Did you plan an event last year that was truly spectacular? We’re talking knock-their-socks-off-and-keep-them-talking spectacular. Well, of course you did. So don’t you think everyone should hear about it?

That’s why you should click over to ISES Seattle tout suite (that’s fancy talk for “right now”) and download the guidelines and entry forms for the Emerald City Applause Awards. Early bird entries ($75/entry) must be received by March 25, 2015. Deadline to enter is April 1, 2015 ($100/entry).

Qualifying entries must have must have occurred between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. Categories include:

Best Industry Contribution
Best Creative Solution Best Catered Event
Best Culinary Design
Best Entertainment
Best Design Décor
Best Technical Production
Best Floral Design
Best Photography
Best Filmmaking/Videography
Best Event Support Services Component
Best Marketing Design
Best Team Effort
Best Event with a Legacy
Best Non-Profit Event
Best Social Event (Non-Wedding)
Best Corporate Event
Best Wedding Event

The awards will be held May 20 at SODO Park by Herban Feast.

Good luck!!

Melissa Jurcan, president of ILEA Seattle, penned a moving tribute to the hospitality industry for the Emerald City Applause Awards. Here is an abridged version. 


Meet the The Old Vermont, a maple syrup-infused Old-Fashioned created by the folks at Ravishing Radish Catering. If this doesn’t stave off the autumn chill, nothing will. 

—2 oz. bourbon or rye
—3/4 oz. grade-A maple syrup
—2 dashes bitters 
—1 fresh mint leaf
—orange twist

Coat the bottom of a rocks glass with maple syrup. Fill the glass with ice and add bitters and bour - bon. Stir well for 30 seconds. Garnish with fresh mint leaf and orange twist.