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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sir Francis Drake Hotel Offers Candy, Kiddie Food, and Games for Adults' Meetings

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge The CEO, left, enjoys his Yoo-Hoo...
  • The CEO, left, enjoys his Yoo-Hoo...

Say what you will about the Don Draper generation -- they smoked too much, drank too much, and treated women like glorified bits of furniture -- but at least they didn't stock their business meetings with crustless mini-PB&J sandwiches and mugs of Yoo-Hoo. 

That was left, God help us, to our generation. Eventually, somebody was going to do this. 

San Francisco has a reputation as a place in which people exist in a prolonged state of adolescence before moving elsewhere to grow the hell up. Rarely will you see this epitomized more starkly than at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, which now offers large meeting groups -- of adults, mind you -- the opportunity to fuel their gatherings with homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup; old-school candy of the sort left unclaimed on Halloween; Rice Krispies Treats; and the aforementioned PB&J hors d' oeuvres with ersatz chocolate drink. 

Once you've had your fill of kiddie food, why not engage in some kiddie behavior? There's no party clown -- yet -- but there is Twister, Jenga, and team-building via cookie-decorating. 

(An aside: A former acquaintance of your humble narrator's, impressed into such infantile activities on high school grad night, decorated a ceramic mug with the logo "Fuck This Shit." It remains to be seen if similarly unenthusiastic Pictionary players or cookie-decorators have availed themselves of this opportunity). 

Our calls to the hotel have, thus far, gone unanswered. We remain uncertain if grown-ups holding kiddie-themed meetings use the john like adults or are provided with plus-sized Pampers. 

When we know more, you'll know more. But, this much we do know: Forty years hence, the Mad Men of the day is gonna be a lot less sexy. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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