This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC). On June 18, 1988, James Ellis, thenchairman of the board of directors for the convention center, cut the ribbon, and the doors were open for business. Today, the center welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and around the corner to its halls each year, and has brought billions of dollars into the state of Washington. Happy anniversary, WSCC! May the next 30 be equally as fruitful.  

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.