As the temperatures begin to drop and the holiday season is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about where you’ll hold your celebratory feasts. Ruth’s Chris Steak House in downtown St. Louis and in Clayton have amazing private dining spaces with rooms seating anywhere from eight to 100 people. You can customize your menu, and the restaurant can add special touches or themes to your party.
When planning your holiday party, there are a few things to consider. Do you need an audio-video system to show a presentation or any graphics? Are you looking for a plated lunch/dinner, a buffet or passed hors d’oeuvres? Will you offer alcohol to your guests?
“Some hosts know exactly what they want, and others need a little more guidance,” says Anna Hamilton, private dining and offsite catering manager for Ruth’s Chris Steak House downtown St. Louis. “We’re here to help you plan the perfect holiday party based on your preferences and budget.”
Because the holidays are such a busy time, it’s recommended to book your party early. Guests who book before Oct. 29 for a party held between Nov. 23 and Jan. 13 receive a $50 Ruth’s Chris gift card for every $500 spent on the party.
“It quite literally pays to plan ahead,” Hamilton says.
The downtown location has five private dining rooms ranging from seating 14 to 100 guests, as well as one semi-private dining room with room for up to 200.
“Our downtown location is right across from the Arch and boasts one of the best views in the city,” she says.
The Clayton location has six private dining rooms, ranging from seating 8 to 70 guests, along with a semi-private room that can seat up to 100. The Clayton patio is also a great party location, weather pending, and seats up to 50.
Although there are private dining menus to choose from, you are able to customize the menu as well.
“Our chefs love using their culinary creativity to come up with new flavors if the guest wants to serve anything from Italian dishes to Spanish foods,” Hamilton explains.
You can also employ your creative streak in choosing a theme for your party.
“We can do themed parties of any kind,” Hamilton says. “Some fun ones we’ve done are a casino night, a beer or wine paired dinner, and a Mardi Gras party. We can add special touches like a chocolate fountain or champagne fountain, or add in your favorite flowers or use specific color schemes for the décor.”
Once you’ve devised a theme and menu, it’s time to think about the timing of your party.
“Luncheons are great for holiday work parties because they don’t cut into the employees’ busy evenings. If you are serving alcohol at the party, people will drink less during the day, making it more cost effective,” Hamilton says. “Evening parties are great also, but in a different way. Often, the guests see this as a bigger celebration and are more apt to cut loose and enjoy themselves.”
While there are food and beverage minimums for each room, the team at Ruth’s Chris Steak House works with each host to accommodate any budget restraints.
“Speaking with myself or the Clayton sales manager is the best way to find what we’re able to do on your budget,” Hamilton says. “We believe in serving only the highest quality dishes and pride ourselves on our world-class hospitality. We hold ourselves to the highest standard and expect everyone to leave the party impressed, happy and with full bellies.”