Call Sheet #443: Surviving Fashion Week, Samsung's Stylish Launch, New Beverage Alert

BIZBASH CALL SHEET — #443 — Friday, 02.08.13 

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Compiled today by Beth Kormanik in New York 
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1. PHONE FASHION: Kicking off New York Fashion Week was an unlikely company: Samsung. New York Times: "The fashion designer Alexander Wang is joining forces with Samsung to create a new print based on doodles, sketches, and photographs that are being contributed via smartphone by some of the top names in fashion. … The electronics giant is walking in the footsteps of companies in other industries, like automakers that have allied with luxury-level fashion to distinguish themselves from rivals."

2. SURVIVING FASHION WEEK: Here's one reporter's homage and guide to getting through the beautiful madness. New York Post: "Few moments are more exciting than when that first look hits the runway: models catwalking, glimpses of a new collection, the designer taking their final bow, innovative settings. What’s not to love about watching Marchesa gowns float through the halls of Grand Central Terminal, as happened during Fashion Week last fall?"

3. HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE: Who didn't love watching Tom Cruise whip around liquor bottles in the movie Cocktail? While the glitzy bartender performances fell out of fashion with the rise of the mixology movement, it may be making a comeback. New York's Grub Street blog: "There’s evidence on the industry end that a national flair resurgence is nigh: In 2010, [Flair Bartenders' Association founder Tobin] Ellis led a seminar about the importance of flair, called 'The F Word,' at influential New Orleans mixology summit Tales of the Cocktail. And last October, a pop-up flair competition unfolded at Portland Cocktail Week. … The future of flair may rest in how well it can mix with serious mixology and whether the grandstanding tradition can escape its cheesy pre-aughts associations." 

4. MAPLE MIXTURE: Canadians have developed a new beverage: maple water. The natural product, promoted by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, is said to have a "fresh and delicately sweet flavour,” and will be marketed under three brands: Seva, Oviva, and Maple3. Globe and Mail:


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Nominations for the BizBash South Florida Readers' Choice Awards opened today. There are 12 categories, including Corporate Event Planner of the Year, Fund-raising Event Planner of the Year, Entertainment Act of the Year, and more. Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, February 24. Voting opens on March 18. Winners will be revealed at BizBash IdeaFest South Florida at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center on Wednesday, April 10. Submit your nominations today at


Here’s a look at 10 steal-worthy ideas we spotted this week, including the Playboy and Rolling Stone Super Bowl parties in New Orleans, edgy catering presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art's gala in Chicago, and a floral-market step-and-repeat at the Prabal Gurung for Target launch in New York. 


The National Golf Expo will be at the Seaport World Trade Center March 1 to 3. The Golf Channel's Michael Breed will be on hand to give tips; there will also be a craft beer pavilion, an indoor driving range, and contests. 

CHICAGO: The luxury bridal event Brides, Bubbles, and Bliss will take place at the Bridgeport Art Center May 1. The event will include a full runway show of bridal looks, and sponsors include Veuve Clicquot.

DALLAS: CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings has hired Brad Walcher as strategic business manager for trade shows based in Dallas. 

LAS VEGAS: Tickets for Bon Appetit's Vegas Uncork'd are now on sale. Vegas Weekly: "Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa, two celebrity chefs who have been spending a lot of time in Las Vegas lately, will each host and cook a Master Series Dinner as part of the … foodie mega-event set for May 9 to 12."

LOS ANGELES: L.A. Times: "People who attend Live Talks Los Angeles events will be able to nosh on a Conversation Bar. It's a custom, branded energy bar. ... It will be, as far as we've been able to determine, the first reading series energy bar."

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: The Bakehouse Art Complex will host a V.I.P. after-party for Art Wynwood February 16; the event will allow guests to visit artists' studios in the complex.

NEW YORK: The Governors Ball Music Festival at Randalls Island Park will expand to three days, June 7 to 9. Organizers added Guns N' Roses to the bill. New York Times:

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ORLANDO: The Greater Orlando Area chapter of Meetings Professionals International will hold an education session February 20 at the JW Marriott. Six meeting planners from around the country will share what they look for when selecting vendors.

McKnight's Soul Food is now open on Church Street downtown. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Big Wheel Provisions chef Tony Adams is creating Orlando's first pop-up restaurant, March 19 to 23 at Urban ReThink. Orlando Weekly:

The National Automobile Dealers Association convention and expo will take place Friday through Monday at the Orange County Convention Center. The event will include 150 education sessions and more than 500 exhibitors. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will give the keynote address on Monday.

PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE: Native Spirits Limited will introduce the Russian vodka Vektor Vodka at a launch party February 23 at W Scottsdale. Vektor’s promotional modeling group, the Vektor Vixens, will attend, and the hotel's current resident artist, Kelley James, will entertain.

WASHINGTON: Hotel occupancies for the weekend of President Obama's second inauguration were around 82 percent, down from his first inaugural and lower than former President George Bush's second one. Washington Business Journal:

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Joana Mangune, Lauren Matthews, and Anna Sekula in New York.

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