1. DENVER CATERERS CREATE HIGH-END MARIJUANA MENU: Now that marijuana is legal in Colorado, it follows that there will be munchies. Event planners and caterers are responding with menus that pair well with weed, much like they would with wine. A sample menu from Three Tomatoes Catering: blue cheese meatballs, chicken-Parmesan lollipops and steak-jalapeño poppers. Denver Post: “From what I've heard, people get cravings for snack food,“ says [chef Matt] Boyington. “So I came up with different flavors, different textures, savory, salty items that people would enjoy anyway.” http://bit.ly/KIlTko
2. ‘GIRLS’ PREMIERE PARTY HAS BROOKLYN THEME: The party for the third season of HBO series Girls was held in Manhattan but had a Brooklyn theme. New York Times: “The Kings County motif was on full display at Jazz at Lincoln Center: There were bartenders clad in flannel, a newsstand where Brooklyn Lager was doled out and a full-size replica of a G-line subway car. … After the screening, guests were funneled into a vast dining hall where cocktails flowed and the sacred foodstuff of Greenpoint’s newest residents was served: chicken and waffles, tiny lobster rolls and brussels sprouts.” http://nyti.ms/K85CnJ
3. JPMORGAN CHASE NAMES NEW MARKETING CHIEF: Kristin Lemkau is the new chief marketing officer at the bank JPMorgan Chase, replacing Claire Huang. Reuters: “Lemkau, 46, will continue as chief communications officer for the Chase consumer and community banking unit and will also be responsible for company-wide brand strategy and advertising, sponsorships, market research and event marketing, according to a statement from the firm.” http://reut.rs/1fdlIuN
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
Marriott Hotels debuted a new Web site, MeetingsImagined.com, a Pintrest-style site with photography from hotel meetings and events organized by meeting purpose. Planners can save photos in an album, which they can share with the event manager and post to Facebook or other social sites.
* LOCAL NEWS *
AUSTIN: City government is streamlining its permitting process for events. KVUE: http://bit.ly/1cBYGth
BOSTON: The Professional Convention Management Association's Convening Leaders event will be held at the Hynes Convention Center January 12-15.
Laura Schwartz will be the keynote speaker at the Event Service Professionals Association conference on Saturday morning. Her speech will offer networking tips.
CHICAGO: Entertainment Cruises will host its Engagement Gala February 1. Three vessels will be open for tours, and there will be flowers, cakes, and photography on display from local vendors.
The Chicago Polar Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics Chicago, will return to the lakefront on March 2.
LAS VEGAS: The Linq is hosting a hiring fair January 18 in the Sunset Ballroom at Flamingo Las Vegas to fill more than 550 jobs at the retail and entertainment complex as well as other jobs at Caesars Entertainment resorts.
LOS ANGELES: The second annual “Oh Canada Cocktail Party” to benefit the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is tonight on the Roof Garden of the Peninsula Beverly Hills. It will feature Canadian entertainment, libations, and cuisine.
AXS, the digital ticketing platform developed and operated by AEG, and Verizon will offer a free live stream of Linkin Park’s performance at Music for Relief’s “Concert for the Philippines” on Saturday via the AXS mobile app.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship returns to Trump National Doral Miami March 6-9. In addition to the tournament, the championship week also includes a post-round fashion show hosted by Ivanka Trump on March 7 and a post-round concert on March 8.
NEW YORK: Pergola, a Mediterranean restaurant in the Flatiron district, will host its grand opening this weekend. A former flower shop, the 3,700-square-foot restaurant includes a mezzanine level with private seating for 40 in one area and 30 in the another. There is also a 20-foot mixology bar with a cocktail list created by Scott Fitzgerald, formerly of Mulberry Project.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: Neiman Marcus at Mall at Millenia will host a display of vintage Christian Lacroix ballet costumes January 16. The event is in celebration of Orlando Ballet's 40th anniversary and the costumes are on loan from the American Ballet Theatre. Capital Grille will provide drinks and light fare.
TORONTO: The former Metropolitan Hotel Toronto is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation and is now the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown. The hotel has 13,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, plus 18 meeting rooms.
WASHINGTON: The National Book Festival will move to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center after new regulations limited events staged on the National Mall. The fest will also drop from two days to one. Washingtonian: http://bit.ly/JIg1H8
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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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