this month's issue of

Food For thought

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Extraordinary Culinary


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Columbus is a city that is on the leading edge of food tech. The Greater Columbus Convention Center is the perfect location to showcase this hyper-local and innovative approach.

We are a family of passionate restaurateurs.

We thrive when given the opportunity to collaborate and partner with our clients.

"Standard" is not our standard when it comes to designing distinctive,

one-of-a-kind guest experiences.


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Molly Dale

General Manager

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Cassie Daniels

Catering Sales Manager

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Lauren Laurent

Meet the team

Director of Sales & Marketing

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Katie Bower

Senior Sales


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Shelby Revalee

Senior Catering Sales Manager

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Catering Sales Manager

Kelly Kaletta

Marketing & Experience Design Coordinator

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Kate Yarano

Chef Smith has been leading the culinary team at the GCCC since 2018, creating an abundance of ingenious food and beverage experiences. Formally trained at Hocking College in Southern Ohio, he credits his successful culinary journey to his very talented culinary mentors. With a passion for service, a desire to learn, and many long hours in the kitchen, he is no stranger to what it takes to deliver more than what the guest expects.

Chef Smith is supported by a team of extremely talented culinarians, which round out centuries of experience within the food and hospitality industry.

"Our team knows firsthand, the kind of passion and dedication that is needed to delight each and every guest with unexpected flavor combinations & high quality, seasonal & local ingredients."

- Chef Smith

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Matt Smith, CEC, CCA

Executive Chef

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Est. 2017

Located across from Discovery Café.

The first indoor, vertical and LED-lit hydroponic garden in a convention center.

Generates up to 2.5 tons of herbs and vegetables each year.

This produce is used throughout the convention center on custom event menus and donated to local organizations.

Grown 75 feet from our kitchen.

Local enough?

Our signature market offers freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, and soups with a variety of grab-and-go snacks and drinks, featuring items from some of our local small business partners.

With options like chicken tenders and fries or our specialty burger, the Eisenman - named after the facility's architect - the Columbus Grille has something for everyone.

Offering a full bar, the CBUS Tap Room includes a rotating selection of local craft brews.

Serving fine coffee and tea, our local partner has been roasting coffee since 1991 and focuses on sustainable operations, fair trade, and offers only organic coffee bought directly from farmers.

Discovery Café

All food and beverage services

are now a cashless experience!

Variety Of Green Plants

Examples of Our Efforts:

Our SmartFarm:

Hydroponic Indoor Garden

Biodegradable Disposable Serviceware

Kegged Coffee Vs.

Brewed to Order Coffee

Boxed, Canned & Reusable

Water Bottle Offerings

Considerate menu planning that

takes environmental responsibility

into account when selecting specific

ingredients and preparing appropriate

quantities for groups

Sourcing locally to reduce impacts of transportation and fuel emission while also supporting small businesses and the

local economy


Our Sustainability Logo

This brandmark is worked into our food and beverage outlets, catering displays, and

various pieces of collateral.

This logo is a subtle way of reminding

our guests that the catering experience

that they receive within the

Greater Columbus Convention Center,

is at the forefront of sustainable action.

Interested in learning more about how we reduce our food waste?


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August 2022

"We had some extreme last-minute changes and everyone was so gracious to accommodate the needs. I was impressed with the courteousness and responsiveness of the staff. The food was delicious too! Thank you again for the wonderful hospitality."

Jodi Slattery

Evangelical Lutheran

Church in America

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February 2023

"Yes, I was on the Founders Day committee and it was amazing. I want to give a shout out to the wait staff on Saturday… they took extra time to help us gather all of our centerpieces and they were extremely great in their service."

Judy Wright

Delta Founder's Day

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December 2022

"I heard nothing but great things about the food and service. Your staff did a great job!"

ShaLise Simmons

OSU Extension

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April 2023

"Everything provided was top notch! The food was absolutely amazing and everyone was talking about it. I honestly did not hear a single negative thing about the food. If I could have found those preparing the food, I would have tracked them down to say "job well done"! You guys knocked it out of the park this year. Thank you!!!!"

J. Scott Gooding II

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

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January 2023

Thank you again for a great show. Columbus was such a fun city for PCMA! The opening reception was beautiful! You and your team should be proud. "

Christine Glover


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July 2023

"I have to mention that the food at that lunch was some of THE best food I had while in Columbus - thoughtfully planned and prepared - especially for someone with specific dietary needs."

Wendy K. Probst