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Thursday
Feb072008

Wines of the Northwest

The Northwest, specifically Washington State and Oregon, is home to some of the best wines in the world. With such excellence in your very own backyard why not use some of the area's finest to wow your guests' tastebuds at your next event. Here is a guide to some of our favorites...

The Prestigious Award Goes To...Chateau Ste MIchelle, WA
The Chateau Ste Michelle Winery is one of the oldest and most award winning wineries in Washington State. With its large cellar of reds and whites alike, Chateau Ste Michelle's wines represent the varietal character of the Columbia Valley.

The Best Wine For Your Buck Award Goes To...Hogue Cellars, WA
Hogue Cellars™ is located in Eastern Washington's Columbia Valley, the premiere grape growing region of the state. The climate and soils of the Columbia Valley produce grapes with intense fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wines have a liveliness and ripe, zesty fruit flavors that make them ideal complements to a wide range of food. What makes their bottles unique are the screw tops rather than corks.

The Most Surprising It Came From Washington and Not Italy Award Goes To...Tsillan Cellars, WA
Tsillan Cellars (pronounced "Chelan") brings a taste of Tuscany to the Northwest. Their meticulous attention to detail has allowed Tsillan Cellars to establish itself as the premiere, award-winning winery in the valley; with varietals such as the Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah winning gold medals, and the Estate Pinot Grigio, and Estate Gewurztraminer winning double gold and platinum medals in both regional and national wine competitions.

Best Female Winemaker Award Goes To...Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, OR
Oregon’s northern latitude brings long hours of summer sunshine and cool nights to the Penner-Ash vineyard which helps fully ripen the grapes and retain natural acidity. Their unique growing season allows for the development of complex fruit flavors, aromatics and nuances associated with world-class wines.

More Spice and Less Sugar Award Goes To...Panther Creek Cellars
For the connoisseur who likes to spice it up, we recommend Panther Creek Cellars. Known for their Pinot Noirs, Panther Creek's wines almost have a pepper taste in the background which is sure to spice up any dining experience. This wine is not for the faint, with its bold tannins and fragrant aroma, but pairs surprising well with ethnic foods also rich in flavor.

Wednesday
Feb062008

Cash in the bag?

With United Airlines announcing that they will now begin charging economy class fliers $25 for a second bag and a $125 for three bags, the question arises, will other airlines be following suit? This charge is said to offset rising fuel charges, but didn't airlines raise their ticket prices already to cover this increase? As a meeting planner, planning destination events, how will this affect you? We'd like to hear from you. Weigh in below!

Learn more about this increase here.

Tuesday
Feb052008

iMenu

When you go to a restaurant and order an item off the menu, do you sometimes find yourself looking at your neighbors food and then ordering what they had just based on what you saw? It is true, our eyes certainly do a lot of the thinking for us and often we want what we see.

Well say hello to iMenus and Digital Dining Table Service!

About iMenus: Based out of New York, MenuLogic has developed the iMENU® platform solution to improve hospitality operations and create brand awareness. The iMenu is a a digital tabletop interactive menu solution for the hospitality industry which increases impulse sales and decreases labor costs at restaurants and hotels, enables customers to order and pay for food, beverages and other guest services, and serves as a powerful point-of-purchase medium for brand marketers and retailers alike. The iMenu is designed to provide convenient self-service access to food and drink ordering, display pictures of menu items to help customers decide what to order, provide pay at the table functions, and enhance guest experience by providing entertaining content such as weather, sports scores and flight information provided at the table. iMenus are installed directly at the dining table.

Do you like this idea? Or do think it will take away from the customer service of the wait-staff?

Monday
Feb042008

Feed Others, Feed Your Soul

Register now for "The Falls Come to Life" at Salish Lodge & Spa

This second annual celebrity chef dinner and auction to help raise funds for Food Lifeline - one of the largest hunger relief organizations in western Washington – will be proudly hosted again at the Salish Lodge & Spa. Mingle with local celebrities as you participate in this exclusive auction for an incredible cause. Give to others while delighting in your own dining experience – a multi-course, wine-paired menu prepared by Seattle's most celebrated chefs.
Featured image: Crush

Enjoy cuisine from the following local Chefs...
Chef Armandino Batali, Salumi
Chef Holly Smith, Cafe Juanita
Chef Jason Wilson, Crush
Chef Roy Breiman, Salish Lodge & Spa
Chef Johnathan Sundstrom, Lark
Chef Matt Costello, The Inn at Langley

Featured image: Cafe Juanita

Details
Friday, March 28, 2008
Reception at 6 p.m.
Dinner at 7:30 p.m.
The Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa
$195 per person
*125 people maximum*

Live Auction
Festivities will include a limited-item live auction with all proceeds going to Food Lifeline.

Reservations
Advance reservations are required and may be made by phone (425) 831-6554

Monday
Feb042008

Fresh Ideas


We fell in love with these beautiful etched wine bottles at the 2007 Northwest Event Show. With their intricate detailing and vibrant array of color, these etched wine bottles can be customized to suit your needs. Personalized wine bottles make excellent corporate gifts, bid items for auctions, or display pieces for your storefront or business space.

Featured above: Bottles from Fresh Northwest Design out of Gig Harbor, Washington

Monday
Feb042008

Reading Material

We at banquetevent.com make continual effort to stay educated when it comes to the world of event planners. We recommend the following "good reads" to further your education and knowledge in the world of event planning.

1. The Complete Guide To Successful Event Planning (2007) by Shannon Kilkenny
The main reason we like this book is that it provides excellent ideas on how to plan "green" meetings & events. Any book that recognizes the impact the event industry can have on preserving the environment is a book we can stand behind.
List price: $39.95

2. Streetwise Meeting & Event Planning (2007) by Joe LoCicero
Streetwise is an excellent general informational tool for planning large events. While the information isn't quite as detailed as we'd like to see, the overall tools and guides provided in this easy read are indeed helpful for planning events. LoCicero's expertise falls under marketing in the event planning and corporate world, so you can expect excellent tips on promoting your event.
List price: $19.95

Monday
Feb042008

Calling all caterers!


Mark your calendars for the catersource Conference. "Whether you’re just starting a catering profit center or have been catering for years you’ll find new ideas, techniques and strategies in culinary, sales and
marketing, business, design, operations, and lifestyle management that will help you build your business and impress your clients."
Join guest speakers, Colin Cowie (author), Robyn Waters (trends expert), The Hearty Boys (Food Network) and Michael Roman (catersource president) for the 16th Annual Catering Conference February 24-28 at the Las Vegas Hilton & Convention Center.

Learn more here.