Steven Becker Fine Dining began in 1954 when Dan and Jeanne Becker founded Lazy Suzan, a restaurant and caterer in Clayton. As a second-generation business owner, Steven Becker took the company to the next level by focusing on the banquet business. After five successful years of developing and operating the Starlight Roof at the Chase Park Plaza, Steven Becker Fine Dining moved to the newly renovated and stunning historic Coronado.
The Coronado Hotel, built in 1926, is located at 3701 Lindell Boulevard. Designed by Preston Bradshaw, the St. Louis architect not only owned the building, but also lived there with his family until he died. The Coronado is long remembered by many St. Louisans as an elegant hotel where luminaries such as Barbara Stanwyck, Harry Truman, and Mae West stayed. Many St. Louisans met their spouses or were married here in the 1940's and 1950's. During the 1960's and 1970's, the Coronado was a St. Louis University dormitory popular with the school's law students. After being closed for many years, the Coronado reopened after a lavish renovation in 2003.
The Coronado Ballroom
The restored Coronado Ballroom features:
- A breathtaking barrel-vaulted Grand Ballroom, ornate ceiling designs painstakingly restored to original condition
- Classic terrazzo dance floor with illuminated floor tiles, one of a handful remaining in the U.S
- All new state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, pastry department and approved Kosher food preparation
- A majestic Grand Lobby with stone fireplace, intricate cast ceiling, gold leaf columns and elegant furniture
- The Bradshaw Meeting Room, with built-in projection screen and LCD projector encased in the ceiling
Your Catering Team
Your Coronado Ballroom and Meeting Facility event will be in the capable hands of the Steven Becker Fine Dining professional catering team:
|Kathy Becker, Vice President, has been actively involved in managing the catering company with her husband Steven for the past 20 years while raising their three children, Jessica, Daniel, and Allison. She is responsible for marketing and advertising, as well as recruiting the best catering industry talent in St. Louis. Kathy graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelors degree in Nursing.|
Rob Schaefer, Vice President of Catering and Design Development, has been planning remarkable parties for over 22 years. He is a Certified Wedding Coordinator by National Bridal Service.
A graduate of Columbia College, he has worked for retail giants Switzer's, Edison Brothers, and Neiman Marcus. Rob continues to act as Corporate Designer and develop the distinctive SBFD look.
He is a NACE award nominee for Best Wedding Reception in the United States. Writer, Speaker, Florist and Artist, Rob continues to teach seminars on entertaining and style throughout the Midwest.
John McGuire, Corporate Food & Beverage Director, brings over 20 years experience in the hospitality and restaurant industry to Steven Becker Fine Dining. He has worked for many hotel and restaurant giants and brings four Diamond experience, and a record of leadership results in project management.
Trenton Alexander Thrun, the Executive Chef of Steven Becker Fine Dining, is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, New York. He has over 20 years experience in the Food Service and Hospitality industry. His work experience is from all over the United States including 7 years of that working at The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. He is in charge of all food operations with a passionate eye for detail and quality.
Beth Cain, Director of Sales, joins Steven Becker Fine Dining with 11 years’ experience planning events ranging from Wedding Receptions and Fundraising Galas to Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Corporate Seminars. After graduating from the University of Tulsa, she began her career in event planning with the Aries Party Rental Company. Her passion for the industry led her to become a Food and Beverage Manager at the Hyatt Union Station and then onto the Sheraton Westport where she was a Catering Sales Manager. Beth moved to San Diego and took a position as the Director of Catering for the Marines and Sailors at Camp Pendleton, CA. planning change of commands, weddings, Marine Corps Balls and some of the biggest events for the Generals on base. Beth’s bubbly personality makes all clients feel right at ease. She invests the time to learn all she can about her client’s expectations and dreams so she can bring her years of experience to create successful and memorable occasions.
With many years of experience in the catering industry, be assured that your special event will receive the utmost attention to every detail. You and your guests' enjoyment is our number one goal.