Dan Alvarado of Reed & Greenough torches his winning cocktail-contest entry at the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails party. (Gustavo Fernandez for Drew Altizer)
After a screening of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, star Ewan McGregor greets guests at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.
Reigning Miss San Francisco’s Outstanding Teen Jasmine Lee (right) and Sophia Cao hand out chocolate coins in traditional red envelopes before the S.F. Symphony’s Chinese New Year concert. (Moanalani Jeffrey)
Fleur de Lys chef Hubert Keller fist-pumps while serving as a DJ at Hearts After Dark, benefiting S.F. General Hospital and held on the field at AT &T Park. (Laura Morton for Drew Altizer)
Fashion illustrator David Downton signs copies of his Masters of Fashion Illustration at a cocktail reception in his honor at Ken Fulk’s Peep Show in SoMa.
ModeWalk.com CEO Beatrice Pang takes in the launch party celebration held for the website at a Pacific Heights penthouse. (Claudine Gossett for Drew Altizer)
Gina Peterson and SFMOMA trustee Dolly Chammas mug for the camera at the Giorgio Armani preparty for the museum’s upcoming Modern Ball.
Sean Parker chats up Goldie Hawn during the after-party for this year’s TechFellow Awards ceremony, at SFMOMA. (Courtesy of WireImage)
Rising Star Award winner Elizabeth Banks makes a donation at A.C.T.’s awards luncheon, held at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square.
Want to see more social coverage? Click here for last month's Outtakes.
San Francisco—a boom and bust town from its inception— has a history of hard-partying moments interspersed by calmer, self-reflective intervals. With IPOs and major galas slated for the coming months, we’re clearly in boom mode again. That will require a greater tolerance for mixed beverages. The Exploratorium’s annual Science of Cocktails fête served as the perfect testing ground for this new exuberance. Throughout the evening, bartenders Doug Williams and Tom Mich treated guests to salted-caramel tequila dust (not to be confused with other types of dust) while Dan Alvarado fired up his cocktail-contest winner, the Amargo brûlée. Weeks later, guests swapped toasts as Tony Bennett sang his heartfelt anthem to the city at UCSF’s benefit concert held at the Fairmont hotel. The dotcom world also had its fair share of bashes, including the annual TechFellow Awards at SFMOMA, hosted by actor Jim Parsons, with Sean Parker in attendance. A week later, Beatrice Pang, Henri Deshays, and Indre Rockefeller, all with ties to Stanford’s business school, held a launch party for shopping site ModeWalk.com at Isha and Asim Abdullah’s Pacific Heights penthouse. And so it all begins (again).