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8 Perfect Pairings – Dinner and a Show

Whether you are looking for a special night out with your Valentine, or just in search of some late winter indoor fun, Indiana’s Cool North has award-winning food experiences perfect for pairing with our many concerts and shows — everything from professional acts to small intimate theaters in quirky settings.

Artisan and The Lerner Theatre

Where: Elkhart


Artisan – Not only is Artisan a AAA Four Diamond Award winner, it is also the only restaurant in the state of Indiana listed on Open Table’s Top 100 restaurants.  Elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine draws raves from diners at stylish Artisan.

The Lerner Theatre – has been carefully restored to its original luster and beauty, and the year-round performances make this a theater that declares “life is a performance.”

Venturi and Ignition Music Garage

Where: Goshen

Venturi –  The only certified Neapolitan restaurant in Indiana, Venturi was recently voted the 15th “Most Life-Changing Pizza” in the U.S. by Esquire Magazine blog readers.

Ignition Music Garage – Just go around the block to enjoy live performances with an urban edge in a funky setting at this former garage.

Wagner's Ribs and the Imax Theater

Where: Porter and Portage


Wagner’s Ribs (Porter) – A long-time favorite for the most award-winning ribs in Indiana.

Imax Theatre (Portage) – Catch a show at the only four-and-a-half story-high IMAX screen in northern Indiana.

Bartlett Fish Camp and Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa

Where: Michigan City

Bartlett Fish Camp – winners of the South Shore Chefs of Steel contest, it is located in the historic Michigan City Yacht Club; their waterfront dining offers the region’s largest and freshest selection of seafood.  There may even be live music in the house!

The Blue Chip Casino, Hotel, and Spa offers entertainment in addition to 24/7 casino fun.

LaSalle Grill and The Morris

Where: South Bend

LaSalle Grill –  You’ll know exactly why this upscale bistro is Indiana’s only restaurant to receive a four-diamond rating for 20 years in a row when you take your first bite of a juicy wood-fired steak.

Morris Performing Arts Center – the largest historic theater in the region, in South Bend, presents Broadway touring shows, concerts, and symphony.

Cerulean Restaurant and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts

Where: Winona Lake and Warsaw

Cerulean  – In the mood for sushi? Leaning towards something a little more Mediterranean? You’ll find both at Cerulean Restaurant in Winona Lake.

Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw features Broadway-quality theatrical productions in an intimate threater-in-the-round setting, plus concerts and performances by well-known entertainers.

Blue Gate Restaurant and Blue Gate Theatre

Where: Shipshewana

Blue Gate Restaurant  known for their famous “Family-Style” dining – an all-you-can-eat dinner with from-scratch Amish favorites such as fried chicken and ham.

Blue Gate Theatre – Music abounds in both theatrical performances and concerts by top entertainers in either the Blue Gate Music Hall or the Blue Gate Performing Arts Center.

Lakehouse Grille and Wild Rose Moon

Where: Culver and Plymouth

Lakehouse Grill, Culver – Quirky and fun, with a sailboat hanging from the ceiling and nautical decor. Enjoy delicious steaks and burgers in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

Wild Rose Moon in downtown Plymouth –  includes feature performance series, artists who are actively touring, an Open Mic program, Moonitics comedy improv classes and a Jam Night.