The team at Sapphire Creek looks forward to exceeding your expectations.
We are proud to announce that we were voted Best Patio and Best Wedding Venue by Cleveland Magazine’s Best of the East competition! The Knot also selected us for their 2021 Best of Weddings! We are so thankful to our loyal patrons and hardworking staff.
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Kathleen received her Bachelors of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from The University of Akron and her Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude, from Cleveland State University, John Marshall School of Law. In addition to practicing law, Kathleen worked with her husband, Andy, to develop The Ohio Valley Group, Inc. one of northeast Ohio’s premier landscape design/build companies. Kathleen was able to combine her legal and business acumen, developed from years of practicing law and managing The Ohio Valley Group, and her love of travel and architectural spaces to create Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens. Sapphire Creek Winery & Gardens is Kathleen and Andy’s dream project. Sapphire Creek embodies modern aesthetics, coupled with a warm and inviting atmosphere, outstanding gardens and world class wine and food. Sapphire Creek truly brings the Napa experience to northeast Ohio.
Contact Kathleen at Kathleen.Dangelo@Sapphire-creek.com.
Andy graduated from The Ohio State University at Wooster in 1985 with a degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. He later received his arborist certification from The International Society of Arboriculture. Andy has had a life-long passion for the outdoors. He started The Ohio Valley Group, Inc. in 1987 and, along with his wife Kathleen, has grown the company to one of the premier design/build and landscape maintenance companies in northeast Ohio. Sapphire Creek Winery reflects his passion for gardening and architecture and his unique grasp of how to create amazing outdoor spaces.
Contact Andy at Dangelo@ohiovalleygroup.com.
Chef Rick is a Ravenna, Ohio native who began his culinary career at 14 years old when he started washing dishes at “Cipriano’s” at the Windmill Lakes Golf Course. He graduated from Ravenna High School a year early to join the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After leaving the Marine Corps, he attended Kent State University for Applied Mathematics/Probability and statistics before deciding to take a different path. He attended Northeast Ohio Culinary Institute. Upon graduation, he moved to Baltimore where he worked at Oceanaire Seafood Room training under Ben Erjavec. He returned to Ohio to work for Brandt Evans at Blue Canyon in Twinsburg. He then made the move to Cleveland where he worked at Lola Bistro under Michael Symon and Derek Clayton. He also credits his success to three-time James Beard Award semifinalist (pastry) Cory Barrett.
Contact Rick at Rick.Bennett@sapphire-creek.com.
Dawn brings over fourteen years of industry experience to Sapphire Creek Winery. Dawn has an extensive background in wine and brings this passion to her role at Sapphire Creek. Dawn’s wide-ranging experience in all aspects of hospitality makes her uniquely suited to ensure Sapphire Creek’s guests’ experience exceeds their expectations.
Contact Dawn at Dawn.Corso@sapphire-creek.com.
Born in Kentucky and raised in Auburn, Ohio, Matt has worked in the service industry since he was 19. After graduating from Kenston High School, Matt attended Clemson University with a major in Chemistry. During his time there, he managed a liquor store as well as served and bartended at The Country Club during the summers, opening his eyes to the wonderful world of cocktails. Upon returning to Ohio in 2016, he bartended at Blazin’ Bills for two years. He moved to Crumb & Spigot in February 2018 where he bartended for two years before being promoted to Beverage Manager in November 2019. Through a very diverse restaurant background, Matt brings a new, interesting perspective to the bar.
Contact Matt at Matt.Meyer@sapphire-creek.com.
Jarrod grew up in Ravenna, OH. While attending Kent State University, he decided to turn a life-long love of movies into a career and in 2001 began working with Cinemark theatres. In 2007, he began his career as a General Manager running the Cinemark Theatre in Aurora, OH, and in 2011 moved to the Cinemark in Strongsville, OH. During his years as a General Manager, Jarrod handled various responsibilities and was featured twice in company training materials for his exceptional Guest Service. After spending nineteen years in theatre exhibition, Jarrod has joined Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens as Manager of Finance and Client Relations. Jarrod married his wife, Cami, in 2004. They currently live in Kent, OH with their three children.
Contact Jarrod at Jarrod.Barber@sapphire-creek.com.
Meghan’s career began in the marketing industry and after being introduced to Sapphire Creek as one of the wedding day coordinators in early 2019 she soon came to realize she wanted to take a deeper dive into the event industry.
Her fresh perspective, attention to detail, and love for planning and people are all the elements needed to be a success in the wedding and event industries. Meghan has managed numerous weddings since joining the team and is entrenched in all the ins and outs of what makes a successful wedding at Sapphire Creek Winery – making her a perfect fit for this role.
Meghan graduated from John Carroll University in 2018 and is excited to continue building her career with Sapphire Creek Winery.
Contact Meghan at Meghan.Weigand@sapphire-creek.com.
Brande is originally from Lafayette, Indiana where she first fell in love with the hospitality industry while working as a server at a local family restaurant. From there, she followed her passion to Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the most prestigious culinary schools in America. There, she earned an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Foodservice Management while working as a Teaching Assistant for the College of Culinary Arts.
Brande brings a broad range of experience and expertise to the team at Sapphire Creek with an extensive background in fine dining and event management. Throughout her career, she has held a wide variety of positions in both kitchen and front-of-the-house roles. While living in the Carolinas, she was a service captain for the largest catering company in the Southeast, was the cabana manager at a Charlotte country club, and interned as a chef at the five-star Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Charleston, South Carolina.
Prior to joining Sapphire Creek in June of 2020, she was living in and exploring Australia, working as a chef at a farm-to-table gastropub in the bustling city of Melbourne. Her gracious hospitality, ambitious spirit, and fluency in all aspects of the business renders her a vital asset to the team at Sapphire Creek Winery.
Contact Brande at Brande.Colston@sapphire-creek.com.
Jason brings over 12 years of industry experience to Sapphire Creek Winery. Jason received his Bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Business Management with a focus in Marketing from Hiram College. Jason’s passion is to utilize his skill-set to elevate the overall customer experience for every patron who enters Sapphire Creek Winery.
His love for the spirits industry led him down the pathway of becoming a master mixologist. Jason has been crafting cocktails for many years and has developed an incredible palate. All of Sapphire Creek’s signature cocktails have been designed, tasted and approved by Jason.
Contact Jason at Jason.Chapple@sapphire-creek.com
As Office Administrator, Lee coordinates the many tasks that keep our office running smoothly. Lee graduated with a degree in Sociology form University of Arkansas. Originally from Texas, Lee moved to the Chagrin Valley with her husband and four children three years ago. Her corporate background includes retail buying and merchandising. In her free time, Lee enjoys volunteering with local organizations in the Chagrin Valley.
Contact Lee at Lee.Cain@sapphire-creek.com.