Minnesota Meetings + Events

New Venue Spotlight: Loring Social


A Minneapolis staple with over 30 years in the culinary industry, D’Amico Catering will be opening a new property this March. Located adjacent to Loring Park, Loring Social features two main rooms for private events. The formal Waverly Room boasts beautiful views of the Basilica of Saint Mary, a refurbished terrazzo marble floor, oversized vintage elevator doors and glass sconces. It can host 165 people for a reception, 90 for a buffet and 110 for a plated dinner.

Best of Minnesota 2015


You voted, we calculated. Now it’s time to rip the envelope open and announce the winners of the 14th annual Best of Minnesota readers’ choice awards.

Trade the Mundane For the Majestic at Lake Superior's North Shore


There's no shortage of beauty at Minnesota’s North Shore. From the deep red and oranges hues as the leaves change in the fall, to the glimmering Lake Superior under a hot summer sun, to countless snow-topped hills in the winter, you won’t need to look far for gorgeous sights. And when you pair its beauty with endless activities and adventure, the North Shore makes for the perfect escape to kick back, relax, meet and celebrate.

Get Outdoors

Head upstairs and outside to some of the finest rooftops and patios in Minnesota


Spectacular rooftop views abound in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. From the very tops of restaurants, hotels and event centers, visitors enjoy sights such as skyline glimpses and picturesque lakes before, during and after private events. With a charming atmosphere on an outdoor patio included for good measure, the following are six local spots with views that take your breath away.

Union Rooftop, Minneapolis

Imagine enjoying a scrumptious dinner with snow falling all around you.

The Empty Suitcase Campaign Helps Implement Meaning Into Planners' Agenda


The idea for the Empty Suitcase Campaign began in 2013 when Shawna Suckow, CMP, founder and chairwoman of SPiN: Senior Planners Industry Network, and her friend, Colleen Abernethy of Platinum DMC Collection, went on a trip to Nepal. “We heard of a doctor in Nepal who offers an annual eye clinic in a remote area and needed used prescription eyeglasses. Through Colleen’s connection with the Lion’s Club in Minnesota, we brought a suitcase filled with over 200 pairs with us,” says Suckow.

Brave New Workshop's Creative Outreach Brand Trains the Workforce to Think Differently


You’ll be remiss to pigeonhole Brave New Workshop as solely a comedy theater; BNW’s business scope is always adapting to change, providing inspired solutions based on need. “People won’t do their research on the whole company and they’ll say: The Brave New Workshop Theater does corporate workshops,” says John Sweeney, co-owner of Brave New Workshop. “That’s not true.” Sure, satirical and improvisational comedy theater is where BNW started.

Tips from a pro on how to make adventure retreats effective and fun


Adventure retreats aren't cliché wilderness expeditions or field trips without purpose. If used and planned properly, they can serve as a powerful team-builder. After years of seeing benefits through our own retreats, we built the Larsmont Center for Strategy and Team Development at Larsmont Cottages to bring this powerful tool to others. But there are right and wrong ways to hold a retreat. Here’s how to make the trip count:


Signature Drink: The Commodore


The restored Commodore Bar and Restaurant, St. Paul’s Art Deco-gem that first opened in 1934 and closed in 1984, reopened to the public in October 2015. The full-service restaurant, bar, cocktail lounge and banquet venue crafted a signature drink in honor of the iconic Commodore Hotel in which it resides. The Commodore features an artisandistilled bourbon from 45th Parallel, a Wisconsin distillery.


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