British Invasion – The Music Then. The Fashion Now! at Macy’s Glamorama San Francisco

By Karina Mendoza Calayag


With just 3 weeks away, the drumbeats can already be heard in anticipation of this year’s Macy’s Glamorama (formerly known as Macy’s Passport). Taking place in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco on September 14, this huge philanthropic event is dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS and cancer.  This year’s theme:  The British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now!


The annual night of this star-studded extravaganza in music and fashion will be followed by an After-Party at the Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St., SF.

A testimony to the quality and consistency of their great food and service, Macy’s again has partnered with Taste Catering, as it has for all 28 years since its inception, to serve about 2,000 hungry, thirsty and ready-to-party guests with fresh and local culinary fare in an environment that will rock to the 60’s Beatle-mania and the “British Invasion” which followed.


Keep calm? Are you kidding? The sneak peek and sneak taste, if you will, of the evening’s delights, master-minded by Taste’s Chef Chris Borges are Austin-Powers’-crazy and downright shag-a-licious! I now feel (im)morally charged with whetting everyone’s appetite as they did mine.

British cuisine is reflective of its vast countryside, climate, legendary medieval era and Indian influences dating back to the empire’s colonial times.

With that in mind, Chef Borges developed the menu as “hearty, peasant-stock, rustic, cold weather and comfort food”. My translation: they are tricky small bites disguised with huge bursts of succulence which are filling; especially the spiced Roast Beef, Lamb, Chicken Masala and the unforgettable English Breakfast Bite.  The Chocolate Banoffee Tartlett was popular but my favorite pudding was the Tipsy Sherry Trifle as it reminded me of a smooth zabaglione with a slight kick from the cognac cake.

Doing an incredible job of adding California-zing to a rather plain fare, Margaret Teskey, Taste President points out their challenge: “The repertoire for British food is really small. So what you do, you have to do really well… with California sensibilities, we can really elevate that food”.

It’s the perfect “hearty cocktail finger foods” Patrick Smith, Macy’s Regional Special Events Director says, tongue-in-cheek ”it coats the stomach well” for the expected cocktailing revelry.

All that’s entailed in the meticulous presentation, the studied flavors utilizing the best ingredients, the portability and in reproducing custom touches on this magnitude, one will truly appreciate the generosity of Taste Catering into this shared mutual cause of giving back.

Fun Food and Philantropy … Now that’s — Groovy, baby! Yeah!

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Roast Beef on Yorkshire Pudding
With Horseradish Cream

Fish ‘n Chips
UK Newspaper Cones
With Chips & Ale battered Gougons of Cod

Treacle Glazed Chicken Sandwich
On Petite English Muffin
With Coleman’s Mustard and Creamy Turnip Cabbage Slaw
(with British Flag)

Melting Leek & Stilton Cheese Tartlette
‘English Breakfast’ Bite
Hobb’s Bacon, Roasted Tomato, and Sunny Side Up Quail Egg
On Black ‘Pudding’ Rice Cake
Pub Grub Small Plate Bites
Indian Samosas/ Raita
Chicken Kebab with Garam Masala


Our Pastry Chef will create a special selection of handcrafted miniature pastries such as:
Chocolate Banoffee Tartlets
Jelly Fruit Skewer: Elderflower, Apricot & Blackcurrant
Ginger Nectarine Treacle Tart
*Individual Tipsy Sherry Trifle with Custard, Berries & Cream
Devonshire Cream Chocolate Éclairsu


This iconic fashion show HIV/AIDS fundraiser, celebrates this year’s theme British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now! with musical performances by Robin Thicke and Karmin alongside the best of fall fashion from Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Bar III, Material Girl, Sean John, Diesel and the exclusive, limited-edition Nicole Richie for Impulse collection. The charity event, which once again benefits AIDS Emergency Fund, Glide Foundation and Project Open Hand, celebrates its 30thanniversary of raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS on Friday, September 14, 2012, at the Orpheum Theatre, with an after party immediately following at the Asian Art Museum.

Headlining Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama is Robin Thicke, one of the most respected singer-songwriters in soul and R&B music today. Thicke has written and produced songs for more than 20 gold and platinum albums and is currently featured on the ABC reality singing series “Duets,” where he serves as a show “superstar” alongside Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles.

Also performing at the event is Karmin, the chart-topping duo made up of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan. Their single “Brokenhearted” just went platinum while hitting number one on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart, Top 20 on Billboard’s Pop, Digital and Dance/Club Play charts, and Top 10 at Top 40 Radio. Karmin took the internet by storm last year after posting a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” on YouTube. The clip instantly went viral and became one of YouTube’s most viewed videos of 2011. The duo has since released their debut album “Hello” and racked up over half a billion views for their video.

This year’s theme British Invasion: The Music Then. The Fashion Now! pays homage to some of the most well-known and respected British pop icons from the past 50 years from The Beatles to The Rolling Stones. British bands have inspired culture while capturing the attention of the world since the ‘60s and their music provides the inspiration behind the visuals, fashion segments and after-party elements for Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama 2012.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, the charitable fashion event of the year in San Francisco and Los Angeles that combines fashion, musical entertainment, dance and technology in a fully integrated, theatrical 60-minute show. The iconic event, which was co-chaired by longtime champion of the cause, the late dame Elizabeth Taylor, has raised awareness and over $30 million for HIV/AIDS charities, organizations and research projects in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Past musical performers include Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Far East Movement, Macy Gray, Ne-Yo and many more.

Tickets to the event start at $75 at For more information, visit

While in the Hotel and Rest Admin program of the Univ of the Philippines, Karina Calayag attended many courses in food and beverages, and notable among them were courses in Wine Appreciation. She continued her undergraduate studies at Notre Dame de Namur University in two more broad-based majors: Business Administration and Economics, and ultimately earned her MBA from Golden Gate University. She is married with two beautiful daughters, choosing to raise her family after graduation rather than pursuing the professional opportunities offered to her, and thus she rightly earned the title “Domestic Goddess”. She currently resides on the peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid skier, diver and driver (to her kids), an occasional model and full time ROLE model. She loves the Bay Area but she is often visiting in New York, primarily because it’s where her sister lives, though over the years she’s found NY more and more endearing. She found her heart captivated by New York City’s energy and vibrance, convergence of both old and new, food and fashion central, all the arts and culture. Now that her children are getting older, she is setting her sights on traveling to more distant shores, more adventures and possibly pursuing her own passions.