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Minneapolis’ new event venue has a lot to offer.
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The name of Minneapolis’ new whiskey commons, Dalton & Wade, comes from characters in the classic Western movie “Road House.”
“The premise for the whole restaurant was to create a place where these two very different characters would want to go if they got together to have a drink,” says Paul Abdo, a founding partner of Dalton & Wade. The building where the commons are housed is the only wood building built recently in Minneapolis and stands out in the warehouse district.
“Whether you love winter in Minnesota or hate it, a good winter drink can make the season more enjoyable. My favorite winter drinks are a whole category of cocktails called Flips. A cousin to the eponymous eggnog—but so, so, so much more delicious—Flips incorporate heavy cream with a whole egg, spirit, and sugar to make a dangerously delightful drink.
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"Minneapolis is a very food-centered culture,” says retired chef Steve Schuster. He should know; as the former executive chef and culinary director of Kelber Catering, he prepared meals for some of the biggest meetings and events the Minneapolis Convention Center has seen.
On May 10, the MPI Minnesota chapter celebrated its members and the successes of its 2016-17 year at Union Depot in St. Paul. The theme was “Soirée: An Evening in Paris,” and attendees dined on French-inspired food from Crave. The 2017-18 Board of Directors and incoming president, Jen Ruthig, CMP, were welcomed, and EMPI awards and scholarship recipients were announced.
It’s hard to think of any place more creative than an art gallery, theater or museum. Places where things—artwork, exhibits, productions—are always changing. There’s hardly a reason to reinvent yourself when what you’re off ering so often varies.
Even still, these venues fi nd themselves itching for a structural change. And many of these Minnesota cultural institutions have made updates and undergone face-lifts—large and small—that have catapulted themselves into further creativity, allowing planners to host events with barely a thought on the décor aspect.
Sure, small business don’t have the weight behind them that corporations do, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful.