We’ve Got Our Finalists

Thousands of you voted, and those votes have been tallied: We have our MIME Best of Awards finalists.

But you know the drill: We can tell you who the finalists are in each category, but the winners won’t be revealed until our Best of Michigan awards party on May 18.

We rolled out some new categories this year (welcome, Best Distillery, Best Convention Center and Best Renovation), and we saw some shake-ups in existing categories.

Now the excitement builds! We’re thrilled to be heading to Traverse City for the first time for our party. The people of TC are knocking themselves out to make this event spectacular, because of course they are – the same enthusiasm that built the region into a powerhouse tourism destination is being brought to bear on hosting the industry’s stars.

The party will be Thursday, May 18, at City Opera House. A rooftop party at the new Hotel Indigo (a Readers’ Choice Award finalist) will follow. So register now!

The party is always fantastic, and it’s time to return the love the Traverse City crowd has shown everyone else, traveling each year in droves to the event no matter how far away from them it was located.

So block off your calendar, start planning your partywear and get ready for an amazing night. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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.


The votes are in; here are the winners as decided by the readers of Michigan Meetings + Events.

What does it mean to be the best? In Michigan, the bar keeps moving north. As our state continues to rebuild and flourish, new venues come on line, new restaurants open their doors and what it takes to truly stand out continues to expand.

So it’s inspiring to see so many long-standing vendors and venues continue to earn our readers’ loyalty. Newcomers are welcome and often impress, but we clearly have many industry players that built their operations to last.