• Hospitality Hero Award Presented to Sinisa Djukic

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Sinisa Djukic, a banquet manager at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, with Stuart McKay, director of food and beverage.

Sinisa Djukic, a banquet manager at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, has been named the Hospitality Hero award winner for first quarter by Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association. “We receive comments after every single event about how much Sinisa was the perfect backbone to the group’s success,” says Managing Director Michael Clark. “By creating a welcoming environment for guests, Sinisa leaves a lasting impression that encompasses Minneapolis’ hospitable nature. His faithfulness continues to impress visitors, he leads the team effectively, and his role is essential to the Renaissance.”

Clark notes that clients often rebook because of Djukic’s dedication to his job; he is known to go in on his day off to ensure all is running smoothly for events. Djukic turns “transactions into memorable experiences” for the clients and guests, making hospitality a priority for every interaction. 

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.

 

This week, hundreds of local young professionals will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to escape the stresses and responsibilities of their day to day lives, no paid time off or carry-on needed. For those strapped with all-too-common student loan debt, SoFi, a national personal financial services agency focused in lending and wealth management, will be hosting Debt after Dark—on them.

 

On Saturday, June 16, thousands ignored the rain and scorching heat to check out the Walker Art Center’s 20th annual Rock the Garden music festival. As the local beer flowed, fans swarmed the museum’s hillside and iconic sculpture garden to soak in a diverse lineup of local and international acts including headliner Father John Misty, Feist, Chastity Brown, Kamasi Washington and P.O.S. (and a surprise guest appearance from Current DJ Mark Wheat). But what exactly goes into planning the Walker’s biggest event of the year?