Northwest Meetings + Events Magazine

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.

Sister Cities Celebrates Global Connections Through Special Events or Business Meetings

Last year, Sister Cities International celebrated its 60th anniversary. The organization was founded as a result of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People-to-People program. Eisenhower believed that cultural exchanges, youth programs, sharing arts and culture, and exchanging business ideas and research and development projects could foster bonds between people of different communities. Here in the Northwest, each of our major cities has a number of sister cities. Seattle, for example, has 21, while Portland, Oregon, has nine (and one friendship city). 

Celebrate Diversity by Making Your Next Event as Welcoming as Possible

How much time do you spend making sure your meeting is as inclusive as possible? Do you think about diversity when you’re forming your planning committee? Your list of speakers? The vendors you use? If not, diversity experts say you may be missing out.

Consciously and proactively embracing diversity—and not just in terms of race, but also gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability status—doesn’t just attract more attendees. It also makes for a richer, more enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone.

RECOGNIZING IMPLICIT BIAS

Richmond, British Columbia, Offers a Welcoming Setting for Meetings & Events

Located on Canada's picturesque Pacific Coast, Richmond, British Columbia, has an appealing mix of seaside beauty and modern urban amenities.

“Richmond, B.C., is your ideal West Coast destination for meetings and conferences,” says Deidre DeVico, director of sales for Tourism Richmond. “Our vibrant and culturally diverse community offers attendees a taste of something truly different.”

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