July 16, 2014: Food Conference Snubs White House, Why Baseball Should Change Its All-Star Game, 'The Atlantic' Picks NPR Exec as New Events Head

By Beth Kormanik July 16, 2014, 8:16 AM EDT

1. FOOD CONFERENCE SNUBS WHITE HOUSE: The School Nutrition Association denied a request from White House food policy czar Sam Kass to speak at its annual meeting of 6,500 school cafeteria workers and others in Boston. The rift reflects the politics surrounding reforms of school meals. “'We didn’t feel [our members] wanted to hear the rallying call,' [C.E.O. Patricia Montague] said. ‘We felt it was best he not come.’ … That’s a big difference from Kass’ appearance at SNA’s 2012 convention, in Denver, where he presented chef coats to the cafeteria professionals who appeared with him on an emotional episode of Chopped a few months earlier.”

2. WHY BASEBALL SHOULD CHANGE ITS ALL-STAR GAME: Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game was held in Minneapolis Tuesday, a once-celebrated event that has fallen behind in popularity. Baseball writers are suggesting that league officials consider innovations to the format to keep fans interested in the event. The Daily Beast: “Recent TV ratings have fallen off the charts, and the sideshow Monday evening Home Run Derby exhibition seems almost more popular than the actual Tuesday night regulation ballgame. … Might not the All-Star Game gain appeal simply by adopting a novel stance as the ideal laboratory for testing out future radical innovations for what already has become an ever-evolving sport?”

3. 'THE ATLANTIC' PICKS NPR EXEC AS NEW EVENTS HEAD: The Atlantic has tapped Margaret Low Smith, senior vice president for NPR’s news operations, to lead its AtlanticLive events division. The New York Times: “AtlanticLive, which includes the Aspen Ideas Festival held in partnership with the Aspen Institute, is already a thriving business; the organization said revenue for the first half of the year jumped 37 percent. But in recent years, the number of media outlets programming such events has surged. NPR itself recently announced plans for a series of events hosted by the anchor of ‘Tell Me More,’ Michel Martin. ‘It’s a crowded space, so you have to do something that’s singular and differentiate yourself,’ Ms. Smith said of her new mandate. ‘In some ways they’ve set the standard on this and now they want to up their game even more, both on the editorial front, the ambition front and the business front.’”


COAST TO COAST:  Upstage Video provided LED video screens to nearly 20 World Cup viewing parties across the country.

BOSTON:  Boston Sneaker Jam—a two-day convention for sneaker traders, athletes, collectors, and other types of enthusiasts—comes to the Seaport World Trade Center October 18-19.

CHICAGO:  Local art collective Johalla Projects and Thompson Hotel Chicago have partnered to create a “Geometric Village” on Pitchfork Music Festival grounds this weekend. The village will comprise house-like structures with artwork, and festivalgoers will be able to walk in and around the installations.

LAS VEGAS:  The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales, has been named chairman of the board for the Corporate Event Marketing Association.

Myron Martin, president and C.E.O. of the Smith Center, will receive the Community Achievement Award at the Nevada Broadcasters Association's 19th annual Hall of Fame Scholarship Gala August 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.

LOS ANGELES:  Vans will host skateboarding competition the Van Doren Invitational at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing August 1-2.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Whole Foods Market’s Fill the Grill event is Tuesday at Whole Foods Market North Miami. The event pairs Miami chefs with a culinary student from Johnson & Wales University, and participants have $20 and 20 minutes to shop the store, then another 20 minutes to prepare a dish for a panel of judges.

NEW YORK:  Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s 17th annual Super Saturday—a designer garage sale and kids' carnival—is July 26 at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill. B Floral is the floral sponsor.

Accor has announced the appointment of Dominique Colliat to executive vice president of hotel services of North and Central America and Caribbean. She is based in New York.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

SAN FRANCISCO:  The inaugural Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco is October 9-12 at the San Mateo County Event Center and will have more than 70 international galleries and exhibits of contemporary and modern art. Nick Korniloff is directing the fair.

TORONTO:  African Fashion Week Toronto is August 7-10 at the Marriott Yorkville. The event will include workshops, a student-design competition, and runway shows. Toronto Life:

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Chuy's, the Austin-based Tex-Mex concept, announced plans to open its first D.C.-area restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia, on August 26.

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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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