October 31, 2014: What’s in Store for Formula One in Austin, Eiffel Tower Doubles as Catwalk, What Drives Wedding Planners Crazy

By Beth Kormanik October 31, 2014, 8:07 AM EDT

1. WHAT’S IN STORE FOR FORMULA ONE IN AUSTIN: European-style car racing comes to Austin, Texas, at this weekend’s Formula One race at the Circuit of the Americas track—as well as a slate of parties and activations. USA Today: “The various concerts, events and races held by Circuit of the Americas throughout the year deliver a nearly $900 million annual economic impact to the Austin area, according to a study released this week by track officials. The F1 race generates the lion share of that impact, bringing $507 million to the area. That total is far higher than the cash generated by the SXSW film-music-interactive festival ($315 million) and the ACL Music Festival ($182 million), two of the city's other premier gatherings.”

2. EIFFEL TOWER DOUBLES AS CATWALK: The Eiffel Tower will become a catwalk today for a fashion show of couture and ready-to-wear looks. Women’s Wear Daily: “The project is a brainchild of Vietnamese-born Jessica Minh Anh, an events manager with a knack for vertiginous heights. … According to Anh’s agency, J Model Entertainment, it took three months to build the two-tiered outdoor catwalk, which spans 490 feet across the first floor of the tower. Previous venues hosting the entrepreneur’s events were the top of One World Trade Center in New York, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the sky bridge of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.”

3. WHAT DRIVES WEDDING PLANNERS CRAZY: Maybe you can relate: Glamour magazine asked wedding planners to share their pet peeves, compelling a list from the like of Cara Kleinhaut, Eddie Zaratsian, and Tara Guérard, who joked that when trying to keep both brides and their mothers happy, “I always think my psychology background comes in handy at these important and difficult moments!”


BOSTON:  Flavors of New England will take place on November 8 at the Seaport Boston Hotel. The event raises funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and offers live entertainment, an auction, and snacks from local restaurants such as Bistro du Midi.

CHICAGO:  Diffa’s Dining by Design returns to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart November 6-8. The event includes a “Table Hop & Taste” with snacks from local restaurants; a cocktail party and silent auction; a public viewing; and the Dining by Design gala.

Cindy Gatziolis, former director of public relations and marketing for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. Robert Feder:

DALLAS:  The Dallas Cowboys and Omni Hotels & Resorts announced plants build a new 300-room hotel at the future site of the Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The 300-room Omni Frisco Hotel, slated to open in 2017, will have meeting space, including a ballroom, food and beverage outlets, and a rooftop pool deck. The development also will be home to Frisco’s Multi-Use Event Center, a publicly owned, 12,000-seat multipurpose venue.

LAS VEGAS:  Gordon Ramsay Burgr at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino commemorated its one millionth burger with a surprise champagne celebration hosted by the chef.

LOS ANGELES:  Furniture brand Christopher Guy designed and furnished the honoree room for the Bafta Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America and United Airlines Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Karla Conceptual Events has named Jassi Lekach Antebi of NYC’s J Group Events as managing partner. Antebi will lead business development and operations, including the launch on an online floral business in early 2015.

NEW YORK:  The Voice Arts Awards, a new event that honors voice-over artists, is November 9 at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

The ultra-pricey Japanese lounge Megu appears to have closed both of its locations, according to a tipster whose private event there was cancelled. Eater:

Local event listings from Masterplanner:

ORLANDO:  Disney has released details on two of the restaurants to open in the new Disney Springs dining, retail, and entertainment complex, which is replacing Downtown Disney. The Boathouse is an upscale waterfront venue scheduled to open next spring. The restaurant will have two private dining rooms and three bars. Morimoto Asia is being developed in partnership with chef Masaharu Morimoto. The two-story restaurant will have open terraces, a grand hall, private rooms, a cocktail lounge, and waterside seating. It is scheduled to open next summer.

TORONTO:  Gold Metal Plates, a fund-raiser for the Canadian Olympic Foundation, will take place on November 12 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event features Canadian wines, chefs, and athletes, and travels across 11 cities in Canada.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Union Market will host Fifth Street Folly, a weekend-long street party November 14-16. Events will include the brewery Bluejacket’s first pop-up beer garden, a ticketed Gilt Sample Sale, and the EmporiYUM food festival.

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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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