People/Events/Accounts: News About Accor, Caesars Entertainment, Planned Parenthood, and More

INDUSTRY NEWS: Hotel giant Accor and AEG, the sports and live entertainment company, have expanded their partnership into a global deal and will incorporate a number of AEG and AEG-affiliated venues, festivals, and events.

AUSTIN: Austin Proper Hotel has opened its doors for a preview. The newest luxury lifestyle hotel in Austin, and first Proper Hotel outside of California, was designed by iconic interior designer Kelly Wearstler. The property features 244 guest rooms, 79 suites, a restaurant, and a bar.

CHICAGO: The Paramount Group has acquired Truffleberry Market, a catering company that has served the Chicagoland area for twelve years.

LAS VEGAS: Caesars Entertainment has promoted Eric Vaughn to director of banquet culinary operations for Caesars Forum and Las Vegas region. He brings over 18 years of experience with Caesars Entertainment into his new role. Prior to Vaughn’s appointment as the Las Vegas director of culinary operations, he served as director of culinary operations at Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, and Planet Hollywood, and as executive sous chef at Flamingo Las Vegas. He has opened and operated restaurants for several celebrity chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and Steve Martorano, and has overseen a team of 75 chefs and nearly 500 cooks.

LOS ANGELES: Planned Parenthood's annual PPLA Food Fare fund-raiser will take place March 19 at the Barker Hangar. The event will feature food from more than 150 restaurants and caterers; chef Akasha Richmond has been named the Food Fare's "Chef of the Year."

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NEW YORK: A new food hall set to open today will have unique options. The Deco, in Midtown West, will feature Afghan comfort food, Mexican fare from a beloved family, and some of the city’s most treasured French baked goods. Hawaiian spam rice, slurpy Chinese rice noodle soup, and chewy Brazilian tapioca cheese bread also will be on tap.

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles and Rayna Katz, Beth Kormanik, and Michele Laufik in New York.

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