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We’re Proud to Announce The Broadway Grille & Pub is Our Exclusive Caterer

Posted in: Ballroom Weddings, Uncategorized

bgp_logoOver the past few years, I’ve constantly re-evaluated where the Ballroom is and where we wanted to go. The one goal that has been constant; offer  high quality food and service to create a very memorable and beautiful affair for couple  and families that hold their event  at our facility while also offering a great value.  When I was approached by local restaurant, The Broadway Grille & Pub, we sat down and talked about how our team at the Ballroom combined with their team in the kitchen could offer just that.  And so, it is with great excitement that I announce that The Broadway Grille & Pub is now our exclusive caterer at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom.

With this pairing comes not only high quality food from a well trained and respected culinary artist, Zoraida Rivera, but great value.  We are now offering liquor packages at amazing prices that we couldn’t before.  This makes it easier for couples by eliminating the need to worry about how much liquor to provide, but without breaking the budget.    And, every wedding package now comes with a complimentary champagne toast.  But, while being more inclusive, we are not cookie cutter and if there are items on the menu that you don’t see offered Zoaraida is willing to accommodate, as she can make just about any dish your heart desires.

I know Zoraida is very excited about joining the Ballroom and is looking forward to our events together.  When I asked her about her love for the culinary arts, this is what she said:

Since I was a young child, cooking has always been a passion for me.  I collected traditional and worldwide recipes to cook for my friends and family. After obtaining a bachelor degree of Science from Kansas State University,  I decided to return to my true passion of cooking and went to the French Culinary Institute In New York City. Being a chef has taught me a lot about nurturing, respecting and truly loving food. This love and passion can be noticeable as I prepare it, cook it and plate it. When I cook for a catering event my adrenaline is always very high; It is an art to be able to cook and plate an amazing dinner. I have cooked for many galas, for many people of all backgrounds. Everyone that sits at any of my catered events is a very important Patron to me. I choose to cook from fresh and whole locally grown foods. I continue to travel around the world for inspiration to further my culinary artistry.

I am excited to be working with The Broadway Grille & Pub and Zoraida and I look forward to meeting all of you and putting together beautiful events in our gorgeous Ballroom in the most beautiful Small Town in America!

 

Broadway Grill & Pub Executive Chef Zoraida Rivera

Executive Chef Zoraida Rivera

 

To view our new packages and pricing, including our new all inclusive liquor and food offerings,  you can download our PDF Brochure or contact our planner at 484-629-5070.

 

 

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Kelly & Frank’s 11*1*14 Ballroom Wedding

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Kelly & Frank’s  11*1*14 Ballroom Wedding

Kelly & Frank had their ceremony at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery across the street from the Mauch Chunk Ballroom.   Of course, I was on hand to help the with their rehearsal the day before, and the ceremony the day of.  Kelly and some of her family were staying next door in the Vicotiran Mansion that is available for rent and sleeps 12. It’s a beautiful spot that offers some great photo opportunities and a comfortable location for the bride and her bridal party to get ready.

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My good friend and local officiant, Michelle Gallagher, presided over the ceremony.  They choose  a Celtic hand binding ceremony (one of my favorites!).

 

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Wedding ceremony at Anita Shapolsky Gallery

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It was slightly chilly, but Kelly was prepared with a beautiful green (to match her wedding colors) jacket that complimented her dress well and the couple set out to take a few pictures around town while their guests enjoyed some cocktails at the Ballroom.

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Their wedding was complete with many personal touches, including photos of both Kelly & Frank through the years individually, and with their families.  Green wine bottles were used to hold long candles and the tables were set with a mixture of brass candle holders and tea lights.   I just loved all the little touches that tied in so well together.

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Cake at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

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Seating Chart Mauch Chunk Ballroom

 

 

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For their first dance, the couple surprised everyone with a beautiful choreographed Ballroom routine, complete with an awesome lift at the end.  I’ve seen lots of first dances, but this one brought a tear to my eye.  They did a beautiful job and obviously worked very hard at their routine.

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Kelly & Frank added the Mixed Bag Candy Buffet to their wedding with green and gold candies to match their wedding theme.

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Candy Buffet by the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Candy Buffet by the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

 

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Dancing at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

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dancing4Thank you Kelly & Frank for choosing the Mauch Chunk Ballroom. I enjoyed being a part of your day and we at the Ballroom wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

 

It was a pleasure working with the following vendors

Pagliacettis Catering at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Candy Buffet by the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Flowers by All Season Florists

Cake by Icing on the Cake

Photos Megan Keller Photography

DJ Slammin Jamz

Ceremony Location : The Anita Shapolsky Gallery

Officiant Michelle Gallagher

Accomodations : The Inn at Jim Thorpe & Victorian Mansion on Broadway (rental)

 

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Tonya & Chuck a Romantic Vintage Wedding

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Tonya & Chuck a Romantic Vintage Wedding

If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that Tonya & Chuck hired a designer to put together their wedding. Their commitment to their vintage style was so precise and so committed. Every detail tied in beautifully and was well coordinated.  But, Tonya & Chuck simply carried their everyday style into their wedding day and they did it so perfectly. It was beautiful

Even their wedding photographs were taken vintage style on film.    With the digital age, shooting on film and processing in a dark room is a dying art. Fortunately, Tonya & Chuck knew a very good friend that prefers to shoot film over digital and shot their wedding for them. All shots were taken with Kodak Porta 160, 400 or Fuji P100c by Michael Kijewsky . When looking at these photos, I feel as if this wedding took place decades ago, rather than just a few weeks ago.

The couple took advantage of the beautiful Suites available at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, and got themselves and their bridal party ready there.

 

Tonya’s dress was a very simple yet elegant dress that reminded me of the 1940’s.  The bride found this dress on Etsy.com!

Since the couple were doing a ceremony and reception later in the evening but wanted to take advantage of daylight for beautiful photos around Jim Thorpe, they did a “First look” on the balcony at the Inn.

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And then, of course, they took advantage of the many amazing photo opportunities all within walking distance of The Mauch Chunk Ballroom that included the porch of the Asa Packer Mansion and the Erwin Castle ruins along Hill Road in Jim Thorpe.

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They had a beautiful and intimate candlelight ceremony presided over by their close friend, Colan followed by a cocktail reception complete with signature cocktail drinks and delicious hors’d’ouerves from Royal Gourmet Catering.

The couple's adorable son with the flower girl

The couple’s adorable son with the flower girl

 

 

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Fox and Finch Vintage rentals added beautiful and eclectic vintage furnirture to create a lounge on our stage, where the couple had a Polaroid camera with film for their Polaroid Guest Book. Chuck, who is a graphic artist by trade, created all the print work for their bar signs, welcome sign and polaroid guest book table.

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Bride brought a vintage suitcase for guests to leave their cards in for the couple. It sat atop an old library card catalog from The Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals.

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Photo taken by The Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Photo taken by The Mauch Chunk Ballroom

 

 

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It was a truly stunning wedding. Thank you Tonya & Chuck for choosing the Mauch Chunk Ballroom.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

It was a pleasure working with the following Vendors:

Customized Cocktail Reception with food by Royal Gourmet Foods

Accomodations  at The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Cakes and Pies from The Flour Shop

Photographs by Michael Kijewsky

Furniture & Vintage pieces from Fox and Finch Vintage Rentals

Brides dress found on Etsy.com

Makeup by Carissa Glinko

Flowers by Allium Floral Design

DJ Direct Entertainment

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Pamela & Mike: 8*2*14

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Pamela & Mike had a beautiful August day for their wedding.

Their ceremony took place at Our Lady of Queen & Peace Church in Broadsheadville, PA.  Then, afterward, the guests headed to the beautiful Mauch Chunk Ballroom for the reception.

Pam & Mike took full advantage and had photos taken around town while their guests snacked on cocktail hors’d’ouerves and sipped on drinks from The Broadway Gill & Pub.    Once they returned, the couple took a few minutes to unwind with their Bridal Party in our makeshift Bridal Suite on the museum level.  Their bridal party had some fun gag gifts that they wanted to give the couple before they began the party.

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Photo courtesy of Valli Photography

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Photo by Valli Photography

 

Bridal Party at Mauch Chunk Museum

Bridal Party relaxing in the Bridal Suite before the Reception begins – photo by Valli Photography

Pam choose a beautiful Cornflower blue color.  The girls bouquets were very seasonable sunflower and complimented their cornflower bue dresses perfectly.

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Uplighting and GOBO provided by Eternal Sounds DJ, Photo by Valli Photography

 

Cornflower Blue Chair Sashes

Photo by Valli Photography

 

Wedding Reception Dinner at Jim Thorpe Wedding Venue The Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Photo by Valli Photography

Beautiful high floral centerpieces at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom Jim Thorpe Wedding

Flowers by Miller’s Flowers in Sciota, PA. Photo by Valli Photography

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Photo by Valli Photography

Candles at the Mauh Chunk Ballroom Jim Thorpe Wedding

Photo by Valli Photography

Bridal Entrance Jim Thorpe Wedding

Photo by Valli Photography

 

Beautiful Wedding cake by Icing on the Cake

Cake by Icing on the Cake. Photo by Valli Photography

Wedding Cake by Icing on the Cake at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

Cake by Icing on the Cake. Photo by Valli Photography

Delicious wedding catering by Pagliacetti's Catering

Food by Pagliacetti’s Catering. Photo by Valli Photographers

Pam & Mike added a Chocolate Fountain that we at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom arranged for them through Chocolate Fantasy Fountains.  It was a hit with the guests!

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Lehigh Valley Wedding Venue Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fantasy Fountain

DJ Johnee Johnson of External Sounds DJ had the crowd dancing all night long.

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Wedding Reception Dancing at Mauch Chunk Ballroom in Jim Thorpe PA

Photo by Valli Photography

Bouquet toss at The Mauch Chunk Ballroom Pocono Wedding Venue

Photo by Valli Photography

Dancing at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom Jim Thorpe Wedding Venue

Photo by Valli Photography

 

Thank you Mike & Pam for choosing The Mauch Chunk Ballroom for your wedding day celebration.  We wish you many years of joy and happiness

 

 

Wedding Reception Hall Lehigh Valley dancing guests

Photo by Valli Photographers

As always, it was a pleasure working with the following vendors

Pagliacettis at the Ballroom

Icing on the Cake (cake included in our wedding package)

Chocolate Fantasy Fountain

Valli Photography

Eternal Sounds DJ

Flowers by Miller’s Flower Shop

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Juliette & Harold: Pink, Champagne & Burlap July*12*2014

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Juliette & Harold: Pink, Champagne & Burlap July*12*2014

Juliette & Harold chose a very elegant combination of pink, champagne and burlap that perfectly blended her feminity with a touch of his masculinity. It was an extremely elegant setting and I particularly loved the aisle runner they chose. It had beautiful lace trimmed edge with a B for their last name at the center and complimented the ivory chair covers and pink sashes beautifully.

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Juliette got ready at the Inn at Jim Thorpe with her bridesmaids in the honeymoon suite they reserved for their wedding weekend.  It’s very convenient, not to mention how it makes for some beautiful photographs.  I absolutely love the shots of Juliette standing at the balcony door at the Inn in silhouette.  Very stunning!  (FYI – a two night stay at the Inn is now included in our Asa Packer & Harry Packer wedding packages)

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Our town is so beautiful and romantic, from the honeymoon suite at the Inn, to the beautiful old world architecture, right down to the classic horse & buggy that is a constant presence in Jim Thorpe .  Kyle from Crystal View Carriage, picked up Juliette and her bridesmaids at the Inn to bring them up to the Ballroom in style for the ceremony.  He was then on hand at the end of the ceremony to take the couple around town for their photos. It was such a beautiful touch to an already elegant affair!

Kyle outside the Inn at Jim Thorpe to pick up the Bride and her Bridesmaids

Kyle outside the Inn at Jim Thorpe to pick up the Bride and her Bridesmaids

The girls heading toward the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

The girls heading toward the Mauch Chunk Ballroom

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I love Ceremonies at the Ballroom!  Our front window overlooks Broadway and has some beautiful stain glass that is representative of many different faiths. It makes for an amazing backdrop.  Afterwards, the couple held a receiving line outside complete with bubbles as their guests saw them off in the horse and buggy for their photo session during cocktail hour.

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Their cake  was provided by Stephanie Shay of Icing on the Cake (cake is included in our packages) and was absolutely gorgeous AND delicious.  I just adored the burlap cake stand that Juliette chose.    Champagne fountains  that featured signature drinks cleverly named after the couple ; Sour Harold (Whiskey Sour) and Pink Juliette (Pink Lemonade and Vodka) were on either side of the cake.    The brides mother surprised the groom with a grooms cake (maker unknown) and delicious home made cookies were provided by a family member.  Her sister-in-law created the beautiful centerpieces, which were decoarated wine bottles with battery operated lights  topped off with flowers.

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Groom's Cake

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Beautiful hand-made centerpieces that featured battery operate lights.

Beautiful hand-made centerpieces that featured battery operate lights.

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Of course, Juliette & Harold took full advantage of the beautiful photo opportunities around Jim Thorpe and  Kemmerer Park in particular.

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Thank you Harold & Juliette for choosing the Mauch Chunk Ballroom and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania for your wedding!  It was a pleasure getting to know you and we here at the Ballroom wish you many years of happiness!

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It was a pleasure working with the following vendors:

Catering – Capriotti’s At the Ballroom

Icing on the Cake

Couple Accomodations: The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Zubek-Miller Photography

DJ B&B Light and Sound

Crystal View Carriage

Interested in a wedding in our beautiful town?  Want to have an elegant affair (at an affordable price) in the heart of our beautiful historic district?  Call our planner today at 484-629-5070 to schedule a visit and learn how we can help create a magical and romantic event your guests will remember for years to come. 

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Yes We Did! Some AMAZING New Inclusive Packages Added

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Yes We Did! Some AMAZING New Inclusive Packages Added

Businesses should be an ever  growing and evolving thing, particularly when you are in a service business.  It’s important to pay  attention to cues from potential and past clients  that might clue you in on what you’re missing, what you can do better and how you can improve.  A little more than a year ago I made some pretty big and amazing changes to the Ballroom that brought our venue to a whole new level and in doing so I got to work with some pretty amazing clients and teamed with some of the areas best vendors, like Icing on the Cake and Cake Deigns by Angie for the cakes that come with every wedding package.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thinking hard about how I can make the experience at the Ballroom even better and bring us to the next level. Now, I’m excited to introduce some of our new, more inclusive and amazing packages we put together with some additional vendor partners  and new menus from our caterers. And, of course, introduce you to our new and improved website.

The Asa Packer & Harry Packer Packages – Most of our couples, particularly those not from the immediate area, end up staying at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. So, I wanted to create packages that includes a two night stay. Of course, wrapped in a package means little unless it comes with a discount. And so, our Asa Packer and Harry Packer packages offer just that.  I also wanted to make it easier for couples that are not from the area to pull together their event by including floral centerpieces from Ruby’s Floral Factory.  Of course, as a venue I can negotiate a pretty good deal and so couples get $1,000 worth of centerpieces at a very deep discount that is incororpated into the per person price. The Asa package comes with 5 hours of open bar while the Harry Packer comes with 2 hours of open bar from the Broadway Grill & Pub.    A new sit down menu from Capriotti’s Catering is also offered . The Asa package even comes with colored uplighting around the room (can be added to the Harry Packer as an add-on).   While our other packages do not have a required minimum, the Asa & Harry packages require a 100 guest count min at the full package price and is only availabe on Saturday  so it’s not eligible for our Friday & Sunday 10% discount.

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Our client Juliette, getting ready at a Suite at the Inn at Jim Thorpe. Photo by Zubek-Miller Photography out of Nesquehoning, PA

The Foreman’s Package – playing on the Jim Thorpe theme , I wanted to create a package along the vein of the Asa & Harry with some inclusive items, but paired down just a bit and for those  that are local and do not need a night at the Inn.  This package has all that our basic packages offer including a wedding cake (limits apply)  plus the addition of floral centerpieces from Ruby’s. This package does not carry a 100 guest min at full price and can be purchased on a Friday or Sunday, so it’s eligible for the 10% discount on those days.

Customized Wedding Packages –  Not every couple has the same vision for their day.  Originally I had created a Wedding Lite package with the idea that it was somewhere between a full sit down reception and a casual night out. What I found, however, was that an event of that nature can’t really be pigeon holed into one per person price.  Many Brides began creating things that were far beyond the scope of what I priced and there were things worked into the per person price they didn’t really need, and additional things I hadn’t even thought of like outside furniture rental used to create a completely different vibe or feel.  This package allows us to work together to bring you  the standard of service people have come to expect from us coupled with your very particular ideas of what you want to do for your day.  Whether you go with the Bring Your Own Caterer or a Cocktail Reception, we will work closely with you to tailor it to fit your tastes and budget; working with our connections and network to pass on our savings to you.

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Our other packages have remained intact.  As always, all the prices that we put together already includes tax and gratuity. Bartenders are still an additional charge, but we have no other hidden fees.  You may wonder, however, where the prices on the website went?  Well, that’s because you know who we are, now we want to know about you.   I think its so important that couples actually go and see, in person, the venues that they are looking at to learn just what it has  to offer that a computer screen simply can’t convey.

For complete menu listings and a look at everything the packages include please visit our Packages page. To schedule a visit and receive pricing information you can email tara@mauchchunkballroom.com, fill out our Contact Us  page  or call 484-629-5070.

We look forward to meeting you.

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