Minnesota Meetings + Events Magazine

Local Steakhouses Carve Up Nice Cuts of Meat & Well Done Meeting Spaces

"Where's the beef?" was Wendy’s official slogan during the mid-1980s, but those who live in and around Minneapolis certainly do not have to worry about fi nding that much-famed beef. Steakhouses are everywhere, and many of them off er private meeting and event space. 

Manny’s Steakhouse

Stem Boasts an Intimate Space and Speakeasy-Style Setting

Located on University Avenue, Stem is a go-to spot for any local. Now a staple of Northeast Minneapolis, this intimate venue, along with its neighborhood setting, complements the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. From charity events and fundraisers to wedding receptions and corporate parties, Stem is the ideal location for intimate gatherings.

Uber and Lyft’s Event Ride Services Relieve Some of a Planners’ Stress

Keeping track of an up-to-theminute flight manifest is one of our least favorite aspects of corporate meeting planning. Attendees are late to book their flight; change their inbound flight without letting you know; have personal preferences as to how early they want to be at the airport for a departure—and they don’t always communicate these changes and preferences to us. What if there was a way to put the onus of getting to and from the airport and venue back on the attendees and off the plate of the meeting professional?

Restaurant Recommendation: Worlds Collide at Avenida

For lovers of BLVD, an American bar and grill in Minnetonka, locals may find a new love in Avenida, the Latin sister concept of BLVD. Complete with BLVD’s high-quality cuisine, Avenida graced the scene in late 2015 with a Mexican-Asian twist and the fusion of cultural flavors. 

Signature Drink: Truffle Shuffle

Fall is the fading of summer where the suntan fades and the air starts to smell a little different, a little more earthy. This drink is a twist on a drink that is typically thought of for summer, i.e a daiquiri. Like the days that get shorter and the dark of night gets longer, this drink is a little darker and a little earthy like fall.

INGREDIENTS:
—1 oz. truffl e fat washed Havana Club Rum
—1 oz. Gosling Spiced Rum
—1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—1 o.z dem simple syrup
—.5 oz. fresh lime

Wisconsin Welcomes You with a Renaissance of Meeting + Event Venues

"We embrace our beer and cheese and Packers in Wisconsin, certainly," says Julia Hertel, executive director, Wisconsin Association of CVBs, of the state’s reputation, but Wisconsin’s natural beauty is often not realized by outsiders. “Most of our facilities, our major convention centers, are on the water or are right next to the water, whether that’s a river or a lake.” The state’s regions have many of the same core elements that make Wisconsin Wisconsin, but each have their own distinctive character.

Meet Jen Ruthig, MPI Minnesota Chapter

"I live and breathe in the meeting world," says Jen Ruthig, CMP, a senior strategic event planner at Land O’Lakes and MPI Minnesota Chapter’s president-elect.

Though her educational background and early professional experience were in marketing, Ruthig discovered her penchant for meetings and events after being hired at The Mosaic Company in Plymouth, where she would remain for 11 years. As the company grew, so did its need for meetings and events, and Ruthig carved out a niche for herself.

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