District Venue Sophistication

“The food was warm and delicious…kudos to the chef and his staff!”
“The food was spectacular…I’ve been hearing over and over from my guests how amazing the food was.”
“Never been to a buffet where every single item was out of this world.”

As these reviews and others on the District Venue’s Facebook page reflect, owners Nicki and Joe Romare aren’t relying on the chic style of their dream event space to be the only thing behind their stellar reputation.

As experienced and successful entrepreneurs, owners of Whiskey River in Ames, Founders Irish Pub in Bondurant and the second Whiskey River location next door to the District Venue, the Romares know they must deliver beyond expectations with the food, event space and service levels if they want to remain the premier event space in Ankeny.

Since opening the District Venue at the end of 2016, the elegant space has been consistently booked for weddings, corporate gatherings and special events. Turns out the Romares have figured out the trifecta for event success.

Top-Notch chef, Sophisticated Decor and Turnkey Service

“We not only built and designed the District Venue to be THE event space for Ankeny, we know delicious food, extraordinary service and passionate event professionals make all the difference whether we’re hosting your wedding reception, business event or holiday gathering,” Nicki said. “Our goal is to take the worry out of planning an event and simply make it happen for our clients.”

The District Venue’s chic style wouldn’t mean a thing if you couldn’t count on scrumptious appetizers and meals for your wedding, corporate function or special event. Luckily with its top-notch chef, who is also the mastermind of the kitchen at Whiskey River, clients are never disappointed with the District Venue’s in-house catering.

Two experienced event professionals handle weddings and corporate events. They make planning your event as easy as it can be. From your dedicated event coordinator to room set-up and clean-up and plenty of options to customize, the District Venue’s services are set up to help create a memorable event for you and your guests.

The District Venue is a two-story, fully  accessible 5,000-square foot event space with an industrial feel that can accommodate 350 guests. Because the decor is elegant, yet understated, it allows the theme of your event to be truly customized. Next door, Whiskey River’s rooftop patio overlooks Lake Promenade, and event guests often find their way to the patio to enjoy the view.

Corporate Events, Special Events, Weddings and More at the District Venue

Conveniently located just 6 miles from Des Moines, 28 miles to Ames and 10 miles to the I-35/I-80 interchange, the District Venue is easy to get to. When the new Marriott Residence Inn© at The District in Prairie Trail opens in 2019, guests will even be able to stay at The District and walk to and from events held at the District Venue.

To learn all about the District Venue’s amenities for weddings and events, schedule a time to talk with one of our event coordinators. Here are just a few highlights:

Corporate & General Events: District Venue hosts several corporate and other events during the week. From retirement to holiday or graduation parties, fundraisers to speaking events, their superior audio/visual system, plentiful free parking and other stellar amenities are at your service.

Weddings: To simplify wedding planning and streamline costs, the District Venue follows an all-inclusive and full-service format for weddings. With an open vendor policy — with the exception of catering and alcohol — brides and grooms get to bring in their own DJs or bands, florists, photographers or other vendors to create their special day. Dedicated event coordinators work with each couple to design the day of their dreams.

Special Events: District Venue also hosts holiday brunches for Easter, Mother’s Day as well as Murder Mystery Dinners and other events.

Off-site Catering: Even if your event isn’t hosted at the District Venue, it’s easy to get spectacular catering to an off-site event. Delivery is even free for events within 15 miles of The District at Prairie Trail.

Whether you have a corporate event, family reunion or wedding to plan, schedule a visit to experience a little of the District Venue’s magic mix of delicious food, elegant space and exemplary service to imagine all that your event can be. We’ll make it happen!

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