June 24, 2014: Daytime Emmys Criticized for Tasteless Red Carpet Hosts, Toronto Starts Men's Fashion Week, See These Patriotic Fourth of July Cakes

By Beth Kormanik June 24, 2014, 8:12 AM EDT

1. DAYTIME EMMYS CRITICIZED FOR TASTELESS RED CARPET HOSTS: When casting the red carpet hosts for the Daytime Emmys, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences took a new approach and hired four millennials with substantial social media followings. The move seemed in keeping with the show, which streamed online rather than broadcast on television this year. But the inexperienced hosts made rape jokes, hit on the stars, and asked questions like, “What’s it like to be a black man on a soap opera these days?” TV Line: “Many on Twitter have asked for NATAS to apologize for the red carpet car wreck, which many proper daytime-TV journalists repeatedly and vocally derided in social media. The soap opera acting community has enough problems claiming deserved respect for their work; associating them with such an inane production does no one any favors.”

2. TORONTO STARTS MEN'S FASHION WEEK: Toronto will host a fashion week devoted to menswear, just the eighth city globally to hold such an event. T.O.M., or Toronto’s Official Men’s Fashion Week, runs August 11-15 at the Evergreen Brick Works. Toronto Life: “This is the second event Toronto has launched this year that draws attention to the country’s fashion industry: the inaugural Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards received a tonne of praise for paying tribute to top talent like Coco Rocha and Jeanne Beker. Events like these not only put Toronto on the map, they’re a decent way to encourage local designers to stay put (instead of migrating to New York or London to make it big).”

3. SEE THESE PATRIOTIC FOURTH OF JULY CAKES: The Forth of July offers plenty of opportunities to get creative with cakes, from using sparklers as toppers to recreating an American flag through red, white, and blue layers. Huffington Post has some elaborate creations for Independence Day:


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COAST TO COAST:  James Beard Foundation is hosting a 10-city epicurean tour, Taste America: Local Flavor from Coast to Coast, September 12-October 25. The tour stops in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO:  The Great American Bacon Festival will take place in Union Station’s Great Hall on September 6.

DALLAS:  Addison Oktoberfest  is September 18-21.The annual event attracts about 70,000 people for entertainment including traditional Bavarian folk dances, costumed entertainers, and authentic beer and cuisine.

LAS VEGAS:  Life Is Beautiful Festival has announced the lineup and programming details for its sophomore year October 24-26. Expanding from a two-day to a three-day festival, Life Is Beautiful will bring nearly 70 acts including Kanye West, Foo Fighters, and the Roots, plus chefs, speakers, artists, and more.

LOS ANGELES:  Kicks Sole Provider and Puma have teamed up to build a pop-up store in Los Angeles called the Soccer Shop in honor of the World Cup. The space will host various events and activations throughout the games, including food trucks, DJs, and freestyle soccer competitions.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has announced a new partnership with organic vegan cooking school and food company Spork Foods. Spork has created five new vegan and gluten-free menu items for the Hotel’s poolside Cabana restaurant. Among them are red bean veggie burger sliders with a house made beet ketchup, and battered avocado tacos with house-pickled purple onions and lime crema.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The KISS Country Music Festival will debut July 4 at Jungle Island. Craig Campbell and Casey James are slated to perform. The ticketed event will include line dancing and a barbecue buffet.

NEW YORK:  Special Olympics New York will host its Summer Social August 6 at Marquee.

Heter Myers is leaving PMK-BNC to join Nike as its North America media relations manager, based in New York.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

PARIS:  The Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation has set an opening date of October 27. Artlyst: “The building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton includes exhibition galleries dedicated to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions. It is completed by a flexible auditorium for the presentation of multi-disciplinary performances and events. Its terraces offer unique panoramic views of Paris and the lush greenery of the Jardin d’Acclimatation.”

PHILADELPHIA:  The Special Event Company is sponsoring a concert featuring the Who’s Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to benefit Teen Cancer America. The show is July 28 at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Luckyrice Festival will host two California events, Luckrice Los Angeles Feast at Create Nightclub in Hollywood on August 7 followed by the Luckyrice San Francisco Feast at the Bently Reserve on September 5.

TORONTO:  Bacardi’s Festival Libre will take over the distillery historic district in July. A private kickoff party for the event is July 3 and will include cocktails, appetizers, music, and dancing.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Ashli Kimenker takes over as director of communications at Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. on July 3. She comes to the role after serving as public relations manager at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.

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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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