• The Kitchen That Comes to You

     
    POSTED April 1, 2020
     

Entourage Events Group is determined to produce events that elevate brands, cultivate community and leave lasting impressions through the creation of unique and memorable event experiences. With a corporate office located in Minneapolis, Entourage Events Group can host more far-flung events in unique and historic venues.

Entourage has found a way to add even more flair to events with the debut of The Kitchen this past fall. “The Kitchen is a larger-than-life, 53-foot mobile culinary concept that has capabilities unlike anything the event world has seen before,” says Nancy Jacobs, national sales and marketing director at the events group. “Available for private events, this new design by Entourage Events Group brings a full-scale catering kitchen directly to the location of your choice.”

With 5,300 square feet of space, The Kitchen is well equipped with features and amenities similar to a full-scale catering kitchen, including a walk-in freezer, refrigerator and large pop-open doors that connect guests and the chefs at work. “Customized with state-of-the-art equipment and a professional team of chefs, The Kitchen offers a truly interactive experi- ence, showcasing the same beautiful, chef-inspired cuisine and high-level service you would experience at a venue,” says Jacobs.

The Kitchen is not bound to Minnesota. Being a mobile culinary facility gives it the ability to travel across the country and create a pop-up venue just about anywhere. It can accommodate events small and large, but is most ideal for guests ranging between 300 and 3,000.

Available to those guests is a full culinary menu that embraces farm-to-table freshness and seasonal menu rotations, with the ability for large-scale production and flexibility to support lifestyle, dietary and allergen requests.

There is no set rate to rent The Kitchen. Instead, pricing is customized based on event style and location. Acknowledging that all events vary, Entourage Events Group will quote a rental fee and create a menu and design to fit each clients’ vision.

“We are driven by our relentless passion for innovation and dedication to personal care and professional service. Your priority becomes our priority—no matter what the event, our goal is to make your experience with us an unforgettable one,” says Jacobs.

Baldamar’s location—next to the Von Maur at Rosedale Center—might give the wrong first impression. The hip, fine dining restaurant is a fresh concept for the area, one that could easily fit into a more foodie-centric area. Randy Stanley, owner of 6Smith in Wayzata, calls Baldamar a legacy restaurant that just happens to be next a mall (he similarly describes 6Smith as a restaurant that happens to have a lake attached). “I’ve always liked this part of the Twin Cities,” says Stanley. “I love the thriving, local community.

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

The International Floral Distributors each year teams up with Produce Marketing Association and a designer to create the “Flower Trends Forecast.” For 2020, the organization enlisted Helen Miller, AIFD, CAFA, CF, and Derek Woodruff, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI, AAF. Miller owns Flowers & Such in Adrian, Michigan. Her work has been showcased in publications such as Floral Management, Florists Review, and The Knot.