The gingerbread trifle ($6) combining gingerbread cake, sweetened cream cheese and bourbon cherries and a Manhattan at Mela Urban Bistro in the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ALEXIS LARSEN

The perfect recipe for dinner and a show in Springfield

Kuss Auditorium has a full list of events and concerts coming up well into 2018.

For ticket-holders, it means coordinating the meal before and possibly a drink and dessert afterwards.

To take the stress of planning out of it, here’s what we recommend when you’re taking in a show or an event in downtown Springfield.

Get a reservation at Seasons Bistro and Grille.

“We do a complete menu change every season, which is a lot of work, but allows us to keep things fresh and exciting for our customers, and for our staff as well. Also, we use local products as much as possible — we love featuring Ohio produce, cheese, meats, milk, yogurt, ice cream, honey, beer and whatever else we can get our hands on,” said Doug McGregor, co-owner who operates Seasons with his sister Margaret Mattox.

They do impressive food, and it’s a great way to start the evening out.

Head to Mela Urban Bistro inside of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Options during a recent visit included tiramisu ($6), a chocolate mousse cake ($6), house made gelato ($5) and a gingerbread trifle ($6) combining gingerbread cake, sweetened cream cheese and bourbon cherries. It’s a great spot to discuss the show with your companions and have a moment to reflect with some sugar and good conversation.

Clark State Performing Arts Center

300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield

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