Behind the Scenes - Great Lakes Coca-Cola, LLC followed by Happy Hour Networking at nearby Lone Oak Grill

Don't miss this upcoming Behind-the-Scenes event and learn about the real stories behind the world’s most famous beverage brand!

Behind the Scenes - Great Lakes Coca-Cola, LLC followed by Happy Hour Networking at nearby Lone Oak Grill
Midwest Coca-Cola - 2750 Eagandale Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55121 
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:00 PM CST

 Join us for a Behind-The-Scenes opportunity at Coca-Cola! We'll tour the bottling facility and learn how Coca-Cola works with events. Questions are always welcome!

Connect with friends, while making new relationships with colleagues and fellow MNFEA members. Join us after the tour for Happy Hour at Lone Oak Bar, 3010 Eagandale Pl, Eagan, MN 55121 - just down the street from Coke.


MNFEA Annual Conference


Join MNFEA at the 2017 Annual Conference!

Register Now!
Minnesota's Premier Event Planning Masterminds Conference
Crafted to meet the educational needs of the event industry, sessions are presented by planners and professionals from around the state who are leaders in their field. Not only will you learn event management skills, you will come away with innovative ideas, new connections and applicable practices for your next event.
New for 2017
In addition to a great line-up of sessions, we've added a networking event on Wednesdayevening at the Brainerd Curling Club, and the annual "Soirée" social on Thursday night will be packed with winter activities, including dog sledding, horse-drawn trolley rides, ice skating, bonfire, s'mores, a civilized warming house, and a fireworks demo. 

Catersource 2017

MARCH 12-15, 2017
New Orleans, LA, USA

Last Chance for BIG Savings!
Advanced Prices End 1/20

See what's in store for Catersource 2017 and register by Friday, January 20 at 11:59pm to lock in the low price for this year's epic event. 

Register using code 17ILEA to save an additional $50 off Advanced rates on the Catersource Conference & Tradeshow or Catersource Connect packages. You'll save up to $150 on your registration package!

Attendee to Attendee

Each year we attend Catersource, we come back with renewed vision, excitement, and direction to grow our business. The incredible resources have helped us tremendously in taking the next steps in our own succession planning. We consider this and so much more that Catersource offers to be a huge return on investment! 
~ Emily Simpson, Cartewheels Catering

Register by January 20 to Save!

Multiple package options allow you to tailor your experience to get the most of the 2017 conference. Register by January 20 at 11:59pm using code 17ILEA to save an additional $50 off Advanced rates on the Catersource Conference & Tradeshow or Catersource Connect packages.

Popular Registration Packages Advanced Pricing by 1/20 + 17ILEA Promo Code Onsite Prices Total Savings
Catersource Connect Package $1125 $1275 $150!
Catersource Conference & Tradeshow $849 $999 $150!

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Instagram #CS2017
Catersource c/o UBM
275 Market Street, Suite 417, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Panel Discussion: Examining Minneapolis Event Permits, Purposes & Pitfalls. You don't want to miss this one—it's your chance to ask the experts!


Upcoming event information:
MNFEA Panel Discussion: Examining Minneapolis Event Permits, Purposes & Pitfalls
Gluek's Restaurant & Bar, 16 N. Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 3:00 PM CST

Here's your chance to learn from the experts!

Join MNFEA on Wednesday, February 15th for a panel discussion featuring people you need to know if you ever plan to produce a festival, block party or any public event in Minneapolis. 

We'll be examining a well-known Minneapolis event from start-to-finish. What permits need to be filed and why do they need them? What criteria do they use to create the event site plan? What problems do they face every year and how do they overcome them?

Our Minneapolis event panel includes:

  • Phil Schliesman - License Inspector/Events Coordinator: City of Minneapolis
  • Doug Maday - Traffic and Parking Services: Minneapolis Public Works
  • Shane Stenzel - Manager of Permits and Events: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Janna Beard - Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian; Supervisor: Minneapolis Health Department
  • Moderator - Kent Gustafson, Gustafson Facilitation

The mediated discussion will start promptly at 3 p.m. so please arrive by 2:45 p.m. It will be held at  Gluek's Restaurant & Bar in downtown Minneapolis. Don't miss this unique opportunity from MNFEA.

More information and online registration:
 MNFEA Panel Discussion: Examining Minneapolis Event Permits, Purposes & Pitfalls

Hearten Talks

Hearten Talks Image with hyperlink



Be a part of this important discussion as we get a conversation started about inclusivity and diversity in the event industry. 

Start with a welcome cocktail, hear from speaker Mary Chatman, continue the discussion with the Q&A and social hour. Catering provided by Chowgirls. 

Speaker Mary Chatman is CEO of and Editor-in-Chief of Black Bride Magazine. Black Bride aims to honor all women of color, while celebrating their beauty, style, grace essence, and regalness. 

Chowgirls an award-winning Minneapolis-based catering company that strives for sustainability in all aspects of their operations. 

Additional support:
Catering - Chowgirls
Desserts - Cocoa & Fig
DJ - Events by MV
Floral - Sadie's Floral 
Stationery - Champagne Press
Calligraphy - Hooked Calligraphy

Thu, March 2, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST


Machine Shop
300 2nd Street Southeast 
Minneapolis, MN 55414 

View Map

Hearten Talk is a collaboration of the Independent Wedding Association and This Love Weddings. The Independent Wedding Association is a group of creative, passionate businesses in the Twin Cities area that love to celebrate local weddings and build our creative businesses together. This Love Weddings is a custom, full-service wedding planning and design boutique that specializes in long-distance planning for stylish couples looking to show guests a bit of Minnesota Nice.