People/Events/Accounts: News about Chicago Gourmet, Billboard's Pride Summit, 51Fest, and More

INDUSTRY NEWS: The Global Business Travel Association has appointed Lisa Censullo executive vice president.

ATLANTA: The City of College Park and the Georgia International Convention Center have named Yanous Barner arena manager of the Gateway Center Arena, which will open this fall. Barner has served as operations superintendent of the Georgia International Convention Center for more than 16 years.

Proof of the Pudding has been selected as the official catering partner for Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. 

CHICAGO: Illinois Restaurant Association’s 12th annual Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, will take place September 27-29 at Millennium Park. This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Napkin!,” featuring events such as “Raise your Glass to Freedom: A Hamilton Exclusive”, a V.I.P. Hamilton performance with chef Rick Bayless, who will host a post-show Q&A with the cast; the Big Chill(i): Gourmet Chili Cook-Off at the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace; and Italian Feast on the Odyssey Chicago River.

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago has appointed Franco Diaz executive chef. 

LOS ANGELES: Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter will host the inaugural Pride Summit on August 8 at 1 Hotel West Hollywood. Coinciding with Billboard’s annual Pride issue, the event will host panels and experiences that involve the cover star and other L.G.B.T. creators. 

For information on upcoming events in Los Angeles, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles  

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Noreen Morioka and Nicole Jacek, co-heads of design for Wieden&Kennedy, will speak about their work at “A Deep Dive on Curiosity,” a luncheon taking place July 19 at Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The event is hosted by A.A.F. Greater Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches.

Luminary Hotel & Co. has appointed Bob Megazzini general manager of the 243-room hotel, which will open in downtown Fort Myers in late 2020. 

NEW YORK: 51Fest, an inaugural festival presented by Women in the World and I.F.C. Center, will take place July 18-21. The event will feature premieres of films and series about women, followed by discussions with creators and stars.

The fifth annual Luma Projection Arts Festival will take place September 6-7 in Binghamton. The festival will feature projection mapping by artists from around the world. 

The Turk’s Inn, a now-closed Wisconsin supper club, has been revived at 234 Starr Street in Bushwick. The new venue was opened by Varun Kataria and Tyler Erickson and features a 68-seat restaurant, a rooftop, and a takeaway counter called Doner Kebab. The restaurant serves Turkish-inspired cuisine from chef Alberto Carballo. 

For information on upcoming events in New York, visit Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork

QATAR: Qatar will be the host country for the 2020 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (M.S.M.E.) Forum, an event owned by the International Council for Small Business.

WASHINGTON: Bonheur, a pie and ice cream shop from Paul Prager, principal of Bluepoint Hospitality Group, will open in downtown Easton, Maryland, this summer. The shop will be inspired by Coco Chanel, and feature as many as 16 ice cream flavors, four signature pies, milkshakes, and more.


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