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CCA Corporate Event Venue of the Year: Non-Hotels — Cleveland Museum of Art (Sales Coordinator Michael Rodriguez pictured)

In 2013 the Cleveland Museum of Art and its onsite company, Bon Appetit Management, catered largely to socially driven events. But last year saw a surge in the number corporate events that occurred at the institution. “Our goal is to find balance between protecting the visitor experience in the Museum throughout the day, and working quickly and efficiently to create events that wow our event guests in the evenings,” Sherri Schultz, the director of sales and catering for Bon Appétit, says. “The Ames Family Atrium is without a doubt one of the most unique and beautiful event spaces in the city of Cleveland, and we continue to draw in dynamic and enthusiastic clients who want to make this historic space their own, even if it is just for one night.”

On Aug. 9 the museum hosted the Cleveland Chef Gala, presented by Autism Speaks and attended by 700 guests. “This was not only one of our greatest 2014 achievements but also our most challenging event of the year,” Schultz says. “Our team was challenged to not only create a floor plan that would stylishly accommodate each of the many details of this event but also strategize and manage the massive culinary undertaking that was the centerpiece of the evening.”

On Sept. 23 CMA welcomed 400 guests representing the Lubrizol Global Leadership Reception. Floral designer Stephen Tokar transformed the atrium into what felt like an indoor replica of East 4th Street in downtown Cleveland. “This event is considered such an accomplishment for us not only because of its structure and design elements, which were complex, but also because of the size and intricacy of the menu,” Schultz says. “Our chefs did such an amazing job using their culinary expertise to highlight Cleveland specialties that impressed our guests that we just recently added this new favorite to our 2015 special event packet.”

On May 1 the United Way of Greater Cleveland brought its annual fundraiser, Rock the Catwalk, and its 700 guests to CMA. “This event provided us with another opportunity to challenge ourselves from a production standpoint,” Schultz says. The floor plan included a t-shaped runway that was outfitted with lighting, cameras, and LCD panels to enhance the show and program. Additionally, a vendor village boasted local and national fashion brands and their latest trends.

On Dec. 20 the Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers Association brought 350 guests to the museum to celebrate the beginning of its 100th anniversary and the holidays. The centerpiece of the room was an 18-foot bar that was lit in icy blue tones and highlighted in white and silver. “One may not have recognized the atrium that evening, and instead may have felt like they were truly in a trendy night club somewhere in a posh ski resort,” Schultz says. “It was a marvelous transformation, one that presented challenges and successes. Loading in and setting up a nightclub, complete with soft furniture and entertainment, was no easy feat while the museum was open. But a collaboration of elite vendors and a dynamic operations team made the transition seamless throughout the day and spectacular into the evening.”

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Runners-up: Corporate College East; Executive Caterers at Landerhaven; Greater Cleveland Food Bank; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Music Box Supper Club

CCA WINNER TIMELINE

Corporate Event Venue of the Year: Non-Hotels
2014 — Cleveland Museum of Art
2013 — Playhouse Square
2012 — Playhouse Square
2011 — House of Blues Cleveland
2010 — House of Blues Cleveland
2009 — BarRoom Cleveland/Cadillac Ranch)
2008 — House of Blues Cleveland
2007 — House of Blues Cleveland

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