• Minnesota M+E Best of 2020 Finalists

    POSTED December 17, 2019

Congratulations to the finalists for Minnesota Meetings + Events Best of 2020 readers' choice awards. We look forward to celebrating with each of you at the awards celebration (date/location TBA) where the winners and 2020 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.

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Best A/V Provider

Allied Production & Sales 
AV For You

Best Boats/Cruises/Charters

Afton Hudson Cruise Lines 
Al and Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises 
Padelford Riverboats 
Stillwater River Boats

Best Brewery/Cidery/Distillery/Winery with Event Space

Royal Foundry Craft Spirits 
Surly Brewing Company 
Winehaven Winery

Best Casino

Canterbury Park and Event Center 
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel 
Treasure Island Resort & Casino

Best Catering Company

Chowgirls Killer Catering 
D'Amico Catering 
Elite Catering, a division of Entourage Events Group

Best Convention/Conference Center

Earle Brown Heritage Center 
Minneapolis Convention Center 
Saint Paul RiverCentre

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Town/Area Less than 25,000 in Population)

Discover Stillwater 
Lake of the Woods Tourism 
Red Wing Visitors & Convention Bureau

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Town/Area 25,000-80,000 in Population)

Discover St. Louis Park 
Explore Brainerd Lakes 
Explore Edina

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (in Town/Area More than 80,000 in Population)

Meet Minneapolis 
Visit Duluth 
Visit Saint Paul

Best Entertainment (Performer or Talent Agency)

Acme Comedy Co. 
Brave New Workshop 
Enticing Entertainment

Best Event Décor Provider

edgPRODUCTIONS, a division of Entourage Events Group 
Event Lab 
Girl Friday

Best Event Rental Provider

Après Event Dècor and Tent Rental 
Ultimate Events

Best Florist

Richfield Flowers & Events 
Sadie's Couture Floral

Best Golf Venue

Breezy Point Resort 
Edinburgh USA 
Grand View Lodge

Best Historic or Cultural Venue

Machine Shop 
Mansion at Uptown

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (300 or More Guest Rooms)

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America 
Radisson Blu Mall of America 
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (Less than 300 Guest Rooms)

Hewing Hotel 
North at Grand View 
The Saint Paul Hotel

Best Livestreaming/Webcasting Service

Heroic Productions 
Mediapolis LLC

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Hotel)

Machine Shop 
Minneapolis Event Centers

Best New Venue (September 2018-19)

Bavaria Downs 
Harriet Place 
West End Conference Center

Best Photography

Graddy Photography 
Jeannine Marie Photography 
Lauren B Photography

Best Planning Company

Do Good Events 
Entourage Events Group 
Event Lab

Best Resort/Lodge

Breezy Point Resort 
Grand View Lodge 
Larsmont Cottages

Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space

The Bachelor Farmer 
Spoon and Stable

Best Speaker/Presenter (Individual or Agency)

Élan Speakers Agency 
Minnesota Speakers.com 
National Speakers Association - Minnesota

Best Sports Venue

Allianz Field 
Target Field 
U.S. Bank Stadium

Best Team-Building Activity/Organizer

Bad Axe Throwing
Brave New Workshop 

Best Transportation Provider

Eclipse Global Transportation 
Premier Transportation 
Renee’s Limousines


The annual Best of Awards are designed to honor the cream of the crop in the regional meetings and events industry. The awards are a celebration of the hard work and above-and-beyond service of suppliers and planning companies that are at the top of their game who help planners be at the top of their game.



Best Convention/Conference Venue

AND THE WINNER IS: Alyeska Resort

» Ted Ferry Civic Center
» ​Hotel Captain Cook

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space

AND THE WINNER IS: Hotel Captain Cook


Have an important event coming up? Need a little inspiration? Haven’t yet found the perfect venue? Not sure how to make the event an unforgettable experience? No problem. We have just the thing.

Our readers have chosen the best florists, venues, entertainers—plus everything else you might need. And we’re sharing that list with you. Here’s to the Northwest Meetings + Events Best of 2019 readers’ choice winners and runners-up—and to your next event!