If you weren’t able to join us at The Foundry by Herban Feast last Thursday, October 19 for our Best of Northwest Awards Party, you missed one fabulous time! In addition to great music and food, fun beer tastings and candid photo booth snapshots, we also raised approximately $900 for the SEARCH foundation. And of course, we had lots and lots of fun with our winners and nominees! You can see a list of all of our winners here.

Special thanks to our emcee Ron Hippe—who, as usual, did an amazing job—as well as all of our sponsors: Butler Seattle, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and Tulalip Resort Casino. Thanks also to our event partners: Alan Alabastro Photography, Blue Danube Productions, CORT Party Rental, Dianne’s Delights, Fena Flowers, Fred Northrup Jr. Fundraising Auctioneer, Herban Feast, Pyramid Brewing Co., 321 Foto, Wave Link Music Inc. and Wil Ridge Winery and Vineyards. 

Be sure to check for photos on our Facebook page

Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in Northwest Meetings + Events Best of  2019 readers’ choice awards? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Show them some well-deserved love!


It’s one of our favorite times of the year—when we tabulate the ballots and discover our readers’ choices for the best of everything in the Northwest. It’s always a great list and terrific resource. Some winners are perennial favorites; others are new to the honored list. Join us in celebrating this year’s best! 


This year, Northwest Meetings + Events is introducing a new Hall of Influencers. The honor recognizes those individuals who have spent at least 20 consecutive years of service in the hospitality industry as planners, vendors or connectors. I am thrilled to add this special recognition to our readers’ choice “Best of” issue and delighted to introduce you to four of our region’s biggest champions (although, let’s be honest, you probably know them already). 


Niki McKay
Principal, Blue Danube Productions