Because we are known for our gourmet foods, folks often assume we don’t cater anything other than upscale corporate affairs and large, lavish receptions.

We’d like to set the record straight on that.

We most certainly can do the extravagant parties and large-scale events, but you might be surprised that we do many, many other types of gatherings, some of them surprisingly small and simple.

For instance:

The common factor for all these events -- large and small, very simple to extravagant, is – absolutely fantastic food. We don’t compromise on that. In fact, we can even make tacos and hotdogs taste great by starting with healthy organic meat and proper preparation.

So – whatever you are celebrating, large or small, we hope you’ll invite us to be a part of your special day.

Hard to imagine being outside sleeveless, and in sandals – but those gorgeous warm days are just ahead.

It also means right now is the ideal time to book an outside event, especially if you want a weekend date May through September.

Why we love outdoor events:

  1. More bang for your buck! Outdoor wedding festivities are less pricey than indoor spaces.
  2. The great outdoors is less stuffy and more… well, open! Go big without folks feeling crowded.
  3. Having a ceremony outdoors (think flower-covered gazebo) is oh-so-romantic!
  4. Let the sunlight be your lighting – and nature as your backdrop. Great photographs!
  5. Choose a venue with a barn (or set up a tent) just in case the weather gets iffy.
  6. If your event is in the evening, there’s nothing more romantic than getting married as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.
  7. Hello to a big evening bonfire for more outdoor fun.
  8. Some outdoor venues are dog-friendly. (Just sayin’!)

We know all about the best places! That means we can steer you towards event spaces that meet your needs well-ahead of time. No surprises.

Give us your requirements, including your must-haves and we’ll work with you to make sure your day is picture-perfect and seriously delicious!

One of the interesting aspects of working with Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering is getting to know more about many of the event spaces in and around Indy.

One of the venues we unhesitatingly recommend – especially for weddings -- is Morgan Acres. Located in Hancock County, this lovely space consists of five beautifully maintained acres complete with vineyard, brambles, orchard, pond and plenty of outdoor sites for special events. Take a look at this video: (https://www.morganacresindy.com/why-morgan-acres.html)

Morgan Acres also has some especially unique features:

Amenities:

The Barn includes a bridal suite, kitchen, (2) full bathrooms, loft seating and dance floor. Two large sets of barn doors in front and back open, inviting natural lighting and air flow.

The large main loft is joined to two balcony sections by arched, wooden walkways. The upper sections can seat up to 175 with additional seating on the main level and is ADA accessible. An outdoor deck is available for expanded seating or outdoor activities.

Originally part of a 1000-acre farmstead reaching from Cumberland Road into Hancock County, the house & main barn were built from the trees grown on the property. The Grand Barn has been restored to maintain its original integrity and design. The property remains a historically significant piece of Indiana history and is eligible for the Indiana Historic Registry.

Multiple wedding packages available. Plus -- Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering has catered large and small events here numerous times. We hope to cater your wedding at Morgan Acres this wedding season!

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering has some truly lovely outdoor venues available from which to cater your next event. Hawks Point Acres in Anderson is one of our favorites.

Hawks Point Acres’ location in Madison County renders it an ideal crossroads for guests meeting up from Indianapolis, Muncie, Kokomo, Greenfield, and other eastern Indiana cities.

But it’s the romantic newly built barn on the tree-covered seven acres, it’s ideal for weddings and other special occasions – and recognized by The Knot “Best of Weddings” 2023.

Built in 2016, Hawks Point barn offers 2,000 square feet for up 175 people to enjoy. Party-perfect amenities include: three indoor bathrooms, heating and air conditioning, three crystal chandeliers, twinkle lights, organza draping, numerous pieces of rustic décor such as wine barrels, crates, old doors, multiple wooden signs and chalkboard signs. It’s truly a hidden gem (https://www.hawkspointacres.com/take-a-tour/).

It all adds up to a perfect place for your beautifully and deliciously catered wedding party and reception. Best part? Jacquie’s planning team will be happy to help you book a tour and choose your date, simplifying your party-planning!

Sure, we are a catering company. But that general term is deceiving.

As our repeat clients know, we do soooo much more than “plan, prepare and serve.”

We truly are event planners, which means the earlier you contact us in your planning process, the more we can help you with the kind of experience and due diligence 20 years in the business has provided us. We can provide all kinds of ideas for your upcoming event you may not have thought of.

And -- we can also help steer you away from making costly mistakes.

That’s because, by providing food and resources for well over 6,000 parties in our 20 years in Indy, we know things like:

We are more than happy to help first timers and experienced corporate event planners pull together truly memorable events, from the first “save the date” to clean up at the end of a terrific party.

Let’s work together to get the ball rolling in the right direction for your 2024 event!

 

 

The Conservatory at Evergreen is the newest event space for which Jacquie’s Gourmet team provides catering. Located at 8140 W. 34th St Indianapolis, IN 46214, The Conservatory is set on a lush 23-acre space adjacent to Eagle Creek Reservoir. Privately owned for 92 years, the new owners took care to maintain the integrity, history, and serenity of the surrounding land when they crafted the beautiful glass-walled event building.

The scenery -- visible from all sides -- even the glass roof! -- is nothing short of spectacular, offering panoramic views of a peaceful, pristine lake surrounded by sprawling hills, evergreens, and woods. It’s a beautiful place to begin your event with a wow! – and create a lasting memory.

Conservatory amenities:

Entertain up to 250 guests as you tie the knot or tie one on for a special day that you and your guests will always remember. Here’s what The Conservatory at Evergreen provides:

If you have a special date in your future, holding it at The Conservatory at Evergreen guarantees a "statement event" and a beautiful memory. As always, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering team has lots of catering and party planning ideas for you and your guests. Let’s start the conversation.

 

 

 

 

These days, just about every event you attend includes social media photos. So – what can you do to look really good in those pics – instead of cringe-worthy?

 Here’s what the experts say to do before the event:  

Ready, set, strike that pose!

·      Try posing with your hand on your hip to create space between arms and body.

·      Angle your shoulders toward the camera. Then take a deep breath, relax and roll your shoulders back. You’ll look relaxed and confident.

Best way to look like you are relaxed and enjoying an event? Let us do all the work – from set up to tear down – and all that fantastic food and drink in the middle. Let’s talk about that next event you have coming up!

First, congratulations! Life IS good, and you deserve to choose the type of wedding and reception you want for your special day.

Very likely, you already have a pretty good idea of what you do – and absolutely don’t -- want to do on your wedding day. But whether you want to go BIG or just family and close friends, that still leaves a lot of little details to consider.

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering wedding planning team has helped lots of second-timers with their receptions – for which we have adopted a slogan we embrace fully. Life is too short to worry about what others might think.Absolutely,” nods owner Jacquie Bols, “Just do what feels right for you.”

Here are some pretty cool ideas to use – or not -- from the happy couples we’ve worked with recently:

1. ANNOUNCEMENTS

2. THE VENUE

The place you choose for your wedding and reception will set the tone for the day. That’s why we recommend choosing a place that has meaning for you both.

We have lots of experience with venues and are happy to help in your decision. We can give you the scoop on everything from parking to best places for live bands – to guest capacity.

3. WHAT TO WEAR

4. CEREMONY IDEAS

5. TO GIFT OR NOT TO GIFT

6. FOOD AND BEVERAGES

We can pull together the ideal menu for your group, large or small. We have great suggestions on what’s trending, what foods pair well, and how to set things up to look great while satisfying a multitude of palettes and appetites.

Let’s talk about what you want

When you’re ready to set ideas in motion, give us a call. As you can see, we have lots of ideas. We’re happy to help make your second time around absolutely memorable -- and lots of fun!

 

 

Got a big event coming up? The party planners at Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering work with some terrific florists we would happily recommend to you. On a tight budget? Our “floral partners” will be honored to work with you and within your budget – just as we do.

That said, sometimes folks want to DIY it for the fun of it – or to save resources.

Here are some tried and true ways to save money and get the beautiful looks you want:

Plan ahead. Practice on a few centerpieces or bouquets ahead of time. Pull together some Idea Boards and try different colors together.

No matter how you choose to pull together your floral decor, remember that fresh flowers have a relatively short shelf-life after being cut. Be sure to keep them in water, and preferably in a cool place (such as an on-premises refrigerator) until right before the event.

Most of all, have fun with your preparations. Flowers signify joy and love – which is what your event is really all about!

 

Once you’ve decided on a time, date and place for your wedding reception (or really, any special event), the next big decision is what to serve. And that, for many clients, can a decidedly complicated decision.

Here’s what to consider, from the experienced event planners at Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering:

Once you have taken all of the above into consideration, we can help you come up with a palate-pleasing menu that meets your requirements.

A good place to start is by heading to our website and looking at our 5 top menus https://www.jacquies.net/wedding-menus/. Our event planners can sit down with you and add and subtract menu items, or come up with something unique to suit your needs. That includes planning a bar menu as well.

Got a question about food pairings? An idea about something you’d like to serve? We can help you with answers and all kinds of helpful ideas.

Next comes the fun part. We can schedule a time for a taste-testing, so you can actually sample what you wish to serve. It’s a great way to feel comfortable about your upcoming event.

Let’s get started on making your event memorable and delicious!

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