The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Chez Hay Catering in Lincoln, Nebraska, invites brides and grooms into its tasteful and elegant private indoor event space to enjoy all the captivating architectural and culinary amenities it has to offer. This upscale venue succeeds in combining haute refinement with posh decor, creating an appealing backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception.
The Chez Hay. An inspired and fresh style defines the tone in the Chez Hay event space. Walls of windows allow in abundant natural lighting. The brick wall interior and soaring ceilings add a rustic and industrial ambience to the space. A hardwood dance floor occupies a permanent spot for dancing. The venue accommodates up to 250 guests for a ceremony or seated dinner.
What You Should Know
The event coordinators on staff at Chez Hay Catering are authoritative experts on every aspect of the wedding process from start to finish. When you choose Chez Hay Catering for your wedding celebration, you can hand off all the details to the coordinators, enabling you to enjoy the festivities.
Inspired culinary creations are a hallmark of Chez Hay Catering. The culinary team works hand-in-hand with the event coordinators to ensure a flawless reception menu. You have your choice of a variety of reception menus, including an appetizer buffet, carving stations, a dinner buffet and a seated dinner. The dinner buffet can include entrees such as flank steak with mushroom port sauce and maple glazed pork loin. The seated dinner entree options include bing cherry brined beef tenderloin and sea bass in lemon prosciutto sauce.
Your wedding cake is a work of art, inspired by the distinctive culinary talents of the chefs at Chez Hay Catering. Choose from cake flavors such as strawberry, poppy seed, spice cake with cream cheese frosting and apple cinnamon. Frosting options include traditional buttercream and lemon cream cheese. You can also add fillings such as mocha cream and passion fruit mousse.
You have your choice of a hosted bar or a cash bar for your reception. A 42-inch HD television is installed in the event space, along with smaller televisions in the bar area.
With the firm belief that every bride must be a guest at her own wedding, the wedding coordinators at Chez Hay Catering work diligently to attend to the biggest and smallest of wedding details. The team offers some additional amenities for an upgrade fee.
- The pastry chefs place your favorite image on your wedding cake
- Additional cake sizes and options are available
- An HD projector and wooden podium are available
From the Vendor
Your Urban Downtown Wedding Spot
At Chez Hay, we have one goal: to make your event exceed even your own expectations. Hearing guests "ooh" and "aah" is what makes our job worthwhile. Our staff can assist you in anything from creating the perfect menu to entire event planning. At your place or ours, keep us in mind for any occasion.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
One of my best wedding choices!Reviewed on 7/10/2012 Julia O
Selecting Chez Hay, hands down, was one of the best decisions I made in the entire wedding planning process. The space is beautiful, and I can't lie, was the entire reason I picked it. But they are so much more than a beautiful location. They were always available when I had a question or concern (right up to the day of my wedding). On my wedding day, I didn't have to worry about anything at the site; they took care of everything. What I wish I had known when I booked was how GOOD the food was. I went to my tasting and could not believe how delicious the food was, and it was just as good on my wedding day! A month later I am still getting comments on how wonderful my reception was and I could not have had my dream day without the help of Chez Hay!
Great WeddingReviewed on 7/10/2012 Erin H
All of my guests said the food was amazing. My only complaint is the pork was a little on the dry side. The beef was delicious. My mom got boxes of the leftovers to bring home, I hadn't even thought about that. Loved the location, the room was perfect; it looked beautiful. Wait staff did an amazing job. Prior to the wedding all my questions and concerns were addressed promptly. I never had any issues getting ahold of anyone. I wish the rest of my day could have been as easy and stress free as the reception. It couldn't have gone any better. Thanks to Chez Hay.
Best reception food everReviewed on 9/17/2011 Cinnamon D
I arrived a month before my wedding for a food tasting with another company, only to find that they had gone out of business. Stating it minimally I was panicked! I called Chez Hay that afternoon balling my eyes out hoping they were available. Lucky for us they were !! Our consultant meet with us the next day and we were able to plan an amazing meal. Everyone has said our wedding meal was amazing, maybe even the best reception food ever !
We had our wedding at Chez Hay on April 2nd 2016. (Sorry Starr for my late review! I feel awful! You did an amazing job, I am just the post wedding procrastinator here, lol!) Chez Hay is a beautiful place for a wedding! The large windows and exposed brick creates a warm atmosphere. Starr is the best to work with! Starr, you ROCK and have a great business going on there :) The food is OUTSTANDING! Our guests made so many compliments on how the food was so delicious!! Starr you helped us so much and made our wedding AMAZING, just what we imagined! Thank You Starr! And Thank You to all the Chez Hay workers! :)
Chez Hay: The PERFECT Rustic spaceReviewed on 10/29/2015 Erin C
When I walked into Chez Hay my mouth dropped. It has exposed brick, high ceilings, and HUGE windows all around it. I didn't think a space like that EXISTED in Lincoln! It was absolutely the perfect space for our reception. Adorable, not too big, but big enough to fit the 215 guests we had. I can't imagine having our day in any other venue. It was perfection.
We just finished having my daughter's ceremony and reception at Chez Hay. Throughout the whole process we couldn't have asked for more courteous and conscientious staff to deal with. Dana and the rest of the staff answered the million and one phone calls, emails and the drive-bys leading up to our event with great patience and professionalism. The set up day they never hesitated when we asked for the small things that get overlooked as your packing up all the decorations you've been hoarding for the last year, even getting the mop out themselves when the grooms aunt pointed out that the dance floor was overly sticky. The wedding day itself the staff was beyond helpful! When we had some unRSVPd guests show up they quickly helped set up additional chairs. We had collected vintage silver ware for the cake serving but for some reason it ran short and they provided us with some nice looking plastic to finish with. The bar tender was soooo sweet, I didn't get her name, checking with me when they were running low on the alcohol That was our initial purchase but had some on reserve- it was hot! and they were thirsty!- pouring the champagne we had brought in for the bridal party and the parents table for the bridal toast. The carving station was really good, their chef touching base with the guests. We did have to search for some salt and pepper but the servers did find some for us. The staff set up,and removed the buffet tables quickly and quietly and did a good job of keeping the plates cleared and water carafes filled- again, it was HOT!- at the end of the evening the staff helped us clear out the space dancing around with the family that was left enjoying the end of the evening. They accommodated the rental company picking up chairs and pipe and drape on Monday. The only thing we didn't like were the prices on some items..coffee, tea, lemonade at $16/gallon; a 25% charge for staffing and a $15 corking fee per bottle... And that we were unable to take any leftover food with us. We were able to work around these fees but they were surprising. In the end the Bride and Groom were happy and that is all that matters! We had a great time here! And thank the staff for all the extra effort they put in for us!
Beautiful, helpful, and delicious!Reviewed on 7/07/2015 Crystal S
We knew Chez Hay was the place for our wedding as soon as we walked in. The venue is so unique (exposed brick, high ceilings, and so much natural light) and the associates were helpful right off the bat. The day of our wedding everything went so smoothly. The staff was so friendly, helpful, and flexible. They worked with us on last minute changes, made us feel at ease, and did everything with a smile. We have gotten so many compliments from our guests about the food (everything tasted spectacular, you can't go wrong) and the venue itself. We honestly could not have asked for a better wedding reception, it was everything I dreamed it would be!!!
Loved it, just would have tweaked some minor things.Reviewed on 5/29/2014 Sarah P
The food was absolutely delicious. Everyone was ranting and raving about how great the quality and taste was. I was very satisfied. It was pricey but worth it. The venue itself was absolutely beautiful. They were very helpful and attentive when I needed assistance. There were only three things I would have changed. 1. I was really disappointment they didn't dim the lights for my first dance with my husband. 2. If I am paying the amount I am for food and service, servers should not be wearing black skinny jeans and bandannas. I'm definitely not against these things in real life as I wear them myself. But this isn't about you looking cute and standing out. You need to look professional. 3. I had guests complaining that the servers were rude and felt that they were rushed in finishing their food and drinks. The servers also started breaking down tables while we were all still dancing on the dance floor and this really offended me. It was only 9pm and we had the venue until 12 am. I feel that in rushing to clean, they made a lot of the guests think that the reception was ending early and as a result, they ducked out early. It is a wonderful place. Just communicate your expectations and standards and you will be fine.
Great DayReviewed on 4/22/2014 Janece P
My wedding day was perfect. This was a fantastic venue for our reception. The room is beautiful and easy to decorate. We had about 140 guests and everything fit perfectly. The food, a carving station buffet, was delicious. We also used Chez Hay for our cupcakes, which were also great. There was not really a wait at the bar for anyone, which was appreciated. I am very glad we had the reception at Chez Hay. That being said, the service provided, in general, was lacking. I did not feel like my business was appreciated. The planning staff did not go above and beyond to be helpful or friendly. They had to be sought out for information or assistance. For example... at our tasting (which I had to remember to request, or they wouldn't have reminded me that it was an option), we were handed our estimated bill and then the individual started to walk out of the room as the meeting was over. As much as we paid for the room, food, drinks, etc., the service leading up to the big day was very disappointing. It definitely requires the bride to be more on top of everything - which can be challenging if you haven't planned a wedding before! Again - my wedding reception was amazing, largely due to the great room, food, and atmosphere. I would recommend Chez Hay to anyone considering it. I would also warn you to be prepared to ask lots of questions and be up front with your requests and expectations.
BeautifulReviewed on 1/21/2014 Alicia K
This was an amazing place to have our winter wedding. The lighting and the big windows made for a beautiful evening. The food was absolutely amazing. Pricing was fair, but I felt like there was always another charge coming up for something random...no necessarily a place for someone on a strict budget. The consultant that is new is very nice but is new so wasn't very helpful when asking about what people usually for do for things like open bar vs. partially cash bar, or how many their appetizers serve. Overall, I'm very glad that I went with them because it was beautiful, but the planning process wasn't always the easiest...just be persistent!
Great venue, difficult serviceReviewed on 10/26/2013 Michelle G
Overall, I'm very happy we had our reception here. The venue was beautiful and intimate. It is a perfect size and very comfortable. Having the head table on the other side of the dance floor worked in our advantage. We were able to eat our dinner and still have a good amount of people come talk with us! The food was amazing! Sean was great to work with, very creative, and very helpful. He made a custom menu for us and it was out of this world. Working with the staff leading up to the reception gave me a headache and led me to hire a wedding coordinator. At one point, it took over a month and a threat to get my contact person, Dana, to respond to me. Paperwork would get lost often, and I would need to repeat myself and double check everything to make sure it was done correctly (because it was often not right). If I had to do it again, I would still go here because it was so beautiful and the food was wonderful.
AwesomeReviewed on 10/15/2013 Jen L
Chez Hay was very accommodating and I happened to be very sick when I arrived to the reception and they did anything and everything to make sure I got crackers, sprite, etc. to make me feel better. They boxed up my leftover food and sent them home with me! They were great!
Architecturally Stunning + Great Food!Reviewed on 8/25/2013 kristin
We chose Chez Hay to be our wedding reception venue because the food they produce is amazing, but also for the space itself. It's exposed brick, wood trusses, beams, and columns are beautiful by themselves that we didn't need a lot of other decoration = BIG savings. The large dance floor was perfect for the live band and DJ we had, everyone had room to dance!
Amazing food and great service!Reviewed on 8/09/2013 Rae M
We used Chez Hay for our wedding catering and they were AMAZING! At most weddings it seems like the food is decent at best, but our food was so great that guests were raving about it moths after! They brought everything to our venue about 30 minutes outside of town, set everything up perfectly and without a fuss and tore down just as smoothly. Sean was out chef and he did a fantastic job of customizing our dishes. We had a lavender themed outdoor wedding and he made several alterations to the menu to use lavender in the food! It was such a great touch and not over the top at all. I would recommend these guys to anybody, they are great to work with, honest, reliable and make great food! TIP FOR THE COUPLE: ask someone to box you each up a plate of food to take to the hotel after the wedding. The food was so good but we were so busy we didn't get to eat enough at the wedding and were wishing we had some to take with us after we go to the hotel. Trust me, this is a life-saver! Plus, more of an opportunity to enjoy what you bought!
Wonderful reception hall!Reviewed on 7/07/2013 Gina
Chez Hay did an amazing job for our wedding! All our guests were so impressed! The food was beautiful and delicious and the hall was so nice! The service was amazing, they really care about what you want! Would definitely recommend them to anyone!:)
Exceptional in MOST AreasReviewed on 4/16/2013 Corrie T
When it comes to a venue in Lincoln, you can't beat Chez Hay. The space is great; big and overlooking downtown. As other brides said, they are great at answering your questions. I had a lot of them, and they would usually get back to me that same day with an answer. However, it seems that they do have quite a high turnover with staff. It never was a problem for us, but don't be surprised or alarmed if someone you are speaking with (or meet with) is no longer working there the next time you contact them. My only complaints would be about the wait staff and the food quality. When telling people that we were having our reception at Chez Hay, everyone would immediately comment on how good the food was. When we had our tasting prior to the wedding, we agreed, it was excellent! However, between our tasting and the wedding itself, apparently they hired a new chef. Our food was nothing like we tasted, it didn't taste fresh and it was dry. We opted for cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. For having a pastry chef on staff, they were incredibly disappointing. They were not consistent at all (most of them barely filling half of the cupcake liner) and almost looked like a high school home-ec class had baked them. The wait staff did not refill waters, and were rude when I (the bride!) asked them for anything. My father-in-law went down the Monday following our wedding to pay our bar bill and gave them feedback about the food. They did give us a discount and explained to him that they had a new chef. All in all I would definitely recommend Chez Hay.
catererReviewed on 11/14/2012 Noushin G
nice food, portions were a little small.
My reception at Chez HayReviewed on 8/08/2012 Michelle F
The reception space at the loft is beautiful. It makes a beautiful back drop for a contemporary wedding. I recieved many compliments from guests on both the space and the food. I did feel that the food was slightly overpriced, but pretty comparable to other downtown locations and the parking for loading and unloading is not conveinent at all. My only two complaints would be the room was not set up how I instructed, so I had to move some tables and the buffet tables myself, and also the bar was not informed on how I was going to do my drink tickets/tab and they could have been a little more friendly. The event coordinators themselves were great and quick to respond to my questions. I do think however, that they should give you more than an hour for clean up. I would definitley choose Chez Hay again!
Great place to have your reception!Reviewed on 9/29/2011 Jenna P
We loved them. They did a great job and the food was awesome! They also did our cake and it was so good.
Chez HayReviewed on 8/17/2011 Julie H
Chez Hay has been the caterer of choice for my family and business for over 10 years. I have been a guest at several wedding receiptions at Chez Hay. I must say that Chez Hay's food and service is exceptional. Wendy and Lynn's focus on detail is outstanding. We are fortunate to have a caterer and facility of this quality in our community.
Poor!!!Reviewed on 8/11/2011 Dani S
I used this vendor for my wedding reception hall. It is my opinion that tables with pieces hanging off and huge holes in the top are not appropriate for business. It is also my opinion that the manager of a business should be available at all times on the day of an event such as a wedding. I feel that when you pay hundreds of dollars for dinner and beverages and are assured that leftover food will go home with you that it should go home with you. I don’t think it is appropriate to throw 600 dollars worth of food in the trash and allow staff to package up their own to go boxes of the customer’s food. It is my opinion that if a business has a fault like such they should make things right by way of reimbursement of loss or in the very least a sincere apology. I think when a business threatens to file a lawsuit on a customer for writing a poor review on the business is the wrong way to strengthen their reputation. It is my opinion that these things are inappropriate and unprofessional acts of any vendor. It is my opinion that my experience at Chez Hay was very poor.
OUTSTANDING food, service & experience!!!Reviewed on 7/29/2011 Stephanie J
Chez Hay was my dream venue and it was even more beautiful than I had ever imagined. We had Chinese lanterns hanging from the rafters, beautifully covered chairs and candles in all of the windows. Wendy was incredibly helpful and flexible. The food was delicious and truly the best food I've EVER had at a wedding or any catered event. I'm so thrilled it was ours! :)
Spring WeddingReviewed on 6/08/2011 Meredith S
Wendy at Chez Hay was VERY helpful throughout the entire planning process. She responded quickly to my e-mails and always answered my questions thoroughly. The food was excellent! Chez Hay also did our wedding cupcakes. The chocolate ones were sort of dry but the frosting was amazing!
Social BrunchReviewed on 6/07/2011 Allison H
Food was great, but they ran out and there wasn't enough.