211 Clover Lane

Holiday entertaining is kind of our forte,” says 211 Clover Lane owner Andrew Smith. “The restaurant feels homey and quaint, much like it would be if you’re entertaining in your own home. We take care of everything, and what’s best is you don’t have to clean up!”

Chef Allen Heintzman will be happy to meet any special menu requests if you have a favorite holiday meal you’d like him to prepare just for your gathering. A particularly memorable party might start with a salad of roasted beets, sorrel and butternut squash, followed by short ribs or lamb shanks. “Allen’s garganelli pasta with a wild mushroom white wine cream sauce is out of this world,” says Smith.

Trust him to suggest the perfect wines to pair with the menu of your choice and be sure to ask Emily Hornback about her ideas for specialty holiday cocktails, perhaps one she would create especially for you.

Seasonal flowers and décor enhance 211 Clover Lane’s elegant ambience of a French countryside home or small restaurant, but you may bring your own decorations to personalize your table or private party room.

The best parties are those at which guests never want to leave. That’s entertaining at 211 Clover Lane.

Brendon’s Catch 23

We love the holidays at Brendon’s Catch 23,” says Erica Bachelor, principal and director of marketing for the Bachelor Companies and of the downtown Louisville restaurant. Brendon’s is bedecked for the holidays, but she and her staff will work with you to incorporate signature florals and other décor to help make your party the season’s most gabbed about affair. You may even make your own music selections that can be played in each of the restaurant’s private dining rooms.

Whether your invite list is short or long, your guests will get in the holiday spirit in one of the restaurant’s five private dining rooms that accommodate six to 52 guests.

Several menu packages created by Chef  Ray Ramirez are sure to have dishes full of holiday flavor, just like you’d make at home (if you were an accomplished chef working in a state-of-the-art kitchen!) Or, you may design your party menu based on Brendon’s Catch 23 dinner offerings of seafood, prime steaks and Low Country favorites. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dietary requests are met with hospitable attentiveness.

Toast the holidays with cocktails such as the Bachelor Fix or Brendon’s 1081 and pair your party fare with wines from a sommelier-driven wine list.

Equus and Jack’s Lounge

Dress up or come in holiday casual attire to enjoy Equus and Jack’s Lounge. Executive chef and owner Dean Corbett doesn’t wait until the holidays to welcome guests with congenial cheer, but he does ramp up things this time of year. In typical Corbett style, Equus and Jack’s Lounge are tastefully trimmed with the season’s colorful décor.

Popular private party menus include mini beef Wellingtons, crab cakes and nachos. For a heartier culinary nod to the season, either Equus or Jack’s Lounge will gift your guests with sumptuous dishes such as steak and lobster or Parmesan-crusted sea bass. Special menus are available for parties of 10 or more.

In addition to the private dining room which holds 30 people seated and 40 for standing room only, the back room of Equus, which includes a bar, may be reserved. That’s where you can be the relaxed host or hostess of 50 to 70 guests. If you simply can’t limit your holiday soiree to those numbers of celebrants, the entire restaurant may be reserved for as many as 150 people.

Equus and Jack’s Lounge are Cocktail Central as some of the city’s most talented mixologists craft magic in a glass, elevating a cocktail to a sublime experience.

MESA – A Collaborative Kitchen

Would you like your guests to think you’re the most imaginative host ever? Check out MESA – A Collaborative Kitchen for an out-of-the-ordinary menu of party happenings. It’s where experiential parties are the name of the culinary game.

Louisville’s and Southern Indiana’s big-name chefs conduct cooking classes and demonstrations and serve the types of innovative menus that have earned them those big reputations among the area’s most discerning foodies. A party at MESA is fun, lively and tasty. You can’t ask for much more than that. Well, you could, but that would be unattractively greedy.

MESA also houses a boutique where you and your guests can do one-stop holiday shopping. You’ll find books, chocolates, olive oils, vinegars, cookware, kitchen utensils and gadgets, novelty wine items and barware. There’s even a salt bar. And a sugar bar. MESA has it all.

Yours will be a unique party for friends who love to cook, friends who love to eat and friends who love to mingle with others who love to cook and eat.

Le Moo

Bon vivant Kevin Grangier, owner of Le Moo, knows how to throw a spectacular party and will be delighted to help you host a fabulous event at his home away from home.

“As families get busy around the holidays, rather than cooking large dinners at home, they’re choosing to join us, where everything is done for them, down to the smallest detail, from individualized menus to an atmosphere brimming with magnolia leaves, holly, ribbon and candles,” he says. “And, of course, entertaining in a restaurant relieves the host of the stress and minutiae that can accompany parties at home. It’s our pleasure for you to be the guest at your own party.”

The Le Moo menu is a feast of party possibilities such as shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, steak, lobster and crab legs. If you have favorite dishes your family or friends look forward to every year, Chef Chip Lawrence and his team will prepare them with finesse.

Whether you choose to seat your guests in the main dining room or in the intimate Bull Hall, where up to 14 people can dine, you’ll feel the unmistakable Le Moo welcome. If this is the year you want to spread holiday gaiety to a larger group, there’s no better place to do it than in the private Blue Moo, which can accommodate 100 people for dinner and 200 for cocktails.

Posted on 2017-12-08 by Nancy Miller