D’Amico gathered together an intimate group of people to simply enjoy the things that drive the industry: a beautiful setting, delicious menu, great atmosphere and even better people. Girl Friday, Munster Rose and Linen Effects helped create an intentional space at the Calhoun Beach Club that was cozy while embracing the lush nature of the summer season.

The night started with passed hors d’ouevres from D’Amico Catering’s new menu, including the tuna Nicoise taco and a mezcal-cured salmon on homemade potato chip with citrus yogurt and chili threads. A bubble bar with Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot was set under a canopy of lush greens with suspended bubbles holding small candles.

The group then transitioned into the second half of the space that had been disguised behind a wall of boxwood to sit down for a family-style meal. Guests were greeted with an amuse bouche of cucumber cup with melon caviar, paired with a pineapple cucumber agua fresca. Favorite courses included the beet-marinated halibut, hand-rolled gnocchi with truffled cream and “crab cakes” created from hearts of palm.

Petite desserts were served under the same lush canopy as the champagne, with the glass bubbles now holding salted caramel budinos and delightful hibiscus glazed mini donuts.

Everyone left with a thoughtful swag bag that contained a thank-you note, iced coffee, D’Amico’s signature cranberry nut bread, under-eye patches and a chilled bottle of water; a bag of buttery popcorn was waiting in guests’ cars, too.

Standing in the Emery's lobby, where live greenery thrives and natural light streams in, it's hard to believe that this used to be Hotel Minneapolis. Emery is still an Autograph Collection hotel, like Hotel Minneapolis was, but it is, for all intents and purposes, a new, not just renovated, hotel. 

 

Twin Cities NACE recreated two events from the 2018 NACE Experience conference in Palm Springs, California, for its recap event. Complete with tapestry tones, glitter tattoos and jalapeno margaritas, the night’s opening reception paid homage to the conference’s Coachella theme. The dinner portion riffed on the conference’s closing gala dinner art deco venue: the historic Riviera Palm Springs. Event Lab brought the event to life through décor and design. Menu items highlighted the era and served with a traditional cocktail—the sidecar