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.

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!