Did You Know?...

The world's largest recorded banquet had 5 miles of tables and 1300 waitresses to attend to 8000 Freemasons in Olympia, London. At our place you can enjoy the company of all your guests without walking that far to visit with them!


The Romans were one of the first civilized peoples to have gatherings of various types on a larger scale.  We all think of The Coliseum and lions but in fact, there were smaller venues spread throughout the Roman Empire for smaller gatherings of entertainment and informational value.  That's where the Gathering Place Rental Hall fits in.  You can go to the stadium downtown for your favorite sporting event or concert along with thousands of people but when you want a more memorable experience with family and friends bring your gathering to our place...well, you get the idea.


Feasts and Follies of Inauguration Day
SURE, Inauguration Day is important for what is said…but Inauguration Day is also important for what is
eaten.  George Washington had lunch alone after he took the oath of office. Abraham Lincoln pocketed a handful of pastries for his son Robert. Calvin Coolidge had pickles at breakfast that day. And some inaugurations were free-for-alls, with overturned tables, spilled trays and broken glassware.  Says Ms. Kuck,  the director of the Culinary Archives and Museum at Johnson & Wales University.
Thomas Jefferson's cook gave notice after seeing the kitchen at the White House. James Monroe worried about ''garlick'' in his wheat. The all-but-forgotten Administration of James K. Polk began with a four-foot-high cake adorned with a flag for each state and territory. When President Coolidge was not at his desk, he was often found having a snack in a storeroom where pickles, jellies and jams were kept.
The documents in the culinary museum show how involved some Presidents were in the day-to-day operation of the White House kitchen -- Jefferson did his own grocery shopping, sometimes spending $50 for a week's worth of food, an enormous amount of money for early-19th-century Washington. But in food, as in politics, Presidents did not always get what they wanted. Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted a buffet luncheon with hot chicken a la king on Inauguration Day in 1933. He got cold chicken salad and butterless rolls instead.


More often, Presidents were treated to elaborate, coronation-like feasts. Ms. Kuck pointed out that the elaborate menus were no small accomplishment in the 1800's, when the United States was an upstart nation trying to impress diplomats from countries with great culinary traditions like France. The wine for James Buchanan's inaugural celebration in 1857 cost $3,000, an enormous sum for the time. The guests were served 400 gallons of oysters, 500 quarts of chicken salad, 500 quarts of jellies, 1,200 quarts of ice cream, 8 rounds of beef, 75 hams, 60 saddles of mutton and 4 of venison.


The bill of fare at James A. Garfield's inauguration in 1881 was no less impressive: 15,000 ''assorted cakes,'' 3,000 rolls, 350 loaves of bread, 100 gallons of pickled oysters and 250 gallons of coffee.

As for Presidential documents, the museum has everything from Dwight D. Eisenhower's beef stew recipe -- he found cooking relaxing -- to a want ad by George Washington. ''A cook is wanted for the family of the President of the United States,'' it said. ''No one need apply who is not perfect in the business, and can bring indubitable testimonials of sobriety, honesty and attention to the duties of the station.''  President Washington eventually hired Samuel Fraunces, a Manhattan tavern owner who had cooked for the general when his troops were stationed in New York during the Revolution. ''He was not only an excellent cook, but knew how to organize elegant dinners,'' Ms. Kuck said.

And who is Ms. Kuck's favorite President?  Millard Fillmore who served from 1850 to 1853. The first stove was installed during his Administration; until then, cooking in the White House had been done on the hearth in the kitchen. The stove was delivered without instructions, and Fillmore's cook had no idea how to work the new contraption.  Fillmore, Ms. Kuck said, walked to the Patent Office, read the patent application that the stove's manufacturer had filed, and then showed the cook how to fire it up.
 ''This would not happen in today's day and age,'' Ms. Kuck said. ''You've got to love him.''

513-286-8810       315 Second St. Morrow, Ohio 45152

Fun facts:

We have approx. 150 chairs and our occupancy is 160 total. Events where you need dance floor space, food tables, and possibly a DJ table or a wedding arch, guest lists of 64-80 would be optimal.  This would include 8-10 tables for guests to sit at and eat.  For seminars or long banquet table set up where extra floor space is not necessary for dancing/mingling, we have 150 chairs for 4 rows of 3-4 tables end to end.


For smaller groups, we can arrange the tables and chairs in many different configurations to meet your needs, including those you see below.

The "old VFW Hall" the day we bought it. Now renovations,new paint, and updates are complete and we're open for business.

Important Info:

Note:  Rental Hall Entrance is around the back of the building off the main parking lot and has a handicap ramp. Our building is on the corner of Second St. and Grant St.  Turn right on Grant St. to access the main parking lot.


(Entrance at the front of the building facing Second St. is a separate business).

A building you may know...

 

We purchased the building that formerly was known by this community for nearly six decades as the Morrow VFW Post 8202.


Countless community members have said, "I remember..." having or attending functions in that building.  And we are going to continue that tradition of hosting memories.  As a smaller venue, we can offer a much better price than large, expensive banquet halls when you have smaller gatherings of under 200 people.  Our facility is handicap accessible, has two restrooms, a paved parking lot, and a full kitchen for your use. And we can recommend Catering, DJ Service, and Linen Service for your event from our referral partner list of trusted vendors.


So, Bring Your Gathering to Our Place.

Note:  Main Parking lot and Rental Hall Entrance is around the back of the building. (Entrance at the front of the building facing Second St. is a separate business).