Event Information




  • January
    • Athenaeum Closed
      New Year's Day Holiday (observed)
      January 1
      The Athenaeum will be closed following lunch service on Tuesday, December 24, through Wednesday, 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.

      A la carte dining closed
      Mondays, January 6, 13 & 27

      Athenaeum Re-Opens for 2020
      Thursday, January 2
      The Athenaeum resumes its full services and re-opens administrative offices on Thursday, January 2.


      International Nights
      Tuesday, January 14 - Marseilles (Menu)
      Tuesday, January 28 - Scotland (Menu)
      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 - Modern Middle Eastern Recipes
      Saturday, January 18
      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.
      See menu

      Athenaeum Closed

      Martin Luther King Jr. Day
      Monday, January 20
      The Athenaeum will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Athenaeum and Caltech will re-open on Tuesday, January 21, for regular services.

      Robert Burns Prix Fixe Dinner
      Friday, January 24
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      The birth of Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns will be honored at this evening's Scottish-themed prix fixe dinner. Join us and raise a toast in celebration on this auspicious day.
      See menu

      Wine & Spirits Tasting - Scotch
      Friday, January 24
      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.

      Prime Steakhouse
      Thursday, January 30
      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.



  • February
    • Chef’s Cooking Class - French Bistro with a French Cheese Tasting
      Saturday, February 1
      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.
      See menu


      International Nights

      Tuesday, February 11 - French Bistro (see menu)
      Tuesday, February 25 - Greece (see menu)
      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
      Friday, February 14
      5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., seating every half hour
      Valet parking will be provided
      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.)
      See menu


      Athenaeum Closed
      President's Day
      Monday, February 17
      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
      Thursday, February 27
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      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.)
      See menu


  • March
    • Family-Style Dinner
      Thursday, March 12
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      See menu


      Chef's Cooking Class - Gastropub Fare with Artisan Beers

      Saturday, March 14
      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.

      St. Patrick's Day in the Rathskeller
      Tuesday, March 17
      4:
      30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
      Join us for Corned Beef & Cabbage,  pitchers of beer, and flights of Irish whiskey.

      International Nights
      Tuesday, March 17 - Ireland (see menu)
      Tuesday, March 31 - Spain (see menu)


      Winemaker Dinner
      Friday, March 27
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      Valet parking will be available for $12.00 per vehicle




  • April
    • International Nights 
      Monday, April 6
      Monday, April 20
      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 10
      Bar Service: 4:30 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour
      Al Fresco Pavilion Garden, weather permitting
      The Rathskeller is moving upstairs on April 10th 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 12
      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
      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
      Saturday, April 25
      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration at 10:00 a.m., class starts promptly at 10:15 a.m.
      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 1
      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!

      International Nights
      Monday, May 4
      Monday, May 18 
      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

      Mother’s Day Brunch
      Sunday, May 10
      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.

      Memorial Day
      Institute Holiday
      Monday, May 25
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, May 25, 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 1
      Monday, June 15
      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 19
      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 20
      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
      Friday, July 3
      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.

      Family Night BBQ - Luau
      Monday, July 13

      Bastille Day Prix Fixe

      Friday, July 14
      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.

      Regional Wine Dinner
      Friday, July 17
      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 3
      5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., seating every half hour
      6:00 p.m. Children's activities begin

      Seafood Prix Fixe
      Thursday, August 27




  • 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.

      Wine Dinner
      Friday, September 4
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner

      Chef's Cooking Class
      Saturday, September 5
      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.


      Labor Day

      Institute Holiday
      Monday, September 7
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, September 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


      International Nights 
      Tuesday, September 8
      Tuesday, September 22
      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 11
      5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., seating every half hour


  • October
    • Rath al Fresco
      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 5
      Monday, October 19
      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.

      Beer Reception
      Thursday, October 8
      6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m

      Chef's Cooking Class

      Saturday, October 10
      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration at 10:00 a.m.
      Class starts promptly at 10:15 a.m.

      Escoffier Dinner
      Friday, October 16
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner


  • November
    • International Nights
      Monday, November 2
      Monday, November 16
      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.


      Rathskeller Opens

      Chef's Cooking Class
      Saturday, November 7

      Thanksgiving To-Go
      Wednesday, November 25
      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 25
      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 26 & Friday, November 27
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 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.
      Menu

      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.
      Menu
       
      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.
      Menu


      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.
      Menu


      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.
      Menu

      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.
      Menu

      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.
      Menu

      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
      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.
      Menu

      Christmas To Go
      Tuesday, December 24
      11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Why spend the day in the kitchen when you can relax with your guests? Order a Christmas meal from The Athenaeum, prepare an elegant table setting and enjoy all of the family festivities. To place your order, please call (626) 395-8282.
      Menu 

      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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