See You At The Top

By+Shelly M. Kurz

Whoever said it’s lonely at the top was obviously not a member of the South Bend Summit Club. With its breathtaking view, impeccable service and a food and beverage menu sure to titillate the senses, this 37-year-old, members-only club is still the prime spot in South Bend for professional networking or spending quality time with family and friends. “This place really makes you feel special, like you belong,” claims Erik Gilbert, General Manager. “That’s one of the many benefits of a private club.”

Overlooking all of South Bend from atop the Holiday Inn/Chase Tower downtown, the Summit Club offers a view of the city that is simply unmatched by any other dining establishment around. Whether you’re watching the sun set, witnessing downtown come alive after dark or enjoying a brilliant display of fireworks above Coveleski Stadium, your evenings at the Summit Club will be the ones that leave you pleasantly satisfied for the moment, but longing for more as you relive the memories.

Members of the Summit Club are privy to more than just excellent service, food and views. Banquet facilities and private rooms are available to any member who wishes to host a business meeting, club dinner, wedding reception, anniversary celebration or any other special occasion. Whether your guest list includes as few as five or as many as 250, you can rest assured you’ll enjoy the same level of service, dining and milieu as if it were an intimate dinner for two.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this club is at all pompous, though. The staff guarantees no shortage of fun at the Summit Club. Theme parties and special culinary events are trademarks of this remarkable establishment. Executive Chef, Ora Smith takes great pride in preparing unique dishes that bring south, east, west and southwest together. “I bring to the table a lot of different experiences and new ideas and then let our guests explore the magic,” he says. From the annual “Jimmy Buffett” buffet to the 4th of July picnic, Notre Dame pre-game brunches, the popular prime rib and seafood buffet, Sushi and Saki night, cigar dinners and wine and spirits tastings, members have many opportunities to savor specialty cuisine and cocktails while meeting friends in a festive atmosphere.

Holidays are special at the Summit Club, too. Members and their families are invited to enjoy an elaborate buffet unmatched anywhere on Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. And a unique dining experience allows couples to indulge in a romantic lunch or dinner on Valentine’s Day. Members are also encouraged to plan their corporate or family holiday parties at the Summit Club. There’s no place better to ring in the new year than at the sparkling New Year’s Eve party—it’s a night to remember as the Summit Club features, as always, an impeccable menu along with live music.

Being a member of the Summit Club certainly has its privileges. “Membership gives you full access to everything the Summit Club has to offer,” says Gilbert. “It’s extremely reasonable for what you get up here.” For a nominal one-time initiation fee of $200 (paid once an applicant is accepted by the board) and monthly dues of $60 with a minimum monthly spending requirement of $25, members really do get to enjoy the best South Bend has to offer. They realize being at the top isn’t lonely at all but instead they find themselves among some pretty fine company.


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