Located in both the North Loop and Northeast Minneapolis, Bartending by Drew offers an array of libations to kick off the spring season. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate team-building event, owner Drew Atkin offers signature drinks to match any event’s aesthetic.

“Our opportunities lie within providing visitors with unique party options,” says Atkin. “Our services allow guests to have fun and experience something out of the ordinary whether it be with friends or co-workers.”

One of the company’s most popular activities is its Cocktail Competition. The competition is a fun alternative to typical team-building, allowing guests to team up and make their own cocktails. The winning team is invited back in the fall to participate in a grand competition against other winning teams.

Atkin is also well-known for his personal flavor profile. His featured drink, the Carnivore Old-Fashioned, was inspired by his love of both bourbon and bacon and offers a fun twist on the traditional cocktail that’s been requested more than any other menu option at Bartending by Drew events. 

Ingredients
—2.5 oz. Basil Hayden Bourbon
—5 oz. Bulleit Rye
—.25 oz. Dark Muscovado Syrup 
—3 dashes Bittercube Trinity Bitters
—garnish with maple/brown sugar bacon* and large orange peel

Directions
—Mix all ingredients in a rocks glass without ice. Pour in ice and stir vigorously.
—Express the orange peel over the cocktail while placing the bacon in the drink along with it.

* Place bacon on a broiler pan, grill, then coat with maple syrup and brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow the bacon to cool, but do not refrigerate. Use within five days.

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Like many hotels, Radisson Blu Mall of America has made many adjustments and improvements since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep guests and staff healthy. The Radisson Blu’s team has concocted several ways to keep the food and beverage scene interesting for groups that utilize the property’s more than 26,3000 square feet of meeting and event space. Here are a couple practical solutions that caught our attention, including three with interactive moments complete with costumes, music, lights and special touches. 

THE PRACTICAL  

 

Sustainability and a broad range of uses are at the heart of the newly redesigned Minneapolis Convention Center Plazalocated on the south side of downtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 30 to celebrate the 2.5-acre plaza that is built atop an underground parking ramp and includes a lawn area for events, updated lighting, and new walkways and seating options. 

 

As the number of vaccinations across the country increases, the amount of live events and gatherings will hopefully rise with it. However, that doesn’t mean the way people gather will go back to normal instantly: there may be an adjustment period before bars, theaters, stadiums and churches are all full of people again.

 Spacing, social distancing, and creativity will be vital for planners and venues in the meantime, and tools like staging, seating, and more will be crucial for the execution of these.