The biggest challenge to planning an event in Troy might be decision fatigue. The city’s abundant venue choices make it hard to go wrong in this upscale city. The Oakland County destination offers high-end shopping, numerous hotels and an easy drive to area attractions, including Cranbrook Educational Community.
Give your guests some welcome “me” time by booking a your next event at a venue with a spa. “The spa very much plays into meetings,” says Dawn Olsen, spa director at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme. “People like to come and do conferences and learn more, but they also want a little time for themselves.”
Sushi is an event in itself. Watch the chef create a roll with artistry and precision, admire the beautiful presentation on your plate and, finally, enjoy the delicious combinations of flavors and textures. With so much to tempt the eye and the palate, sushi restaurants offer distinctive settings for events. Consider these eateries for sushi offerings to accent your next gathering.
Red Ginger, Traverse City
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.
FROM SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS to weather disasters, a variety of emergencies can occur at an event. Kat Philips, operations director for the National Cherry Festival, spends a good part of her year preparing for the worst. She gave MIM+E her tips on how to be ready for anything. Collect important information. During site visits, ask if the venue has ever had to evacuate before and if it has an emergency plan.
Q: My association is planning its yearly conference, and we really want to make the sessions memorable. Where do we begin to overhaul our program?
A: Two words: Instructional design. Instructional design is a systems approach to analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating any instructional experience.
INDUSTRY MEMBERS who want to give back while doing what they do best should consider KIDSgala. The foundation, founded by David McKnight, celebrates kids who face major obstacles, such as illness. It got its start after McKnight reconnected with an old friend, Shelly Burton, at a high school reunion.
Refreshing and rich with tradition, this cocktail from Valentine Distilling in Ferndale offers the scent of spring complimented by sweet ginger spice.
— 1 oz. Valentine Liberator Gin
— .5 oz. St. Germaine liqueur
— 3 ginger slices
— 3 cucumber slices
— 1 lime wedge
— Half a habanero pepper
We asked Michigan’s experts in all things floral for their 2015 decor tips. Here’s what they told us.
BRACE YOURSELF—this is going to hurt a little. Tough love always does.