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Portillo's Opens in Woodbury

The newest location of Portillo's has opened in Woodbury. The opening of the restaurant's 50th location and first Minnesota restaurant was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by founder Dick Portillo, CEO Keith Kinsey, and Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens.

M&M Event Rentals Announces Acquisition

M&M Event Rentals has acquired the Chicago and Dallas (Ducky Bob's) locations of Classic Party Rentals, which is based in Los Angeles. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. This acquisition is M&M's fifth since it partnered with Dubin & Clark Company, Inc. in February 2016.

“By combining the talents, products and resources of these companies, we can offer our customers a wide variety of event rental products and services, while continuing to raise the level of customer service that our customers have come to expect and deserve,” says Mark Murphy, CEO of M&M.

Meet Alyssa Alexander

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Alyssa Alexander was recently hired as director of catering at Hotel Allegro in Chicago.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new position as director of catering?

Meet Chris Skelding

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Chris Skelding was recently hired as director of sales, marketing and events for Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, Nev.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as director of sales, marketing and events?

Visit Denver Hits Chicago

Chicago's Taste of Randolph Street Festival saw the return of Visit Denver this June. The Colorado CVB sponsored the festival's West Stage, christening it the Denver Live on the Rocks Stage and decorating it with a full-size replica of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and hosting a VIP client event.

Director's Circle Package Now Available at Cambria Chicago Loop - Theatre District

Starting June 13, Chicago's newest contemporary hotel, Cambria Chicago Loop – Theatre District now offers the Director's Circle Package. Managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the Cambria Chicago has 199 stylish gues trooms; a game room with shuffleboard, foosball and TVs; a fitness center; 2,600 square feet of function space with AV capabilities, customizable menus and valet parking; and two luxurious suites, where one has an 18-foot high original cathedral window.

New National Food Experience Provides Food From 50 States

Flavored Nation, a new live experience that highlights the most iconic food from each of all 50 states, will be hosted at St. Louis' Dome at America's Center from Oct. 27-29. GateHouse Media, along with Richard Gore, will work together to produce this event for food-lovers across the nation. After conducting extensive research to identify each state's most iconic food, 12,000 attendees will be able to taste the 50 dishes all at one event.

Meet Chris Skelding

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Chris Skelding was recently hired as director of sales, marketing and events at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as director of sales, marketing, and events?

Meet Tod Chambers

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Tod Chambers was recently hired as managing director of Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Conrad Chicago.

3 New Venues Designed by Planners for Planners

A new trend is sweeping across the Chicago event industry, unifying the people that take part in producing live experiences with the places that host them. Established event production and catering companies have ventured into opening their own well-equipped spaces, designed for planners, by planners. We took a look at three trailblazers—Kehoe Designs, Paramount Events and The Revel Group—that are making events feel right at home.

The Geraghty from Kehoe Designs

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