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25. May 2012

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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.

In This Issue & Meringues & Marshmallows

Some folks we love to work with…..

20. April 2012

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Take a look at our venue cheat sheet!

19. January 2012

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Still looking for the perfect wedding venue?! We’ve done all the work for you!

Check out our cheat sheet for the information you need…

As Seen in Alive Magazine

9. December 2011

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'Tis the Table'In the most recent (December 2011) issue of Alive Magazine, a table top designed by Cosmo's Chasley Bradbury and our very own Rebel Florists, Brian and Robert, was shot inside the Palladium Saint Louis and is featured in the article 'Tis the Table: Top tips and tricks for decorating the perfect holiday table. Be sure to check it out and try some of the design tips on your own table this holiday season.

Before You GPS…

18. July 2011

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In today’s world we tend to rely on technology above all else. Unfortunately, technology is not always foolproof!

As of late, there has been some issue with entering Palladium Saint Louis into personal GPS gadgets.
PLEASE NOTE: the mapping agency powering Garmin devices uses the wrong address for Palladium. They are currently using 1400 Park AVENUE, St. Louis METRO AREA 63104.

We are working diligently to get this corrected to: 1400 Park PLACE, St. Louis MO 63104.

As always, you can refer to our website for detailed directions + maps.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may be causing and we appreciate your patience while we work to set this straight.

Martha Stewart Weddings | Expert Advice

30. January 2011

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Martha Stewart Weddings | Winter 2011

EXPERT ADVICE FROM A CATERER

Martha-PhotoRichard 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.Martha Stewart Weddings Expert Advice_small

We’ve Been Published!

2. November 2010

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Art of Celebration Retail cover

Palladium Saint Louis and Butler’s Pantry are honored to be a part of a fabulous coffee table book, The Art of Celebration Midwest

This publication includes all realms of the event industry throughout the Midwest region.  From caterers, to floral designers, to production companies and wedding planners, these specialists share their greatest successes and tips for the reader.  Enjoy gorgeous photography of the intimate and grand events from Saint Louis, Chicago and other Midwest cities.

Palladium Saint Louis is featured in the “Location, Location, Location” chapter.  Learn how we renovated this historic site and transformed it into the state of the art venue it is today.

Our catering company, Butler’s Pantry, is highlighted in the “Eat, Drink & Be Merry” section of the book.  We describe the 44 year history of our company and give insights as to how we make Saint Louis’ most fabulous catered affairs come to life!

You can now find this inspiring resource in bookstores and online!

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