December 12, 2013: Anger Over Sign Language Interpreter at Mandela's Funeral, San Francisco in Debt After America's Cup, 3-D Printer Will Cook for You

By Beth Kormanik December 12, 2013, 8:20 AM EST

1. ANGER OVER SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER AT MANDELA'S FUNERAL: The sign language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela’s funeral is being called a fake. NBC News: “Paul Breckell, chief executive of the U.K.-based charity Action on Hearing Loss, said: ‘We are shocked by the quality of sign language interpretation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial—if it could be called interpretation at all.’ He added that ‘the limited number of signs, the amount of repetition, lack of facial expressions and huge gaps in translation meant that deaf or hard of hearing people across the world were completely excluded from one of the biggest events in recent history.’”

2. SAN FRANCISCO IN DEBT AFTER HOSTING AMERICA'S CUP: The America’s Cup yacht race drew 700,000 fans to San Francisco and generated significant economic impact, but it fell short of expectations and left the city with a $5.5 million debt. San Francisco Chronicle: “The real costs and benefits of hosting the regatta—the most prestigious competition in competitive sailing and this year the source of one of the most stunning comebacks in international sports—are expected to be in the spotlight as Mayor Ed Lee prepares to submit a preliminary proposal for hosting the next Cup by a Dec. 22 deadline. Critics contend that using taxpayer funds for the event amounted to subsidizing a vanity race for the ultra-rich. Supporters view it as a smart investment that pumped up the local economy, brought international media coverage and prodded city officials to finish planned waterfront improvements that had languished, including better sidewalks and a promenade at Fisherman's Wharf and a redone bike path and boat berths in the Marina District.”

3. 3-D PRINTER WILL COOK FOR YOU: The 3-D printing trend has reached the kitchen, where a new gadget will create pizza, burgers, and other fare. Design Taxi: “Foodini can only print one ingredient at a time, and has a built-in heater to keep food warm as it prints. Health conscious users can choose to add the ingredients they want, while creative users can choose various shapes they want their food to take. The device can also be used to decorate cakes and toasts, and make tarts. When done printing, users can either eat their meal as it is, or place it in the oven to bake before consumption.”

4. * INDUSTRY NEWS *: Cvent released its list of the top 100 meeting hotels in the United States. Leading the list are the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt Regency Orlando, and the Venetian and Palazzo Resort, Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas. See the full list here:


BOSTON:  Boston Harbor Hotel's Ice Skating Rink opens on Saturday with a special celebration. There will be family-friendly activities, carolers, warming treats, and appearances from the Boston Bruins Ice Girls.

CHICAGO:  Time Out Chicago will host its Winter Warm Up Party at Chop Shop on December 17. The event will include seasonal cocktails, Italian bites, and dance music; there will also be an ugly sweater contest.

LAS VEGAS:  Destinations by Design has promoted Nina Granados to director of event and DMC operations.

LOS ANGELES:  Warner Brothers Special Events is planning several sustainable initiatives such as new LED lighting fixtures and a rewards program for the studio’s event facility that it plans to implement next year.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The 2014 Key West Food and Wine Festival is scheduled for January 22-26. Now in its fifth year, the event includes gourmet galas and tastings, food and wine seminars, and a quirky afternoon of coconut bowling in historic Bahama Village.

The “Pawsitive Thinking Fundraising Event,” hosted by dog behaviorist Cesar Millan, is January 11 at the Hawks Landing Clubhouse in Plantation. The event benefits Millan's foundation.

NEW YORK:  The New York Times notes several restaurant openings as well as the closings of Alison Eighteen and Popover Cafe.

HSMAI’s Digital Marketing Strategy Conference is February 25 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester recently named a new director of sales and marketing, Dana Cooper, from the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, where she served as director of sales for three years.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TORONTO:  Toronto Life ranks the city's top parties of the year, including one where a valet placed white roses in each guest’s car at the end of the night:

WASHINGTON:  Menu MBK will host a preview of its market space on December 19. Frederik De Pue and his team will open the ground-floor component of the three-tiered concept for a Holiday Market that will offer seasonal treats and market stalls showcasing local vendors.

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

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