Ever host a private event in a National Park? How about on the grounds of a former U.S. Army Base? Or within a stone’s throw of Yoda (a nearby statue of him, there is)? At a venue that boasts more than two dozen craft beers on draft, including Fieldwork Brewing Company’s PB&J Parfait? No? Well, you’re in luck. Sessions at the Presidio checks off all of these boxes on your bucket list in one fell swoop.
First, a little history lesson is in order: The Presidio of San Francisco was established as a Spanish fort in 1776, seized by the U.S. military in 1846 at the outset of the Mexican-American War, and later served as home base for several Army units commanded by the likes of Generals Sherman and Pershing. Until its gates were shuttered in 1995, the Presidio was the longest continuously-operating military installation in the country. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, a U.S. government corporation, took over in 1996.
But what does this have to do with Sessions, you ask? And where is Yoda? Well for one, there’s the name: “Sessions” comes from the British term “session beers.” The story goes that during World War I in England, munitions workers had to take long breaks between double shifts. Those breaks were often taken at the local pub where the workers enjoyed multiple pints of ale along with lunch and lively conversation. In order to still be in working condition after the “session,” the workers would partake of the lower-in-alcohol but still very flavorful ales available. Hence, “session beers.” The generations of soldiers (who may or may not have come in contact with those WWI munitions workers’ wares) occupying the Presidio over the years would have to wait, though, since Sessions the restaurant was not established until 2015.
And second, there’s the Force: As part of the Presidio Trust’s grand plan, George Lucas came along in 1999, transformed 15 acres in the Presidio including the historic Letterman Hospital, and created Lucasfilm’s new corporate headquarters. Yoda even presides at the front door.
Which brings us back to Sessions. Yoda is a short stroll from Sessions’ front door (a short stroll from the front door, Yoda is). And also, the cuisine at Sessions is focused on seasonal small plates intended for sharing, and their partnership with — wait for it — Skywalker Ranch in Marin County enables them to feature locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The fresh meats and seafood served at Sessions are always naturally raised and sustainably harvested. With these ingredients, Chef Josh Steinberg creates refined and approachable dishes which reflect a sense of the place that they are happy to call home.
And how about this — Sessions is the preferred caterer for the Letterman Digital Arts Center’s Skywalker Room (pictured below), and therefore, you can reserve the spot and entertain your guests there (lightsabers not included).
The Skywalker Room is just one of several private event space options Sessions offers to groups between 24 and 120 guests. The hip Presidio Room (pictured below) is another popular spot.
And last but not least, Sessions at the Presidio boasts an astounding and diverse beer list, presumably far tastier than the munitions workers’ grog. With about 100 different craft beers, including 24 draft offerings, as well as the occasional home brew, beer lovers are sure to find a perfect beer to pair with the delicious cuisine at Sessions.
Sessions at the Presidio: Cool history, gorgeous grounds, and a slice of Star Wars. Waiting for, what are you?