Business events experiencing growth in area

Business events experiencing growth in area

On any given day in northwest Ohio, chances are at least one area business is hosting a banquet, awards ceremony, annual meeting, or some other type of special event. A number of area organizations, such as Gladieux Catering, the Stranahan Theater, and the Pinnacle, are standing by ready to assist. Officials at these organizations say the demand for special event services is growing among area businesses.

Gladieux Catering, for example, says it has watched its business quadruple. Gladieux offers full service catering options to clients on their premises as well as at their on-site facilities, including Gladieux Plaza on Laskey Road and Gladieux Meadows, their newest location on Heatherdowns Boulevard. Gladieux Catering, begun by Virgil Gladieux, has been in business for over 65 years.

“We cater 150 to 200 functions each week,” says Roger Parker, vice president of Gladieux’s Hospitality Division. Gladieux offers a full range of services for businesses as well as families, including food, beverages, and rental equipment.

“We’ve seen incredible growth in banquets and special events among businesses,” says Parker, noting that a healthy economy is responsible for much of the growth. Gladieux employs over 200 staff persons and has a fleet of trucks available for deliveries to off-site functions.

Parker says that although it may sound cliche, Gladieux tries to be “everything to everybody,” from the family hosting a backyard wedding to the five-course gourmet dinner at the Valentine Theater. Gladieux routinely hosts large events at the University of Michigan, often preparing meals for groups of up to 4,000 people.

Organizations use Gladieux for a variety of catered functions at their own place of business, says Parker, ranging from fundraisers to annual meetings. Many businesses also use Gladieux Plaza and Meadows, which can hold 1000 and 800 people, respectively, for functions such as trade shows.

Parker says he advises businesses as well as families to begin with an honest budget, and a good understanding of the scope of services they would like. Gladieux has a staff of six salespersons on hand to assist businesses and individuals with their planning.

Although peak days and holidays may be harder to secure for an event, Parker says Gladieux does a tremendous amount of last minute business among both organizations and individuals.

The Great Hall at the Stranahan Theater has also been home to special events for businesses in Northwest Ohio for over 30 years. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 950 people.

Penny Marks, Stranahan’s general manager, says the facility is used equally by individuals and businesses. “We host a lot of trade shows and computer shows,” says Marks. The Great Hall is currently undergoing renovation, including cosmetic updates to the theater and lobby as well as outside landscaping. “With our renovation, we hope to become the “new” Great Hall,” says Marks.

The Stranahan offers businesses a number of catering options as well as audiovisual screens for special presentations.

“Our hall has been used for a mixture of everything, from the area’s largest bridal fair, to pre-party and afterparty functions, to corporate annual meetings,” says Marks. Stranahan consultants work closely with clients to ensure no details are left out for special events.

One of Northwest Ohio’s newer banquet facilities, The Pinnacle in Arrowhead Park, likewise tries to attend to the smallest of details for its clients. The Pinnacle, which opened over two years ago, specializes in weddings, corporate events, and banquets ranging from breakfast to dinner. It hosts events for groups ranging from five people to 700.

“The Pinnacle is an upscale facility” says Natalie Rhyand, Pinnacle’s administrative assistant, adding that its menus range from chicken to tenderloin to duck.

Rhyand says the Pinnacle offer clients amenities such as valet service, coat checks restroom attendants, and, for an additional charge, audiovisual equipment and a hands-on AV technician.

In addition to hosting events at their Arrowhead facility, The Pinnacle also offers off-site catering services.

“Our events specialists work closely with our clients, and will go their place of business to plan an event for them,” says Rhyand. The events specialist are present at all functions to insure that all details are met.

Rhyand says businesses have used the Pinnacle for a variety of events, including luncheons and awards ceremonies. The Pinnacle has also hosted the Taste of Arrowhead, which featured vendors and chefs from restaurants in the Maumee area, and has worked with the newly renovated Valentine Theater for a number of functions there.

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