Food Is Art, San Francisco Style

Big, exciting changes continue to unfurl at the newly re-imagined The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, one of San Francisco’s most historic and classic properties. The most recent update is also one of the most savory—a creative menu developed by new Executive Chef Dan Corey. He brings his admirable talents to the Food Is Art philosophy that drives every Sonesta dish.

Chef Dan joins us after a ten-year stint at Michelin-starred Luce at the city’s Intercontinental Hotel. He is reinventing the menu with a focus on small, tapas-inspired plates. Think beef tartare with egg yolk confit and black garlic, and you get a hint of the culinary vision he brings. He intends to bring back the historic Redwood Room as a preferred hangout spot.

Chef Dan showcased his creativity at the hotel’s 105th Anniversary Party on January 31 in the Redwood Room, the hotel’s distinctive bar that’s just been updated with a new and gleaming sheen. The theme of the evening was “Jazz Age Speakeasy,” with champagne, small bites and the music of Hella Fitzgerald. Longtime patrons will be pleased with the new look—it hasn’t changed too much other than some furnishings and other touches that lend some brighter palettes to the space.

The walls of original redwood millwork have been polished. The bar still strikes a dramatic pose, featuring wood from an 800-year-old redwood tree found by a custom woodworker in Montana. And it’s all lit by the Art Deco sconces and chandeliers that have long been a beloved fixture. What’s more, original restored artwork by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, discovered much to everyone’s surprise during the renovation, brings new meaning to our Food Is Art program!

Stay tuned for more changes! In April, we look forward to introducing Fredericks, a new all-day eatery, to The Clift Royal Sonesta. This approachable and energetic restaurant gives you yet another chance to sample the Sonesta Food Is Art philosophy, and experience for yourself the artistry of Chef Dan!

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