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or the upper tier in elegance, ambiance and attention to every fine detail, consider booking The Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater for your next event. With its dazzling architecture, dramatic views of beautiful Tampa Bay and service beyond compare, The Mahaffey is St. Petersburg’s premiere destination for weddings and other special events.

Your reception, corporate event, private party or other special date will be absolutely exceptional when you have it at The Mahaffey. There are numerous options: From the Main Stage to the Grand Ballroom, the lush lobby to the exquisite glass atrium (offering unparalleled views of sparking Tampa Bay), you and your guests will enjoy the best that downtown St. Pete has to offer in comfort, convenience and class.



ust beyond the theater doors, there’s a patch of brilliant green, laid out like The Mahaffey’s front lawn. The popular half-acre Plaza is a grass-covered area perfect for wedding ceremonies, corporate picnics or just for enjoying St. Petersburg’s famous sunshine during meeting breaks. The Plaza begins at the theater colonnade and ends at the door of our esteemed neighbor, the DalÍ Museum.

A shady oasis by day, and a beautifully-lit photo backdrop in the evening, there’s a stand of lovely crepe myrtle trees adjacent to the Plaza – easily reached just outside the theater doors. With seats and benches under the trees, it’s also the ideal spot for an informal meeting, or a moment of quiet reflection.



t 3,700 square feet, with a 20- foot ceiling and an entire wall of windows overlooking Tampa Bay, our multipurpose Grand Ballroom comfortably seats 250 people. Ideal for receptions, parties, banquets and corporate events, the Ballroom offers a house sound system with screen and projector for meetings.


ith towering pillars, a steel-and-glass motif and royal, deep-red carpeting, this palatial entrance not only features a centralized grand staircase to the upper levels, but an expansive glass-walled atrium offering a breathtaking view of Tampa Bay and one of St. Petersburg’s fine downtown marinas.


In addition to the occasional dolphin swimming by, some guests will marvel at the take off and landings of the small planes at the adjacent historic Albert Whitted airport.


he Main Stage is the heart of The Mahaffey. From its thrilling proscenium arch and enormous red velvet curtain, to its deep orchestra pit and Broadway quality lights and sound, the Mahaffey Main Stage has shone the spotlight on everyone from Tony Bennett and Jerry Seinfeld to Yo-Yo Ma, Diana Ross and the Czech National Symphony!


Make a lasting impression when you recite your vows or name your employee of the year on the same spot as the biggest stars of the past 50 years.




Award-Winning Catering The Best of Florida and The Southeast Best of Weddings as published in The Knot Magazine Couples Choice Award on Wedding Wire for last 5 years Caterer of the Year Tampa Bay Best of Tampa Bay Catering We have also been the official caterer of The Gasparilla Parade and The Gasparilla Children’s Parade for over 20 years managing all corporate tents serving over 10,000 people along the parade route. About Catering by the Famly’s Owner Steve Gonzalez is a second generation, Tampa native who is the owner of Catering by the Family. With a passion for food and friends, Steve treats each client and every event as if he were orchestrating a feast for his own family. Steve and his Catering by the Family team look forward to an ongoing partnership with the Mahaffey Theater which shares Steve’s focus on quality, beauty, and presentation.



Executive Chef Trained at The Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, and invited to teach Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu; Chef Michael Karasek brings extensive experience and vision to Catering by the Family. Chef’s passion for cooking began at six years of age, when he routinely practiced culinary techniques and trends on friends and family.  Chef Karasek’s specialties include excellent Fusion Cuisine which complements his love for innovation in cooking. He insists on cutting edge techniques coupled with the freshest ingredients in his kitchen, where he creates culinary artistry. Executive Catering Director The face of Catering by the Family-Mahaffey Theater-Big 3 Entertainment catering operation is Executive Catering Director Sandra Thiebe. Sandra is responsible for the Family’s day to day functions with Mahaffey Theater-Big 3 Entertainment. With over 20 years of experience in the catering business, Sandra not only shares the Family tradition of service, but also the Family’s set of values.

The Mahaffey Buffet Dinner Inclusive Package

Includes Hors D’oeuvres Hour

Choice of 2 Starches Choice of Vegetables Dinner Rolls with Butter Coffee and Iced Tea Station Standard China Package Professional Service Personnel

Choice of House or Caesar Salad Chicken Entrée Chef Attended Action Station

Chicken Entrée



Caribbean Mediterranean Marsala Piccata Creamy Garlic Mojo Grilled Grilled Thai Chili Breaded Lemon

Sauteed Vegetable Medley Oven Roasted Vegetables Stringbeans Almandine Glazed Baby Carrots Green Beans and Baby Carrots Broccoli Casserole Cuban Style Black Beans Caribbean Vegetable Blend

Garlic Smashed Potatoes Parslied Potatoes Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Parmesan Orzo Rice Pilaf Spanish Style Yellow Rice Penne Alfredo or Marinara Oven Roasted Potatoes

(choose 1)

(choose 1)

(choose 2)

Upgrade to Stuffed Chicken Athena Tuscany Sicilian Cordon Bleu

Chef Attended Station (Choose 1)

Slow Roasted Carved Turkey Breast

Stir Fry Station

Served with cranberry, mayonnaise, and spicy mustard

Seasoned chicken, beef strips, and fresh vegetables cooked to order with ginger, soy & spices, served over rice or lo mein noodles

Our Famous Rub Roasted Carved Top Round Served with creamy horseradish spread and roasted garlic aioli

Carved Ham with a Crunchy Honey Crust Served with spicy mustard and mayonnaise

Marinated Mojo Pork Loin Served with mango chutney or guava barbeque sauce

Pasta Station Penne or bow tie pasta with your choice of: chicken or sausage, homemade marinara, alfredo, or pesto sauces

Mac & Cheese Station Elbow macaroni or seashell pasta with your choice of cheddar cheese sauce or alfredo, tossed with seasoned baby shrimp, diced ham, peas, caramelized onions, shredded pepper jack, crumbled gorgonzola, jalapeno peppers, or bacon

The Mahaffey Plated Dinner Inclusive Package

Includes Assorted Passed Hors D’oeuvres and Canapés (Passed Butler Style) Wedge House Salad Choice of Entrée  Choice of Vegetable

Choice of Starch Dinner Rolls with butter Coffee and Iced Tea Station Standard China Package Professional Service Personnel


Dual Entrée Grilled Petite Sirloin and Sauteed Chicken Grilled Petite Filet and Sauteed Chicken Steak topped with your choice of sauce:

Chicken Breast Entrée Or Upgrade to Stuffed Chicken 6 oz Sirloin 6 oz Filet Seafood Entrées at Market Price Chicken Breast

Marsala, Piccata, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Breaded Lemon, Mojo or Thai Chili Grilled

Demi Glace, Béarnaise, Caramelized Onions, or Mushroom Ragout Upgraded

Chicken Breast



(choose 1) Garlic Smashed Potatoes Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Pan Fried Baby Potatoes Rice Pilaf Yellow Rice

With spinach and feta cheese

Sicilian With sundried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese

Tuscany With prosciutto, fontina cheese and red peppers

Cordon Bleu Stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese

Bacon Wrapped Champagne Stuffed with an herbed cheese Vegetable

(choose 1) Seasonal Vegetable Medley Stringbeans Almandine Stringbeans & Roasted Peppers Caribbean Vegetable Blend Oven Roasted Vegetables

Upgraded Vegetable Options

Green Bean Bundles Steamed or Roasted Asparagus (Seasonal Availability)


Upgraded Starch

Duchess Potatoes Twice Baked Potatoes Mediterranean Orzo Risotto Cake Upgraded Seafood

Tilapia Piccata Tortilla Crusted Tilapia

Topped with hollandaise

With a tomato—key lime buerre blanc

Andouille sausage crusted salmon

Sauteed Basa

Thai Chili Glazed Salmon Grilled Mahi Mahi

Topped with a white wine sauce

Grilled Salmon French Quarter Salmon

Topped with a mango salsa

Lobster Tail Available at market price Ask your salesperson about other seafood choices

Secure your date today! Contact Sandra Thiebe at 765.346.0325 400 First Street South St. Petersburg, FL 33701 THEMAHAFFEY.COM

Mahaffey Theater Weddings and Special Events  

St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater is the perfect venue for your wedding or other special event.

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