Lighting and Food Design: Corporate Reception July 2019

The Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley, CA


Hunter Events — one of the top ten Corporate Event Planners in San Francisco — hosted a Closing Night Cocktail Reception in The Claremont Hotel, in Berkeley, CA.

As with all of the events Hunter designs and produces, room lighting, food and bar presentation and room ambiance are critical aspects for each event. Hunter spends a great deal of time designing the lighting and ‘look and feel’ of the buffets, bars and overall room lighting. Careful attention is paid to the food display; the food becomes edible art, placed in hand picked and modern containers. The appropriate tone needs to be designed for whatever the occasion might be. In this case – the last night of a 3-Day Conference – Hunter created a soothing, ambient and relaxing atmosphere.

This Corporate Cocktail Reception was the final night of a 3-day Conference. Guests from all corners of the United States joined a group of local attendees for the all-day meetings, guest speakers, round table discussions and team building events, as well as an Opening Night Reception.


As with all Corporate Company Events planned by our team, the menu for this cocktail reception was carefully crafted with the help the Chef and tailored to the Client’s specific needs. Guests enjoyed a sushi bar — complete with a fine selection of maki, nigiri, sashimi and an assortment of rolls. A made-to-order risotto station, a House spiced Rubbed Brisket carving station, a slider station and a variety of individually served salad bites delighted each guest. A bubbles and chocolate bar, complete with sparkling wine and delicious desserts, rounded out the experience.


As one of the best event planning companies in San Francisco, our team puts experience and skill to the test to search and select the finest venues around the world — appropriate to the client’s unique needs. Located just a few miles from downtown San Francisco, the Claremont Hotel offers large, flexible meeting rooms high atop the scenic Berkeley/Oakland Hills. The hotel’s larger spaces comfortably accommodated all guests during the day-long meetings, and smaller-breakout rooms were offered for more intimate discussions and team building activities. Specialty reception rooms were also available to accommodate guests at the Opening and Closing night Receptions.

For this Closing Night Corporate Cocktail party, Hunter Events transformed The Meritage Room in The Claremont Hotel into an upscale lounge-like setting. Pin spot lighting was hung from above to dramatically light the buffet tables and bars. A sophisticated and mellow blue hue washed the room.

The buffet tables were strategically placed in the center of the room to create a centralized location for guests to gather, and to leave enough open space for mingling as they sampled the variety of menu items. Massage chairs were also brought in for attendees to relax at the touch of a licensed therapist.


Guests at the Corporate Cocktail Reception were able to engage in conversation with their colleagues in a carefree, yet stylish environment. Everyone enjoyed the delicious cuisine, spectacular views of the city and the chance to toast to a successful 3-day Conference. The Client was pleased with the venue’s hospitality, as well as the outstanding service and event planning provided by Hunter Events.


As a top Event Planner in San Francisco, Hunter Events customizes and creates unique events in the Bay Area, throughout the United States and across the globe. Hunter Events has partnered and established long-lasting relationships with world-class hotels, venues and special event facilities — like the Claremont Club and Spa, a Fairmont Hotel.
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