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The Grand Dame

| October 22, 2015 | Parties

THE PARTY The Westgate Hotel has always managed a one-two punch: European flair with a touch of modern, alfresco San Diego. And that exacting formula has made this property a stalwart of Old World elegance done right. To celebrate the hotel's 45th anniversary, guests were greeted with a Champagne reception in the elegant presidential suite, followed by dinner with its lauded, old-school tableside service. Think Caesar salad, chateaubriand and cherries jubilee flambeed with bourbon vanilla ice cream. THE GUESTS Also on fire: the haute VIP list that included Dame Zandra Rhodes, who hosts her fashion afternoon fete here annually, as well as society elite like Valerie Cooper, the effervescent Jeanne Jones and Lori Walton. THE HIGHLIGHTS Guests perused original 1970s hotel artifacts before Mayor Faulconer proclaimed Aug. 29 The Westgate Hotel Day. Pinkies up! –Photography by Jeff Corrigan


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