by Jonathan Vatner | January 01, 2005
Red alert: Fairmont Chicago’s
Moulin Rouge Ballroom

or a special dinner presentation or performance, think outside the boxy ballroom and look into a supper-club venue. These spaces, found in select city hotels, offer planners both a beautiful theater and the richness of the club’s history.
    “Your delegates won’t soon forget a meeting enveloped in red velvet wall coverings, oversized modern art and the distinct feeling that greatness once performed where you are today,” says Wayne Harth, director of catering for the Fairmont Chicago, whose Moulin Rouge Ballroom recalls the look of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting.
    Several other Fairmont properties ( feature glamorous clubs and theaters dating from the 1930s-’50s heyday of supper clubs, including the Blue Room at the Fairmont New Orleans, Club Regent at the Fairmont San Jose, the Imperial Room at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, the Oval Room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston and the Venetian Room at the Fairmont San Francisco.
    Several supper clubs also can be found in New York City, though they’re not as plentiful now as they were at midcentury. The Millennium Broadway Hotel New York ( maintains the 100-year-old Hudson Theater specifically for special events. Up to 250 guests can dine on the main floor while watching a show, or 200 can sit
theater-style and eat dinner afterward. Outside of hotels, planners can turn to Big Apple retro spot the Supper Club ( for groups of up to 1,000.