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Chinatown's dragon gate, the Transamerica Pyramid building, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square and the Bently Reserve. Surrounding these landmarks are lush landscapes of miniature gardens and parks created with living plants that include dwarf conifers, tiny orchids, and more.
Bently Holdings is especially proud to have our very own Bently Reserve included in this exhibit, as it not only showcases the historical significance of the Bently Reserve, but reflects our City's environmental efforts. The artists of Figureplant, one of San Francisco's most famous design and fabrication resources, created the intricate models of these buildings from 100% re-used materials. Visitors who look closely will notice, for example, that the Ghirardelli clock tower is tiled with old chocolate brown light switch …
On March 9th, we hosted a lighthearted fundraiser for a very serious cause: the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Greater San Francisco Bay Area Man & Woman of the Year.
A friendly "battle of the sexes," this remarkable fundraiser was founded in San Francisco, and culminates in the announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year at our very own Bently Reserve. Past candidates and winners have included Mayor Gavin Newsom, Heather Luplow Hartle, Narada Michael Walden, Anna Alioto, Teresa Rodriguez Williamson, Johnny "Love" Metheny and Harry Denton, among others. This year's honorary chair is the City's new First Lady herself, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. We're honored to host this very important, and very thrilling, event. Find out for yourself who the man and woman of 2009 are, and help support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
These days if you want your next event to be in a league of its own, you have to go green. Weddings and social events are more memorable when guests know you're doing the right thing, and any company's image is enhanced when clients know it's eco-savvy. Here are some tips for designing an earth-friendly event without busting your budget. Paper & Peripheries Everyone knows that you can save a bundle by switching to e-vites, and save the environment to boot. This may be an excellent option for conferences and meetings, but many brides-to-be want their guests to receive an invitation that's a little more personal. Recycled paper is a must here, and, contrary to a popular misconception, organic soy inks can actually save on printing costs because soy ink is much more vibrant than regular inks, meaning that less can be used to create more. In Lieu of Linen: recycled paper table covers are being used at many events – this cuts back on the waste of one-time-use table covers, and they can be recycled after the event, instead of being thrown into the trash. Many of these products are cost-effective when compared to traditional table coverings, and because …
If you're planning a special event, you probably know that "going green" is the latest thing. Recycled invitations, e-vites, and recycled glass containers are now common fare for eco-aware events – but you can also make your party greener by using sustainable flowers for your next event.
Be it a bat-mitzvah, wedding, or social gathering, party planners rely on flora of all kinds to convey the theme of their special night… but many aren't aware of the influence a grower can have on the local environment. Flower suppliers can have a significant impact on greenhouse emissions, soil fertility, local wildlife and water supply, and can harm the local environment with dangerous chemicals and pesticides. Many specialty flowers are shipped in from overseas, so it's also important to ensure your grower is working under fair labor laws.
Sustainable flowers are grown in ways that cultivate soil fertility, conserve water, capture carbon from the atmosphere, and prevent soil erosion. Organic growers are also responsible for protecting the local ecology by preserving local rivers, wetlands, wildlife, and culturally important areas by disposing of waste carefully. Not only that, but truly organic growers are careful to package and ship their …
We'd like to commemorate our partnership with Best Beverage Catering by bringing you the latest trends in mixology. These are a few of the newest ways to give your guests a remarkable experience.Brilliant Bartending
Delicious cocktails don't just come from the best ingredients, they're created by gifted mixologists. 'Bar Chefs' are elite bartenders who do much more than pour pints and mix martinis – they're imaginative artisans who use anything tasty at hand to bring the elements of the cocktail into perfect harmony.
Bar Chefs work jointly with culinary teams, using ingredients such as fresh mint sprigs, lemongrass, raw sugar cane, fresh herbs, and fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, and other seasonal fare. Even fresh citrus rinds can be put to use when laced with powdered egg whites or sugar, frozen, and used as the pièce de résistance atop your custom made cocktail.
A new trend for a new year: clever mixologists use what the Earth gives us. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be muddled for the perfect drink, and natural sparkling waters, organic teas, …
The Bently Reserve and The San Francisco Bar Association have joined forces in offering new, versatile meeting spaces for their clients.
The historic Bently Reserve, located in the heart of the Financial District of San Francisco, is also the home of the City's Bar Association. The SF Bar has been offering meeting spaces to the community for several years, and now the Bently Reserve will make these rooms accessible to its clients.
The SF Bar Association offers competitive rates for the use of this space, with additional discounts for BASF Sponsor Firms and nonprofit organizations. These rooms accommodate 150 people with classroom-style seating, and can divide to fit both 80 and 40 people. Microphones, projectors, WiFi, and recording equipment are all available. The Conference Center is wheelchair accessible. Catering for this venue is available upon request; an outside caterer may be used as well.Conference Rooms A & BGuests: 150 classroom/200 theaterConference Room AGuests: 40 classroom/65 theaterConference Room BGuests: 80 classroom/120 theaterFor rental availability and additional information, please contact Vivian Perez, Event and Sales Manager at 415-294-2226 ext 1.
The SmithGroup, an architecture and engineering firm whose 88 LEED projects to date include three top-ranked LEED Platinum buildings, has completed an extraordinary buildout of new offices at the Bently Reserve.
The Bently Reserve appealed to the firm because of its stately Beaux-Arts exterior, flexible floor plans, extensive space, and ample natural lighting. The 200,000-square-foot Bently Reserve is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a protected San Francisco landmark. Designed in the early 1920s by George Kelham, it was the first Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and epitomizes the unique and colorful heritage of San Francisco.
The buildings owner is also commited to sustainability, which appealed to the SmithGroup — building owners Bently Holdings has made LEED Silver certification a prerequisite for all leaseholders.
Transforming this 83-year old space into a dynamic and sustainable workplace was the vision, and it delivers: the contemporary space brings forth the best of both worlds, highlighting the historic aspects of the building while embracing high-performance design. The SmithGroup took this concept a step further: in appreciation of the brick-and-timber core and exposed building elements, the firm left these elements exposed to serve as the …
Bently Holdings is placing its first tenants in the Bently Reserve. We took our time and discretion finding perfect fits for our building. Bently Holdings is proud to host businesses that are not only forward thinking but have an air of sophistication able to respect and appreciate the beautiful history of the Bently Reserve. All our tenants will all be building LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified improvements to their floors. Bently Holdings is very proud to announce world renowned architectural and engineering firm, the Smith Group who will occupy the 6th & 7th floors. We are thrilled to host one of San Francisco's most respected and successful investment management firms, Wentworth, Hauser & Violich who will make their home on the 4th floor. Finally, the esteemed Bar Association of San Francisco who will reside on the 3rd floor. Completion of construction should be in the summer of 2007. Bently Holdings is very proud to host these businesses, please join us in welcoming them to their new home.