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Versatility comes from experience

Welcome to the Chicory Event Center—the newest venue in the area for weddings and other celebrations!

Our venue is new, but our reputation for wonderful food and amazing attention to service and detail is widely recognized through both our catering activities and successful restaurant operations. Now, the Chicory Event Center gives us the flexibility to host even more events. The Craft Catering team is ready to dazzle your guests with outstanding meals served by our dedicated professional staff.

Your wedding, your way; we can handle it all, from bridal shower or rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception, and even brunch the day after. Planning and hosting a wedding does not have to be stressful. Our facility offers multiple options for configuring the space to meet your needs, including private rooms for the use of the bride and groom; all food is freshly prepared on-site in our own kitchen; and you can expect stellar service from our trained waitstaff. You’re free to relax and focus on enjoying every minute of your special day, knowing that we are taking care of all the details.

Planning

Prepare to be amazed at our attention to detail

Supporting your planning needs, our own chef and fulltime coordinators are on hand to offer help and guidance for a smooth and successful event; if you already are working with a planner, you can count on our support. For your convenience, A/V equipment, chairs, tables, and linens are available on site and we can connect you with the top providers in the area for additional specialty services.

The Chicory Event Center offers a variety of rooms to comfortably accommodate your guests. Spaces and seating are as follows:

  • Main room — 275
  • Private dining  — 35
  • Conference room – 35
  • The Chicory Café and patio, each seating 75, may also be rented for an additional fee.

Catering

Always freshly prepared on-site

Your event is unique. We work with you to create a menu that suits your tastes and requirements and your style of presentation. We have the flexibility to handle plated formal events, buffets, stations designed for mingling, or casual gatherings. You have the freedom to host your event as a cocktail reception, dessert party, elegant dinner, outdoor event or whatever format you envision. Talk with our chef and professional planners who can suggest themed menus from our experience or design a custom menu ranging from simple appetizers to filet mignon. Schedule your event for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails, or any other time of day and at any level of formality–casual to high end—and we can work with you. With so many options, we are able to provide delicious ideas suited to any budget. Call us today to schedule a tasting event.

Weddings and Other Events

Gorgeous views, fabulous food.

Our venue is perfect for weddings and all related events. With adaptable space configurations, we are an ideal location for hosting the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, the reception, and post-wedding gatherings. We are able to create menus that seamlessly accommodate special diets or preferences and with our kitchen on-site, all food is conveniently prepared fresh in-house—no need for delivery from another location. Access for guests is simple, with ample parking and a central easy-to-find location. Gorgeous views are nearby for ideal wedding photos.

Beyond wedding-related events, the Chicory Event Center is a natural spot for hosting all types of business or family events: Class reunions, charity fundraising events, business meetings and seminars, wine tastings, themed parties, and private dining events.

Weddings

Engagement Party
Bridal Shower
Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
Rehearsal Dinner
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Post-wedding Brunch or Breakfast

Business

Business or Club Meeting
Seminars
Trade Shows
Retirement Party
Training Sessions
Receptions
Lunch-and-learn Sessions
Professional Organization Meetings
Fund Raisers

Family & Life Events

Graduation Party
Quinceanera Celebration
Sweet Sixteen Party
Family or Class Reunion
Baby Shower
Welcome Home Party
Funeral Reception
Party for Any Holiday
Prom or Dance

Woohoo!! A Chicory Cafe in Mishawaka! Where have they bean all my life?? This event center also has a Cafe attached to it which is great. The staff is​ ​very friendly. There is nice outdoor seating and indoor seating. Outside, there is also a fire pit in colder months to stay warm.

Anna E., Anaheim, CA

This event center is beautiful. They did all the set up for our event and it looks amazing. Perfect for our comedy show but would be great for anything from a reunion or fundraiser to a wedding reception. The food is exceptional but since it comes from the Chickory Cafe it was too be expected. Professional and friendly staff. They are very attentive and made everything run very smoothly. I could not recommend this place more and will be using this venue from now on for our events.

Jody H., South Bend, IN

Just visited the downtown Mishawaka location in the old Knights of Columbus building. Very hip inside, with live music on a Sunday afternoon. I’m not a foodie, but I love food, and the food was very good. Cajun influences across the menu. They have a great outdoor seating area. What a nice addition to the area. I will definitely be back.

John M., South Bend, IN

The event center is very well done and having the café attached is a huge bonus. Along with that what really sets The Chicory Event Center apart is the absolutely amazing staff. I was recently there for a post funeral lunch and they helped get a video projected for everyone to see, set up extra tables when more people showed up then we excepted and made sure everyone was being taken care of. I cant say enough great things about this place or thank them enough as they went above and beyond to help make that painful day a little bit easier. On top of that the food was amazing. I highly recommend the Chicken Salad on croissants.

Adam J., Osceola, IN

We held our wedding reception at Chicory and everything was perfect! The space looked beautiful, the food was delicious, the staff was amazing. From start to finish Julie made planning easy and it was obvious she wanted our day to be perfect too. We were able to use some of their supplies for centerpieces and Julie put everything together–all we had to do was drop some stuff off. Jen did a great job making sure the evening went smoothly. It was a relief to find a venue that we didn’t have to set up/tear down ourselves, and without having to vacate early (10pm the party is still going!).

Meryl Pax

I hosted my wedding reception here and Julie was beyond fantastic! She walked me through everything early on, gave me ample time to get her the info she needed (including a floor layout of the hall so I could decide where I wanted tables/DJ/favors etc set up), and since my mom did my flowers Julie let us use the cooler to store them the couple of days before the reception and a small room to put them together. She couldn’t have been more accommodating and I’m so grateful to her. Great staff, easy to work with, and very reasonable prices. Highly recommend!

Anne Morris

I hosted my wedding reception here and Julie was beyond fantastic! She walked me through everything early on, gave me ample time to get her the info she needed (including a floor layout of the hall so I could decide where I wanted tables/DJ/favors etc set up), and since my mom did my flowers Julie let us use the cooler to store them the couple of days before the reception and a small room to put them together. She couldn’t have been more accommodating and I’m so grateful to her. Great staff, easy to work with, and very reasonable prices. Highly recommend!

Anne LaFree

We Very highly recommend the Chicory Event Center in Mishawaka. Julie was an absolute pleasure to work with for our reception. We used their extra room to prepare centerpieces, and she was SO helpful. The reception hall was set up beautifully, the staff were all very professional, social distancing was practiced, masks and sanitation stations were available. The food was exceptional.

Beth Ganser LaFree

Nice location. The event room is beautiful. The Cafe Staff is friendly and top Notch. There is a group of us that attend the Thursday weekly live trivia. Very accommodating for groups or just a single person looking to do some work.

The menu is just like the South Bend location filled with yummy samiches (yes samiches) and flatbread pizzas oh and salads! The only minor change I would suggest is they serve the Artichoke dip with a small loaf of bread and the Bacon dip with potato chips. These combinations are ok but would be better served with a pita chip or crostini bread. BTW this is not just my opinion but talk amongst several customers. Also must note the entire place is clean!

If you are in the area make it a point to stop in and enjoy! Very close to the Mishawaka RiverWalk.

Atlantis A., Mishawaka, IN

 

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