• New Event Trend: Branded Beverages

    Three top accoutrements dress up drinks.

     
    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
     

PURE & CLEAR MINNESOTA ICE

Ice is an integral part to a great cocktail (with the exception of those made neat). Pure & Clear Minnesota Ice prides itself on its artisan ice cubes that are so dense they melt slower than regular ice, minimizing dilution. Handcrafted in Minnesota but shipped nationwide, the crystal-clear cubes come in a selection of geometric shapes. Logos can be etched into The Rock and The Cylinder for a visually engaging drink. 

AARDVARK

Aardvark’s paper straws won’t last forever—and that’s a good thing. Every day we use one billion plastic straws globally, most of which will never deteriorate. All Aardvark’s straws (including its patented Eco-Flex paper straws) are made with materials that are chlorine-free and are biodegradable, compostable and sustainable. But durability isn’t an issue. Aardvark’s straws are made with 33 percent more material than all other paper straws and won’t break down in beverages. With over 200 designs as well as the ability to create customized straws and wrappers, brands will quite literally be at attendees’ fingertips. 

EVERMINE

Classy and eye-catching, Evermine’s coasters make attendees think twice about setting their drink down. Evermine’s website boasts a wide selection of design templates with customizable text, or clients can upload their own design or logo entirely. Its Business Preferred Club is free to join and offers 20 percent off and promotions to members, making Evermine’s coasters even more cost effective. 

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like brunch? Me neither—and I doubt I ever will. It’s hard not to love a two-meals-for-one situation, especially one that incorporates the best meal (breakfast, of course), and the most important one, as we all learned growing up. Throw in a late-morning reverie and some heartier lunchtime fare, and you’ve got a recipe for human comfort.

 

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.

 

Click here to view the photos from the night! Feel free to tag yourself and share on social media! #BestofMN2016