"Minneapolis is a very food-centered culture,” says retired chef Steve Schuster. He should know; as the former executive chef and culinary director of Kelber Catering, he prepared meals for some of the biggest meetings and events the Minneapolis Convention Center has seen.
On May 10, the MPI Minnesota chapter celebrated its members and the successes of its 2016-17 year at Union Depot in St. Paul. The theme was “Soirée: An Evening in Paris,” and attendees dined on French-inspired food from Crave. The 2017-18 Board of Directors and incoming president, Jen Ruthig, CMP, were welcomed, and EMPI awards and scholarship recipients were announced.
It’s hard to think of any place more creative than an art gallery, theater or museum. Places where things—artwork, exhibits, productions—are always changing. There’s hardly a reason to reinvent yourself when what you’re off ering so often varies.
Even still, these venues fi nd themselves itching for a structural change. And many of these Minnesota cultural institutions have made updates and undergone face-lifts—large and small—that have catapulted themselves into further creativity, allowing planners to host events with barely a thought on the décor aspect.
Sure, small business don’t have the weight behind them that corporations do, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful.
It takes two whole states to keep up with a destination this lively: On one side of the northflowing Red River, there’s Fargo, North Dakota, and on the Minnesota side, there’s Moorhead. Together, they’re an urban powerhouse that’s shaking up many people’s views of the Great Plains region. The visitors’ bureau declares the area to be decidedly “north of normal,” and touts the hip, eclectic vibe that comes from being home to three colleges and the biggest Microsoft campus outside Redmond, Washington.
"Where's the beef?" was Wendy’s official slogan during the mid-1980s, but those who live in and around Minneapolis certainly do not have to worry about fi nding that much-famed beef. Steakhouses are everywhere, and many of them off er private meeting and event space.
Located on University Avenue, Stem is a go-to spot for any local. Now a staple of Northeast Minneapolis, this intimate venue, along with its neighborhood setting, complements the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. From charity events and fundraisers to wedding receptions and corporate parties, Stem is the ideal location for intimate gatherings.
Thirst for Health
Keeping track of an up-to-theminute flight manifest is one of our least favorite aspects of corporate meeting planning. Attendees are late to book their flight; change their inbound flight without letting you know; have personal preferences as to how early they want to be at the airport for a departure—and they don’t always communicate these changes and preferences to us. What if there was a way to put the onus of getting to and from the airport and venue back on the attendees and off the plate of the meeting professional?