groups of all sizes a culinary event they will
not soon forget,” says Jim Mahon, vice president of marketing and brand management
at the Akron/Summit CVB.
A popular specialty here is meatballs,
served either “naked” with only sauce and
cheese or “smashed” over garlic toast with
sauce and cheese.
In Dayton is El Meson Restaurant, which
features traditional dishes from Spain,
including homemade chorizo and steak
encebollado, and South American dancers
to entertain groups.
And Fremont-based Down Thyme Cafe
Coffee Shop & Restaurant, which has a
private banquet room, is one of Sandusky
County’s newest eateries.
“Opened in late 2015, this upscale
restaurant features fine dining in a quaint
setting,” says Peggy Courtney, executive
director at the Sandusky County CVB,
who adds that a coffee shop adjoining the
restaurant serves specialty coffees, gourmet sandwiches and homemade desserts.
Team-bonding cooking classes are also
found throughout Ohio, including in down-
town Cleveland, where the Western Re-
serve School of Cooking teaches everything
from making pierogis to the Art of the Pie.
According to Destination Cleveland’s
Lauer, the private events here focus on
either collaborative hands-on instruction
or learning-based demonstration, and
attendees take home a copy of each recipe
prepared in class.
In Columbus there are several locales
offering hands-on cooking activities, according to Experience Columbus’ Ross.
Among them are The Kitchen, the
Seasoned Farmhouse and Franklin Park
Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Not to be outdone by its output of beer,
Ohio also pours some fine wines.
At New Concord-based Terra Cotta Vineyards, situated in a picturesque setting, a
cellar tour/chef experience is available.
“It begins with a wine tasting, then a
local chef prepares and serves the meal,
describing to the group how the dishes are
created,” says Lori Kappes, marketing/sales
manager for the Zanesville-Muskingum
County CVB. “The meal is finished with a
flaming dessert that is prepared in front of
Cuyahoga Valley Na-
tional Park, Ohio’s only
national park, is Sarah’s
Vineyard Winery & Art
Gallery, which according to
Akron/Summit CVB’s Mahon
offers wine tastings, a great menu
and comfortable group-friendly spaces.
And at Helena-based Chateau Tebeau
Winery, according to Sandusky County
CVB’s Courtney, tours and tastings are
available, as well as a large banquet area
that hosts live weekend entertainment.
Nearly 20 varieties of wines are available
here, as well as a menu including baked
brie and cheese platters, homemade soups
and a variety of sandwiches.
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