About Us

We Have Serviced

Thousands of weddings, parties, and corporate functions

After twenty years in the restaurant business as Ron & Shirley’s Italian Restaurants, Ron Preiss and his daughter, Kelly Simonds, started catering their top quality food to St. Louis and the surrounding area. Known as Exclusive Catering for ten years, in January 2002, the name was changed to Catering by The Christy. As Exclusive Catering, we have catered over 2,000 events including beautiful wedding and banquet affairs, luncheon buffets, and through our Corporate Fare division, box lunches, both small and large luncheons and, picnics and barbecue gatherings.

The name change seemed to evolve naturally as the popularity of The Christy Banquet Center grew. Purchased by Exclusive Catering in 1997, the former Firefighter’s Banquet Facility was renamed, The Christy Banquet Center. Located in south St. Louis at 5856 Christy Boulevard, the banquet center is now one of the most beautiful facilities in the area and in demand for weddings and corporate bookings. Our off-site catering is operated from The Christy and, with the high recognition of the banquet center and the food served, the catering name was changed to reflect that recognition.

A variety of services is provided to our clients, including catering (both through our Corporate Fare division and our social catering packages), event planning, theme-based events, and fundraisers.

Meet Our

Wonderful Staff

Kelly Simonds

President/Owner of The Christy Banquet Centers & Catering

Karen Wilson

Senior Manager of Event Planning

Kim Heinzerling

Logistics Manager

Dawn Spriesterbach

Executive Chef

Gabe Simonds

Operations Manager

Maddie Simonds

Marketing & Event Coordinator

Jake Simonds

Sous Chef 

Sydney Wilson

Sales & Event Coordinator