Minnesota

Get Back to Nature With These Pastoral Minnesota Gems

Farm-to-table was so last year. Now, instead of just clamoring for farm-fresh food at mealtimes, city folk want to visit rural locations for meetings and events. In farmland all over Minnesota, barns have been spruced up and modernized, ready for a new era of rustic-style occasions (with plenty of modern touches).

The Barn at Dunvilla, Pelican Rapids

Make Your Trade Show Booth a Success with the Latest Trends

This past fall the meetings and events team travelled to Las Vegas to participate in IMEX, an annual international trade show. We learned about and tasted whiskey from a kilted man in Scotland, snapped a group picture at the World Cup in Germany, ate empanadas from Brazil and took a virtual tour of London. On the last day, we posed the question: Based on these three days, which city or country would you visit? Between the German-style tables with giant pretzels and imported beer on tap, Munich was an easy answer.

Learn the Ropes on the North Shore at Larsmont Cottages

A unique North Shore team-building experience is now available at Larsmont Cottages in Two Harbors with their Larsmont Center for Strategy and Team Development. “The North Shore really is untapped as a destination for corporate meetings,” says Chuck Paton, general manager of Larsmont Cottages.

Redhead Creamery Hosts Tasty Meetings

“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.

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.

Tips on How to Succeed in Meetings & Events Industry

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.

Signature Drink - Blockades Blackberry Mint Julep

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.

Food Trucks Keep Everyone Smiling, Including Planners

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.

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