February 27, 2014: Oscar Party Tips From a Top Caterer, Benefit Forces Reporters to Sign Gag Order, Clear Channel Launches iHeartRadio Music Awards

By Beth Kormanik February 27, 2014, 7:56 AM EST

1. OSCAR PARTY TIPS FROM A TOP CATERER: A ’70s-inspired fondue and an Italian take on sushi are Mario Batali and catering partner Mary Giuliani’s suggestions on what to serve at viewing parties for this year’s Academy Awards. People: “Giuliani, who’s planned parties for Bradley Cooper himself as well as stars like Matt Damon and Jerry Seinfeld, tells People that they chose fondue not only as a metaphor, but also for practical reasons. ‘Perms and fondue were all the rage in the seventies, and the era and soundtrack pair perfectly with fondue. Plus, it’s easy to serve on a coffee table in front of the TV so your guests will not miss a minute of the show.’”

2. BENEFIT FORCES REPORTERS TO SIGN GAG ORDER: Before allowing media to attend Reach the World’s 14th annual benefit Wednesday night, publicists required reporters to sign a gag order that they not ask guest of honor Ronan Farrow about his famously dysfunctional family, including parents Mia Farrow and Woody Allen. New York Post: “The theme of the evening is global education and service,” it says. “All press are required to stay strictly on message. Any press who ask guests or Mr. Farrow about off-message topics will be immediately escorted out of the event.”

3. CLEAR CHANNEL LAUNCHES IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS: Clear Channel announced its own award show, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will air May 1 in Los Angeles on NBC. Voting will take place on Twitter and Facebook. New York Times: “Gradually, iHeartRadio has also become an all-purpose media brand for Clear Channel, with a growing roster of live events including an annual pop festival in Las Vegas. Next month, the first iHeartRadio Country Festival will take place in Austin, Tex., with stars like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Eric Church.”


BOSTON:  Faneuil Hall will host its first-ever Mardi Gras procession on March 4. Hosted by Mix 104.1, the event will include floats decorated by the marketplace's restaurants.

LAS VEGAS:  Las Vegas Weekly: “Insomniac announced the return of the three day EDMbiz conference in June, part of the EDC Week of events surrounding the main bash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway June 21-23.”

LOS ANGELES:  Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center is now in the portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The ninth annual Jazz in the Gardens is scheduled for March 14-16 at Sun Life Stadium. D.L. Hughley is scheduled to host, with performances by artists including LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Kelly Rowland, and Rachelle Farrell.

NEW YORK:  The sixth annual Blossom Ball for the Endometriosis Foundation of America is March 7 at 583 Park Avenue. The black-tie-optional evening, with the theme “Arabian Nights,” includes a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner, music, dancing, and an after-party featuring DJ Questlove. Padma Lakshmi and doctor Tamer Seckin will host.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Orlando will host the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition June 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center. The event, which is coming to Orlando for the first time, already has 18,000 appointments scheduled between buyers and exhibitors, a 20 percent increase from 2013.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco has appointed Brian Gipson as director of sales and marketing. Gipson was most recently director of sales and marketing at Carmel Valley Ranch. San Francisco Chronicle:

TORONTO:  The Vaughan Film Festival will announce its lineup at a press conference at Cineplex Colossus Vaughan Cinemas on March 3. Michelle Beilhartz of The Bachelor Canada will host.

WASHINGTON:  The Corcoran Ball will continue as planned for April 25, despite the plan to restructure the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington Post: “Women’s Committee chair Molly Rolandi insists that ticket sales and corporate sponsorships are up from this time last year. And it’s no swan song—Rolandi says she believes the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University want to continue the tradition of the annual fete, and that the committee will survive the current upheaval.”

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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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