"We embrace our beer and cheese and Packers in Wisconsin, certainly," says Julia Hertel, executive director, Wisconsin Association of CVBs, of the state’s reputation, but Wisconsin’s natural beauty is often not realized by outsiders. “Most of our facilities, our major convention centers, are on the water or are right next to the water, whether that’s a river or a lake.” The state’s regions have many of the same core elements that make Wisconsin Wisconsin, but each have their own distinctive character.
"I live and breathe in the meeting world," says Jen Ruthig, CMP, a senior strategic event planner at Land O’Lakes and MPI Minnesota Chapter’s president-elect.
Though her educational background and early professional experience were in marketing, Ruthig discovered her penchant for meetings and events after being hired at The Mosaic Company in Plymouth, where she would remain for 11 years. As the company grew, so did its need for meetings and events, and Ruthig carved out a niche for herself.
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.
Portillo's Chicago-style restaurant, which recently opened its first Minnesota location in Woodbury, has announced details on its newest location on Elm Creek Blvd., in Maple Grove. Portillo's currently has 50 locations in seven states.
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.
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.
Escape the City
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.
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.