Did You Know?
The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.
From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night. A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.
The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.
When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.
In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.
The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).
Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby. Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets. As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson. Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!
Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.
Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel.
Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.
Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.
The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion. In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones. He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.
The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.
The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.
Minimum of 25 guests
(Station prices are based upon one and one half hours of continuous service.
May be attended or displayed.
$75 per attendant. One attendant per 100 guests is required.)
Garden Harvest Cocktail Station
Salads in Cocktail Glassware. Select one.
Classic Caesar with Chicken; Classic Caesar with Blackened Shrimp;
Iceberg with Buttermilk Dressing, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Bacon, and Cherry Tomatoes; Sweet Lettuces
with Strawberries, Almonds, and Balsamic Vinaigrette;
Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onions, Feta Cheese, Black Olives, and Red Wine Vinaigrette;
Heirloom Tomato, Ciliegine Mozzarella, Panzenella, and Pesto Balsamic (available April - August)
$6 per guest
Modern Anti Pasti Station
Bruschetta of Pane Paisano, Focaccia, and Grissini Toppings: Pesto and Tomato; Fig, Hazelnut, and Ricotta;
Lemon, Fava, and Mint; Roasted Peppers, Eggplant, and Onion Salad; Balsamic and Garlic Broiled Mushrooms;
Olive Medley and Almonds; Salamis and Coppas
$9 per guest
Mini Crab Cake Slider Station
(Three crab cakes per guest)
Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes
served with Cajun Remoulade, Cocktail Sauce, Petite Slider Buns
$18 per guest
Gourmet Panini and Soup Shooter Station
Three Cheese (Fontina, Cheddar and Mozzarella) on Sourdough Gruyere Cheeese with Caramelized Onions on French Baguette
Fontina, Sottocenare, Caramelized Mushrooms and Garlic, and Fresh Arugula on Sourdough Sundried
Tomato and Olive Pesto, Provolone, Basil, Pepperoni, and Fresh Mozzarella on Panini Cabot White
Cheddar, Pulled Pork, Pickled Squash and Onions on Farmhouse Bread Shenandoah Apples, Aged Cheddar
and Hardwood Smoked Bacon on Sliced Billy Bread
Creamy Tomato Basil French Onion Potato Leek Corn Chowder
$14 per guest (three choices)
$17 per guest (four choices)
Yukon Gold Smashed Potato Station
Creamy Garlic Smashed Yukon Potatoes with an Assortment of Gourmet Toppings: Wild Mushroom Gravy,
Chopped Bacon, Chives, Balsamic Glazed Pearl Onions, Cheddar
$14 per guest