Built in 1909, the Montvale Event Center, located in Spokane, Washington, was formerly the home of an Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge. Over the years, it has also served as commercial space—housing both the Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Company and the Riley Candy Company at different times— and dance halls, first the Metronome Dance Hall from 1950 to 1953 and then the Hi-Spot Dance Hall from 1954 to 1956. 

Today, it offers three distinct spaces. On the first floor is the 3,500-square-foot Montvale Hall, with exposed brick walls, chandeliers, large framed mirrors and a commissary kitchen. It can accommodate as many as 240 guests. The second floor features the 5,878-squarefoot Ella’s Theater, with stained glass windows and mahogany wood accents throughout. Down the hall are a private bar and lounge area for smaller gatherings of as many as 50. On the third floor is Ella’s Supper Club (which can accommodate as many as 90). It offers a more intimate setting for smaller receptions, meetings or private dinners. The center provides tables, chairs, a choice of linens, built-in bars on each floor and discounted rates at area hotels. 

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.