Small Market Meetings

JUL 2017

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July 2017 25 By Randall Scheiber, courtesy GCCC Local restaurateurs can cater events at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Sweet, public relations coordinator at Experience Columbus. "You never have to get in a car, and at the end of a long day in meetings, a lot of people feel like walking." As part of the expansion, the convention center has also accrued 150 new pieces of local art, joining the pre-existing collection featured throughout the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and three surrounding parking garages. The total collection of 350 pieces is the largest contemporary collection of Franklin County artists in the state, and this aesthetic reflects the neighboring arts district. "Being in the heart of the arts district really gives attendees a sense of place," said Sweet. Levy Restaurants partners with a local upscale company, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, to cater events at the conference center, providing top-grade cuisine that is 85 percent locally sourced. Levy plans on developing the country's first convention center indoor hydroponic vertical farm, which will produce an average of 100 pounds of fresh herbs and vegetables per week to supplement event dining. A few of the center's signature annual events include the Arnold Classic, Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous body-building competition, and the American Hort Experience, the largest horticulture show in North America. www.columbusconventions.com grandwayne.com 260.426.4100 Let's write yours. Your experience here will set a new standard: • Divisible, carpeted, fully-equipped event spaces • On-site, full service masters in Event Management, AV, and Catering • Up to 4,500 theater; 3100 banquet; 2900 classroom • 500 attached guest rooms and covered parking • Free high performance WiFi and Room setup Create some buzz in downtown Fort Wayne, IN SPARTANNASH FOOD SHOW Marcy McKinley Director of Sales Babette Record Event Manager Jeremy Bugge AV Technician Every event has a story ...

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