14. March 2013
The following article is from stltoday.com
BY JMD | Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 10:44 AM
The Internationally Distinguished Leslie Dana Award Will Be Presented at VIP Reception & Fundraising Dinner
Join leaders in business, medicine, media, philanthropy and social work as St. Louis Society for the Blind & Visually Impaired (http://www.SLSBVI.org) hosts The Visionary Gala awards dinner on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at The Palladium Saint Louis.
The Society’s Visionary Gala will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and wine service, superb desserts, and a presentation of the internationally distinguished Leslie Dana Gold Medal. Music will be provided by Silk Pajamas. Society Visionary Awards for community service also will be presented. Dr. Nicholas and Mrs. Sabra Engelbrecht are chairing the event and are joined by sponsors AT&T, Northern Trust, Bethesda Health Group and Nidec Motors.
Douglas D. Koch, M.D., a foremost scholar, clinician, surgeon and Professor of Ophthalmology who is The Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, will be the 63rd recipient of the distinguished Leslie Dana Gold Medal. The Leslie Dana Gold Medal has been awarded by the Society since 1925 to many of the world’s most highly respected scholars and clinicians for commendable service in eyesight research, ophthalmology, vision sciences and social services.
The Visionary Gala will occur at The Palladium Saint Louis located at the revitalized City Hospital complex at 1400 Park Place in Historic Lafayette Square, St. Louis, Missouri 63104. The evening is black tie optional.
Dr. Robert Drews is Honorary Chair of the Visionary Gala. The Society’s Drews Low Vision Clinic is named in honor of Dr. Drews and his late father, Dr. Leslie Drews, who helped lead and guide the Society as members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for many years. Dr. Robert Drews said, “The Society is a vital community asset that helps children, adults and seniors overcome vision challenges and discover new ways of living, working and enriching their lives.”
24. January 2013
1. August 2012
This wedding was also featured on a Wedding Belles Online blog
2. July 2012
The new issue of Saint Louis Bride Magazine was just released and Palladium Saint Louis was featured in the ‘real moments’ section for the wedding of Sara Turner + Michael Luigs. To see photos of the event, please look on page 52 of the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Saint Louis Bride Magazine or click here for a sneak peek…
25. May 2012
Members of our team, Richard Nix & Cassie Burd, were highlighted in the May/June issue of Catersource Magazine. Click below to learn more about what they had to say in regards to: Wedding Trends, Meringues & Marshmallows, and their ACE Award.
26. March 2012
We were honored to host Dance St. Louis last month for their annual Ballet Ball fundraiser where they raised nearly $200,000. This is the most money they’ve netted since executive director emeritus Sally Brayley Bliss’ farewell gala in 2006. Deb Peterson from STLtoday.com had this to say about the event:
“Some 275 arts enthusiasts were on hand, dancing to the sounds of Arvel and Company. The crowd enjoyed a special dance performance by students from the Central Visual & Performing Arts High School, which was dedicated to the evening’s honorees, Marsha and Bill Rusnack. The Rusnacks’ daughter, Dr. Susan Rusnack, a surgeon in NYC, was on hand for the occasion with her husband, Andrei Duman. Michael Uthoff, executive and artistic director of Dance St. Louis, was also joined by an out-of-town guest, his daughter Michelle Uthoff, who was in from Denver…”
8. March 2012
We enjoyed hosting the Women’s Safe House: 35th Anniversary Gala. See pitcures and read what Ladue News had to say about the event here
15. February 2012
Having a climbing gym right next door wasn’t in the original plans, but we’re excited it is now…
“Is St. Louis ready for one of the tallest bouldering walls in the nation? Or a banquet facility where attendees can watch rock climbers scale a 55-foot wall? Or a corporate party that includes rock climbing? Ready or not, Climb So iLL will be opening in the historic City Hospital Power Plant in mid-March.
Ian Anderson, who co-owns Climb So iLL with brothers Dave and Dan Chancellor and taught the bouldering classes I took at SLU, gave me a tour of the one-of-a-kind space that not only includes several rock climbing walls and a bouldering wall, but also a 24-hour fitness center, two restaurant spaces and a banquet area…”
14. February 2012
Greg Edwards from the St. Louis Business Journal pulled some interesting stats from 2011. Read the story below to see how many cocktail napkins we used in one year…
by: Greg Edwards
“Palladium Saint Louis, an event space at the old City Hospital, had record sales of $1.7 million last year, up 20% from 2010. It is owned by Richard Nix, who also owns Bixby’s and Butler’s Pantry, the Palladium’s caterer. Guests served at the Palladium in 2011: 41,408. Hors d’oeuvres passed: 144, 928. Cocktail napkins used: 248,448. Number of times the staff heard “Tonight’s Going to be a Good Night”: Too many.”
17. November 2011
| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECHAMELEON CHAIR AWARDED U.S. PATENT FOR ITS UNIQUE CHAIR DESIGN
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LOS ANGELES, CA (November 15, 2011) – Chameleon Chairs LLC, dba Chameleon Chair® Collection, a market leader in chair design and manufacturing for the special events industry, today announced that it has been issued U.S. Patent No. 8,047,607 B1 for its Modular Stackable Furniture Systems. The Patent protects the structure of Chameleon’s iconic and novel Chameleon Chair Collection, as well as the unique way in which Chameleon Chairs stack on top of each other for ease of storage and transport.
The signature Chameleon Chair Collection has been the chair design of choice for prestigious events such as the Academy Awards® Governor’s Ball, the Emmys and Grammys, Hollywood premieres, and major Las Vegas events at the Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas, Venetian, Mandalay Bay, Caesar’s Palace, and MGM Grand, among other prominent venues. Chameleon Chairs are also regularly used at corporate events, fundraisers, weddings, and other private social events. The Chameleon is a remarkably versatile stacking chair that is recognized for its distinctive style and beauty, as well as being one of the most comfortable event chairs on the market. The company’s innovative and moderately priced seating is ideal for the varied needs of the special events industry.
Chameleon Chairs are made in the USA and provide the consumer with a highly durable product of exceptional structural integrity and quality. Chameleon Chairs are eco-friendly as they are made of steel, the earth’s #1 most recyclable material. Chameleon also offers a custom dolly that is designed to efficiently store and transport 36 chairs and cushions, conserving both space and fuel.
“The awarding of this U.S. patent is a landmark moment for our organization,” said Jerry Smolar, President and CEO of Chameleon Chairs LLC. “The Chameleon Chair is an iconic product in the special events industry and is recognized for its distinctive shape and silhouette. We are pleased that our chair now enjoys full protection under United States laws and that the Patent Office has recognized the uniqueness of our collection, which took many years to create and perfect.”
Chameleon Chair has an exclusive distribution alliance with Classic Party Rentals, the nation’s leading full service event rental company, whereby Classic handles the management and operations of Chameleon’s rental business throughout the United States. Under this agreement, which was established in 2007 and expanded in 2009, Classic has the exclusive rights to rent Chameleon Chair products in each of its markets. Chameleon continues to operate as an independent company, with its primary focus on the design, manufacture and sale of its proprietary products.
Upon learning of the issuance of the patent, Pedro F. Mata, President and CEO of Classic Party Rentals commented: “We are pleased to hear that Chameleon has received this significant recognition by the U.S. Patent Office. Our partnership in the rental business is an important one to both of our companies and we look forward to continuing to grow our businesses together.”
Chameleon also sells its products directly to a variety of venues, hotels, banquet facilities, restaurants, country clubs, and rental companies in select markets, and for residential use. The awarding of this U.S. patent only further solidifies the company’s leadership in the industry and underscores that Chameleon will vigorously protect its intellectual property rights as it relates to its proprietary products.
For more information about the Chameleon Chair Collection, please visit www.chameleonchair.com or call (310) 787-9200.
About Chameleon Chairs LLC
Chameleon Chairs LLC is a respected designer, manufacturer, and vendor of versatile stacking chairs created to meet the ever-changing demands of the special events market. The Company does business as the “Chameleon Chair® Collection” and manufactures its proprietary products including its most recognized offering, the Chameleon Chair®. Chameleon has filed for patents covering its new products and rental methods, including its transportation system. On November 1, 2011, the United States Patent Office issued U.S. Patent No. 8,047,607 B1 which protects the structure of Chameleon’s iconic and novel Chameleon Chair Collection. The Company has also received federal trademark registration for the names “Chameleon Chair” and “Chameleon Chair Collection.”
21. September 2011
the inside scoop
from The Knot Magazine
Kansas and Missouri’s top planners share their juiciest info…
“Palladium Saint Louis is the hot new venue to be booked around town. The building has incredible history. The coolest part is that the rental includes the very modern chameleon chairs. In fact, the Palladium was the first venue to bring these chairs to St. Louis!” – Katie
24. May 2011
“Palladium Saint Louis is the hot new venue to be booked around town. The building has incredible history. The coolest part is that teh rental includes the very modern chameleon chairs. In fact, the Palladium was the first venue to bring these chairs to St. Louis!”
The Knot Magazine (Missouri & Kansas), Fall/Winter 2011 issue
9. May 2011
For 51 years, the Landmarks Association of St. Louis has kept the St. Louis region informed about the best examples of recent restoration and has alerted and rallied residents to grave deterioration or proposed demolition of buildings with architectural and often historic merit.
During Preservation Week each year, the board and staff name “most enhanced” buildings for rehab work completed within the past year. They get nominations, and they keep their eyes open. “I found some people who didn’t know about our nominations,” said Andrew Weil, Landmarks assistant director.
Ten “Most Enhanced” awards will be given to owners of buildings or complexes that have been restored and revived in 2010. Neighborhoods with winners include Shaw, Benton Park, Cherokee (Marine Villa), Benton Park West, Mid Town, Carondelet, the CWE, Downtown, Clinton-Peabody and The Grove, O’Fallon Park and Penrose Park.
Some award winners, including Saint Louis University, are prominent community organizations. Several are redevelopers such as the Lawrence Group.
The former City Hospital laundry has been transformed into an elegant catering event venue called The Palladium.
For the first time, Landmarks will give a Most Enhanced Award for Community Based Preservation Projects. It was impressed by the efforts of thousands of volunteers who turned up 300 strong each “blitz” day from May to August last year to stabilize and improved 42 single-family houses in a six-block area of O’Fallon Park and Penrose Park. The residents there, many elderly, lacked funds for major repairs. Volunteers, mostly from Boeing and backed by two catalysts (the nonprofits Rebuilding Together and ACTS) and 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French, replaced roofs, upgraded plumbing and electrical wiring and cleaned alleys, while the city provided tree trimming and street light upgrades. As the effort progressed, volunteers found houses with dangerous conditions that couldn’t wait until the next “blitz day” so they organized immediate repairs.
“We’d like to encourage other group efforts like this,” Weil said. The volunteers’ new roof installations and electrical safety efforts especially may have saved some of the well-built housing stock from ruin and eventual demolition.
At the May 13th awards reception, Esley Hamilton, the St. Louis County Parks Department historian, Washington University architectural history teacher and author of many books on regional neighborhoods, will be honored.
That night, Landmarks will announce a list — its length is still being determined — of the region’s important buildings at risk for demolition or decay.
“We are not pointing fingers,” Landmarks director Jefferson Mansell said of the at-risk properties. “We understand there are limited resources in this economy. A lot of factors come into play. We hope the list highlights and brings attention to them so that someone might preserve them.”
17. March 2011
A big thanks goes out to all of the Saint Louis area brides who voted recently!
10. March 2011
Try this yummy recipe by Chef de Cuisine, Todd Lough!
Whenever you see that tasty appetizer tray floating your way, you’re bound to halt any conversation in order to grab one of those yummy treats before they pass you by. Why not try your hand at preparing them yourself, and you will never need to knock over your host in a rush to grab the last one.
1/4 c napa cabbage, julienned
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1/4 c red bell pepper, julienned
1 t cilantro, chopped
2 T soy sauce
1 t fresh ginger, grated
1 T lime juice
1 T sesame oil
1 T sweet Thai chili sauce
Combine slaw ingredients. Set aside. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
Pour into slaw mixture. Mix well.
2 T wasabi powder
2 T mayonnaise
1/4 t water
Combine wasabi powder and water. Whisk in mayonnaise.
Ginger soy glaze:
1/4 c low sodium soy sauce
1 t cornstarch
1 T fresh ginger, grated
1/4 t water
2 T sugar
Combine soy sauce, ginger and sugar in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
Combine cornstarch and water. Whisk into soy sauce mixture.
4 oz. sushi-grade yellowfin tuna
1 t chopped cilantro
1 t whole mustard seeds
1/2 t kosher salt
1 t cracked coriander seeds
Combine seasonings. Sprinkle over tuna. Sear each side of the tuna briefly. Leave rare.
1 baguette loaf
Cut into 8 slices. Brush with sesame oil and toast. Place sliced tuna on the crostini.
Top with slaw, and drizzle with wasabi aioli and the ginger soy glaze.
30. January 2011
Richard Nix, Jr.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Known for Seasonal cuisine with a focus on flavor, presentation, and quality
Where to Find Him At Butler’s Pantry (he’s the president)
Top Tip Don’t rush to finalize your menu. Over the course of the planning process, trends will change and you’ll develop new ideas. Wait until a couple of months before the event, and it will feel fresh and current.
How can couples find a good caterer?
Word of mouth is everything. Ask friends for recommendations, and find out which companies have exclusive arrangements at the notable venues in your area. Once you get a list of names, spend time browsing their websites. Blogs, where you can see their work in action, are another indication that they have their finger on the pulse of the industry.
Anything to look out for?
Be cautious about multitaskers who insist they can also help with the ceremony. They should be dedicated to the food and service at your party, nothing else. If they balk at providing a cost breakdown, that’s another bad sign. Also ask: Are you going to be present at my wedding? A good caterer will guarantee it. And, if they don’t offer a follow-up tasting, reconsider.
What are your recommendations for couples as they choose their menus?
Try not to fall for overly complicated food fads. A foam garnish, for example, can add a nice flavor, but it’s hard to pull off for a big crowd. What works in a dining room for four people doesn’t always translate to a crowd of 200. Your best bet is to keep things simple.
How can couples personalize their food?
Incorporate childhood favorites, things you ate on a memorable vacation or on your first date, or dishes from a beloved restaurant. Or look back even further in time. One of our brides, for instance, requested table-side Caesar salads, which her parents had at their wedding. And if two cultures are coming together, serve a dish from each one as a starter.
Any creative ways to dress up that ubiquitous chicken entree?
For winter, I like a Cornish game hen covered in a Bing-cherry and port demi-glace on a bed of toasted farro. Chicken Napoleon, layered with puff pastry, mushrooms, and goat cheese, and finished with chive veloute, is also divine.
Thoughts on waiter service versus buffet?
Sit-down meals are more traditional, but they tie guests to their seats. If you have a lively crowd, you might want to have a buffet, which lets people get up and move around. That said, it’s not necessarily less expensive than a sitdown. The savings can be eaten up in quantity.
Any suggestions for those who’d like to save money without sacrificing quality?
You can easily save 15 to 20 percent on food and service by choosing a Friday or Sunday in the off-season (usually the colder months). Dinner is the priciest meal, but it’s possible to lower your expenses with a cocktail-style set-up: heavy hors d’oeuvres and seating for only half the guests. Or serve lunch or afternoon tea instead. It’s more affordable and just as elegant. I also love a good brunch — with a crepe station and a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar.
Along the same lines, does serving only beer and wine save a ton of cash?
Actually, no. Depending on how many options you offer, liquor bars can be more cost-effective. There are about 25 drinks in a liter of vodka, whereas a bottle of wine has just five.
13. May 2010
Palladium Saint Louis
Wow brides what a great space! Large and open floor plan. I love the historically background that the Palladium offers. For those of you who did not know it the Palladium was built in 1937 and used to be the old City Hospital laundry facilities.
Thank you to my tour guide lol Maggie Eichwald, Catering Manger. So here’s the scoop brides….
The Palladium has a room named “The Green Room” downstairs. This is a multi-purpose room and is available as a “Children’s Room” if needed. Don’t let the word downstairs scare you into thinking dark and gloomy no no no this room has a giant window that lets a lot of natural light in.
There is NO additional fee for renting this room for the kiddos. Also, the room is right across the hall from the bathrooms…woohoo. Now here’s another cool nugget of info., if the furniture the venue has is not being used they will bring it down to the children’s room. This will provide chairs and couches for the children. And there’s more good info. If you want to order “kid friendly food” for the little ones, the Palladium will provide a buffet of kid friendly food in the children’s room. That way STL Wedding Sitters can monitor the meal.
Here’s the break down for food charges for children: