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October 19, 2016: 'Food & Wine' To Bring New Festival to the Barclays Center, Taco Truck Wall to Surround Trump-Owned Las Vegas Hotel Before Debate, Facebook Live Introduces Scheduled Broadcasts

1. 'FOOD & WINE' WILL BRING NEW FESTIVAL TO THE BARCLAYS CENTER: Food & Wine is bringing a new culinary festival to the East Coast in 2017. The magazine has partnered with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment to host the inaugural Brooklyn Food & Wine Festival February 17-19 at the Barclays Center. Adweek: "Around 150 restaurants, chefs, vintners and various local artisans will be present, including big names like Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Carla Hall. On Sunday, Feb. 19, the festival will expand to local eateries for a series of brunch events. Tickets start at $175 for a day-long pass (by comparison, a weekend pass to the Aspen festival will run you more than $1,000) and attendees will have the option to add extras like a Saturday night dinner hosted by Brooklynites Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, wine tastings, cooking demos and more. While Food & Wine sponsors numerous food events across the U.S., the Brooklyn festival marks only the second event (after Aspen) that was conceived and built entirely by the brand, which the magazine's svp, managing director Christina Grdovic hopes will be a major draw for advertisers. … The Brooklyn locale will also be an important factor in the festival's programming, according to Food & Wine editor Nilou Motamed, who, like Grdovic, is a Brooklyn resident. 'There are so many amazing culinary destinations in the borough and there's so much diversity in terms of the food that's available there, and I feel like it's a no-brainer for us to be tapping into that and celebrating it,' she said. 'Barclays is an institution now, and for us to be able to take it over and showcase what Brooklyn is all about is a great opportunity for Food & Wine, which is such a New York proud brand.'"

2. TACO TRUCK WALL TO SURROUND TRUMP-OWNED LAS VEGAS HOTEL BEFORE DEBATE: Before the final presidential debate takes place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas tonight, a literal wall of taco trucks will surround the Trump International Las Vegas hotel. The Culinary Union is forming the wall to protest Republican nominee Donald Trump and the hotel. BuzzFeed: “The Culinary Union has held nearly 10 rallies outside Trump’s hotel since workers voted to unionize and won last December. They argue that Trump is illegally refusing to bargain with them. The union will be joined by American Bridge, Latino Victory Project, PLAN Action, iAmerica Action, Center for Community Change Action, For Our Future, and 50 immigrant advocacy activists from Los Angeles and feature speakers like Democrat Ruben Kihuen, who is running to represent the 4th Congressional District in the House. ‘We’re protesting Donald Trump’s hotel here in Vegas, where a majority of workers voted to unionize, and shamefully Trump has failed to sit down at the table with them,’ Kihuen told BuzzFeed News. ‘As he has demonized Hispanics, women, veterans, and the disabled, we will send him and those who supported him like my opponent Congressman Cresent Hardy a message that we’re here and we vote.’ The Culinary Union and other groups have also worked to naturalize immigrants who want to vote against Trump in November, including some of his hotel workers. Taco trucks, featuring perennially sky-high approval ratings, were dragged into the 2016 race by a Hispanic Trump surrogate who argued on MSNBC that Latino culture is very dominant, warning that eventually there would be taco trucks on every corner. The Trump campaign said they welcome the tasty barrier.”

3. FACEBOOK LIVE INTRODUCES SCHEDULED BROADCASTS: To promote live streams in advance, Facebook Live has debuted a new feature that will allow verified pages to schedule live video streams and broadcast sharing. The new scheduling tool is slated to appear on all users' pages in the near future. TechCrunch: "The features could eliminate some of the most annoying things about Live broadcasting. Instead of having to spontaneously start a stream, or pre-announce it with no link to share, you’ll be able to create a link up to a week in advance. This should make it easier to get bigger audiences since users will be able to plan to watch. Scheduling a broadcast triggers a News Feed post where potential viewers can opt to get a one-time notification reminding them that the stream is starting. To schedule a broadcast, Page admins can go to 'Publishing Tools', then 'Video Library', then 'Live', copy their stream’s credentials like a Steam key or server URL, write an announcement post for the scheduled broadcast, and publish the announcement to the News Feed. … Together, these features could give Facebook a new advantage in its battle with Periscope and YouTube Live for stream creators and viewers. Periscope recently launched its Periscope Producer feature that can pipe in more polished content from professional cameras and editing rigs, similar to Facebook’s Live API. But Facebook is pushing to make Live streaming a seamless part of every content producer and brand’s marketing and distribution flow."


The Meetings Mean Business Coalition, a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, has appointed Meeting Professionals International president and C.E.O. Paul Van Deventer as the coalition's co-chair. Van Deventer will work with fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive president of HelmsBriscoe, to lead the coalition.


COAST TO COAST:  Loews Hotels has reinstated Jonathan Tisch as C.E.O., following the departure of Kirk Kinsell, who left the company for "personal reasons," according to an announcement from Loews. Tisch will continue to serve as chairman of Loews Hotels and co-chairman of the board for Loews Corporation.

AUSTIN:  The 24th annual Arts From the Streets Show & Sale will take place November 19-20 at the Austin Convention Center.

CINCINNATI:  The Summit, a Dolce Hotel, is scheduled to open in 2017. Wyndham Hotel Group will operate the hotel, which will have an eight-story atrium, a rooftop garden, a health club, a restaurant/bar/lounge, and 22,000 square feet of function space including 16 individual meeting rooms. 

CHICAGO:  The Children's Oncology Services, Inc.'s Flight Gala will take place November 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel-Chicago. The event will benefit the Chicago Cubs and the Armin & Esther Hirsch Foundation.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH:  Fortress Presents has partnered with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to present the inaugural music and culture event the Fortress Festival on April 29-30, 2017, in Forth Worth's Cultural District.

LAS VEGAS:  Morimoto Las Vegas, chef Masaharu Morimoto's first Las Vegas restaurant, will have its grand opening celebration on Friday at the MGM Grand. The event will include a traditional Japanese sake ceremony.

From November 3-December 29, the High Roller will offer in-cabin Ethel M Chocolates tastings during the wheel’s 30-minute rotations. The tastings will showcase seasonal flavors such as peppermint, pumpkin, and pecan.

LOS ANGELES:  Latina magazine will celebrate its 20th anniversary and seventh annual “Hollywood Hot List” with a party on November 2 at STK Los Angeles.

Irvine Marriott in Irvine has completed $23 million in renovations to its guest rooms. The upgrades include customized artwork, hardwood floors, sleek light fixtures, expanded desk spaces, and a muted color palette of white, brown, and blue. The hotel plans more renovations, including a covered area near the outdoor swimming pool for hosting parties, wedding receptions, and cocktail mixers. The hotel will also be the first Marriott property to have an exterior entrance for M Club, its signature lounge.

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Anaheim has named Gary Hattendorf general manager. Hospitality Management Corporation operates the hotel, which will open in December.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina, the pop-up that took over Michael Mina 74 in June, now has a permanent home at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

La Feria by Mercado de San Miguel will officially reopen in Bayfront Park on Thursday, and will remain open until January 2017. Now in its second season, the Spanish pop-up eatery will expand with a new 9,000-square-foot layout, including a double ventilated roof, state-of-the-art lighting, and lush landscaping.

NEW YORK:  The New York Road Runners' Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run will take place December 3 in Prospect Park. Proceeds will go to the program's free youth running programs.

Tavern 62—an American restaurant from chef David Burke and hospitality group ESquared—has opened at the Upper East Side location formerly occupied David Burke Fishtail. The 135-seat, two-floor restaurant includes a bar.

Shake Shack is testing a mobile app for food orders at its Midtown East location in Manhattan. The app is currently available for iOS. No timeline has been set for other Shake Shack locations to have food-order service through the app.

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ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Jacqueline Moquin has been appointed sales account manager at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil, handling sales initiatives for both consumer and business segments.

The International Palms Resort & Conference Center on International Drive has been purchased by a Brazil-based hotel investment firm. The new owners plan to close the hotel in early 2017 to begin a 10-month renovation project. Orlando Weekly:

SAN FRANCISCO:  The third annual Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit runs through Thursday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The summit is being live streamed on Yahoo Finance and will feature speakers including Conan O'Brien, Rashida Jones, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

VANCOUVER:  The Trump International Hotel and Tower, Vancouver, has postponed its opening to January because construction has not been completed. It is the second delay for the hotel's opening, which was scheduled for August and then November. CNNMoney:

TORONTO:  Giant Container will host a fund-raiser party for those affected by Hurricane Matthew on Saturday at its industrial lot in the Port Lands. BlogTO:

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Dolce Washington Dulles, from the Wyndham Hotel Group, is scheduled to open in late 2018. The 243-room hotel will have more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

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