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& EVENT<br />




8 Planning Checklist<br />

<strong>Event</strong> expert shares her tips<br />

14 More than a <strong>Meeting</strong><br />

Keep your attendees engaged<br />

20 Signature Spirits<br />

Create a memorable drink<br />

28 Calendar of <strong>Event</strong>s<br />

What to do when you visit<br />

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14<br />

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2 National Czech & Slovak<br />

Museum & Library<br />

3 Think Iowa City<br />

5 Coralville Parks & Recreation<br />

6 Linn County Conservation<br />

7 Cedar Ridge<br />

Winery & Distillery<br />

9 City of Cedar Rapids<br />

10 Cedar Rapids Tourism<br />

11 Indian Creek Nature Center<br />

12 St. Burch Tavern<br />

13 Bankers Advertising Company<br />

15 Cedar Rapids Kernels<br />

16 Bella Sala <strong>Event</strong> Center<br />

17 BizFitters<br />

18 Cedar Rapids Marriott<br />

19 Parlor City<br />

21 Coralville Center for the<br />

Performing Arts<br />

23 FilmScene<br />

25 Blue Sky Productions<br />

25 City of Iowa City<br />

27 Coralville Marriott Hotel<br />

& Conference Center<br />

29 The History Center<br />

30 Palmer House Stable<br />

31 DoubleTree by Hilton<br />

32 Graduate Iowa City<br />

WRITERS: Angela Holmes, Jeff Holmes<br />

DESIGNER: Becky Lyons<br />

MEDIA CONSULTANT: Rhonda Roskos<br />

corridorbusiness.com<br />


Unforgettable <strong>Event</strong>s<br />

Brown Deer Golf Club<br />


BROWNDEERGOLF.ORG | 319-248-9300<br />

The Clubhouse at Brown Deer offers a unique<br />

setting for your corporate meeting or event.<br />

With stunning golf course views, this four season<br />

facility can accommodate groups of 12 in our<br />

Board Room or groups of up to 250 in our<br />

ballroom. Sound and projection can also be a<br />

part of your event. Spill out on the spacious deck<br />

or patio for event socials and networking. Enjoy<br />

a variety of casual dining options with Divots!<br />

Bar and Grill, our on site restaurant, or our food<br />

beverage partner, Marriott Hotel, can provide<br />

almost anything your event desires.<br />

To book a tour or an event,<br />

call 319-688-4000.<br />

North Ridge Pavilion<br />


CORALVILLE.ORG | 319-248-1750<br />

A 1,700 square foot, all season venue in a<br />

beautiful park setting. The Pavilion can seat up to<br />

100 and is equipped with a kitchen, large screen<br />

television with available HDMI and USB inputs,<br />

sound, and projector screen. Choose your own<br />

catering or meal options for the space.<br />

The Pavilion is open every Tuesday for general<br />

viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.<br />

For pricing, call 319-248-1750.

Plan Your Special <strong>Event</strong> With Us<br />

<strong>Corporate</strong> <strong>Meeting</strong>s & Retreats - Weddings & Receptions - Family Gatherings - Graduation <strong>Event</strong>s<br />


Red Cedar<br />

LODGE<br />


Air Conditioning, Full Kitchen, Gas Operated Fireplace, Dressing Rooms, Indoor Seating for 150<br />

Prairie Oak<br />

LODGE<br />


Air Conditioning, Full Kitchen, Wood Fireplace, Indoor Seating for 250<br />




Cedar Ridge<br />

Rooms with a View<br />

Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in<br />

Swisher has entered its prime season<br />

for events and celebrations.<br />

“We’re averaging about 10 events a week,<br />

ranging from 12 to 200 guests” said Ashton<br />

Johnson, Cedar Ridge’s <strong>Event</strong>s Manager.<br />

“This is always a busy time.”<br />

Cedar Ridge offers four different venues<br />

for meetings and events of all sizes.<br />

The newest addition is the Vineyard<br />

Room, which seats up to 40 guests. The<br />

space, featuring large floor-to ceiling windows<br />

overlooking the vineyards, is located<br />

right off the Tasting Room, giving the facility<br />

even more versatility.<br />

“Since the Tasting Room is where we<br />

serve our pizzas and drinks, it was only<br />

available when we were normally closed,”<br />

Johnson said. “We built the Vineyard<br />

Room to give us that smaller venue for<br />

people to use at all hours.”<br />

The Vineyard Room is available for<br />

three-hour rentals, but if an event requires<br />

a little more space, both the Vineyard and<br />

Tasting rooms can be rented together –<br />

outside of normal business hours – for<br />

four-hour blocks.<br />

The Tasting Room is available during<br />

non-business hours. It seats up to 60<br />

guests, and features a 25-foot tasting bar.<br />

In addition to the smaller rooms, Cedar<br />

Ridge also offers a 3,500-square foot<br />

<strong>Event</strong>s Center with a seating capacity of<br />

200, and includes tables, linens, and<br />

chairs that can be set up in a variety of<br />

ways. Another unique feature is also included<br />

with the space.<br />

“There are garage doors on both sides<br />

of the <strong>Event</strong>s Center,” Johnson, “so we<br />

can open it up and make it an open-air<br />

venue that gives you a great view of our<br />

vineyards and the countryside that surrounds<br />

the winery.”<br />

Tours of the winery and distillery are<br />

also available with your visit. The facility<br />

hosts about 100,000 visitors per year from<br />

near and far.<br />

Cedar Ridge offers free public Wi-Fi, as<br />

well as audio-visual equipment, screens,<br />

projectors, and microphones.<br />

But you might want to call soon to reserve<br />

a spot as recent state legislation has<br />

made Cedar Ridge an even more popular<br />

gathering space.<br />

“When the laws changed to allow us to<br />

sell our products by the glass, we became<br />

even busier,” Johnson said. “It’s been a<br />

lot of fun!” •<br />

Cedar Ridge<br />

1441 Marak Road<br />

Swisher, IA 52338<br />

www.crwine.com<br />

CONTACT:<br />

events@crwine.com<br />

(319) 857-4300<br />

EVENT CENTER: Seats up to<br />

200 people at round tables<br />

TASTING ROOM: Holds up to 60<br />

people for a cocktail party or up to<br />

44 people for a seated event<br />


Seats up to 40 guests

Your Planning Checklist<br />

Emily McMahon, owner of<br />

Soirée in North Liberty.<br />

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A local event expert shares questions to ask<br />

Planning a corporate event can<br />

be overwhelming, especially<br />

if it is your first shindig. Emily<br />

McMahon, owner of Soirée in<br />

North Liberty, has more than<br />

a decade of experience in the<br />

event industry. She is also<br />

an adjunct instructor at the<br />

University of Iowa, teaching<br />

courses in the Certificate in<br />

<strong>Event</strong> Management program.<br />

Here, she shares a few<br />

questions you should ask –<br />

and answer – to ensure your<br />

event is a success.<br />

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2<br />

3<br />

What are you goals and objectives for the specific meeting or<br />

event? Not every event is the same. Goals differ, as well as the<br />

audience. Determine early on what you want your attendees<br />

to experience. Refer back to the original goals, keeping your<br />

budget in mind, throughout the process.<br />

What kind of venue best suits your needs? There are two types of<br />

venues: standard and non-standard. Non-standard venues, such<br />

as a barn, may have more costs if they don’t have amenities<br />

such as tables and food. Most standard hotel ballrooms will<br />

already have tables and food – and the staff to set them up.<br />

Again, determine what best suits your audience and goals.<br />

Who is providing the food? Guests remember the food, so make<br />

sure it is high quality. Nobody wants their event remembered<br />

for the dry chicken. Some venues, like hotels, provide their own<br />

food service. Others require off-site catering. Be sure to choose<br />

a menu that fits your needs.<br />



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DO YOU:<br />

■ Serve on an association board?<br />

■ Attend conferences/conventions?<br />

■ Plan meetings across the country?<br />

Make an impact right here at home and host your<br />

next meeting or convention in Cedar Rapids.<br />

Contact me today!<br />

Julie Stow<br />

Director of <strong>Meeting</strong>s & Conventions<br />

Cedar Rapids Tourism Office<br />

j.stow@tourismcedarrapids.com<br />

319.731.4558<br />

370 First Ave NE<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401<br />

tourismcedarrapids.com<br />

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A Natural Fit<br />

From small meetings to company<br />

retreats, the Indian Creek Nature<br />

Center in Cedar Rapids can<br />

accommodate a variety of corporate needs.<br />

According to Liz Zabel, marketing manager,<br />

that is what makes it a perfect location.<br />

“We are able to offer something for<br />

everybody,” she said. “We like to go above<br />

and beyond when it comes to our facilities.”<br />

The Nature Center has 10 different<br />

meeting areas available, highlighted by<br />

a 150- to 200-seat auditorium for more<br />

standard presentations.<br />

Although there is a catering kitchen<br />

on-site, the Nature Center welcomes<br />

groups that bring their own food, provided<br />

no Styrofoam is used in any packaging,<br />

Zabel said.<br />

The Nature Center’s setting provides<br />

clients with the option to connect with<br />

nature, especially at Amazing Space, a<br />

new building and campus that opened in<br />

September 2016.<br />

“We offer some very unique venues and<br />

opportunities both inside and outside,”<br />

Zabel said, highlighting the Bird Room as<br />

a peaceful space to take a break and relax<br />

during a meeting or conference.<br />

Amazing Space is in the process of<br />

achieving the Living Building Challenge<br />

— an environmental certification that<br />

stands above LEED as the world’s most<br />

rigorous proven building performance<br />

standard. Achieving this certification<br />

means the building is regenerative to<br />

the environment— rather than having a<br />

negative or even neutral impact, a Living<br />

Building creates a positive impact on the<br />

human and natural system it interacts with.<br />

For the past two years, the Nature Center<br />

has achieved Net Zero Energy by producing<br />

more energy than the facility uses through<br />

the use of on-site solar panels, as well as<br />

Net Zero Water by capturing and reusing<br />

all water that falls on the site.<br />

As part of its team-building activities, the<br />

Nature Center gives groups the opportunity to<br />

participate in service projects and interactive<br />

programs. Service projects can range from<br />

simple brush clearing and cleaning to more<br />

complicated tasks such as construction of<br />

a rain shelter. Interactive programs, such<br />

as GPS utilization, can be conducted at the<br />

center or at a business’ facility.<br />

With its outdoor facilities the Nature<br />

Center offers much more than just a<br />

standard space to hold a business meeting.<br />

“It’s an amazing place,” Zabel said.<br />

“Being out in nature, you can walk the<br />

trails, you’re connecting with people in a<br />

very unique way. It’s peaceful…a great way<br />

to open your mind.” •<br />

Indian Creek<br />

Nature Center<br />

5300 Otis Road SE<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403<br />

www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org<br />

CONTACT: (319) 362-0664<br />

rbailey@indiancreeknaturecenter.org<br />





String-lit outdoor patio<br />

Catering kitchen<br />

Auditorium<br />

Outdoor amphitheater<br />

Biophillic design<br />

Wi-Fi<br />

Conference technology


4<br />

5<br />

Where do you want to<br />

prioritize your dollars? Once<br />

your budget is set, determine<br />

how you want to spread out<br />

the money. Would you rather<br />

set up your own tables,<br />

freeing up more money for<br />

a higher-level menu? Do you<br />

want to pay extra for the<br />

venue’s staff to clean up the<br />

tables and take out the trash,<br />

or can you do it and put that<br />

saved money elsewhere?<br />

Is the space locked up when<br />

you leave? If your event is<br />

more than one day, find out<br />

if the space is locked up at<br />

night. If not, you may have<br />

to pack everything up and<br />

start over in the morning. Also<br />

find out if the whole floor is<br />

reserved for you and who has<br />

access to the space.<br />

The Den is a<br />

perfect spot<br />

for your next<br />

private event!<br />

Enjoy a customizable<br />

food menu, full bar<br />

and lounge in a oneof-a-kind<br />

setting at<br />

Downtown Iowa<br />

City’s premier private<br />

event space.<br />



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6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10<br />

What are your technical needs? Some venues have their own audio-visual system,<br />

but many do not. You will have to contract a separate company for musts like<br />

microphones, speakers, screens and all of the components. Like dry chicken, poor<br />

sound or videos will promptly lose your audience.<br />

How will you invite everybody? In these days of social media, inviting people to an<br />

event is seemingly easier than ever before. But make sure your emails don’t end<br />

up in a junk folder or unread. Track who is opening emails or responding to social<br />

media invites. Hanging fliers around the office may be old-school, but it will also<br />

draw attention to the event.<br />

What about the décor? The atmosphere will be set as soon – if not before –<br />

attendees walk into the space. How will you make everything coordinate, including<br />

colors and centerpieces? Keep in mind your audience and the goal of the event.<br />

Will you serve alcohol? If you do, find out what type of event insurance is<br />

needed and what the venue covers. Drinks are expensive. Are you providing a<br />

complementary drink or two before the cash bar begins? Do you need to set a time<br />

to shut the bar down before the event ends?<br />

What went right? After the event, have a debriefing meeting with the decisionmakers.<br />

Also, send out a survey to the attendees. Honesty can be brutal, but it<br />

helps you improve. n<br />

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Keeping at tendees engaged throughout an event<br />

Let’s face it: <strong>Meeting</strong>s are meetings no matter the setting. It is<br />

up to organizers to not only get people to attend, but also to<br />

keep them engaged throughout the event.<br />

Emily Comer, event coordinator of Women Lead Change<br />

(WLC), is tasked with organizing five annual conferences<br />

across Iowa, including in the Corridor, Siouxland, Quad Cities,<br />

Central Iowa and Dubuque. MEETING PAGE 16<br />




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Cedar Rapids Kernels:<br />

More than just Baseball<br />

The Cedar Rapids Kernels offers the<br />

best of all worlds at Perfect Game Field<br />

at Veterans Memorial Stadium.<br />

With its intimate setting that includes both<br />

indoor and outdoor spaces, the ballpark is<br />

the premier location to entertain employees<br />

and clients or friends and family.<br />

Let the Kernels staff plan a party suitable<br />

for a corporate meeting or a relaxing day<br />

out in the sun.<br />

“We have a conference room which<br />

can be set up with tables for 25 or as a<br />

seminar room for 50,” Andrea Brommelkamp,<br />

the Kernels’ senior director of<br />

tickets and group sales, said. “We also<br />

offer our Grand Slam Suite, which offers a<br />

great deal of versatility.”<br />

The Grand Slam Suite is the equivalency<br />

of four regular suites and offers a variety of<br />

configurations for any kind of presentation<br />

or meeting. It can accommodate up to 85<br />

people in a unique setting.<br />

“We recently had a tool company that<br />

was demonstrating a new type of table<br />

saw,” Brommelkamp said. “So, we had<br />

a woodworking demonstration right there<br />

in the suite.<br />

“The great thing about the Grand Slam<br />

Suite is that we can set up for various<br />

break-outs, and since it overlooks the field,<br />

it offers a great view,” she added. “We also<br />

offer on-site catering, including alcohol,<br />

that isn’t always available at most venues.”<br />

And if you want to move your events<br />

outside, Perfect Game Field offers several<br />

different party venue areas, including right<br />

on the field.<br />

“We have a lot of businesses that will<br />

hold outings at the park for their clients<br />

and employees,” Brommelkamp said.<br />

“They might use one of our party areas,<br />

then go out on the field and play catch<br />

or even have a softball game. And with<br />

people looking for unique places for their<br />

wedding, we’ve become a destination for<br />

those as well.”<br />

“We also offer our consistency,” she<br />

added. “I’ve been here 16 years; we offer a<br />

great deal of experience and we love what<br />

we do. It’s always a lot of fun!”<br />

Spaces fill up quickly – call Andrea<br />

Brommelkamp at (319) 896-7603 or email<br />

andrea@kernels.com today to book your<br />

group outing. •<br />

Cedar Rapids Kernels<br />

950 Rockford Road SE<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404<br />

www.milb.com/cedar-rapids<br />

CONTACT: (319) 896-7603<br />

andrea@kernels.com<br />

CAPACITY: 10-1,000+<br />


Groups in the stands<br />

Miller Mezzanine<br />

Plumbers & Pipefitters Pavilion<br />

Deck #5 | Kernels Party Plaza<br />

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 125<br />

Pavilion | Kernels Diamond Suites<br />

CRAAR Grand Slam Suite<br />

Kernels Party Package<br />

Kernels Birthday Parties

“We take into consideration basic human needs<br />

for interaction,” she said. “With events that<br />

have breakout sessions, we try to intermix the<br />

programming of the day so you’re not doing<br />

multiples of the same thing in a row.”<br />

This year WLC is trying out the event<br />

and conference app, Whova, to connect<br />

participants and keep them up to date on<br />

conference activities. The third-party app builds<br />

comprehensive profiles of those registered for a<br />

conference so attendees can meet each other<br />

before the event begins. The app also hosts live<br />

chats and allows participants to ask speakers<br />

questions during sessions, among other nifty<br />

networking tools.<br />


A cozy setting at the Coralville<br />

Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.<br />


Urbana-based e-commerce company Clickstop<br />

takes employee engagement to a whole other<br />

level by making a fun weekend out of an<br />

otherwise dry annual meeting.<br />

Every year since the company was founded<br />

in 2005, owners Tim and Nicole Guenther have<br />

invited full-time employees and their significant<br />

others to the Hotel Julien in Dubuque for a yearly<br />

weekend retreat, covering the cost of hotel rooms<br />

and meals. ><br />

simply unforgettable<br />

Full-service facility for up to 650 attendees<br />

bellasalaevents.com | 319.545.4255<br />

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Clickstop employees and guests at Hotel<br />

Julien Dubuque. PHOTO CLICKSTOP<br />

“It gives employees a chance to interact with<br />

people they don’t know very well,” said Chief<br />

Talent Enrichment Officer Monica Steffeck.<br />

While there is time to relax and enjoy the<br />

time away from home, the company does get<br />

down to business with the annual meeting held<br />

from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.<br />

Along with poring over the businesses’ highs<br />

and lows from the previous year, new initiatives<br />

are announced. In fact, the company usually<br />

waits to make big announcements at the annual<br />

meeting, Steffeck said.<br />

To lighten up this year’s meeting held in<br />

March, some information was presented similar<br />

to a Saturday Night Live newscast.<br />

“It’s funny to laugh at coworkers rather than<br />

sit in a boring meeting,” Steffeck said.<br />

After the meeting wraps up, attendees are<br />

given a chance to explore the area before being<br />

treated to dinner and live band at the hotel on<br />

Saturday night.<br />

The retreat opens up communication<br />

between coworkers who may not have a lot of<br />

interaction with each other at the office.<br />

“We feel like we know each other better at<br />

the end of the weekend and recognize each<br />

other in the halls,” Steffeck said. n<br />

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MIX IT UP<br />

Here are a few creative ideas Shannon Arnold, director of<br />

event planning & operations at the Coralville Marriott Hotel<br />

& Conference Center, has arranged with groups to make<br />

events more interesting:<br />

Las Vegas Casino Night at<br />

the Coralville Marriott Hotel<br />

& Conference Center.<br />

n At a Great Gatsby-themed awards dinner, guests were encouraged to<br />

dress the part, and all food, drink and entertainment was themed to the<br />

1920s era.<br />

n A multi-day conference offered an optional yoga class one morning<br />

before the sessions began and a spin class the next morning.<br />

n The reception of one group’s Vegas casino night started in just a portion<br />

of the ballroom with food and drink and about an hour into the event,<br />

the temporary ballroom walls were opened to reveal an entire casino<br />

show floor with professional dealers on the other side of the room.<br />

n Attendees want more “experiences” when they attend meetings. If they<br />

have an opportunity to make an impact, that also goes over very well.<br />

One conference partnered with the United Way to assemble thousands<br />

of hygiene kits as one of their team building activities. ><br />

Cedar Rapids Marriott<br />

Making Your Next <strong>Event</strong> Brilliant<br />

n Total of 25,923 square feet of meeting space.<br />

n Beautiful ballroom & additional meeting space<br />

can accommodate events large and small.<br />

n Collaborate with your Sales Team using <strong>Meeting</strong>s<br />

Imagined to “re-invent” the meeting experience.<br />

n Our premier catering services and expert team<br />

offer everything you need to plan, book and<br />

execute at the highest level.<br />

n Gain easy access to our banquet team, right at<br />

your fingertips, with our Red Coat Direct service.<br />

Business travelers will enjoy the convenience of the workstations<br />

and high-speed Wi-Fi access in our rooms; and our hotel amenities,<br />

including pool, fitness center and Cedar Grille Restaurant and<br />

Lounge will serve as needed respite from a long day’s travel.<br />

1200 Collins Road NE<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402<br />

800.396.2153<br />

marriott.com/cidmc<br />

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Parlor City<br />

the Ideal Solution<br />


Anniversary<br />

Award Banquet<br />

Baby / Bridal Shower<br />

Birthday<br />

Celebration of Life<br />

Class Reunion<br />

<strong>Corporate</strong> <strong>Event</strong><br />

Family Reunion<br />

Fundraiser<br />

Gift Brunch<br />

Graduation<br />

Rehearsal Dinner<br />

Retirement<br />

Wedding<br />

Long known for great food and fun in<br />

the NewBo District, Parlor City Pub &<br />

Eatery offers a host of options for businesses<br />

to hold offsite meetings, and one of<br />

them might just be ideal.<br />

For the past couple years, Parlor City has<br />

operated the Ideal Social Club. The former<br />

Ideal Theater, built in 1914 as a Czech-language<br />

silent movie theater, was purchased<br />

from Borgenson Automotive Paint by Parlor<br />

City and the Jelinek family in 2014. After<br />

three years of painstaking restoration, it reopened<br />

as an event venue in 2017.<br />

“We had a really good relationship with<br />

the paint shop,” said Steph Jelinek of Parlor<br />

City. “When they were ready to sell the<br />

Ideal building, we were ready to buy it.”<br />

The Ideal Social Hall — which is on the<br />

National Register of Historic Places — can<br />

comfortably accommodate 175 guests<br />

seated in the resorted interior, along with<br />

space on the grounds for over 200 more.<br />

“It’s a great place for just about any<br />

event,” Jelinek said. “There’s a lot of free<br />

space to configure it many different ways.”<br />

In addition, while Jelinek said that businesses<br />

are welcome to bring in any food<br />

and refreshments of their own, they can<br />

also have the event catered by Parlor City<br />

Pub & Eatery.<br />

Parlor City’s home base offers three different<br />

mostly private areas that are available<br />

for events and meetings of any kind.<br />

n The Five Seasons Room is available<br />

year round. It seats 77 people, or<br />

can be split in half to seat 40.<br />

n The Green Room is set up for 26, perfect<br />

for smaller gatherings and events<br />

n The Pavilion seats 48. It is set up<br />

to be an open-air facility in warm<br />

weather, but also is heated and has a<br />

gas fireplace for in colder weather.<br />

“We have a lot of options,” Jelinek said.<br />

“Depending on the event, we offer hourly<br />

rental rates along with a full menu of food<br />

and drink choices for all of our facilities. We<br />

just need a basic outline of what customers<br />

need and we can go from there.” •<br />


PUB & EATERY<br />

1125 Third St. SE<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401<br />

www.parlorcitypub.com<br />

CONTACT: party@parlorcitypub.com<br />

(319) 247-0000<br />


Seating capacity – 77;<br />

drinks and apps capacity – 100<br />

PAVILION: Seating capacity – 48;<br />

drinks and apps capacity – 70<br />

GREEN ROOM: Seating capacity – 26;<br />

drinks and apps capacity – 30<br />


213 16th Ave. SE<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401<br />

http://idealsocialhall.com<br />

CONTACT: party@parlorcitypub.com<br />

(319) 573-6310<br />


Additional outdoor capacity: 200+

Signature Spirits<br />

Groups, venues work together<br />

to create memorable drinks<br />

A surefire way to make an event<br />

memorable is to offer a signature drink<br />

concocted specifically for the host. ><br />



Clarified Mojito mixed by Jared<br />

Rodenwald at the Maikka bar at The<br />

Hotel at Kirkwood.<br />


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vA<br />

Inspire. Create. Share.<br />

Whether you’re planning a business meeting or<br />

a full-scale musical, the Coralville Center for<br />

the Performing Arts is here for you!<br />

guest speakers, theatrical productions, solo<br />

recitals, social events, receptions, and more.<br />

• Beautiful 472-seat auditorium<br />

• Full-service concessions<br />

• Six spacious dressing rooms<br />

• Easy-access loading<br />

• Plentiful free parking<br />

• Complete event support<br />

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Jared Rodenwald, lead bartender at the Maikka<br />

bar at The Hotel at Kirkwood mixes drinks.<br />

Ashley Levitt, events &<br />

social media marketing<br />

manager at the Corridor Business<br />

Journal, works with various<br />

venues to create cocktails for<br />

popular <strong>CBJ</strong> events such as<br />

Women of Influence, Forty Under<br />

40, Coolest Places to Work and<br />

Fastest Growing Companies.<br />

“A signature drink is a fun,<br />

easy way to extend recognition<br />

to your honorees or an event<br />

sponsor,” she said. “You can<br />

request a drink that is on theme<br />

with the event color, includes<br />

alcohol made by event sponsors,<br />

or even rename the drink after<br />

honorees or a sponsor.”<br />

Among Levitt’s favorite<br />

signature drinks is the “Ginger<br />

Whiskey,” also known as “The<br />

Nyemaster,” created by Jared<br />

Rodenwald, lead bartender at<br />

the Maikka bar at The Hotel<br />

at Kirkwood. The cocktail was<br />

named after Nyemaster Goode,<br />

the sponsor for the <strong>CBJ</strong>’s Fastest<br />

Growing Companies reception<br />

held in May 2015.<br />

Another favorite was “The<br />

Impact” named for Forty Under<br />

40 honorees who have made<br />

a “significant impact in their<br />

business and community early in<br />

their careers.” The combination<br />

of pear vodka, cranberry juice<br />

and a cinnamon stick was a hit<br />

and has remained in the <strong>CBJ</strong>’s<br />

event repertoire.<br />

Rodenwald often receives<br />

requests to create a signature<br />

drink, whether it be for a wedding,<br />

reunion or corporate event.<br />

He takes several things into<br />

consideration when creating a<br />

customized cocktail, including<br />

the type of business it is, the<br />

audience demographics and the<br />

theme of event.<br />

When a client requests a<br />

certain color, he keeps in mind<br />

what will mix well together. For<br />

instance, dark rum or bourbon<br />

wouldn’t be the top choice for an<br />

island blue hue.<br />


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Best Yet<br />

to Come for<br />

FilmScene<br />

Already a prime location for business<br />

groups to gather, FilmScene<br />

is looking ahead to an even brighter<br />

spotlight. On Aug. 1, the nonprofit will<br />

move into the bottom two floors of the new<br />

Chauncey building in downtown Iowa City.<br />

“We are very excited about the future,”<br />

FilmScene’s Director of Operations Emily<br />

Salmonson said.<br />

FilmScene’s futuristic new home will be<br />

the “front and center” of the new high-rise<br />

building with a glass facade and will offer<br />

features that make it a destination for both<br />

entertainment and business activities.<br />

Make no mistake, FilmScene’s current<br />

facility is still a great place to meet.<br />

“Of course, we function primarily as a<br />

theater,” Salmonson said, “but we also can<br />

offer our space to companies as a unique<br />

and fun place to hold their meetings.<br />

“Our current main screen can seat 65,”<br />

she added. “We have our traditional concessions<br />

area and we also have a rooftop<br />

patio above the main theater. That is a<br />

great location for breakouts, maybe even<br />

an after-meeting happy hour.”<br />

The opportunities offered by the current<br />

facility’s location on the Ped Mall are almost<br />

limitless, she continued.<br />

“It’s a great location with things to do<br />

during lunch, or breaks between meetings,”<br />

she said. “It’s like an extension of our facility.”<br />

But while the old building has served<br />

FilmScene well, there is a lot of excitement<br />

surrounding the opening of the<br />

Chauncey building.<br />

“It’s been a little surreal,” Salmonson<br />

said. “For a long time, it’s been something<br />

we looked at through artist’s drawings and<br />

building plans, but now that it’s actually<br />

this real place we can see coming together,<br />

it’s really exciting.”<br />

The space uses materials and design<br />

elements intended to marry old and new,<br />

down to the lighting, which incorporates<br />

classic bulbs to illuminate a modern concessions<br />

area, and is used elsewhere to<br />

pay homage to the neon theater signs of<br />

the past.<br />

The two main theaters will be woodwrapped<br />

pods. The interiors of each theater<br />

will sport the company’s blue and<br />

black color scheme, and instead of the<br />

traditional lighting sconces and curtains,<br />

there will be uniquely-shaped acoustic tiles<br />

lined with LED lights. •<br />

FilmScene<br />

on the Ped Mall<br />

118 E. College St.<br />

Iowa City, IA 52240<br />

CAPACITY: SCENE 1: 65<br />

ROOFTOP: 45 LOBBY: 70<br />

at The Chauncey<br />

404 E. College St.<br />

Iowa City, IA 52240<br />

CAPACITY: THEATER 1: 120<br />

THEATER 2: 70 THEATER 3: 50<br />

www.icfilmscene.org<br />

CONTACT: (319) 358-2555<br />

emily@icfilmscene.org<br />


Private rooftop parties<br />

Private film screenings<br />

Lobby rentals for parties<br />

Rooftop happy hour<br />

Daytime theater rentals<br />

for meetings and presentations


Hanky Panky at<br />

the Maikka bar<br />

at The Hotel at<br />

Kirkwood, and<br />

fresh limes for the<br />

Clarified Mojito.<br />

“You need to find a balance<br />

of what looks good and what they<br />

want,” he said.<br />

Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery<br />

in Swisher also gets its share of<br />

signature drink requests from<br />

clients. The venue is required by<br />

law to only use spirits it distills in<br />

the cocktails served on-site.<br />

“So, with that in mind, our<br />

cocktails are designed to highlight<br />

our products,” said Ashton<br />

Johnson, Cedar Ridge’s events<br />

manager. “Rather than making<br />

drinks to hide the spirit’s flavors,<br />

we aim to showcase them in each<br />

unique drink.”<br />

Maikka also tries to keep it<br />

local, using products from Cedar<br />

Ridge, wines made at The Winery<br />

at Kirkwood and herbs grown<br />

in the Kirkwood greenhouse,<br />

Rodenwald said.<br />

While signature drinks aren’t<br />

a requirement for a corporate<br />

event, they do create a lot of buzz<br />

– so to speak.<br />

“Attendees definitely take<br />

notice when they see a lot of<br />

blue drinks ‘walking around’ and<br />

are curious to try it,” Levitt said.<br />

“Guests appreciate these little<br />

details, but we’ve seen a more<br />

positive response from sponsors.<br />

One company was so excited that<br />

they requested the recipe and<br />

decided to feature it at their own<br />

office gathering.” n<br />

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Clarified Mojito<br />

1.5 ounces Flor de Caña Extra Seco<br />

1 ounce clarified lime juice<br />

2 white sugar cubes<br />

6-8 fresh mint leaves<br />

Soda water<br />

Add the rum, lime juice, sugar cubes and mint to the bottom of a<br />

highball glass. Use a muddler to mix liquid ingredients and press the<br />

mint. After sugar has dissolved, fill glass with ice and top with soda<br />

water. Garnish with a mint sprig.<br />

From Maikka at The Hotel at Kirkwood<br />

Bluebeard<br />

2 ounces Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey<br />

1.5 ounces blueberry cinnamon puree<br />

3/4 ounce Muscadine Shrub<br />

House-made Blueberry Ginger Beer<br />

Blueberries<br />

Mint leaves<br />

In a rocks glass, muddle 3-5 blueberries<br />

and 2-3 mint leaves. Fill cocktail shaker<br />

with ice. Add whiskey, blueberry puree<br />

and shrub. Shake well. Pour cocktail into<br />

glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with<br />

blueberries and a mint leaf.<br />

From Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery<br />


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GingerWhiskey<br />

or The Nyemaster<br />

2 ounces Jim Beam bourbon<br />

1 ounce lemon juice<br />

½ ounce simple syrup<br />

Ginger ale<br />

Ginger<br />

Orange<br />

In a Collins glass, muddle ginger. Shake bourbon, lemon and<br />

simple syrup. Proceed to strain into the glass. Fill with ginger ale<br />

and then garnish with orange wedge.<br />

From Maikka at The Hotel at Kirkwood<br />

IowaMule<br />

2 ounces Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon whiskey<br />

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice<br />

Cedar Ridge House-Made Ginger Beer<br />

Lime Slices<br />

In a copper mug, fill with ice, then add whiskey. Add in lime<br />

juice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lime slices.<br />

From Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery<br />

Hanky Panky<br />

1.5 ounces Old Tom Ransom Gin<br />

1.5 ounces Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth<br />

2 dashes Fernet Branca Amaro<br />

Orange twist<br />

Add all liquids into mixing glass with ice and stir until<br />

chilled. Strain into chilled martini or coupe glass, garnish<br />

with an orange twist.<br />

From Maikka at The Hotel at Kirkwood<br />

26 <strong>CBJ</strong> CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019

Great Getting Greater<br />


Already a destination location for<br />

travelers, visitors and business<br />

meetings, the Coralville Marriott at<br />

the Iowa River Landing is getting even better.<br />

“We are the premier meeting place in<br />

Coralville,” said Molly Horton, the hotel’s<br />

Director of Sales. “It’s an exciting location<br />

and place to be.”<br />

The Marriott has 60,000 square feet of<br />

meeting space available with a 15,000-<br />

square-foot ballroom, a 7,200-squarefoot<br />

ballroom and a 30,000-square-foot<br />

conference center, as well as 10 breakout<br />

rooms. And the entire facility has recently<br />

undergone a facelift.<br />

“We’ve been working on a $4 million<br />

remodel of all our function space,” Horton<br />

said. “They’ve all been redone with<br />

new lighting, wall vinyls, furniture, and<br />

carpeting. We’ve used cool, neutral tones<br />

with a nod in design to the texture and<br />

patterns found in hawk feathers, water, and<br />

coral, in honor of our location in Coralville.”<br />

A large part of what makes the Marriott<br />

such a prime gathering spot is its location.<br />

“We’re right off Interstate 80 and the hub<br />

of the great, booming Iowa River Landing,”<br />

Horton said. “Right behind the hotel is the<br />

Iowa River and the Iowa Wetlands Park<br />

that has walking trails and places to just<br />

relax. There are all kinds of shops and<br />

restaurants to visit and, of course, we are<br />

right next door to the new Xtream Arena.”<br />

Xtream Arena, Coralville’s shiny new 6,000<br />

capacity sports and entertainment facility<br />

will be opening in the fall of 2020, bringing<br />

concerts, trade shows, and the possibility of<br />

minor league hockey and other sports to the<br />

south end of the Corridor.<br />

“We’re excited to have the arena right<br />

here,” Horton said. “It’s going to bring so<br />

many people to the IRL. It’s exciting to see<br />

it take shape.”<br />

Another unique feature at the Marriott is<br />

a working library.<br />

“We are honored to host the Iowa<br />

Writers’ Workshop library, the only working<br />

library housed by a hotel in the United<br />

States. This library exclusively holds works<br />

by participants in the Workshop,” Horton<br />

said. “It’s a very popular attraction and<br />

such a great thing to have right here.” •<br />

Coralville Marriott Hotel<br />

& Conference Center<br />

300 E. Ninth St.<br />

Coralville, IA 52241<br />

www.marriott.com<br />

CONTACT: (319) 688-4000<br />


57,588 square feet<br />



BALLROOMS: 2<br />


High-speed internet access<br />

AV equipment/technician<br />

Security guard


Work hard, play hard, right? If you’re planning an event in the Corridor, it’s<br />

always nice to treat your valued guests to a fun event outside the walls of your venue.<br />

These are just a few of the marquee events the Corridor has to offer.<br />


JUNE<br />

5 IOWA CITY FARMERS MARKET, Chauncey Swan Ramp,<br />

415 E. Washington St., Iowa City. 5-7 p.m., icgov.org/<br />

farmersmarket. Features local handcrafted, homemade<br />

and homegrown goods and produce as well as live<br />

local music. Every Wednesday through October.<br />

8 IOWA CITY FARMERS MARKET, Chauncey Swan Ramp,<br />

415 E. Washington St., Iowa City. 7: 30 a.m.-noon,<br />

icgov.org/farmersmarket. Features local handcrafted,<br />

homemade and homegrown goods and produce as well<br />

as live local music. Every Saturday through October.<br />


7:30 a.m.-noon, downtown Cedar Rapids,<br />

cedarrapids.org. Features more than 200 local<br />

vendors offering a variety of products.<br />

22 DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY, Iowa City Downtown<br />

District, thinkiowacity.com. All-ages event includes<br />

music, ping-pong tables, video game tournament,<br />

sand volleyball and more.<br />

25 BALLOON GLOW, 6-10 p.m., Sinclair Levy, 1430<br />

Second St. SE, Cedar Rapids, freedomfestival.<br />

com. Listen to live music as colorful lighted hot-air<br />

balloons are raised just before dusk.<br />


JULY<br />

3-4 CORALVILLE 4TH FEST, S.T. Morrison Park, 1513<br />

Seventh St., Coralville, coralville.org/310/4thFest.<br />

Includes a 5K run/walk, entertainment, food, a<br />

free concert, parade, free family-friendly activities<br />

and fireworks.<br />

5-7 IOWA CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL, downtown Iowa City,<br />

summerofthearts.org. Weekend filled with four<br />

stages of live jazz music, food, art vendors,<br />

children’s activities and fireworks.<br />


7:30 a.m.-noon, downtown Cedar Rapids,<br />

cedarrapids.org. Features more than 200 local<br />

vendors offering a variety of products. Also July 20.<br />

13 NORTH LIBERTY BLUES & BBQ, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.,<br />

Centennial Park, North Liberty, northlibertyblues.<br />

org. Features live music, local barbeque vendors<br />

and beverage garden.<br />

20 ASIANFEST, McGrath Ampitheatre, 475 First St.<br />

SW, Cedar Rapids, noon-10 p.m., asianfest.org.<br />

Celebrate and recognize culture and heritage<br />

from all over Asia with local food vendors, live<br />

performances, a fashion show and more.<br />

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FRY FEST<br />

AUGUST<br />

2-3 SOUL & BLUES FESTIVAL, 7:30-10 p.m.,<br />

Pentacrest, summerofthearts.org. Celebrates the<br />

music, dance, food and art of African and African-<br />

American communities.<br />

24 MARKET AFTER DARK, 6:30-11 p.m. Aug. 24,<br />

downtown Cedar Rapids, cedarrapids.org. The<br />

nighttime farmers market brings more than<br />

40,000 people downtown for food, beer, wine, art,<br />

entertainment and more.<br />

30 FRY FEST, Iowa River Landing, Coralville, fryfest.<br />

com. Kick off the University of Iowa football season<br />

with a Hawkeye tradeshow in the Coralville Marriott,<br />

concert, food vendors and beverage garden.<br />



15 FESTIVAL LATINO, McGrath Ampitheatre, 475<br />

First St. SW, Cedar Rapids, https://bit.ly/2GLji7L.<br />

Celebrates Latin American culture with live music<br />

performances, different types of food from various<br />

countries and family-friendly activities.<br />


7:30 a.m.-noon, downtown Cedar Rapids,<br />

cedarrapids.org. Features more than 200 local<br />

vendors offering variety of products.<br />

There’s no time like the present<br />

to plan your special event at<br />

The History Center.<br />


<strong>Meeting</strong>s | Parties | Banquets | Receptions | Weddings<br />

Great space<br />

for your events!<br />

Contact US!<br />

The History Center<br />

800 2nd Ave SE<br />

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403<br />

319.362.1501<br />

jenny@historycenter.org<br />

www.HistoryCenter.org<br />

Unforgettable<br />

experiences happen here!<br />

<strong>CBJ</strong> CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019 29




1-6 IOWA CITY BOOK FESTIVAL, downtown Iowa City,<br />

iowacitybookfestival.org. Organized by the Iowa<br />

City UNESCO City of Literature, the festival<br />

celebrates books and writing with readings, film<br />

screenings, panel discussions and a book fair.<br />

5 NORTHSIDE OKTOBERFEST, Market Street, Iowa<br />

City, downtowniowacity.com. Anyone can enjoy the<br />

atmosphere, food vendors and activities, though<br />

only those with tickets will be allowed the tasting<br />

glass to sample beers, ciders and wines from more<br />

than 70 booths.<br />

30 TANNENBAUM FOREST, Amana Colonies Convention<br />

& Visitors Bureau, 622 46th Ave., Amana,<br />

recurring weekly on Sunday and Saturday,<br />

amanacolonies.com. See a forest of decorated<br />

trees, nativity, 15-foot German pyramid and<br />

Santa. Continues weekends through Dec. 22.<br />


7-8 HOLIDAY THIEVES’ MARKET, Iowa Memorial Union, UI<br />

campus, Iowa City, fineartscouncil.uiowa.edu. Art<br />

exhibition and sale featuring more than 125 artists<br />

in painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking,<br />

drawing, metal, glass, jewelry, fiber and more.<br />

business & all life’s events<br />


business & all life’s events<br />

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30 <strong>CBJ</strong> CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019

What A<br />

Sweet Welcome<br />

It starts with a warm chocolate chip cookie<br />

and doesn’t stop there. Sophisticated,<br />

iconic, contemporary, are all words to<br />

describe the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar<br />

Rapids Convention Complex. As the only<br />

hotel in the heart of a vibrant downtown,<br />

you will enjoy over 30 eateries as well<br />

as many area attractions within walking<br />

distance. Our 14 passenger bike has seats<br />

available to tour the hot spots!<br />

With 82,000 square feet of flexible<br />

meeting space including the U.S. Cellular<br />

Center Arena, we can easily accommodate<br />

5 to 5,000 guests. Many options include<br />

a Grand Ballroom, Convention Center, and<br />

performance arena. Our established and<br />

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to assist with the details.<br />

Let us be your home base in the Midwest!<br />

Encompassing a hotel, convention center<br />

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T (319) 731 4444 | F (319) 731 4455<br />

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<strong>CBJ</strong> CORPORATE MEETING & EVENT PLANNER 2019 31

More Than Just<br />

<strong>Meeting</strong> Space<br />

• Convenient downtown<br />

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• Locally inspired design<br />

• Complimentary wi-fi<br />

• Unique meeting & event<br />

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• Gene’s bar & restaurant<br />

• On-site café, Poindexter<br />

Coffee<br />

210 S Dubuque St • 319 337 4058 • graduatehotels.com/iowa-city • @graduateiowacity

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