• Restaurant Recommendation: Vernales Restaurant

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Meet Over Meat

Owners Joe Guthrie and Keith Lynch had a vision for Vernales Restaurant in Harbor Springs, featuring three separate venues, a Sports Bar, Chop House and a Wine Cellar. From burgers, tacos and seafood to American Wagyu steaks and more, they have your craving covered. 

According to Christina Johnson, marketing and advertising coordinator, the Chop House is ideal for large parties from business meetings to rehearsal dinners, while the Wine Cellar can accommodate smaller groups. The Sports Bar serves lunch and dinner daily and the seasonal patio is perfect for outdoor events. 

Vernales, which has received numerous accolades, serves only American Wagyu, a decision driven by customer feedback when they offered an American Wagyu burger and Himalayan Salt Dry Aged Steaks. 

“We focus on providing exceptional service from start to finish,” says Johnson. “From the moment you walk through the door we greet you with a smile, we try to always be accommodating with any needs—dietary or other.” 

They can customize any event with their catering menu for weddings, business lunches, dinners, sunset cruises, staff appreciation parties and more. Their team also has access to world-class conference and meeting space and banquet facilities on Lake Michigan. 

Vernales can make catering arrangements for fine dining to casual fare, says Edward Jones financial advisor Tim Knapp, who has booked everything from business meetings to a kid's birthday party. “You really get to work with the food, which is excellent, and the options are plentiful.”

First came COVID. Then came the tornado.

The northern Michigan community of Gaylord was just starting to rebound from the pandemic with its groups and events business as a new season was getting underway when a rare EF3 tornado with estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour struck May 20.

Two people were killed and at least 44 were injured, according to official reports at the time. West Michigan meteorologist Bill Steffen said it was the strongest tornado to strike in the U.S. that month. 

 

A conference or convention venue might be described by meeting planners as offering ease and convenience for multiple reasons. It may be because its address is easily accessible from numerous compass points. Or perhaps it’s the destination—with a variety of opportunities for activities and entertainment close-by. And of course, it could be that the venue itself offers a peaceful, easy setting with all the comforts you could want. 

Well, at Treetops Resort, it’s all of the above. 

 

The time is right; the stage is set. Groups are ready to meet face to face again, and the four-star luxury hotel MGM Grand Detroit is ready to welcome you back.

According to MPI’s report “Spring 2021 Meetings Outlook,” three-quarters of meeting professionals predict a face-to-face event this calendar year. And that definitely rings true for Lisa Williams, executive director of sales for the hotel.