Choosing to Host Your Event with Tortoise Supper Club Will Provide a Planning Experience Much More Than a Typical Planning Experience

The answer seems obvious to us. When you are looking for a swanky vibe, and you want to plan a memorable event for your colleagues, friends, or family, there are many things that set apart Tortoise Supper Club from the pack.  From an entirely from scratch dinner and cocktail menu, an authentic, only-in-Chicago jazz era vibe, and being an establishment where the owners are heavily involved in daily operations, there 2 very specific points that make the planning process at Tortoise Supper Club, more personable than perhaps other venue options.

  1. At Tortoise Supper Club You Have ONE Point of Contact for Your Event

Expert and seasoned event planner, Kelli Varnava will be your only point of contact from your initial inquiry, during your planning process, taking you all the way to your event date.

Kelli has a heart of gold and a passion for planning memorable events.  She will keep an eye on the finest of details, from the first time you reach out about date availability until ensuring the last remaining detail for your event is secured.  Some details which you may not even consider – or care about – she is sure to cover seamlessly! Many other venues have teams consisting of multiple talented individuals, which can at times, leave a guest feeling passed off between venue contacts, confused on whom they should be corresponding with and important details potentially getting lost in transition.  At Tortoise Supper Club, if Kelli heads out on vacation or is out of the office unexpectedly, one of Tortoise’s owners, Megan Addington, promptly steps in to for immediate assistance. Finding two more enthusiastic team members who care more about your event than these two will be quite a challenge. Kelli’s expertise in event planning is appreciated by many brides, mothers of grooms (and brides!), whether for their big day or festivities leading up to the wedding; CEOs, and so many executive planners hosting important business events in downtown Chicago.  From your first inquiry, you can select your date, confirm your booking, and then she will reach out one week prior to the event to finalize the details. She streamlines the process and ensures it is the easiest, yet most detailed, planning experience for her guests. You can get as involved in detail planning as you’d like, or you can leave it all up to Kelli! Have the confidence to entrust your event with her and being able to execute an incredible experience while surpassing your expectations is what sets her apart. Additionally, if you want to further personalize your event by including third party vendors (florals and décor, etc.) and special add on’s (entertainment, etc.), Kelli will be your best partner. She has a unique planning approach that is airtight, making sure no detail is left unconsidered or unturned, and rest assured, since she is your only point of contact, you have a strong advocate for your event.

Your Event Will be Managed by Industry Professionals That Have Been Working Together For Over 20+ Years

Setting Tortoise apart from the strong competition in Chicago, and nationwide, is our management and service staff.  Colleagues of over 20 years, Mike (GM) and Bruce (Beverage Director) work hand in hand with Kelli and will be spearheading the set up and execution of all details you confirm with Kelli.  From a culinary standpoint, Pablo (Chef) and Brandy (Pastry Chef) will flawlessly prepare your meal.  Kelli meticulously plans every detail, and when she does finally pass the baton to Mike, Bruce, Pablo, and Bandy for day-of execution, they are poised, seasoned event veterans taking your vision created with Kelli and bringing it to fruition. Sadly, within the hospitality industry, businesses experience a high rate of turnover in not only hourly staff, but management staff.  Tortoise Supper Club’s service professionals are serious about their profession, their hospitality, and ultimately your experience, which is what sets Tortoise apart.  Your event will be championed by the best in the business. Tortoise Supper Club’s service professionals are serious about their profession which provides an authentic, heartfelt, genuine hospitality experience.

While the from-scratch food, craft cocktails, swanky jazz era vibe, Chicago owners, Chicago history, and live jazz are all excellent reasons to select Tortoise Supper Club for your next business dinner or event in downtown Chicago, the major differences you’ll experience specifically pertaining to event planning will ensure your event “WOWs!” your guests and provides a lasting impression for years to come.



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