About a month ago, Harvest Brazilian transitioned to Harvest Events and Catering.
The restaurant has been holding private events for a couple years, but demand for the space had grown to the point that owner Edgar Oliveira said he felt he needed to make a choice.
Jackie Hieb, marketing director, said it started with an employee having a wedding in the space. Word spread, and the restaurant found itself closing to the public for private events for multiple weekends in a row.
Ending restaurant operations in favor of events and catering was “one of the hardest decisions Edgar had to make,” Hieb said.
Harvest will still serve its Brazilian barbecue for parties of 30 or more but no longer has regular restaurant hours.
In addition to renting out the space for everything from weddings, to family reunions, to business meetings and company Christmas parties, Harvest Events and Catering is planning community events open to the public, Hieb said.
Most recently, the event center hosted a community Mardis Gras party. And Hieb said they business would like to partner with local boutique, BREA, on a fashion show in the near future.
Event space renters have options for a full-service package, complete with set up, catering and clean up, or an a la carte package in which they do some of the work themselves. The space has a 250-person capacity and is available for rent any day of the week.
When it comes to catering, the business caters outside events as well as cooking for events held in its own space.
“Everything is homemade, which is something Edgar takes pride in,” Hieb said.
The business does catering for events held at the North Dakota Heritage Center and is planning on offering takeout food orders for families' holiday parties, such as for Thanksgiving.
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Hieb said the switch has gone well and she thinks the event center will be an asset for the community.
More information is available at harvestcateringandeventsnd.com.
New art gallery, studio operating downtown
Blue Sky Bismarck art studio is open in the former Tribune building in downtown Bismarck.
The studio celebrated its grand opening in January, said owners Andrea Falcon and Molly McLain.
The pair operates a gallery in the basement space and offers art classes to the community, in addition to producing art out of the studio.
Falcon makes jewelry and screen prints. McLain makes mosaics.
“Originally, we both wanted space to work,” McLain said.
Soon their other art contacts in the region requested a showcase of their work, so the women added more artists who work in the gift shop and opened classes for those who wanted to be guest teachers.
“We wanted a space for artists to come offer their talents,” McLain said.
And they pride themselves in having robust offerings, whether it be paint or mixed media or jewelry. In addition, the space us used for yoga classes, music classes and kids' art classes.
“It’s nice to not limit ourselves,” Falcon said. “Like people learn different ways, people also create different ways.”
Blue Sky is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and most Fridays, in addition to classes, which are posted to the studio’s Facebook page and email newsletter.
Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or email@example.com