The Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel recently staged an event titled “The Art of Renaissance” on a beautiful February afternoon. The attendees watched a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated hotel and sampled delicious appetizers and desserts from the hotel’s kitchen and from local food sources such as La Bonne Bouche, The Billy Goat Chip Company, Ice’s Plain and Fancy, and the Marcoot Jersey Creamery. Along with the tempting food samples, there was a fine selection of libations from O’Fallon Brewery, Ferguson Brewing, Square One Brewery & Distillery, Broadway Brewery, Fitz’s Root Beer, and Kaldi’s Coffee.
The food and beverages were scattered throughout various newly appointed conference and meeting rooms on the ground level and on the top floor with its panoramic view of Lambert International Airport. In keeping with the art theme, local artists Jim Trotter, Steve Walden, Genevieve Esson and Lauren Ellis were on hand with beautiful displays of their work. Local musicians and bands, who kept the pace moving through the exhibits, included Jody Clegg, Johnny Chase, Spatz Jazz Band, All That Jazz, and No G’s Entertainment.
Part of the theme included collecting donations for the nearby Holman Elementary School, which added a very generous note to this action-packed tour around the Renaissance Hotel. On top of all the displays, food, drink and redecorated facilities, at the end of the evening attendees competed for prizes in a cell phone “selfie” contest. Everyone was given a selfie stick and encouraged to post fun shots from locations throughout the hotel. The competition was intense but a winner was declared and awarded a GoPro camera.
This was a very creative approach to attract event planners, meeting planners and the press to a party celebrating new facilities and redecorating. Everyone needed to keep in motion or they might miss some compelling new features of the hotel
or special moments sampling food, quenching their thirst, and taking in the art and music. By the end of the evening most of
the attendees agreed that “The Art of Renaissance” was a very memorable event.