June used to be the month for weddings, but these days, spring is getting some stiff competition from fall.

Fall is gaining lots of traction as the most popular season to get married – and we can most certainly see why! The weather is cooler and more predictable. Plus nature provides a breathtaking palette of color – a fantastic backdrop for wedding and reception photos – as well as inspiration for your wedding party theme.

If you’re considering getting married this fall, here are Jacquie Bols’ awesome fall tips for planning your reception.

Plan your day to reflect the season. It’s easy to incorporate the rich colors of the season in your florals and overall decor. We love deep jewel tones and shades of red, purple, green, and gold – especially for linens and bridesmaid dresses.

The changing colors of the season aren’t the only glorious colors of fall. The sunset provides an abundance of rich color as well. Make sure your photographer uses the sunset as a backdrop for wedding party photos as well as stunning photos of the bride and groom. Plan out your first looks, post-ceremony portraits and group photos around when the sun is setting.

Fall flowers are completely different than spring and summer, so why not choose in-season blooms (including dried flowers, leaves and stems) and save money in the process? Some of the most popular fall flowers are sunflowers, chrysanthemums, dried grasses and wheat, dahlias, amaranth and Drum stick flowers (craspedia) for bouquets and floral centerpieces.

Know your local weather changes. Depending on where your wedding is located, fall temperature fluctuations can be gradual or not. It’s not uncommon for days to be hot and humid and evenings to get chilly.

If you are planning an outside celebration, make sure you have a tent (with side walls) for your guests, and patio heaters on hold in case it gets cold.

As cooler temps ease in, fall meals get more flavorful and more intense. We see more emphasis on meats, cheeses and breads, and food options with gravy and sauces.

Beverages get colorful and flavorful, too. We serve more red wines and fewer whites. More bourbons and less vodka and gin, as well. You might even consider offering warm after-dinner drink. They are popular!

Jacquie’s team enjoys working with your ideas and offering some of our own recommendations as well – if you wish. We thoroughly enjoy fall weddings and receptions, whether they are held inside or out. (P.S. We have ideas on venues, too! Just ask us.)

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding receptions are the festive part of the whole wedding thing – the ‘release’ after weeks of planning that everyone looks forward to—family, friends, and the couple themselves.

There’s music, meeting new people, family reunions, celebrating with adult beverages, eating yummy food, dancing… and generally having a great time celebrating the new couple.

Of course, there’s a lot of planning that goes into that celebration. Lot’s of decorating, too. So here’s what trend-setters are saying about what’s new this year in receptions…

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering party planners are happy to help you plan and decorate as much or as little as you want. Let us know your theme and colors and we can go to town – or just tell us what where you’d like some suggestions. Either way, we are happy to help.

 

 

 

 

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Did you know that Indiana is one of the largest pumpkin producers in the country? Absolutely true. Indiana farmers are consistently in the top 5 states for pumpkin production, according to Indiana Business Journal.

So why not gather up a colorful array of Indiana pumpkins and gourds this season -- providing instant fall décor for your home or especially wonderful for barn parties or those centered around a deck and a bonfire.

“There are hundreds of pumpkin varieties, ” says Elizabeth Maynard, Horticulture Professor at Purdue’s College of Agriculture. “If you include all the various species of pumpkins, also known as winter squashes, there’s a massive array of shapes, sizes, colors and flavors.”

They are inexpensive, festive and very good to eat, too. Locally-grown pumpkins are delicious and nutritious, providing an excellent source of fiber, beta-carotene, magnesium, zinc, folate, and potassium.

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering recommends getting creative with pumpkin décor inside and outside your home:

Jacquie uses fresh cooked pumpkin instead of canned in her fall recipes. She says the taste is fresher, and the texture is richer. Try fresh pumpkin in your fall baking:

P.S: Dogs aren’t the only animals who love pumpkin! After Halloween, cut carved pumpkins in half and place them under a bushes or trees at the edge of your property. Deer, squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons love them, too!

 

 

It’s mind-blowingly frustrating for our customers when they have to schedule, then reschedule – or worse, cancel – events due to the rapidly changing concerns of Covid. We’re all SO OVER IT!

But the good news is that we are all greeting new invitations to celebrations and parties with outright glee! There is so much pent-up interest in gathering together in celebration after so much isolating and postponing.

So -- If you have a 2022 event coming up in need of fabulous food and drinks as well as some fantastic event-planning experience, let’s talk -- and the sooner, the better!

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering has a 20-year, award-winning reputation for hosting top-shelf catering events. We’ve enjoyed lots of repeat business by some of the largest (and smallest) companies around town. We have an absolutely stellar reputation.

But we don’t rest on our laurels, by any means. We make it our mission to pull together a truly memorable corporate event, no matter what the size of the group. We give each and every one of our customers our best menus, and most creative food pairings possible.

 

We are known for high quality, sustainable and locally-sourced foods.

That means we pay quite a lot of attention to the details, such as serving meat temperature just right for optimum flavor… dramatically themed and delicious signature cocktails… and expertly helping design the event to the needs of the host. (We can even help you choose the ideal event setting. We have lots of experience in that regard, too.)

So – bring it on! Let’s get your fabulous party started!

It all begins with your phone call. Let’s see what we can do together.

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering really enjoys the popularity of outdoor fall parties, corporate events and receptions this time of year. The weather cooperates nicely and there’s nothing better than fall food surrounded by rich colorful fall décor!

It can be a lot of fun to plan a big rustic, fall, casual party – even better it’s in a barn or gathered around a huge bonfire.

We are seeing just as many casual country outside parties as we are seeing lavish and extravagant themed events – many held in more than one tent or party barn -- especially fundraisers!

Here are some of Jacquie’s favorite tips to make your outdoor event go smoother than pumpkin custard!

And of course, there’s the food. Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering uses Indiana raised and sustainable foods from local farms as much as possible. We want your event to be delicious, creative, and memorable experiences for each of your guests. So head outside this fall and take advantage of Indiana’s most beautiful and delicious season!

 

 

 

 

It’s great when you find the perfect indoor/outdoor event space for your next party. Once you do, you need to really plan to determine the best way to take advantage of both inside and outside spaces without your event seeming disjointed.

“There is an art to planning an event around both indoor and outdoor activities,” says Jacquie Bols, owner of Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering. “The best planners make merging those two spaces both practical and fun.”   

Here’s what you should ask about first:

What Jacquie Bols recommendations:

It’s always worth the extra $$ to book a venue that boasts indoor and outdoor space. It adds romance, fun, and more often that not, yields absolutely wonderful photos – as well as memories.

See you outside AND in, at your next event. We have tons of experience with both – and are happy to recommend some venues you might not have even thought about.

- Jacquie Bols

 

 

Leah and Brandon Downey’s wedding and reception were both held at Daniel’s Vineyard. A warm sunny September afternoon with a backdrop of thriving vineyards and oak trees was the perfect setting for those attending the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.

Because the grounds of Daniel’s Vineyard are so spacious, weddings and receptions can be held inside the event hall or outside on the grounds. The Downey’s wedding was held outside with the reception inside. Ooh La La Events decorated the event and handled flowers and linens, and of course, Jacquie’s Gourmet catered the event.

After the ceremony, guests came inside the spacious two-story reception barn, where waiters passed locally sourced sustainably grown hors d’oeuves:

The seated dinner included a choice of some of Jacquie’s most popular entrees along with a Hearts of Romaine salad with Caesar dressing:

As a summer breeze kicked up, guests enjoyed being outside as well as inside, where music and friends gathered for dancing and celebrating.

Congratulations Leah and Brandon, the happy couple, and their families.

 

Oh, does Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering have a way with delicious desserts!

We are known for our triple-layer double chocolate cakes, tiramisu in a glass, sinfully rich caramel apple pie, fresh key lime pie, and our oven-warm cookies – to mention a few.

And since each of our desserts is handmade from scratch, we delight in the compliments we get as we serve our guests – many of whom come back guiltily for seconds!

Here and there, we can be coaxed to provide a special recipe or two. Since rich decadent desserts are part of the language of love, and this is February, here is our Valentine to you -- our most-requested dessert recipe:

JACQUIE’S POT DE CRÈME

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 ounces best quality dark chocolate (such as Lindt 70% dark), roughly chopped

6 egg yolks, lightly beaten

Directions

Enjoy with your Valentine!

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering says YES as often as possible, from the mundane, to the quirky.

Here are a few of the questions we’ve been asked lately – and said yes to:

You get the picture. We’re always willing to figure out a way to get you the thing that’s important for the event you are hosting. If we can find a way to do it, we will. 

That’s because it is just as important to us as it is to you that your special event is uniquely tailored to your group and your setting. At Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, we want to meet your high standards – and ours. And that means we pay quite a lot of attention to the details, the little things, as well as the big ones.

Let’s begin the conversation about your next event, shall we?

When it comes to celebratory events, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering and Daniel’s Family Vineyard make a delightful pairing.

Daniel’s characterizes its lovely far northeast side McCordsville location as “an artful blend of imagination, sophistication and absolute competence, offering a variety of chic, stylish, and unique event spaces to accommodate any event.”

Daniel’s event space inside pairs very well with the panoramic vineyard views outside, making Daniel’s Vineyard an ideal location for gorgeous weddings just as easily as it is imaginable for large corporate events.

Let’s not forget the wine! Because Daniel’s produces and bottles much of its own heritage grapes, the wine served at any event here is going to be fantastic!

How lovely, then, is it that Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering is one of Daniel’s exclusive preferred caterers? In fact, Jacquie’s caters the majority of the weddings held at the Vineyards.

That makes perfect sense when you look at what each of the locally-owned organizations is known for. Both organizations very closely align in values. Each has built a solid reputation built upon beautiful presentations, high quality sustainably grown food and wine, and a deeply felt respect for the environment, carefully choosing organic, locally sourced produce as much as possible.

Working together, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering and Daniel’s Family Vineyards can readily accommodate any business special meeting needs just as well as it can provide an unforgettable wedding and reception. Both Jacquie’s and Daniel’s can cater and celebrate groups of 50 to 1,000 people, throughout the year.

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering and Daniel’s Family Vineyards. Two elegant companies with a mission to accommodate and delight. How perfectly charming is that? Cheers!

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