Las Vegas and Atlantic City aren’t the only options for those who enjoy a little gambling. Casinos are popping up all across the country, and Minnesota is no diff erent. From Mahnomen up north down to the Minneapolis suburb of Shakopee and down farther south to Welch, they’re everywhere. The following are fi ve casinos that off er private meeting and event space.
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Graves Hospitality has proposed plans for a future development on the current site that will necessitate the immediate closing of Bradstreet Craftshouse in Minneapolis.
The restuarant opened in 2009 in the downtown Minneapolis Graves 601 Hotel. In 2014, Graves Hospitality sold the hotel and the Bradstreet concept was moved to the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis. It opened again in 2015. In approximately 14 months, Bradstreet will open within the InterContinental Hotel, which will be directly connected by skyway to Terminal One of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
One highway exit away from Minnesota's largest city, there’s an oasis of free parking, great shopping and a bustling social scene. “We like to say that we’re so close to Minneapolis, we share a ZIP code,” says Becky Bakken, president and CEO of Discover St. Louis Park. “We’re convenient and near all the experiences and activities that meeting and event participants want.”
Minnesota may be a landlocked Midwest state, but the local restaurants have far more to off er than hotdish. Delicacies from the sea can be found at these dining establishments in the Twin Cities and beyond. For entertaining clients or hosting an event, these locations are a good catch.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Now that the ground has thawed, the days are getting longer, and we've (hopefully) seen the last lingering springtime snowfall, it’s time for Minnesotans and visitors alike to get outside and explore the Twin Cities. Radisson Blu’s #BluRoutes offers pre-planned routes for runners, walkers and joggers alike that start and end at either the Mall of America or locations across downtown Minneapolis. Whether you’re after a brisk morning jog or a leisurely stroll between meetings, #BluRoutes offers a chance to get some exercise and sightsee on foot.
Though they're lumped in with destination meetings and conferences, incentive trips are a special class of event. Many of the “basics” are similar— food and beverage, flights, hotel accommodations—but the priorities are completely different. As a planner, it’s critical to adjust your approach to this unique style of event to ensure your attendees enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Tullibee’s bar team puts a twist on the French 75 with some Minnesota oomph for a refreshing spring cocktail. For more about the Hewing Hotel, flip to page 56.
—1.5 oz. Norseman Gin
—.5 oz. lemon juice
—.25 oz. pine scented grenadine
—top with cava
—3 dashes Jamaica #2 bitters
—serve in a flute glass
Courtesy of TULLIBEE AT THE HEWING HOTEL
D'Amico Catering has officially opened Bushel & Peck, the Mill City Museum's new cafe.
An approachble lunch menu, new weekend brunch, and wine and beer options round out the menu. Later this spring, the cafe will fill with fully updated décor; a food truck also is in the works.
Chaska Curling Center opened in December 2015, and has really taken off. In that short period of time, it has grown to 1,200 curlers currently, making them largest curling membership in the country. Lately, they’ve found that corporate team-building activities have become popular in the center, which can hold up to 48 guests for events. Larger groups upwards of 100 can be accommodated by splitting the group in half.
The 15th Annual Best of Minnesota Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards welcomed meeting and events professionals to Solar Arts by Chowgirls on March 30 to honor this year’s best in the business. As the resident new guy (I started as assistant editor Monday of that same week) I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the local industry. I’m convinced the best way to acclimate to a new community is to dive right in, and during my first week, the Best Of awards provided the perfect opportunity to do just that.