Texans Who Party

Austin's finest event venues honored on elite list of America's best

Austin's finest event venues honored on elite list of America's best

Blanton Museum Art on the Edge gala February 2016
The Blanton's Art on the Edge gala. Photo by Lisa Hause, Waterloo Studios

Austin knows how to party, and now there’s proof that we’re really good at it. Several Texas event venues, planners, and companies have been deemed the best in the nation by Austin-based entertaining website The Salonniere.  

Authors of the website's new Les Pages list spent months compiling the nation’s only merit-based system that dictates the country’s top event businesses and venues in 17 major U.S. markets, including San Francisco; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and New York. Texas, with picks from Austin, Dallas, and Houston making the list, has plenty to be proud of. 

To determine who made the list, The Salonniere engaged influencers, such as society editors, fundraiser event planners, caterers, and event designers, and combined their industry expertise to pick the top florists, designers, caterers, and venues in the nation. 

“Les Pages is based entirely on feedback from the nation’s most discerning party hosts and most knowledgeable event experts. Companies cannot buy their way onto the list. They must earn and retain their spot,” says Carla McDonald, founder and editor-in-chief of The Salonniere. 

The top Austin venues include Blanton Museum of Art, Brazos Hall, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Camp Lucy, Four Seasons Austin, Hotel Ella, Hotel Van Zandt, Laguna Gloria, South Congress Hotel, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, and Zach Theatre.

Austin’s Caplan Miller, Creative Consultants, Townsley Designs, and Pearl Events are honored as the best event designers. 

In a true testament to our delicious food scene, Word of Mouth, Fête Accompli, Kurant Events, and Royal Fig are named Austin's best caterers. And David Kurio Floral Designs, Wendee Sawran, Coby Neal, Malleret Designs, Merveille, and Posey Floral & Event Design blossom in the best florist category.

Proving there’s no party like a Texas party, Dallas and Houston picked up several honorees in each category. 

Les Pages is a natural follow-up to The Salonniere 100, and together the two shine a light on the people in America who are exceptional at leveraging the power of social gatherings to enrich the lives of others. The Salonniere 100 celebrates the gifted connectors who host parties, and Les Pages honors the exceptional professionals who bring events to life.