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Joliet to Host Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars for the Joliet Area’s first-ever Restaurant Week! This winter, The City of Excitement will be heating things up by showing guests around some of the best eateries in the area. The big event, put on by Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, will go through Feb. 17–26.

Dare to be Different with 10 Unique Venues in Illinois

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For your next event, it’s time to think outside the hotel box. Here are venues that highlight the great outdoors, working farms and even pingpong.

Get to Know: Olympia, Washington

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Despite a burgeoning craft beer scene, ample waterfront access and an abundance of meeting spaces, Shauna Stewart still points to Olympia’s people as the region’s greatest asset. “We are a community of passionate, engaged individuals all eager to make a difference,” says Stewart, executive director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB). 

Take Your Event Outside to Local Rooftops and Patios this Fall

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Looking for some outdoor fun in Texas? You’re not alone, as evidenced by a recent Google search for “outdoor patio events Texas.” Results say it all: “18 Essential Austin Patios for Outdoor Drinking and Dining,” “The 14 Best Dallas Patios for Drinking” and “The Best Patios to Enjoy in Houston on a Sunny Day.” In the fall, there is no better place for an outdoor meet and eat than in Texas, with ample patio space and distinct features such as sprawling lawns, sweeping city rooftop views and cozy fireplaces.

Visit Seattle Appoints New National Account Director

On Oct. 24, Visit Seattle appointed Charles Pinckney as the convention sales national account director. In his new role, he will be responsible for the Chicago area and the international market.

Pinckney graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in international studies and two minors—one in German and another in political science. Pinckney has worked as account director, global sales North America, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; and most recently as associate director of sales Sheraton Grand Chicago/Westin River North in Chicago.

Condé Nast Traveler Announces St. Julien Hotel & Spa as a Top Hotel in the West

St. Julien Hotel & Spa, a AAA Four-Diamond Property and a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Hotel, has been recognized as the number 14 hotel of the 25 Top Hotels in the West according to Condé’s Nast Traveler’s 29th annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The hotel features 201 guest rooms, the 10,000-square-foot Spa at St. Julien, dining options such as Jill’s Restaurant, T-Zero Lounge and Saturday Afternoon Tea, and more than 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.

SĒR Steak + Spirits Rises Above

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SĒR Steak + Spirits is nestled high atop the Hilton Anatole in Dallas and offers some of the best views in the city. The 27th-floor steakhouse features steaks, chops, market-fresh seafood and other dishes crafted by Executive Chef Kevin Spencer. For beverage pairings, guests can choose from a variety of handcrafted cocktails, an extensive wine selection or enlist the help of SĒR’s sommelier, Kristin Howell. The steakhouse offers private dining rooms for groups, all with the same floor-toceiling windows found throughout the restaurant.

Meet Megan Buzzetta, Buzz Registration

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Megan Buzzetta is no stranger to the meetings and events industry. She started her company Global Planners, Inc. in 2000 and now has grown to 30 employees. Global Planners specializes in full-service and ancillary corporate meeting and conference planning services, but when the economy collapsed in 2010 it was Buzz Registration, a slice of the business, that kept them afloat. 

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