Cornman Farms Event Lead


8540 Island Lake Rd
Dexter, MI, USA 48130




Part time

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We are not actively seeking this position right now but love talking to passionate people!
Email [email protected] if interested in learning more.


The Event Lead is responsible for delivery of the Cornman Farms experience to all guests and the Cornman Farms Team. This is a year round position with many skill areas and opportunities to learn. This role requires patience, flexibility and the ability to multitask in a fast paced environment while maintaining a calm, professional demeanor at all times.

Description: Part-time, 10-30 hours/week

Pay Rate: $20/hour
Event Leads are eligible to participate in the Cornman Farms hourly tip pool along with other hourly employees.

Shifts will typically be Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 2:00 p.m. and midnight, though other days/hours might be needed at times.

Our busy season is May-November. In other months, hours may be reduced.

Reports to: Managing Partner (also reports to any manager while on shift)

Essential Functions

Visually inspect venue prior to functions for cleanliness and accurate setup
Conduct pre-shift meetings with front of house staff
Act as point of contact during events for guests, vendors and front of house staff
Oversee the seating of guests, the serving of meals and beverages, and the clearing of tables for Cornman Farms catered events
Responsible for communication in the kitchen by calling out orders and directing the waitstaff to serve completed dishes for Cornman Farms catered events
Guide, direct, and motivate front of house staff, provides guidance and direction to bartenders and servers, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance for Cornman Farms catered events
Monitor the food portions on completed dishes according to farm standards for Cornman Farms catered events
Perform the finishing touches to completed dishes, such as adding garnishes and removing smudges, for Cornman Farms catered events
Adhere to and enforces employee compliance with health, alcohol and sanitation standards
Handle, resolve and document all issues, emergencies or guest complaints/concerns as needed during event execution
Responsible for accurate timely execution of event details, cleaning, look & feel, organization and stocking as needed
Ensures the safety of guests and employees
Follows our service recipes while ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws as well as all operating procedures
Is responsible for ensuring all guests leave the property happy after an event
Communicate issues with managing partners

Success Patterns:
Experience working in food service or events is a plus
Enjoys working weekends and holidays
Has a flexible schedule with an ability to work shifts based on events
Is able to work in all weather conditions (rain, snow, etc.)
Has reliable transportation to and from work
Must be able to make decisions quickly and prioritize with consideration for guests and staff
Works independently and is reviewed infrequently with minimal supervision
Self-supervising within the guidance and expectations of divisional management
Has strong people management and leadership skills
Communicates with clarity and demonstrate excellence in approach to work and people activities
Has a reputation for giving great service to guests and co-workers

Physical Demands:
Must have high levels of mobility, flexibility, dexterity, coordination and energy
Must be able do the essential functions of the job for long periods of time and work under heavy stress during busy times
Must be able to bend, stoop, and navigate a variety of terrain on the property
Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

Desired Personal Characteristics:
Passion for weddings!
Passion for giving great service!
Patience and emotional resiliency – able to go with the flow
High integrity and honesty
Able to make decisions in the moment
Enjoys being around people and speaking with people
Attention to detail
High energy, charisma and outgoing personality
Strong service orientation
Well organized, strong follow-through with all tasks
Timely and accurate
Has excellent communication skills
Is able to thrive in a physically demanding, fast-paced environment
Has a passion for details and executing plans

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is a multi-award winning and nationally renowned wedding venue and culinary destination. Cornman Farms hosts effortlessly elegant events tailored to each and every guest. Our unparalleled service, bespoke experiences, and meticulous attention to the smallest details create unforgettable moments for life’s most important occasions. We make the farm feel like home—a place that adds foundation to memories and provides a cornerstone to come back to.

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One of the best things about working at Corman Farms is the community. You work with some of the most amazing people you will ever meet and learn so much while doing so. It is also one of the most beautiful event spaces I have ever been to.

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2025 Vision


“The sun is shining and the air is crisp – a beautiful day at Cornman Farms. It has been over 10 years now since the first event was held at the farm. We relish our decade of memories, recalling the joy and wonder our many guests and employees have experienced: First taking in our manicured lawn and lovingly restored red barn (so welcoming against the green farm backdrop), smelling the rich soil as it’s tilled in preparation for planting season, reveling in the peals of laughter from generations of family playing lawn games together, the wonder of the first time really feeling the heft of a ripe heirloom tomato or the wooly caress of a sheep.

It’s this poetry of the senses that first communicates we are different (real!) and the delight of this discovery is immediate and intense. To us, this is part of providing the Zingerman’s experience. Our connection with our guests extend beyond the event or the day itself. We are a part of the memories being made and they have become part of our family and we part of theirs.

Employees, Partners and guests alike respect the roots that have been here for decades and we are all thrilled to be able to plant our own. Coming to Cornman Farms is like coming home.”