The event venue will accommodate up to 300 people for weddings, parties, fundraisers, and other events. It will offer training opportunities for students in all aspects of culinary arts, event management, and hospitality. We will create an event space that offers style and comfort for guests, while also supporting a robust training program for students.
Provide job training for students in all aspects of culinary arts
Build a workforce to support local culinary & hospitality businesses
Provide the community with much-needed large venue space
Employ adults with special needs
Create a revenue stream that helps sustain the Chesapeake Food Connection project
Incorporate locally sourced ingredients and finished goods to support local farmers and small businesses
We've done our best to estimate our project timeline. However, reality doesn't always cooperate with even the best-laid plans! The timeline below is our best current estimate of when the event venue will be opened. The venue will provide training opportunities for students on all aspects of the culinary arts and hospitality, so it is one of our top priorities.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is this part of the Chesapeake Food Connection project?
The Eastern Shore of Maryland has a robust tourism economy, but hospitality businesses often have a difficult time hiring qualified employees. The event venue will provide extensive training and skills development for students interested in culinary and hospitality careers.
What kind of training and skills will students learn?
Students will have the opportunity to learn every aspect catering, service, and event management while working in the venue. Specific skills include, but are not limited to:
Will you be using local products? How will this support the local economy?
We always seek to use local ingredients whenever possible. We also hope to serve local wine and spirits in the event bar. For weddings, we will work with local pastry chefs to provide wedding cakes.
Will there be a lot of noise and traffic? How often will you host events?
We anticipate hosting one large event (up to 300 people) per week, most likely on the weekend. There may be smaller events (<100 people) at other times during the week.