Event Information




  • January
    • Athenaeum Closed
      New Year's Day Holiday (observed)
      January 1
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Friday, December 22, 2017 following lunch service through Monday, January 2, 2018 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 2018
      Tuesday, January 2
      The Athenaeum resumes its full services and re-opens administrative offices on Tuesday, January 2.

      A la Carte Dinner in the Main Dining Room
      Tuesday, 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 3.


      International Nights
      Monday, January 8 - Greece
      Monday, January 22 - South Africa
      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 - Thai & Vietnamese Cuisine
      Saturday, January 13
      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 15
      The Athenaeum will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Athenaeum and Caltech will re-open on Tuesday, January 16, for regular services.

      Wine & Spirits Tasting - Scotch
      Friday, January 19 
      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.


      Robert Burns Prix Fixe Dinner
      Thursday, January 25
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program
      Join us in raising a wee dram in honor of Robert Burns. The songs and poems of Robert Burns continue to live on through our annual celebration of his birth.

      Athenaeum Wedding Open House
      Sunday, January 28
      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.


  • February
    • International Nights
      Monday, February 12 - Basque Country
      Monday, February 26- Galicia
      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.

      Valentine’s Dinner Dance
      Wednesday, February 14
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      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.)

      Chef’s Cooking Class - Pairing Seafood with Wine

      Saturday, February 17
      10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
      $92.00 per person 
      Chef Kevin welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of education that will hone your culinary skills. 


      Athenaeum Closed
      President's Day
      Monday, February 19
      The Athenaeum will be closed in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday. The Athenaeum and Caltech will re-open on Tuesday, February 20, for regular service.


  • March
    • Chef's Cooking Class - Steak Cuts & Accompaniments
      Saturday, March 10
      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 12 - Ireland
      Monday, March 26 - Thailand
      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 16
      4:
      30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
      Join us for Corned Beef & Cabbage,  pitchers of beer, and flights of Irish whiskey.

      Niner Wine Estates Winemaker Dinner
      Friday, March 16
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      The Athenaeum proudly presents an evening of family owned and estate grown wines from Niner Wine Estates paired with delicious culinary creations by Executive Chef Kevin Isacsson.



  • April
    • International Nights 
      Monday, April 9 - Spanish Tapas
      Monday, April 23 - Australia
      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.


      Easter Brunch

      Sunday, April 1
      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.
      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.

      Burger Night
      Friday, April 20
      Bar Service: 4:30 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      Al Fresco Pavilion Garden
      The Rathskeller is moving upstairs on April 20th 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.)


      Pavilion Lunch Grab & Go Opens
      Tuesday, April 24
      Monday - Friday
      11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      As the weather warms up, so does The Pavilion! Offering bountiful fresh fare, all ready for you to pick-up or call to order for delivery*! Try our delicious panini or pizza, grilled steak tortas, tacos, rice bowls, poke, fresh salads, and more. There are lots of vegetarian options, too, like veggie burgers, portobello fries, vegetarian pad thai, or avocado toast. Snack on pastries, fruit and granola yogurt cups, sweets, gelato and all that you’re craving at The Pavilion!
      Call (626) 395-8282 to pre-order lunch or stop in!
      Pavilion lunch delivery begins Monday, April 30. 

      * Delivery available for orders of $50 or more only, $10.00 delivery charge.  Delivery will be from 40 to 60 minutes from the time the order is placed. Times may vary depending on the time of order. The Pavilion is open to Athenaeum members and Departmental accounts.

  • May
    • Wine and Spirits Tasting - Mezcal & Tequila
      Wednesday, May 2
      6:30 p.m.
      The smooth and spicy flavors of Mezcal and tequila are explored at this exclusive event. Enjoy multiple Mezcal and tequila selections paired with some tasty small bites from Mexico.

      Cinco de Mayo Celebration on the South Lawn
      Friday, May 4
      4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Join us on this annual celebration of Mexican heritage and culture on the South Lawn. A variety of festive foods and beverages await you, including made-to-order tacos, nachos, flights of tequila, and margaritas. 

      Mount Veeder Wine Tasting
      Friday, May 4
      5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
      This is a rare opportunity to taste and order Mount Veeder wines on site. Most of these wineries are not open to the public and their wines are difficult to acquire. We look forward to seeing you there!

      Rath al Fresco Opens
      Friday, May 11
      Bar Service: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Our most popular dining experience returns to the lawn on Friday, May 11! The Rath al Fresco is back at it's 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.

      Mother’s Day Brunch
      Sunday, May 13
      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 7 - Yucatan
      Monday, May 21 - French Bistro
      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


      Chef's Cooking Class - Organic Farm to Table
      Saturday, May 26
      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. Luncheon with wine will be served following the class.


      Memorial Day
      Institute Holiday
      Monday, May 28
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • June
    • Rath al Fresco 
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar Service:
      Monday - Friday, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
      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.


      International Nights
      Monday, June 4
      Monday, June 18
      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.

      Wine & Spirits Tasting - Chardonnay Around the World
      Wednesday, June 6
      Join us and taste Chardonnays from around the world.

      Lobster Night
      Friday, June 22
      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 - Head to Tail Cooking
      Saturday, June 23
      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.


      Family Night BBQ - Carnival
      Monday, June 25
      5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., s
      eating every half hour

      Classical Concert & Dinner at The Athenaeum
      Friday, June 29
      6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
      Attention classical music lovers! Join us for this special evening where you can enjoy an elegant three-course entrée paired with wine. Then gather in the Hall of the Associates to relax and listen to a Caltech community-based quartet, coached by Martin Chalifour, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Concertmaster, perform the moving Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132.



  • July
    • Rath al Fresco
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar Service:
      Monday - Friday, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service:
      Monday - Thursday, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
      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
      Wednesday, July 4
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

      Wine & Spirits Tasting - American Whiskey
      Wednesday, July 11
      6:30 p.m.
      This special event will feature a wide variety of American whiskeys made from different grains with varying ages and exciting taste profiles.

      Bastille Day Prix Fixe

      Friday, July 13
      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 Barbecue - Western
      Monday, July 16
      5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., seating every half hour 
      6:00 p.m. Children’s activities begin 
      Put on your best cowboy tuxedo and get ready to line dance the night away! With a line dance instructor, a petting zoo, lots of exciting games for the kids, a bountiful classic Texas BBQ and more, this night will surely lasso in lots of fun and lasting memories.

      Hot Dog Day at Rath al Fresco
      Wednesday, July 18
      5:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
      Join us in the Rath al Fresco to celebrate one of America's most popular foods! All hot dogs served with a side of garlic fries. The Rath al Fresco menu will be available as well.

      Italian Wine Dinner
      Friday, July 20
      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 Italian wines. Saluti!


      Chef's Cooking Class - California Wine Country Cuisine
      Saturday, July 21
      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 Vietnamese dishes. Luncheon with wine to follow class.




       
  • 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 BBQ - Luau
      Monday, August 6
      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!"
  • 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 3
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, September 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


      Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner
      Friday, September 7
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      $145.00 per person
      This special dinner is expertly paired with renowned Robert Mondavi wines from a first-growth vineyard, straight from the heart of the Napa Valley.


      International Nights 
      Tuesday, September 11 - Japan
      Tuesday, September 25 - Brazil Churrascaria
      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.


      A La Carte Dining (Tuesdays) re-opens
      Tuesday, September 11

      Seafood & Crab Crack
      Friday, September 28
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour 
      There’s nothing better than a seafood dinner to conclude the final days of summer. We’ve got the freshest selection at our seafood event buffet, carving station, and sushi bar.


      Chef's Cooking Class - French Bistro
      Saturday, September 29
      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 culinary education. Luncheon with wine to follow class.


  • October
    • A la Carte Dinner (Mondays) re-open
      Monday, October 1

      Beer Reception
      Friday, October 5
      Join us as we sample a variety of the finest brews at this seasonal reception.


      International Nights

      Monday, October 8 - Bavaria
      Monday, October 22 - Belgium
      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.

      Chef's Cooking Class
      Saturday, October 13
      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 culinary education. Luncheon with wine to follow class.

      Flora Springs Wine Dinner
      Friday, October 26
      Join us for this special evening for an expertly-paired wine dinner and explore the fascinating history and tastes of wines form Flora Springs, a Napa Valley estate home.

  • November
    • International Nights
      Monday, November 5 - Spanish Tapas
      Monday, November 19 - Lebanon
      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.

      Escoffier Dinner
      Friday, November 9
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      Escoffier, the legendary figure among chefs and gourmets is one of the most important leaders in the development of modern French cuisine. Chef Kevin Isacsson will be bringing us all back to the glory days of that French cuisine with an exquisite dinner paired with French wines to enhance each course.

      Chef's Cooking Class - Traditional Holiday Fare with a Flare
      Saturday, November 17
      10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      10:00 a.m. Registration
      10:15 a.m. Class begins promptly
      Chef Kevin welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of culinary education.

      Thanksgiving To-Go
      Wednesday, November 21
      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 21
      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 22 & Friday, November 23
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25 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
      Mondays and Tuesdays
      December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18
      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
      Friday, December 7
      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 1
      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
      Tuesdays
      December 4, 11 & 18
      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
      Thursday, December 13
      Friday, December 14
      Saturday, December 15
      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
      Wednesday, December 5
      Wednesday, December 12
      Wednesday, December 19
      Thursday, December 20
      Friday, December 21
      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 9
      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)
      Monday, December 3
      Tuesday, December 4
      Thursday, December 6
      Monday, December 10
      Tuesday, December 11
      Monday, December 17
      Tuesday, December 18

      Christmas/New Year's Holiday

      Institute Holiday
      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 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.



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