Michigan Meetings and Events Magazine

Event Trends & Tips From Bar & Bat Mitzvahs

Michigan event planners tend to tap Pinterest and industry blogs for insight into the hottest trends. But they might want to also start consulting their colleagues specializing in bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.

Stadiums Provide a Winning Guest Experience

Sport stadiums, those cavernous homes to professional teams and hot dogs, popcorn and beer, can also make outstanding meeting and event spaces. 

Stadiums often offer state-of-the-art amenities designed to impress clients and foster camaraderie. Especially in Michigan, where sports fandom runs rampant, just knowing a meeting or event is slated for a stadium can boost enthusiasm and attendance.

Here are five stadiums eager to host your next meeting or event. 

Industry 411: Industry Experts Share Thoughts on the State of the Industry

Each year, prior to our Best of Michigan Awards party, the MIM+E Editorial Advisory Board meets to discuss the state of the meetings and events industry, including the challenges it faces and the trends taking hold or on their way out. Here’s what our members had to say this year.

MIM+E: Let’s start by talking about the issues facing our industry. What are the top challenges?

Woo Clients with Gluten-Free Goodies from Among Friends

Got a client with a gluten aversion? Or just looking for a fun new treat to give as a thank-you gift? Check out Ann Arbor-based Among Friends Baking Mixes.

The company, the creation of best buds Susie Miller and Lizann Anderson, offers a range of gluten- and GMOfree cooking and baking mixes, all made from whole grains. Choices include cornbread, brownies, pancakes and waffles, and a variety of cookies. (A tasting by MIM+E of the cookies and pancakes found them to be delectable.)

New Venue Spotlight: Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Whether or not your event is black-tie, host it at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk Penguin Conservation Center and at least 80 guests will be wearing tuxedos.

The King Penguins, Gentoo Penguins, Macaroni Penguins and Rockhopper Penguins, to be exact. The stunning new center for the four species, designed by Jones and Jones and Albert Kahn Associates, resembles a gigantic Arctic glacier.

Dean Rusch Helps Make Music the Key to any Fun Event

Dean Rusch brings years of industry experience—he’s hosted more than 1,500 corporate events—and puts exciting twists on classic shows to maximize audience engagement. Take the dueling pianos show, for instance. The show is a hybrid of pianos as well as keyboards, drums, vocals and saxophones. Guests are invited to sing along and jump in with the band, Ceyx, which has been together since 1971.

New Venue Spotlight: Selden Standard

SELDEN STANDARD IS PACKING THEM IN. The restaurant, a project of Andy Hollyday, former executive chef at Roast, and Evan Hansen, opened in Midtown in November, and the public promptly lost its collective mind. Reviewers raved. Lines of people waiting for seats snaked out the door in the snow.

The tapas-style dining lets diners bond over shared, handcrafted meals and, happily for planners, the restaurant opened ready to host meetings and events.

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