2019 Meetings and Events Resource Guide

2019 Meetings and Events Resource Guide

No need to wait until you’re off the clock to play. The latest trend in work gatherings—whether it’s a client meeting, employee appreciation celebration, or team-building event—is leaving the office and having fun.

“[Companies] want more interactive entertainment, and they’re looking to engage their employees more,” says Lauren Segelbaum, senior event specialist for Minneapolis-based EventLab. “It’s about work hard, play hard.”

Rather than bringing experiences into the office, employers are more frequently opting to take staff or clients out, says Amy Zaroff, founder and creative director of Amy Zaroff Events + Design.

Leaving the workplace is a great way “to clear your mind and be more creative,” Zaroff says.

It’s become a lot easier, and more compelling, to do so, with the recent proliferation of interactive attractions across the Twin Cities, from high-tech arcades to escape rooms—the ultimate in working together to problem-solve.

“You have to be more creative in what you offer employees because they’re exposed to more,” says Segelbaum.

With that in mind, you’ll find many new venues in this year’s guide, along with time-tested vendors, for all the resources you need to round out your event, from planners and caterers to musicians and audio-visual experts. The key to any successful gathering is not just the what or the when, but making it an experience.

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MEETINGS AND EVENTS RESOURCE GUIDE INDEX

Audio–Visual Services

Audio–Visual Services

Allied Productions & Sales 651-451-6846; allied.productionsAudio and video equipment rental, production for events from concerts to corporate meetings—audio, lighting, staging, equipment
Catering

Catering

A la Carte Catering 952-888-5652; facebook.com/alacartecateringmn Abundant Catering 651-209-1707; abundantcatering.com Aesop’s Table 651-488-6591; aesopstable.com Broders’ Cucina Italiana 612-925-3113; broders.com Buca
Entertainment

Entertainment

Ace High Casino and Carnival 276 E Lafayette Road St. Paul, MN 55107 651-293-4444; aceentertainment.com ››› Corporate casino and carnival entertainment The
Experiences

Experiences

Allianz Field 400 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul 763-476-2237; mnufc.com/stadium Minnesota United’s new soccer stadium offers rental spaces for private
Floral Decor

Floral Decor

Arts & Flowers 6011 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park 952-920-8415; artsflowersmn.com Bachman’s 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-861-7311; bachmans.com Brown
Rental Services

Rental Services

A-Z Rental Center 12450 Plaza Dr. Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-944-6916; a-zrental.com Contact: Jim Way (owner) ››› Canopies, flatware, games,
Trade Show & Exhibit Services

Trade Show & Exhibit Services

Artec Displays 1022 Berwood Ave. Vadnais Heights, MN 55110 | 651-484-8474; artecinc.com ››› Displays, exhibits, rentals and graphics Brede Exposition

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