The Lenoir City venue hosted a sold-out New Years Eve celebration on Friday night.
Hundreds of well-dressed revelers were treated to a festive holiday gala featuring fine dining stations, casino games, a cash bar and music from Knoxville’s Soul Connection.
“The guests were extremely nice when they left, thanking us for organizing the event and saying how good they had a time, how beautiful everything was, how much they enjoyed the food, the group, staff, everything, ”said Allison Sousa, site manager. .
Each ticket holder received $ 25,000 in casino chips which they could use to purchase door prizes set up on a table at the entrance. A midnight champagne toast preceded a late-night buffet breakfast.
Although the party had to be canceled last year due to COVID-19, Sousa said this year’s attendance shows people are ready to start celebrating in the traditional holiday spirit again.
Tickets, priced at $ 75 each, sold out three days before the December 17 deadline. Most of the sales were for full tables, which could be reserved for $ 700 each.
About 250 guests were present.
Concerns about a new outbreak of the pandemic have been treated with subtle precautions. The building was at 40 percent of its capacity for the event, leaving a lot of social distance between the tables. The building is also equipped with an air purification system, Sousa said.
She said about 80% of the guests were regulars who have now started to invite more of their friends.
“It’s great to see familiar faces every time we host this event and to know that they trust our team to do a great job,” Sousa said.
Many participants enjoyed the group and the dance floor throughout the evening.
“In particular, there were at least eight tables sold to various shag dance clubs across the region,” Sousa said.
Sousa and his team, along with William Jenkins of Lenoir City Maintenance, worked hard on Friday afternoon to put the finishing touches on the decorations and take care of other details ahead of the event. The team started preparing for the event about a week in advance.
“We started planning in March,” Sousa said.
Tricia Kelly of Classy Caterers in Lenoir City worked in the kitchen most of the day on Friday. She said she prepared food with other food service workers, Steve Adams and Donna Sneed, a week before the event.
The breadth of Kelly’s effort was apparent in the depth and breadth of the menu.
Guests were treated to a wide variety of epicurean delights, including a charcuterie pasture table, a beef station with beef bourguignon and ribs, a pork station with pork tenderloin, an Italian station with lasagna and a seafood station garnished with shrimp, salmon and oysters. A dessert bar featured an assortment of tasty treats prepared by Gail’s Custom Cakes.
Sousa said that all the sponsors and service providers helped make the event a success.
“People were even thanking our sponsors by name when they left, which is always good to hear,” she said.
The success of this year’s event will be an incentive to host future New Years celebrations at The Venue.
“At this point we’re probably keeping it as a biannual event. This gives us the option of selling the space every two years, ”Sousa said.