1. AWARDS RANK THE WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANTS: El Celler de Can Roca in Spain is the best restaurant in the world, according to a contest sponsored by the bottled water brands S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. The highest-ranked United States restaurant is Eleven Madison Park in New York in fifth place. The process for naming the winner has come under criticism. Eater: “Members, which include food writers, gastronomes, and chefs and restaurateurs in equal parts, are required to have dined in restaurants they vote for within the past 18 months. And while many professional critics and Michelin inspectors are required to pay for their meals for reasons of objectivity and journalistic integrity, ‘the World's 50 Best Restaurants places no restrictions on whether voters … pay for their meals or how they pay for travel to restaurants outside or inside of their territory,’ group editor of the 50 Best guide William Drew told Eater.” http://bit.ly/1K6Acd6
2. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD PLANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY: A California version of the massively successful Orlando attraction Wizarding World of Harry Potter set to open next year is expected to cap a period of turnaround for Universal Studios Hollywood in time for the theme park’s 50th anniversary. Los Angeles Times: “Virtually every corner of Universal—the parking structures, the main entrance, the theme park, the studio backlot—is under construction, all in anticipation of a certain boy wizard. … The nearly constant dust and din of the massive expansion marks quite a turnaround for a park that was down on its heels at the beginning of this decade.” http://lat.ms/1ePiGhF
3. 'ALLURE' BRINGS SUNSCREEN ACTIVATION TO MUSIC FESTIVAL: Music fans at the Governors Ball in New York this weekend will get a lesson in preventing skin cancer at an activation and fund-raiser from Allure magazine. Women’s Wear Daily: “The Allure Sunscreen Mist will offer sprays of SPF 30 for $2 and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the melanoma research team at Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, a research group that Allure has been actively supporting throughout the year. Also, Allure has plans to bring this sunscreen station to additional events over the next several months.” http://bit.ly/1AK7YTP
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: On June 10, Boston Women in Media & Entertainment will host an installation of its series “Story Behind Her Success” at Liberty Hotel. The event will feature an interview with actress Erica McDermott.
CHICAGO: Square Roots, a craft beer and music festival, will return to Lincoln Square July 10-12.
LAS VEGAS: Insomniac has revealed 10 big new additions to the annual Electric Daisy Carnival, including new stage designs, the Carnival Square meet-up spot, and new art and food trucks. The event is slated for June 19-21 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
LOS ANGELES: Attendance at the Dwell on Design show increased to a record 32,428 participants over the weekend, with the show’s footprint also growing to a record 326,000 square feet.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The hospitality networking group Industree is planning to launch in Miami. The kickoff event, featuring a discussion called “Heart of the House,” will take place June 22 at Quality Meats Miami Beach.
NEW YORK: The Hank Lane Orchestra will perform at the Tony Awards Gala at the Plaza hotel; the event takes place following the award show at Radio City Music Hall.
The public TV company WNET will host its annual gala June 9 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Broadcasters Hari Sreenivasan and Paula Zahn will co-host the evening, which also will feature a performance by indie rock band A Silent Film.
PlantEmpowered is hosting a summer benefit June 20 at GustOrganics to raise money for the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center and Mercy for Animals. The event, hosted by author Jane Velez-Mitchell, will include a four-course organic meal.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
SAN FRANCISCO: Apple will live stream from its WWDC conference on June 8 at aaple.com/live.
TORONTO: Canada’s first Morimoto restaurant is coming to King West. The Japanese restaurant will have two floors, with a casual main floor and private dining rooms on the more formal second floor.
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Watergate Hotel, which will reopen this fall after a $125 million renovation, will join the global sales organization Associated Luxury Hotels International.
Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to RFK Stadium August 14-15 with Volkswagen as the presenting sponsor.
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