November 7, 2013: Taylor Swift Supergroup Highlights CMA Awards, Casino Companies Make Plans for New York, Must See: Wedding Cake Depicts Couple’s Severed Heads

By Beth Kormanik November 7, 2013, 8:24 AM EST

1. MUST SEE: WEDDING CAKE DEPICTS COUPLE’S SEVERED HEADS: The bride admitted the wedding cake was nontraditional. But Natalie Sideserf, owner of Austin, Texas, bakery Sideserf Cake Studio, was proud of the horror-theme wedding cake served on a blood-spattered platter with the words “Til Death Do Us Part.” Huffington Post: “The result was a hyperrealistic cake depicting both of their heads, severed and bleeding on the floor. Their glazed-over, lifeless eyes stare both into the afterlife and at wedding attendees.”

2. TAYLOR SWIFT SUPERGROUP HIGHLIGHTS CMA AWARDS: At last night's Country Music Association Awards, Taylor Swift was the center of attention as usual. Continuing the music-show trend of creating “supergroups” to perform, the awards brought together Swift as well as Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Eric Carken to sing her song “Red.” Watch at Entertainment Weekly:

3. CASINO COMPANIES MAKE PLANS FOR NEW YORK: After voters this week approved a plan to build as many as seven casinos in New York, companies including Caesars are expressing interest in coming to the state. The New York Post: “The nation’s biggest casino operator recently expressed an interest to top state officials in building a Sullivan County casino. … Boyd Gaming, Empire City through its Concord Hotel project, Foxwoods, MGM, Mohegan Sun and Sands have also expressed interest in building a New York casino.”


BOSTON:  Flavors of Fall, sponsored by and City Square Associates, is Monday at Regattabar at the Charles Hotel. The event will offer seasonal bites from restaurants including Upstairs on the Square and Henrietta's Table.

CHICAGO:  The Kinzie Hotel will open in the space that currently houses the Amalfi Hotel in February. The 215-room, boutique hotel will offer 1,500 square feet of meeting space.

LAS VEGAS:  The latest milestone for the Las Vegas High Roller happened Wednesday as the observation wheel’s first passenger cabin was rotated to the highest point on the wheel’s rim. At 550 feet, the rotation of the cabin to the mid-center point of the rim officially made the High Roller the world’s tallest observation wheel. The structure is the focal point of the Linq, Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million outdoor retail, dining, and entertainment district.

Gimme Some Sugar Bake Shoppe, a pâtisserie by day and a dessert and wine bar at night, is set to open November 29.

LOS ANGELES:  Jeff Ross will host the fourth annual Variety’s Power of Comedy event presented by Xbox One and honoring Jimmy Kimmel on November 16 at the Avalon Hollywood. Performers at the event will include Joel McHale, David Spade, Adam Carolla, Dana Gould, Kevin Nealon, and Cleto and the Cletones.

Beverly Center Ice Palace opens today. The shopping center’s holiday activations include falling snow, a light show, video footage from BBC Earth, and demonstrations of Windows products while visitors wait in line for photos with Santa.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Red Bull Curates: the Canvas Cooler Project will host a group show at Scope Art Show during Art Basel week, with the artists selected from participants in its national tour of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, New York, and Atlanta. The final artist will be determined by a public vote that ends Friday.

NEW YORK:  The Daily Meal, the food and drink Web site from Spanfeller Media Group, will be the culinary media partner of the 50 Yard Lounge, a pop-up entertainment complex at One Penn Plaza during the Super Bowl. The pop-up will include more than 15,000 square feet of heated roof decks, tented plazas, and restaurants. The New York Jets are an anchor partner in the event as well.

Alexandra Fairweather and Eric Goodman will host a launch party for their new Web site Ivy Untapped, an invite-only social network for Ivy League graduates, November 19 at the Yale Club. Kiss-Mix will provide hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

TAMPA:  Karen Johnston has joined Visit Tampa Bay’s convention sales team as regional account executive in the Chicago satellite office.

TORONTO:  The Marketing Hall of Legends, considered the “grand finale” of Toronto's FFWD: Advertising and Marketing Week, is January 31, 2014, at the Andrew Richards Design Building.

WASHINGTON:  Scott Circle Communications will now offer conference and event management as well as destination management. Jeff Shulman, formerly of Aipac, has joined the firm and will lead the effort.

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

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