Guests of this recent spectacular autumn wedding were able to enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces due to perfect weather. Wedding planners can enjoy and utilize our fabulous outdoor spaces and fire pits during temperate months and allow guests to enjoy a truly unique experience.
Meet Shannon Besenfelder, Catering Sales Manager for the Emerald Event Center.
In working with her numerous clients, Shannon brings over 11 years of hospitality experience. She specializes in both the logistics and space of an event but also selling and working with clients. “It’s the best of both worlds,” said Shannon; “I enjoy meeting new groups and people every day. The best thing for me is seeing a plan come into action and the client’s face on their big day.”
Shannon lives in North Ridgeville with her husband and two miniature dachshunds Baxter and Bentley.
The Emerald Event Center is known for fabulous and detailed events, weddings, fundraisers and meetings. One face you will generally see for all of them is that of Mindy Naylor, the Emerald Event Center’s Banquet Manager. She can be found hustling before most events making sure every detail of presentation is on point, cutlery polished, champagne poured, every seat in its proper place. It is Mindy’s job to make sure each event shines with Emerald polish and expectations are always exceeded. “There is no better reward than when a bride and groom are happy with the service food and atmosphere we’ve provided for their special day,” says Mindy.
Mindy has a long career in food service, hospitality and banquet management in and around Lorain County. She is known for her kindness and love of people and says “I’ve never met a stranger.” Mindy and her husband, Rick have been married for 36 years and together have raised their son Justin who has just recently married.
Whether hosting or attending an event at the Emerald Event Center, you are bound to cross paths with Mindy – another friendly face behind our Emerald magic!
Opened in 2016, The Emerald Event Center is quickly becoming the go-to location for large-scale foundation and fundraising events. The ease and flexibility of setup, the number of people the facility can host and the convenience of our west Cleveland location all result in a great choice for fundraisers to host a meaningful and successful event.
The Taste of Friendship was held on a beautiful Friday evening in September. It incorporated the need for both indoor and outdoor spaces, vendor spaces, elegant presentation and entertainment. We were also able to set up a tent in the outdoor courtyard in case of inclement weather. Click here for room specifications and setup options that can serve your future event.
Recently the Residence Inn Marriott at the Emerald Event Center hosted a several-day corporate meeting onsite. Our Emerald Culinary Team prepared themed meals each day and provided a welcome break throughout their conference.
The Emerald Culinary Team can prepare dishes to delight meeting attendees from a handful of people to hundreds!
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!