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  

•               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. 

There must be something that links great beer, meetings and events, and publishing. We’ve had a former art director and managing editor go over to the craft beer industry, with the later currently working as marketing and communications director for Indeed Brewing Company with locations in Minneapolis and Milwaukee. Receiving a recent press release about Indeed’s limited release of Giant for a Day Double—available in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin this March and April—prompted me to check in with my former colleague, Morgan Halaska. 

 

Sustainability and a broad range of uses are at the heart of the newly redesigned Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza located 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. 

 

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.