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Rogue Ales & Spirits Brewery Spikes Beer with Spicy Sriracha

The folks at Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits have capitalized on a hot condiment hailed by hipsters and food aficionados alike, introducing the Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer, brewed with that curious condiment that some call “rooster sauce,” thanks to the rooster emblazoned on the bottle. Sriracha is actually just a magic mix of hot sauce, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.

Get to Know The Tri-Cities

When Visit Tri-Cities President and CEO Kris Watkins first came to the Tri-Cities from Bellevue, Washington, to open a branch office for her then employer, she had only planned to stay six months. The lure of the Columbia River, abundant golf and romance (she met her now husband Clark during her initial visit) kept her put. Here are three reasons why meeting planners are also drawn to this southeast Washington hub:

8 Tips for Starting & Growing Your Own Business

Ahh, the life of the self-employed. No punching a time card. No asking off for vacations. The dress code is casual. And the boss? Well, let’s just say you couldn’t have asked for a nicer employer. But before you start typing up that letter of resignation, make sure you know what you’re getting in to. (Hint: There is no time card to punch because your workday never truly ends.)

Whether you have already decided to take the leap into owning your own event-planning business or are still contemplating the plunge, here are some things to consider.

Event Snapshot: Northwest Meetings + Events 2014 Best of Awards

On October 22, 2014, more than 120 guests filled The Foundry in Seattle to honor the recipients of Northwest Meetings + Events’ 2014 Best of Awards. The event was sponsored by Butler Seattle and Ketchikan Visitors Bureau and partners included Alabastro Photography, Blue Danube Productions, PJ Hummel & Company, Herban Feast, Phototainment and Seattle Parties. Congrats to both the nominees and winners for continuing to exceed the expectations of your clients and guests!

Spokane Transformed Into a World-Class Meeting Destination

Spokane is no meetings and events newbie. Situated along the Spokane River in eastern Washington, this Northwest gem became the smallest city to host the World’s Fair in 1974. Expo '74, as it was called, was the first fair centered around environmental issues with a theme of “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment.” Approximately 5.6 million people attended the fair, and its legacy was an urban renewal that balanced Spokane’s natural beauty with its downtown core.

Luxe Lakefront Venues Add Recreation to Rest & Relaxation

Heading to a lake for corporate retreats or private gatherings is a great way to add a little R&R to an agenda of business meetings or group festivities. But if you’re planning to stay at one of these Northwest lakefront venues, you may want to add another “R” to the rest and relaxation equation: recreation. In addition to generous views of sparkling water and the surrounding landscapes, these resorts provide plenty of opportunities year-round for your guests to amp up or wind down.

Help End Forced Sex and Labor Trade

In the world of meetings and events, planners typically judge the success of a program by its high attendance numbers and effective content delivery, while vendors look to revenue numbers and the successful execution of products or services. There is, however, another number that is often associated with large conferences and conventions that both planners and vendors can work toward decreasing: the number of children exploited through sex trafficking.

Signature Drink - The Hendrix

Raspberry lemonade with a kick - the perfect combination to bring out your inner rock star!

INGREDIENTS
— 1.25 oz. Svedka citron vodka or other citron-flavored vodka
— lemon lime soda
— sweet and sour mix
— Chambord liqueur
— lemon wedge
— cherry

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