Team Building

Here are some of our many corporate team building options available to groups:

Iron Chef

Hone your culinary skills along with your colleagues; learn a few things, teach a few  things, and be judged by a professional chef.  This event is tailored to each group, but an example of an event is the following:
Each team prepares Pork Medallions
Each team will get a half of a pork tenderloin
Ingredients available from the Chef’s table:
• Apple Lingonberry Glaze
• Apricots
• Dried Cherries
• Caramelized Onions
Galena Garlic Company spices: Olive Oils, Balsamic vinegars, Specialty Rubs
The teams will be coached and consulted by the Herrington’s executive culinary team.  The collaboration is certain to be educational, delicious, and entertaining. Teams can either have all ingredients beforehand to act together as a true culinary staff, or teams can “earn” ingredients from the “Chef’s Cupboard” to add to their dish to enhance flavors and presentation to possibly sway the judges. A single team is selected the “winner” and the judging is based on: creativity, taste, plate presentation, and menu knowledge.

Cooking Lesson

Our culinary team will teach you from the beginning to end, a pre‐selected dish that they
will prepare and everyone can enjoy. Chef will not only teach preparation but will also
explain the elements the dish, why each ingredient was selected and how it works with
other flavors in the dish. This can be paired with a Wine Tasting or Dinner.

Our Sommelier will customize a tasting menu with your group and pair it will cheese
followed by a three course meal. Our culinary staff will explain the flavors and our
sommelier will explain why each wine selected was paired with its course. These
dinners are educational and fun!

Fishing

Located right on the Fox River, we have a treat for fishing enthusiasts!  John Wilkins, has won 3 world championships in fishing tournaments including Portugal & Belgium.  He partners with our groups in teaching them anything from beginner level to ESPN British course fishing.

Bicycle Rental / Pizza Making

Rent bicycles across from the hotel at Mill Race Cyclery and hit the Fox River Trail north for St. Charles!  Our friends at a neighboring St. Charles pizzeria will open their restaurant privately for your group and everyone will enjoy their own pizza creations along with a wine tasting, and education from the owners on the olive oil and wine from the Naples region in Italy.  Delicious with a side of exercise!

Galena Garlic

Our friends at the Galena Garlic Company have a wonderful shop just up the street where your inner chef can come out and play! This shop is a wonderland of balsamic vinegars, olive oils, sea salts, and spice rubs that everyone enjoys. Laszlo the owner will share his expert knowledge of olive oils from around the world, which balsamics they combine with to create truly unique dishes.

Chocolate 101

Our neighbor up the street is the finest chocolatier we know. At All Chocolate Kitchen, everyone has a seat in the private room and let the famed, acclaimed, and charismatic Chef Alain Roby show off his talents and teach you the real truth about chocolate. Almost everything in the store is created from hand carving chocolate or blown sugar. Enjoy samples and an experience that you will not soon forget.

Professional fashion presentation

Geneva’s very own Jane Pabon Boutique will give a fashion presentation and
consultation for the group. This is an excellent activity for those interested in
professional dress, and how to get the most out of your wardrobe.

Professional Fishing Instruction

John Wilkins has won 3 world championships in fishing tournaments including Portugal & Belgium.  He is available to our groups for prearranged instruction for groups on many types of fishing that can be done on the river right in front of the hotel.   John is available to
give instruction to those at the beginner level to pros:  http://chicagofishingschool.com/

Yoga/Pilates

Get your heart’s pumping with the sun rise taking a fitness class with our recommended
Pilates & Yoga instructors from Fox Valley Pilates.   We also have a private, certified instructor available to come in for instruction for your entire group.

Cougars Game

Catch a ball game at our hometown stadium and cheer the Kane County Cougars to victory. This is great for group outings during the Spring and Summer months. Located only two miles from the hotel.

Vargos Dance Studio

Enjoy a dance lesson with the great instructors of Vargos Dance Studio. They offer dance
lessons for individuals or for groups. They can teach you anything from the Foxtrot to
Salsa.

Funway

Our indoor/outdoor amusement park, Funway is located in Batavia, offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.  Activities include bowling, bumper boats, go carts, batting cages, and more.

Fox Valley Ice Arena

The Fox Valley Ice Arena is only two miles from the hotel. The arena offers two rinks,
sporting goods store, and Chelios Pub & Grill. Have their staff teach you how to play
hockey or just enjoy a peaceful skate around the rink.

Work with a nonprofit

Get involved with the local community here in the Chicago suburbs. The Northern
Illinois Food Bank and Feed My Starving Children are in local proximity to the hotel.