Minneapolis

Event Snapshots: HelmsBriscoe Gives Back at the Radison Blu

HelmsBriscoe, a global leader in meeting procurement, hosted its fifth annual HB Cares event, which impacted seven local charities including the Ronald McDonald House Twin Cities, Love Your Melon, The Simpson House, Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, MN Assistance Council for Veterans, Earle Brown Charter School and National Ataxia Foundation. The end-of-the-year holiday party was held at the Radisson Blu at the Mall of America on November 20. The firm raised over $70,000 this year to purchase care packages and other goods for the charities.

New Venue Spotlight: Surly's Destination Brewery

At Surly’s new Destination Brewery, which opened in December, you can’t get a pint of beer. “We have really nice tulip glasses—the proper glassware for Surly,” says Dawn Kuehl, event center coordinator. Located in southeast Minneapolis—off the Green Line—Surly’s new digs feature a public Beer Hall on the first level and large event space and full-service restaurant headed by Jorge Guzman from Solera on the second.

Taprooms are Overflowing with Popularity in Minnesota

A xraft-brew phenomenon was born when the so-called Surly bill passed in 2011, allowing Minnesota breweries to serve pints of beer on-site. And subsequently, a new kind of meeting and event space became readily available. The casual atmosphere is a builtin feature, but don’t be mistaken: Taprooms are a place where business gets done.

Spring Events Blossom With These Three Flower Shops

FROM PEONIES TO ROSES, there’s nothing like a bunch of flowers to enliven an event. Celebrate spring’s arrival with brightly colored flowers from one of these three Twin Cities floral shops.

Spruce Flowers and Home

To create a floral masterpiece for a customer, owner Amy Backman sits down with each client to dig in and really figure out what they’re looking for. "We like to customize," says Backman. "We don’t have a cookie-cutter design template. We love collaborating."

Events Warm Up With Cool Ice Lanterns

A do-it-yourself décor projectmay seem like a headache waiting to happen, but these ice lanterns from Minneapolis-based Wintercraft make for an easy way to create a gorgeous winter setting."Anytime you put a flame in ice, it’s beautiful," says Jennifer Hedberg, owner.

Wintercraft’s Globe Ice Lantern Kits come with easy-to-follow directions. The kits contain a heavy-duty balloon that users fill up with water and place on the freezing bases when it’s cold. A guide then lets people know how long to freeze it before popping the balloon and peeling it off.

Signature Drink - Prairie Gin-ger

The Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company whipped up this original, herbal cocktail for Minnesota Meetings + Events, and it truly is the drink of the season. Ginger and beer mix with coriander, angelica, lemon, cassia and juniper gin flavors to create a taste that isn’t too dry, and satisfies with a soft, minty finish. Bust this out at your next soiree, and your guests won’t be disappointed.

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. Prairie Organic Gin
4 oz. Champagne or prosecco
1/2 oz. ginger beer

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