Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

What Planners Should Never Overlook with Outdoor Events

“I think one frequently overlooked item is shade. Whether that means sunshades, umbrellas or tents, you can’t underestimate the need for protection from the sun. People often get so excited for the spring/summer season in the Pacific Northwest that they can overlook how hot it gets in direct sunlight. On those extra-steamy days, it even can be necessary to place a couple of misters here and there for extra relief.  

Bring the Taste of Naples to Your Next Event

Now your group can enjoy the taste of one of Seattle’s favorite pizzerias at your next event. Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria—the Northwest’s first Neapolitan pizzeria to be certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana— has retrofitted a shipping container to create the D’Asporto mobile food truck. The truck—which was recently blessed by a Catholic priest—includes an authentic Acunto wood-fired oven imported from Naples, Italy, and serves salads and beverages in addition to wood-fired pizzas.

Flashback: Historic Wilson Theatre Gets a Callback

From the silent-movie era to a 21st-century renovation, the Historic Wilson Theatre of Rupert, Idaho, has witnessed nearly 100 years of history. After it opened in 1920, the theater became a central part of the community, hosting an array of events such as graduation ceremonies, stage productions, weddings, recitals and conferences. Its doors closed in the 1980s, and the building wouldn’t experience a revival until 2000, when it was acquired by the city of Rupert. 

New Venue Spotlight: Block 41

What was once a 1927 ice warehouse has been transformed into a display of Seattle’s finest local talents in architecture, lighting, metal and glass. Nestled in the heart of Belltown, Block 41 is the city’s newest private venue, featuring two stories of event space, three indoor spaces and an outdoor courtyard. 

“In size, sophistication, convenience and space options, Block 41 is a state-ofthe art facility purposefully designed to be an event space,” says Lisa Hoonan, general manager.

Expert Advice for Creating or Submitting Requests for Proposals

Whether you're designing a request for proposal (RFP) to send to possible vendors or answering one from a potential client, the process can be daunting. So Northwest Meetings + Events asked a vendor and a planner for tips on making sure the proposal is clear, concise and, most importantly, effective.

Designing a Request for Proposal

Alaska Celebrates its Start as a U.S. Territory

One hundred and fifty years ago, Russia sold the Alaskan Territory to the United States through the Treaty of Cession. Secretary of State William Seward saw the acquisition of the territory as part of Manifest Destiny—a belief that the United States was destined to expand across North America. Across the country, Americans had mixed feelings about the purchase, which was often called Seward’s Folly. The treaty was signed on March 30, 1867, and on Oct.

Signature Drink: The Bergonian

Celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer, Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel started life as the Bergonian Hotel on July 16, 1927, and has been in continuous operation ever since. The hotel was named after original owner Stephen Berg and his love of The Oregonian newspaper. In salute to its 90 years of service and with a nod to its past, Mayflower Park created The Bergonian cocktail. Raise a glass to honor an icon in Seattle’s hospitality history.

Meet Dennis Galloway, a Washingtonian in Washington

Dennis Galloway is from what he calls “the first Washington,” aka Washington, D.C. But after 9/11, he decided to change coasts. “You can’t live on red alert,” Galloway says. “Life’s too short.”

So he packed up and moved to Seattle, trying on many hospitality hats once he arrived, before landing at the Washington State Convention Center as its sales manager in 2012.

“I went from meeting management to an event manager to catering sales and ended up at the convention center,” he says. 

Event Snapshots: Buffet of Ideas

Microsoft recently produced Solutions5, the seventh annual collaborative conference bringing together five premier food service associations: Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliation, Association for Healthcare Foodservice, Foodservice Consultants Society International, National Association of College Auxiliary Services and the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management.

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