• Best of Minnesota Meetings + Events 2014 Finalists

    POSTED January 19, 2015

Congratulations to all Minnesota Meetings + Events' 2014 Best of Minnesota Finalists! We've listed the finalists in each category in alphabetical order, so don't get too excited- yet. Winners will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of Minnesota Meetings + Events.

Best Attraction (fairs/festivals, zoo, museum, amusement park, etc.)

Como Park Zoo
Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota Zoo

Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider

AV for You

Best Boats/Cruises/Charters

Al and Alma's Charter Cruises
Destiny Cruises - Gull Lake
Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen

Best Catering Company (On- or Off-Site)

CRAVE Catering
D'Amico Catering
Mintahoe Catering and Events

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau - Town/Area More Than 25,000 in Population

Bloomington CVB
Meet Minneapolis
Visit Saint Paul

Best Convention + Visitors Bureau - Town/Area Less Than 25,000 in Population

Visit Brainerd
Nisswa Chamber of Commerce
Visit Stillwater

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

A Touch of Magic
G.L. Berg Entertainment
Nationally Speaking

Best Event

Minnesota State Fair
MPI WEC 2014
Nationally Speaking Speakers Showcase

Best Event Décor

Event Lab

Best Florist

Luna Vinca
Sadies Couture Floral & Event Styling

Best Golf Venue

Breezy Point Resort
Grand View Lodge
Madden's on Gull Lake

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - More Than 300 Guest Rooms

Hilton Minneapolis
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Radisson Blu - Mall of America

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space - Less Than 300 Guest Rooms

Loews Hotel Minneapolis
Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center
The Saint Paul Hotel

Best Meeting/Event Space (No Hotel)

Muse Event Center
Orchestra Hall

Best Photography/Videography

Coppersmith Photography
Graddy Photography
Lauren B Photography

Best Rental Service Provider (tables, linens, tents, etc.)

Apres Party Rental
Linen Effects

Best Resort with Meeting/Event Space

Breezy Point Resort
Grand View Lodge
Madden's on Gull Lake

Best Restaurant/Bar with Private Dining Space

The Bachelor Farmer
CRAVE West End
Pazzaluna Urban Italian

Best Social Media Presence (CVB, Venue or Company)

Grand View Lodge
Madden's on Gull Lake
Meet Minneapolis

Best Team-building Activity/Facilitator/Organizer

Chris Heeter of The Wild Institute
Ice Fishing with Jasper Guide Services

Best Transportation (limo, motorcoach, taxi, shuttle)

Premier Transportation
Renee's Royal Valet
Total Luxury Limousine

Best Venue Outside of Twin Cities Metro Area

Breezy Point Resort
Grand View Lodge
Madden's on Gull Lake

Take note of these seven pros who are making their mark in the meetings and events industry. 

Jolene Ihle, Founder
Lifetime Achievement 

“I was 10 years old when I received my Muscular Dystrophy Carnival Kit in the mail. The box was filled with cool ideas and colorful materials to  support fundraising efforts. I was completely enthralled with the event planning process. … This experience was my jumpstart into events and I was hooked.”


Here's who has been crowned the winners and runners-up of the Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers' choice awards. Congratulations!  

Best Brewery/Cidery/Distillery/Winery with Event Space 
Surly Brewing Company 


Congratulations to the finalists for Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers' choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration (date/location TBA) where the winners and 2020 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

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Best A/V Provider

Allied Production & Sales 
AV For You

Best Boats/Cruises/Charters