BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #385 — Wednesday, 11.07.12
3. PLANNERS GATHER POST-SANDY: From editor in chief Chad Kaydo: BizBash and NYC & Company co-hosted a meeting of about 40 event professionals on Tuesday afternoon to share information about Hurricane Sandy's impact on events and meetings. Held at the Sentry Center conference facility on Seventh Avenue, the meeting effectively took the temperature of the industry as it begins to formulate a response to the economic impact of the storm.
NYC & Company C.E.O. George Fertitta opened the meeting with an overview of the convention and tourism bureau's efforts so far and stressed the importance of balancing concern for the people most affected by the storm with the importance of communicating that New York is largely back to business as usual: “We do not want to be in a situation where we send a message that keeps people away.”
Fertitta and other event professionals stressed the point that for out-of-town hosts, spending money on events and meetings here is one way to help the city recover. Read the full report: http://bizba.sh/TJwMmk
4. MINI'S CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE: BMW brand Mini will launch a Mini Goes to Santa Claus initiative November 24 in which it will also attempt to break a Guinness World Record. A fleet of cars will drive to Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle to bring Christmas letters and wish lists to Santa Claus.http://bit.ly/VCIYHK
5. DRINK-ORDERING APP: Now available in several bars and clubs in San Francisco and looking to expand, an app dubbed Coaster allows patrons to order drinks without ever approaching a crowded bar. Users order and pay for drinks through Coaster, and the bartender receives said order on an iPad. Once drinks are prepared, the bartender sends a push notification to the patron to signal the order is ready. Mashable: http://on.mash.to/XjjUX4
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Jay Hajj of Mike's City Diner will pair up with chefs Ken Oringer, Ming Tsai, and others for a dinner tonight benefitting Hurricane Sandy relief. The $500-a-head dinner at Mike's City Diner will offer a lavish spread of oysters, foie gras, white truffles, duck, lobster, and more.
CHICAGO: Diffa Chicago will host a holiday runway show to benefit local charities at Northbrook Court on Thursday. The event will offer a dessert bar from Whole Foods, a Neiman Marcus Beauty Bar, and gift bags.
LAS VEGAS: Chef Robert Butler of Café Ile Saint Louis at Paris Las Vegas was named the World Food Championships’ first-ever champ at the “Final Table” event held at Caesars Palace on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES: Variety’s third-annual “Power of Comedy” event, honoring Seth MacFarlane, will take place November 17 at Avalon Hollywood.
Local event listings from Masterplanner:http://masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Museum of Contemporary Art's annual fund-raiser, Mystery Dates, is November 17. Several dinner parties will be held at private homes around the greater Miami area, and guests find out which location they'll go to the day of the event.
NEW YORK: Canard Inc. will cater the Big Apple Circus gala at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park November 9.
Bowen & Company has promoted Kristin Madden to vice president. Since joining the firm in 2009, she has worked with clients including Aid to Artisans, Museum for African Art, and the James Beard Foundation.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: Hard Rock International's “Imagine There's No Hunger” campaign is taking place now through December to benefit WhyHunger, an organization that supports grassroots efforts to end childhood hunger and poverty. The campaign, created with the support of artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon, offers live-music events, limited-edition merchandise, and food drives at Hard Rock locations worldwide.
TAMPA: MMD Events has launched Small Dog Design Group as the exclusive Tampa distributor for the Illuma-Pro light system.
TORONTO: Target announced a partnership with the Toronto Fashion Incubator for the organization's New Label Fashion Design contest for up-and-coming designers. The competition winner will design a collection to be sold at Canadian Target stores in 2014.
WASHINGTON: To benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Hamilton and Clyde's Restaurant Group will host a benefit concert November 11. The event will also feature a raffle and silent auction. Some sponsors include the American Red Cross, MillerCoors, Bacardi, Grey Goose, Capital Meat, Keany Produce, Adams-Burch, and Libbey Glass, among others.
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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Lauren Matthews, Anna Sekula, Ellen Sturm Niz, and Melissa Ward Schorsch in New York.
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