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In September of 2010, Travel Channel partnered with Chase Sapphire to bring cardholders and viewers together for an event in San Francisco. We located a beautiful venue for the event, and a vision to bring the world to the attendees in an event called "Sam Brown's Unforgettable Experiences." The event featured Travel Channel star Samantha Brown; we chose five areas where Samantha had filmed her travels, and I created five "Experiences."

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The "Ireland Experience"- the buffet linens, flowers and food were all themed to the Emerald Isle, as was the backdrop for that corner of the room in the Asian Art Museum.
Me, Travel Channel's Samantha Brown and Chase Sapphire's Kimberlee Clark pose as Charlie's Angels in front of the "Great Wall of China," one of the many green screen backdrops available for guests.

Travel Channel Samantha Brown and Diane at the Event San Francisco – Ireland event.

First, I enlarged each of five iconic photos of Ireland, Italy, Argentina, New Orleans and Asia to create a dramatic backdrop. On the site inspection, I met with and tasted food from several of San Francisco's best caterers. I recommended Grace Street Catering by Erin McKinney based on their menu, ability to help bring my vision to reality, and of course, the incomparable Anastasia Alvarado. She and her amazing design team (headed by Rhonda Stoffel) worked with me to find the perfect linens for each experience, and Rhonda created unique and "crazy beautiful" centerpieces and buffet pieces for each area. I also suggested a green screen, and guests delighted in having their photo taken with Sam Brown in front of the Great Wall, an Irish castle, the Coliseum, Bourbon Street or the glaciers of Patagonia.

The food matched the theme as well, of course, ranging from roasted duck moo shu and ginger and lime pot au crème to grilled Andouille sausage and pecan pie, to prosciutto with warm roasted dried fig and cherry moscato torte. Food was paired with prosecco, wines from the Mendoza region of Argentina, Guinness, a Geisha Kiss or a Blue Sapphire Gin Fizz, among others.

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Contact Diane Rohan, Chief Entertainment Officer: • 917-375-1596