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150th Anniversary

Celebrating 150 Years of Peabody History

In honor of The Peabody's 150th Anniversary, we're celebrating in big ways! From special events and rooms packages to food & beverage and merchandise items, we're offering many ways for you to celebrate with us. We hope you join us in observing this milestone anniversary of the "South's Grand Hotel."

History of The Peabody:

The original Peabody Hotel was built by Colonel Robert C. Brinkley in 1869. Just prior to its opening, Brinkley received news of the death of his good friend, philanthropist George Peabody. As a sign of respect for Peabody, who contributed much to the disadvantaged South, the new hotel was named The Peabody
The original hotel was built at the corner of Main and Monroe in downtown Memphis and was considered one of the finest in the South. It had 75 rooms with private baths, a ballroom, saloon and lobby. 
In 1925, a $5 million Peabody, designed by noted Chicago architect Walter Ahlschlager, opened at its present downtown Memphis location on Union Avenue.
In 1933, General Manager Frank Schutt began a Peabody tradition that continues today. Returning from a weekend hunting trip in Arkansas, Schutt and his friends thought it would be humorous to leave some of their live duck decoys, which were legal at the time, in the beautiful Peabody fountain. Three small English call ducks were placed in the fountain, to the delight of hotel guests. Since then, ducks have been in the fountain every day. In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, formerly a circus animal trainer, volunteered to care for the ducks and taught them to march into the Lobby – initiating the famous Peabody Duck March. The late Mr. Pembroke was named Duckmaster and served in that position until 1991. 
Today, The Peabody remains the hub for downtown activity, both business and social. It retains its status as the most popular place in Memphis for weddings, debutante balls, proms, bar mitzvahs, charitable events and annual celebrations. Even celebrities continue to seek The Peabody as their place to stay during a Memphis visit. 
Still called the “South’s Grand Hotel,” The Peabody is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was cited by the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of the country’s most outstanding preservation case studies.

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1869 Grand Lobby

Special Events

Moët & Chandon Champagne Dinner

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Moët & Chandon Champagne Dinner

A champagne celebration in honor of the 150th anniversaries of the "South's Grand Hotel" and Moët Imperial. Enjoy an elegant 4-course dinner expertly paired with the exceptional champagnes overseen by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), including the exclusive Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial 150th Anniversary Edition, and be among the first in Memphis to reserve a limited-edition bottle inscribed with the "I" of Imperial badge of honor. 

Champagne Pairing:
Moët & Chandon, Grand Vintage Rose, 2012
Moët & Chandon, Brut Imperial 150th Anniversary Edition
Dom Perignon, 2009Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs

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Chez Philippe
October 1
6 p.m.

$150 per person, including valet parking
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Jack Daniel's Tasting & Dinner with Master Distiller Jeff Arnett

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Jack Daniel's Tasting & Dinner with Master Distiller Jeff Arnett

A progressive event in The Peabody's historic ballrooms, including a cocktail reception, whiskey tasting, and dinner. Start your evening with The Peabody's signature cocktail, the Jack Daniel's Peach Sour, and whiskey-inspired hors d'oeuvres, then snifter-sip your way through some limited-edition whiskeys, lef by Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Jeff Arnett. For dinner, enjoy a 3-course Southern banquet served family-style. 

Whiskey Tasting Includes:
Jack Daniel's No. 7
Jack Daniel's 150th Anniversary Whiskey, 1866-2016, 100 Proof 
Jack Daniel's No. 27 Gold, Double Mellowed & Double Barreled
Jack Daniel's "Peabody Select" Single Barrel, selected specifically by and for The Peabody Memphis

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The Peabody - Mezzanine Level
November 7
6 p.m.

$150 per person, including valet parking
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Rooms Packages

The 1869 Package

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The 1869 Package

As we celebrate our 150th anniversary this year, we are honoring our grand opening in 1869.

This package includes one night's accommodations in a Peabody suite, plus:

  • Dinner for two in Chez Philippe
  • A couples massage in Feathers Spa at The Peabody
  • In-Room Dining breakfast
  • A keepsake bottle of Peabody 150th Anniversary Dom Perignon
  • Peabody 150th Anniversary commemorative coin
  • Valet parking

RESERVATIONS
1-800-PEABODY

Package based on availability. Blackout dates may apply.

150th Anniversary Package

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150th Anniversary Package

Includes one night's accommodations, plus: 

  • A Peabody 150th Anniversary commemorative coin

RESERVATIONS
1-800-PEABODY

Package based on availability. Blackout dates may apply.

Food & Beverage Offerings

Royal Wagyu Truffle Burger

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Royal Wagyu Truffle Burger

Wagyu Beef | Butter Poached Lobster | Caramelized Onion | St. André Cheese | Huckleberry Aioli | Brioche Bun | Pamersan Black Truffle Fries 
Served with a half bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Available in Chez Philippe

The Peabody's Famous Chicken Pot Pie

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The Peabody's Famous Chicken Pot Pie

From a historical Peabody menu.
Chicken | Carrots | Peas | Pearl Onion | Creamy Chicken Velouté | Flaky Pastry Crust
 

Available in Capriccio Grill

John Collins Cocktail

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John Collins Cocktail

A twist on the classic Tom Collins, the John Collins was created in 1869, the same year The Peabody opened. 
Genever | Lemon Juice | Soda Water

Available in the Lobby Bar and Corner Bar

Meddling Duck Anniversary Beers

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Meddling Duck Anniversary Beers

In partnership with Meddlesome Brewing Company
Meddling Duck Cream Ale | Meddling Duck California Common | Meddling Duck Pre-Prohibition Lager
Each beer is available only throughout certain times of the year

Available in the Lobby Bar and Corner Bar

Sesquicentennial Wines

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Sesquicentennial Wines

In partnership with Bliss Family Vineyards
Chardonnay | Pinot Noir | Rosé

Available in the Lobby Bar and Corner Bar

Merchandise

Merchandise

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All 150th Anniversary merchandise is available for purchase in Peabody Deli & Desserts.

  • Commemmorative Collectible Coin 
  • "Skeleton Key" Key Chain
  • Leather Drink Coasters
  • Koozie
  • Christmas Ornament
  • Jewelry Charm Bracelet
  • T-Shirt
  • Mallard Duck Wine Pourer
  • 14oz Rocks Glass
  • Pottery Mug
  • Flip Flops
  • Grilling Mitt
  • 150th Anniversary Edition Coffee Table History Book