The time has come for me to begin a new adventure. I've truly enjoyed my time with the Meetings + Events team and getting to know many of you along the way has been the letterpress place cards on the expertly designed tablescape- an unforgettable detail. However, I'm leaving you in very capable hands and it's a pleasure to introduce your new Digital Content Editor, Julianna Fazio.

Julianna is no stranger to the M+E world; she has contributed content to the print editions and website. For a glimpse into her work, you can check it out here and here.

Thanks for making my time in this position so memorable, I can't wait to read about the amazing events you create in future issues of M+E. As for me, I can be found writing for various social media accounts in addition to my own- feel free to connect on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Ada Walton
Digital Content Editor
Meetings + Events

Lela Restaurant has rolled out new lunch and dinner menus, created by new executive chef Thomas Orbison.

Chef Orbison discovered his passion and talent for cooking following his career in the United States Air Force. “After six years in the military, I developed a passion for cooking and moved to Paris to study at Le Cordon Bleu, which is like Harvard for chefs,” said Orbison.

Now that he’s back in Minnesota for the first time since 2004, Orbison is excited to launch some new entrees in the southwest metro.


Maite Kuhns, a corporate trainer and recruiter for Parasole restaurants has been named the Hospitality Hero award winner for fourth quarter by 2017 by Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. This honor that is nominated by their colleagues, is given quarterly to a member who has made valuable contributions to the image and culture within the Minneapolis hospitality community.


Kira Musolf has been named a Hospitality Hero award winner for third quarter by Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. This award is given quarterly to members of the Minneapolis hospitality community. Nominated by colleagues, this honors individuals or companies that have made impressive and memorable contributions to the image and culture of Minneapolis through their hospitality and service.