Taste Green Bay
When it comes to dining, Green Bay offers much more than just the cheese curds and light beer most people associate with the city (although there is something spectacularly giggle inducing and satisfying about hearing the squeak of a fresh cheese curd as you bite into it). The culinary scene there is just getting off the ground, and groups have more options than ever before to get the chance to savor the local flavor with small cafes and large banquet-style eateries opening at a frequent rate.
“Wherever you’re traveling in the Green Bay area, it only takes you 20 minutes to get there,” said Krainik when asked what one of her favorite things about living in Green Bay was. “There is such a wonderful variety of restaurants and attractions, too!”
For a formal night out, the Black and Tan Grille offers surf and turf with private dining room options and long tables to seat the whole group. They also boast one of the best lobster bisque around. Foodies can sort through the more than 20,000 kitchenware products at the Cooks Corner, the nation’s largest kitchen store. This 23,000 square-foot store stocks the hard-to-find items and the essentials that any novice or seasoned chef would need. They also offer group tours and private cooking classes for groups seeking gastronomical experiences.
One of the best places to get a true taste of Green Bay is at the upscale private dining studio Three Three Five. Owned and operated by Green Bay native Christopher Mangless — better known as the Traveling Chef — this restaurant provides groups with a dining experience where they can sample dishes created with seasonal ingredients procured at a local farmers market. Mangless can create custom menus for groups or arrange a multi-course tasting dinner. Either option puts groups in the middle of the action as they dine in front of the open kitchen, where they can see all the action before the food makes it to the plate.
“Only open on Wednesdays to the general public, this restaurant has the best farmers market-inspired cuisine you’ll ever taste,” Krainik said. “Groups can book the restaurant’s dining space for private dinners to cap off their culinary tour of northeastern Wisconsin with a meal designed by Chris Mangless.”
Culinary groups should also plan to visit some of the city’s famous breweries, such as Titletown Brewing Company and Hinterland Brewery.
“Whether it’s the casual brewpub atmosphere at Titletown or the fine cuisine at Hinterland, groups will be impressed with the quality of lagers, ales and stouts from these Green Bay breweries,” said Krainik. “The two are located across the street from each other, so groups can easily visit both in one trip.”
To really savor the flavor of this city, Parallel 44 Vineyard and Captain’s Walk Winery offer group tours of their properties with fantastic wine tastings on site, and at Parallel 44 groups can choose to sip indoors or while strolling through the grounds to get a glimpse at the famous Frozen Tundra grapes.
Play in Green Bay
If there’s one thing these Badgers up north know how to do, it’s play hard. This tight-knit community values time together, and this is one town where most of the attractions are frequented by locals and tourists alike. A favorite among the locals is the Oneida Casino, where groups can make their own schedules as they gamble their way through rows of slot machines, table games and bingo stations, or make their way to the stage area to catch some live music or even livelier karaoke.
For outdoor lovers, expeditions aboard the Grand Illusion 2 are a great way to explore the waters of Green Bay and even get a chance to bring home a piece of the adventure if the luck strikes. Captain Lee Haasch takes groups out from the Algoma pier in this spacious 34-foot Silverton to fish for prize-sized steelhead and salmon.
“Charter captains work in teams to take groups out to fish in an outdoor adventure on Lake Michigan,” Krainik said. “Groups should definitely expect to catch big fish. Our captains are experts that make every trip fun and exciting.
“Another unique place in Green Bay is The ARTgarage, a gallery space with working artists who can greet your group. Studios are on-site and open for viewing. You can even have a catered lunch in the gallery space. Classes are offered for groups that would like a hands-on art experience during their visit.”
Greater Green Bay
Convention & Visitors Bureau