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If you thought the food truck craze couldn’t get any cooler, think again. Mobile Mavens, a catering company that delivers food in unique retro-styled campers and bike carts, has added three new trucks to its fleet: Lil’ Blu, a mobile bar in a throwback VW van; GaiBox, a chicken-and-rice van; and Picnic, a sandwich van.

Lil’ Blu does not come with alcohol, but planners can rent Half Pint, Lil’ Blu’s sidekick and mobile “kegerator,” to serve beer, wine and cocktails at private events. For the nondrinkers in your group or for parties sans alcohol, Lil’ Blu comes equipped with Dee’s Famous Soft Frozen Lemonade, Barnes & Watson Tahitian Iced Tea, Soda Jerk Raspberry-Vanilla soda, Timber City Ginger Beer, Stumptown Coffee Roasters Nitro Cold Brew, Som Shrubs Tamarind/Pineapple drinking vinegar, and seltzer water.

GaiBox offers locally sourced chicken with aromatic herbs and spices, and rice cooked in chicken broth. Customers can choose from three sauces to add to their chicken and rice: Nagoya sauce, comprised of shoyu, shiitake and mirin; Pattaya sauce, made up of a blend of Thai chilis, nuoc cham and sweet vinegar; or Lampang sauce, made with coconut, lemongrass, galangal, toasted peanuts, mint and cilantro.

Inside Picnic, customers will find nutritious, hearty sandwiches, including the Alder-Smoked Turkey Sammy, the Italian Sausage Meatball Hoagie and Lamar’s Jamaican Meat Pie. In addition, there are soups, soft pretzels, a cucumber side salad and dill pickles. Menus are customizable for events.

The Northwest is home to a number of intriguing international districts in which to host your next meeting or event. From a museum in Seattle to a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Portland and a high-energy nightclub in Vancouver, here are six spots you should definitely check out. 


Wing Luke Museum


As I write this, I am sitting in the Hilton Anchorage getting ready to head out for a day of tours and adventures with a group of about 30 event planners. About two weeks ago, I was in Vancouver, BC with a group of three other editors/writers doing the same thing in that city. Yeah. I know. I have a pretty fabulous job. And so, I wanted to give a shout out to the CVBs who plan these trips and help me get better acquainted to everything our region has to offer so that I can, in turn, introduce you to new places and things to do when you’re planning a meeting or event.


Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in our annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards? No? Well, get busy—voting ends Friday, May 19!

While we have included many of our old favorites, like best convention/conference venue and best event décor provider, this year we have some brand new categories as well, including Best Meeting and Event Planning Company and Best Winery/Brewery/Distillery with Event Space.