EVER SINCE AUGUSTUS ALLEN GIFTED HOUSTON WITH MARKET SQUARE PARK IN 1854, it has been a community gathering point for the city. In recent years, a surge of interest in historic renovation cropped up downtown, and a redesigned Market Square Park opened to the public in 2010. Nestled in the center of the Historic District, the refurbished park now serves as an anchor to the neighborhood’s thriving historic bar and restaurant scene.
INTERIOR DESIGN has always been integral to hospitality and the hotel industry. There’s a magazine solely dedicated to it, Hospitality Design, and now, more than ever, experience is a key differentiator when selecting a hotel venue.
The Sanctuary, located in McKinney’s Croatian-inspired Adriatica Village, is a newly opened venue with private event space. The venue includes a two-tiered performance hall equipped with a stage and flanked by cobblestone walls. Distinctive stained glass windows and wood floors round out the venue’s appearance.
MY FRIEND, ALISON KIECKHAFER, CMP, IS ON TO SOMETHING BIG. When she assumed the presidency of the Meeting Professionals International Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter earlier this year, Alison chose a powerful theme for her term: "Activate Your Goodness." She challenged all 800-plus chapter members to act on improving the community and the larger world around them with a simple message: "Think good, speak good and do good."
-1 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
-1 oz. elderflower liqueur
-6 fresh raspberries
-.25 oz. simple syrup
-.25 oz. handcrafted sweet and sour
1. Muddle berries, simple syrup and sweet amd sour together.
2. Add spirits and then fresh ice.
3. Shake vigorously.
4. Strain into martini glass and garnish with a mint leaf.
Recipie courtesy of mixologist Cat Miltenberger, Tito's Handmade Vodka and The Mockingbird Distillery in Austin.
The Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD) has recently announced that Carla Steffen, CPA, CIA will take over as the assistant director of financial operations. Steffen will report directly to Mark Tester, director of ACCD. As the assistant director of financial operations, Steffen will oversee the finance, purchasing, contract compliance and IT unites of ACCD.
"We are very excited to have Carla join the ACCD team," said Mark Tester. "Her extensive financial experience will be vital to the continued growth and success of our facilities."
The Renaissance Dallas Hotel is set to open its new meeting and event space July 14, complete with Pink Granite from nearby Marble Falls, TX.
Designed and contracted by HC Beck, the new 50,000-square-foot space will hold a 16,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom as its centerpiece, able to seat up to 1,500 people for dinner. Directly above the ballroom will be the City View Room and City View Rooftop Terrace, a 10,900-square-foot indoor and outdoor large-scale event space with windows extending from the floor to the ceiling that offer a view of the Dallas skyline.
Travel is all about the experience. And, increasingly, so are the places you choose to rest your head while on the road. We took the time to explore some of Texas’ coolest vintage hospitality options, which I’ll share in the summer issue of Texas Meetings + Events. In the meantime, here’s a look at two you won’t want to miss.
Kimber Modern, Austin
Event planners and DMCs are constantly challenged with creating events that exceed expectations. Moreover, our industry is challenged with executing events that are stimulating, impactful, memorable, interactive and anything but stale. Clients are seeking what’s new and unique, and are turning to us to deliver the unexpected.
FOR BRIAN STRANGE, the complexities of running one of Texas’ most recognized catering companies comes down to one simple motto. "We help people celebrate. That’s what we do," says Strange, CEO of Don Strange of Texas Inc., a third-generation family-run business.