AND THE NOMINEES ARE! 

The Northwest is well represented among the 2017 ILEA Esprit Award Nominees. The winners will be announced at the Esprit Awards Gala during ILEA Live, Aug. 10-12 in Calgary, but in the meantime, join me in congratulating your regional peers for their nominations in the following categories: 

Best Catered Event 
Zones

Shelby Sewell
Foodz Catering
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Culinary Innovation 
Cowell Culinary Chaos!

Sharon Bonner
Bright Ideas Events
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver 

Best Technical Production 
Alaska Airlines Rebrand

Niki McKay
Blue Danube Productions
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Event Design/Décor (Under $25,000 USD) 
BCCHF’s A Night of Miracles Gala

Gillian Wallis
BC Children’s Hospital
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver 

Best Corporate Event (Under $75,000) 
Cowell Culinary Chaos! 
Sharon Bonner 
Bright Ideas Events
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver

Best Corporate Event ($75,000 - $150,000)
Wizard Holiday

Kelli Bielema
Shindig Events
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization (Under $75,000 USD)
Taste of the Valley 2016

Gazala Uradnik
GFS Events
ILEA Chapter: Seattle 

Best Event with a Legacy 
30th Annual Crystal Ball
Lana Mador
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
ILEA Chapter: Vancouver

Visit Seattle, in partnership with the King County government, will host “Cloudbreak: Seattle’s Revive Live Music Fest,” in support of Seattle’s music community. 

 

From making her kids’ Kraken Halloween costumes inspired by Seattle’s National Hockey League team to chasing the sun in eastern Washington looking for spots to camp, Kelly Saling’s love for the Pacific Northwest is apparent in all aspects of her life—including her career. Promoted to senior vice president and chief sales officer at Visit Seattle in September 2021, Saling pulls from this personal appreciation to plug people into the region’s array of venues, natural landscapes, and everything in between.

 

Comfortable, familiar, and adorned with the color tones and tapestries of Peru, Portland’s Andina restaurant, housed in a historic onetime abattoir and warehouse in the city’s Pearl District, serves up modern Peruvian cuisine.