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San Francisco, CA, United States
He began as a Corporate Event Planner until his tenure as Catering Manager for luxury San Francisco hotels, as well as the General Manager/Director of Events for the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Later became the Catering Manager for Weddings at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel. Impressive accolades have given him credentials to recognize him as an Independent Food Editor, Restaurant Critic and a Contributing Writer for several media publications. Spanning impressive years in Wedding and Event Planning, his passion has taken him to create F. DUNCAN REYES EVENTS BY DESIGN and is renowned as the Event Industry’s most premiere Wedding and Event Planner Extraordinnaire! In January 2009, he was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Top 100 new businesses in their “Book Of Lists 2009”. Duncan is a member of the National Assoc. of Catered Events (NACE) and last April 2010 was voted “Member of the Year” 2010 and the 2013 Winner of Silicon Valley NACE's coveted Best of the Industry Award in Event Design. In January 2011, 2012 and 2013, received prestigious recognition with the WeddingWire Bride's Choice Award for Wedding Planning.


Ever so often, I put together an event called "Martini Madness".  It's mostly attended by anyone who's anyone in the Wedding and Event Planning Industry, from Hotels, Concierges to Hospitality Vendors including some of my Clients who want to mix, mingle, network and have fun.  This event is usually held at a sponsoring venue, hotel, restaurant, club or lounge.  Sponsors interested in promoting their products and services would provide the ambiance, food, beverage and entertainment that creates a vibrant atmosphere for party revellers in hopes of potentially gaining some business referrals and exposure. Of all the Martini Madness parties I've ever hosted, last year's "Steam Punk" theme at the beautiful Oceano Hotel and Spa in Half Moon Bay has got to be the most incredible event yet to date.  It was not only an Industry party, but also a celebration of birthdays for my best friends David Ethridge of AVR Films, Jonathan Gomez of Asiel Design along with his Dad, Jon Gomez Sr. and Edith Crowe Meyer of Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes.  And what a party it was!  Thank you once again to our amazing Sponsors who participated in making this a fabulous soiree.

Design, Event Production and Host:  Duncan Reyes with F. DUNCAN REYES EVENTS BY DESIGN
Catering, Hotel Accommodations and Venue:  Nancy Nerhan with OCEANO HOTEL and SPA
Catering (Specialty):  Richard Poncini with COOKING FOR FRIENDS CATERING
Cupcakes:  Edith Crowe Meyer with Edith Meyer Wedding Cakes and Jen Kwapinski with Jen's Cakes
Entertainment (DJ):  Eric Yee and DJ Louell Del Mar (aka DJ "El") with SPINTRONIX
Event Rentals:  Moises Navarro with HARTMANN STUDIOS
Floral and Event Design:  Jonathan & Linnae Asiel Gomez with ASIEL DESIGN
Lighting Design:  Brandon Cruz with AEC TRI-VALLEY in partnership with Victor Castrillo with VICTORY EVENTS
Photography:  Orbie Pullen with ORBIE PULLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
Videography:  David Ethridge of AVR FILMS in partnership with Ryan Black with RYAN BLACK FILMS

If you're interested in becoming a Sponsor and participating in the next Martini Madness, please contact me at 415.794.4117 or via e-mail at duncan@duncanreyes.com.  I am currently in the process of planning the next one this April.  To get on the mailing list, please contact me with your company name and e-mail address at martinimadness@groups.facebook.com.
Until the next soiree ............


Ryan Black Films said...

Great blog as usual. I had such a great time and was honored to be part of such an amazing team. Can't wait for the next one!

Robbie Schlosser said...

Hi Duncan,
Thumbs up for "Martini Madness"! That's such a dynamic name, but it only begins to convey the excitement of meeting friends and colleagues in the special event biz, where we can 100% enjoy the party, with no worries about making it happen. Thanks for dreaming it up and setting it in motion.