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

Hall of Fame: Heather Smith Teegarden

Best Events Support Services: Cort Part Rental for Microsoft Oneweek

Best Photography/Videography: Azzura Photography

Best Event Marketing: Microsoft for Secret Society of Dining: Farm Tables, Football Field

Best Industry Innovation: Crimson Haze Event Lighting

Best Live Entertainment: Animate Object Physical Theater

Best Designed Event: Tolo Events for Dreambuilders Ball 2016

Best Catered Event: Foodz Catering for All-N Partner Summit

Best Social Event: Pink Blossom Events for Celebration of Life

Congratulations to all of the winners!!

Photography Credit: Mike Nakamura Photography

INGREDIENTS
—1.5 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
—1.5 oz. Baileys Salted Caramel
—2 oz. half and half

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a Belgian beer glass garnished with soft caramel along the rim, chocolate sauce and a chocolate branch. Looks fancy schmancy and tastes deee-licious!

Courtesy of Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho

 

This past October, the world lost a business and philanthropic giant with the passing of Paul Allen. Here in the Northwest, his absence will be deeply felt. Among his many achievements, Allen co-founded Microsoft; founded Vulcan Inc., Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Allen Institute for Brain Sciences, and Allen Institute for Cell Science; and was owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. There doesn’t seem to be an industry that he hasn’t touched, expanded and improved, including the meetings and events industry, particularly in the Seattle area.