After almost two years of planning and development, my wife Emilie and I are very pleased and excited to announce that our LEX 530 event center has officially opened this week.
Emilie and I had two soft opening events last weekend. The first was an open house for all the building tenants (who put up with the months of construction, noise, dirty hallways and a lot of inconvenience) and the many tradesmen who worked on the construction project.
At times the construction became difficult due to the building being old and constructed in different sections and at times the issues became very frustrating and difficult to resolve. However, we all worked together and made the best decisions we could and the end result is a beautiful event space.
Emilie and I would like to extend a very special thank you to our interior architect and designer Debra Weninger of Debra Weninger Design in Chicago (debraweningerdesign.com) for all the great ideas and hard work she put into this project. She and Emilie again teamed up to work out all the details for the interiors and personally I feel they knocked it out of the park. Emilie and I appreciate everyone’s contributions to the project. It took a lot of hard work and effort to make LEX 530 such an outstanding venue.
Our second open house was for our family and many friends who have waited patiently to enjoy the space. Both events were great fun and a huge success. Thanks to all of our staff who helped make these events such a big success.
Our first “real” event was held last night with Old National Bank as they hosted a get-together for their staff and customers. The bank CEO, Bob Jones, was in attendance and offered some remarks on the bank as well as the economy. It was great to see Bob again…he and I are wine buddies.
The Future of LEX 530
Depending on the event, LEX 530 will comfortably seat 180 to 200 people. This level of seating allows us to offer space for an array of business functions, weddings, receptions and private functions. For more information on the possibilities please call Lou Ann Welsh, our LEX 530 Event Director, at 574-296-1335 or check out our website at lex530.com
Aside from hosting your special events, LEX 530 will also be hosting events of its own. Soon we will be announcing the formation of the LEX 530 Wine and Dinner Club.
First and foremost we want to provide our club members with great food and wine as well as an opportunity to meet other members and create lasting friendships.
Our intention is to gather one day per month for exclusive dinners which will be prepared at times by guest chefs from around the area. As an example, I have had positive discussions with Morton’s Steakhouse in Chicago about having their Executive Chef come to LEX 530 for ‘Morton’s Night.’ I currently have a list of chefs I am speaking with to arrange similar dinners.
In addition to these potentially outstanding dinners I am exploring the possibility of hosting very special wine tastings, cooking classes, wine classes and many more special events for our club members and potential members.
Another benefit of LEX 530 is that our new liquor license will allow club members, or anyone, to purchase wine from LEX 530 for your personal wine collections.
I am also exploring the opportunity of providing club members with specially selected wines each month. My goal is to continue to introduce you to good wines at reasonable prices. This falls in line with my blog articles on wines that have been rated at 90 points or higher for just $20.00 or less.
There are many exciting things planned or underway at LEX 530. One sure thing: we’ll always have good wine.
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Until next week,
Calendar of Events
- November 12th – International Tempranillo Day
- November 15th – International Zinfandel Day
- December 16th – National Wine Club Day
- December 20th – National Sangria Day
- December 31st – National Champagne Day