COCONUT GROVE – Just when you think Bill Hansen has identified and secured South Florida’s most creative and unique venues, he adds another to his list of more than 100 locations for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and corporate events.
As CEO of Coconut Grove-based Bill Hansen Luxury Catering & Event Production, Hansen realizes that “there’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter event and that every client has a vision and it’s up to us to satisfy that vision with the perfect venue, foods, service, and creativity.”
With those goals in mind, Hansen has added Samsara to his exclusive selection of venues, thereby further securing his 35-year-old firm as the “go to” organization for those seeking non-traditional events. Samsara is a spectacular garden paradise nestled in the beautiful Redlands agricultural district in unincorporated Miami-Dade County.
“Samsara literally takes your breath away,” said Hansen. “In my 35 years in this business, I thought I had seen everything regarding unique locations. But Samsara proved me wrong. There is no other place like this in South Florida. Period.”
A visit clearly exceeds expectations for those seeking an event boasting the ambiance of a tropical paradise. Spanning more than two acres of event space, Samsara features waterfalls, koi ponds, and lush foliage in this Balinese-inspired garden venue. Intimate and private sitting areas, paths meandering through tropical landscaping, and numerous open-air covered structures provide all of the elements for a one-of-a-kind event.
“This location transports visitors to the Islands of the Pacific,” added Hansen. “This peaceful, bucolic location has quickly become one of our most sought-after venues. And, we’re pleased to add it to our menu of exclusive locations.”
Located just 20 miles southwest of downtown Miami, this area boasts farms, original clapboard homes of early settlers, and u-pick’em fields. Mango, avocado, guava, passion fruit, lychee, jackfruit, canistel, sapodilla, longan, mamey sapote, black sapote (chocolate pudding fruit), miracle fruit, jaboticaba, cecropia, and coffee beans are among the exotic produce grown in this area.
“It’s hard to believe that this area is in such close proximity to Miami,” said Hansen. “It is easily accessible, allowing visitors to literally step into another world that is perfect for that special day.”
In addition to offering unique venues, this firm boasts premier chefs who can create any kind of menu that matches those of five-star restaurants.
“We pride ourselves on providing all types of ethnic and American cuisines,” said Hansen. “Our affiliation with one of the finest Kosher caterers in South Florida has also resulted in many opportunities with Orthodox and Conservative Jewish clients.”
Based out of the historic Villa Woodbine historic mansion in Coconut Grove, Hansen and his team of executive chefs and planners consistently deliver on its promise of creating “one-of-a-kind” experiences that eliminate the stress during the preparation and the day of the event.
“We have become the ‘go-to’ caterers and event planners for people seeking non-traditional venues,” said Hansen. “Many people want something unique as opposed to a hotel or a country club. We pride ourselves on offering our clients the most diverse selection of venues in South Florida.
In addition to Villa Woodbine and Vizcaya, Hansen offers other venues including the The Kampong, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Park Place, Palm Court, The Alfred I DuPont Building, The Moore Building, The Cruz Building, The Charles Deering Estate, 1111 Lincoln Road, The Gallery of Amazing Things, The Versace Mansion, The Temple House The Rubell Family Collection, The Ice Palace, The Walton House, The Ancient Spanish Monastery, The Bonnet House, The Needham Estate, to name a few. He caterers at over 100 venues throughout South Florida.
About Bill Hansen Luxury Catering & Events Production
Bill Hansen started Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Events Production in 1980, under the name Bills’ Catering. Working out of The Miami Club, downtown Miami’s premier city club, he took Miami by storm and became a major player in the upscale catering arena.
In 1983, he discovered the Villa Woodbine mansion in Coconut Grove and began holding weddings and events in this historical venue. Villa Woodbine is now one of Miami’s most sought-after weddings venues.