Northwest Meetings + Events
Retro Mad-Men-Inspired affairs are on the way out. Modern, swanky, dressing-up-and-wearing-heels private cocktail parties are in. Ginger beer is cool, and the classics aren’t going anywhere. That’s the word from regional bar catering companies.
This year, the Emerald City Applause Awards had a new look, starting with its setting. The 11th annual awards, honoring event professionals, was held on April 13 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall for the first time.
The Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail—also known as Historic Route 30—turns 100 this year. Beginning 14 miles east of Portland, Oregon, in Troutdale, it continues to The Dalles in north-central Oregon. Designed to emulate the Axenstrasse in Switzerland, the byway is recognized as the country’s first scenic highway and the first modern highway constructed in the Pacific Northwest. Its engineer, Samuel C. Lancaster, took great pains to showcase and preserve the natural beauty along the way, rather than “mar what God put there.”
When Stacy Graven, executive director of Visit Bellevue Washington, first moved to Bellevue in 1972, the city fell squarely into the “bedroom community” category. Much has changed since then, however. “The community has continued to evolve from suburban to much more urban city,” says Graven, “but it still manages to be a great place to live, work and play.”
Mindfulness is making its way into the mainstream- and onto conference agendas. Salesforce included a session on it in its September 2015 Dreamforce conference, where A-lister mindfulness advocates such as author Jack Kornfield, actress Goldie Hawn and designer Donna Karan shared the stage. At the 2015 World Economic Forum, The New York Times reported that author and mindfulness guru John Kabat-Zinn led some 100 delegates through a meditation exercise during a panel session.
An award-winning event décor designer opens an event venue.
Attend launches the next version of its eventmanagement platform.
Starting from an app focused on checking attendees in, Attend has expanded to help planners encourage engagement and track everything during the planning stages. Users are demanding more connection between the planners and attendees of events, and Attend has just the solution.
“Attend is the only app designed to empower internal members of the event team or sales organization at a company to better engage with event attendees,” says Eric Bisceglia, VP of product and engineering.
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Education Foundation (ORLAEF) has signed an agreement with Travel Oregon—the state’s tourism commission—to provide customerservice training for Oregon’s travel and tourism industry. The foundation will use American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute’s Guest Service Gold program and Certified Guest Service Professional designation for the statewide training initiative. All hospitality employees throughout the state will participate in the training.
The Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska, offers the perfect seasonal drink to salute spring’s cool breezes and longer days: the Sunburned Musher.
—1.5 oz. New Amsterdam vodka
—1 oz. Tropicana orange juice
—1 oz. sweet and sour mix
—.75 oz. Rose’s grenadine
—Half a strawberry
—1 mint sprig