July 10, 2014: Exclusive Conference on Lookout for Drones, Upscale Bar Serves Perfume-Inspired Cocktails, See Chanel’s Couture Show Sets

By Beth Kormanik July 10, 2014, 8:14 AM EDT

1. EXCLUSIVE CONFERENCE ON LOOKOUT FOR DRONES: At the Allen & Company media conference this week in Sun Valley, Idaho, event security is keeping an eye out for a new threat: drones. While using the flying devices for commercial purposes is illegal, it’s not unlikely that they could be deployed at the exclusive retreat for media moguls. Bloomberg: “Event staff are watching the skies for unmanned aerial vehicles that could photograph, harass or harm attendees at the annual gathering of business executives. … Reporters and photographers are here behind the velvet ropes trying to get a glimpse of—or conversation with—the billionaires. It's the security company's job to prevent the press or other event crashers from getting in by land or air.”

2. UPSCALE BAR SERVES PERFUME-INSPIRED COCKTAILS: The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Berlin opened a perfume-inspired cocktail bar last month called Fragrances, offering 15 cocktails that correspond to different perfumes. Yahoo Food: “Here’s how it works: Patrons walk over to a display that highlights each cocktail and sniff the perfume that’s matched with the drink of their choice. The scent’s aromatic profile is similar to the cocktail’s, [bar manager Arnd] Heissen said, and will help the patron make her choice. … Other drinks on the menu are inspired by scents from Salvatore Ferragamo, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and others. But according to Heissen, no sponsorship deals went down between the companies and the Ritz-Carlton, and the hotel does not sell any of the fragrances. ‘It’s more about the experience and not to sell the perfumes,’ Heissen said.”

3. SEE CHANEL’S COUTURE SHOW SETS: Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is underway, with the luxury brands presenting collections in imaginative environments. Chanel’s show sets traditionally present a strong point of view. The New York Times: “Chanel is known for building over-the-top stage sets whose sense of drama rivals, and in some cases eclipses, the clothes. At the house’s fall/winter 2014 couture presentation yesterday at the Grand Palais … minimalist, intimate-feeling rooms at either end of the space were each adorned with a gold oval baroque mirror sporting the trademark interlocking-C logo, placed over a digital fireplace.”


BOSTON:  BSpoke Studios opened in the financial district Wednesday. The area’s first cycling studio has 35 Schwinn AC Performance Plus bikes.

Lumiere in West Newton will host an event with author Paul Greenberg on July 23. The evening will include a discussion of Greenberg’s newest book, American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood, and dinner will include salmon dishes and seasonal dessert.

CHICAGO:  Crain’s Chicago Business: “Navy Pier Inc. plans to seek proposals from real estate firms to build and operate a five-story boutique hotel with as many as 225 rooms at the lakefront attraction, Steven Haemmerle, executive vice president of the organization, said at a meeting of Streeterville residents last night. The hotel would be built on top of a two-level dining and entertainment venue, near Festival Hall, a 170,000-square-foot exhibition space one the pier's east end.”

DALLAS:  The American Made Show will debut in Dallas June 25-28, 2015, as part of the Total Home & Gift Market.

LAS VEGAS:  Children's Heart Foundation hosts its 10th annual Camp Mend-a-Heart August 14-17 at Torino Ranch in Southern Nevada.

LOS ANGELES:  Stand Up to Cancer will present a celebrity-filled telethon September 5 to air simultaneously on dozens of broadcast and cable networks from the Dolby Theater.

The fifth annual An Evening on the Beach is August 7 at the Jonathan Beach Club Santa Monica. The culinary event benefits St. Vincent Meals on Wheels of Los Angeles.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Art Basel Miami Beach is changing its opening structure: The first day, December 3, will be dedicated to “First Choice” and “Preview” V.I.P. attendees, and the Vernissage will shift to the following morning.

NEW YORK:  The third annual Global Citizen Festival, a free ticketed concert on the Great Lawn in Central Park, is September 27 and will feature headliners Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, Fun., the Roots, and Tiësto.

The International Rescue Committee’s young professional group, GenR, will host its fourth annual summer party July 16 at David Burke Garden at the James Hotel.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Visit Orlando has hired Stephanie Naegele as vice president of convention sales operations.

TORONTO:  Need appetizer inspiration? PintxosTO, a Spanish food festival, took place Sunday. BlogTO takes a look at the festival’s two-bite eats, which included prawns with quail egg and watermelon gazpacho.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference is July 13-17, with business sessions at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and receptions and other events at venues across the city. More than 16,000 people are expected to attend.

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

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