We’re delighted to share that Food in Bloom Catering was recently nominated in the 4th Annual Northwest Meeting + Events Best of Awards! This is the first year Food in Bloom Catering has been nominated in the ‘Best Catering Company in Oregon’ category and we’re honored to be a part of their Best of Awards. The winners were announced on Oct. 16th at an event held in Seattle. The winners will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of Northwest Meetings + Events. Finalists are chosen for various categories and include companies from British Columbia, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Below is their compiled list for all of the category winners in Oregon and we’re excited for our sister companies that won in two categories, Vibrant Table Catering & Events and Vibrant Flowers.
Crater Lake National Park
Labeled one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon by Travel Oregon, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the purest large body of water in the world. It’s like no place on earth. Formed by a violent volcanic eruption more than 7,000 years ago, it is immeasurably beautiful, with wondrously deep-blue water surrounded by 1,000-to-2,000-foot-high cliffs. Amenities include a historic lodge, trails, campsites and ranger programs. A visitor favorite is the 33-mile Rim Drive encircling the lake. With more than 30 scenic pullouts, the spectacular drive is open from July through late October. The park gets more than 44 feet of snow each year, so plan your visit carefully.
(Crater Lake, nps.gov, 541.594.3000)
Runners-up // Mount Hood; Multnomah Falls
BEST A/V PROVIDER
This is Greenlight Creative’s fourth win as Best A/V Provider in Oregon. Owner Dwayne Thomas has a flair for cutting edge creativity and is highly respected for his technical expertise. Thomas takes great pride in producing beautiful lighting for amazing events for work (meetings, exhibits), play (concerts, sporting events) and celebrations (galas and weddings). (Portland, greenlight-creative.com, 503.970.0246)
Runners-up // ThinkAV; Allied Video Productions
BEST BOAT CHARTERS
With breathtaking scenery, freshly prepared Northwest cuisine and exceptional service, Portland Spirit’s river cruises provide some of the best venues in the Northwest—on land or water. Planners appreciate the range of options available, including the flagship Portland Spirit, a large stylish yacht with a capacity of 400; the Crystal Dolphin, an 84-foot yacht with capacity for 120; the 120-capacity Willamette Star, with its classic warm cherry and brass interior; and the picturesque Columbia Gorge sternwheeler, with a capacity of 499.
(Portland, portlandspirit.com, 503.224.3900)
Runners-up // Five Star Charters; Yaquina Bay Charters
BEST CATERING COMPANY
Vibrant Table Catering & Events
Vibrant Table Catering is once again, for the fourth year, our readers’ choice, go-to caterer in Oregon. Staff members showcase their love of food by consistently producing extraordinary cuisine with the freshest ingredients. Vibrant Table offers innovative options like a Composed Menu (selections based on geography), elegant picnics and divine holiday fare.
(Portland, vibranttable.com, 503.297.9635)
Runners-up // Food in Bloom Catering; Crave Catering
BEST CONVENTION/CONFERENCE VENUE
Oregon Convention Center
A winner in this category for the fourth time, the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is located in downtown Portland and is the largest convention center in the Northwest, with more than 255,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. Meeting planners respect both its worldclass features and its leadership in the adoption of sustainable practices. The OCC is LEED certified at the Platinum level, does extensive waste recycling, features menus with locally grown and organic foods, and publishes sustainablity guides for both exhibitors and event planners.
(Portland, oregoncc.org, 503.235.7575)
Runners-up // Salem Convention Center; Eagle Crest Resort
BEST FLORIST/EVENT DÉCOR PROVIDER
Floral and Artistic Director Page Winograd’s job is to translate imaginative concepts into creative realities—and she excels at the task with just the right mix of classic, elegant and contemporary touches. Using locally grown flowers and exotic imports, combined with grasses or herbs and bits of odds and ends, Winograd doesn’t produce centerpieces—she creates floral sculptures.
(Portland, vibranttable.com, 503.297.9635)
Runners-up // Flowers by Deanna; Zest Floral
BEST GREEN VENUE
Ecotrust, The Natural Capital Center
Located in the heart of the Pearl District, this beloved building was a 100-year old warehouse that was renovated utilizing the best environmental building technologies and materials. It was the first historic renovation in the nation to become LEED Gold certified. Adherence to stateof- the-art environmental practices is rigorous and includes banning the use of plastic water bottles and absorbing 98 percent of stormwater runoff on-site. The venue boasts beautiful spaces, especially the rooftop terrace—a park in the sky complete with a fireplace, gardens and exquisite city views.
(Portland, ecotrust.org, 503.227.6225)
Runners-up // Brasada Ranch; Salem Convention Center
BEST HISTORIC VENUE
Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, is located on the south side of Mount Hood. For an authentic Timberline experience, stay in one of the lodge’s 70 rooms. For families and groups, one of the six nearby luxury Timberline condo units is a perfect option. “Timberline Lodge provides an extraordinary venue set against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Hood,” says Kirsten Smrtka, lead wedding coordinator at Bridal Bliss. “Guests will find warm hospitality no matter how deep the snow is outside, and delicious menus that showcase the finest Oregon food and wine.”
(Timberline Lodge, timberlinelodge.com, 503.272.3311)
Runners-up // The Benson; The Heathman Hotel
BEST SMALL HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (Less Than 200 Rooms)
The Heathman Hotel, Portland
The Heathman offers impeccable service and modern amenities with a dash of style. This beautiful luxury boutique hotel was originally built in 1927 and is a National Historic Landmark. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, The Heathman offers personal concierge service, award-winning dining, versatile events space—and a unique tour/stay package, 50 Shades of Oregon, to locations visited by characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the book Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
(Portland, portland.heathmanhotel.com, 503.241.4100)
Runners-up // The Grand Hotel in Salem; FivePine Lodge and Conference Center
BEST LARGE HOTEL WITH MEETING & EVENT SPACE (more than 200 rooms)
The Nines, a luxury LEED Silver-certified hotel, is located in the heart of Portland at the top of a beloved landmark, the stately Meier & Frank Building. The hotel is an ideal spot for browsing nearby boutiques, dining in the trendy Pearl District, or exploring the gardens, museums and chic neighborhoods of Portland. The striking venue showcases original art pieces, and an elegant staircase enhances the ambiance of 13,478 square feet of meeting space.
(Portland, thenines.com, 877.229.9995)
Runners-up // Hilton Portland & Executive Tower; Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
BEST RENTAL SERVICE
The Party Place
This family-owned, full-service rental company with more than 50 years of experience can equip any event down to the last detail. With a comprehensive inventory, it’s got you covered from tent top to tabletop, from Plate and Pitchfork dinners to classic wine auctions and elegant garden weddings. (Portland, thepartyplacepdx.com, 503.548.4880)
Runners-up // Barclay Event Rentals; West Coast Event Productions
A readers’ choice award winner for the fourth time, Sunriver Resort is a spectacular destination resort in Oregon. Think of it as one destination with four unique golf courses. In addition to golf, guests can rent canoes, kayaks and rafts at the marina, explore 35 miles of bike trails and enjoy one—or all—of the nine dining venues with menus to suit any taste. There is also the Sage Springs Club and Spa for spa treatments, swimming pools and tennis courts, and the Sunriver Stables, where guests can saddle up for a ride along the Deschutes River. Top it all off with lovely accommodations, and this resort is a winner. Literally.
(Sunriver, sunriver-resort.com, 800.801.8765)
Runners-up // Brasada Ranch; The Allison Inn & Spa
BEST TRANSPORTATION PROVIDER/VALET SERVICES
MTR Western takes great pride in offering the finest fleet of buses available for charter in Portland. The company specializes in long-distance tours, sports team transportation, corporate shuttle services and custom transportation needs. Clients appreciate enhanced amenities like reclining leather seats, power outlets, Wi-Fi and onboard computers used by drivers for GPS tracking, alerts and routing. (Portland, mtrwestern.com, 800.975.0464)
Runners-up // Lucky Limousine and Towncar Service; Premiere Valet