Conneaut Creek Wineries Team Up for Progressive Dinner
On November 19th, the Conneaut Creek Wineries in Ohio will have a progressive dinner that combines the efforts of all four member wineries. This event is part of ongoing marketing effort that winery owners created themselves, according to Ken Tarsitanto of Tarsitano Winery & Cafe in Conneaut, Ohio. Other events put on jointly by the members of the Conneaut Creek Wineries include a Bicycle Wine Trail, a HalloWine trail and the D-Day Wine Trail. (A nearby D-Day re-enactment along Lake Erie draws 7,000-8,000 visitors annually.)
At the progressive dinner, which is $50 per person, guests travel in sequence to the four wineries which are about 10 miles apart. One wine sample is provided at each winery which is paired with a different appetizer, entrée or dessert at each location. Taristano said that allowing guests to spend 90 minutes at each winery creates an informal atmosphere where diners can move at their own pace. “Part of the adventure with the progressive dinner is to give guests the opportunity to socialize with the winery staff and each other,” he said.
Joanna Buccia of Buccia Vineyard, also in Conneaut, said that her winery is able to manage the dinner without employing additional staff. Food is primarily prepared in advance with each participating winery purchasing food independently, she said.
Please visit the Conneaut Creek Winery Association website at: conneautcreek.org