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The Last Survivors of the '06 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Will Gather at the Westin St. Francis to Share Memories of That Fateful Morning 100 Years Ago.

SAN FRANCISCO -- At 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18th, More Than a Dozen Survivors Will Gather at Lotta's Fountain & Then Proceed for a Special Breakfast

Once again, the historic Westin St. Francis will sponsor the 100th Anniversary of San Francisco's Great Earthquake and Fire. For the tenth consecutive year, the St. Francis is proud to provide deluxe complimentary accommodations, overlooking Union Square, for the remaining survivors of the 1906 Earthquake on Monday, April 17th, the night before the infamous '06 Quake and Fire. After their VIP check-ins, the survivors will gather for a welcome reception in a private hotel suite where they will be given their itinerary for April 18th.

Everyone will report to the Powell Street Lobby of the St. Francis at 4:00 a.m. on April 18th for their annual group photo on the steps leading to restaurant Michael Mina. From there, they will be transported in vintage cars and police cars with sirens on to Lotta's Fountain for the commemorative ceremony.

Since 1916, the "South of Market Boys" have been honoring those brave and hardy souls who rebuilt the city from ashes. Lotta's Fountain was a meeting place for survivors to find out the fate of their families and friends in the hours and days that followed the devastation.

A large crowd is expected to be present at the fountain on Tuesday morning at 5:00 a.m. including survivors of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, members of the Hook & Ladder Society, The South of Market Boys and representatives of the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments. After the traditional singing of "San Francisco," a minute of silence is followed by the eerie wailing of a dozen sirens at 5:13 a.m. (the moment the quake struck).

Following the ceremony, the landmark Westin St. Francis, one of the last survivors in the 1906 Great Quake, will host a special, private "Survivor's Breakfast" on the spectacular Imperial Floor at 7:00 a.m. where the media can meet one-on-one with the survivors. Executive Chef Bernd Liebergesell will re-create the famous breakfast served 100 years ago by Chef Victor Hirtzler.

 The Imperial Floor

 Created by
 Chef Victor Hirtzler
 April 18, 1906

 Chilled Rhubarb Stew


 Assortment of Thinly Sliced Seasonal Fruit and Berries, Yogurt
 Dipping Sauce


 Variety of Morning Pastries to include:
 Butter Croissants, Muffins and Danish Pastries


 Stewed Prunes


 Rice Griddle Cakes
 Made with "Flannel" Pancake Butter, Maple Syrup


 Freshly Scrambled Eggs
 With Black Truffles in Pastry Vol au Vent


 Southern Hominy with Cream

 Recreated by Chef Bernd Liebergesell
 April 18, 2006

The St. Francis gained fame during the morning of the quake because she was unhurt by the earth shaking and only minutes after the disaster calmed distraught guests with a "business as usual" breakfast in the Cafe. In fact, the St. Francis was known as a "safe-haven" and other nearby severely damaged hotels sent their guests to the St. Francis for safety. Bathrobe-clad hotel guests walked to the St. Francis and were instantly relieved when they entered the lobby.

The most famous arrival was the New York Metropolitan Opera Company's star performer Enrico Caruso, who enjoyed a full meal and tipped each of the chefs $2.50 for their dedication to great hospitality under the most extreme circumstances.

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