Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

Mix yourself a Cream of the Crop, and join us as we toast the crème de la crème in the party business, the Les Pages honorees. A year in the making, Les Pages (French for “the pages” and pronounced “lay pahj”), is the first and only entirely merit-based list of the best event companies, professionals, and venues in America. Among those on the list are event designers David Stark, Mindy Weiss, and Colin Cowie; floral designers 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.

Les Pages is the first and only entirely merit-based list of the nation’s best event companies, professionals, and venues.Los Angeles Les Pages honoree Eric Buterbaugh. Photo: Los Angeles Times

To determine who would be listed in Les Pages, our editorial team spent 10 months conducting research and interviewing members of The Salonniere 100, our annual list of America’s 100 best party hosts, as well as event experts and local influencers who attend events regularly. Many honorees were also queried, so there is a peer component to Les Pages as well.

Anyone planning an event—or simply wishing to send a breathtaking floral arrangement or delicious treat to a friend or colleague—will find Les Pages to be a welcome resource.

An event designed by Les Pages honoree Victoria Dubin of New York

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.

“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 and trustworthy resource.”

Deborah Keyser of The Parador, an event venue that made the Houston list concurs. “It’s refreshing to receive an award that is based on merit, as opposed to a ‘pretend award’ that is based on purchasing advertising or getting dozens of friends to bombard a voting site.”

The delicious work of Les Pages honoree Federal City of Washington, D.C.

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 is a natural follow-up to The Salonniere 100, a best-of-the-best list also based on months of research and interviews.  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. The Salonniere 100 celebrates the gifted connectors who host parties, and Les Pages honors the exceptional professionals who bring events to life.

Sullivan Owen is a Les Pages honoree

Flowers by Les Pages honoree Sullivan Owen of Philadelphia 

To access Les Pages, use the drop-down menu in the top menu bar or click a city below. And check back often: new cities and categories are added every month.  

Atlanta

Austin

Boston

Charlotte

Chicago

Dallas

Denver and Aspen

Detroit

Houston

Los Angeles

Miami

New Orleans

New York

Philadelphia

San Francisco

Seattle

Washington D.C.

 Les Pages Welcome Mashup

Photo: Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire
Quote: White Head, 1949