Michigan Meetings + Events

Meet Susan Keels, Royal Park Hotel

You know someone is destined for a career in hospitality if she loves waiting tables.

Susan Keels, director of sales and marketing at Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, started her career as a waitress at Shield’s while studying accounting and merchandising in college. Soon she was offered a promotion to manager, and then joined Bill Robert’s highly respected group of restaurants (which includes Beverly Hills Grill).

Event Snapshots: Table Top Wow!

The Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events held its Table Top Wow! event October 21 at Andiamo Warren. The design competition included a strolling reception and silent auction to benefit Blessings in a Backpack.

Pump Up the Party With Distinctive Entertainers that Let Guests Take Center Stage

Entertainment is all about the experience, and increasingly guests want that experience to be a personal one. “Groups don’t necessarily want to sit in their seats and watch a performance; they want to be part of the entertainment,” says Renee J. Lewis, CMP, president and partner of Infinity Management Group in Brighton.

Some of the Best Cultural Venues In Michigan are Found Outside

From gardens to greenhouses, sculptures to wildlife, Michigan abounds with outdoor cultural attractions. For planners, that means a variety of venues from which to choose when searching for the perfect outdoor spot for a private event.

Detroit Zoo

Anything Is Possible When You Take Your Event To A Rooftop Venue

When summer comes to Michigan, everyone wants to be outside. Remember this James Taylor song?

“When this old world starts getting me down
and people are just too much for me to face,
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
and all my cares just drift right into space…
Up on the roof.”

Use this tune as your inspiration and let the skyline views and twinkling stars add sparkle to your event. Here are four venues around the state that can take your party to new heights.

Cheli’s Chili Bar

A tablescape grows from one core element

Aesthetic inspiration can come from nearly anywhere— even from a single chair. Ralph Bellisario, owner of Bellisario Florist in Eastpointe, used a Chameleon chair as the starting point for designing a vignette for Ballroom Bliss at the Royal Park Hotel. The silver-toned metal chair with a satin cushion is new and on trend, and can be adapted to a variety of concepts.

Rove Estate Will Combine Wines and Views

The latest addition to Traverse City’s booming winery scene will double as a stunning lookout point.

Rove Estate Vineyard and Winery, slated to open this spring, is the project of Creighton and McKenzie Gallagher. The couple’s Leelanau Peninsula location for their 2,000-square-foot tasting room is a 1,100-foot perch—making it the highest vineyard and tasting room in Leelanau County. A wraparound deck will allow visitors to fully take in the views.


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