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October 30, 2015: New York Comic Con Founder Starts Event for YouTube Stars, International C.E.S. Pushes for Las Vegas Convention Center Upgrades, Tips for Booking Food Trucks at Events

1. NEW YORK COMIC CON FOUNDER STARTS EVENT FOR YOUTUBE STARS: Stream Con, a digital content and online video convention featuring YouTube stars such as Grace Helbig, GloZell, and iJustine, begins today in New York. Event producer Greg Topalian, founder of New York Comic Con and now president of LeftField Media, said it makes sense to have an East Coast answer to the increasingly popular VidCon event in Los Angeles. He name-checked brands such as Pepsi, AmericanExpress, Nascar, and Ikea, which are all expected to attend the event, as well as agencies. Adweek: “I couldn't believe that New York City didn't have an event that was a 'con' really dedicated to the YouTube, Vine, Snapchat space. We knew the fan demand was there, but the piece that got really exciting was realizing the business behind it. The ad dollars are flowing towards digital. There are certainly plenty of conferences that talk about the digital revolution and social influencers. We felt like there was an opportunity to combine that type of content but also in a fan-friendly environment.”

2. INTERNATIONAL C.E.S. PUSHES FOR LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER UPGRADES: In an opinion piece, Consumer Electronics Association president and C.E.O. Gary Shapiro endorses a plan to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center so his organization’s mega show, International C.E.S., can continue to expand. Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Las Vegas is the convention capital of the world, and it is in our best interest to host CES here. It is also in the best interest of the city to make sure that shows such as ours continue to call Las Vegas home. Trade shows in Las Vegas are a win-win — organizations like mine benefit from the wealth of amenities the city has to offer, and the city benefits by adding more jobs, more visitors and more revenue every year.”

3. TIPS FOR BOOKING FOOD TRUCKS AT EVENTS: Thinking about hiring a food truck for your next event? Factors such as the size of your group, city licenses, and backup plans if the truck breaks down are essential to consider. For fund-raisers, event planners need to decide how they will make money, either by charging guests an admission fee or by collecting a percentage of food sales. D Magazine: “Trucks will drive up, prep a bit, open the windows, and start serving. When everyone’s full, they drive off without ever stepping foot in your kitchen.”


COAST TO COAST:  Williams-Sonoma announced a 13-city tour for Giada De Laurentiis to launch her new cookbook, Happy Cooking. The events, produced by Innovation Arts & Entertainment, begin on Tuesday in Hartford, Connecticut, and conclude in San Diego on November 17. Press release:

BOSTON:  The eighth annual Great Pumpkin Festival will take place tomorrow at Cambridge Brewing Company.

CHICAGO:  The fifth annual Black Cat Ball, which benefits Tree House Humane Society, will take place November 21 at Redmoon Spectacle Hall.

Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen will open in Chicago in 2016. The venue will have a large patio, a yoga studio, and an open kitchen; it will serve antiinflammatory foods.

LAS VEGAS:  Chef Vincent Pouessel of DB Brasserie at the Venetian will take his French cuisine to Made L.V. for a guest chef dinner on November 11.

LOS ANGELES:  Designer Con will take place November 21-22 at the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau. More than 150 artists and vendors will showcase toys, art, design, and more.

Her Royal Highness Princess Uboltratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi will preside over the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s "Thai Night" at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot on November 6.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Michy’s Pop Up will return for its third year at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, across the street from the Miami Beach Convention Center, during Art Basel.

NEW YORK:  The New-York Historical Society's annual History Makers Awards will take place November 9 at Cipriani Wall Street. The 2015 honorees are author of the biography Alexander Hamilton Ron Chernow and the creator and star of Broadway's Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Glamour's 25th anniversary Women of the Year Awards will take place November 9 at Carnegie Hall. Amy Schumer will open the ceremony, which will recognize Reese Witherspoon, Misty Copeland, Victoria Beckham, Caitlyn Jenner, and the United States women's national soccer team.

Dance-pop artist Ellie Goulding and actress Scarlett Johansson will partner for the next installment of live stream music series "American Express Unstaged," which will take place November 11 at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Urbain 40 American Brasserie and Lounge will open November 9 in the Dellagio Town Center.

SAN FRANCISCO:  The Glaad San Francisco gala, scheduled for November 7, will honor YouTube star Tyler Oakley. Mashable:

TORONTO:  The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will take place November 6-15 at Exhibition Place. The event will feature animal entertainment, butter sculptures, a rodeo, and a horse show.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The stone staircase featured in the 1973 horror film The Exorcist will be commemorated today as a city landmark in a ceremony led by Mayor Muriel Bowser. 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, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, Anna Sekula, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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