Event Information




  • January
    • Athenaeum Closed
      New Year's Day Holiday
      January 1
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Wednesday, December 25 through Wednesday, January 1, 2013 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 2014
      Thursday, January 2
      The Athenaeum resumes its full services and re-opens administrative offices on Thursday, January 2.

      A la Carte Dinner in the Main Dining Room
      Thursday, January 2
      5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Seating every half hour
      Our regular a 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 8.

      Save the Date...
      Athenaeum Bridal Open House
      Sunday, January 5
      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.

      International Nights
      Monday, January 13 – Bologna, Italy Monday, January 27 – Ivory Coast 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.

      Wine & Spirits Tasting
      Single Malt Scotch
      Friday, January 10 6:30 p.m. Join us for an exclusive tasting featuring single malt scotch. Tasting will be lead by a second generation scotch expert, Peter Currie and appetizers will be provided. Learn the distinction between varietals from aromas, flavoring, maturity, taste, and texture in this casual reception setting.

      Chef’s Cooking Class
      Steaks and Accompaniments
      Saturday, January 25
      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. Come and tempt your taste buds and learn how to choose the perfect steak for your palate, how to cook it perfectly, and what side dishes will best compliment it.  Chef Kevin will take you through the steps to prepare the quintessential steak dinner or lunch and then sit and enjoy it with you.  Wine will be served at lunch.

      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 reopen on Tuesday, January 21 for regular services.

      Burns’ Night Supper
      Friday, January 24 6:30 p.m. Reception 7:30 p.m. Dinner & Program $60.00 per person Hosted cocktail reception & wine included with dinner 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. Dr. Neil McLeod leads us again as the Chairman of the evening. He will recite a Burns poem with his typical bravado, and then lead us in a sing-along. Banquet-style seating (tables of 10).
  • February
    • Chef’s Cooking Class
      Chocolate
      Saturday, February 8
      Learn how Chef Kevin turns chocolate into irresistible desserts. You may even get to take home some goodies for your friends, or maybe just for yourself. Enjoy a sit-down lunch with wine, following the class.

      International Nights
      Monday, February 10 - India
      Monday, February 24 - Germany
      5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. seating every half hour
      $27.00 per person
      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. – 8:30 p.m. seatings 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.

      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 reopen on Tuesday, February 19 for regular service.

      French Wine Dinner 
      Wednesday, February 19
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      7:00 p.m. Dinner
      $275.00 per person
      * Space is limited to only 16 people
      Please plan on attending this very special event as we pair exceptional wines with the perfect culinary accompaniments.  We will be in the Library for this dinner after starting with a reception of tray passed hors d'oeuvres and wine in the Card Room.  
  • March
    • International Nights
      Monday, March 10 - Oaxaca
      Monday, March 24 - Morocco
      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: Mediterranean Seafood
      Saturday, March 8
      10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
      Registration starts at 10:00 a.m. / Class begins prompty at 10:15 a.m.
      Chef Kevin Isacsson welcomes you back into The Athenaeum kitchen for an afternoon of education that will hone your culinary skills. Mediterranean Seafood delicacies will be explored in various forms as Chef Kevin Isacsson prepares dishes you can recreate in your own home.  The class then enjoys the lunch they have prepared, with wine paired to the selections.

      Wine Dinner - Joseph Phelps Vineyard
      Friday, March 21
      6:30 p.m. Reception / 7:00 p.m. Dinner
      $145 per person 
      The Athenaeum is very pleased to present a wonderful evening celebrating the wines of Joseph Phelps Vineyards brilliantly paired with five exquisite courses from Chef Kevin Isacsson. Will Phelps will guide us through the tastings and provide each wine's history while providing insight into the Joseph Phelps Vineyard's philosophy on growing the perfect grapes for their wines. Join us for a pre-dinner reception followed by dinner.
      Featured Wines:
      Sauvignon Blanc, Joseph Phelps, Napa Valley, 2012

      Chardonnay, Joseph Phelps, Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma, 2012
      Pinot Noir, Joseph Phelps, Freestone Vineyards, Sonoma, 2012
      Proprietary Red, Joseph Phelps, Insignia, Napa Valley, 2010
      Scheurebe, Joseph Phelps, Eisrébe, Napa Valley, 2012




  • April
    • International Beer Dinner
      Friday, April 4
      6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner
      $66.00 per person

      International selections of outstanding beers will showcase delectable bites provided by Executive Chef Kevin Isacsson. Join us for this engaging experience.


      International Nights
      Monday, April 14 - Finland
      Monday, April 28 -
      Marseilles
      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.


      Tax Day- Burger Night
      Tuesday, April 15
      Bar Service: 4:30p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  seating every half hour
      Let us take the worries from your mind on this annual day of reconciliation. We are moving the Rathskeller upstairs and we'll be serving up a wide selection of gourmet burgers and you will be designing the perfect one for you!


      Easter Brunch
      Sunday, April 20
      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.


      Administrative Professionals Week
      Monday, April 21 through Friday April 25
      Treat the most important person in your office to lunch at The Athenaeum and enjoy a complimentary dessert.


      Wine & Spirits Tasting ~ Bourbon
      Friday, April 25 
      6:30 p.m.
      Join us for an exclusive tasting featuring a intriguing selection of bourbon. Tasting will be lead by a Master Distiller and will include several tasting samples. Learn the distinction between varietals from aromas, flavoring, maturity, taste, and texture in this casual reception style setting.




  • May
    • Napa Valley Wine Tasting

      Exclusive Wine Tasting Event Hosted by The Napa Valley Vintners Association
      Thursday, May 1
      6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
      Get a taste of Napa's finest here at The Athenaeum. We’re showcasing Napa's premier wineries at this special, one-of-a-kind tasting event complete with wine and food stations

      Chef's Cooking Class: French Bistro
      Saturday, May 3
      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 classic French bistro cuisine. Luncheon with wine will be served following the class.


      Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in the Rathskeller
      Monday, May 5
      4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Join us on this annual celebration of Mexican heritage and culture in the Rathskeller. A variety of festive foods and beverages await you, including made-to-order tacos, nachos, flights of tequila, and margaritas.  

      International Nights
      Monday, May 5 - Corsica     

      Monday, May 19 -  New Zealand
      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 - Tequila

      Friday, May 9
      6:30 p.m.
      Get a taste of some of the finest tequilas here at The Athenaeum. 

      Mother’s Day Brunch
      Sunday, May 11
      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.

      Rath Al Fresco
      Summer 2014 Grand Opening

      Friday, May 23
      Monday through Friday
      Bar: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Food: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      Summer is meant to be enjoyed outside among great friends, while dining in the warm evening air. The summer sensation, Rath al Fresco is truly the way to unwind and dine.

      Memorial Day
      Institute Holiday
      Monday, May 26
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, May 26 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • June
    • Rath al Fresco
      Monday – Friday Nights
      Bar Service: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      Come see what all the buzz is about! Rath Al Fresco is the perfect summer dining experience for intimate dinners for two or for a great casual dinner for colleagues and families. The 2013 summer menu will welcome back some classic favorites as well as some great new selections. Start with your drink of choice at our full-service bar. Place your dinner order at our self-serve outdoor kitchen counter. Receive a pager to notify you when your order is ready. Pick up your hot & delicious food at the order station and get ready to enjoy!


      Chef's Cooking Class: How to Cook Fish
      Saturday, June 7
      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 cooking fish. Luncheon with wine to follow class.


      International Nights
      Monday, June 9-
      Catalonia

      Monday, June 23- Korea
      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 27
      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.


      Family Night- Magic Night
      Monday, June 30
      5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Seating every half hour
      6:00 p.m. Children’s activities begin
      Back by popular demand, we host our annual Magic Night themed family barbecue. Be captivated with tableside tricks and a thrilling interactive show by our mesmerizing magician.

  • July
    • Rath Al Fresco
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      Make it an evening out. Join us week-nights 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.

      Summer Breakfast
      Monday through Friday Mornings
      7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
      Start the summer mornings off right. Please join us at our morning breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

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

      Date Night Cooking Class
      Friday, July 11
      5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      The perfect recipe for a great date awaits at this month’s cooking class. Couples work together to prepare a delicious three-course dinner while cooking under the stars. Outdoor cooking stations will be set for each couple and Chef Kevin will provide step-by-step recipe instructions.

      Bastille Day Reception
      Monday, July 14
      6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
      Celebrate Bastille Day in style at this Athenaeum reception, featuring French favorites crafted by Chef Kevin. Food to be served from various stations.

      Family Night- Carnival

      Monday, July 21
      5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Seating every half hour
      6:00 p.m. Children’s activities begin
      Carnival Night includes classic carnival games such as balloon/dart throw, bottle/ring toss, down-a-clown, and shuffle puck. Carnival Night includes face painting and balloon animals from our special guest clown and a ticket table to redeem your earned tickets for fun favor prizes.  
  • August
    • Rath Al Fresco
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      Make it an evening out. Join us week-nights 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.

      Summer Breakfast
      Monday through Friday Mornings
      7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
      Start the summer mornings off right. Please join us at our morning breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

      Wine Dinner
      Friday August 8
      6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner
      Enjoy food and wine pairings selected by Chef Kevin Isacsson and Director of Food & Beverage, Jerry Rodriguez in the comfort of the Athenaeum.

      Family Night- Luau
      Monday August 18
      5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      Seating every half hour
      6:00 p.m. Children’s activities begin
      Luau Night has become an Athenaeum favorite and draws a large crowd. We welcome a children's hula troop to entertain guests with dances from around the Hawaiian Islands. Show includes fire dancing and hula lessons for children. Come dressed to theme to enjoy this special island night!
  • September
    • Rath Al Fresco
      Monday through Friday Nights
      Bar: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      Make it an evening out. Join us week-nights 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. 

      Summer Breakfast
      Monday through Friday Mornings
      7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
      Start the summer mornings off right. Please join us at our morning breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


      Labor Day
      Institute Holiday
      Monday, September 1
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch & dinner on Monday, September 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.


      Seafood and Crab Crack
      Friday, September 5
      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.

      International Nights
      Tuesday, September 9 - New England

      Tuesday, September 23 - Sardinia
      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.


      Chef’s Cooking Class: Cooking with Shellfish
      Saturday, September 13
      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. Luncheon with wine will be served following the class.

      6th Annual Beer Festival Reception

      Friday, September 26
      6:30 p.m.
      Join us for a reception and dinner with beer pairings.

  • October
    • Final Week of Rath Al Fresco
      Monday, September 29 through Friday, October 3
      Food Service: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
      Bar Service: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
      Come out and enjoy the last week of warm weather as we prepare to wind down the summer Rath Al Fresco season. Enjoy the cocktail and entrée dish which has become your "regular" summer favorite before it’s gone until next year!

      Chef's Cooking Class: Bring Your Future Chef to Cooking Class!
      Saturday, October 4
      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. Luncheon with wine will be served following the class.


      Return to the Rathskeller
      Monday, October 6
      Monday through Friday
      4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      (until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays)
      As the temperatures begin to drop and the sun sets a little sooner, a great, casual, evening atmosphere can still be found at The Athenaeum. The Rathskeller reopens for another school season of nightly fun and tasty values. Our underground hotspot is unveiling a new menu you’ll love, daily specials to anticipate, entertaining camaraderie, and sports games on the big screen.


      Escoffier Dinner
      Friday, October 10
      6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
      Treat yourself to a night of exquisite French cuisine prepared by Chef Kevin.


      International Nights

      Monday, October 13- Tunisia

      Monday, October 27- Pyrenees
      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 additional to à la carte dinner.  
  • November
    • International Nights
      Monday, November 3 - Argentina Churrasco
      Monday, November 17 - Portugal

      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.

      Regional Wine Dinner
      Friday, November 7
      6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner
      Join us for a pre-dinner reception of wine samplings followed by dinner. Our Executive Chef, Kevin Isacsson and Food and Beverage Director, Jerry  Rodriguez have customized an exquisite multiple-course dinner along with wine pairings to complement every bite.

      Chef's Cooking Class: Premium Beef, Pork, & Chicken Cuts
      Saturday, November 8
      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. Luncheon with wine will be served following the class.


      Thanksgiving To Go
      Wednesday, November 26
      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 26
      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
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30 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
      Beginning: Monday, December 1
      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 of your holiday family photos!


      Sparkling Wine / Champagne Tasting
      Friday, December 5
      6:30 p.m. Reception
      Enjoy a bit of bubbly with friends and family.


      Children’s Holiday Tea & Tree Trimming
      Saturday, December 6
      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 a.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 Afternoon Tea
      Mondays and Tuesdays
      December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, & 16  
      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.

      Holiday Breakfast Buffets
      Tuesdays
      December 9, 16, & 23
      7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.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 Brunch
      Sunday, December 7
      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 Gala: Dinners and Program
      Thursday, December 11
      Friday, December 12
      Saturday, December 13
      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 17
      Thursday, December 18
      Friday, December 19
      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.

      Christmas / New Year's Holiday
      Institute Holiday
      The Athenaeum will be closed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Wednesday, December 25 through Thursday, January 2, 2014 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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