• Minnesota M+E Best of 2019 Winners (Listed)

     
    POSTED April 23, 2019
     

Best Livestreaming/Webcasting Service

THE WINNER IS: EideCom Inc.

Runners-up:
» Heroic Productions
» ​Mediapolis, LLC

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (300 or More Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America

Runners-up:
» Hilton Minneapolis
» Radisson Blu Mall of America

Best Event Décor Provider

THE WINNER IS: Event Lab

Runners-up:
» Bungalow 6 Design + Events
» Girl Friday

Best Sports Venue

THE WINNER IS: U.S. Bank Stadium

Runners-up:
» Target Field
» Xcel Energy Center

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

THE WINNER IS: Adagio Djay Entertainment

Runners-up:
» Brave New Workshop
» Acme Comedy Co.

Best Historic or Cultural Venue

THE WINNER IS: Landmark Center

Runners-up:
» James J. Hill House
» Mill City Museum

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Town/Area 25,000-80,000 in Population)

THE WINNER IS: Visit Lakeville

Runners-up:
» St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
» Visit Mankato

Best Event Rental Provider

THE WINNER IS: Après Event Décor & Tent Rental 

Runners-up:
» Ultimate Events
» BeThings

Best Audio-Visual Provider

THE WINNER IS: Allied Productions & Sales

Runners-up:
» AV For You
» AVEX

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Town/Area More than 80,000 in Population)

THE WINNER IS: Meet Minneapolis

Runners-up:
» Visit Saint Paul
» Explore Brainerd Lakes

Best Transportation Provider

THE WINNER IS: Renee’s Limousines

Runners-up:
» Lorenz Bus Service
» Premier Transportation

Best Brewery/Distillery/Winery with Event Space

THE WINNER IS: Surly Brewing Company

Runners-up:
» Winehaven Winery and Vineyard
» Indeed Brewing Company

Best Golf Venue

THE WINNER IS: Golden Valley Country Club

Runners-up:
» Grand View Lodge
» Madden’s on Gull Lake

Best Convention/Conference Center

THE WINNER IS: Minneapolis Convention Center

Runners-up:
» Saint Paul RiverCentre
» Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)

Best Casino

THE WINNER IS: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Runners-up:
» Treasure Island Resort & Casino
» Canterbury Park and Event Center

Best Team-Building Activity/Organizer

THE WINNER IS: Escape MSP

Runners-up:
» Kerfoot Canopy Tour
» Topgolf

Best Photography

THE WINNER IS: lauren b. photography

Runners-up:
» Coppersmith Photography
» Graddy Photography

Best New Venue (Sept. 2017-18)

THE WINNER IS: The Armory

Runners-up:
» The Hutton House
» Mystic Lake Center

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Town/Area Less than 25,000 in Population)

THE WINNER IS: Visit Fergus Falls

Runners-up:
» Discover Stillwater
» Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau

Best Boats/Cruises/Charters

THE WINNER IS: Al and Alma’s Supper Club and Charter Cruises

Runners-up:
» St. Croix River Cruises
» Stillwater River Boats

Best Resort/Lodge

THE WINNER IS: Grand View Lodge

Runners-up:
» Madden’s on Gull Lake
» Bluefin Bay Family of Resorts

Best Florist

THE WINNER IS: Bachman’s Special Events

Runners-up:
» Sadie’s Couture Floral
» Indulge & Bloom

Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space

THE WINNER IS: CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (The Shops at West End)

Runners up:
» The Bachelor Farmer
» 112 Eatery

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Hotel)

THE WINNER IS: Muse Event Center

Runners-up:
» Machine Shop
» Aria

Best Catering Company

THE WINNER IS: CRAVE Catering & Events

Runners-up:
» D’Amico Catering
» Chowgirls Killer Catering

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Less than 300 Guest Rooms)

​THE WINNER IS: The Saint Paul Hotel

Runners-up:
» DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Paul Downtown
» Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Minneapolis

Best Planning Company

​THE WINNER IS: Do Good Events

Runners-up:
» Event Lab
» BeEvents

Best Speaker/Presenter

​THE WINNER IS: National Speakers Association - Minnesota Chapter

Runners-up:
» MinnesotaSpeakers.com
» Élan Speakers Agency

Carly Van Veldhuizen, the mastermind behind Girl Friday’s mesmerizing creative custom installations, talks inspiration, materials and the value of a solid team.

 

The 2018 Meeting Planners Symposium held at The Graduate Minneapolis and McNamara Alumni Center was all about unique venues and experiences. From a Scrabble team challenge to a mini hackathon, meeting with no walls and a surprise session on a coach bus, this learning opportunity was anything but ordinary. Teams worked together to solve a complex problem and pitch their idea for $500 cash. Through beautiful chaos, attendees discovered fresh, unconventional approaches to do their jobs better.

 

This three-city area offers lodging, event space—and plenty of free parking.