The ever-expanding suburbs of western St. Louis county have seen their share of chain restaurants and kid-focused dining experiences. In 2009, one of these suburbs introduced a more upscale culinary experience with the opening of Table Three in Wildwood’s Town Center.
Table Three is the third restaurant venture for owner Beth Williams, who is more widely known in the St. Louis community for her highly successful catering company, Cuisine D’Art, which includes full-service and casual catering options.
“Cuisine d’Art Catering began as a home-based business with word-of-mouth advertising,” said Dani Kroencke, event coordinator for Table Three and Cuisine D’Art. “Beth Williams’ first restaurant venture was a small café in old town Eureka,” she said. Williams’ café and company soon outgrew their space in Eureka. In 2004 she opened Cuisine D’Art Café and Catering in Creve Coeur, Missouri. With seating for 100 and a breakfast to lunch menu only, Cuisine D’Art has continued to win Williams new fans with her delicious salads, quiches and sandwiches.
Ready to give her customers an evening dining option, Williams opened Table Three in Wildwood, Missouri. The choice of a Wildwood location met many needs, according to Kroencke. “Table Three really brought the business closer to home, and a great customer base in Wildwood and Eureka. The Wildwood Town Center has a great sense of community and lends itself nicely to an evening restaurant like Table Three.”
Wildwood Town Center is a mixed-use development that evokes the comforts of small-town America while providing the conveniences of modern day. The development includes the luxury, boutique-style Wildwood Town Center Hotel along with assorted shops and offices. The Town Center offers plenty of parking and the hotel provides a parking garage available to Table Three guests.
A Space to Call My Own
With Williams’ catering background, guests can be assured that Table Three is ready to handle private events. The restaurant has four event space options – an event room, patio, VIP room and on certain days, the entire restaurant is available to buy out for private events. These spaces are ideal for weddings, dinner parties, rehearsal dinners and pharmaceutical events.
Julie Kerns, office manager at Brinkmann Constructors, had the pleasure of hosting her company’s employee holiday party using the entire Table Three restaurant space. Her group of 75 guests enjoyed dinner and drinks on a Monday evening during the holiday season.
“We find it challenging sometimes to try and please everyone and make sure they are all having a good time,” commented Kerns. “But I got nothing but good feedback from our employees about our experience with Table Three.”
For clients not buying out the restaurant, the largest private event space available at Table Three is the event room. This room can accommodate 50 or more guests for a seated, buffet or cocktail-style event. The event room is directly connected to Table Three’s spacious patio.
In May 2011, Marla Esser took advantage of these connected spaces when hosting her daughter’s graduation open house at Table Three. Their Saturday afternoon gathering of 65 wowed guests.
“We had nothing but wonderful compliments,” said Esser. “Our guests enjoyed the location, atmosphere, food and how elegant, but not pretentious, Table Three was.”
As with Esser’s gathering in the event room and patio, clients have found the flexibility and connectivity of Table Three’s event spaces to be very convenient. Valerie Lechner chose two different Table Three private spaces for her wedding – the event room and the VIP room. The VIP room seats 10 to 12 at a large communal table.
For Lechner, romance was in the air on her wedding day, and Table Three’s expertise helped make the event memorable. “Beth is a very gifted caterer and has lots of enthusiasm and suggestions,” commented Lechner. “She was wonderful to work with and thought of all the little details.”
Ambiance and Food
Williams’ attention to detail shows in the design of Table Three. The restaurant’s ambiance centers on modern America with chic touches of cast-iron fixtures, stone, plush red banquettes and an open kitchen. It is this upscale atmosphere that brings many clients to choose Table Three
for their events.
“It was the patio and the ambiance,” said Esser when asked why she chose Table Three for her event.
Indeed, the look and feel have won over many guests. “Our employees really liked everything about the venue,” said Kerns when discussing her company’s holiday party. “The atmosphere was sophisticated, decorations were simple but beautiful in the bar area and the Christmas trees throughout were gorgeous.”
Table Three’s cuisine also wins rave reviews. The menu is a mix of contemporary American cuisine with regional overtones. Two of the more popular items on the menu include the T3 Filet, a nine-ounce USDA certified Angus beef tenderloin filet, and the Barramundi fish, which is pan seared and herb encrusted.
For Jaime Correa, who hosted his wife’s 50th birthday party at Table Three in early 2011, it was the whole package that won him over. “Some restaurants are known for their food, atmosphere or drinks. Table Three got it all right!”
When hosting an event at Table Three, organizers will want to know a few details. As with many venues, be sure to book as early as possible. Table Three starts booking holiday parties in the spring. The venue provides tables and chairs. However, linens come at an additional fee. If audio-visual equipment is required, Table Three prefers that you use St. Louis Audiovisual, but the facility does not require it.
Clients who have used the venue advise hosts to provide detailed directions.
“The venue is not easily seen off the main road, so make sure your guests have good directions,” warned Lechner. “Several of my guests got lost due to faulty Mapquest directions.”
Table Three is not only open for dinner, but also for lunch and Sunday brunch. For off-site events, the full expanse of Cuisine D’Art’s catering services is available across the region. It is one of the preferred catering vendors for numerous locations including the Kemp Auto Museum and Logan College’s Purser Center.
While the western suburbs of St. Louis County offer many dining options, few will meet the needs of private events like Table Three. Decades of experience in catering give the staff an eye for the details and an appreciation of the challenges in hosting events. MM&E
(Jamie Vollmer is a contributor from St. Louis, Mo.)
At a Glance
Type of Facility: Restaurant
Group size this facility is
able to accommodate: 10-75
Cuisine: Contemporary American with
Number of Private Dining Rooms Available: 3
Special Features/Amenities: Patio
Is the facility disabled-accessible? Yes
Are group rates/discounts available? N/A
Price Range: $20-$30 for lunch and $45-$75 for Dinner