We had the good fortune of connecting with Deepika Bhalla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deepika, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always loved to entertain! Several years ago in Chicago, I attended an event at an independent event venue that blew me away with it’s unique design, over the top opulence and stunning beauty…this was no standard hotel ballroom! Rather, it was the most beautiful event venue I’d ever seen! Fond memories of that evening stood in my mind for years to come, and I wished that Arizona had something like this. I started to dream of a venue like none other in Arizona at the time, where companies could have their sales conference or holiday party…where couples could get married and share their love…where young men & women could have their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs…and most important of all, where people could come together to celebrate and share in the joy of life’s most precious moments! I had never even worked in an event venue, let alone build, own and operate one! But, I didn’t let this stop me from talking to everyone and anyone I came in contact with about my dream! My husband, friends and family gave me endless encouragement to pursue my dream, and finally I purchased a piece of land and my dream came true..CHATEAU LUXE was born!
What should our readers know about your business?
I am most proud of how Chateau Luxe has grown so much since opening 5 years ago. It has not been easy, but our staff is passionate about their work and they truly care about treating our client’s event as if it were their own…to me that is the most important thing. We are often part of some of the most precious moments in our client’s lives…and we have one chance to make it perfect, so that has been key to our success. A few things Chateau Luxe is known for are: 1. Our culinary team – lead by our in-house Executive Chef & Pastry Chef accommodates any type of food menu imaginable, and even 100% Kosher Menus! 2. Chandeliers. The first thing people say when they first enter Chateau Luxe is…”WOW, the chandeliers!!” Our lobby chandelier was designed by the artist who created the infamous chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas–and guests always love to take pictures with that.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Arizona has so many delicious and fun things to check out! Breakfasts would be at The Henry, Breakfast Kitchen Bar, Snooze, Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn. Lunches & Dinners at Pizzeria Bianco, Tarbells, Chino Bandido, Ocotillo, Persian Room, Sel, Steak 44. We would shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Spend some time in the trendy spots of Downtown Phoenix, go hiking on Camelback Mountain, and perhaps take a day trip to Prescott or Grand Canyon.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, my family and friends, and especially my Chateau Luxe Family! They’ve all played a huge part in making my dream of Chateau Luxe come true and I am so grateful to each and every one of them!
Courtesy: Chateau Luxe