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February 2021 MPI Ohio Chapter Meeting

February 10, 2021
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Gervasi Vineyard
1700 55th Street NE
Canton, OH
MPI Ohio
Phone: 513-563-8674

Creating Memories Not Just Menus
Chapter Luncheon in Canton


EIC Preferred Provider Logo 10.18.18DAY/DATE:
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Cabrin Kelly-Hale

Menu trends today are shifting from ingredient-based to entertainment-based. Learn to mirror your attendees’ activities, overall lifestyle philosophies and quest for unique experiences and provide those moments with your chosen venue. Create authentic highlights as you learn to elevate your catered events by adding interactive food experiences and understand how easy it is to add authentic food touches to each meal. Most importantly learn not to fear experiential food choices and integrate the latest trends to make your meals and meetings generationally appealing.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand how to make your menus and meals action based and experiential
• Incorporate Global Flavors to enhance your event experience
• Learn the main cater-friendly foods in multiple cultures
•Understand how to involve and partner with your Venue Chef and Event Professional

Gervasi vineyard logo

Gervasi Vineyard
1700 55th Street NE
Canton, OH 44721

Gervasi is holding a block of their luxury suites for anyone wanting to stay the night on Tuesday, February 9th or Wednesday, February 10th for a special rate of $150 + tax and have waived the resort fee.  Any members interested in staying on property and taking advantage of this special rate may call Guests Services at Gervasi Vineyard directly at 330-497-1000 option 1 and mention they are with the Meeting Planners International (MPI) event for February 10th.  

11:00 am -  11:15 am: Doors Open/Registration
11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch/Networking at table
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm: Welcome (virtual attendees log on)
12:30 pm -   1:30 pm: Presentation by Speaker
                    1:30 pm: Q&A and Closing Announcements
Join us for a tour of this spectacular venue! 

Virtual sign-on Information will be sent out closer to the event. 

Virtual Event Sponsored by Prestige AV & Creative Services 

In Partnership with Visit Canton
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This program has been submitted for 1 hour to the Events Industry Council for CMP Preferred Provider review.

We understand that many of our members may be facing new challenges and financial hardship. We want all of our members to enjoy our valuable education so for this event we will offer a “Pay What You Can” fee structure. Starting at a minimum of $5, please pay the amount you are comfortable with. *MPI Ohio chapter meeting standard registration fee is $30 for members and $60 for nonmembers

Sunday, February 7, 2021
To receive a refund, you must cancel by Friday, February 5, 2021. No shows will be billed!


Cabrin Kelly-Hale

Cabrin Kelly-Hale is a culinary innovator, who engages, energizes and challenges long held norms in the world of hotel catering. Decades of leading catering teams has created a collaborative training style mentoring sales people’s talents and skills. A compelling story teller and master of improvisational dialogue Cabrin takes her listeners on a food journey to authenticity in catered events.

Cabrin Kelly-Hale is currently the Marriott International Market Catering Sales Leader for Southern California, Arizona and Nevada overseeing Group and Local Catering Revenues for 114 hotels. Beginning her hospitality career with Marriott in 1979 Cabrin has made Catering Sales and Event Management her passion and field of expertise. Previous positions include opening Director of Event Planning at the JW Starr Pass Marriott Resort & Spa Tucson, AZ, Director of Catering & Convention Service for The Westin Stonebriar Resort in Dallas, TX, Director of Catering at the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, TX, the Dallas Marriott Quorum, the Portland (Oregon) Marriott Hotel and the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport Marriott. She was named Director of Catering of the Year by Marriott Hotels and was a member of Marriott’s Catering Advisory Board. She has a B.A. in Drama and Theatrical Arts from Chatham University in Pittsburgh and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Her background and flair for drama have proven an asset to her clients in the development and staging of creative events.

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