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2017 RISE Awards Honor MPI Professionals

On June 20, Meetings Professionals International revealed the winners of 2017's Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence Awards. The winners of the meeting and events industry were announced at MPI's 2017 World Education Congress in Las Vegas, and were celebrated at the MPI RISE Awards Presentation and Luncheon. The RISE Awards categories are split by community and individual achievement, with the seven awards focusing on innovation, impact and influence in the meetings and events industry, and global transferability.

Bushel & Peck Going Mobile

D'Amico Catering has introduced a food truck that complements their Bushel & Peck café. The truck will operate at various on-street locations near the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, which houses the recently updated café.

Operating daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the end of October, the Bushel & Peck food truck offers burgers, plain or loaded fries, a brisket sandwich and a chili cheese dog. There is also a chicken, mango and avocado salad or a grain and vegetable bowl for diners seeking a light and healthy meal.

CHIHULY Welcomes Visitors to New York City for Summer Days & CHIHULY Nights

One of the most exciting events this summer for visitors of New York City is CHIHULY, an exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden. Artist Dave Chihuly created the artworks in the exhibit to be a sensory-filled experience offered between spring and fall, including art programs for children, weekend celebrations and CHIHULY nights.

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Grand Hyatt New York Debuts Renovated Conference-Level Inspired by Grand Central Terminal

The iconic Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan recently debuted a multimillion dollar renovation of its conference level, including 12,000 square feet of meeting space and 18 breakout rooms. Designed by New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop, the new design reflects the energy of the adjacent Grand Central Terminal and the New York City skyline.

Hotel Ivy, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Announces Partnership with TREVLS Tesla

Minneapolis' premier luxury hotel, Hotel Ivy, is partnering with TREVLS, a Tesla car rental company, the first partnership of its kind in North America.

Guests will have the opportunity to reserve a Model S or X during their stay. TREVLS will pick-up and deliver the choice of Tesla to Hotel Ivy.

StageSpot Launches Online Custom Gobo Creator

StageSpot announced the launch of its online custom gobo creator.

The platform was designed for industry professionals and their clients. The creator gives users the ability to choose from more than 75 pre-made templates or to upload custom images and artwork, making the process quicker.

Gobo is an acronym for “Goes Before Optics.” A gobo is a disc made from steel, glass, or plastic used as a partial screen in front of a light.

Hampyon by Hilton Opens in Spicer

Hilton’s Hampton by Hilton brand announced the opening of its newest property in Spicer, Minn.

The new Hampton by Hilton, Hampton Inn Spicer Green Lake, will feature 51 guest rooms.

"At Hampton Inn Spicer Green Lake guests will have everything they need to ensure a happy and memorable stay," says Nancy Larson, general manager. "We strive to offer consistent and quality accommodations with value-added amenities such as Pontoon Rentals, Boat Slips, Bicycles, Stand Up Paddleboards, Kayaks, Fire Pit, and an indoor pool."

Graves Hospitality Announces Closing of Bradstreet Craftshouse

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.

Omni Frisco Hotel Announces Impressive Lineup of Hospitality Veterans

The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.

The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.

Minnesota’s First Portillo’s to Open in Early July

The fast-casual Chicago-style food concept, Portillo’s, will be opening its first Minnesota location at 8450 Hudson Rd. in Woodbury at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11. The new location marks the brand’s 50th restaurant opening.

The restaurant will feature a 1920s theme with décor inspired by the Prohibition era. The restaurant will include seating for more than 200 guests, with double drive-thru lanes and an outdoor patio.

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