2nd  Quarter Newsletter

  Message from the General Manager

I am honored to share that once again the Lynnwood Convention Center has exceeded its customer service and budget goals.  Click here to view our 2015 Annual Report.
2015 saw a growth of 9.6% from the previous year in event revenue. The events and their attendees, in turn, generated $23M in direct and in-direct economic impact in the local area.
I am also very proud of the great team of individuals who work tirelessly to provide great guest experiences to our events and the attendees.  2015 saw a 94% customer service rating.
2016 is proving to be another busy year and we are excited to welcome back many of our clients and to build new relationships as we continue through the year. 
The Lynnwood Convention Center is also a place for the general public to enjoy art and learn about how events are serviced.  The building is open to the public for viewing of our rotating art collection.  We will be hosting an art reception on Thursday, September 20 at 6-8PM, that's open to the public.  You can also schedule a behind-the-scenes tour of the Convention Center on the third Monday of each month.

Sara Blayne, CMP 
General Manager
Cooking with Chef Michael

Asparagus Bread Pudding with Asiago Cheese

Nothing says spring time in the northwest like the arrival of asparagus. Try and find standard or consumer grade asparagus. This dish can be served for breakfast with poached or scrambled eggs or as an accompaniment to halibut or even lamb. It can be made ahead of time and warmed when needed.
Asparagus Bread Pudding with Asiago Cheese
1 bunch asparagus
1 leek, washed, small dice whites only
1 medium red bell pepper, small dice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 crusty baguette or quarter sheet of focaccia
1 tbs. fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tbs. fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp dried tarragon
24 oz heavy cream
4 ea eggs
4 oz grated asiago cheese (parmesan cheese can be used instead)
1 tbs. kosher salt
1 tsp white pepper
2 tbs. olive oil
Preset oven to 325
Trim the asparagus by cutting off the woody ends. You will probably remove about one quarter of the length of the spears. Reserve the ends.

Place the cream and the reserved asparagus ends together in a medium sauce pot. Place on the stove top and bring to a slow simmer for 10 -12 minutes. Be careful that the cream does not boil over. Let the asparagus steep in the cream off of the fire for an additional 10 minutes. Remove the asparagus and chill the cream.

Cut the bread into half inch cubes and dry in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

Cut the reset of the asparagus into small pieces.

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Add the leeks, garlic, red peppers and asparagus and sweat for 5-7 minutes then chill.

Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add the asparagus cream and whisk together. Add the thyme, basil, tarragon, cheese, salt and pepper and whisk together.

Add the bread and sweated vegetables and mix together until everything is evenly incorporated.

Place mixture in a well buttered or sprayed medium sized casserole dish, taking care to press the mixture in evenly.

Cover with a lid or foil and bake for about one hour, removing the lid or foil to brown the top of the pudding for the last 15 minutes.
Lynnwood Convention Center 
Artist Reception

The Lynnwood Convention Center will host an Artist Reception on Tuesday, September 20th from 6-8 p.m.  The event is free to the public and features complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments along with no host beer and wine. The reception will begin with a brief program.
Our featured artist for the reception will be:  Guy Anderson
These works have been generously loaned to the Lynnwood Convention Center by  Gallery Dei Gratia in La Conner, WA and will be on display through the Summer and Fall.

The artwork is changed twice a year.  Additional information about the art program can be found  here.

Upgrading Your Event with These 
3 Tech Tools 

Jazz up your education sessions and presentations by encouraging your speakers to use Prezi. Prezi uses one large blank screen instead of slides. Speakers can pan and zoom to various parts of the canvas throughout a presentation, allowing the speaker to move in a non-linear path through their presentation. Moving from one area to another on a large screen allows for a more interactive feel for both the speaker and the audience. Adding videos, images, and sounds can be added to enhance the presentation. Prezi also allows up to 10 people to collaborate on a presentation through their website.

Projection Mapping
Projection Mapping is a great way to increase your event's "cool" factor, by using every day video projectors to enhance any surface.  Light is mapped onto the facing surfaces, turning common objects of any shape into an interactive display.   Click here for more information and examples of projection mapping!

Bizzabo is a one-shop-stop for event management and marketing, allowing you to create a website for your event, sell tickets, launch an email marketing campaign, have on-site check-in and an app for visitors to use. Tools like Bizzabo are great for events of any size and will allow an event planner to keep detailed data on various aspects of the event.
May 2016
LCC Building
In This Issue
Employee Spotlight
Artist Reception
Event Planning Tips
Client Comments
Upcoming Public Events
What Our Clients Are Saying 
About Us

I just want to say that Donielle Vanderlip and Samantha LeSesne were always professional and courteous, great to work with."
-Darlyne Ingalls, 
I nstitute for Brain Potential

"The event staff at the Lynnwood convention center was exemplary. From booking to planning to the night of the event the professionalism of the staff was impressive. I would do all events at the LYNNWOOD CONVENTION CENTER."
-Debra Blodgett,
Snohomish County Republican Party

"Samantha and crew were a delight. A very responsive team. I like your "one-stop shopping" so we don't have to hire a sub for outside services such as AV, linens, tables, etc. We shall be back!"
-Valerie Dickison, 
Classic Car Club of America

Employee Spotlight

Johnny Olson
Operations Team

Johnny Olson was selected as Employee of the Month for being an outstanding member of the Operations crew.  He started in October 2015 and quickly learned the ropes and was promoted to Ops Lead.  He is a well-respected leader who is always quick to assist others.  Johnny will make every effort to be available for last minute shifts and is one of the first to jump in and provide excellent service to our clients and guests.  With Johnny on shift, everyone knows the job will get done and it will get done well.  Congratulations Johnny!

Francisca Ulloa
Catering Team 
Francisca has been a part of the Lynnwood Convention Center's team since September 2014.  In that time, she has become an integral part of the Catering Department.  She is being recognized for her dedication and willingness to help improve the department in whatever way she can.  Francisca has been a reliable presence during a period of change among the service staff and has seen her responsibilities increase in the past few months.  The Catering Department could not have performed as well as it did in March without Francisca's exceptional performance.

Jenna Wennerstrom
Front Desk Team
Jenna has been a front desk team member since early 2015 and has consistently provided excellent customer service as part of the face of the Lynnwood Convention Center. Her dedication and hard work are easily matched by her shining personality and easy-going mentality. Jenna has gone above and beyond, assisting with special projects and actively seeking areas to improve processes  and efficiency.  Thank you Jenna for all that you do!

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