Call Sheet #414: Yahoo's Test at CES, Foursquare Trends From 2012, Holiday Tips From Mindy Weiss

December 20, 2012, 9:17 AM EST

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #414 — Thursday, 12.20.12 

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York 
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1. CES TEST: The annual Consumer Electronics Show will present “a vital time for the future of Yahoo.” Adweek: “The ad world is dying to hear [C.E.O. Marrissa] Mayer’s plans for the company. And that’s scheduled to happen during a series of meetings with top digital agencies in Las Vegas at CES next month.”

2. CHECKING IN: Where are people checking in on Foursquare? A look back at the year on the social site show trends such as the biggest festival (Coachella) and the biggest concert tour (Madonna), President Obama's most-liked check-in (the Democratic National Convention at Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena), and where people hung out over the July 4th holiday.

3. PRO TIPS: Event planner Mindy Weiss describes how she tweaked a “winter wonderland"-themed event—think white linens trimmed in fur—and shares her holiday traditions and budget-friendly tips for New Year's Eve gatherings. Kansas City Star:

4. FOOD TRENDS OF '12: For fun: While everyone else looks back at 2012, Buzzfeed has the 15 hottest food trends of 1912. At dinner parties: “A common first course would have been half a grapefruit. Then you’d get a choice of two soups. Then some hot hors d’oeuvres. Then some cold hors d’oeuvres. Then some anchovies. And by this point you hadn’t even gotten to the entrees yet.”

5. VINTAGE NEW YORK: The New York Times remembers Grand Central Palace, New York’s principal exhibition hall for 40 years and the impetus for the hotel boom on Lexington Avenue that included the Waldorf-Astoria. “But let’s be honest. Grand Central Palace was not about architecture. It was a setting where adults could play out their fantasies under the pretense of doing business.”


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The Beehive hosts a vocal tribute to American composer George Gershwin Sunday.

Could there be a new food trend in Boston? We've heard of slow-cooked food, but Back Deck is now offering slow-grilled fare including slow-grilled chicken with mustard seed roasted potatoes. The venue hosts meetings and private events.

CHICAGO: The Sutton Place Hotel is being converted into a Thompson hotel. The redesigned guest rooms will be available by August, and One Off Hospitality Group will open a restaurant there down the line. Hotel Chatter:

CINCINNATI: Horseshoe Cincinnati from Rock Gaming and Caesars Entertainment will open March 4. The $400 million downtown casino will have 33,000 square feet of flexible banquet space, including two large configurable venues divisible into as many as 11 individual rooms. The largest venue is the 19,000-square-foot Horseshoe Ballroom, which has the capacity for nearly 2,000 guests.

LAS VEGAS: The center-Strip resort formerly known as Imperial Palace will officially begin operating as the Quad Resort & Casino Friday, with renovation plans scheduled for completion by late 2013.

LOS ANGELES: Epiphone and Monster Energy Drink will sponsor the second annual Rock & Roll Roast comedy series Monday at the Grove in Anaheim with proceeds benefiting MusiCares.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Art Miami and its new sister fair Context Art Miami closed with record attendance of more than 60,000 people and sales of more than $50 million.

Miami New Times looks at six ups and downs in the city's dining scene:

NEW YORK: Jerry Seinfeld will kick off the 2013 Stand Up for a Cure concert series on April 17. Benefitting the American Diabetes Association, the event is slated to take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and include special guest Colin Quinn.

Canard is donating the holiday cookies for the Diffa Christmas Cookie Drop at Bailey House. Made at Canard, the cookies will come in a variety of colors, shapes, and flavors.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO: Big Wheel Provisions catering and food truck owner Tony Adams was the guest chef for Outstanding in the Field at Lake Meadow Naturals farm January 19. Outstanding in the Field is a traveling culinary event that takes place on farms around the United States.

WASHINGTON: Northern Virginia-based ConnellyWorks is the new provider of marketing and event services to the nonprofit IJIS Institute.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Joana Mangune, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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