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.
These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Wheeler was recently hired as the director of event production for The RK Group—a hospitality and culinary service management company.
All planners know the importance of looking ahead—the earlier the details fall into place, the less stress one has to deal with as the event nears.
A smattering of event venues have started holding receptions decorated for holiday parties to give planners an idea of what a holiday event would look like there and to have soirees booked far in advance. We know Christmas in July sounds crazy, but it really is a planner’s dream. With all the heat and sunshine, winter feels light-years away.
If you read hotel marketing materials as much as I do, you’ll realize that many like to say they “feel just like home.” I’ve always taken issue with that – not because I don’t love my own home – but because when I travel I want my hotel to be different. I want to experience something unique and memorable. Comfortable, yes, but exactly like what I have at home…no thanks.
From wagon wheels to Mason jars, rustic-vintage is one of the latest trends for renting event furniture.
"Things have moved to such a natural look from pulling in burlap and vintage pieces to bench seating in different areas," says Rhonda DuCharme, sales manager at Midway Party Rental in Minneapolis. "The rustic-inspired theme has been popular throughout corporate events."
Here’s what to look for when planning your next rustic inspired event: