Bring Farm to Table Flavor and Flair to Your Event
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- Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Make Your Event Out of the Ordinary
Our clients continually ask us how they can make their event experience stand out. Our advice: give your guests food and beverage experiences that will surprise them. We'll break down two recent CMCC events and how we delivered an unexpected experience for our clients.
Two Events, Same Charm
Capitalizing on our talented chef - Tom Kasperski's - passion for using fresh, local products, and the farm to table trend sweeping the food industry, we put on two charming events this spring and summer. Our spring event was an outdoor garden dinner for 42 of our dedicated CMCC clients, while our summer event was an indoor farm to table dinner overlooking our garden terrace for a group twice the size - 85 SC State Firefighter Association attendees and guests.
Catered Service in an Intimate Setting
Hosting a dinner event at CMCC means you can customize your space, your atmosphere, and your menu, rather than conforming to a restaurant's vibe and setup. You can also select any type of service - stations, family-style, multiple courses, or a traditional plated meal.
Our terraced garden is a beautiful space to host a dinner party. It gives conference attendees a break from the workshops, breakouts, and panels. Evening guests get a tranquil, natural setting just minutes from Columbia's nightlife, entertainment, and hotels.
Completely Custom Menus
Both of our dinner groups wanted to show their guests their appreciation with a memorable evening. The CMCC client event was a 7-course dinner over the course of an evening, and the Firefighters were in town for a week. They hosted their executive team for a 3-course dinner before kicking off their Annual Fire Rescue Conference at CMCC attended by thousands of firefighters across the state.
Chef Tommy is truly gifted at producing fresh, creative menus to scale. Whether it's 42, 85, or a thousand, we bring custom menus to over 85% of our clients. Our team can bust out all the bells and whistles or help you make strategic decisions and stick to a budget. Take a look at our custom farm to table menus.
The 7-Course Menu
- Sliced Edison Farm's Country Ham, Sweet Potato Crepe, and Lychee Fruit
- Chilled Peach Cilantro Soup Shooters
- Roasted Beets, Baby Lettuce, Goat Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Candy Pecans
- Cast Iron Flounder Filet
- Sliced Fire Roasted Grass Fed Tenderloin
- Sorbet Served on an Asian Spoon
- Brenda's Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Topped with Salted Caramel
"The food was absolutely some of the best I have ever eaten anywhere in Columbia. You have such a beautiful area and hope we can take advantage of it with one of our events."
SC Economic Developers’ Association
The 3-Course Menu
- Rolled Spring Salad with Golden Beets, Feta Cheese, and Shaved Carrot
- Dry Rub Flat Iron Steak with Bourbon Onion Marmalade, Smashed Redskin Potatoes, and Fire Roasted Broccolini
- Action station: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream with Chocolate, Cherry and Nut Toppings
Ways to Use the Terraced Garden
Think of our garden space as a blank canvas. We can work with you and your vision to create the perfect event, whether you're interested in hosting a reception, wedding, meeting, cocktail hour, casual dinner, or an upscale dining experience. Check out different ways to use or enhance the space:
- Lounge area
Create a speak-easy vibe with upscale furniture and a cigar bar or full-service bar
- Café lighting
Use our already installed hooks to easily add some southern charm and ambiance to the garden
- On-Site Gazebo
Movable gazebo, perfect for wedding photos, a small band setup, or an elegant dinner backdrop
- Lunch break
Ideal for groups who need some sunshine and a break from all-day workshops and conferences
- Tent the space
Get shade in the summer or bring in heaters during the winter
- Group photos
Our tiered step-ups in the garden are great for large group photos
- Dress it up
Work with our vendors to bring in china, linens, greenery, or speciality seating, furniture, and decor
Get Creative with Us
Have we spurred your imagination? Ask about how you can enhance an event that's already on the calendar, or book a new event with us. We're always ready to help you plan a memorable event and an exciting custom menu.