– For Bill Hansen, a “special” event should be just that – “special”.
And the unique nature of a wedding, corporate event, anniversary, and others frequently start with the venue.
Hansen should know because for more than 35 years he has been coordinating South Florida’s premier events as the CEO of Coconut Grove-based Bill Hansen Luxury Catering & Event Production (www.BillHansenCatering.com).
“Our portfolio of more than 100 exclusive locations throughout South Florida has clearly positioned us as the ‘go-to’ firm for those seeking non-traditional events,” he said. “We’re finding that more and more people simply don’t want to have their special day at a hotel or country club. They want a place that they – and their guests – will remember.”
With that philosophy, Hansen has added the Walton House to his unique list of venues. Located in the beautiful Redlands agricultural district in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, the Walton House transports visitors into the past, giving them a picture of what life was like in South Florida in the early 1900s.
“It is an ideal location for a wedding or corporate event,” said Hansen. “Only a short drive from downtown Miami, the Walton House presents a quaint alternative from the hustle and bustle of Dade Country. Once through the gates, visitors always seem to slow down and absorb an ambiance which is unmatched in the area.”
Established as an avocado farm by Mr. Walton in 1917, his home is now the site for those seeking a unique venue and a glimpse of what South Florida was like a century ago.
The centerpiece of this estate is a charming, historic English-style cottage. From its soaring gabled roof to surrounding country English flower garden and the adjacent European-styled horse stable, brides, grooms, and guests experience the flavor and old world charm of England right here in South Florida.
“The beauty of this location is that visitors can explore a world unlike anything else available in South Florida,” added Hansen. “Every turn reveals another curiosity.”
Among the features are a lush tropical setting with rare and exotic flora in a botanical garden. The Walton House boasts a coral rock swimming pool with cascading waterfall, elegant swans and Japanese koi. Macaws, parrots, flamingos, waterfowl, cranes, giant tortoises, and monkeys add to appeal.
A large Indonesian-style Chickee hut overlooking the lagoon is the perfect site for a ceremony.
“With the addition of the Walton House, we have established a major presence in the Redlands,” said Hansen. “With this location and Samsara, we are able to plan truly unique events in this one-of-a-kind area.”
Samsara is a spectacular Indonesian-inspired garden paradise featuring 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.
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.
In addition to Villa Woodbine and Vizcaya, Hansen offers other venues including 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.