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.

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!

Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering team has been told that we ask a lot of questions of our clients. We do that to make sure we understand exactly what you want your event to express.

You see where we are going here. Our experience with hundreds of parties with every conceivable option sets us apart from many other caterers and event planners. We build each and every event around your ideas, the tone you want to set, and the lasting impression you want to make.  

Our team’s questions are great conversation starters and set up to make sure we get where you are coming from. At Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering, we are good listeners – and happy to provide answers to your questions as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

 

According to Jaquelyn Aleece, founder of The Wedding Plan & Company, “Instead of waiting months and fighting for the ideal weekend date at your venue of choice, you might opt to hold your wedding during the week instead.”

This idea gained momentum right after Covid restrictions lifted, and has stayed despite venues’ availability easing. Why? Because, just about everything you want will be less pricey and more available. (Plus you get a better chance of getting the venue and the caterer you really want.)

Considering that there are only 52 weekends in any given year, venues, florists, caterers, and rental companies can (and do) charge a premium for Friday and Saturday weddings. That's why a weekday wedding can be a lot more practical.

Here’s what wedding planners say about weekday weddings:

The pros

"If you get married during the week, it's a big cost saver," reports Christine Figliuolo, founder of Creations By Christine Events. “If you go with a less popular day, you'll likely save on everything from the venue to the photographer.”

The cons

How to finagle your weekday event

·      Ensure that the most important guests can attend. Clear the day and date with them prior to signing venue or vendor contracts.

·      Manage your expectations. Choose the day and time with your guests in mind. Be considerate of everyone else who has a life.

The best week day for weddings? Experts agree that Thursday evenings work well as many folks can take the following day, Friday, off work.

Another ideal day is the Monday of any three-day weekend such as Labor Day or frankly, any holiday (like the 4th of July, for instance) that includes an extra day off. Bonus – you can plan the wedding around that holiday, weaving the theme into your colors, music, decor and food. Plus with a three day span to work around, more family and friends are likely to come to your event!

No matter what day you choose for your wedding, Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering team will work with you to make sure your wedding reception goes smoothly and tastes amazing. Let’s talk about what you want.

From the chef-made crème fraiche on the hors d’oeuvres to the imported chocolate truffles at each place setting, the private Zionsville estate wedding we catered recently for 185 guests was nothing short of magnificent.

The fairytale event began with the setting -- an amazing private estate nestled into a hilly countryside in Zionsville. Guests began arriving at 4 for the 4:30 PM wedding outside.

Afterwards, guests convened inside a beautifully appointed high-beamed event barn while the 13-piece band began to play. Fine wines flowed in addition to domestic, craft, and imported beers. Premium brand cocktails were also available including champagne or the signature wedding drink, Kir Royal with fresh raspberries or Amaretto sours.

The décor was perfectly suited to the semi-open structure, with billowing white drapery cascading down from the chandelier at the center of the barn. Tables were set in white linen, with crystal glassware, silverware, and fine china settings.

The reception began with butlered hors d’oeuvres:

Dinner was served about 45 minutes later with an Amuse Bouche of Indiana Tomato Gazpacho Shooter with Basil Oil and Microgreens. We followed with a Salad, featuring locally farmed Butter Lettuce Wedges with Fresh Chives, Roasted Almonds and Champagne Dressing.

Both were served alongside Indiana Jumbo Asparagus with Gremolata Butter Amelia’s Crusty Breads topped with Herb Butter.

The Vegan dinner was Stuffed Portabello Mushroom with Spinach, Layers of Zucchinii and Squash on a bed of Tomato Coulis.

Of course, a fabulous 3-layer wedding cake took center stage, but guests could also choose a lovely French Raspberry Coulis.

As guests chatted, danced, and talked the evening into night with the lovely couple, there were Chocolate Truffles placed at each place setting, as well as snacks on each table.

It was indeed a beautiful evening at a lovely setting with simply amazing food, courtesy of Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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