Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

Best of the Northwest 2015 Editor Picks

I once saw a T-shirt that read, “Alcohol: Because no great story ever started with a salad.” While I’m not sure that is actually true, booze and brews can certainly make a party that much more enjoyable. So this year, I salute some of our region’s finest distilleries and breweries that also happen to offer on-site event space. Cheers!

The Last Frontier’s First Choice for Brews and Banquets 
Glacier BrewHouse

Best of Northwest 2015 Winners

NWM+E proudly announces the best of the best in the Norhtwest region, as selected by you - the reader. 

Meet James Rahn, Sommelier Extraordinaire

Originally from Chicago, James Rahn moved to Seattle to attend college at the University of Washington. While putting himself through school waiting tables at Seattle’s iconic Café Campagne, the restaurant’s wine director took him under her wing and taught him all about wine. Rahn was hooked.

“I got bit by it,” recalls Rahn of how his love of wine developed. When he returned to Chicago, he was certified as a sommelier and became wine director at a French restaurant.

Raise the Bar on Your Next Event by Thinking Like a Wedding Planner

It's probably safe to assume that corporate clients don’t often attend meetings with event planners armed with scrapbooks of clippings they’ve saved since childhood in anticipation of their first convention. Likewise, rarely do planners have to accommodate meddling future in-laws or feuding family members. Those differences aside, corporate event planners can learn a lot from their wedding-planning counterparts.

Washington's Wenatchee is a Flourishing Destination for Meetings and Events

Few places in hte country rival the Pacific Northwest’s beauty, and one of its most stunning locales is Washington’s Wenatchee Valley. Nestled in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this picturesque area—known as the “Apple Capital of the World”—features an abundance of outdoor adventures and versatile spaces for meetings, conferences and conventions.

Getting Down to Business

Special Events + the Perfect Wine Bar Make a Winning Combination

From intimate spaces to grand venues, these wine bars offer the wine connoisseur and novice alike a delightful environment in which to explore, converse and celebrate.

CRUSH WINE BISTRO AND CELLAR
Anchorage, Alaska

Top New Trends in Event Bites & Desserts

When it comes to food trends, one day you’re a tasty treat sitting with the cool kids at the table, the next day you’re not. It seemed like it was just yesterday (or was it, in fact, just yesterday?) that the mighty cupcake was the new black among snack and dessert trends. Kale anything was a must-have. And remember the cronut? No? Yeah, neither do we.

Our catering experts reveal the latest fads, tell us which foods have gone bad and offer tips for stocking your snack bars and dessert trays.

Modern Comfort

Tips From a Pro for Writing the Perfect Toast

There is art to giving a toast at an event. It has to be conscientious, poignant and funny (if appropriate) and mesh with the overall theme of the evening. To learn how to strike this delicate balance, we spoke with Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, business writer, writing coach and founder of Syntax Training, a business-writing training company. Gaertner-Johnson has helped clients such as Microsoft, REI and Port of Seattle perfect their writing skills. Here are her toast-writing tips.

Get to Know: Willamette Valley

Even though she’s a fifth-generation Oregonian born and raised in the Willamette Valley, Jennifer Rouse is still delighted by all the area has to offer. “Just last week, I was out walking the dog and discovered a brand-new brewery in my neighborhood,” says the public relations and project manager for the Willamette Valley Visitors Association. Best known for its globally recognized pinot noir, Willamette Valley is also a paradise for hikers, bike riders, campers and canoers.

Signature Drink - Farmer's Rock 'n' Rose

In honor of Oregon’s rock-star farmers, Portland’s iconic hotel, The Nines, created its specialty cocktail Farmer’s Rock ’n’ Rose. Take a sip and keep rockin’ in the free world.

INGREDIENTS
— Soda
—2 oz. gin
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—3 marion blackberries
—.75 oz. rosemary infusion*
—blackberry skewer and grated lemon zest for garnish

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