Private Events & Parties

*Please contact us directly at 402.483.1744 for all inquiries regarding rentals and classes. Pricing and availability are subject to change due to COVID-19 mandates.

Every special occasion deserves
the Art & Soul experience!
Celebrating a milestone with family, friends or business associates should be special!  Art & Soul's private parties are perfect for any type of gathering!
Art & Soul’s events are unique, entertaining and a great option for:
  • Birthday Celebrations

  • Bachelorette Parties

  • Engagement Parties

  • Showers: Couple, Bridal, Baby

  • Holiday Parties

  • Anniversaries

  • Retirement Parties

  • Graduation Parties

  • Reunions: High School, Family

  • Family Gatherings

  • Gourmet Groups

  • Couples Night Out



Our innovative & inviting kitchen is the perfect place to take you & your guests on a culinary adventure!  Offer your guests an opportunity to have fun with a pinch of education thrown in the mix!  Your guests will learn valuable cooking skills while making delicious food and creating lasting memories!  As with any event at Art & Soul, you choose your level of culinary participation. Kick back and relax while our friendly and efficient staff attend to your guests’ needs!

All Private Cooking Parties Include:

  • 1.5 hours minimum hands-on cooking instruction

  • Multi-course menu

  • Kitchen rental

  • Copies of all class recipes

  • Friendly and efficient staff

  • Set up + clean up

  • 10% retail discount *restrictions apply

  • *Additional fees for: Pre-party appetizers, allergy substitutions, additional time, & corkage fees

Adult Cooking Party Options:

*add pre-party appetizers or a wine pairing to your party for an additional cost!


  • Package 1: Table for Two: Great for anniversaries or a fun & unique date night! 

    • Duration: 2 hours

    • Menu Includes: 1 Starter, 1 entree with side, & 1 dessert

    • *Minimum of 2 students

  • Package 2: Small Plates Party: Great for bachelorette parties, bridal showers, & gourmet groups!

    • Duration: 2 hours

    • Menu Includes: Any combination of 3 appetizers or desserts

    • *Minimum of 10 students, maximum of 16 students


  • Package 3: Three Course Meal Party: Great for birthdays, holiday parties, couples night, and work outings!

    • Duration: 2 hours

    • Menu Includes: 1 Starter, 1 entree with side, & 1 dessert

    • *Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 16 students


  • Package 4: Competitive - Battle of the Bites Party: Great for team-building or family fun, our competitive cooking party is designed to inspire creativity and encourage a little friendly competition!  This event will start off with a half hour of mingling with a pre-party appetizer of your choice ready upon your guests' arrival.  Next, your group will split into teams and begin the cooking portion of the event.  Each team is encouraged to strategize in order to execute creative, beautiful, & delicious dishes!  Each team will produce their own plates as well as make a plate for the chef judge to grade.  Teams will be graded on the following categories: teamwork, flavor, plating & presentation, and cleanliness of workstation. 

    • Duration: 3 hours

    • Menu Includes: 1 Pre-party appetizer (made ahead of time by your chef), 1 entree with side, & 1 dessert

    • *Minimum of 8 students, maximum of 16 students


Entertain your guests in an easy, fun, and stress-free way by hosting a private art party! Relax, sip on your favorite drink, and build camaraderie while sharing in a new creative experience.  We provide all the necessary art materials to make your event unforgettable.  Leave the mess and stress of clean up to us! 

Art Project Options:

Canvas Art: Whether or not you can draw a stick figure, you will love this social painting experience!  Our enthusiastic art instructors will guide you through your masterpiece step-by-step, recreating the selected project of your choice, or choose an "open studio" option to allow for more artistic freedom. The paintings are easy and our instructors take time with every student to make each of their pieces one of a kind!

  • Duration: 1.5 hours | $45-55/person | 16” x 20” Canvas

  • Minimum of 6 guests, maximum of 12 guests

Kids’ Canvas Art: Let the little Picasso's get their creativity flowing in a canvas class! Our art instructors will guide them through the process, from idea development to bringing their ideas to life. 

  • Duration: 1.5 hours | $45/child

  • Minimum of 8 children, maximum of 12 children


Door Art: Dress up your front door to welcome friends and family by creating a handcrafted and personalized door decoration! Enjoy learning different painting and finishing techniques in a fun atmosphere.  These wooden door hangers (approximately 18-24” depending on the project) are suitable for interior or exterior use. 

  • Duration: 2-3 hours | $50-60/person

  • Minimum of 6 guests, maximum of 12 guests

Abstract Coffee Mugs: Create 2 colorful coffee mugs just like the ones you see in our cafe! Your art instructor will show you how she creates these beautiful pieces of art that you can use every day.

  • Duration: 2 hours | $40/person

  • Minimum of 6 guests, maximum of 12 guests

Wine Glass Painting Class: Get creative hand-painting designs onto a set of 2 wine glasses in this open-studio style class.

  • Duration: 2 hours | $40/person

  • Minimum of 6 guests, maximum of 12 guests


Please contact us directly at 402.483.1744 for all inquiries regarding rentals and classes. Pricing and availability are subject to change due to COVID-19 mandates.

Want more info? Drop us a line! We would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Make sure to check out the FAQs below for some answers to common questions we receive.

By phone: 402-483-1744


What if a guest is ‘not into cooking’?

Your guests may participate at whatever level they are comfortable with. Our chef instructor(s) will encourage involvement, but your guests are welcome to simply visit, sip wine or relax should they choose. We do find that as the event gets underway, even the most reluctant cook can become an active participant!


What if we want to stay after our allotted event time?

We time our parties so that your event is not rushed, yet ends at the agreed upon timeframe. If your group wishes to stay longer and we are able to accommodate that request, additional event fees such as kitchen rental will be charged. Please note an event extension is subject to kitchen availability.


Is gratuity automatically included onto my event bill?

Yes, but only on cooking parties, beverage and food tabs, and corking fees. A gratuity of 20% is automatically added onto the final bill which goes directly to the staff working your event.


Do our guests need to know anything prior to the event?

Let your guests know to wear comfortable clothing and non-skid comfortable shoes and to be prepared to have a lot of fun!


How do I choose our menu?

Our culinary team has created a list of menus and event themes that include recipes which have stood the test of time and are guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning palate. You may choose from those menus or you may work with our event coordinator to customize your own.


How do I plan an event at Art & Soul?

Our event coordinator will be assigned to you and will be your point of contact from the initial stages of planning to the day of your event. She/he will walk you through the process of planning your event and guide you through each decision. The process is quick and easy.


Can we have wine or beer?

Absolutely! Art & Soul offers a fantastic, food-friendly and affordable wine list to ensure that your meal may be enjoyed to the fullest. We also offer a quality selection of local and imported beer, as well as a select variety of spirits at your request.

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what people are saying about our events:


"Mary, thank you for a fabulous afternoon! Everything was perfect! The bride was thrilled as were the hostesses. A friend of mine, booked an event based on my grand reviews. Thank you and the entire staff and chef!  110% satisfied!"

-Sandy Ludwig, Lincoln NE


“We all agreed this was one of our best festivals we have had. Your entire staff was just fantastic and so good with the kids. I actually felt pretty relaxed! The art project was perfect and just what I was hoping for. The kids learned skills and also had a ton of fun. I thought the day flew by and the timing of everything was also great. And the food activities were age-appropriate, yet presented a challenge to the kids. Chef Kris and Hannah were great in the kitchen. All-in-all, I cannot thank you enough!”

 – Jill Bird, Coordinator, Southeast Nebraska Regional Program


“Recently, we hosted a wine and cooking event at Art & Soul (for 20) that included a wine and food pairing and a cooking demonstration by Chef Kris. The fresh food prepared for us by Chef Kris was excellent as were the premium wines we sampled. Staff, Justina, Mary and Kris, who were professional and very easy to work with, created a wonderful evening that was appreciated by all! We recommend that you visit Art & Soul and take advantage of the many opportunities for Art, Art Classes, Food, Cooking Classes and Wines.”

- Wynn Mehlhaff, Lincoln NE


“Wine and cooking!  What could be a more perfect, delicious match!  My friends and I signed up immediately for Art & Soul’s Wine Excursion and Cooking Class and had a delightful afternoon and evening!  Driving out to Slattery Vintage Estates in Nehawka was beautiful as we soaked up the end of fall’s beautiful colors!  Nestled  in a quiet rural setting, we sampled delicious Nebraska wines matched with savory cheeses in their rustic tasting room.   We returned to Art & Soul for more wine incorporated into cooking!   Instructed by Lincoln’s  vivacious chef, Judy Gilliard, (better known as Judy Ala Carte on Ch. 10/11), she artistically matched different wines with each course she made.  We began with  a Mixed Green Salad with Blackcurrant Mustard Vinaigrette while visiting and learning cooking tips as she put together a succulent Coq Au Vin and creamy risotto.   We all helped in the preparation in Art & Soul’s beautiful state of the art kitchen!   Our meal ended with ramekins of  absolutely wonderful Chocolate Pots, that oozed warm chocolate centers!   Our dessert wine, infused with chocolate, capped off our  fabulous meal!    Thank you, Mary and  Katie at Art & Soul,  for such a fun, delicious experience that also included complimentary wine glasses and spatulas!   We can’t wait to do it again!”

-Deb Sloup, Seward NE

"I just wanted to thank you and everyone at Art & Soul for a wonderful experience on Saturday!!  People had so much fun and really loved it!  Chef Robyn and Cassidy were so awesome!  You helped us treat Rachel, the bride-to-be, to a very special day.  We all made a memory that will last a long time."

-Rhonda Weyenberg, Lincoln, NE