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Your 2021 guide to St. Louis catering

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With the Covid-19 vaccine available along with this beautiful summer weather, many of us are ready to entertain again. Yet, socializing after a year of solitude sounds pretty overwhelming. Why not save some of that mental and physical energy by letting the professionals help out in the kitchen? These St. Louis area catering companies and event spaces are working around the clock to ensure your next event keeps your guests full and happy while staying safe and sanitized.


Caterers


23 City Blocks
Instead of preparing food in a commissary kitchen and transporting it to the event space in a hot box, 23 City Blocks is leading the charge on the anti-hot box movement by creating pop-up kitchens at every event it caters. Available for celebrations of all shapes and sizes, from intimate in-home gatherings to parties of over 300, executive chef Nicholas Miller and his talented team know that every event is unique and will create a menu to fit your one-of-a-kind vision and taste preferences. While 23 City Blocks has two venues of its own – The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s and Lumen Private Event Space – it continues to be a preferred caterer at many premier St. Louis event locations.
1600 North Broadway, St. Louis, 314.615.2458, 23cityblocks.com


BEAST Craft BBQ Co.
Barbecue catering from BEAST Craft BBQ Co., BEAST Butcher & Block and Beast Southern Kitchen & BBQ is widely considered the best in the region, from the customer service to the final product. It’s not just something they do – they’ve mastered it with nationally recognized, award-winning barbecue and a dedicated catering team. They specialize in carefully sourcing quality animals. From boxed lunches to weddings, three locations allow them to deliver anywhere on either side of the river. Email catering@beastcraftbbq.com for more information.
Multiple locations, 618.257.9000 x 2, beastcraftbbq.com, beastbbqstl.com, beastsouthern.com


Bogart's Smokehouse
Bogart the menu for your next event! Bogart’s Smokehouse offers a selection of smoked meats, sides and desserts to please every crowd. Choices include favorites such as pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey and ribs; pit baked beans, deviled egg potato salad and coleslaw; and chocolate chip cookies, brownies and mini dessert trays. Ask about Bogart's boxed lunches, too. Email catering@bogartssmokehouse.com for
more information.
1627 S. 9th Street, St. Louis, 314.603.2003, bogartssmokehouse.com


Ces & Judy's
Ces & Judy’s Catering has been creating dazzling and delicious events and cuisine for almost 40 years. From weddings to corporate events to private parties both big and small, Ces & Judy's takes great pride in their vast menu selections and package deals so that clients can customize their events to fit both their budget and dreams. From creating signature cocktails to coming up with cuisine specific items to fit a theme, personalizing events is Ces & Judy's forte. Ces & Judy’s Catering is on the preferred caterer list of countless venues in St. Louis. Feeling overwhelmed as to where to even host your event? Ces & Judy's can help with that, too.
10440 German Blvd., St. Louis, 314.991.6700, cesandjudys.com


Clara B's Kitchen Table
Clara B's Kitchen Table is a contemporary homage to a time when scratch cooking and baking was all there was. This casual yet modern food truck is a slice of Southern hospitality featuring an eclectic mix of chef-owner Jodie Ferguson's grandmother's Louisiana and Texas-inspired homemade cooking (think barbecue plus Tex-Mex plus Creole plus a lot of love). With customizable and creative menus, Clara B's can cater events from 20 to 200 people and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including its beloved brunch menu.
Mobile food truck, Belleville, 724.252.7227, clarabs.com


Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery
There’s a reason Clementine’s is known for serving up the finest ice cream in St. Louis. Every lick of its decadent small-batch creations is handcrafted using only the finest quality, 100% all-natural ingredients — plus flavors from some of St. Louis’ most loved breweries, bakeries, distilleries and restaurants. While you can visit one of Clementine's five microcreameries, you can also bring over 40 delicious Naughty and Nice flavors to your next party because Clementine’s provides ice cream dessert catering for private events all over the St. Louis/Metro East metropolitan area. Either pick up pints and toppings at one of its locations or have Clementine's come to you. Private catering options include: your very own ice cream station, Spokes & Spoons Bike or ‘Clem’ the Ice Cream Truck.
Multiple locations, St. Louis City and County, 314.819.9960, clementinescream-ery.com/ice-cream-catering


Dalie’s Smokehouse
Dalie’s is more than just a smokehouse. Think of the catering staff as your personal menu planner and extension of your event team. Known for its responsiveness, attention to detail and enthusiasm, Dalie’s takes the menu planning off your plate. They specialize in private parties, corporate events and meetings, weddings, rehearsal dinners and showers. Choose from an array of smoked items, including beef pastrami, tri-tip sirloin and vegan jackfruit, along with sides like pit baked beans and mac and cheese. Email catering@pappyssmokehouse.com for more information.
2951 Dougherty Ferry Road, St. Louis, 314.243.8740, daliessmokehouse.com


boxed lunches by dalie's smokehouse // photo courtesy of dalie's smokehouse



Duke’s BBQ Shack
Duke’s BBQ offers a unique variety of delicious foods and can customize your catering needs to accommodate any size, dietary restriction and craving. Located in downtown Wentzville, Duke’s offers pickup or corporate delivery to the surrounding area, including St. Charles and St. Louis counties. Upon request, staff members can tastefully serve your event. Duke’s takes a farm-to-table approach by buying local produce and meats and prepares everything daily to ensure freshness. Duke’s catering options range from boxed lunches and small gatherings to weddings and corporate events. Let Duke’s cater your next special event. Everyone loves Duke’s BBQ!
100 Ash St., Wentzville, 636.856.9227, dukesbbqshack.com


Gourmet Soul Restaurant and Catering
With over six years of experience, Gourmet Soul Restaurant and Catering prioritizes the success of your event and has earned its Covid-19 serve-safe certification. With home-style, house-made food and fully customizable menus, their goal is to combine creativity, passion and professionalism in everything they do. They specialize in making your vision a reality and concentrate on serving the customer’s needs, whatever they may be. Let Gourmet Soul host your next event.
1620 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.339.5658, gourmetsoul.com


Grace Meat + Three
Voted best fried chicken in Missouri by the Food Network, Grace Meat + Three has a counter service restaurant and catering company, both of which offer a unique blend of refined Southern American fare and down-home hospitality. Grace Meat + Three combines the best elements of traditional “meat and three” and family-style restaurants. Catering is available for business lunches, private parties, weddings and more. For more information email catering@stlgrace.com.
4270 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.533.2700, ordergracecatering.com


Lona’s Lil Eats
Nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef three different years, Lona's Lil Eats is nowhere near little in flavor, taste or innovation. At Lona's Lil Eats, you'll find home-style Asian soul food with a flare that is light yet satisfying and will keep your body fueled all day long. For catering, Lona's features a "10 Meal Deal" menu where customers can pick one protein, one staple, one side or salad and two sauces. Each 10 Meal Deal feeds 10 people, and for every catering order over $90, guests will receive 5% back in gift certificates to Lona's For more information, email lonaslileats@gmail.com.
2199 California Ave., St. Louis, 314.925.8938, lonaslileats.com


Michele C. Catering & Events
Michele C. Catering & Events has been creating relationships and quality events in the St. Louis area for more than a decade. Specializing in customized events — from intimate gatherings to grand affairs, Michele Coen has experience managing some of the largest food events in the region including staffing, choosing decor and creating an overall unique experience for her client and guests. Supporting local farmers, using organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables, and using only antibiotic and hormone-free proteins plus seafood that is never in threat of becoming endangered, Michele and her staff truly believe the world can be a better place one meal at a time.
3173 Morganford, St. Louis, 314.443.6956, mccateringandevents.com


Pappy’s Smokehouse
You love that award-winning Memphis-style barbecue at Pappy’s, so imagine how your guests will feel. The Pappy’s catering team is known for its professionalism, responsiveness and attention to detail. Perfect for any event you can imagine in their private banquet space, Pappy’s is one of St. Louis’s top venues or perfect for any location you choose. There are boxed lunches, full-service catering with or without appetizers and whole hog packages available. Ask about their new wedding packages! Email catering@pappyssmokehouse.com for more information.
3106 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.607.2446, pappyssmokehouse.com


Super Smokers BBQ
Super Smokers has catered in St. Louis for over 24 years, serving events as large as 10,000 people and as far away as the White House. Choose from typical barbecue fare like brisket, pork, chicken, turkey and even whole hogs, as well as off-menu items like Cajun food, pasta con broccoli, appetizers and desserts. Want something different? They are happy to customize the menu to suit your needs. And with a food trailer, Super Smokers caters to every type of event, from backyard barbecues to white-table,
black-tie affairs.
601 Stockell Drive, Eureka, 636.938.9742, supersmokers.com


The Pasta House Co.
A 50-year-old St. Louis tradition, The Pasta House Co. offers both full-service catering as well as several conveniently-located restaurants throughout the St. Louis bi-state area. With a variety of cuisine choices that extend beyond its traditional restaurant offerings, The Pasta House Co. guarantees you will find an option for your taste and budget, whether you are planning a wedding, office party, seminar or special event. Catering amenities include pickup, delivery and full-service staffing. Planning for a smaller group? All Pasta House Co. restaurants offer a Parties to Go menu and Family Meal Deals to serve to friends and family. Call the catering department number below or email catering@thepastahouse.com for more information.
Multiple locations, 314.644.1400, pastahouse.com


catering by bogart's smokehouse // photo courtesy of bogart's smokehouse



Catering + Event Spaces


Brett Hull's Junction House
With more than 9,400 square feet of space spread across multiple levels, including an open-aired rooftop bar and a large outdoor covered patio, Junction House offers all of the options you need to host a sophisticated yet casual dining and drinking experience. Both the rooftop and patio feature full-service bars, lounge areas, fire pits, water misters and outdoor heaters so that guests feel comfortable all year long. Junction House’s interior private room holds 28 guests while all three areas together (interior, patio, & rooftop) can accommodate 427 guests. When attending a private event — whether it's a reception, corporate gathering, reunion, banquet or birthday party — guests will enjoy a wide variety of handcrafted food offerings from Junction House’s scratch kitchen, an extensive signature cocktail menu, and a large wine list. Private-event, wedding, and corporate catering also is available. For more information, email contact@junction-house.com.
1311 Lodora Drive, Wentzville, 314.375.4855, junction-house.com


The Cheshire
Whether people were engaged, married or celebrated their anniversary there, The Cheshire has been a part of countless St. Louis love stories for nearly a century. Home to three distinct and beautifully appointed dining and drinking venues — Fox & Hounds Tavern, Basso and Boundary — The Cheshire is capable of making any size party feel intimate and unique. Boundary, with its private, lofted upstairs space and various dining areas within the restaurant, can accommodate events from 10 to 200 people while offering multiple styles of seating. In addition to its landmark event spaces, The Cheshire has its own catering staff, culinary team, boutique hotel accommodations, poolside terrace and wellness center. An event at The Cheshire can quickly turn into a vacation.
6300 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314.647.7300, cheshirestl.com


Cyrano’s Café
The private room at Cyrano’s is a beautiful, unique space for your next private event. With its bright colors and eclectic interior design, it offers something you can’t find in traditional banquet rooms. Cyrano’s can accommodate up to 50 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 70 people for a cocktail-style event. Cyrano’s offers a flexible menu based on the full restaurant menu starting at only $14 for lunch and $18 for dinner. And don't forget the house-made, award-winning desserts. Located in beautiful Webster Groves, Cyrano’s is centrally located and close to major highways. For more information, email events.cyranos@yahoo.com.
603 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.3434, cyranos.com


Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Located conveniently off I-70 in the heart of Missouri, Les Bourgeois offers breathtaking event spaces that guests will be hard-pressed to forget. With bluff-top views of the Missouri River and picturesque rolling vineyards, Les Bourgeois features indoor and outdoor private event spaces for groups of 25 to 200. Along with the space, an event at Les Bourgeois features its award-winning wine, an in-house catering menu, and new lodging options so your guests can stay in one place to celebrate your next anniversary, birthday, wedding or retreat.
14020 W Hwy Bb, Rocheport, 800.690.1830, missouriwine.com


Orlando Banquets and Catering
This family-owned and operated business has been helping St. Louis celebrate with delicious food and outstanding service for over 53 years. Specializing in trendsetting, customized menus and creative presentation, they offer everything from drop-off party trays and simple buffets to elegant, formal dining, butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and interactive chef stations. Orlando’s caters to private homes and offices, and is also a preferred caterer at over 30 unique venues, now including the Soulard Franklin Room. They offer all-inclusive packages at their two Orlando’s Event Centers and a bed and breakfast log cabin, The Lodge at Grant’s Trail.
2050 Dorsett Village, Maryland Heights, 314.453.9000; 4300 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, 314.638.6660, orlandogardens.com


SqWires Restaurant & Annex
Situated in the city's historic Lafayette Square neighborhood, SqWires Restaurant & Annex was once home to the former Western Wire Factory. Today, it is an artfully preserved Victorian building complete with both 19th-century details and contemporary industrial-chic finishings. Whether you're hosting your wedding ceremony and reception, shower, rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch or anything in between, this charming space is sure to make your private event memorable. Accommodating up to 150 guests for a seated event or 190 for cocktail events, SqWires' interiors reflect the authentic Victorian designs of the building with its 18-foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, and original wood and iron details. Clients can customize their menus with plated, buffet and station options. With the same high-quality standards of the restaurant's menu and service, SqWires' catering team is committed to making your event uniquely yours.
1415 S. 18th St., St. Louis, 314.865.3522, sqwires.com


The Pat Connolly Tavern
The 1942 Room is a private event space above the historic Pat Connolly's, centrally located in Dogtown by Forest Park. The venue boasts an attractive, updated decor, full audio-visual suite and private bathrooms. The space is ideal for gatherings of 20 to 50 guests and is perfect for happy hours, receptions, showers, birth-day parties, anniversaries, fundraisers and company meetings. The team at Pat’s works with event hosts to put together a flexible array of bar and on-site catering packages. To find more details, see pictures, request a quote, or set a time for a tour, visit patconnollytavern.com/the-1942-room. Email info@patconnollytavern.com for more information.
6400 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, 314.647.7287, patconnollytavern.com



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Event Spaces


Edg-Clif Vineyard, Winery, Brewery
Host your next event of 50 to 250 people at this third-generation, family-owned farm, which boasts an array of award-winning vinos along with a farmhouse brewery and plenty of craft beers. The spacious, open-air pavilion overlooks acres upon acres of vineyards and gardens, and there are four renovated farmhouses (all over 100 years old and furnished with family antiques) on the property to house your guests. Choose from one of the preferred caterers – Sugarfire Smoke House, Bow Tie Catering, 12 West Bar and Grill, and Black Bird Café – or bring in your own caterer. Check out the website for more information on hosting your next birthday party, wedding, corporate event or any other type of party you can devise.
10035 Edg-Clif Drive, Potosi, 573.438.4741, edg-clif.com


The Thaxton & Thaxton Speakeasy
The Thaxton is a full-service, Art Deco venue (circa 1927) specializing in boutique-style weddings and events. The venue boasts multiple floors, artwork and architectural details at every turn, and loads of glamorous style. With room for 120 seated guests and up to 200 for cocktail style events, The Thaxton also provides in-house, day-of coordination, bar services and staff. If you are looking for a nontraditional and unique experience, The Thaxton is the place for you. For more information email Info@thethaxton.com and to find a list of preferred caterers, visit thethaxton.com/thaxton-resources-1.
1009 Olive St., St. Louis, thethaxton.com