This past December, Columbus-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants was invited to host a dinner at the venerable James Beard House in New York City. For those who don’t know, James Beard was a renowned American chef, cookbook author and teacher who mentored many generations of professional chefs. Today, the James Beard Foundation continues his legacy by celebrating and honoring America’s innovative chefs. Securing an invitation to serve dinner at the establishment is highly coveted and an incredible honor for all recipients.

One lucky Columbus Monthly reporter got the nearly once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend the dinner and I encourage everyone to read about the experience here. The good news is, anyone in Columbus for a meeting or convention has an opportunity of his or her own to have a James Beard-worthy dinner (and enjoy the hallmark high service noted in the article) courtesy of any number of the below-listed Cameron Mitchell Restaurant concepts within walking distance of the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC).

Martini Modern Italian

Across the street from the GCCC

Martini offers traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist served in a contemporary space with chandeliers. Numerous private dining options are available for up to 65 guests.


Two blocks from the GCCC

Pasta, pizza and specialty cocktails are dispensed in Marcella’s vintage-style dining room with an upbeat vibe. Private parties and events for up to 100 guests can be hosted during the afternoon.

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Two blocks from the GCCC, attached to Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph

The Guild House has a unique rustic-modern dining room for sampling eclectic, globally-inspired seasonal menus. A private dining room is available with seating for up to 10 guests.

The Pearl

Three blocks from the GCCC

The Pearl is a refined tavern, seafood and oyster bar serving creative fare alongside wine, house-infused drinks and a deep beer list. During the afternoon, private parties and events can be hosted on site for up to 100 guests.