At Your Service…Director of Sales, Kelly Arthur

Kelly Arthur, new Director of Sales for the Residence Inn/Emerald Event Center, is a native northeast Ohioan as she was born and raised in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Growing up she grew to love the hospitality industry from her parent’s restaurant Grum’s Sub Shoppe located on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. This experience working with the public pushed her to pursue a degree in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University in Columbus. Kelly started her career as a Sales Coordinator in downtown Cleveland and soon learned the ropes in hotel sales as a Sales Manager, Catering Manager and Senior Sales Manager.

 When asked what she loves the hospitality business, without hesitation, Kelly’s response was…“I love working with people and groups. Whether it is a corporate meeting or a class reunion, each person is unique and has a story to tell. The fact that I am able to help them make their experience unforgettable is what drives me everyday!”

 Kelly lives in Bay Village with her husband Mike and Golden Retriever, Freya. She enjoys spending time with her family as much as possible especially her niece, Charlotte! Welcome Kelly! If you need assistance for your own sales needs, you can contact Kelly via email or phone at 440.937.0909

Easter Bunny treats

Easter Bunny Visits the Emerald Event Center for Brunch Fun

The Emerald Event Center hosted its first Easter Brunch and celebrated the season with several hundred delighted guests, and the Easter Bunny, of course! Chef Bernie Berhent and his staff prepared and served the impressive, tasty feast using traditional favorites as well as putting his own spin on a selection of gourmet dishes. Our staff can put the same energy and creativity into assisting you with planning your own event. Our friendly staff of experienced event planners work to exceed expectations for events of all sizes.

At Your Service… Catering Manager Liz Schubert

Meet Elizabeth (Liz) Schubert , Catering Sales Manager at The Residence Inn by Marriott Cleveland Avon at The Emerald Event Center.

When planning your big event, Liz will most likely be your first contact at the Emerald Event Center. She is the one who will keep track of all of those vital details that will make your event shine!

Liz was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where her love for the hospitality industry began. Like many successful people in the industry, food service during her teen years kicked off her hospitality career. She learned then, that working with people would be a great career choice and earned her B.S. in Hospitality Management at Kent State University. During her time at Kent State, she interned at Progressive Field as a Suite Supervisor and upon graduation, progressed to a full time staffer. She later began working for the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant in Cleveland as Catering Sales Manager. It was in this position that she found the drive and passion to delight clients and bring quality and organization to their events. Passion that has grown in scope and experience at the Emerald Event Center specializing in stunning weddings and successful, engaging meetings.

When asked for some tips for a successful event, Liz’s immediate answer… “Over- communicate and to stay organized. In the long run this will make everyone’s job easier and create a successful event for both the client and event center!” Fortunately, clients will have Liz to help with the communication and organization here at EEC.

Liz lives in Westlake with her boyfriend Jake, has one brother that lives in Columbus, and a teacup Chihuahua named Bailey that resides with her mom in Pittsburgh. Liz is currently training for the Cleveland half marathon on May 21st. RUN LIZ RUN!

Magical Events – It Takes a Creative Team

At the Emerald Event Center, we work with the most talented creative minds in the business. Chefs, florists, ice carvers, event planners, entertainment professionals…the list goes on and on. Details matter and we strive for perfection and thrive on delighting our guests. Here are some photos of a recent event held here that had many talented hands and minds working together for this result:








Chef Bernie Berhent – The Face Behind the Flavor and Flair

If you’ve been to any of Emerald signature events, a wedding, business conference or a Workday Wednesday lunch you know why we’re well-known for our fresh flavors and dining flair. Executive Chef Bernie Berhent is the face behind the flavor.

With training at Johnson & Wales College in Providence, Rhode Island and almost 40 years experience in the culinary arts, Chef Bernie manages his kitchen team with excellence that makes our events shine. Chef specializes in a wide range of items and is well-known in theChef Bernie wedding industry for his focus on customer satisfaction and high quality. He is particularly skilled in Central European, German and Austrian cuisines, taking classical favorites and enhancing them with a skilled twist that delights customers and satisfies a wide range of palates. This is particularly important when serving large events with a diverse clientele. The Emerald Event Center can accommodate events with up to 400 diners. Food is often locally sourced when in season and Chef Bernie often adds these for a local spin to his dishes.

Throughout his career, Chef Bernie has mentored cooks who’ve advanced to Sous Chef and onto Executive Chef positions. His passion and skills have enhanced his kitchen team at the Emerald Event Center and allows events, large and small to run smoothly and appear effortless. Their attention to detail and added flair have satisfied brides and grooms, event planners and companies throughout the region who have been able to delight their event guests for over a year now.

Chef Bernie, his wife Lori and family reside in the Cleveland area with one child still at home and one working as a software engineer in Cleveland.

Seasonal Events at the Emerald Event Center

As evidenced by our improving weather, Old Man Winter is on his way out and we’re making way for spring. With the end of winter, Workday Wednesday lunches have concluded. But the Emerald Event Center and the Residence Inn by Marriott Cleveland Avon will be featuring a variety of festive culinary and cocktail events beginning with Fat Tuesday.

Mardi Gras buffet

A Mardi Gras Celebration Buffet will be held in the CRAFT bar at the Residence Inn by Marriott, Tuesday, February 28. From 5–9pm guests can feast on Jambalaya, New Orleans Chicken Wings, Catfish, Okra and more. All will be freshly prepared by our own Chef Bernie Berhent. Visit the event page for more menu detail. And of course the CRAFT bar will have themed drink specials to add to the festive atmosphere. No tickets or reservations are necessary for this event and cost is $12 per person. Following the Mardi Gras event, Jambalayabeginning in March, be on the lookout for spring/summer dinners. Our outdoor patio barbecues were hugely popular last year and this year promises to delight our guests. Our CRAFT bar, cozy indoor and outdoor spaces, fire pits and conversation areas make it a great place to meet friends after work and unwind on beautiful spring and summer days.

Further down the road, the Emerald Event Center will host an Easter Brunch, with a full menu of Easter brunch favorites, scrambler bar, chef-carved ham and prime rib, chicken breast, Boston butter crumb cod and shrimp, desserts, mimosas and more. Even the Easter Bunny will be on hand to conduct a good old fashioned egg hunt (weather permitting) Check the event page for details and reservation information.

We’re looking forward to seeing some old friends and some new faces at our events this spring and summer. Come and celebrate the sunshine with us!

Wedding Fever – We’ve got you Covered!

It’s that time of the year where brides and grooms start looking to schedule, plan and arrange for one of the most memorable and exciting day’s of the year – their wedding day. When it comes to your special day, our wedding planners are there to make sure all the details are handled and the day is unique and unforgettable!

This is your opportunity to make memories for a lifetime. The options are endless for the spaces we offer, both indoor and out. We have exceptional food and beverage selections prepared and served in contemporary style. Our dedicated experts will handle the details and work closely with you and your selected vendors to ensure the perfect event. Being on the west side of Cleveland makes us easy to access for guests from all over northeastern Ohio. We are literally smack dab in the middle of northern Ohio, easily accessible from Sandusky, Akron, Cleveland and Lorain County.


We are proud to offer the following specials to bring your special event to life:

  • Book your 2017 wedding or rehearsal dinner by March 31, 2017 and receive (2) complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres. *Offer is valid for up to 200 people
  • Book your 2018 wedding or rehearsal dinner by June 30, 2017 and receive (2) complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres and a late night snack. *Offer is valid for up to 200 people

To get your tour of our unique indoor and outdoor spaces as well as a preview of how we can facilitate your once-in-a-lifetime event, call or email Liz Schubert at 440.695.1474

Emerald Event Center Caps off the Holiday Season with Flair

The Emerald Event Center capped off its first holiday season with a spectacular New Year’s event – “A Roaring Good Time,” that had guests ringing in the New Year with style, mouthwatering cuisine, dancing and drinks. After dining on a feast fit for a holiday celebration — Petite Angus Beef Filet,  Split Cold Water Lobster Tail and Beef Wellington —many opted to purchase an overnight package and “ride the elevator home” following the dazzling evening.

Before turning our focus to the many fresh events of the spring season , enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into what went into planning this gala event.


Oh What a First Year!

It’s been an exciting first year for the Residence Inn and The Emerald Event Center. Management and staff have brought the hotel and event center to life with passion, creativity and a love of community.

Leading the Way

Rex Engle, General Manager

New to the hotel and event center is General Manager Rex Engle. Rex has logged over 30 years in the hospitality industry having most recently spent almost 25 years as the General Manager of the former Oberlin Inn. He is a well-known leader in the local community, serving on the school boards of Amherst City and the Lorain County Joint Vocational School. He also served as President of the Board of Visit Lorain County for many years under whose leadership won many state and national marketing awards. Additionally, Rex is a very active Rotary member and previously served as the District 6600 Governor for the 2014/15 year.

Rex now brings his skills to Avon where his commitment to the hospitality industry and the local community continues to grow. Rex and his growing staff are ready to share their creativity and forward-thinking approach to event planning, hospitality and cuisine.

A Year of Spectacular Events

The Emerald Event Center has had many successful events this year, delighting event planners, business leaders and guests. New, signature events have been added such as the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration. The event promises to be another gala success to cap off a beautiful and festive holiday season at the Residence Inn and Emerald Event Center! Tickets are still available to this spectacular event.