Companies in the Tristate are trying to mix things up as they bring entertainment to the occasionally dull atmosphere of corporate meetings.

Cooking up good times

Nestled in Old Montgomery, Stir specializes in an innovative team-building concept: interactive cooking classes. Stir provides the recipes, the ingredients and even the aprons; all companies have to do is bring their employees.

The menu changes seasonally, but the premise is always the same: bonding through good times, without the pressures of the office surrounding you.

“The beauty of our facility is we don’t have a set menu or set format,” says Jay Takach, director of Stir.

Dine and play your own way

Horseshoe Casino gives you a myriad of entertainment options after a corporate meeting. Their meeting facility is secluded on the second floor, away from the public sphere of gaming and general merrymaking, allowing the optimal amount of privacy for a corporate event. “It creates a different environment dedicated to events,” says Linwood Campbell, director of catering and sales at Horseshoe. Yet the floor gives plenty of opportunities for those who wish to venture beyond the boardroom. Down the hallway, you can find bars stocked full of supplies for making tasty cocktails, restaurants to tease your palate and even gaming options.

Sports, spas and memos

The TriHealth Fitness and Health Pavilion offers a variety of health-related activities to spice up any event; from Zumba (in the pool!) to basketball, there’s something for everyone.

The Pavilion has three different types of meeting rooms capable of holding 16 to 300 people. Most split their day in half, meeting in the morning and then breaking off to wander the facility after lunch. Some indulge in spa treatments while others hit the aerobic center for some relaxing yoga. “We really tailor to the guest,” says Lisa Sparks, the Pavillion’s retail coordinator.

-Allison Reuther