August 11, 2014: Teen Choice Awards' Red Carpet Photo Booth, See a $900 Cupcake, Should Gun Shows Sell Alcohol?

By Beth Kormanik August 11, 2014, 8:17 AM EDT

1. TEEN CHOICE AWARDS' RED CARPET PHOTO BOOTH: Instagram sponsored a space-age photo booth at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday, drawing celebrities who then posted the images to the social media site. Hollywood Reporter: “Social photo booths are au courant at award shows these days, so Instagram switched things up with a beach-themed booth that was decked out to look like the snap-happy stars were floating in the air. Many of the nominees shared the photos—which could be rotated to achieve the anti-gravity effect—with their fans. The photos were also shown on-air during the live broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium on Fox.”

2. SEE A $900 CUPCAKE: To celebrate his wife’s birthday, a man asked Toronto’s Le Dolci bakery to make a very special cupcake. The result? A $900 confection that included 24-karat gold flakes, limited-edition Courvoisier cognac, and French sea salt. The Globe and Mail: “The cupcake required the work of two pastry chefs, a cake designer, two days of labour and many hours of consultation and planning.”

3. SHOULD GUN SHOWS SELL ALCOHOL?: The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is considering whether to allow alcohol sales at gun shows in the state. Associated Press: “Under current rules, if a gun show is held at a venue licensed to sell alcohol, drinks sales and consumption are suspended during the time it takes to set up, conduct and dismantle the gun show. The commission is considering the proposal after getting a request from a Dallas-Fort Worth area gun club to change its rules. It will hold a 30-day public comment period before any change is made.”


BOSTON:  Mix 104.1’s annual MixFest is September 13 at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell. Featured entertainers include Phillip Phillips, O.A.R., and Christina Perri.

CHICAGO:  The Children’s Service Board of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago will host its 59th annual Gold Coast Fashion Awards show at the Hilton Chicago on September 19. Competing designers include Stacy Lomman and Tonya Taylor.

The Official Stargate Convention is August 15-17 at the Westin O’Hare.

LOS ANGELES:  Baltaire Restaurant, a steak house, opens September 1 in a former Cheesecake Factory location in Brentwood. The venue will have private dining space as well as be available for buyout.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Piripi, Spanish slang for “happy,” “tipsy,” or “feeling a little bit buzzed,” is a restaurant slated to open this fall at the Village of Merrick Park. It will have a semiprivate chef’s dining room for 12 people.

NEW YORK:  Delmoncio's is offering a new teambuilding option: Iron Chef-style competitions. The activity, intended for groups of 15 or more, supplies teams with ingredients and asks them to make an appetizer, pasta, or main course in 30 minutes or less. Restaurant staff judge the results.

Dan's Papers is now the managing partner of the annual wine event Harvest East End, which has been renamed Dan's Harvest East End. The event, now in its fifth year, is August 23 at McCall Vineyards and Ranch in Cutchogue.

Mas (la grillade) restaurant will close after dinner service on Saturday and reopen as a new concept from chef Galen Zamarra in the fall.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  Now in its fourth year, the Napa Valley Film Festival is November 12-16 at venues in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga.

TORONTO:  Toronto Men’s Fashion Week has announced the release of TOM magazine. The fashion week’s official publication will feature designers and celebrities on glossy pages. Digital Journal:

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Rum Day DC kicks off Thursday with the Rooftop Rum & Smoke Soiree at the Graham Hotel Georgetown, followed by the Rum Runner Party Bus bar crawl Friday, and the annual Rum-B-Que at Jack Rose Dining Saloon on Saturday.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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