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.

As many were still adjusting to the etiquette of social distancing and getting up to speed on the specifics of the latest executive order, Pure Michigan unveiled its “Two Peninsulas, One Pure Michigan” marketing campaign, encouraging statewide strength and unity in the midst of COVID-19.

 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers.