Event Information




  • January
    • Athenaeum Closed
      New Year's Day Holiday (observed)
      January 1
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday, December 24, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in observance of the holidays. Continental breakfast will be offered to our hotel guests only from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

      Athenaeum Re-Opens for 2019
      Wednesday, January 2
      The Athenaeum resumes its full services and re-opens administrative offices on Wednesday, January 2.

      À la Carte Dinner in the Main Dining Room
      Wednesday, January 2
      5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., s
      eating every half hour
      Our regular à la carte dinner menu will be made available on this evening for dinner service in the Main Dining Room. The Prime Rib Buffet will resume its weekly service on Wednesday, January 9.


      International Nights
      Tuesday, January 15 - Korea
      Tuesday, January 29 - The Pyrenees
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      International Nights return with themed prix fixe dinners available in addition to à la carte dinner. Join us for these special dining experiences to explore the culinary world without leaving town.

      Prime Steakhouse
      Friday, January 17
      6:30 p.m.
      The grills will be flaming as we prepare the perfect prime steak for you. You can choose between accompaniments, sauce, desserts, everything just how you like it! The regular a la carte menu will be unavailable this evening.


      Wine & Spirits Tasting - Scotch
      Friday, January 18
      6:30 p.m.
      Join us for an exclusive tasting featuring single malt scotch. Learn the distinction between varietals from aromas, flavoring, maturity, taste, and texture in this casual reception setting.


      Chef’s Cooking Class - Pairing Local Beers with Cuisine
      Saturday, January 19
      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      Chef Kevin welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of education that will hone your culinary skills.


      Athenaeum Closed
      Martin Luther King Jr. Day
      Monday, January 21
      The Athenaeum will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Athenaeum and Caltech will re-open on Tuesday, January 22, for regular services.


      Athenaeum Wedding Open House
      Sunday, January 27
      1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments while getting familiar with our historic venue. Meet our experience Private Events staff as well as our preferred vendors at this special open house event. Advanced reservations are required for this complimentary event. Email [email protected]


  • February
    • À la Carte Dinner in the Main Dining Room
      Our regular à la carte dinner will not be open on Mondays in February.

      International Nights
      Tuesday, February 12 - Morocco
      Tuesday, February 26 - Vietnam
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      International Nights return with themed prix fixe dinners available in addition to à la carte dinner. Join us for these special dining experiences to explore the culinary world without leaving town.

      Chef’s Cooking Class - Regional Naples Cuisine
      Saturday, February 9
      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      $99.00 per person 
      Chef Kevin welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of education that will hone your culinary skills.

      Valentine’s Dinner Dance
      Thursday, February 14
      5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., seating every half hour
      $105.00 - $120.00 per person, depending on entrée selection
      Valet parking will be provided at $12.00 per vehicle
      Escape the crowds of local eateries and opt for the personal and romantic atmosphere of The Athenaeum this Valentine’s Day. Treat your loved one to an enjoyable evening together, dining by candle light with music entertainment and dancing. Extend the evening by staying overnight in one of our standard rooms or hotel suites. (Hotel reservations are to be booked separately.)


      Athenaeum Closed
      President's Day
      Monday, February 18
      The Athenaeum will be closed in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday. The Athenaeum and Caltech will re-open on Tuesday, February 19, for regular service.

      Vegan Dinner
      Friday, February 22
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      $42.00 per person
      Executive Chef Kevin Isacsson prepares a flavorful and healthy three-course vegan prix fixe dinner that will surely please your palate and your appetite! (Regular à la carte menu is also available this evening.)


  • March
    • Chef's Cooking Class - Food & Red Wine Pairing
      Saturday, March 9
      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      $99.00 per person
      Chef Kevin welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of education that will hone your culinary skills.

      International Nights 
      Monday, March 11 - Ireland
      Monday, March 25 - Paris Bistro
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour 
      International Nights return with themed prix fixe dinners available in addition to à la carte dinner. Join us for these special dining experiences to explore the culinary world without leaving town. 


      St. Patrick's Day in the Rathskeller
      Friday, March 15
      4:
      30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
      Join us for Corned Beef & Cabbage,  pitchers of beer, and flights of Irish whiskey.

      Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Wine Dinner
      Friday, March 15
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      $130.00 per person
      Valet parking will be available for $12.00 per vehicle
      Stonestreet, a third generation vineyard in Alexander Valley, is one of the most expansive and multi-faceted mountain vineyards in the world. The Athenaeum proudly presents an evening of estate grown wines paired with delicious culinary creations by Executive Chef Kevin Isacsson.



  • April
    • International Nights 
      Monday, April 8 - Southern India
      Monday, April 22 - Sicily
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour 
      International Nights return with themed prix fixe dinners available in addition to à la carte dinner. Join us for these special dining experiences to explore the culinary world without leaving town.


      Burger Night
      Friday, April 12
      Bar Service: 4:30 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      $27.00 per person
      Al Fresco Pavilion Garden, weather permitting
      The Rathskeller is moving upstairs on April 12th for Burger Night. We’ll be serving a wide selection of gourmet burgers and you get to design the perfect one for you! There will be an assortment of condiments and sides for the burgers, all you have to do is choose your favorites and put them in the bun. (The regular Rathskeller menu will be unavailable tonight.)


      Easter Brunch

      Sunday, April 21
      9:30 a.m. - 1: 30 p.m., seating every half hour 
      Egg Hunts:  10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
      Valet parking will be available at $12.00 per vehicle
      On the beautiful patio and along the Olive Walk is the perfect Easter Sunday setting for you and your family. Join us for our holiday brunch and children's Easter Egg Hunts with a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Children must bring their own Easter basket. Prizes will be awarded at each egg hunt to the children who find one of the 14 Golden Eggs. Egg hunts are available for both younger and older children. The egg hunt is for Athenaeum members and their guests only. Only children with brunch reservations are eligible for the Golden Egg prizes.

      Chef's Cooking Class - Steaks & Accompaniments
      Saturday, April 27
      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration at 10:00 a.m., class starts promptly at 10:15 a.m.
      $99.00 per person
      Executive Chef Kevin Isacsson welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of education that will hone your culinary skills.




  • May
    • Rath al Fresco Re-opens!
      Cinco de Mayo Celebration

      Friday, May 3
      4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Our most popular dining experience returns to the lawn on Friday, May 3! The Rath al Fresco is back at its perfect locale under the trees, ready for you to join your friends and colleagues. Bring the family and relax while enjoying delicious new must-tastes and classic favorites at the Rath.  Our buffet will feature Mexican cuisine in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo!

      Mother’s Day Brunch
      Sunday, May 12
      9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., seating every half hour 

      Pamper mom at our lovely Mother’s Day brunch. Celebrate her at our table with savory favorites and decadent desserts. Join us for outdoor seating and our exquisite buffet. 

      International Nights

      Monday, May 6 - Barcelona
      Monday, May 20 - Canada
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      International Nights return with themed prix fixe dinners available in additional to à la carte dinner. Join us for these special dining experiences to explore the culinary world without leaving town


      Memorial Day
      Institute Holiday
      Monday, May 27
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • June
    • Rath al Fresco 
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
      Food Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
      Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
      Join us weeknights for our acclaimed al fresco summer dining series. Relax with a refreshing cocktail followed by a delicious dinner in the ambience of the great olive walk and terrace.


      International Nights
      Monday, June 3
      Monday, June 17
      5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      International Nights are the perfect way to explore the culinary world without leaving town. Join us for these special dining experiences. International prix fixe dinners are available in addition to á la carte dinner.

      Lobster Night
      Friday, June 21
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      We’re bringing the flavors of Nantucket to Pasadena. Feast your eyes on a two-pound steamed Maine Lobster with savory butter sauce for dipping and all the fixings. House wines available with dinner and alternative entrée options also available.

      Chef's Cooking Class
      Saturday, June 22
      10:00 - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration at 10:00 a.m.
      Class starts promptly at 10:15 a.m.
      Chef Kevin welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of education in exotic Moroccan cuisine. Luncheon with wine to follow class.


  • July
    • Rath al Fresco
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar Service:
      Monday - Friday, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service:
      Monday - Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Make it an evening out. Join us weeknights for our acclaimed al fresco summer dining series. Relax with a refreshing cocktail followed by a delicious dinner in the ambiance of the great olive walk and terrace.

      Independence Day Holiday
      Institute Holiday
      Thursday, July 4 - Friday, July 5
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

      Bastille Day Prix Fixe

      Friday, July 12
      Seatings: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      Join us and celebrate Bastille Day in style with a very special prix fixe dinner featuring three courses of French favorites prepared by Executive Chef Kevin.

      Family Night BBQ - Luau
      Monday, July 15
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      Transport yourself to the Hawaiian Islands at this Athenaeum favorite. Featuring a hula troop to entertain as well as teach your kids how to hula, this fun tropical party features a large Hawaiian BBQ buffet and other island treats that will have you saying, "Aloha!"


      Regional
      Wine Dinner - France
      Friday, July 19
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      Start the evening with a reception of hors d'oeuvres and then indulge in a feast prepared by Chef Kevin Isacsson and his team as you sip on wines. 
  • August
    • Rath al Fresco
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
      Fridays until 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
      Fridays until 9:00 p.m.
      Make it an evening out. Join us weeknights for our acclaimed al fresco summer dining series. Relax with a refreshing cocktail followed by a delicious dinner in the ambiance of the great olive walk and terrace.


      Family Night Barbecue - Western
      Monday, August 5
      5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., seating every half hour
      6:00 p.m. Children's activities begin


      Seafood Prix Fixe Dinner
      Thursday, August 29
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      $59.00 per person

  • September
    • Rath al Fresco
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
      Fridays until 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
      Fridays until 9:00 p.m.
      Make it an evening out. Join us weeknights for our acclaimed al fresco summer dining series. Relax with a refreshing cocktail followed by a delicious dinner in the ambiance of the great olive walk and terrace.


      Labor Day

      Institute Holiday
      Monday, September 2
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, September 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


      Charles Krug Wine Dinner
      Friday, September 6
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner


      International Nights 
      Tuesday, September 10 - Italy
      Tuesday, September 24 - Bavaria
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour 
      International Nights return with themed prix fixe dinners available in additional to à la carte dinner. Join us for these special dining experiences to explore the culinary world without leaving town.


      Seafood & Crab Crack
      Friday, September 27
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour

      $93.00 per adult
      $35.00 for children, ages 4 - 11


      Chef's Cooking Class - California Wine Country Cuisine
      Saturday, September 28
      10:00 - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration at 10:00 a.m.
      Class starts promptly at 10:15 a.m.
      $110.00 per person
      Chef Kevin welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of culinary education. Luncheon with wine to follow class.


  • October
    • Rath al Fresco
      October 1 - 17
      Bar Service: Monday - Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
      Fridays until 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service: Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.,
      Fridays until 9:00 p.m.
      Make it an evening out. Join us weeknights for our acclaimed al fresco summer dining series. Relax with a refreshing cocktail followed by a delicious dinner in the ambiance of the great olive walk and terrace.


      International Nights
      Monday, October 7
      Monday, October 21
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      $42.00 per person
      International Nights return with themed prix fixe dinners available in additional to à la carte dinner. Join us for these special dining experiences to explore the culinary world without leaving town.

      Beer Reception
      Thursday, October 10
      6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m
      $50.00 per person

      Chef's Cooking Class
      Saturday, October 12
      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration at 10:00 a.m.
      Class starts promptly at 10:15 a.m.
      $110.00 per person

      Escoffier Dinner
      Friday, October 18
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      $150.00 per person
  • November
    • Chef's Cooking Class
      Saturday, November 2
      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration at 10:00 a.m.
      Class starts promptly at 10:15 a.m.
      $110.00 per person


      International Nights

      Monday, November 4 - Mexico
      Monday, November 18 - Philippines
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      International Nights are the perfect way to explore the culinary world without leaving town. Join us for these special dining experiences. International prix fixe dinners are available in addition to à la carte dinner.


      Thanksgiving To-Go
      Wednesday, November 27
      2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Pick-up available every quarter hour
      Why spend the day in the kitchen when you can relax with your guests? Order a Thanksgiving Day meal from The Athenaeum, prepare an elegant table setting and enjoy all of the family festivities. If you are not planning a big "to do," individual turkey and prime rib dinners are perfect for a more intimate setting. To place your order, call (626) 395-8282. 


      Thanksgiving Eve Buffet
      Wednesday, November 27
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      The Athenaeum kitchen is bustling with activity as we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving Eve Buffet. Make your reservations early for this all-you-can-eat feast of traditional and contemporary dishes. The buffet will include turkey, prime rib, seafood and so much more. 

      Thanksgiving Holiday
      Institute Holiday
      Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, December 1, in observance of the Institute's Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Continental Breakfast will be offered to our hotel guests from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


  • December
    • Athenaeum Decorated for the Holidays
      We've decked the halls are are ready for the holidays. Come see The Athenaeum's beautiful holiday decor beginning with our grand lobby tree, our Main Lounge fireplace mantle adorned with our traditional nutcracker collections, the stunning garland throughout the club, and Chef Kevin's annual gingerbread house masterpiece! The Athenaeum is the perfect location to share with loved ones this time of year. It offers the most beautiful backdrop to your holiday family photos.

      Holiday Afternoon Tea
      December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17
      3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Take part in the timeless tradition of afternoon tea. The Athenaeum prepares a charming and intimate setting for you and your guests to relax, savor petite treats, enjoy the warmth of good company and holiday tea.

      Sparkling Wine Dinner
      December 6
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 Dinner
      Toast the start of the holiday season with a bit of the bubbly at our festive Sparkling Wine Tasting.
       
      Children’s Holiday Tea & Tree Trimming
      Saturday, December 7
      9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Crafts, Tree trimming & Photos with Santa
      10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Storytelling
      10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tea 
      The joy of the holidays is never more apparent than on the faces of children. The excitement of the holidays begins with fun activities and crafts, traditional tree trimming, personal time with Santa and a delightful morning tea designed just for kids.


      Holiday Breakfast Buffets
      December 10 and 17
      7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
      Seating every quarter hour
      On Tuesday mornings in December, our Main Dining Room entices the senses with our holiday breakfast buffets. This is a fantastic way to start the morning or host a breakfast meeting.


      Holiday Gala: Dinners and Program
      December 12, 13, and 14
      6:30 p.m. Reception / 7:00 p.m. Dinner / 8:45 p.m. Program
      Dancing on Friday and Saturday
      The halls are decked and the culinary team will prepare a dinner feast like none other. Semi-formal attire required. A great performance by the Caltech Chamber Singers highlights the evening followed by Christmas carols and dancing on Friday and Saturday night.

      Holiday Buffets
      December 4, 11, 18, 19, and 20
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour 
      This is the perfect time to bring your loved ones to see our beautiful Christmas decorations and to enjoy our bountiful holiday buffet.

      Holiday Brunch
      Sunday, December 15
      9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., seating every half hour
      Gather the family and close friends for a spectacular morning brunch. Our endless buffet is abundant with all of your breakfast favorites plus our holiday specialties. Our holiday brunch is the perfect opportunity to bring the camera as The Athenaeum is never more stunning than this time of year.

      Holiday Prix Fixe (replaces à la carte menu for December)
      December 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 16, 17, and 23
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      $62.00 per person
      Our Holiday Prix Fixe features some of our most popular selections. The three-course meal makes the perfect option for entertaining your guests. We will have suggestions for wine pairings to make the evening extra special.

      Christmas/New Year's Holiday

      Institute Holiday
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Wednesday, December 25, 2019, through Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of the holidays. Continental breakfast will be offered to our hotel guests from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.



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