Mrs. Tiedemann and I have come up with another new project that we feel will benefit our community. We are currently in the middle of designing and building a wine bar as part of our LEX 530 Event Center. At the 530 Wine Bar it is always after 5 o’clock. The bar will be next to and connected to our LEX 530 private dining room.
We still have many decisions to make, such as the number of days we will be open and how many hours per day. The layout and floor plan have been designed and changed many times and will most likely go through more changes before we complete the plans. We have all the equipment such as coolers, tables, chairs, bar stools, etc. all ready to go.
Mrs. T has teamed up with our wonderful friend and world-class designer, Debra Weninger of Debra Weninger Design in Chicago. They are busy working on interior colors, fabrics, molding designs and layouts. The interior will generally resemble our LEX 530 Event Center. Debra and Mrs. T did the design work for the Event Center.
The bar will hold approximately 30+ people. Our outside seating will accommodate approximately 26 to 30 people. We are also creating an entertainment park across the street – complete with a bandshell. We will be able to provide numerous events throughout the year on the park grounds. We already have a number of bands who want to perform in our bandshell. Seated on our outside deck with a good glass of wine, listening to music sounds like a nice time to us. How about you?
Executive Chef Chad Coryn is working on our menu which will include an assortment of small plates including cheeses, flat breads and pizzas. LEX 530 Wine Director Stan Minden and I are working on our two wine lists. We will have a short list of premium wines such as our Glenwood Cellars and Tiedemann wines as well as others. Our second list will be an assortment of whites, reds and sparkling wines along with a few beers, which will be supplied by Iechyd Da. The prices on both lists will vary. We have also purchased three automatic wine dispensers that will provide 2 ounce, 4 ounce and 6 ounce pours. These dispensers will be filled with wines from our premium wine list. Doing this will give you the opportunity to sample the wines.
Our good friend and local architect Eric Leedy has assisted us in designing a whole new exterior look for the front of the wine bar. It will give the wine bar a dramatic façade.
Depending on our financial forecasts, the Covid situation, etc., we might open mid-summer or early fall.
Our questions for our readers are:
- Is the 530 Wine Bar of interest to you?
- Would you be a regular customer?
- Is there any special food or wines you would like to see available?
- We intend to have personal wine lockers. Would these be of interest to anyone?
Mrs. T and I would love to hear your comments, please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.
Construction is underway so please watch for updates in the months ahead.
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Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar For the Entire Year!
3/12/2021 March Wine Dinner
Our next LEX 530 Wine Dinner will be held on Friday, March 12, 2021, at the LEX 530 Event Center in Elkhart. This wine dinner will feature premium wines selected by LEX 530 Wine Director, Stan Minden, to pair with Executive Chef Chad Coryn’s delectable four-course dinner. The wines have not yet been finalized. The evening will feature music by Decker-Rideout (Double Deal) with Paul Decker and Craig Rideout!
RECEPTION: Passed hors d’oeuvres. Paired with an assortment of different wine options.
1st Course: Leek and Yukon Gold potato soup, crispy pancetta, Vermont white cheddar.
2nd Course: Pan-seared sea scallops, cauliflower, caper beurre blanc.
3rd Course: Maple Leaf Farms duck breast, sweet potato, sprout salad, cherry gastrique.
4th Course: Chocolate and chile pot de crème, Mezcal whipped cream, cinnamon palmier.
Cost (includes 20% service charge): $100 (plus tax)
If you are a LEX 530 Dinner Club Member call Courtney at 574-296-1314 to purchase your tickets.
3/26/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
4/9/21 April Wine Dinner featuring music by Patti Lightfoot — CANCELLED
4/23/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
5/7/21 May Wine Dinner featuring music by Jesse’s Gurl
5/21/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
6/11/21 June Wine Dinner featuring music by Julia James
6/25/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
7/16/21 July Wine Dinner featuring music by Checkmark Sallie
7/30/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
8/13/21 August Wine Dinner featuring music by Jesse’s Gurl
8/27/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
9/10/21 September Wine Dinner featuring music by Julia James
9/24/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
10/5/21 Oktoberfest Dinner with Iechyd Da Brewing Co. with music by Patti Lightfoot
10/22/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event
11/5/21 November Wine Dinner featuring music by Checkmark Sallie
11/19/21 Wine Talk & Taste Event