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.

Like many hotels, Radisson Blu Mall of America has made many adjustments and improvements since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep guests and staff healthy. The Radisson Blu’s team has concocted several ways to keep the food and beverage scene interesting for groups that utilize the property’s more than 26,3000 square feet of meeting and event space. Here are a couple practical solutions that caught our attention, including three with interactive moments complete with costumes, music, lights and special touches. 

THE PRACTICAL  

 

Sustainability and a broad range of uses are at the heart of the newly redesigned Minneapolis Convention Center Plazalocated on the south side of downtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 30 to celebrate the 2.5-acre plaza that is built atop an underground parking ramp and includes a lawn area for events, updated lighting, and new walkways and seating options. 

 

As co-presidents of Eureka Recycling, a social enterprise dedicated to demonstrating that waste is preventable—not inevitable—Kate Davenport and Lynn Hoffman want to help planners think beyond recycling bins and compost collection.