Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Contact Maggie or Melody today to take advantage of all that Palladium Saint Louis has to offer your Non-Profit in 2013!
Friday, April 13th, 2012
What Nix has is a post-doctoral education in running one of St. Louis’ finest and most successful catering services, bar none.
What Nix has learned is not always taught in books.
Today, this resident of Huntleigh Manor (wife, five kids and a sprawling home) keeps 48 full time and 300 part timers employed in the food and beverage industry and runs one of the premier catering businesses in the Midwest-The Butler’s Pantry.
In fact, as judged by his professional peers, he was recently recognized nationally with the 2012 Ace Award, the top honor in the catering industry. The company was recently notified they are the recipient of the nationally acclaimed Catersource 2012 Ace award for the Midwest.
The award was based upon:
Nix was raised in catering. Butler’s Pantry is celebrating its 47th year in business. His father started with Pope’s Cafeteria, and his parents ran their first operation out of the present House of India location at I-170 and Delmar starting in 1966.
Before entering the family business in 1988, Nix worked at the old Arena Club for the St.Louis Blues; waited tables at the old Viking Restaurant on Watson Road and was a manager at the Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood.
Nix’s biggest bold move was the acquisition of the Palladium on the site of the old City Hospital in South St. Louis. “We wanted to be downtown, but we didn’t want to be downtown,” reasoned Nix.
The Palladium was the laundry facility built as a public works project in 1937 at the long defunct City Hospital. The nearby Darst-Webbe house projects have given way to a burgeoning and robust Benton Park neighborhood at the doorstep of the Lafayette Square neighborhood.
“We aren’t exactly pioneers on the new frontier. We have a building brides just love. The facility is contemporary with soaring glass windows. Brides go crazy with this facility without spending a fortune,” he said. The place seats 300 and can handle cocktail receptions for up to 700.
For decades, Butler’s Pantry has handled the really big and important events. Nix can name everyone on his team. “We don’t go to temporary agencies to get our help. Rather, we hire people and we tell them to recommend people that will also work for us.”
Other mega events included catering the 1984 World Series party under the Arch; the visit of Pope John Paul II, the Mayors Ball and the U.S. Senior Open to mention a few.
Nix has an interesting and diverse family.The family grew up in University City, attended Our Lady of Lourdes and transferred to Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights during his teen years. His brother Paul runs a catering company in San Antonio, TX. His sister Nicole Nix works for U.S. Food Service and his sister Ann Marie Lemcke runs the “Art of Entertaining,” a gourmet food store in Webster Groves.
Richard and Elizabeth are in the midst of raising five children.
Ricky, MICDS graduate is an English major at Hobart College, New York. Peyton is a senior at Westminster Christian Academy, headed to a study arts and archeology at Mizzou. Reilly is a sophomore at MICDS. LuLu is a sixth grader at Oak Hill School and Grace is a fourth grader, also at Oak Hill.
“I’m blessed with great people who run my business so I don’t have to be there all the time. The business model has not changed a bit over 47 years. We always give the people what they want.” It’s that simple.
That’s why the Butler’s Pantry is thriving and winning awards after 47 years in business.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
We’re excited to welcome a new neighbor into the historic City Hospital. Next door to our event venue, Palladium Saint Louis, located within the old laundry facilities of the old City Hospital, construction is finishing up on Climb So iLL in the old City Hospital Power Plant.
“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.”
Read the full article in the St. Louis Business Journal to get all the details.
Thursday, January 19th, 2012
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Butler’s Pantry & Bixby’s: A Menu Of Sustainable Practices & Gourmet Cuisine
Fresh, innovative, delectable, sustainable, and completely service orientated all in one. This is how I would begin to describe my experience with Butler’s Pantry, and more specifically Bixby’s Restaurant at the Missouri History Museum. If you are not familiar with Butler’s Pantry, I highly recommend trying their catering service, restaurant, or rental spaces to enjoy their creations. Butler’s Pantry is not only one of the largest full service caterers in St. Louis, but also caters for or manages the top spots for a decadent meal for you and all your guests.
Founded in 1966 by Richard and Anita Nix, Butler’s Pantry has expanded to be a service-oriented caterer that is now run by their son, Richard Nix Jr. Since Richard Nix Jr. took over in 1994, he has worked to not only grow the extremely “customer first” business, but also has taken the initiative to keep the family feel, while becoming a leader in sustainable business practices. Butler’s Pantry operates Bixby’s Restaurant at the Missouri History Museum, Palladium St. Louis, Butler’s Boardroom, and provides catering at many venues throughout the St. Louis area. All of the Butler’s Pantry brands are committed to creating a successful food event for their customers and have put sustainable practices in place everywhere you look. The list of sustainable efforts includes biodegradable, recyclable cutlery and containers, high efficiency dishwashers, event recycling, staff trained to minimize food waste, use of the ORCA Green high speed food composting machine, and the use of locally made products and locally grown foods. When I asked Richard Nix Jr. about his decision to not only purchase the ORCA Green composting machine, but to go the extra green mile throughout his business, he replied, matter of fact; “It’s the right thing to do. We don’t want to just be the biggest and the best, but a leader in sustainable practices.” A leader he is.
Bixby’s Restaurant, located inside of the Missouri History Museum, is a treasure for our town. The breathtaking views from the floor to ceiling windows that look out over Forest Park are a complimentary treat to go with the unique menu. Bixby’s is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and their Express counter daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Chef de Cuisine, Todd Lough creates masterpieces in each dish he prepares. “I want to prepare a wonderful product and be a versatile chef,” said Lough. He has succeeded in this effort. The Bixby’s motto is “dining with local influence.” The use of organic-sustainable seasonable produce and regional products makes this more than just a motto here. The menu here will change based on what is in season or locally available. Chef Todd Lough is dedicated to using locally produced pastas, sausages, breads and more. Bixby’s offers gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. They also will create a dish to accommodate any allergies. The service and attention to detail provided by the staff at Bixby’s is unparalleled. From the moment you walk in to the ‘good-bye’ as you leave from your table, the staff goes above and beyond to make your experience fantastic. Bixby’s Manager Christine Hereford is focused on providing an incredible experience that you will remember and come back for again and again. Her dedication definitely comes from being a part of the “Butler’s Pantry family.” She said you really know this is a family business, each person counts, and that the goal of each staff member is to always put the customer first. I witnessed this again and again while at Bixby’s. On my visit, I could hardly take my eyes off the food. The presentation was just so spectacular. I could not resist a bite into my Bibb & Radicchio Salad any longer. The house made dressing, Missouri pecans, and local Baetje Farm goat cheese topped with roasted beets tasted just as good as it looked. The unique combinations of flavors in this salad are a perfect match. After enjoying every last bite, I started on my Trio of Mini Crab Cakes. The bed of tomatillo black beans with orange chipotle aioli and citrus slices gives these crab cakes a sweet and rich flavor that made me savor each bite. It was like nothing I have had before. The distinctive ingredients are a pure joy. I then had the pleasure to experience the day’s dessert, White Chocolate Mousse Profite-roles. This mouth watering delight had grand Marnier mousse drizzled with chocolate and topped with candied orange zest. The description alone might say it all, but if you get the chance to try this, be sure to do so. Dessert options change daily, but based on this one, it is always worth it! Sunday Brunch is another not-to-be-missed meal at Bixby’s. The buffet selections and made to order a la carte options are expansive. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to make your reservation today. The restaurant and the main area in the Missouri History Museum are available to rent for your event, wedding, or party as well. Butler’s Pantry is the exclusive caterer for the Missouri History Museum. Bixby’s celebrates their one year anniversary this March and will offer special discounts for Missouri History Museum members to celebrate. To learn more about Bixby’s Restaurant or how to have your next event there, visit www.bixbys-mohistory.com.
The opening of Palladium St. Louis in November 2009 seemed to be a logical step for Butler’s Pantry President, Richard Nix Jr. Creating the ideal location to offer full service catering is exactly what he did. Located in Lafayette Square, this glamorous venue with room for up to 700, is the perfect place for weddings, corporate events, or social gatherings. Chef de Cuisine Todd Lough also handles the menu creations at Palladium St. Louis. The renovation of the building and stimulation of other projects in the area are definitely in line with Richard Nix Jr.’s dedication to sustainability. It has been designed as a unique, versatile venue with a theatrical feeling and a blank slate to create the event you want. Put on an event that your guests will remember by booking Palladium St. Louis. Butler’s Pantry also offers catering at many other venues around town and exclusively at the Missouri History Museum and Piper Palm House. The full service Butler’s Pantry catering staff, led by Executive Chef, Greg Ziegenfuss and Vice President of Sales, Cassie Burd, can handle every detail for you from janitorial to entertainment. The atmosphere, service, food, and outstanding attention to detail will create the outstanding event that is tailored to the customer’s needs. “Our team is what I am most proud of, built on individual effort,” said Butler’s Pantry President Richard Nix Jr.
Sunday, February 20th, 2011
“Wow, what an amazing event last Saturday! You and your staff made the St. Louis Children’s Hospital party an event to remember. Your staff members were efficient, courteous and made everyone feel at ease. Maggie is an exceptional planner. Her patience with changes and planning expertise were amazing. You are very fortunate to have her working with you. Hopefully, we can work together again. I’m impressed and it was a lot of fun!”
- Patti, Children’s Hospital Party at the Palladium, February 5th
- UMB Bank meeting at Contemporary Art Museum, February 10th
“Things just couldn’t have been better last night…the desserts and fruit were almost beyond description…I also want to thank the wait staff and Barbara. They all worked so hard and were very pleasant and helpful throughout the entire evening. I’m looking forward to working with you and Butler’s Pantry on the remaining three premieres for 2011. Thanks again for everything.”
-Kathy Lee, Missouri History Museum, February 10th
“Just a short note to say what a fabulous job you and your staff did last night for MDA. The space is beautiful at night, the food and service were up to your usual high standards- and I believe we raised a great deal of money for MDA. Kudos! Encore?”
- Mike Hogan, MDA Muscle Team Bash at the Palladium, February 11th
“A big thank you from Beth and Joey, their heartfelt appreciation for everyone’s hard work. Our guests loved the meal and presentation and attention. We heard many compliments about the waitstaff and especially for the bartender!”
Beth & Joey, Piper Palm House wedding reception, February 26th
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
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.
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!
Our newly opened venue, 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.
You can now find this inspiring resource in bookstores and online!
Monday, March 15th, 2010
Butler’s Pantry Received Two Awards from International Special Events Society. Our innovative and creative catering, was honored at the 2010 Louie Awards Gala Friday, March 5th at the Palladium Saint Louis. Presented by the St. Louis Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES), the 11th Annual Louie Award Gala Celebrates the best events of 2009. Butler’s Pantry and Palladium Saint Louis were recognized with awards in the following categories:
Best Food Presentation for a Private Bithday Party Celebration
Best On-Premise Catered Event (Budget Under $200 Per Guest) for the Landmark’s Association 5oth Anniversary Gala
The Annual Louie Awards recognize the artistry of creating amazing events of magnitude, prestige and inspiration. To enter, event specialists complete a rigorous award entry submission process. Entries are sent out of state to another ISES Chapter to be judged on an unbiased, anonymous basis. The mission of ISES is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry.