Taking Care of the Details…

Emerald Culinary Team Sourcing Excellence

The Emerald Event Center culinary team work tirelessly to achieve excellence in everything that comes out of the kitchen. Simply put, they’re taking care of the details. If you ask any previous event attendee, wedding guest or conference participant what made their event memorable; you will probably hear about food and presentation. Our beef dishes reflect the constant attention to detail. From the Filet Mignon served at a fine wedding, to the Emerald Steakburger grilled at one of our Tuesday evening patio dinners, attention and planning have been underway long before the meat is on the grill.

Before the ingredients even arrive onsite, Chef Bernie Berhent is working hard to make sure that the cuts of meat that Emerald sources will exceed guest expectations. When choosing beef, the only option for the Emerald Event Center is prize selection Angus Reserve Beef®. Angus Reserve Beef comes strictly from Midwestern US cattle ranchers. It’s known for producing juicy, flavorful dishes. From farmers to meatcutters, those involved in the raising and processing are at the top of their craft. Angus Reserve is only commercially available to independent restaurants in the Great Lakes region, so you won’t find it in the grocery aisles or at chain restaurants. Angus Reserve Beef is hand selected for superior marbling and texture and comes from only the very top of the USDA grading system.

Of course, Our Angus Reserve Beef is only one option of many fine selections on the menu. You can find more of our menu selections here, all of which the ingredients are carefully sourced with the same attention to detail and quality. Brides and grooms who’ve signed a contract with EEC for their big day, are treated to a complimentary tasting of Emerald dishes including our Angus Reserve Beef dishes. Our next tasting is coming up this fall. But you don’t have to be engaged to give it a try. Every Tuesday night through the summer, Chef Bernie and his team will be on the grill at our evening barbecues. Try out an Emerald Steakburger for yourself! Yum!

Craft Bar is Rockin’!

Summer is sizzling for guests of the Residence Inn by Marriott’s Craft Bar. (Click here for regular menu selections)

Tuesday night dinners have heated up on the patio with Chef Bernie Berhent on the grill. In addition to weekly dinners, special themed patio party with live entertainment is planned for the third Tuesday of each month. June’s theme was a “Rockin’ Luau.” The weather was great and the food and drinks were tasty tropical treats for the many guests that attended. July 18 will feature a “Red, White and Blue! Picnic on the Patio!” Although the Cleveland Indians will be in San Francisco, they’ll be here, on the big screens. So, enjoy the game and a good old-fashioned picnic with cornhole, live music by Rick Keane and Ronnie Clinton, and drink specials while cheering on the Tribe! Chef Bernie will be on the grill making all your picnic favorites. Click here for Tuesday night dinner details.

Thursdays in the Craft Bar are taco nights with a $3 build-your-own taco. And of course, there are always beer and wine specials with a seasonal Great Lakes Brew on tap. Enjoy your meal, drinks and the game indoor or out around the fire pits. The Craft Bar is open daily from 5–11pm.

At your service…

Meet Craft Bar Bartender Sally Keating

Sally has been working in the food and beverage industry for 35 years. Many remember her as the friendly face behind the bar and the great food at Sally’s West Shore Pub in Avon Lake, a well-regarded business she owned and operated.

In her eight months tending the Craft Bar, Sally has discovered her favorite part of the job is the people she meets. She shared that “many guests are traveling in from all over. For instance, I recently met with a member of the native American Navajo population who lives on a reservation. His grandmother is a medicine woman. There are always so many interesting people here to talk to!” Of course, many regulars are local folks who’ve brought a local flavor to the Craft Bar— they’ve followed Sally from her days at her own pub. Sally also mentioned another favorite part of the job is working with Chef Bernie Berhent who, she says with a smile,  “he is amazing—such a professional! Everyone raves about his food and it makes my customers happy.”

Originally from Lakewood, Sally now calls Avon Lake home. “I love being close to the water-I’ve always lived by the water—it is soothing to the soul.” In her free time, Sally likes to make soup in cooler months. She even won third place in the Cleveland Souper Bowl for her Pizza Soup!

Business Meetings at Emerald Event Center-Mixing Business with Pleasure around Cleveland

Time out for Northeast Ohio Fun!

Kayaking the Black River, Lorain

Northeast Ohio has plenty of adventure and activity if you’re planning extended activities for an Emerald conference or business meeting. The Emerald Event Center is just west of Downtown Cleveland. Cedar Point and the Lake Erie Islands are within an hour’s drive to the west. Depending on what you’re looking for, we can suggest many unique activities for your participants. In addition to the above, here are a few suggestions:

Common Ground Canopy Tours

Common Ground Canopy Tours: Zip through the treetops and a beautiful landscape!The canopy tours traverse the Vermilion River Valley and is known for its stunning beauty. The tour includes seven ziplines, 13 platforms and three aerial bridges. The tour is only a 30 minute drive from the EEC.

Lake Erie is just to the north of EEC, only a few minutes drive for guests who want to charter a fishing trip, visit the beach or rent a kayak. There are multiple outfitters in the area to assist with this type of activity. The West Side Market in Cleveland is world famous for its bustling open air marketplace. The historic structure and well known clock tower attracts a diverse variety of both vendors and shoppers. And don’t forget the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is in Cleveland too!

West Side Market, Cleveland

When planning your meeting, our creative staff can assist you with suggestions for a variety of entertainment options both onsite and off. Your participants can be engaged with a fill itinerary of activity!

Brides and Grooms Taste the Emerald Experience

This month, newly engaged couples who’ve contracted their wedding reception at Emerald Event Center were treated to an exclusive, private, mini bridal fair.  While the focus of the event was to sample cuisine selections prepared fresh by our own Chef Bernie Berhent; couples also took advantage of the opportunity to meet and view other wedding-related vendors and options. Photography, cake, flowers and decorations, linens and bar options were all available at the event.

Couples enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres while chatting with wedding professionals and planners in anticipation of their big day. Engaged couples planning their events always imagine what the day will turn out to be. One of the brides enjoying the tasting event, commented that this experience enabled her to get a real feel of what the atmosphere might be on the day of her own big event. She also loved being able to share ideas, progress and excitement with other couples at the same point in the planning process.

Couples that are currently signing contracts for their own receptions will have the opportunity to experience their own private bridal tasting event this fall. For information on how to begin your Emerald experience, contact Kelly Arthur at 440.937.0909.


Taking Care of the Details

Faroe Island SalmonWhat’s Cooking in Chef Bernie’s Kitchen

Hosting successful events at the Emerald Event Center hinges on the details. Our professional staff are experienced at choosing just the right touches in all the right places. Of course, excellence in cuisine is a priority and Executive Chef Bernie Berhent’s attention to detail begins at the source of the food.

Salmon has become a wedding favorite, a signature offering that is part of the Emerald Wedding Experience. Emerald Event Center’s kitchen features Fresh Faroe Island Atlantic Salmon. The Faroe Islands are located in the icy cold waters of the North Atlantic, between Norway and Iceland. These are some of the world’s best salmon fishing grounds. Faroe Island Salmon is known for its rich buttery flavor and creamy tender texture. It is obtained from a fully sustainable fishery in the midst of natural wild Atlantic Salmon feeding grounds. The Faroese fjords and sounds provide the proper conditions, currents and sea water circulation to naturally protect and cleanse the environment. The currents also aid in the development of natural muscle tone and well-marbled fish.

For more information on our mouthwatering options for weddings and events, full event menus can be found on our website.

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.