• Radisson Blu’s “Water Bar” Takes H2O to a Whole New Level

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    Thirst for Health

Inspired when he saw a Broadway Instructor with a water bottle infuser featuring lemon and rosemary, Radisson Blu Mall of America’s Allen Plante, director of banquets and events, realized water could be enhanced with a selection of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. After some preliminary research, Plante discovered the amazing health benefits behind specialty water, thus creating Radisson’s very own “Water Bar,” also known as the H2O Mixology Bar. 

A majority of the ingredients for the drinks at Radisson’s H2O Mixology Bar are locally sourced. Additionally, the water boasts many health benefits, from relieving headaches to helping digestion and increasing metabolism. The goal was to develop an offering that best served the hotel’s meetings attendees and ensured their minds would remain focused and clear throughout the day.

Not only does Radisson Blu serve specialized H2O, but its approach to food and beverage offerings is innovative as well as memorable. With the “unique grab and go” trend taking off, Radisson has found its own method of bold and creative service. A current favorite is the “Pails on the Fence,” which offers guests stainless steel pails that are attached to a sectioned chain-link fence in the center of the room, creating a vertical, 360-degree buffet for when guests break from a session or meeting. 

The H2O Mixology Bar can be used by meetings groups at any time during the day and is perfect for any type of event. Larger groups can select four recipes, and those recipes will be ready once the group breaks from their meeting or event. Guest can choose from a selection of recipes or create their own. Mixologist will create the beverages while also explaining the health benefits of each. All guests will receive a complimentary water bottle so they can take the experience home with them and be reminded to return.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler chose the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America as the 28th best hotel in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest.

Since it opened in November 2015, the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America has set a new standard for luxury. Now, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler have chosen the hotel as the 28th best in the world and the top hotel in the Midwest in the 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.

 

Bloomington is one of five finalists competing to host the global Specialized Expo 2027 (it will be held from May 15 to Aug. 15, 2027), which is commonly known as the World’s Fair in the United States. If Minnesota is chosen for the expo, it would be the first time the event has been held in the U.S. since 1984 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The competing cities are Phuket, Thailand; Belgrade, Serbia; Malaga, Spain; and San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.

 

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) Plaza has been awarded Silver certification under the Sustainable SITES Initiative rating system for achievement in landscape sustainability. The MCC Plaza is the nation’s first SITES-certified project to be located at a convention center and the first-ever SITES-certified project in the Upper Midwest. 

Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), SITES promotes sustainable and resilient landscape development to enhance sustainability, implement green infrastructure strategies, and improve resilience.