We’re just a week out from our big celebration! The Best of Michigan 2017 party will be held Thursday, May 18, at the City Opera House in Traverse City.

If you’ve never attended before, I hope you’ll make this your year. It’s a wonderful event, with attendees coming from all around the state. It’s an industry lovefest combined with an outstanding networking opportunity. And this year, the opportunity to connect with your peers is even greater, because we’re hosting an after-party on the new Hotel Indigo’s rooftop.

Between the open bar and the delectable food, the beautiful décor and the awesome gift bag, we always have an outstanding time. Kurt Colone and the crew from Mike Staff will be on hand to emcee, and we promise excellent entertainment and some fun surprises. (All this for a $10 ticket!)

If you’re in the area, I really hope you’ll join us. And if you’re not and have been wanting an excuse to come to Traverse City, this is an excellent one. Online registration closes May 16, so get to it!

The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.

The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.


Ferndale’s Otus Supply opened last year, and named this cocktail after a song by New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band.

—1.5 oz. Remy Martin 1738
—0.5 oz. Tempus Fugit Gran Classico
—0.75 oz. lemon sherbet*
—3 dashes hazelnut bitters*
—lemon twist for garnish

1. Rinse a Nick and Nora glass with Herbsaint.
2. Stir all other ingredients in a mixing glass.
3. Strain cocktail into Herbsaintrinsed glass.
4. Garnish with lemon twist.


Well, another fantastic Best of Michigan Awards party has come and gone. Every year, I think we’ve topped ourselves, though, really, each year’s celebration is wonderful in its unique way.

This year we took the party to Traverse City, a much-needed visit by the magazine’s readers and supporters to the region that has done so much to lure tourism to Michigan. The local meeting and events industry folks bent over backwards to make the experience exceptional. We spread out over two venues—the City Opera House and the Hotel Indigo—and enjoyed wonderful hospitality wherever we were.