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Planners talk back: Last meal

Where would you choose to have your last meal?

Victoria Bauer

City National Bank | City National Club

Shenandoah, Iowa

On a 13-day trip exploring the Alps, we ate at Restaurant Balances on the waterfront in Lucerne, Switzerland. I had a beautiful whitefish and mashed potatoes, along with appetizers, wine, dessert and more. The setting was so perfect, and those three hours with good friends were magical.


Sherrie Grable

Administrative Coordinator | Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Columbus, Ohio

I know this is going to sound really hokey, but I love the grilled chicken and baked potatoes at Cracker Barrel. While we have one here in Taylorsville just outside of Columbus, the great thing about Cracker Barrel is that they are always consistent. No matter what Cracker Barrel I go to, the grilled chicken is always the best.

And if this was my last meal, I’d be happy that even then, I could do a little shopping afterward at the Cracker Barrel store.


Jill Becker

First State Bank | Vista Club

Mendota, Illinois

On a trip to the Pacific Coast area, we ate at a restaurant in San Francisco called McCormick & Kuleto’s in historic Ghirardelli Square. It’s in an old factory/warehouse kind of place on the San Francisco Bay with windows from the floor to the ceilings. You have the most incredible view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge — even if you’re sitting facing the wall, because it is a wall of mirrors. Appropriately, for my last meal, I’d have a view to die for.

The seafood is outstanding, the service is terrific, and while it is upscale, it is not pretentious.


Ryan Kean

Special Event Coordinator  |  Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

While we do only international travel at this time, my last meal would probably be in the United States, as I love American food. My last meal would probably be fresh seafood in some mom-and-pop restaurant on the Gulf Coast — a place that isn’t a tourist attraction.

But then, I’d have to consider having an appetizer first at the Cabana restaurant in Nashville, where the eclectic food, including the alligator, is the best.


Ashley Clayton

Alumni Tour Director

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

For me, food is as much about the experience as it is the food itself. I’m a fitness nut, but I guess in this case, my last meal, I wouldn’t have to worry about calories and going to the gym.

In Birmingham, there are two restaurants that specialize in farm-to-table items on their menu. At Hot and Hot Fish Club, a Southern soul kind of place, I’d have the cheese plate and grilled fish. At Highlands Bar & Grill, I’d get one of their Southern specialties, including their baked grits. In my opinion, it’s a five-star restaurant with five-star service and five-star food.

I love places that blend local foods and the local culture and the finesse of a good chef.