December 23, 2013: Holiday Playlist Suggestions, White House Holiday Party Decor, Brands Sponsor More Super Bowl Concerts

By Beth Kormanik December 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

The BizBash Daily and Call Sheet newsletter will be taking a break for the holidays. We will publish one edition this week and the next, and resume our regular schedule January 6. We wish everyone a happy holiday!

1. HOLIDAY PLAYLIST SUGGESTIONS: Want to freshen up your holiday playlist? The composer and singer Theo Bleckmann shared an eclectic mix of Christmas tunes on his husband Preston Bailey's blog. His selections include the albums Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan and Sing We Christmas by the a cappella ensemble Chanticleer. ttp://

2. SWEET TWIST TO THE WHITE HOUSE'S HOLIDAY PARTY DECOR: Two floral vases created as part of the White House holiday party decor were made entirely out of sugar. The creative confections, which hold cranberry topiary, are displayed in the Red Room. Washington Post: “The first lady tapped Alexandria-based wedding baker and decorator Maggie Austin to create the sugar fantasies, which were featured on HGTV’s special…on the Obama’s holiday decor. Austin and a team of interns handmade hundreds of gumpaste roses, ranunculus, berries, plums and leaves over countless hours for the vases commissioned by White House florist Laura Dowling."

3. BRANDS SPONSOR MORE SUPER BOWL CONCERTS: More brands are connecting with consumers through pre-Super Bowl concerts, with big names such as the Roots, John Legend, and Band of Horses scheduled to play at venues throughout New York courtesy of major corporate sponsorship deals. The New York Times: “Not long ago, the pre-Super Bowl scene consisted largely of celebrities walking the red carpet' at branded parties, said Marcie Allen, whose company, MAC Presents, arranges sponsorships for musical acts. But that scene has evolved as part of the ever-expanding media spectacle of the Super Bowl, giving prominent stages to promotion-hungry musicians and helping marketers dazzle their customers with access to special events.”


Onex announced that its Emerald Expositions would acquire trade show producer George Little Management.


BOSTON:  The Ritz-Carlton Boston has a 14-foot call Nutcracker statue made entirely out of macaroons. For more outrageous holiday displays, see our recent roundup.
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CHICAGO:  The Bellwether Meeting House & Eatery is now open in Streeterville. The venue has a small private dining area that seats six to eight guests. The restaurant serves contemporary American fare, with menu items such as lamb burgers, quiche, and biscuits and gravy.

LAS VEGAS:  Caesars Entertainment has announced that O’Sheas will return in a new space inside the Quad on Friday. And Purple Zebra, a new candy and slush bar, will also open at Flamingo Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES:  Chef Curtis Stone has chosen Bullfrog & Baum to handle PR for his restaurant, Maude, slated to open in Beverly Hills in January. It’s Stone’s first project as a restaurateur.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Miami Herald: “PortMiami said it processed more than 4 million passengers in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The self-proclaimed 'Cruise Capital of the World' welcomed two new brands and three newly built ships last fiscal year.”

NEW YORK:  Victor’s Café and Cuba Lounge celebrates its 50th anniversary today. The restaurant, which created a signature mojito to mark the milestone, is still family-owned and operated across three generations.

Empire Steak House opened its second location last week at 237 West 54th Street. The 4,850-square-foot restaurant can accommodate 230 guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  The James Beard Foundation will host a press conference at East End Market February 19 to announce the 20 semifinalists in each of its restaurant and chef awards categories. This is the first time the semifinalists will be announced at a live event. The night before the press conference, the foundation will host a dinner at the Alfond Inn that will include several local semifinalists from prior years. The events are being produced in partnership with Visit Orlando.

WASHINGTON:  Southern Efficiency, an American whiskey bar, opened this weekend at 1841 7th St. NW. The space seats about two dozen and also serves beers, southern ciders, and bourbon-spiked classic cocktails. Eater:

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

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