Minnesota Meetings + Events

The Amazing Hondo: Magic with a Message inspires creativity


Meetings and events are sometimes long and stressful. Often, the magic needed is just that: magic. That’s where The Amazing Hondo comes in. He not only entertains, but also inspires. “I encourage people to find out what their magic is—to find their value in life,” says Hondo Hughes (aka The Amazing Hondo), magician and inspirational speaker. “You can’t communicate anything until you get your audience’s attention.”

Signature Drink: Lela's London Calling


Bloomington’s newest restaurant on the scene—Lela—prides itself not only on its prime steaks, seafood crudos and handmade pasta, but also its craft cocktails. Creator of the London Calling, Leigh Allan, corporate food and beverage director, Wischermann Partners, wanted to highlight gin in this signature drink and use flavors that both complemented and balanced each other. “We chose the Ransom Old Tom Gin, which has a perfect balance of aromas and flavors,” says Allan.

How to take your client appreciation event to the next level


Strong Relationships are the cornerstone of any successful business, which is why showing your clients some love is so important. Though deciding to treat your clients to the night of their lives might seem like a no-brainer, figuring out how to do it—and do it well—is an entirely different challenge. Here are three ways to make the most of your next client event.

» Skip the standard cocktail party.

John Scott Bradstreet's Legacy continues at Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse


John Scott Bradstreet, from whom Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse gets its namesake, was a local tastemaker in the Twin Cities area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was an architect and interior designer, travelled widely in Europe and Asia, and was friends with Oscar Wilde and Louis Comfort Tiffany. His influence makes its way in to the cocktails of the Bradstreet Neighborhood Craftshouse today.

Custom builds and productions are the next frontier for events


Sometimes an event calls for something truly outside the box. A great brainstorming session leads to a big idea, yet you’re stumped as to how you’re going to pull it off. Whether it’s transforming an exhibit hall entrance into a ship or creating a 10-foot 3D prop in the shape of an event logo, it is key to approach a custom production using best practices in order to have the best possible outcome.

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Relive Yesteryear in a Minnesota Historic Venue


Minnesota may be known as the "Land of Lakes," but it could be referred to as the “Land of Historic Sites,” as well. From Grand Rapids to the Twin Cities to Red Wing, there is a cornucopia of historic venues in state that recall the days of yore. The following are 10 renowned spots that will take you back in time.

St. James Hotel, Red Wing

Kapow Events Makes Its Way From Chicago to Minneapolis


Kapow Events, a unique online marketplace for corporate outings, kicked off operations in Minneapolis with the launching of its website on June 1. Kapow offers a wide range of event options, featuring highly regarded venues with reputable locations including cultural institutions, spectator events, restaurants, bars and many more.


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