When Occasions Divine planted its roots in a trio of historic locales, the event-hosting company made sure to keep most of the buildings' original décor and architecture intact while adding modern kitchens and other amenities. The staff orchestrates an ever-changing combination of themed dinners, wine and beer pairings, multiple-course meals, performances, and art classes.
Signature events, such as 10-course meals and dinners with magic shows, occur within The Propylaeum, a manicured Victorian clubhouse and historic landmark built in 1890. Guests mingle in meeting rooms, private guest rooms, and a third-floor ballroom while surrounded by period-accurate décor enhanced by glow-in-the-dark area rugs. An intimate house built in 1868 hosts Serenity events, including educational family etiquette dinners, which invite patrons to enter through antique doors, traverse vintage carpeting, and learn the difference between salad forks and back scratchers. A communal table presents light meals and traditional english tea, and reconstructed outdoor gardens let patrons reenact scenes from crime-thriller reboots of Romeo and Juliet. Serendipity 2 events convene at The Propylaeum's original carriage house, which did a stint as a children's museum starting in 1925. Parties ramble through the main floor and balcony under tall ceilings and light from antique windows.
When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments – 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over breakfast at The Albatross Grille, which overlooks the course.
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After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
The Mansion at Oak Hill, known for creating events to remember, reflects the charm of nineteenth century southern homes. Its graceful beauty offers the perfect setting for wedding receptions, corporate functions, fund-raising events and celebrations of all types.
Taiwan-native Sunny combines knowledge from her traditional Chinese upbringing and advanced science degree as she helps guests balance healthy lifestyles with delicious Asian recipes during three-hour, on-location cooking parties. As guests nibble on complimentary appetizers and desserts, Sunny's practiced hands transform organic ingredients from local vendors into traditional Asian dishes such as sweet-and-sour chicken, lettuce wraps, and shiitake-fried rice noodles. Adventurous guests can take a hands-on role if desired, assuming control of the wok or confidently renaming ingredients after favorite science-fiction characters. As fledgling chefs taste the fruits of Sunny's labor, taste buds are coaxed toward more nutritious food habits during a chat examining healthy eating and cooking.
Firmly rooted in downtown Fishers since 1966, Archer's Meats breaks down orders of pork, beef, and chicken for homes, catered events, restaurants, and retail establishments. The staff secures USDA-certified cuts from naturally fed Black Angus livestock, only trusting a handful of local producers to provide its meats. Before any beef sees a customer's grill or oven, it's aged for 7–14 days, which leaves it tender and toothsome. These marbled steaks then appear in the display cases alongside flavored sausages—including Wisconsin bratwurst, hot italian, and andouille—and halal servings of lamb and goat.