Entourage Events Group is determined to produce events that elevate brands, cultivate community and leave lasting impressions through the creation of unique and memorable event experiences. With a corporate office located in Minneapolis, Entourage Events Group can host regional events in unique and historic venues. Entourage has found a way to add even more flair to events with the debut of The Kitchen this past fall. “The Kitchen is a larger-than-life, 53-foot mobile culinary concept that has capabilities unlike anything the event world has seen before,” says Nancy Jacobs, national sales and marketing director at the events group. “Available for private events, this new design by Entourage Events Group brings a full-scale catering kitchen directly to the location of your choice.”

With 5,300 square feet of space, The Kitchen is well equipped with features and amenities similar to a full-scale catering kitchen, including a walk-in freezer, refrigerator and large pop-open doors that connect guests and the chefs at work. “Customized with state-of-the-art equipment and a professional team of chefs, The Kitchen offers a truly interactive experience, showcasing the same beautiful, chefinspired cuisine and high-level service you would experience at a venue,” says Jacobs.

The Kitchen is not bound to Minnesota. Being a mobile culinary facility gives it the ability to travel across the country and create a pop-up venue just about anywhere. It can accommodate events small and large, but is most ideal for guests ranging between 300 and 3,000. Available to those guests is a full culinary menu that embraces farm-to-table freshness and seasonal menu rotations, with the ability for large-scale production and flexibility to support lifestyle, dietary and allergen requests. There is no set rate to rent The Kitchen. Instead, pricing is customized based on event style and location. Acknowledging that all events vary, Entourage Events Group will quote a rental fee and create a menu and design to fit each clients’ vision. “We are driven by our relentless passion for innovation and dedication to personal care and professional service. Your priority becomes our priority—no matter what the event, our goal is to make your experience with us an unforgettable one,” says Jacobs.

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7.