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Welcome to Les Pages, the first and only entirely merit-based list of the nation’s best event companies, most talented event professionals, and top event venues. Among those named to the multi-category, city-by-city directory are event planners David Stark, Mindy Weiss, and Colin Cowie; florists Eric Buterbaugh, Diana Gould, and Jeff Leatham; caterers Peter Callahan, Susan Gage, and Wolfgang Puck; and venues The Metropolitan Museum of Art, President Lincoln’s Cottage, and The New Orleans Botanical Garden, to name a few.
To decide who would be listed in Les Pages (French for “the pages” and pronounced “lay pahj”), our editorial team spent 10 months conducting primary research and interviewing event experts and members of The Salonniere 100, our news-making annual list of America’s 100 best party hosts.
Les Pages honoree Eric Buterbaugh. Photo: Los Angeles Times
Les Pages is a welcome and trustworthy resource. Unlike existing event-vendor directories that include most any business willing to pay a fee, Les Pages is completely merit-based—companies cannot pay to be included. In addition, to keep Les Pages current, companies are reevaluated for inclusion on an annual basis, and new companies are added as merited.
“Most people don’t realize that event-vendor directories are primarily advertising vehicles, not objectively created and updated lists of the best businesses in the industry,” said Carla McDonald, our founder and editor in chief. “Les Pages is our way of cutting through the clutter and giving people a best-in-the-event-industry list that they can trust and use with confidence.”
Les Pages honoree Susan Gage. Photo: Washington Post
“In a world of pay-to-play vendor directories, Les Pages is a refreshing departure,” said David Pressman of David Pressman Events, an event-planning company listed on the Los Angeles page of the directory. “As an event professional, it’s a meaningful honor to be listed, and for people planning important events, it’s a much-needed resource.”
Les Pages is a natural follow-up to The Salonniere 100, which is also based on months of research and interviews by our editorial team.
“Together, The Salonniere 100 and Les Pages shine a light on the people in America who are exceptional at leveraging the power of social gatherings to enrich the lives of others,” says McDonald. “The Salonniere 100 celebrates the gifted connectors who host parties, and Les Pages honors the exceptional professionals who bring events to life.”
Les Pages honoree Peter Callahan
Even for those not planning events, Les Pages is fun to peruse. Each city page features a vintage party photo that relates to that region. For example, the Chicago page leads with a kitschy photo from a 1963 dinner party in a Windy City suburb, and the Los Angeles page includes a rare photo of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio at a 1953 party at Bob Hope’s California home.
Les Pages honoree The Lotos Club
So whether you’re planning an event—or simply wish to send a breathtaking floral arrangement to a friend or colleague—you can use Les Pages with confidence. For full access, use the drop-down menu in the top menu bar or click a city below. And check back often: new cities, categories, and companies are added every month.
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Les Pages Welcome Mashup
Photo: Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire
Quote: White Head, 1949