By Kristin Boza
Parties are back in full swing! If hosting a small gathering at home sounds unmanageable, don’t sweat — these local places offer interesting space for small private events.
Like many restaurants and food service spots, Calabria Imports, 1905 W. 103rd St., recognized an opportunity to pivot during the pandemic. Calabria has been in business for 46 years, the last 18 in Beverly/Morgan Park.
“Being a part of this community for so long, we want to create a different entity in the neighborhood; we want to bring an atmosphere of good food, music and company. I think our space will do that for many people in the community,” said Julia Roberto, event specialist at Calabria. “We are currently coming up with different menu options that will offer food off our menu and maybe even have a few pop-ups in the future.”
Roberto and team remodeled Calabria’s space, adding in new shelves, countertops, and paint to make the space warm and inviting. The space can accommodate 40 to 50 guests comfortably for a sit-down dinner, cocktail hour, classes, and more. Before making a party space of their own, Calabria was known for its catering capabilities for weddings, graduation parties, and showers; now they are excited to host those events in-house.
“I’ve been doing events for about six years and my favorite part is letting guests be creative and putting their ideas into place and watching it all come together,” Roberto said. “They get to see everything from start to finish. I love watching people create memories and I get to be a part of making it happen; that’s an amazing thing!”
As 2021 comes to an end, Roberto’s imagination for 2022 is in full gear. She’s hoping to offer pasta making classes, charcuterie classes, and much more in addition to booking small parties and events.
Follow Calabria on Facebook and Instagram @CalabriaImports to find out more and stay up-to-date on what’s next.
With an adorable patio and indoor space, Pizzeria Deepo, 1742 W. 99th St., knows how to throw an intimate fete. From birthdays to anniversaries, baby showers to graduations, and everything in-between, owner Karlie Hernandez is happy to be a part of it all.
“We love being able to provide a space for family and friends to gather and celebrate any part of their lives,” Hernandez said. “Our cozy, intimate space is the perfect neighborhood spot to gather for any celebration you may not want to host at home.”
The dining room seats 40 people comfortably. The space is rented for $100/hour, and food is ordered separately depending on the number of guests. Pizzeria Deepo is BYOB — for regular non-party dining as well — so guests can bring in liquor and coolers while Hernandez and staff provide glasses and bottle openers.
“Some of our favorite memories are families singing happy birthday, friends dancing with one another, dinner toasts, speeches, and of course the music choices of all our guests,” Hernandez said.
Find the menu and more at PizzeriaDeepo.com.
Paul and Jean Harris Home
A new private event space recently constructed at the historic Paul and Jean Harris Home, 10856 S. Longwood Dr. The Rotary Room is a crisply painted white space with vaulted ceilings and rafters raising 22 feet above the satin-finished hardwood floor. Two sets of wooden French doors open to a brick patio space large enough to accommodate guests, and a wood-burning fireplace with a stone hearth adds a cozy ambience to this gathering place.
Cheryl McIntyre, Chair of the Paul and Jean Harris House (PJHH) Foundation, is excited to open the space to the public.
“The Paul and Jean Harris House is very unique in that it is the home of Paul Harris, the Founder of Rotary International, the world’s first service club, a charter member of the United Nations, and best known for the eradication of polio worldwide,” she said. “The PJHH has an amazing history and story and we welcome the opportunity to share the history of the home and of Rotary International with all visitors.”
The Rotary Room can hold 30 to 40 guests seated at round tables, or 40 to 50 guests using a combination of high-top tables and round tables. Event planners can see the space by appointment, and an application is required. The venue fee is $500.
The space has modern bathrooms for guests and an elevator for accessibility. The home itself (which adjoins the Rotary Room) is not available for events, but does conduct tours.
“Our favorite part of being a part of someone’s event is working with the event planners to make their vision become a reality and to make sure they are completely happy on the day of their event,” McIntyre said. “The look on the faces of their guests as they arrive says it all!”
To find out more, contact Cheryl McIntyre at email@example.com or 734-735-6649.