Love has been in the air this July! Jonathan Byrd’s has been honored to be the chosen caterer for so many newlyweds in the Central Indiana Area for over 30 years and this month has been no exception. When we weren’t cutting and serving cake, we were decorating cakes with the help of some crafty girl scouts. Keep reading to see all the events we’ve participated in this July.
Essie’s Retirement Party
Retiring is truly an occasion worth celebrating, just as Essie is. We hosted her retirement party here at 502 so she could celebrate with her family, friends, and (former) co-workers. Guests had fun looking at memories displayed on multiple photo boards and created new memories in the photobooth provided by Picture Perfect Ohio Photobooths. Essie worked at a school for over 35 years, and now she is free to be fabulous! Look at how this lady went out-of-work in style!
Jonathan Byrd’s is proud to announce our newest partner venue: The Neidhammer. The Neidhammer is in the Irvington Historic District located above Neidhammer Coffee Company and Ash & Elm Cider Company. It has a very rustic and industrial feel – perfect for modern weddings! The most recent couple we hosted there had a lot of fun decorating their king’s tables, adding flowers to fixtures for a personalized touch, and showing off pictures of them growing up over the years. Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Legg and thank you for letting us cater your big day!
Rios Anniversary Party
Juan and Parry Rios were married 25 years ago, but they didn’t forget how to party in all that time! These two danced the night away with their friends and family by their side. They had an elegant cake, beautiful purple centerpieces, and an over-the-top DJ. This couple made sure that they were never going to forget hitting such a big wedding milestone.
Saeed- Mohiuddin Wedding
502 East Event Centre provides so much space for your family and friends on your big day. One of the reasons we have a ton of gorgeous cultural weddings and events here is because we can accommodate so many people, such as the Saeed-Mohiuddin Wedding which had over 300 guests in attendance. Their beautiful backdrop and centerpieces were crafted by the décor professionals at Atmosphere’s Indy.
Sysco Awards Lunch
Is your staff performing how you would like them to? Have you ever stopped to thank them for their hard work and reward with something special? Our friends at Sysco Indianapolis did just that for their entire staff! The group started their morning by breaking into teams and having educational sessions in 502’s various classrooms, and then they came back together for their lunch and awards ceremony. 502 East worked with them to create a culturally diverse menu to match their travel theme. We set up multiple buffets featuring Hispanic, Italian, Asian, and Hoosier cuisine perfect for eating next to their unique globe and suitcase centerpieces. Once lunch was over, the group celebrated together and management awarded their employees for their hard work throughout the year.
If you’re interested in multi-room corporate event for educational sessions, give 502 a call and we will customize an event your employees will never forget.
With other caterers, when you have a wedding tasting you can only pick so many items from their menu to try. At Jonathan Byrd’s we set out a large variety of our most popular wedding dinner options, so you have the opportunity to try the best we have to offer! We set up multiple buffets, carving stations, dessert trays, and appetizers for all our upcoming brides and grooms. Guests also loved munching on popcorn popped fresh in our popcorn cart which could be easily personalized for weddings at 502. We had help from our friends as Classic Cakes, Oberer’s Flowers, and Banzi Balloons to make our wedding tasting a big hit among all our couples that came out.
Girl Scouts Cooking Class
Jonathan Byrd’s had a special cooking class for some local girl scouts from Anderson. Ten girls of varying ages and their troop leader drove here to partake in creating different dishes. The girl scouts decorated hats and cake boxes, ate fruit salad, made pizzas, and decorated cakes. Some of the girls were incredibly artistic and made gorgeous cakes to take home. We hope that this activity led towards the progress of badges for their sashes.
Looking for a new recipe to try at your next picnic? Our Summer Duck and Wild Berry Salad would make a great addition to your next summer party. Filled with bright colors and flavorful duck, this salad is sure to please your guests! Watch the video below and click here to see the full recipe.
Summer Duck and Wild Berry Salad
They say “a party never started with a salad,” but clearly they weren’t talking about our Summer Duck and Wild Berry Salad. This salad would be a great first course for your upcoming Labor Day Party. Our favorite thing about this recipe are all the fresh fruits and veggies we’ve incorporated in it. We went berry picking at Spencer Farms to get the fresh berries that we use in the dressing and on the plate. We also recommend searching for local duck and farmer’s cheese to support your local farming communities as well as adding fresh flavor to your salad.
Duck Breast Marinade
½ Cup – Soy Sauce
¼ Cup – Wild Flower Honey
¼ Cup – Brown Sugar
2 Tblsp – Garlic
½ tsp – Cracked Black Pepper
Pinch – Salt
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Place duck breast in the marinade for 2 hours
Berry Salad Dressing
1 cup – Assorted Berries
8 oz – Canola Oil
4 oz – Red Wine Vinegar
3 Tblsp – Orange Juice
2 Tblsp – Dijon Mustard
1 tsp – Orange Zest
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a blender, combine assorted berries and red wine vinegar. We used blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, but you could use other seasonal fresh berries if you wish. Puree until smooth, although there will be some seeds.
Pour the berry puree into a mixing bowl and add orange zest, orange juice, and Dijon mustard. Whisk to combine. Once smooth, continue whisking while adding canola oil. The dressing will be smooth with a pourable consistency.
Take the marinated duck breast and put it in a hot pan for 3-4 minutes to sear it. Flip and sear for another 3-4 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 125 °F
Duck – Marinated, Seared, and Sliced
Valencia Orange – peeled, and sliced
Yellow Baby Tomatoes
Fried Wonton Wrappers
On a plate, lay down a bed of salad greens, and place the sliced duck and sliced oranges adjacent to the salad bed. Place berries, golden gooseberries, yellow tomatoes, and farmers cheese over the entire salad. We used the same berries leftover from the salad dressing. Top with fried wonton wrappers in the center of the salad. Drizzle salad dressing over the entire salad or serve on the side.
The weather isn’t the only thing that was heating up in June. The chefs at Jonathan Byrd’s and 502 East have been working non-stop to make decadent food for a slew of events we catered throughout the month. We’ve had so many weddings, graduation celebrations, and conferences to make food for that it might be cooler outside than it is in our kitchen. Keep reading to see all the awesome events we’ve been a part of in June!
Indiana Electric Cooperatives – Your Tour Trip to Washington DC
502 East Event Centre played bus stop for 100 high school students before they boarded for a trip to Washington D.C. The kids and their families gathered at 502 East to get the lowdown about the trip and meet the chaperones. This mix of boys and girls were high school sophomores and juniors from all over Indiana that applied through the Indiana Electric Co-Operatives Board to meet their local political representatives in Washington D.C. The educational week and concluded with a detour to Pennsylvania to see the Flight 93 memorial and Gettysburg.
For more information about the Youth Tour, visit: https://www.electric.coop/our-organization/youth-programs/about-the-youth-tour/
Indiana Hospital Association
Nurses, and other medical professionals gathered at 502 for the Indiana Hospital Association Conference. This group had some intriguing speakers including Regina Holliday, who shared the story of how her husband fell very ill and how her experience with medical professionals helped her pave the way for better medical advocacy. Regina is also an accomplished artist and painted a new work of art in the room following her speech.
To learn more about Regina, check out her website: http://reginaholliday.blogspot.com/
We were happy to host our Hamilton County Neighbors at the One Zone Chamber meeting on June 13th. The hot topic everyone was buzzing about is the new direct flights from Indianapolis to Paris, which were made possible by the efforts from our friends at Visit Hamilton County. One Zone also filled our foyer with vendors and booths to help other members learn about the businesses that make Hamilton County thrive! Guests finished the event with beautiful chocolate strawberry tarts.
Morrice – Waszczuk Wedding
Congratulations to Fiona and Ryan on tying the knot at 502 on June 15th! Their purple and white wedding was beautiful! All the little details came together for their big day. The aisle runner, the centerpieces, and even the walls matched the scheme perfectly. Congratulations to the happy couple!
24th Annual Indiana Association of Play Therapy Conference
Occasionally adults need to get out and play too! Teachers and therapists from all over Indiana gathered at 502 East Event Centre for the 24th Annual Indiana Association of Play Therapy Conference. Adults learned about crafts and activities that are beneficial for adolescent growth. Before they could pass these games onto their students, the adults needed to test out the fun themselves. It was very amusing to watch adults play with play-dough, bubbles, and parachutes like they were kids again.
Award Ceremony at Indiana Historical Society
Jonathan Byrd’s was honored to be chosen to cater at the Indiana Historical Society for an award ceremony in honor of the outstanding faculty at Ivy Tech campuses across the state. The group made the most of this exquisite space by spreading the event across multiple floors. Esteemed professors met with Dr. Sue Ellspermann, the president at Ivy Tech at a happy hour outside on the canal. Attendees drank strawberry mint fizzes and nibbled on appetizers like the wild mushroom polenta. Following cocktail hour, guests went into the theater for an award ceremony while Jonathan Byrd’s staff prepared the stunning Lilly Hall for their dinner service. For dinner, a dual plated slow braised beef short rib and spinach filet of sole was served, along with a vanilla strawberry tart for dessert.
If you’re looking for a central venue with unique space and historic details, check out the Indiana Historic Society and contact Jonathan Byrd’s for catering assistance.
Rachel’s 40th Birthday Party
40 is a big milestone, so you have to make sure you celebrate it right! Rachel’s mom threw her an over-the-top surprise birthday party here at 502East, complete with food, décor, and gigantic balloons from Banzi Balloons! Everything was decked out in pink, black, and gold and the party was hopping all night long! Happy Birthday Rachel, we hope it was one to remember!
Summer Sangria Basket
We kicked off summer with our Summer Sangria Basket Giveaway! This basket included goodies such as reusable ice cubes, leis, pineapple cups, a recipe booklet created by our chefs at Jonathan Byrd’s, and Eppa Fruita Sangria courtesy of our friends at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. We really appreciate all of our facebook friends who liked and shared our post, but we could only pick one winner and it was Rose Uhde Lang! Thank you so much to everyone who participated! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more contests!
Are you visiting 502 East Event Centre for a conference or event and want to stay somewhere close? 502 East Event Centre is in Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis and a frequent winner of best places to live in America. Frequently, 502 East Event Centre hosts conferences for companies and groups that expand all over the state, the Midwest, and even the country. When traveling, convenience is key. That’s why 502 East Event Centre and Jonathan Byrd’s Catering often recommend the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel as a nearby hotel that provides easy access to 502 East Event Centre and Downtown Indianapolis.
Since the creation of “Holiday Inn Express”, many people associate Holiday Inn as a place for the frequent traveler to rest their head between flights. But not every Holiday Inn is a “Holiday Inn Express,” and the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel provides so much more than a bed to sleep in.
The 171 room hotel is located off the main drag of Pennsylvania Parkway, nestled behind tree lines and incorporated in an office park. Although the Hotel is not far from 465, there is a sense of privacy and serenity around the building. As soon as you drive up to the hotel, your perception of what a Holiday Inn provides, completely changes. The grand entryway and dignified exterior really enhances the value of this hotel.
The Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel has plenty to offer its guests. Not far from check-in is their full restaurant and bar named The Hoosier Grill. The cozy lounge has a double sided fireplace, plenty of seating for dining or for guests to enjoy a cocktail from the bar. The Hoosier Grill serves breakfast and dinner daily with full menu selections. For breakfast, diners are welcome to choose from the breakfast buffet for $8.95, or they can order off the breakfast menu which features Eggs Benedict and Biscuits & Gravy, just to name a couple. Mouth-watering dinner items have just been added to the dinner menu, including the Hand-Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich, Apple Bourbon Pork Medallions, and Shrimp Diablo Pasta. The restaurant features daily specials known as the “$8 daily dives,” and are a great meal for the deal.
The Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel also has a 2,000 square foot ballroom capable of seating 100-120 guests depending on orientation. The ballroom can be divided into 3 smaller salons that are ideal for team meetings, training sessions, or company events. An array of food and beverage options are available to satisfy the needs of hungry attendees!
All 171 rooms come equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig®, and access to their on-site guest laundry. Not only did they just replace all of their mattresses to help their guests sleep well, but they also provide a sound machine in each room which partners with the triple-paned windows to keep out any environmental distractions. Guests have access to their business center, sparkling lap pool, and their sundries to satisfy that sweet tooth or craving during the day or night.
If you are looking for a hotel that will accommodate an active lifestyle this is the place for you! There are imminent amounts of walking paths that will lead you to the well-loved Monon Trail, enjoyed by Indy residents and visitors daily. Looking to count your reps or sweat off the cocktail carbs from the night before? The revamped fitness center with all new, state of the art equipment, and free weights will help you make this happen.
Tired after a long meeting? Need a little sun? Check out the hotel’s beautiful courtyard with plenty of outdoor seating to prop your feet up while fire pits keep your toes warm. During the Summer, the staff provides cornhole boards and other outdoor games for guests to play. Guests can bring their own food, or enjoy their dinner from the Hoosier Grill in the courtyard
If you’re looking to explore the Carmel area, the Holiday Inn provides a shuttle that travels within a 6- mile radius of the hotel. Driving in? Then you are not far from the Arts District in Carmel, shopping at Clay Terrace or the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing. And if you are feeling more adventurous, the hotel is close to Meridian Street which will take your straight to the heart of Downtown Indianapolis.
We advise you to check out and check-in to the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel when you’re having your event at 502 East Event Centre. They will arrange room blocks for 10 or more rooms and can arrange a shuttle back and forth from your conference if needed. This hotel is a great place for someone who wants to work hard and sleep harder, but have a little fun in between.
(Pictures courtesy of LCP360 and the Holiday Inn Indianapolis Carmel)
If you find yourself driving behind Ikea in Fishers, you may find a very large glass building labelled “Forum Conference and Event Center.” You might think it’s offices for the credit union or maybe an auditorium for employees, but it’s so much more than either of those things.
The Forum Conference and Events Center
The Forum Conference and Event Center is a crisp modern venue with lots of versatile space and high-tech features. The building was built in 2003 in stages, with the Conference and Event Center added last. The building houses the headquarters for the Forum Credit Union, and leases office space for other businesses. The entire building is immaculate and has a chrome and marble finish.
The space is so clean and contemporary that it feels like a blank canvas. The polished look works great with both a modern wedding and a corporate gathering. The diverse space can be divided in many ways and can be rearranged so quickly that guests will be amazed that they’re stepping back into the same room.
While most of the building may be bustling with office staff, the Forum Conference and Event Center is heralded by 2 exceptional women: Julianne Mertz and Kalissa Atchley. These two dynamite ladies run everything in the conference center from scheduling events, ordering linens, floor planning, meeting with clients, rearranging the room, and posting on social media. They were nice enough to take time out of their busy schedules to give me the grand tour of the event center and show me how an event at the Forum comes to fruition.
Photos courtesy of Dimensions Photography
Whoever designed this event center really thought of everything. The foyer of the conference center has a built-in check-in table, bar, and coat check. No extra equipment required. The foyer has floor to ceiling glass windows providing lots of natural light. Doors on either side of the foyer allow access into the event center.
I saw how the space was utilized and transformed at a recent wedding Jonathan Byrd’s catered at the Forum. A built-in monitor greeted guests as they entered the foyer, which was filled with decorated cocktail tables, a photobooth, and the Jonathan Byrd’s cheese display was prominently displayed in the middle of the room. The bar was open for business and the check-in table was decorated to match the cocktail tables and displayed pictures of those family there in spirit.
The foyer decorated for cocktail hour
Inside the 7,200 square foot conference center is a large stage at the front of the room and a large air wall capable of dividing the space for multiple events. Depending on the orientation, the conference center can seat between 50-500 people. There are 2 screens on either side of the conference center, and one big screen that comes down over the stage. For weddings or other romantic events, there is a gigantic chandelier that can be hung in the middle of the ballroom.
The ceremony setup – Photos courtesy of Dimensions Photography
Bridal suite, groom suite, and an extensive kitchen area for caterers are all part of the event space as well. The bridal suite has lots of room for a group of bridesmaids, and the groom’s suite doubles as an employee lounge filled with games and a pool table. New rules by the Forum dictate that you cannot go off their preferred DJ and Catering list based on previous experience, but the list has a variety of options for every price point.
One of the coolest features of the conference center is over the stage. There is a long plain strip that you might not notice until the projector turns on and displays a logo or picture. Mertz and Atchley make a few designs for clients and they pick one that will display on the wall over the stage for the whole event. The design can be a new logo made for the event, a pre-existing logo for corporate clients, or a picture from a couple’s engagement shoot. It’s a great wow-factor that really sets the Forum Conference and Event Center apart from so many others.
Projected logo over the stage – Photos courtesy of Dimensions Photography
The behind the scenes work that guests don’t see, is really what makes the Forum such a great venue for any occasion. As guests entered the conference room for the ceremony, the room was divided in half width-wise by the airwall. The stage adorned in tulle and twinkle lights, and the room was packed with almost 200 people sitting in rows on either side of an aisle. There was an opening in the middle of the airwall, but it was blocked with a divider so no one could see through the opening. The bridal suite has an entrance to the conference center, and when the bride and her girls were ready, they hid behind the airwall before the guests took their seats.
Once the ceremony was over, guests filed back into the foyer for cocktail hour, and that’s when Mertz and Atchley flexed their muscles. They opened the airwall to double the size of the room to reveal all the tables for the reception packed tightly behind it. The tables had linens, napkins, plates, and table numbers on them already. From there, these two ladies and their vendor team, rolled up the aisle, moved all the chairs to the side of the room, and lifted all the tables into their spots. The dance floor for the reception was disguised by the aisle runner and the chairs during the ceremony. Once the tables were all in place, the chairs were placed around the tables, and the centerpieces were distributed at every table.
Pre-set tables made for an easy and quick transition
All the chairs during the ceremony used the same chair covers and bows that were used for the reception. The DJ who played music for the ceremony, didn’t have to relocate any of his equipment, he just stayed in the same spot next to the dance floor by the stage. The stage that was the backdrop for the ceremony, now became the backdrop for the head table so everyone could see the bride and groom and all the speeches. The buffets were pre-set behind the airwall now just needed to be filled with food.
Before: Ceremony – After: Reception
To see before and after pictures makes you think that this was 2 different almost identical rooms, but it was just the magic of planning ahead, being creative, and a little elbow grease quickly transformed the entire space.
If you’re looking for a versatile event venue in Fishers with great amenities and experienced venue managers – check out the Forum Conference and Event Center and tell them Jonathan Byrd’s sent you.
Jonathan Byrds: Bride & Forum Approved – Photos courtesy of Dimensions Photography
Indianapolis in May is the busiest time of the year for many companies, and Jonathan Byrd’s is no exception. We’ve been hustling this month creating unique events and food for parties around Indianapolis and at 502 East Event Centre. Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Team was also busy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gearing up for the 102nd running of the Indy 500. Below are some of the fun events we were honored to be a part of in the month of May.
Super Hero Super Party at 416 Wabash
Jonathan Byrd’s Executive Chef Brett Lewis doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that keeps up with the latest superhero blockbusters, but he was all in for creating a menu that incorporated everyone’s favorite characters. Some of the menu items that we brought to this corporate party included “Spring Chicken Scallopini (Pounded out with Thor’s Hammer),” “Wolverine Carved Pastrami Spiced Brisket” and “Multi-Grain and Gamora Pilaf,” to name a few.
The Black Panther dessert station was a hit with the crowd. It included sugar cookies printed with pictures of superheroes, various fruit tarts, brownies, and three flavors of gelato.
Photos courtesy of Kristin Hornberger Photography
416 Wabash and Evans Audio-Visual went all out decorating with blacklights, neon signs, and superhero dancers.
Photos courtesy of Kristin Hornberger Photography
Lockwood Wedding at Forum Conference and Event Center
Congratulations to Ashley and Zach Lockwood! This adorable couple tied the knot at the versatile Forum Conference and Event Center, and Jonathan Byrd’s was there to made sure the guests had plenty of food to enjoy.
Photos courtesy of Dimensions Photography
This couple’s beautiful wedding was decorated in violet, lavender, and white, and had fun activities for guests to take part in such as a photo booth, scavenger hunt, and song request cards for their “wedding mixtape.”
Photos courtesy of Dimensions Photography
Sariah’s Sweet 16 at 502 East
Sariah is an all-star athlete with an all-star family. They went all out for her 16th Birthday at 502 East with a huge cake, a red carpet, and paparazzi. Everyone was so excited for her big entrance that security needed to step in.
Family and friends danced the night away by our own Hollywood Sign. It was a party fit for a celebrity!
The Great Andretti Party at Andretti Motorsports
The 20’s were in full swing at Andretti Motorsports before the Indy 500. Flappers, feathers, and finery were the theme of the night as guests dined on multiple stations of Jonathan Byrd’s fare ranging from Caviar Deviled Eggs, Meyer Limoncello Raviolini, and Mini Hazelnut Gateau. Our over the top cheese plate was turned up for the occasion and featured 12 different cheese from all over Indiana.
Patrons were mesmerized by flappers on stilts, models posing in human-sized champagne glasses, and an IndyCar Disco Ball Hanging from the ceiling.
Sponsor Party for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Race Team at Dallara IndyCar Factory
Jonathan Byrd’s famous food made an appearance at another pre-race event at the Dallara IndyCar Factory. We set out two buffets to serve over 400 people at this event. Invited guests were proud sponsors of the three cars that competed the next day.
Dallara has a lot of fun IndyCar activities for the whole family, such a simulators and IndyCar rides down North Main Street in Speedway.
Grewal Wedding at 502 East
Mr. and Mrs. Grewal sure know how to throw a party! 502 East Event Centre hosted over 400 people for their wedding over Memorial Day Weekend. Guests danced late into the night and enjoyed lots of videos of the couple displayed on multiple screens around the room. The Team at Atmosphere’s Indy made a beautiful backdrop on the stage, a lit archway for their couple’s main entrance, and beautiful centerpieces.
Check out some of the wedding party’s dance routine! Can you dance as well as they can?
Posted by Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group on Thursday, May 24, 2018
We can’t talk about the month of May without mentioning the Indianapolis 500. Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Team paired up with Belardi Racing, Hollinger Racing, and AJ Foyt Racing to sponsor the red #33 car driven by James Davison. Watch the video to learn about the tradition and history of the Byrd Family at the Indy 500.
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Davison, unfortunately, crashed early in the race with defending champion Takuma Sato. We’re looking forward to seeing the Jonathan Byrd’s car race again next year!