The St. Regis San Francisco Celebrates the Holiday Season with Exclusive Offerings

The St. Regis San Francisco, the City’s premier address for unparalleled luxury and bespoke service, is pleased to invite guests and locals to celebrate the holidays with exceptional offerings, traditions and experiences. Fête the season with Give and You Will Receive—The Ultimate Pahlmeyer Package, a philanthropic holiday St. Regis Aficionado offering for wine enthusiasts; Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit, a children’s tea party and performance benefiting Hurricane Sandy relief; En Route to Excellence, a spectacular Bentley motoring experience; festive treatments at Remède Spa; delicious bredele from Vitrine’s Chef Romuald Feger; and exquisite pre-fixe holiday menus served at Ame, the hotel’s celebrated Michelin-starred restaurant.

“The St. Regis San Francisco prides itself on providing guests and locals with a truly exceptional and luxurious visit, whether it’s sharing celebrated traditions, superb holiday dining or bespoke experiences,” said Toni Knorr, General Manager. “We are excited to partner with Pahlmeyer Winery on the Give and You Shall Receive package, which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well as reintroduce the cherished Velveteen Rabbit afternoon tea party and performance for families with proceeds benefiting those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”

Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

The St. Regis San Francisco will present the festive family-friendly experience of Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, December 9 as part of its Family Traditions program.  Guests will enjoy a private pre-performance Tea Party at The St. Regis from 12 – 1:30 p.m. with visits from the show’s Rabbit and Fairy before heading to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Theatre where two VIP seats await for ODC/Dance’s production of “The Velveteen Rabbit” at 2 p.m. This Bay Area holiday tradition, performed by one of America’s leading contemporary dance companies, uses enchanting music, festive and imaginative costumes, and larger than life characters to celebrate the relationship between a boy and his stuffed rabbit and the enduring power of love. All proceeds from Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit on December 9 will be donated to the Robin Hood Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund (http://www.robinhood.org/rhsandy).

Tickets for The St. Regis Tea Party and VIP seats to the performance of “The Velveteen Rabbit” are only $100 per person. Tickets for St. Regis Aficionado’s Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit travel package are $625 and include superior room accommodations for one night at The St. Regis San Francisco as well as two tickets to The St. Regis Tea Party, VIP seats for the performance, and parking. The travel package will be offered for the evenings of December 8 and 9. YBCA Theater is located at 700 Howard St., across the street from The St. Regis San Francisco.

Give and You Shall Receive—The Ultimate Pahlmeyer Package

To celebrate the season of giving, Give and You Shall Receive—The Ultimate Pahlmeyer Package is a new, extraordinary St. Regis Aficionado offering for this holiday season that celebrates the hotel’s dedication to society and philanthropy. Bringing luxury to new heights, this remarkable experience combines the best of wine country with San Francisco’s most distinctive accommodations. Priced at $12,000 for two people, full proceeds from the package will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a charity with which Jayson Pahlmeyer, the founder of Pahlmeyer Winery, has been personally involved with for thirty years.

The Give and You Shall Receive package will include an inviting two night stay at The St. Regis San Francisco, rejuvenating spa treatments for two at Remède Spa, dinner with Jayson Pahlmeyer at the Michelin-starred Ame Restaurant, and a chartered helicopter ride with Jayson Pahlmeyer to the winery’s vineyards in Napa Valley and along the Sonoma coast. Upon arrival at each estate, guests will meet with the winemakers and enjoy sumptuous food and wine pairings. Additionally, this elegant Aficionado package includes a Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Six Vintage Vertical from 2004-2009, as well as customized Nike Sneakers, which are a quirky favorite personal accessory of Jayson Pahlmeyer.

En Route to Excellence with The St. Regis San Francisco and Bentley Motors

For the car enthusiast on your gift list, The St. Regis San Francisco is pleased to debut the exclusive En Route to Excellence package in partnership with the luxurious British carmaker, Bentley Motors. Celebrating a passion for speed and sport, En Route to Excellence is a signature St. Regis experience for those looking to travel in refined style. The package includes a one night stay in one of the hotel’s suites, breakfast for two at the elegant Vitrine, an official Bentley leather key ring, complimentary parking, and unparalleled access to a 2013 Bentley GT, Bentley GTC, or Bentley Mulsanne – the automobile that defines a higher state of luxury with its power and flawless detail, like nothing else on the road. Guests can choose the ultimate chauffeur experience or get behind the wheel themselves and partake in the ultimate British motoring experience amidst the rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes of Northern California. With a distinguished history based in racing, contemporary Bentleys are capable of extraordinary speeds, exquisitely handcrafted and beautifully engineered.

Nestled in the bustling SOMA district, The St. Regis San Francisco is located in exceptional proximity to the Bay Area’s top attractions. From golf at Pebble Beach, eating oysters in Point Reyes, and wine tasting in Napa Valley to viewing the San Francisco Ballet at The War Memorial Opera House, visiting the de Young Museum at Golden Gate Park, and shopping in downtown San Francisco – the En Route to Excellence package allows guests to arrive in style at any destination. The global partnership between Bentley Motors and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts further establishes the heritage and excellence of both brands, allowing The St. Regis San Francisco to delight car enthusiasts with this rare experience. The En Route to Excellence package, offered exclusively at The St. Regis San Francisco, starts at $2,350 per night and is available effective December 1.

Alsatian Bredele at Vitrine Restaurant

At Vitrine, The St. Regis San Francisco’s signature restaurant located on the hotel’s fourth floor, Chef Romuald Feger will share one of his own cherished traditions with guests, homemade bredele. Characteristic of Chef Feger’s native Alsace region of France, these small cakes are a staple of the holidays. Chef Feger’s recipe is inspired by memories of his grandmother, Alice, who used to bake up to 50 pounds of bredele each holiday season as gifts for family and friends. After days of preparation, bredele is traditionally first served on Advent Sunday accompanied by a glass of a spiced mulled wine.

Chef Feger will serve three variations of bredele for guests of Vitrine this holiday season: Anisbredele, featuring green aniseeds for a distinctive taste; Cocosbredele, made with dried coconut; and Basler Leckerli, a Swiss take on the delicacy featuring honey, candied orange and lemon peel, almonds, ground cloves, and cinnamon. Bredele will be served complimentary at the end of each meal throughout the winter.

New this year, bredele will also be available for purchase at Vitrine and via Private Dining. The perfect hostess gift, the bredele is beautifully presented and accompanied by the story of Chef Romuald Feger’s Family Tradition. Available through December 31 and made to order with 24 hours advance notice, the delectable treats available in packages of 13 or 26, which retail for $16 and $32 respectively. Vitrine is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. To reserve a table, please call 415-284-4049.

Holiday Spa Treatments at Remède Spa

There is no better time to pamper yourself than the holidays, and this season, the luxurious Remède Spa at the St. Regis San Francisco, San Francisco’s only Forbes Four Star Spa, will offer two festive holiday-themed treatments.

The Peppermint Pedi (60 minutes, $90) is a stimulating, exfoliating, and refreshing treatment that will relieve overtired feet from any holiday shopping. This invigorating pedicure uses a combination of essential oils and a glycolic peel that works to relieve tense muscles. A wide range of chic polish colors will ensure that toes are strappy-heel ready for holiday soirees. Guests will be treated to a mini-bottle of Mumm Champagne and peppermint truffles.

Guests looking for something a little more indulgent can enjoy the Sugar n’ Spice Ritual (90 minutes, $265). The treatment begins with an aromatic body scrub including organic brown and raw sugars that are blended with coconut, avocado and sunflower oils, along with essential oils of cardamom & ginger. Skin is then hydrated with a body wrap featuring Aphrodisia oil, containing notes of sweet orange, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon.

To book a treatment at Remède Spa, please call 415-284-4060 or email remedespasf@stregis.com.

Holiday Dining at Ame

Gastronomic delights will add to the holiday spirit at Ame which showcases refined New American cuisine with a blending of flavors from southern France, northern Italy and Japan. Chef Hiro Sone has created spectacular seasonal prix-fixe tasting menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve that allow guests to partake in a culinary adventure.

Ame will be open from 4 – 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will be serving its regular dinner menu along with an exquisite holiday-inspired Thanksgiving Tasting Menu, which is priced at $94 per person, with the option of wine pairings for an additional $67.  This five-course menu begins with Peekytoe Crab Salad on Asian Pear Carpaccio with Fine Herb Citrus Vinaigrette and Pomegranate “Pearls”; followed by Confit of Lemon Fish with Savory Clams, Pearl Onions and Coastal Green Jus; Roasted Tolenas Farm Quail with Corn Bread Dressing, Butternut Squash Puree, Bacon-Brussels Sprouts and Truffle Gravy; and Pecan Pie with Pumpkin Ice Cream and Whiskey Caramel Sauce.

Ame will also offer tasting menus on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Pricing will start at $95 per person, with the option of wine pairings for an extra $68.

Perfect for the cold months of winter, Ame will also introduce its signature Fugu (Blowfish) Fin Sake.  This rich and complex drink is comprised of roasted fugu fins steeped in warm sake. A true delicacy, the seasonal cocktail requires careful preparation as blowfish is poisonous if not properly sliced. Fugu Fin Sake features Tora Fugu, considered as the highest quality by the Japanese and Honjozo style “Karatamba” Sake from Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Priced at $15 for 6 ounces.

Ame is open seven days a week for dinner. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call 415-284-4040 or visit www.amerestaurant.com.

For more information on The St. Regis San Francisco’s holiday offerings, please visit www.stregissanfrancisco.com or call 415-284-4000. To make reservations for Holiday Magic with The Velveteen Rabbit, Give and You Shall Receive—The Ultimate Pahlmeyer Package or

En Route to Excellence, please contact Dare Felchlin at 415-284-4070 or visit www.stregissanfrancisco.com/aficionado.