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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!

  • Twelve 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.) 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.

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ACTION STATIONS

Minimum of 50 guests

Risotto Station
Creamy Arborio Rice with your choice of Three Ingredients:
Truffled Woodland Mushrooms, Roasted Garlic, Pancetta, Artichokes, English Peas, Roasted Chicken, Braised Leeks, Parmigianino Reggiano, Fontina, Gorgonzola,
$15 per guest

Gourmet Macaroni And Cheese
Choice of One:
Smoked Gouda with Crispy Surry Sausage, Green Onion and Toasted Garlic Panko;
Shrimp and Scallop Newburg;
Blistered Asparagus and Shiitake with Gruyere Mornay
$15 per guest

Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes
Creamy Garlic Smashed Yukon Potatoes with an Assortment of Gourmet Toppings:
Smoked Mushroom Gravy, Chopped Bacon, Chives, Balsamic Glazed Onions
$13 per guest

Italian Pasta Station
Choice of Penne, Fusilli, or Cavatappi Pasta with Choice of one of the following combinations:
Low Country Tomato and Crab;
Sundried Tomato, Peas, and Parmesan Cheese;
Creamy Fontina Cheese and Roasted Garlic Sauce studded with Peppered Bacon;
Tomato Sugo with Toasted Pancetta and Chiffonade Parsley
$11 per guest

Add a Second Pasta
$16 per guest

Main Street Hot Sandwiches
Your choice served with Crusty Baguettes:
Shaved Beef in Au Jus, Caramelized Onions and Green Peppers, Smoked Provolone
 Smoked Tri Tip and Gouda Cream Cheese Steak
$12 per guest

Shrimp Étouffée And Grits
Shrimp Sautéed Creole Style with Stone Ground Grits
$5 per piece

Fire And Ice Salad Bar
Your Choice of Traditional Salad Served with Hot and Cold Ingredients:
Baby Spinach, Bacon and Bleu Cheese served with Hot Cider Vinaigrette;
Pulled Pork, Piquillo Peppers, Frisèe, and Ricotta Salata, Malted Vinegar Gastrique;
Duck Confit, Caramelized Onion, and Mixed Greens with Warm Honey Vinaigrette
$12 per guest

Attendant required for all stations at $75 per attendant.
Station prices are based upon two hours of continuous service.