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 26,300 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  

•               Serving in small vessels that can be used for takeaway, grab and go.

•               Having individualized tray service where each person pre-orders their meal and is served their own tray with entrée, drink, salt, pepper and utensils to limit contact. 

•               Offering Blu to You, a service where guests order what they want to eat prior to a meeting and it is packaged in a to-go bag that is picked up after the meeting. 

THE UNIQUE

•               Oatmeal Brulée Station - Chefs wear face shields and use blowtorches to top off the oatmeal with flavor and flair.

•               Water Doctor Station: Staff dress up in scrubs, gloves and masks, and guests can order everything from blueberry to mint infused water.

•               Old-Fashioned Soda Station – Similar to a malt shop scene, this setup features ice cream and boozy treats with music and costumed staff. 

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is ranked No. 1 in the country for mega airports in terms of customer satisfaction in the 2022 North American Airport Satisfaction Survey by research firm J.D. Power. Mega airports see more than 33 million passengers annually.

The study, conducted between August 2021 and July 2022, gauged traveler satisfaction in terminal facilities; airport arrival/departure; baggage claim; security checkpoints; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage, and retail. More than 26,000 recent travelers completed the survey.

 

Minnesota offers vibrant autumn color and provides a kaleidoscopic backdrop for your event.

New England often gets the most credit for its spectacular fall color, but many rank Minnesota in the top tier for seasonal beauty, making fall an ideal time for meetings anywhere in the state. From the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Twin Cities and Rochester, there are a variety of venues with ideal seasonal settings that can cater to groups of all sizes. 

Duluth

 

New concept Everywhen Burger Bar debuts.

Centro Restaurant Group opened its latest multi-concept bar and restaurant on August 4. The 15,000-square-foot location is home to the group’s second Centro—an abbreviated version of Vivir and its newest concept Everywhen Burger Bar.