LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center

Bathed in light, LEX 530 is a new event center in the River District on the east side of the Elkhart River in downtown Elkhart, Indiana. The bright, eclectic center, located at 530 E. Lexington Avenue, has an urban vibe with eight large windows, 18-foot barreled ceilings and beautiful lighting throughout. The event center resembles urban loft space with exposed round duct work, track lighting and plank flooring. LEX 530 can accommodate intimate parties for as few as 15 friends in our private dining area or larger affairs in our main event room for as many as 225. Corporate events, not-for-profit galas, weddings, bridal and baby showers, or private parties are all perfectly suited for LEX 530. The event center has it’s own executive chef who utilizes a licensed commercial kitchen to create everything from the perfect breakfast to an 8-course dinner. The center’s liquor license is currently a 2-way permit which allows us to serve beer and wine at events, and allows for carry out if guests want to purchase some of Carl Tiedemann’s excellent boutique wines while they are at an event.

The LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center is owned by Elkhart natives Carl and Emilie Tiedemann. Carl Tiedemann is the founder of the Tiedemann Group of companies which has an array of real estate, construction and wine distribution companies including Tiedemann Wines and Glenwood Cellars Wines. 

Rachel Dobrzykowski is the event director of LEX 530. She is your contact if you would like information about hosting an event at LEX 530. With 10 years experience in the hospitality industry, Rachel has the experience to assist you with any type of special event. She will help you define your event’s unique style and then reflect that style throughout the entire affair. As your event unfolds from cocktail service to the last of the entertainment, your guests will be delighted with the level of hospitality provided by the team at LEX 530. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Our Location

530 East Lexington Avenue, Elkhart, Indiana, 46516

Our Team

Rachel Dobrzykowski 574-296-1335    rachel@lex530.com

Rachel Dobrzykowski

Rachel Dobrzykowski
Event Director, LEX 530

In August 2019 LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center welcomed Rachel Dobrzykowski as its new Event Director. With more than 10 years of experience in hospitality and culinary arts, she brings a wealth of experience to Michiana’s newest event center. Rachel will run the day-to-day operations of LEX 530 and manage all events held at LEX 530 including weddings, receptions, corporate events, not-for-profit galas, private family parties including birthday and anniversary parties, baby showers, graduations, rehearsal dinners and Quinceañeras.

Rachel, who has a background as a pastry chef, has previously worked in event sales, event management and as a chef. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Food Service Management from Ball State University and an Associate’s Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University.

“Rachel is the perfect fit for LEX 530,” said LEX 530 owner Carl Tiedemann. “She has gained so much experience from planning events and working with clients at several local event centers. We are thrilled that she has chosen to be a part of the team at LEX 530.”

Rachel, a resident of South Bend, is a Disney enthusiast who enjoys spending time family, friends and her animals.

Collin Walsh 574-296-1333    collin@lex530.com

Collin Walsh

Collin Walsh
Sales Director, LEX 530

In July 2019 LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center welcomed Collin Walsh as its new Sales Director. In addition to assisting in the day-to-day operations of the center, he will promote LEX 530 within the Elkhart County corporate community. In his role, Collin is responsible for coordinating all business and community events including corporate wine dinners/tastings, business meetings, employee and client recognition parties, company holiday parties, fundraising galas and team building events.

Prior to joining LEX 530 as Sales Director, Collin spent five years growing wine and liquor sales for two Indianapolis-based organizations with territories throughout Indiana.

“Collin has a wealth of experience in sales – particularly in selling wine and wine is such a big part of what we do at LEX 530,” said owner Carl Tiedemann. “We are thrilled to have someone so dedicated to the success of our center on our team.”

Collin, a resident of South Bend, enjoys the opportunity be a father and a role model for his son. He also enjoys getting involved with the community and being available to give a hand to anyone who may need it.  In his spare time he likes to golf and enjoys watching the Fighting Irish.


Chad Coryn
Executive Chef, LEX 530

Executive Chef Chad Coryn has more than 28 years of professional culinary experience, Chad joined the LEX 530 team in early February of 2019. He graduated from Ivy Tech South Bend with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. In addition to his role at LEX 530 Chad is also an adjunct professor in the Culinary Arts program at Ivy Tech where he is currently teaching a class in soups and sauces. He has been teaching at Ivy Tech since 2014.

Chad came to LEX 530 after working at several different places throughout the area crafting meals from breakfast to fine dining. He most recently was the Executive Chef at Fat Cam’s at Garver Lake in Edwardsburg, Mich., for five years.

At LEX 530 Chad brings his incredible palate and creativity to everything he touches. His culinary creations will definitely delight guests of LEX 530. Chad enjoys simple, rustic foods such as braised short ribs with creamy polenta. He believes the most flavorful food is made simply with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients.


Other LEX 530 Team Members

Carl & Emilie Tiedemann
Owners, LEX 530

Carl and Emilie Tiedemann developed LEX 530 in their building at 530 E. Lexington Avenue in downtown Elkhart. Carl Tiedemann is the founder of The Tiedemann Group of companies which has an array of real estate, construction and wine distribution companies including Tiedemann Wines, Glenwood Cellars Wines, FM Stone Commercial and FM Construction.


Amy Mohoney, CPA, Chief Financial Officer. Amy joined The Tiedemann Group of companies as Chief Financial Officer in April 2016. As CFO, she is responsible for overseeing the financial activities of LEX 530. 

Shanna Armstrong, Accounting Manager. Shanna joined The Tiedemann Group of companies in May 2017 as Accounting Manager. In this role she is responsible for handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, performing bank reconciliations and completing other accounting work for LEX 530. 

Melissa Hiner, Marketing & Creative Director. Melissa joined The Tiedemann Group of companies in May 2011 and has over 27 years experience as a writer, editor and graphic designer. She is in charge of developing and implementing all marketing concepts and creative direction for LEX 530. Melissa is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the LEX 530 website, newsletters, press releases, advertisements, commercials, brochures and all other marketing pieces.

Courtney Catanzarite, Social Media Director. Courtney joined The Tiedemann Group of companies in May 2018. She is in charge of social media for LEX 530 on platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Courtney also produces podcasts for LEX 530. Check out all of LEX 530 videos here.