“We want to make great cheese right on [Jer-Lindy Farms]—it’s a concept Minnesota has far too little of in our opinion, despite being a big dairy state,” says Alise Sjostrom, co owner, president and head cheesemaker at Redhead Creamery. The cheese plant opened last year and hosted its first meetings in September. Sjostrom wanted to show people how cheese is made firsthand, and building an event space allows her to do just that while also providing a unique option for groups.
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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.
THE MOST COMMON QUESTION asked by emerging leaders when they are looking for career advice is: “What should I know that I don’t?” And a common comment from people down the road in their career is: “Back then I didn’t know what I know now.” Here’s the best advice I’ve received that I think still rings true this many years later.
Sugarlands Shine, authentic moonshine that hails from the mountains of east Tennessee, recently found its way to Minnesota and is now available across the state in stores, bars and restaurants. Sugarlands Distilling Company stays true to Tennessee’s rich history; grains are ground in an artisanal stone mill and mixed with Smoky Mountain water and every batch of moonshine is distilled six times.
THE OTHER DAY, I was scrolling through LinkedIn and saw that a friend had posted a banner that read, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ ” I didn’t think much about it at the time, but it stuck with me.
If food service at meetings and events was anything like the social hierarchy of a high school cafeteria, then food trucks would definitely be the cool kids’ table. While the humble box lunch or the ho-hum plated meal stand by on the sidelines, food trucks have been soaking up plenty of attention—and lots of positive buzz. Increasingly, this urban-hipster meal choice is making an appearance at meetings and events of every shape and size, right here in the North Star State.
Settled in the mid-1800s, the booming Twin Cities southern suburb of Bloomington—known for its retail commerce (aka the Mall of America)—is a prime location with its transit options, dining, lodging and area attractions tailored to servicing group meetings and events.
Meeting Professionals International’s annual World Education Congress was held in Minneapolis—which exhibited its “City by Nature” setting—this past August. For three days, attendees networked and learned innovative ways to plan meetings in a mix of formal and fun activities.
“Hospitality is in my DNA,” says Darren Ennis, owner of Sheba Productions. The event planner is an Iowa native whose youth as a restaurant rat in his father’s Sioux Falls, South Dakota eateries sparked his interest in creating memorable celebrations for others.
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.