• The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
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  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
    FROM THE Summer 2016 ISSUE
     
  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
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  • The 2015 Best of Minnesota Readers’ Choice Awards

     
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Three hundred meeting and event professionals gathered at Aria on March 31 for MNM+E’s 14th annual Best of Minnesota awards. Guests walked the red carpet (sponsored by Canterbury Park Catering & Events), posed at the Snapz Photo Booth and sipped bubbly from an aerial bartender (sponsored by Roseville Visitors Association). Saltee filled the main room with live music.

Local refreshments from Surly and Cannon River Winery were served, while Fabulous Catering’s heavy appetizer spread included mini lobster rolls and noodle stir fry in takeout containers. Mintáhoe Catering & Events’ decadent dessert selection ranged from cake pops to cupcakes. Attendees left with gift bags (sponsored by Mall of America and Bloomington CVB) that contained a signature DoubleTree by Hilton cookie, among other goodies. Meet Minneapolis sponsored the event’s registration. AVEX and Festivities provided the A/V (including a light-up curtain behind the stage) and décor, respectively

In the wake of a total global crisis, the Meet Minneapolis team got to work. 

Connecting the Community

Last summer, as communities across the state reeled, the CVB launched the “We Need Us!” campaign as a rally cry and reminder on the importance of supporting the businesses that make Minneapolis so unique.

“It really came from this question of, ‘How can we support our community that’s hurting in so many ways and make locals feel comfortable making those choices?’” says senior vice president of destination branding & strategy Courtney Ries.

 

The New York and New Jersey chapters of the National Association for Catering & Events (NACE), along with the Banquet Event Strategic Task Force (BEST Task Force), held an in-person gathering in August, their first since the start of the pandemic.