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 Updates, events and news for the hotel and surrounding area!

Luxury Compost for your Garden:
Our Second Annual ‘Dirt Day’ is May 14 from 11am-5pm

 

We will be selling 20 pound bags of compost made from our organic waste to benefit the Rice Park Revitalization Project.

Stop by Thursday, May 14 from 11 am - 5 pm in front of the hotel to purchase bags of compost. Each 20 pound bag is just $3.50. 

Working in partnership with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation (a nonprofit affiliated with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce), our banquet and food service, along with the our restaurants, have been recycling organic waste. Each month we send 26 tons of kitchen scraps and compostable waste to a composting program operated by the Mulch Store – reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills by 85%. The Mulch Store turns the organic and compostable waste into rich compost for use in gardens and landscaping.

Packaging and selling our compost during last year's 'Dirt Day' event.




 M ST. Cafe Named a Top 100 Brunch Restaurant in U.S. by OpenTable

M ST. Cafe was named a Top 100 Brunch Restaurant winner for the second time and is just one of two Minnesota restaurants awarded this distinction. M ST. has also received OpenTable's Diner's Choice Awards of "Best Overall", "Best Food", "American" and "Great For Brunch" for the Twin Cities area.

OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations unveiled the 2015 Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America in April. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states. 

"The entire staff of the hotel and M ST. Cafe is excited to achieve this award a second time! It is an honor to be recognized as a Top 100 Brunch Restaurant in America." stated Ken Boyles, The Saint Paul Hotel General Manager.

Call 651-228-3855 or Make Your Reservations Online for Sunday Brunch, or Breakfast or Lunch any day of the week at M ST. Cafe.

Malted Waffles, just one of M ST. Cafe's popular Sunday Brunch items.

  


 

Etiquette Classes for Children, Young Adults
and Business Professionals

We will be having three etiquette luncheon classes this fall:

Children's Etiquette Luncheon – October 10
Young Adults Luncheon – October 17
Business Etiquette Luncheon – October 24

Space is limited. Please call 651-228-3860 to register.

See our Etiquette web page for more details and to see the Etiquette Luncheon menus.

A recent St. Paul Pioneer Press article "Lessons in dining etiquette – for prom and beyond" features our new Etiquette Instructor, Bethany Miller along with The Saint Paul Hotel's Etiquette classes.

The article also highlights eight great etiquette tips everyone can use! Read the full Pioneer Press article.

Above: Bethany Miller of Doors of Success School of Etiquette and one of her Children's etiquette classes. 




Jazz in The Lobby Bar CD Release Party and Concert, May 15

Join JoAnn and Jeff in our Promenade Ballroom for a CD release concert of their new CD, Jazz in the Lobby Bar, Friday, May 15, 7:30-10:30 pm, along with special guests Richard Kriehn on violin and mandolin (A Prairie Home Companion regular), Nathan Norman on drums, and Pete Whitman on the saxophone. 

Our Ballroom is just steps away from The Lobby Bar where the duo has built its enthusiastic following for the past seven years.

JoAnn Funk, whose intimate piano and vocal style blends seamlessly with Jeff Brueske’s skillful bass, will treat the CD release party audience to highlights from the new CD, which celebrates the duo’s seventh season in the Lobby Bar.

The Jazz in The Lobby Bar CD features tastefully arranged signature tunes and music by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Clifford Brown, Mose Allison and Waylon Jennings.

JoAnn and Jeff end their spring Jazz in the Lobby Bar season on May 16. They will return for the Twin Cities Jazz Festival June 25-27. They will be back for their fall season starting September 12.




Did You Know...?

Did you know that The Saint Paul Hotel has a history cabinet? 

Our history cabinet is located next to M ST. Cafe on the lower level and is available for everyone to see. It contains a variety of historical items collected from the past 105 years the hotel has been in operation.

Included in the contents are photos, original menus, monogrammed china, silver, matchbooks and many other unique items from The Saint Paul Hotel's past.

Be sure to stop and see it the next time you visit for an exciting glimpse into the hotel's former days!

Above: left to right, a silver matchbook case, personally monogrammed and given as a memento to all invited guests at the hotel's grand opening gala on April 18, 1910; a registration card from September 5, 1910 with several famous dignitaries such as Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, James Garfield and James J. Hill; The Saint Paul Hotel's history cabinet.




What’s Blooming at The Saint Paul Hotel

by Sara Orvik, Horticulturist and Gardener of The Saint Paul Hotel

It’s time to plant the summer annuals!  Starting May 18th, I will begin planting 2,350 annual plants. This year’s annual beds will contain fragrant white alyssum, blue salvia, blue ageratum, bright yellow marigolds, pink begonias, purple cleome, raspberry Angelonia, and the stunning Redhead coleus. The window boxes will have hot pink impatiens with trailing sweet potato vine and dwarf Alberta spruce topiary trees. I like to add a new plant variety each year. This year I will try the Whopper begonia, which reaches two feet tall and blooms continuously throughout the summer.

The May garden will also present numerous yellow daffodils and colorful tulips with patches of purple allium standing tall amongst them. Many of the tulips and daffodils in the garden have been there for over 10 years! 

Some of the notable May blooming perennials you’ll see in our garden are the numerous varieties of peonies. A special favorite is Bartzella, the yellow peony. The tree rose’s pink blooms will begin to open alongside the lavender lilac blooms on the Dwarf Korean lilac trees which line the drive on each side. Beautiful deep purple bearded irises complement the brilliant red roses of Red Rascal. Also, blue catmint makes a nice groundcover under the delicate pink roses of the Bonica shrub rose. False Indigo will tower over the surrounding perennials with their sweet pea-like blooms. And of course we all love to see the climbing Willem Baffin roses when they are covered with their dark pink blooms, creating the most beautiful entrance to our garden!

Gardening Tip for May...

When the tulips and daffodils are done blooming, simply pinch the spent flower blossoms off. This will encourage the plants to produce food for the next season’s bulb. It is very important to allow the foliage to die back and turn yellow. If the foliage is removed prematurely, the plant will not make sufficient food for next year’s blossoms.

Special note…

The Saint Paul Hotel and its garden are one of the stops in the Rice Park Tours on the third Wednesday of each month starting in June and going through September. More information about this and other summer walking tours.

Our tulips are painting our garden with an explosion of spring color! Come visit us and see them while they are still blooming.





Employee Spotlight

Hilary Reiners, Assistant Guest Services Manager

1. How long have you worked for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
I began my career at the hotel as a Housekeeping Supervisor in October of 2013. From there I was promoted to Assistant Executive Housekeeper and after a short time became Assistant Guest Services Manager.

2. Explain your daily tasks. 
I assist with the managing of our Guest Service Representatives, Bellmen, Doormen, Van drivers and Concierge.

3. What is your favorite part about working for The Saint Paul Hotel?  
Recognizing and immediately addressing any guests' needs, to enable them to fully enjoy their time with us.

4. What are some of your favorite memories or experiences from working at The Saint Paul Hotel? 
Discussing dry cleaning with a very famous movie star that shall remain nameless.

5. What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of the workplace?
Good food, fine wine and great people.

6. If you could choose any other position, what would it be? 
It has always been a dream of mine to be a Sommelier.

7. What is a “fun fact” about you?
I caught a shark by mistake while deep sea fishing.

Hilary near the main entrance in our lobby.