In every issue of Northwest Meetings + Events, we include a signature drink courtesy of a regional hotel or restaurant, but here’s one drink order that just can’t wait for the next issue! Now through December, if you order its seasonal Apple Cider Car at The Lobby Bar of Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, you’ll contribute to the hotel’s Cocktail for a Cause program. The year-round program allows guests to give back to the global community by contributing approximately $4 of every cocktail purchased from its “Cocktail for a Cause” menu to One Days Wages, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to eradicating global poverty and helping fight global hunger.

Here is the recipe for the cocktail:

Apple Cider Car (a seasonal take on the classic Sidecar): Ingredients include brandy, Contreau, apple cider and lemon. The cocktail is presented in a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass garnished with a dehydrated apple cinnamon chip featuring the Pan Pacific logo.

Additional cocktails on the “Cocktail for a Cause” menu are the Manila Mule and the Swedish Elyxir.


Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.


Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.


If you’re planning a meeting in Idaho, you’ll want to be sure and have a beer break on the itinerary. The state is the top barley producer in the United States and the second-top producer of hops.