Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch. Although Green Pastures was founded in the era of Jim Crow laws, from the outset, the couple welcomed all guests, regardless of race or religion, long before the Civil Rights Act of the ’60s desegregated other Austin establishments. 

Renovated and restored in 2017, Mattie's at Green Pastures has several spaces for private groups and offers complimentary A/V, customizable menus and valet services. For conferences and holiday parties, the Marion Hall & The Pavilion features 3,500 square feet of versatile space with indoor and outdoor seating for up to 240 guests. Intimate luncheons or executive dinners are popular gatherings in the private dining room, Table Royale, which can host up to 12 guests and includes a private entrance. And the Lounge Room, which can be divided into two to three sections, offers two dining areas and a private bar, and seats up to 32 guests with views of Green Pastures’ heritage oak canopy.

Throughout the restaurant, the space tells the family’s story through family artifacts, and the restaurant still offers some of the family’s beloved recipes on the menu, including its iconic 1965 Milk Punch.

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.