August 26, 2014: Emmys Delivers Competent But Safe Show, Samsung Criticized for Ice Bucket Challenge Ad, Would You Eat Dinner in a Dumpster?

By Beth Kormanik August 26, 2014, 7:54 AM EDT

1. EMMYS DELIVERS COMPETENT BUT SAFE SHOW: Monday night’s Primetime Emmy Awards provided few surprises, awarding prizes to many previous winners and host Seth Meyers steering the ship without making too many waves. (Although the less said about Weird Al’s theme song medley, the better.) Variety: “More practically speaking, NBC’s latest use of the Emmys to showcase a latenight (or really, later-night) host worked out reasonably well. Meyers adopted a minimalist approach to open the show, delivering a straight stand-up routine aimed at the TV-literate crowd—both in the room and at home—that resembled some of the better Oscar intros of years past. Going with a monologue not only played to the host’s strengths but reflected a sense TV has indeed grown up, without requiring inordinate bells and whistles to set the ball rolling.”

2. SAMSUNG CRITICIZED FOR ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE AD: TechCrunch and PRNewser took issue with a recent online ad from Samsung in which its Galaxy S5 smartphone is depicted as taking the ALS ice bucket challenge, a viral fund-raising stunt for the deadly disease. Samsung noted that it made a donation to the cause, but the marketing stunt left a bad impression. PRNewser: “Co-opting a charity movement to promote a specific product over a competitor’s extremely similar product? That is the worst possible way to make use of the meme. We hope Samsung enjoyed those [three million] clicks. In terms of brand identity and business credibility, they weren’t worth much.”

3. WOULD YOU EAT DINNER IN A DUMPSTER?: Only in Brooklyn would you see a charity dinner held in a Dumpster. The “Salvage Supperclub” is a chef-prepared, multicourse meal made from food waste from local restaurants, farmers' markets, farms, and homes, served in a modified (and cleaned) trash hauler. Wall Street Journal: “A group of 16 adventurous foodies stepped into the dumpster, donated by a waste management company, along St. Marks Avenue in Brooklyn Thursday and seated themselves alongside fresh planks of lumber from Home Depot. … Attendees paid $50 for the six-course meal, with profits going to City Harvest, an organization that rescues food and gives it to those in need.”


Winners of the Esprit Awards were announced during the ISES Live International Conference August 20 at the Westin Seattle. See the full list of winners here:


BOSTON:  River Bar & Kitchen is scheduled to open at Assembly Row in October. The restaurant will serve “elevated street fare.” BostInno:

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA:  Charlotte Observer: “Mary Tribble, whose long career as a Charlotte event planner included overseeing galas for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, has accepted a new post at Wake Forest University … as a senior adviser for engagement strategies.”

CHICAGO:  Acanto is now open on Michigan Avenue. The 80-seat restaurant, from the owners of the Gage, serves Italian fare such as braised artichokes and black peppercorn rigatoni.

LOS ANGELES:  Actresses Teri Hatcher and Anna Gunn are hosting the Celebrity Yard Sale to benefit Juvenile Arthritis Association on September 20 at Avalon Hollywood. Trueheart Events is producing.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Dina Friedman has joined the Design Center of the Americas as vice president, director of marketing. She will coordinate all marketing functions including special events and outreach to the design community.

Learn to Live Your Best Boca Life, a networking event that is part of the Boca Raton Chamber's Festival Days, is tomorrow at Wyndham Event Center, adjacent to Farmer's Table.

NEW YORK:  Georgica, a favorite venue for events in East Hampton, will close after Labor Day. New York Post:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  The Wedding Industry Professionals Association has launched its fourth chapter, which will serve the San Francisco Bay area.

TAMPA:  Peter Wu is the new general manager at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

TORONTO:  On October 7, the Royal Ontario Museum will host “Fashion for Real Life.” The event will include a panel discussion with journalist Barbara Turnbull and designer Izzy Camielleri; fashion journalist Jeanne Beker will moderate.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  American Anthropological Association’s 113th Annual Meeting is December 3-7 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and Omni Shoreham Hotel. more than 6,000 people are expected to attend.

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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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