Discover: An Unforgettable Epicurean Experience in Portland

Portland, Tastings at Jacobsen Salt Co., meeting planning
Tastings at Jacobsen Salt Co.

For an unforgettable food and wine experience, Denise Ker Waldron, executive director of Viva! Event & Destination Management, uses Tennessee Walking Horses to visit the vineyards. “Groups ride through the countryside to two or three wineries and stop to do tastings. They even have saddlebags on the horses if they want to purchase wines along the way.” This culminates with a tasting of local olive oils and salts from Jacobsen’s Salt Co. in Portland, and could include local artisanal cheeses or an entire gourmet lunch al fresco. The ideal group size is 8 to 15 people on horses, with another 15 who can take a different route by horse-drawn carriage and meet up with the riders.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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