Chicago's Aloha Poke Co. has announced new locations in Wisconsin (Milwaukee), Minnesota (Minneapolis), Southern California (Marina Del Rey, Costa Mesa, San Diego and Los Angeles), three locations in Miami and one in Washington D.C. Since its opening in March 2016 in the Chicago French Market, has expanded around Illinois, and plans to open in Denver were made earlier this year.
The dual-branded Aloft and Element Hotel Development in Redmond, Wash., was declared open by Minneapolis-based CSM Corporation. The two hotels are located near the Microsoft Corporation's world headquarters as well as Google, Nintendo, Boeing and Expedia. The hotels share one building and multiple amenities.
On July 13-16, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis hosted the X Games for the first year of a two-year hosting. The X Games are expected to bring 100,000 people to Minneapolis and the Mall of America over the weekend, which will give national and international media exposure; as well as the 8,300 hospitality and tourism jobs that the X Games will bring to the city.
East Town boasts a shiny new football stadium and hundreds of freshly built hotel rooms, along with plenty of urban atmosphere.
Do you wish you had the opportunity to entertain around the world? The international cuisine options in Minnesota are the next best thing. Some are restaurants with event space or private dining, others do catering and even food trucks. Take a tour of world fl avor with these local culinary options—no passport required.
At the Hilton's 2016 Development Awards, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown was awarded the New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year award. HRI Properties, LLC were the developers for the $110 million conversion of the Plymouth Building into the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, with hotel design firm The Gettys Group and Design-Builder Ryan Companies US. Inc. collaborating on the project. The Embassy Suites Minneapolis was honored because it met and exceeded the Hilton brand and quality standards while also influencing its community.
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Dana Orlando was recently hired as general manager at Hotel Ivy.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as general manager?
Red Cow might be best known for burgers, but you’d be remiss to ignore the cocktail menu. Crafted by Beverage Director Ian Lowther, drinks range from beer cocktails (called boilermakers) to shaken or stirred specialties. Lowther created the following boozy concoction just for Minnesota Meetings + Events magazine.
—1 t. simple syrup
—1/3 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
—1/3 oz. fresh lemon juice
—1/3 oz. Tattersall Grapefruit Crema
—1/3 oz. St. George Pear Brandy
—1 2/3 oz. Lunazul Reposado Tequila
1. The building that is now the AAA Four Diamond-rated Kimpton Grand Hotel Minneapolis was originally constructed in 1915 as the Minneapolis Athletic Club—a high-end athletic and business club. The Grand Hotel opened in 2000 after a major renovation, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management in 2010 and underwent a full renovation that completed in 2011.
Here’s the one question you might want to avoid asking Robbie Harrell when you see one of his sculptures at an event: “Is that real ice?” The CEO of Minnesota Ice Sculptures says his com - pany’s sculptures are so clear and precisely carved that they prompt that question at every event they’re displayed. “Once people realize it really, truly is carved from ice, they’re excited about it,” he says. “There are always lots of selfies with the ice sculpture.”