Northwest Meetings + Events

In Memorium: James “JC” Cacabelos

Late July, the hospitality industry lost one of its shining stars. While on vacation, Jim Cacabelos passed away unexpectedly. His family, friends and colleagues have been reeling from the news, and we at Northwest Meetings + Events extend our condolences and share in their loss.

Lisa Lee, account director with Seattle magazine, and event producer Audrey Fan asked JC’s friends to send us their memories and tributes. We share them here. If you have a memory you would like to share, please do so in the comments:

Tetherow Offers Post-Meeting Wellness Activities for Groups

Tetherow has teamed up with nationally recognized energy healer Bill Turner to offer wellness breakout sessions for groups meeting and staying at the Bend, Oregon, resort. The sessions are held at the resort event pavilion, which includes floor-to-ceiling glass doors framing views of the Cascade Mountains.

Turner has more than 30 years of experience in land, horse and human energy work. Based in Sisters, Oregon, he is also a professional speaker and trainer.

A Taste of the Caribbean!

Seattle’s Caribbean sandwich shop Paseo has been garnering national attention: Anthony Bourdain said it was a must-visit stop when in Seattle. Yelp named it the #3 restaurant in the United States. And the Food Channel awarded its Caribbean Roast sandwich the #2 sandwich in the country. And now, beginning this summer, you can enjoy its flavors at your next event thanks to its new catering offerings!

Applause, Applause

On May 17, members of the Seattle chapter of ILEA gathered at Block 41 in Seattle to celebrate the nominees and winners of the 2017 Emerald City Applause Awards. This year’s winners were:

Best Wedding Event: Taylor’d Events Group

Best Meeting Conference: Cort Party Rental for Microsoft Oneweek

Best Nonprofit Event: GFS Events for Taste of the Valley 2016

Best Corporate Event: Event Experience for Heroes Vs. Villains

Best Team Effort: Taylor’d Events Group

Best Creative Solution: Vangard Events for Amazon Summer Picnic

Fam Connections

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.

Readers Choice Best of Voting Ends May 19!

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.

Magnolia Hotel & Spa Unveils New Lobby for Spring

Magnolia Hotel & Spa's lobby renovations are officially complete.

Victoria-based design Sandy Nygaard worked to bring a timeless design to create a classic yet contemporary space for guests. The design includes detailed drapery, carpet and furnishings.

“The lobby is our living room,” says Bill Lewis, general manager. “We want guests to feel at home here, whether reading by the fire, working on their laptops or sitting back to sip a tea or coffee. This makeover will make it even more inviting.”

One Property, Two Hotels, Plenty of Meeting Space.

Redmond, Washington, is welcoming a unique venue at 15220 NE Shen Street this May. Check that: The city is welcoming two unique venues at 15220 NE Shen Street this May.

Best of the Northwest: Vote Now! Vote Often!

Voting for the 7th Annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards is now live! It’s time to let your favorite vendors know just how much you appreciate them.

This year, voting is limited to one ballot per email address and voters must vote in at least 10 categories. The ballot has been prepopulated with past winners and nominees, as well as regional favorites, but feel free to write in your own! The ballot will be updated as new names are added. Voting ends May 19.

Here are a few categories you can vote for:

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