The picturesque area of east central Minnesota just got even more interesting after its local craft beverage producers decided to team up. Several breweries, wineries, a distillery and a cidery make up the East Central Beverage Trail, bringing visitors and locals their favorite craft beverages with the backdrop of Isanti, Pine, and Kanabec counties. The trail consists of eight locations with their own specialty creations. Just take your pick, and you’re on your way.
Darren Ennis, co-owner of Sheba Productions and co-owner & managing partner of The Sample Room in Minneapolis, received the Minneapolis Downtown Network’s Award of Excellence from the Downtown Network and Minneapolis Downtown Council. Ennis was awarded at the Annual Meeting for his work with the Skyway Open Golf Tournament Presented by U.S. Bank.
Ennis is a recognized leader in many areas of event planning and production. He has partnered with Downtown Network for the past four years to plan and execute the Skyway Open, creating an intriguing and energetic atmosphere for event attendees. The ninth annual Skyway Open Golf Tournament Presented by U.S. Bank ran from March 6 to 8 in the downtown Minneapolis skyway system. Holes were designed by one of the city’s leading architects, designers, contractors or artists, showcasing the creativity and engineering, ingenuity and vibrancy signature to Downtown. The result was pure fun and celebration for professionals downtown and families throughout the Twin Cities.
“I’m extremely honored to receive this award from Downtown Network,” said Ennis. “As with all of our projects, we are fortunate to collaborate with talented partners who allow us to elevate our events and create exceptional experiences for our clients, guests and community.”
The Downtown Network credit Ennis’s passion, sophistication and ability to ensure a successful event from idea to fruition as reasons he was chosen to be the 20th recipient of the Award of Excellence.
Ennis has more than 25 years of experience in the event planning industry. He has worked on high-profile and award-winning events including: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine/ASID Showcase Home, Taste! Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Ultimate Wine & Dine Event at TCF Stadium, Capella Tower Reveal, Minnesota Children’s Museum Grand Family Ball, Moods of Norway Really Really Blonde Launch, Arianna Huffington’s ThriveEvent and CRAVE’s Pink Carpet Event.