COCONUT GROVE – If there’s one thing Bill Hansen has learned during his long tenure as chief executive officer of one South Florida’s premier event planning and catering firms, it’s that “one size doesn’t fit all.”
“Whether it’s a bride or a corporate planner, they all come into the process with a vision of what they want the event to be,” said Hansen, CEO of Bill Hansen Luxury Catering & Events Production. “This includes the décor, the food, decorations, and, of course, the venue.”
For more than 35 years, the firm has delivered turnkey events that far exceed the expectations of brides and executives of Fortune 500 companies. 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.
“One of the first questions we ask clients is ‘your place or our’s?’,” said Hansen, referencing the type of venue they’d like. “The venue is a huge part of their vision of the event. Some want it to be in an historic mansion like Villa Woodbine or Vizcaya Museum & Garden. Others prefer something with a more retro look in a warehouse.”
With that decision as one of the building blocks of a successful wedding or corporate event, Hansen can distinguish his firm from others by offering more than 100 exclusive venues from Key West to North Palm Beach.
“We never try to fit a square peg into a round hole,” he muses. “At times, our clients may not have a clear picture of the venue, but we’re always able to narrow the choices because of our exclusive access to premier and unique sites.”
In addition to Villa Woodbine and Vizcaya, Hansen offers other venues including the The Kampong, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Palm Court, the DuPont Building, The Moore Building, The Cruz Building, The Charles Deering Estate, 1111 Lincoln Road, The Gallery of Amazing Things, The Versace Mansion, 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.
“Sprawling gardens, historic mansions, warehouses, antique car show rooms, and art museums are just some of the locations that answer the needs of clients seeking the perfect event,” added Hansen. “Basically, there is nothing that we can’t deliver in terms of high-quality menus, world-class staff, and these locations.”
One of the most interesting trends in recent years, according to Hansen, is that corporate planners and brides are coming to the table with so much information and preferences for all aspects of the event.
“Due to the information on the Internet, some come to us with very specific requirements,” said Hansen. “This includes the décor that could range from burlap and lace to retro. It involves service costumes ranging from Old Victorian to something more modern. And, of course, it involves the site which really sets the tone for the entire experience.”
Hansen stressed that the best assets of his staff is that they are able to listen and from those sessions are able to piece together the event.
“While some know exactly all of the components of the event down to the most minute detail, others arrive with pictures, menus, and just the types of things they prefer,” said Hansen. “Based on that information, we begin the intricate process of planning and meeting their needs.”