Party at the Palace |

Party at the Palace

The Crystal Palace first opened its doors in 1957. Mead Metcalf, the host, owner and founder of the satirical cabaret theater, created both a restaurant and a showplace in one. He adorned the building with stained-glass windows, a 1921 black Model T and other decorative fixtures acquired over the years.

Famous for its talented entertainers and amusing performances centered around current events, the Palace has also received an increasing amount of praise for its gourmet dining.

Though the restaurant is currently closed for the off-season and won’t reopen until Dec. 12, Metcalf turned on the lights last week for a special occasion. Executive chef Brad Smith ” the one responsible for the culinary accolades ” and his new bride, Jennifer Dolecki, were the honored guests at a wedding reception.

Following their Bergen County, N.J., wedding on Oct. 17, the couple spent 10 days honeymooning in Honduras. For the Aspen friends who could not attend the East Coast affair, they had a reception upon returning from their trip.

“We’re very appreciative that Mead allowed us to have a party here,” said Smith.

Prior to the party, many had never set foot in the venerable establishment.

“This place is swanky,” said one guest.

“I’m pretty sure I’ve never been here before,” said longtime local Paul Boneau. He and Tom Logan operated the soundboard for jam band The Drop. In an unprecedented performance, The Drop played a couple of sets beneath the crystal chandeliers in the dining room.

Many of the Crystal Palace performers attended the celebration, enjoying the role reversal of being entertained.

“This is great,” said Jodi Kimera. “Usually, we’re onstage.”

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