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NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES September/October 2010 © 2010 BizBash Media On the Cover For AOL’s partner summit in April, Creative Edge Parties served up a buffet of puff pastry pizzas. Photographed by Phillip Angert

FROM THE EDITORS 23 Things to be grateful for READERS’ FORUM 25 Who is your mentor?

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THE SCOUT 31 A bold new backdrop 32 Seven new serving stations 34 How can staffers in satellite offices stay connected? 36 Light afternoon meal options 38 A new L.A.-based production firm 40 Rental news 42 A new New York-based catering and event design company 44 Fun ideas for kid-centric events 46 Eight ideas and products to have on your radar Returning to the 69th Regiment Armory to honor the best of the fragrance industry, the FiFi Awards on June 10 were infused with bright colors and lighting to reflect the rebounding economy. The Fragrance Foundation’s biggest yearly gathering (800 guests attended) looked to give executives from brands like L’Oreal, Elizabeth Arden, and Estée Lauder an opportunity to relax and have fun. Knowing that limited budgets would prevent many companies from hosting their own parties following the ceremony, foundation president Rochelle R. Bloom integrated an after-party into the show’s program. This meant bringing in live musical entertainment for the first time and supplying a spread of dishes suitable for a large crowd, including a Cuban-inspired buffet spread and a citrusinfused cocktail mixed by Bacardi ambassador Ludovic Miazga.

VENUES 48 Four new New York venues 50 A look at the Javits Center’s longawaited new pavilion 52 Four new Los Angeles venues 56 Destination report: Las Vegas EVENT REPORTS 63 From New York: Red Bull’s two-day air race 66 From New York and Los Angeles: Columbia Pictures’ splashy summer movie premieres 70 From Toronto: CTV’s 2,000-guest MuchMusic Video Awards party 73 From New York: Volkswagen’s Times Square concert 74 Coast to Coast: Covert Affairs’ army of secret agents 77 From Los Angeles: Armani’s denim promo on wheels 78 From Washington: The Opera Ball’s themed rooms 80 From New York: Dos Equis’ real-life treasure hunt 82 Coast to Coast: Standing Ovation’s performance-packed premieres 84 From Los Angeles: The all-white A.F.I. award after-party

88 From New York: The rapidly growing BlogHer conference 90 From Los Angeles: Amyway China’s five-gala incentive program 92 From Palm Beach: Women’s Wear Daily’s C.E.O. conference 94 From Chicago: Diffa’s futuristic AIDS fund-raiser 96 From New York: The Watermill Center’s paradise-themed benefit 98 From Los Angeles: An interactive Reebok event 100 From New York: The fine-tuned C.F.D.A. Awards 102 From Miami: Heineken’s two-day activation 105 Holiday Parties Ideas for end-of-the-year gatherings directly from the people who plan them Catering Trends 2010 109 A look at the trends and ideas that epitomize this moment in catering 116 Jennifer Rubell’s unconventional approach to food THE DIRECTORY 121 New New York venues 128 New Los Angeles venues TED KRUCKEL 132 Tips for auctions of all kinds

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Thanks Giving 8 things I’m grateful for. One of my favorite pages in this issue has a group of event pros describing what their mentors taught them. It’s refreshing to see people being grateful for what someone has given them. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of choosing to be thankful for what we have instead of resentful of what we don’t. That’s easier said than done, sometimes, sure. (Somebody always has a bigger event, budget, or apartment, right?) But it’s better for your mood, and for everyone around you. Aren’t grateful people great? Don’t you want to do more for them? After several seasons of asking staffers, vendors, and other partners to do more with less, it’s probably a good idea to remind ourselves to express our gratitude to the folks who manage to deliver on those expectations with a smile—or at least without whining. So, forthwith, some things I’m thankful for:

I had a great dinner at the Girl and the Goat in Chicago recently.

1. Caterers like the folks in our cover story, who keep up with the latest culinary trends, serve increasingly demanding clients and guests, and turn out restaurant-quality food (or better) to huge groups of people, often without a real kitchen.

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2. Planners and vendors who make eco-minded choices, even when they’re more expensive and there’s no self-congratulatory “Going green!” theme.

know about what you’re doing next.) The people who do the most impressive work (usually!) complain the least. 5. The cauliflower at the Girl and the Goat in Chicago. A week after dinner there, I’m still craving it. 6. The crazy-creative folks who manage to make me, after 10 years as a professional event goer, walk into a party and feel surprised and delighted by some new idea and lucky to be among the few people who get to share the ephemeral experience they’ve created.

3. Hosts who invite a number of guests appropriate to the venue, hire efficient and sufficient door staff to get guests in quickly, and don’t measure an event’s success by the size of the crowd waiting 7. The talented, dedicated editors, designers, writers, and photographers who help put together this outside to get in. magazine and all of the stories we post daily on 4. Story subjects who say “thanks” for BizBash cov- BizBash.com. They have been stretched as much as erage. It’s not why we do what we do—the prime anyone of late, and they still manage to head out to that extra party (not as easy as it might sound), directive is to find helpful, interesting stories for write that extra last-minute news item, hunt readers—but it sure offsets the “Why didn’t you down a better photo for that page, and find one cover my event?” whining that’s more common. more product for that idea roundup. They’re also (My usual response, in short: Perhaps the event wasn’t the most innovative of our choices, perhaps truly nice people. we didn’t have time or space, perhaps it was too 8. Readers who let us know how we’re doing, and similar to something we recently covered. But it’s what we could do better. Won’t you? —Chad Kaydo never personal, and we truly hope you’ll let us

Readers’ Forum

Who is your mentor? “I was taught several invaluable lessons by women in our industry. Terri Terrazino taught me to take myself out of the equation and keep my eye on what the client needs. Kathy Miller taught me how to listen to a client. Bonnie Siegel taught me to remember to have fun.” Tina Carlson, president, Ivan Carlson, Chicago

“For the past 15 years, Michael Roman of Catersource has facilitated in advancing my career, enhancing my education, and assisting in building my professional network. I have always benefited from his sound advice—most importantly that every event is not necessarily a good event. Learn when to say ‘no.’” Meryl Snow, vice president, Feastivities Events, Philadelphia

“My current boss, Barbara Jarr, taught me the importance of building trust in the relationships I hold with vendors and our board members. When you have good relationships, even the most difficult requests can come to fruition when you can easily turn to others for help.”

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“My mother taught me about style and graciousness, which are two of the most important traits needed in this line of business. And my dad has always told me: Remain calm and we’ll make it out of here alive. I live by that motto.” Alison Bossert, senior vice president, special events, Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Los Angeles

“My beloved sister, Chickie. She taught me the significance of tradition, family, amazing food, and the importance of gatherings with your loved ones.” Mary Micucci, founder and owner, Along Came Mary Events, Los Angeles

“My mom was always planning a party. I remember standing at the top of the staircase looking down on a fantastic costume party, dinner party, or even just my mom’s weekly card game. The best part was what she would wear to events, which was usually color coordinated. She passed away 20 years ago, but I’m sure she would laugh knowing I’m usually getting dressed for an event in a bathroom stall!” Mindy Weiss, owner, Mindy Weiss Party Consultants, Los Angeles

“My father. Before blogs, books, podcasts, or Webinars discussed it, my father understood the power of relationships.” Brian Burkhart, president, 7th Wave Communications, Chicago

“Martha Nelson, then editor of In Style, took a chance on me when the magazine had no special projects editor. After working at the William Morris Agency, NBC, and as vice president at three movie studios, I wanted a crack at events in the magazine world. She taught me everything I could possibly want to know about magazine publishing. She is what I call a visionary. All the things she taught me helped me start my own company.” Cynthia Parsons McDaniel, marketing, public relations, and events professional, New York

“My third grade teacher, Mrs. Little. She encouraged me to write poetry, paint, and sketch. She realized I was not a P.E. girl so allowed me to direct plays with my classmates during recess. She stimulated me creatively and treated me as an individual.” Hilary Harris, director of special events, Warner Bros. Studios, Los Angeles

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My Cool New Job Lisa Pagano has been named senior campaign manager of marketing at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, where she oversees all marketing and communications for the society’s fund-raisers, including the Leukemia Ball, one of Washington’s largest benefits. She spent six years as the communications manager for the Washington Nationals.

WHAT INSPIRES ME “Fashion runways. This fall, the big trends are ’50s retro, menswear tweeds and houndstooth, gold metallics and brocades, fur, and the color olive green. I translate these into decor using linens, china, furniture, florals, and little touches like napkins rings and place cards.” Leila Marie Eid, assistant director of events, Northeastern University, Boston

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“Part of what drew me to L.L.S. was the challenge to expand my role to encompass marketing, and to help expose our events to a market we’re not yet reaching. This department is only a few years old, and it’s great to come in at an early stage. While there’s a great base in place, there’s plenty of room for growth.”

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How can staffers in satellite offices stay connected? find out some interesting things about them that other people would not know, then he will ask the others to guess who he’s describing,” Fisher says. Cisco employees ny has flown in employees “It takes maybe 10 around the world from other cities for an anminutes, but he reports bonded by playing nual field day in the fall. But that investing that bit “The Threshold,” a the interaction starts when of time helps people do virtual reality game. they’re still spread out: Emthings they would norployees volunteer to be team captains mally do if they were face to face.” and a draft day is held one month Of course, getting people in the prior to the event. “Once the teams same room always helps, if you can are drafted, each team develops an afford it. To create a feeling of conidentity,” Castellano says. “The day of nectedness among employees at Switch, a St. Louis-based experiential the event is a competition. There are marketing firm with offices in Atlanta, a series of eight events—physical, Phoenix, and Dallas, chief creative of- intellectual, and social challenges. It’s ficer Ann Castellano says the compa- a really good time.”

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On the evening before the event, Switch conducts a company-wide meeting and each team is given a 30-second spot to introduce themselves. At the end of the competition, prizes are awarded to the top three teams and a spirit award is given to the group that demonstrates outstanding creativity, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm. “It’s so well worth the investment,” Castellano says. “The stories made that day live on throughout the year.” —Susan O’Neill

An Odyssey playhouse

These nationwide teambuilding programs provide ways for staffers to learn something new, have fun, and be philanthropic.

Team Samurai teaches staffers the basics of martial arts. Teambuilding Inc. (888.672.1120, teambuildinginc. com) connects martial arts to the workplace in its new program “Team Samurai: The Art of Teamwork.” Instructors use martial arts as a metaphor for work-related topics such as flexibility, focus, communication, and leadership. Participants also learn the basics of meditation, chi, and the mind states of martial arts, and how they relate to personal habits and work. The program can last a full or half day, and prices range from $3,500 to $7,500.

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For an activity with a charitable tie-in, Chico, California-based Odyssey Teams (800.342.1650, odysseyteams.com) offers the Playhouse Challenge. Teams of 10 build children’s play spaces from kits, adding custom paint jobs and decorative window and door designs. Odyssey Teams donates them to local children’s shelters, hospitals, and schools. The exercise runs about six hours and includes pre- and post-activity discussions led by a facilitator. The project requires a minimum of 50 people; prices start at $175 per person. —Lisa Cericola

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CISCO, COURTESY OF TEAMBUILDING INC., COURTESY OF ODYSSEY TEAMS

When employees are scattered across the country, creating the sense that you’re all part of one team can be a challenge. But there are various tactics—and technologies—that can help create bonds among far-flung staffers. At Cisco’s offices in San Jose, California, Angie Smith, the company’s senior manager of global sales experience and global sales operations, designed a virtual meeting attended by more than 19,000 employees in 100 countries in 2009. Rather than attend a company-wide meeting in Las Vegas, employees worked in teams to solve clues in a virtual game held in conjunction with the meeting’s online sessions. “The games were tied to Cisco messaging and content,” Smith says. “There were 13,000 [people] involved in the gaming…they collaborated across the world and tried to solve clues in the alternate reality game. It was just insane.” For this year’s meeting, Cisco created another virtual game, but the meeting itself wasn’t held entirely online. Rather, employees gathered at offices around the world in August and connected to a virtual meeting platform to participate in general sessions. Kimball Fisher, whose Portland, Oregon-based consulting firm, the Fisher Group, trains companies like Hewlett-Packard and IBM on teambuilding techniques, suggests working teambuilding into weekly meetings. “You’ve got to create the virtual water cooler experience for people,” he says. “It’s really important you have a regular time that you get together—either over a Web conference or a teleconference—and that you take some time at every one of those meetings to get to know each other a little bit.” “I’m working with a client at IBM who has 65 direct reports. Before their regular conference call he will interview three to five people and

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Malibu-based Beachy Cream (877.299.7557, beachycream.com) makes ice cream sandwiches in small batches with locally sourced, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Flavors include Key Lime Cowabunga, Strawberry Surfer Girl, and Ginger Wipe CATE R I NG Out. The company has a cart and can make appearances at events. For large crowds, the company offers ice cream sandwich stations or can staff events with servers who pass out the confections from trays. For smaller events, the treats come in a cooler with dry ice. —A.D.

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Maggie Swisher

Former New Line staffer Maggie Swisher brings a decade of studio event expertise to her new production and management company. Maggie Swisher is no stranger to the magic of Hollywood—and movie industry events. A decade ago, Swisher moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles after finishing college, and shortly thereafter, she was heading up the event department for New Line Cinema. Since then, she has run high-profile studio gatherings like premieres for Sex and the City and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, press events like a worldwide junket for After the Sunset, and award show parties, including an Oscar viewing bash at the Pacific Design Center the year The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King took home the gold. She recently launched her own event management and production company, Swisher Productions (310.699.6479, swisherproductions. com). Early clients include big names like Comcast Entertainment Group, Fox Searchlight, CBS Films, and the Weinstein Company, for which she recently planned a party at Comic-Con for the film Piranha 3D. Swisher says her strength is in her company’s teamwork. “Each event requires the assembly of a select team that caters specifically to the needs of the client, event, and branding initiatives. We continue to cultivate fresh and imaginative ideas, and we are constantly challenging ourselves and

incorporating the next big thing—like the hottest DJs, event-friendly twists on food trends, interactive stations for guests, the latest venues and locations, and cutting-edge design—to keep our events different and interesting,” she says. “We cut the drama and work hard and never lose sight of the end product.” Among the events she’s done for Comcast was a party for the E network’s 20th birthday atop the London West Hollywood, where the many moving parts included a live performance by Kelly Rowland on a bridge above the rooftop and aerialists above the pool. Comcast Entertainment Group’s executive director of special events, Wendy Schellinger, says that Swisher is meticulous and thorough. “Maggie has mastered the unique skill set of listening to all your needs, wants, and dreams for an event and facilitating the reality of it all for you from start to finish,” she says. “She’s as ridiculously talented and driven as she is warm and compassionate.” “Our vision is simple: Life’s short, have fun,” Swisher says of her style. “Events are the pinnacle of a corporate product launch, and each event needs to be handcrafted with this in mind. We try to imagine everything from the client’s perspective as well as from the guest’s.” —Alesandra Dubin

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Zen Arts offers a range of entertainers.

Eye-Catching Performances Zen Arts (310.259.7462, zenartsla. com) is an entertainment company with a stable of aerialists, belly, fire, and burlesque dancers, and other cirque-style E NTE RTA I N M E NT performers. The group is available for corporate events and takes on work that requires large-scale rigging and lighting or just a few individual acts. Generally, budgets are about $10,000 or more. —A.D.

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RentalComp (rentalcomp.com) is a searchable online database of more than 30,000 rentals, from chairs to heat lamps to dance floors. Planners can search for items by keyword, which produces a gallery of thumbnail images that can be enlarged and printed. To get prices, the site allows users to email the vendors directly for a quote. The service is free for planners; vendors pay to list their products. —Lisa Cericola

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A NEW SOURCE ON THE EAST COAST National Event Connection (800.358.4335, nationaleventconnection.com), a New York-based entertainment and production company, recently launched a rentals division called Ambiente Designs. Available for events on the East Coast, the collection includes tables, chairs, leather sofas, and a line of sleek light-up lounge furniture made of recycled plastic. In addition to rentals, the company also offers event planning services, lighting, photo booths and games, and live entertainment. —L.C.

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF RENTALCOMP, COURTESY OF CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS, COURTESY OF AMMBIENTE DESIGNS

Candy Ottomans are a new offering from Cort Event Furnishings (888.710.2525, cortevents.com). The seats have a white plastic base and removable fabric tops that come in black, orange, red, and a black-and-white filigree pattern, with storage under the seat cushion. The ottomans can be paired with Cort’s white Pop tables for café seating. The collection is available throughout the U.S. —Alesandra Dubin

New York Fresh Faces

SUSTAINABLE SET Ben Towill and Philip Winser’s catering and event design firm is relatively new, but the partners have been planning events together since they were teenagers in the English countryside. “Before we could even drive, we’d spend time at each others’ houses and throw dinner parties,” Winser says. “Instead of drinking beer and smoking cigarettes, we’d cook proper dinners and sit on the terrace.” After stints working for chefs Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsey, Towill came to New York in 2007 and helped launch the West Village restaurant Kingswood. Meanwhile, Winser honed his skills at U.K.-based event planning firms Party Ingredients and the Admirable Crichton. In 2008, Winser found himself in New York, and the two decided to go into business, combining their event experience and culinary talent. The name Silkstone (646.861.1545, silkstonenyc. com) represents their view of the service industry: “silk” for creativity and elegance, “stone” for integrity and labor. Like many catering firms, Silkstone

focuses on sustainability. But unlike other companies, Winser and Towill prefer a simpler, stripped down approach that emphasizes local and seasonal produce. Vegetable spoons, a signature menu item, are a trio of spoons that hold colorful, bite-sized combinations of vegetables such as zucchini, pine nuts, and basil, beets with horseradish crème fraîche, and candied carrots. “Together they are fantastic, three little tastes. And the colors are visually stimulating,” Towill says. Meat is not at the center of Silkstone’s menus, for environmental and health reasons, but when it is used, it comes from local purveyor Heritage Meats. “We integrate grains and vegetables and use meat as more of a side element,” Towill says. UBS Financial Services hired Silkstone to cater a 50-person lunch at Urban Zen in June. “Their food was fresh, creative, healthy, and delicious, and aligned perfectly with the serene Urban Zen space and the vibe of the day,” says Emily Joslin, director of marketing for

UBS. “The desserts were outstanding, especially the cocoaBen Towill dusted dates with and Philip mascarpone. And Winser our guests never had to ask for refills on water or elderflower lemonade and hibiscus iced tea.” After the event, Silkstone donated leftovers to City Harvest. Winser describes the company as “food led,” but says they can handle other aspects of event production such as staffing, finding venues and rentals, sourcing floral and lighting designers, and even creating custom furniture when necessary. For a recent Cadillac event, Silkstone made glass tables with floral arrangements encased inside and a chrome bar. “First and foremost,

Art on Wheels The Marcoart Mobile (347.422.7821, marcoart.com) may look like one of the dozens of food trucks on the streets of New York, but this vehicle sells original paintings by an artist known as Marco. For a $250 fee, the truck will make appearances at events, where guests can buy 4- by 6-inch prints of his work ($25 each) or watch him paint live. For E NTE RTA I N ME NT kids, Marco will draw designs in black paint marker on blank stretched canvases that the children can paint themselves, coloring-book style. Or he can provide blank canvases for children to paint. Paintings are not included in the appearance fee. —L.C.

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we make sure [guests] are comfortable and well fed, and second, focus on understanding a company’s brand Heirloom and how the design works,” tomato Winser says. salad If running a catering company wasn’t enough, in September, the partners are opening a restaurant on the Lower East Side. Called Fat Radish, it will offer private dining options and a likeminded menu of local, seasonal fare. —Lisa Cericola

CUSTOM FROZEN TREATS Popbar (212.255.4874, pop-bar.com) makes gelato and sorbet popsicles dipped in chocolate and coated in toppings like coffee grounds, coconut, CATE R I NG crushed nuts, and biscotti crumbles. The treats are $3.75 each; unlimited dippings and toppings cost an additional 50 cents per bar. The individually packaged pops can be delivered in insulated bags in Manhattan below 110th Street. Orders of 100 bars or more get a 5 percent discount or free Popbar’s gelato delivery. —L.C. and sorbet pops

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Children can be just as hard to impress as older guests. Here are some fun ideas for kid-centric events. By LISA CERICOLA

At the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto in June, Katy Perry delighted teenage fans by arriving on the red carpet in an ice cream truck.

In May, Nickelodeon held its first annual Mega Music Fest in New York. Producers from Fresh Wata (702.889.0935, freshwata.com) set up a station where kids could decorate noisemakers and provided giant pods for trying musical instruments.

In April, Miami’s One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa (305.455.5400, oneluxuryhotels.com) celebrated its new children’s program with T-shirt decorating and sushi-making stations.

For the July premiere of the new King Kong attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, Wildlife Waystation Animal Refuge (818.899.5201, wildlifewaystation.org) supplied animals and Fortune Entertainment (818.760.0560, efortune. com) provided jungle-themed entertainment.

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2. Philadelphia-based Beautiful Blooms (215.925.9300, beautifulblooms.com) used more than 500 vases and a metal grid to create a hanging topographic map at the 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show.

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Luxirare (luxirare.com) is a weekly webzine about “killer clothes and fine cuisine” where blogger Ji shows off her latest edible and sartorial creations, from edible crayons to an Yves Saint Laurent-inspired chain jacket.

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German company Novero (novero.com) aims to make technology fashionable. Its latest offering, the Victoria Collection, combines Bluetooth headsets with highend jewelry. The pieces, which cost $250 to $350 each, come in five styles ranging from a string of pearls to a masculine black and silver design that clips to a shirt. Each one has an earpiece and a pendant that hides a high-quality microphone.

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Bompas and Parr (jellymongers.co.uk) design outlandish “food experiences,” like a recent event that charted periods in food history. Sponsored by Courvoisier, “Bompas and Parr’s Complete History of Food” filled a five-story townhouse with installations including flooded dining rooms, massive sugar sculptures, and scratch n’ sniff TV dinners. The duo’s latest book, Jelly With Bompas and Parr will be available in the U.S. in 2011 from Sterling Publishing Co.

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6. For Architect Expo 2010 in Bangkok, local design firm Apostrophy’s (apostrophys. com), created a striking tented structure for publisher Art4d. The designers draped lime green fabric over several poles that lit the space from within. Huge black zippers served as windows and doors. Inside, the exhibit had five sections for reading, resting, drinking coffee, making purchases, and a play area for kids.

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Grant Achatz (@gachatz), chef-owner of Chicago’s famed Alinea restaurant, writes about his avant-garde culinary experiments and the restaurant business. Industrial design Web site Core77 (@core77) delivers constant updates about all facets of the design world, from furniture to packaging to technology. Steve Rubel (@steverubel), senior vice president and director of insights for Edelman Digital, focuses on how emerging technologies and trends can be applied to marketing.

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The new book Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art examines the history of global street art. Published by Taschen, Trespass includes work by 150 artists like Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, and Banksy, as well as essays by Anne Pasternak of Creative Time and civil rights lawyer Tony Serra.

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Pipeline, Harry Allen Design’s (212.529.7239, harryallendesign.com) new seating collection for furniture company Dune (212.925.6171, dune-ny. com) is an industrial take on modular seating.

A New Lounge for Wintry Events During Fashion Week this past February, Marcel at the Gramercy opened Polar, a lounge on the lower level of the hotel, now available for private events. Housed in what was once a storage area, the spot takes its design cues from the North Pole, with elements that imitate ice, igloos, and polar bear skin. Created by interior design firm Goodman Charlton, the same company responsible for the Empire Hotel’s renovation, Polar has silver-painted brick walls, a white, black, and gray color scheme, snowy white banquettes, fluffy white pillows, mirrors, and glass tables. The Gramercy Park venue is offered for private events of as many as 125 guests; food and beverage packages are available. (201 East 24th St., 212.292.7502)

Venues

New York

By ANNA SEKULA

Flexible Space at Todd English’s Latest A Centrally Located Loft and Terrace At the border of Chelsea and Midtown is Top of the Garden, a dedicated event space that officially opened in June. The bilevel venue is two blocks south of Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, making it a convenient spot to entertain before a game or host informal meetings with out-of-town clients. Atop a nondescript building, the site includes a clean, open-plan loft measuring 1,800 square feet. An equally uncluttered 1,000-square-foot rooftop terrace overlooking Penn Station and Madison Square Garden connects to the loft via an internal staircase. The site comes fully equipped with track lighting and sound, and exclusive vendors include Robert Stark Lighting, Choice Productions for catering, and Swank Productions, for planning, design, and flowers. (251 West 30th St., 212.643.0055)

A Modern Tavern for Wall Street BLT Bar & Grill, the latest effort from the BLT Restaurant Group, opened in July inside the new W Downtown hotel. Just off the lobby and spread across two spacious levels, the 150-seat eatery serves chef Christophe Bellanca’s casual American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to 30 seats on the patio, BLT Bar & Grill offers a 20-seat private room, which is equipped for meetings and overlooks the second-floor walkway. (123 Washington St., 646.826.8666)

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PHOTOS: COURTESY OF BRANDSWAY CREATIVE (POLAR), COURTESY OF TOP OF THE GARDEN, BIZBASH (CA VA, BLT BAR & GRILL)

Done up in neutral tones with wood accents and comfy leather seating, Ça Va is a French brasserie from chef Todd English. Inside the new InterContinental Times Square hotel, the 125-seat eatery opened in July and was designed by Jeffrey Beers. At the front is Ça Va Marché, a takeout market selling sandwiches, salads, and pastries. Farther in, an L-shaped bar sits between the roomy lounge and the 80-seat main dining room. To the rear of the venue is a private dining section that seats 56. It has audiovisual capabilities and walls that lower from the ceiling to split the area into three separate rooms for smaller groups. (310 West 44th St., 212.803.4545)

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Reinvention Center A look at Javits’ long-awaited new pavilion. The new Javits Center North pavilion

The passageway between the new pavilion and the original center, called “the Link” docks on the facility’s west side with direct access to the floor, dedicated restrooms and food service areas, and a ceiling that is 25 feet high at its lowest point.

The look is modern and airy, with polished concrete floors and natural light coming through skylights, windows, and the glass passageway. A plaza adjacent to the building can be used for outdoor functions. Now the Empire State Development Corporation, Javits,

Tishman Construction, FxFowle Epstein, and the New York Convention Center Development Corporation start repairing and upgrading the main expo facility. Renovations to the original Javits Center began in July and are expected to finish by fall 2013. In the plans are the replacement of the roof with green materials, the installation of a new glass curtain wall, and the repair and upgrade of safety, security, lighting, and plumbing systems. —Anna Sekula

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Years in the making, the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was completed at the end of July with the opening of the 100,000-square-foot pavilion known as Javits Center North (655 West 34th St., 212.216.2186). The extension—on the Midtown West block bounded by 39th Street, 11th Avenue, 40th Street, and 12th Avenue—connects to the original site by a 30-foot-wide passageway and offers 80,000 square feet of exhibition space. Among the components available in the column-free site are hang points on a 20- by 20-foot grid with a capacity of 3,000 pounds per point, loading

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Los Angeles

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Steps off the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, the Music Box, formerly known as the Fonda, recently completed a signiďŹ cant renovation. Available for event booking for a variety of group sizes, the venue was built in the ’20s and functioned as a playhouse and movie theater before being turned into a concert venue. The new renovation, with a design conceived by Roy Nachum, has a capacity of more than 1,000. The main ballroom has room for 800 standing. The balcony overlooking it has room for 250, and the rooftop patio holds 300. (6126 Hollywood Blvd., 323.464.0808 ext.106)

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A Splashy, Multiuse Hollywood Venue After months of buzz, in July the Hard Rock Café debuted its second Hollywood location. The 20,000-square-foot venue in the Hollywood & Highland Center holds 900 guests. The stage on the main floor allows for live music and shows, and there is an open display kitchen, opposite which stands an elevated bar. Memorabilia includes a Fergie tour outfit and Jamie Foxx’s tuxedo from the film Ray. Catering, entertainment, and event merchandise can be customized, and a private room with top-end audiovisual systems seats 40. (6801 Hollywood Blvd., 818.622.7660)

A Mod, Studio-Inspired Space Syndicate Hospitality has opened MyStudio in the former Mood space. Full buyout of the 4,500-square-foot venue is available for 400, or a semiprivate area for about 40 may be created behind heavy curtains and includes its own bar. The concept is a high-end club in the style of a photographer’s 1960s New York studio, adorned with touches of gold, marble, and black leather. Candid shots of models, easels, chandeliers, and bookshelves, and oversize industrial fans decorate the walls. (6623 Hollywood Blvd., 323.960.3300 ext. 24)

Red O opened in May, serving Mexican cuisine by Rick Bayless, the Chicagobased chef known for his PBS series, Mexico—One Plate at a Time and Top Chef Masters win. The menu includes authentic Mexican and lighter, California-style dishes. The dining atrium seats 58. Glass garage doors open to Melrose on one side and the main dining room on the other. The glass roof is also retractable. The main dining room seats 60 for events, with a 14-foot communal table, a bar area with leather swings for seats, and a semiprivate dining area. A more casual tequila lounge holds 30; it has a 25-footlong fireplace, bar, and a direct entrance. (8155 Melrose Ave., 323.655.5009)

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High Flyer Red Bull brought its international air race to New York’s waterways for the first time in June.

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Some 40,000 guests headed to Liberty State Park via ferry and train during the weekend to view the Air Race.

Female Red Bull staffers donned aeronautical-inspired uniforms in all areas of the event.

Red Bull branded much of the inflatable racecourse.

The event’s sprawling footprint took over two areas of Liberty State Park (leaving plenty of free, prime viewing space for those without tickets), and included two 40-foot-tall grandstands that sat 4,000 and 8,000, a 4,000-square-foot broadAfter five years of planning, Red Bull cast center, a five-story radio control tower, and raced planes over New York’s waterways. dozens of concessions serving eight-ounce sirloin burgers for just $6. “The goal is to give guests This summer Red Bull defied odds an experience as high-end as the brand,” said NEW YORK by taking over the waters beEatertainment Special Events director Sebastien tween Battery Park and Liberty State Park to stage Centner, who orchestrated the weekend’s catera two-day air race, where 12 pilots zipped through ing (with help from Great Performances) and an inflatable obstacle course at speeds of 250hospitality. plus miles per hour. Circling the Statue of Liberty Speaking of hospitality, there was plenty of on June 19 and 20, the single-seat prop planes en- it. Beyond the general ticketed areas were three tertained some 40,000 ticket holders throughout V.I.P. areas that—for a price—offered unparalthe weekend, with British pilot Paul Bonhomme leled views, open bars and buffets, plush seating, taking the top prize for his one-minute, 10-second and some much needed shade. The “Race Club” flight time. section of the campus housed some 2,000 guests Created in 2003 by Red Bull and Austrian firm (for $200 a day) and came with complimentary CW Sports Marketing, the Air Race has since set sunscreen, highboy tables and stools, oversize up 49 courses—over both land and water—in umbrellas, and unlimited burgers, hot dogs, countries including Germany, the United Arab beers, and Red Bull-infused cocktails from eight Emirates, Australia, Portugal, Canada, and Brazil. It bars. Companies looking to entertain clients and took nearly five years of planning for a New York staffers could also participate by buying lots of leg of the race to become a reality, given the city’s 50 $750 two-day tickets, for access to a separate size and stringent security standards. lounge and better views of the course.

The grassy Race Club expanse was home to two 360-degree bars, each housed under a Red Bullbranded tent. Guests at the event were allowed a max of five alcoholic drinks each.

The air-conditioned High Flyers Lounge was the V.V.I.P. area of the weekend, where celebrities like Liev Schreiber and Zach Braff viewed the race.

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Staffers placed buckets of snacks atop the highboys and bar in the Race Club area.

Built by crane, anchored by 30,000 liters of water, and housing five functioning floors, the 75-foot Red Bull race tower travels from city to city.

The High Flyers Lounge, a V.V.I.P. area of sorts, was home to a plusher, air-conditioned environment with a $1,500 two-day ticket. Guest like Liev Schreiber and Zach Braff viewed the race from a bilevel structure filled with fluffy white couches couches, potted palm trees, upgraded eats, and champagne service. While Red Bull ran the show, sponsors Stoli, Volkswagen, and Breitling got in on the action via cocktail menus, course branding, and plane sponsorships, respectively. Next up for the pilots was Lausitz, Red Bull Air Race Germany, on August Catering, Concessions, 7 and 8, followed Hospitality Management, by Budapest later Specialty Furniture that month, and the Eatertainment Special Events & Catering season’s last race, in Catering, Staffing Great Portugal in SeptemPerformances ber. While a final Portable Toilets Mr. John decision has yet to Production Mountain Sports International be announced, the Rentals Party Rental Ltd. event is nearly conSecurity SOS Security Inc. firmed to return to Tenting Advanced Tent the New York area Rental, Miller’s Skytracker and Premiere Rental in 2011. —Courtney Services Thompson

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With summer comes crowd-pleasing tentpole movies, and Columbia Pictures threw some of the season’s splashiest premieres in Los Angeles and New York.

A giant cutout of Jaden Smith’s character served as a centerpiece in the party space. A wall of birdshaped lanterns at the party borrowed from a first-kiss scene in the movie.

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A troupe performed a dragon dance for guests at the party.

At the premiere for Salt, 12-foottall letters decked the arrivals carpet in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Salt Los Angeles, July 19 Held in the Hollywood & Highland Center, the after-party’s lighting motif from ELS took the form of multiple lines, borrowing from the many angles and architectural scenes in the film. Inset lettering in the arrivals carpet spelled the film’s tagline. 15/40 Productions planned the arrivals while Benarroch Productions handled the after-party.

Wolfgang Puck catered Russian-inspired dishes.

Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem walked the red carpet in front of the Ziegfeld for the premiere of Eat, Pray, Love.

The Benarroch Productions-produced after-party headed to the Metropolitan Club, where the venue’s West Lounge housed 16 communal V.I.P. tables from Frank Alexander NYC for the film’s cast and crew.

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Katy Perry turned the MMVA stage into a candyland for her performance of “California Gurls.”

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that wound across the ceiling and added a playful element to the spaces. “The tubes represent connecting all of the different [CTV] properties.” Party guests, who began arriving at 7 p.m. (two hours before the broadcast), received color-coded CTV transformed its Queen Street wristbands (purple for media, red for reception headquarters into a multilevel guests) at a check-in desk set up in a black tent party venue for the MMVAs. at the venue’s Richmond Street entrance. Guests mingled and watched footage of the red-carpet arMore than 2,000 guests filled CTV’s rivals on television sets throughout the venue. TORONTO Queen Street headquarters on June Non-broadcast artists arrived via the red 20 for a multilevel party during the broadcast of carpet while performers entered through a the 21st annual MuchMusic Video Awards, which separate door that attracted a crowd of 8,000 fans to the intersecled directly into the MuchMusic Video tion of Queen and John streets for a show coartist lounge and Awards hosted by Miley Cyrus and featuring performanc- greenrooms. White Catering Daniel et Daniel es by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Drake. furnishings from Event Creation & Catering The network—which didn’t host a major Furnishings by Corey Decor, Event Management industry party at the 2009 event—invited emfilled the 40 dressThree Event Planning & Design Inc. ployees, sponsors, artists, and record-label execu- ing rooms, each of Flowers Earthwork tives to the bash, planned by Mafalda Caruso, which had a table Furniture Rentals CTV’s executive director of special events, and Rob laden with sweets. Contemporary Furniture Dittmer of Three Event Planning & Design. The Rather than Rentals Inc., Furnishings by Corey pair designed two party spaces in the eTalk and hosting a gift Printing National Sign & MuchMusic studios on the building’s main floor, lounge, CTV made Design Group Inc. and another in the network’s fifth-floor offices. a $10,000 donation Rentals Exclusive Affair “The inspiration for all of the party space was to the Young Artists Rentals Inc. Staffing Core Event Staff from the promotions on MuchMusic,” said Caruso, for Haiti initiative. Staging RnR Staging who called on Dittmer to create colorful tubes —Susan O’Neill

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German Import Volkswagen staged a Times Square concert for the global debut of its new car. In the hope of stirring public interest and strengthening its presence in the U.S. market, Volkswagen took the launch of its latest vehicle to the masses on June 15. A constellation of summer scenery—banks of sand, swaths of grass turf, and an enormous canopy— plus a surprise performance by Katy Perry and a cooking demo by Mario Batali set the stage in Times Square for a bold marketing ploy, which tion, but create it within the city’s restrictions for marked the global debut of the 2011 Jetta. events in Times Square. That entailed adhering Starting at 10 a.m., swarms of tourists and to a strict schedule for load-in and construction, New Yorkers joined hundreds of journalists, Volkwhile being unable to perform technical checks swagen dealers, and Germany-based VW execuahead of time. And for safety reasons, the details tives for the event, filling Duffy Square and the shared with the press before the event had to be TKTS booth to capacity. kept to a minimum, preventing the number of Positioning the marketing stunt in the highly spectators from swelling out of control—as hapvisible intersection was a strategic move for the pened at a South Street Seaport event with the German automaker, which recently reported rapper Drake later the same day. better-than-expected sales and counts the Jetta However, once the everything kicked off, Volkas one of its bestselling models. It swagen was able to take advanVolkswagen’s World also made for a considerable task tage of its location, using Z100 DJ JJ Debut of 2011 Jetta assigned to the producers at Jack Kincaid to rally the assembled mob PR MWW Group Morton: Not only did the crew have and splashing a live simulcast onto Production Jack Morton to develop a fitting environment the Jumbotron above the adjacent Worldwide for the brand and its bid for attenAmerican Eagle store. —Anna Sekula

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Long before Katy Perry took the stage for her three-song set, hundreds packed the street and the auditorium-style seating at the TKTS booth in Duffy Square.

Mario Batali followed Perry, preparing Italian summer dishes.

In Chicago, the promotion hit a number of places, including the platform of the Chicago Avenue stop on the El train.

Described as a live art installation, the promo was meant to introduce the premise of Covert Affairs and its main character, while disseminating information about the show’s debut.

Covert Operations USA Network teased its new spy drama with an army of secret agents. Eager to drive viewers to the July 15 premiere of Covert Affairs, USA Network deployed a crop of identically dressed women to march through the streets of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago on July 14 and 15. Masquerading as the show’s lead character, C.I.A. agent Annie Walker, the troop of 40 spies clad in white trench coats, sunglasses, red fedoras, and red pumps paraded past high-traffic public areas to silently spread the message. Devised by the TV network and XA, the Experiential Agency as more of a live art installation than the typical street stunt, the promotion involved carefully scripted movements and a strategic route to maximize exposure in each market. The operatives were instructed not to speak and limited their interaction with consumers to handing out fliers about the premiere, a sweepstakes contest, and the show’s online presence. “We are always trying to find innovative ways to create cultural chatter about our series. We have created a visual spectacle that both teases the spy premise of Covert Affairs and stops people in their path,” said Alexandra Shapiro, the senior vice president of brand marketing and digital for NBC Universal/USA Network. “This is the next evolution of street marketing. Nothing has been left to chance. We have choreographed every move.” Starting with New York on July 14, the group trekked across the Brooklyn Bridge and into the financial district and various Manhattan locales before deploying in busy sites in the other three cities on the 15th. Gathering at 8 a.m., groups of agents simultaneously made their way into and around iconic spots like Michigan Avenue and Daley Plaza in Chicago, Philadelphia’s RitUSA Network’s Covert tenhouse Square and Affairs Promotion 30th Street Station, Event Management, and Faneuil Hall and Production XA, the the Public Garden in Experiential Agency Chicago Boston, before wrapStaffing Eye5 Mktg & ping up just after 6 Talent Inc. p.m. —Anna Sekula

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The producers instructed the teams to disperse in certain areas and strike covert poses, such as reading newspapers on benches in a Chicago train station.

Operatives were instructed not to speak and limited their interaction with consumers to handing out fliers detailing the premiere.

SUVs subtly branded with the name of the show and television network transported the spies to new locations.

The Covert Affairs stunt began in New York on July 14, starting at the Brooklyn Bridge in the morning.

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To add a bit of intrigue to the promo, the producers employed lowkey clues such as bags marked with a small graphic of the show’s logo.

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Russian Standard The Opera Ball offered history lessons via themed rooms at the Russian Embassy

The Washington National Opera set a new standard for its largest annual fund-raiser, the Opera Ball, which took over the ceremonial building at the Embassy of the Russian Federation on May 21. This year marked the first time the Opera Ball was hosted in conjunction with Russia, and throughout the evening more than 600 guests were immersed in Russian history by way of five themed spaces that offered glimpses into the nations’s past and its future. The event, which was overseen by chairman Susan Lehrman, raised $1.5 million. Patti Humphrey, director of special events for the Washington National Opera, said the ceremonial building at the embassy was an easy choice due to the fact that it “was such a clean slate to work with, but still offered so much history and tradition.” Although these spaces offered plenty of creative freedom, there still were challenges to working within the confines of an embassy. While a typical Opera Ball takes five days to set up, this year’s event required 12, due to the security requirements and the large amount of furniture In the Golden Hall, two dessert stations and decor. served Faberge egg cakes by Sylvia Weinstock. For the majority of attendees, the evening began at one of 22 formal dinners hosted by embassies all over the city. Guests arrived at the Russian embassy shortly after 9:30 p.m., where a canopied red carpet ran from the front gate to the entryway, and Quince Imaging projected eight-story images of traditional Russian architecture on one of the ancillary embassy buildings. Inside the embassy, the lobby The Washington was transformed into a winter landNational Opera Ball scape with plush white carpets and Audio All Stage and Sound white birch trees lining the hallway. Inc. The winter theme continued into the Catering Occasions courtyard, which was designed in Caterers, Sylvia Weinstock Cakes, Terracocoa tribute to the upcoming 2014 Winter Entertainment Alexander Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Izbitser, Duchin On the second floor were four Entertainment, KSE themed rooms including the Golden Productions Inc. Flowers Fields & Chambers Hall, which was made over as St. PeFloral Events, Flowers, tersburg’s Winter Palace; Yellow Hall, Sticks and Stones: Designs which became a Russian tea room; Petrovsky Hall became an ice by Susan Edgar, Plants Petrovsky Hall, which resembled an palace complete with seven Alive Inc. Lighting Atmosphere Inc., ice palace; and Palekh Hall, which nine-foot-tall ice sculptures. Frost Lighting took on the look of Tolstoy’s library. Printing MacImpressions For entertainment, the Peter Production Sandi R. Duchin Orchestra kept the dance Hoffman LLC Special Events floor abuzz, and rising opera stars Projections Quince Imaging from the Bolshoi Opera gave three Rentals DC Rental, Gala Inc., 15-minute performances in an adjaHDO Productions, Party cent auditorium. The ball concluded Rental Ltd., Props for Today Valet Atlantic Services shortly after 1 a.m. and all guests reGroup ceived an official program and a shot Venue Embassy of the glass engraved with the symbol of Russian Federation the Russian Federation. —T.J. Walter

Vintage samovars decorated the Yellow Hall, which became a Russian tearoom.

Quince Imaging projected images of storied Russian architecture on one of the embassy’s ancillary buildings.

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The main floor of Good Units was turned into an obstacle course, encouraging attendees to participate in a physical hunt for treasure.

Staffers in safari-style outfits helped guide guests through the bilevel Hudson Hotel space.

Challenges included reaching into a crate of live insects while blindfolded.

An elevated pool of water and sand formed the “quicksand challenge,” which required participants to carry a crate through the sinking pit.

Guests could earn points at a climbing wall.

A sword swallower alluded to the fictional life of the “Most Interesting Man in the World.”

curious array of props, the Mirrorball-produced communication and bring to life the concept. evening put guests through an obstacle course of Across the board what we try to do is reinforce challenges to win prizes. the brand’s positioning as the premium import “The ‘Most Interesting Cargo Hunt’ is Dos beer for those who want to live a more interesting Equis’s summer promotional initiative, and what life. We do that by providing these really unique Dos Equis created a real-life we’ve done, as in the past, is try to create more of experiences for consumers that they’re not gotreasure hunt as an extension of its a holistic approach to the program. So whether ing to find with any other beer brand, let alone “Most Interesting Man” campaign. you see it at a retail store, bars, at events, or on any other brand,” Thompson said. “The timing is the Internet, it’s all communicating the same ripe: The millennial consumer, our core audience The Dos Equis “Most Interestmessage, which is to deliver our advertising of of 21- to 34-year-old males, is really looking for NEW YORK ing Man in the World” campaign the ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ and give adventure, looking for an opportunity to experiand its fictitious namesake have extended to a consumers the opportunity to experience a more ence something unique, something interesting, plethora of marketing opportunities since 2007, interesting life, perhaps move away from the and aspire to be like the ‘most interesting man,’ so spawning a series of television commercials, mundane and day-to-day,” said Dos Equis brand that’s what we focus on.” radio spots, print placements, and digital content, manager Ryan Thompson. To ensure the setting for the cargo hunt was as well as a set of consumer events, traveling Far from routine, the face-to-face event invited consistent with the promotion’s Web site and the promotions, and a reality show. The Mexican beer 275 eager attendees to earn rewards by climbing a overall aesthetic of the “Most Interesting Man in brand’s latest spin off revolving around its beard- rock wall, running through a pit of quicksand, ropthe World” campaign, Mirrorball added wooden ed pitchman is the “Most Interesting Cargo Hunt,” ing a crate, rummaging through a box filled with crates to the venue and scattered curios like old a virtual search for lost artifacts, which in the real bugs, playing a computer game, and hunting for photo albums, vintage cameras, and animal skulls world translates to prizes and a chance to win a four-digit codes. By finding five difon both floors. Framed portraits of trip to Mexico. And, much like last year’s project, ferent codes and completing all five the character and plenty of Dos EqDos Equis Cargo Hunt the “Most Interesting Academy,” this consumer trials, competitors had a chance to uis rounded out the spread. outreach initiative is combined with in-person win the grand prize, a trip to Mexico Catering Hudson Hotel Face-to-face promotions for the DJ DJ JP Solis gatherings. as the photo journalist for the “Most Models Brand Allure cargo hunt appeared at more events An event at Good Units on July 21 was one Interesting Man in the World.” over the summer, including the Photo Booth Catch the Moment such occasion, luring a largely male crowd to the “The event was an opportunity July 24 M.I.A. concert on Governors PR Hill & Knowlton Inc. Hudson Hotel’s basement space for the Heinekto take the slightly less tangible Island and festivals in other cities, Production Mirrorball en-owned company’s invite-only treasure hunt. of what happens online through albeit in a smaller pop-up lounge Venue Good Units Spread across two floors and reinforced with a different forms of advertising and format. —Anna Sekula

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Matsumoto & Sons topped stations, tables, and bars for a clean, monochromatic look. An illuminated circular bar served as the party’s centerpiece, and other bars had quilted white fronts. White gobos bore the logos of A.F.I. The all-white A.F.I. award after-party and Deloitte. In the commissary and dining room took over the Sony Commissary space, chocolate brown wood and white cushwith a quick turnaround. ioned seating advanced the mostly monochromatic palette. There are few directors more Ordinary workday business on the lot necesLOS ANGELES iconic than Mike Nichols, who sitated a tight loadA.F.I. Lifetime scooped up A.F.I.’s lifetime achievement award on in window of only Achievement Award June 10, and there are few venues in town more about five hours. “As After-Party iconic than Sony Pictures Studios’ stage 15, where we utilized the Sony filming for The Wizard of Oz took place. The guests commissary and Catering Wolfgang Puck of the black-tie taped-for-TV marathon ceremony dining room, we had Catering Flowers C.J. Matsumoto (which aired on TV Land on June 26) in Nichols’ to wait until 2 p.m. & Sons honor moved afterward to a more casual minwhen each ceased Furniture Rentals gling space, mostly outside, for a smart-looking its usual daily activLounge22, Luxe Event after-party. American Film Institute director of ity serving Sony Rentals & Decor Lighting, Projections special events Tess Csiszar tapped Jason Wanderer employees to begin ShowPro of Precision Event Group for the production. load in,” Wanderer Design, Event About 600 of the 1,000 guests flowed into the said. “We than had Management, Production alfresco space adjacent to the stage, plus the com- another two hours Precision Event Group Rentals Classic Party missary and dining room on the Sony lot, around 11 of striking existing Rentals p.m., when the ceremony wrapped. Wolfgang Puck furniture before we Security, Sound, Venue offered hors d’oeuvres and desserts from passed could load in.” Sony Pictures Studios trays and at stations. All-white flowers from C.J. —Alesandra Dubin Special Events

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on the expo floor, an 80- by 20-foot kitchen for chef demonstrations, tastings, and a sandwich-making competition hosted by Padma Lakshmi. Procter & Gamble also occupied a significant area with its The sixth go-round of the rapidly grow- “Home Away From Home” concept, where bloggers could attend presentations, get product news and ing BlogHer conference drew more giveaways, and relax. attendees and big-brand sponsors. Despite being in a large hotel, the two floors of event space felt intimate, Groh said. One level BlogHer, an online network of fewas dedicated to all opening and closing sessions, NEW YORK male bloggers, has a tagline: “Life keynote speeches, parties, and the entrance to the Well Said.” But the organization’s fast-growing expo hall. The other floor housed breakout sessions, conference—an annual two-day symposium— the swag exchange, an Internet café sponsored by could have its own moniker: “Event Well SponChevy Bolt, press and speaker lounges, and a lactasored.” On August 5 and 6, the sixth iteration of tion lounge. the conference attracted some 2,400 attendees That’s right, a lactation lounge. Many women and 100 sponsors to the Hilton New York, an bring their babies, “and we encourage that,” Groh increase over last year’s conference in Chicago by said. It’s a nod to the conference’s mom-centric 1,000 guests and 50 vendors, respectively. audience and an acknowledgment of how the The swell in numbers is a key indicator of the BlogHer attendee differs from that of a tradirapid growth of women who blog and the scores tional B-to-B conference. “They’re not just here to of high-profile companies looking to actively ennetwork; they’re here to form relationships with gage their attention. people,” said Elaine Wu, BlogHer’s marketing pro“They realized the value of having this in-person grams manager. connection with bloggers,” said Erin Groh, who BlogHer also made an effort to clarify for atheads up sponsor services at BlogHer. The goal for tendees which were the official BlogHer events by sponsors is to build relationships with attendees, keeping almost everything on site. Only two sancand thus Groh encouraged companies to create tioned events, a Liberty Mutual event at Ellis Island experiences that would resonate with the audience and a party hosted by AOL, were held off site, both rather than just hand out products. on Thursday. But that didn’t stop other ON BIZBASH.COM brands—like Schick, which hosted a That push was evident throughout the event. Sara Lee-owned food More photos and vendor Thursday night cocktail party at Stone credits for promotions sur- Rose—from piggybacking on the concompanies Hillshire Farm and Jimrounding the conference ference. —Erika Rasmusson Janes my Dean created the largest booth

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Mitchell Zeidwig performed piano feats.

ater with aerial performance rigging from Branam Enterprises, a 60-foot LED screen backdrop, and a main stage as well as multiple video screens. Aramark created a Western menu for the Chinese palate, including crispy battered tofu with Amway China brought 13,000 snap peas and soft fettuccine, and Halal roasted travelers in for an $80 Million, Petaluma duck. five-gala incentive program. When guests were seated, the show kicked off with a multidiAmway China Gala If size matters, as they say, a mensional opening Series LOS ANGELES five-gala series for Amway staged with custom Catering Aramark China that spanned the month of June mattered visuals against the Decor, Flowers more than most other events. The nearly identical LED screen and DesignWright Inc. parties, with a total budget of $80 million, conincluding gymnasts Decor, Flowers, Production sisted of five events for the five different waves of in flying stars susEventworks Inc. Lighting Visions Lighting Chinese sales reps who visited Southern Califorpended in the hall, Reception Talent nia as part of an incentive travel program. Each acrobats and paper Champagne Creative group experienced the same program of activities puppets on stage, and Group, International and gala evenings. Roughly 13,000 attendees pyrotechnic displays. Celebrity Images, Key Artist Group, Ray Johns participated, with 1,800 to 3,000 at each gala, The action occurred Presents all of which were held in Hall D at the Anaheim overhead, on the Rentals Chameleon Chair Convention Center. Amway greater China and floor, and on stage Collection, Classic Party regional office associate director of audiovisual simultaneously. The Rentals and events production Bert Li oversaw the event dinner show included Rigging Branam Enterprises internally, tapping EventWorks to produce. shadow dancers Sound Design Harold Amway China invited proposals and bids for L’Ombre, basketball Blumberg the program last summer, and a contract was sensation AcroDunk’s Sound Equipment Delicate Productions Inc. signed early this year. Janet Elkins, Ted Bowers, and flying performance, Talent Entertainment Plus Greg Holford of EventWorks came up the event’s and a Michael JackProductions Inc. title and concept, “You Are a Star.” (The meaning son tribute. A-Mei, a Talent L.A. Linq/ of star is different in Chinese, so the slogan had to star in the MandarinSports Marketing & Entertainment be translated to something like “You Are a Part of speaking world, conTechnical Direction Heaven” to make sense.) The message was that all cluded the evening Technical Show guests were stars of Amway China’s sales force. with a concert. In all, Management Novelty acts like human fountains, walking the galas used 50 live Venue Anaheim Convention Center buffets, and stilt walkers entertained the crowd. performers. Video Equipment DWP Live EventWorks transformed Hall D into a dinner the- —Alesandra Dubin

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iVillage set up a red and white living room set with facts about the company on the walls.

Pistils and Petals incorporated Anisa International’s cosmetic brushes into the floral centerpieces on the bar.

Cosmetic brush manufacturer Anisa International sponsored Monday’s cocktail party on the green.

Unlike traditional conference schedules that consist of breakout sessions and keynote presentations, the summit staged its meetings with all attendees in the same session all day. “When doing breakout sessions, attendees can pick and choose Women’s Wear Daily hosted its what they want to hear,” Wayne said. “At this sumconference for beauty C.E.O.s with mit we get all the top C.E.O.s in the industry in the multiple sponsored parties. same room to hear the same information from our speakers who address critical issues facing the Women’s Wear Daily hosted its industry today and talk about solutions.” PALM BEACH 13th Beauty C.E.O. Summit at Following Tuesday’s meeting, Fairchild staged the Breakers in Palm Beach. The three-day, invite- an afternoon spa party in the cabanas surroundonly conference began on Monday, May 10, with ing the hotel pool. Sponsored by Foot Petals, a 270 C.E.O.s and other executives from the top 100 women’s high heel cushion insert company, the beauty companies in attendance. event included pedicure and reflexology stations, “[This is] the only meeting of record for beauty a branded drying lounge in Foot Petals’ logo colors, industry people to get new ideas and hear from the and themed drinks and snacks catered by the hotel. most cutting edge speakers from all After the treatments wrapped over the world,” said Jennifer Wayne, up, market research company Women’s Wear Daily events manager for summits at Communispace Corporation Beauty C.E.O. Summit Fairchild Fashion Group, a division of hosted a poolside cocktail party Audiovisual Production magazine publisher Condé Nast, who before dinner in one of the hotel PSAV Presentation Services Catering, Production, led a team of five event coordinators. ballrooms. Boutique fragrance Venue The Breakers “[Attendees] come for the coverage house Cosmo International sponDJ Artist Related, DJ Bounce [in our publication] and the informasored an after-party to the dinner Flowers, Props Pistils & tion that’s given that can’t be given in the next room, which offered Petals Linens Over the Top Rental anywhere else.” paparazzi-style photo opportuniParty Linens The summit began with an ties from Lila Photo. Ronen Bar and Photography Harvey Bilt outdoor cocktail party sponsored Furniture Rental created a custom Photography, Lila Photo by cosmetic brush company Anisa photo board to display the pictures Props, Rentals Ronen Rental: Boutique Event International on Monday night, at Wednesday’s meeting before Furnishings followed by a private dinner hosted guests took them home as keepSound T.T.S. Sound by iVillage. sakes. —D. Channing Muller

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has an uncanny resemblance to the look of the 2009 gala,” said Cassis. “It’s very baroque, and very red. And people hadn’t seen the ballrooms yet, so at the beginning they thought this was just a continuation of last year’s event.” Instead, the ballroom had a blue-and-white look designed by Tom Kehoe of Kehoe Designs. Meant to represent the future, the space held fog The Diffa AIDS fund-raiser got fog machines that imparted “an ethereal, othermachines and a futuristic theme. worldly, almost dewy quality,” said Cassis. “The room felt like a movie during a flash-forward seA red, white, and blue color scheme quence. It had the feeling of not being in the now.” CHICAGO is a staple of summertime parties. The event raked in an estimated $365,000 But at the June 12 gala for the Chicago chapter of and drew 520 guests. Design Industries Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, the Apart from raising Foundation Fighting hues nodded to something other than the Ameri- funds, the evening AIDS Chicago’s Gala can flag. According to co-chair Richard Cassis, the served as the unofblack-tie affair used red to represent the past, ficial social kickoff of Catering, Sound, Venue Palmer House Hilton while blue and white symbolized the future. NeoCon, a confer“The overarching theme for the Diffa Chicago ence and expo for the Decor, Design Kehoe Designs campaign is ‘believe,’ and we started that last contract furnishings DJ, Entertainment Circuit year,’” said Cassis. “In 2009, the gala concept was industry that took Mom Productions ‘Believe in the magic of the moment.’ The whole place at the Merchan- Entertainment Opus 3 Artists thing was very done up, with gilded frames and dise Mart earlier in Event Management, lush reds and purples. This year, our vision was ‘Be- the week. The crowd Production Total Event lieve 2010, see 2020,’ which represented a perfect was mostly NeoCon Resources Graphic Design, Printing, vision of an AIDS-free world. So we were talking attendees, including Signage, Web Site Design about the future, which we hope is a world with- interior designers, Sparc Inc. out AIDS.” fashion designers, and Lighting VLS Inc. To infuse the gala with a futuristic vibe, executives from such Linens Sculptware, BBJ Linen planners—somewhat ironically—wanted to start companies as SteelVideo PSAV Presentation in the past. “We started with cocktails in the Red case and Herman Services Lacquer Room of the Palmer House Hilton, which Miller. —Jenny Berg

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Inside the center’s Knee building, where the floor is made up of river rocks, a site-specific remount of Andrey Bartenev’s “Sunpool” projected images on model Zach Simonson.

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“We hand-picked an amazing indoor-outdoor private residence that backed up to the Hollywood Reservoir,” said Matt Stoelt of the site selection. “We utilized the service road as a running track and picked the location for its natural beauty A Hollywood Hills residence set the and organic Hollywood lifestyle characteristics.” backdrop for an interactive Reebok Stoelt designed and fabricated one-inch-thick event with low-key branding. acrylic freestanding signage that allowed the brand messaging to appear to float, and to allow High atop the Hollywood the natural background—including the letters LOS ANGELES Hills, in an aspirational private of the iconic Hollywood sign—to come through residence, Reebok collected a group of editors and while the participants worked out. Other undercelebrities to show off three of its lines on July stated design elements included frosted glass 16. But the event was not the typical promotransfers and gallery wrap outputs. tional affair with logos galore and heavy-handed “Integrating the band organically into the branding. Instead, Reebok global director Dianne home was our core focus. Just a few simple touch Hayes and global event manager Bryan Weinstein points were utilized to convey the brand presworked with Stoelt Productions to ence,” Stoelt said. Reebok Women’s create a fitness event that felt more In fitness-conscious Los AngeFitness Event organic—like an extension of the les, it seems even event guests are Southern California fitness lifestyle, expected to break a sweat: The forCatering Tres L.A. Catering Flowers Holly Flora you might say. The program incormat of subtle branding in a private Design, Lighting, porated running, cross training, and residence to create an immersive, Production, Sound Stoelt an at-home workout, each of which interactive experience was also Productions related directly to the RUNtone, present at another recent fitness PR Feinstein/McGuiness PR Rentals Classic Party ZIGtech, and EASYtone lines being event, the Muscle Milk Fitness ReRentals showcased. treat. —Alesandra Dubin

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In front of a Brooklyn Bridge backdrop and a large video screen, models paraded 15 looks for each of the three womenswear designer of the year nominees.

In lieu of a single M.C., each award presenter carried the show during his or her segment, and stood behind a lectern customized with hundreds of crystals from underwriter Swarovski.

The Alexander McQueen tribute was the night’s most technically challenging aspect, involving 16 models walking onto a set that revolved to reveal a French drawing roominspired vignette complete with a Swarovski chandelier.

of the three designers nominated for womenswear designer of the year. To extend this preshow installation, KCD incorporated the models into the presentation of the award later in the evening. “It bookended the evening perfectly, because they The fine-tuned C.F.D.A. Awards saw live were the first thing you saw and the last thing fashion shows and a revolving stage set. you saw,” said KCD senior director of production Tobi Armstrong. With a wave of fashion-related acAlso visually evocative was the stage set NEW YORK tivity set to arrive at Lincoln Center itself, which allowed the producers to continuthis September for Fashion Week, the Council of ously switch the colors and textures behind the Fashion Designers of America solidified the emer- presenters and award winners as well as create gence of fashion on campus with the sophomore vibrant backdrops for the two live fashion shows. staging of its annual awards at Alice Tully Hall on Shaped like Richard Serra’s “Torqued Ellipse IV” June 7. Attended by some 700 guests, including sculpture, Scott Pask’s scenery featured two honorees Michael Kors, Burberry’s curvilinear fabric walls around a C.F.D.A. Awards Christopher Bailey, and supermodel central cylinder that were painted Iman, the event sought to build on with different video projections Catering Catering by Restaurant Associates the look and staging of previous for each of the ceremony’s 18 segiterations and modify elements for a Invitations Alpine Creative ments. “So much of the awards Group Inc. more efficient ceremony. show format is dominated by Lighting IMCD Lighting KCD’s team worked alongside video, we really tried to create an PR, Production KCD Worldwide the C.F.D.A. to coordinate the efunexpected and dynamic video Security GSS Security forts of sponsor and decor partner surface,” Armstrong said. Services, Inc. Swarovski, graphic design compoThis change also accommoSet Design Scott Pask nents from Laird & Partners, and dated a format that didn’t include Scenic Design Sound ADI Group the set created by scenic designer a host. Among the night’s winners Staging Kadan Productions Scott Pask. were womenswear designer of Inc. One of the most eye-catching the year Marc Jacobs, menswear Venue Lincoln Center visuals introduced last year was the designer of the year David Neville Video Design Batwin & Robin Productions Inc. phalanx of models posed on the and Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Video Technician Scharff steps of the hall’s entrance, each Bone, and accessories designer of Weisberg representing a key look from one the year Alexis Bittar. —Jim Shi

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Combining elements of Christmas and Hanukkah, Toronto’s Regent Park School of Music staged a Chrismukkah benefit with a modern winter look. McNabb Roick (416.703.1000, mcnabbroickevents.com) hung oversize snowflakes, stars, and icicles while Westbury National Show Systems (416.752.1371, westbury.com) lit the room in shades of blue and purple.

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Hargrove Inc. (301.306.9000, hargroveinc.com) transformed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s H Street headquarters into a rustic ski lodge complete with a 20- by 30-foot faux stone fireplace, a lifelike stuffed moose head, six-foot-tall wooden reindeer, and a massive Christmas tree.

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Large-scale projections brought a winter setting to sunny Los Angeles for DirecTV’s annual holiday party. Firefly LA (323.571.1447, fireflyla.com) and the Hand Company (818.843.2402, thehandcompany.com) projected snow-covered forests, icicles, and other scenes onto a 120- by 140-foot tent on DirecTV’s campus.

New York-based Internet company IAC hired Frank Alexander (212.677.5176, frankalexandernyc.com) to capture the Viceroy Santa Monica’s sophisticated cabanas with green and white rentals from Taylor Creative Inc. (888.245.4044, taylorcreativeinc. com) and colorful, arty lighting by Glow Design Group (646.201.9557, glowdesigngroup.com).

“When decorating a conference room, make the table the central focus by creating a runner installation. Use white plush fabric adorned with white and silver ornaments. Incorporate height by propping white feather mini trees on either side of the table, which can be adorned with a touch of red. If the office has glass windows, you can create a bigger statement by designing holiday graphics that frame your table-runner installation.” Shai Tertner, president, Shiraz Events, New York and Miami (212.255.7001, shirazevents.com)

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Employees of Astellas Pharma U.S. Inc. teamed up with Total Event Resources (847.397.2200, total-event.com) to celebrate the season by building 48 bicycles for children from Chicago Youth Centers, a local nonprofit organization. About 40 kids showed up at the end of the event to surprise the company’s staffers, who then surprised them with their new bikes.

Activities Instead of a single evening of festivities, Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Carlson Companies held 12 days of events. Activities included an employee-cooked progressive meal that took place over several floors and an office-wide scavenger hunt with clues via e-mail throughout the day. Prizes included an iPod Touch, a Sleep Number bed, and box seats at a Bon Jovi concert.

Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker family dinner in Chicago had kid-friendly touches including apple cider and Sprite cocktails, strolling magicians, and an activity station with a branded Lego tower provided by “brick artist” Beth Weis (847.494.5346, bethweis.com).

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“We hired My Party Impressions (416.963.8302, mypartyimpressions.com) to provide a flip book station, which was a huge hit at the event. The guests had a blast creating their own unique scenes, and it was a great take-home for them as well.”

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“Last year we were on a tight budget, so we hired Precision Event Group (310.285.0420, precisionus.com) to turn one of our parking lots into a dance club complete with DJ—who was spinning from above the crowd on an industrial staircase—and, of course, a disco ball. Our employees loved it.” Pam Byrne, executive director, studio services, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Los Angeles

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At a holiday-themed event to celebrate the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Event Architects (888.365.4511, event-architects. com) brought in a pair of professional ice skaters who performed on an elevated skating rink.

The South Floridabased Office Depot Foundation held a holiday party with a tropical theme. Boca By Design (561.447.3349, bocabydesign. com) brought in live flamingos, parrots, and other creatures from Rainforest Aviaries and Gardens (305.246.5930) and Jesse Williams Ranch (305.238.5437, jessewilliamsranch.com) for photo ops and atmosphere.

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At a holiday party hosted by Style Boston and Boston Magazine, the Catered Affair (781.982.9333, thecateredaffair.com) served tuna tartare with wasabi aioli on a tray accented with wheatgrass and peppers—traditional Christmas colors on unexpected objects.

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Online magazine UrbanDaddy held a holiday party for its New York readers with a dessert bar piled high with macaroons, cakes, and other sweets from several local bakeries.

STEAL TH IS I D EA “It’s back to basics: comfort food with an air of sophistication for our clients this year. Gourmet grilled cheese is in high demand. We serve spicy Genoa salami and aged cheddar with tomato and green apple and Brie with crushed walnuts and watercress.” Sebastien Centner, director, Eatertainment Special Events and Catering, Toronto (416.964.1162, eatertainment.com) Match Restaurant (905.850.5699, matchyyz. com) created a menu inspired by fairy tales and 1960s op art, the theme of Torontobased marketing agency Capital C’s party. Psychedelic trays held chicken dipped in gooseberry-plum sauce.

At the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s holidaythemed World of Chocolate event, guests sipped vanilla- and cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate from mini pipettes by the Signature Room at the 95th (312.787.9596, signatureroom.com).

“It’s the return of the specialty cocktail. We don’t foresee clients returning to the luxury bar packages, but rather sticking with beer, wine, and soda, with a specialty drink added for creativity and variety.” Loren Johnson, sales consultant, Blue Plate Catering, Chicago (312.421.6666, blueplatechicago.com)

Capital C’s event also had seasonal cocktails like Santa’s Beard (white chocolate liqueur, half and half, a hint of peppermint, and crushed candy canes).

Blue Plate’s Red Sombrero incorporates tequila, Sprite, pink grapefruit juice, kumquats, and pomegranate seeds.

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Guests at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden dined on a simple heirloom tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad by Glorious Food.

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Where High Meets Low You never know what might be on the menu at an event these days. Bowls of unadorned fruit. Fancy box meals. Edible art installations of donuts. Grilled cheese sandwiches made with a clothing iron.

Although chicken dinners—often locally sourced, these days—are still served at galas and other formal functions, today’s menus regularly mix upscale and casual. A recent benefit dinner in Chicago included passed pulled pork sliders, an appetizer of caviar and smoked salmon, and mini root beer floats for dessert. At a New York dinner, dressed-up guests carved whole roast turkeys and rabbits. Tried and true comfort foods like burgers and nachos are still making the rounds on catering trays, but so are cotton candy-wrapped shrimp. Meanwhile, guests are more food-obsessed than ever, staying up on sustainable ingredients, cooking techniques, and the latest big-name chefs. To meet these high stan-

dards, caterers are sourcing food from local farmers, plating dishes artfully, and keeping up with the latest trends. Some are even giving attendees more control over what’s on their plates. Customization is everywhere, from D.I.Y. cocktails to small-plate buffets that allow attendees to pick and choose from a range of offerings. Here’s a look at the trends and ideas that epitomize this moment in catering—event food that feels comfortable and considered, not formal or fussy, with a focus on giving guests an experience that’s not ostentatiously expensive. By LISA CERICOLA

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Guests roasted marshmallows and assembled their own s’mores at an Occasions Caterers station at MSNBC’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner after-party.

What’s Next “Menu items that speak of value and prudence, such as organic chicken or whole brownies with whipped cream for dessert. These items, when done well, are as satisfying as any four-star dinner, without the cost and perception of possible corporate excess.” Peter Callahan, owner, Callahan Catering, New York

For The Twilight Saga: Eclipse premiere in Los Angeles, Along Came Mary served lunch trays with fried chicken and mashed potatoes as a nod to the movie’s high school cafeteria.

Ciudad Catering provided tacos for Sony Pictures Television’s employee appreciation day in Los Angeles.

Staffers from Creative Edge used clothing irons to make grilled cheese sandwiches at a party celebrating New York-based event production firm MKG’s new office space.

What’s Next “Thanks to the rise in popularity of food trucks across the country, we predict a lot of ethnic street food on menus in 2011. We’ll see a rise in Middle Eastern fare—falafel bars with hummus, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves, and couscous.” Michael Baker, owner, Bakers’ Best Catering, Boston

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For the Broadway opening party for American Idiot in New York, Canard set up buffet stations with Frito pies, chips and dip, homemade Pop Tarts, and sandwiches made to order.

At the International C.T.I.A. Wireless show in Las Vegas, Aramark Catering provided small desserts like cupcakes and strawberry shortcakes for a Sprint event.

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“Our team is excited about highly seasonal, single-ingredient stations offering sweet and savory dishes along with beverage pairings. From strawberries to tomatoes to autumn root vegetables, we see this as a fun, interesting addition. Also big cooking classes as social gatherings. These types of events are hands-on, interactive, and incredibly memorable and were inspired by the realization that many great parties end with everyone congregating around the kitchen.”

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Chicago’s Limelight Catering offered jerk chicken skewers with plantain chips at the Parkways Foundation’s Galapalooza fund-raiser.

At Boston magazine’s annual Best of Boston event, Au Soleil Catering served flatbread with goat cheese and vegetables.

Creative food displays, including salad stations, abounded at parties held at the Magic Kingdom and other Orlando theme parks for the U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow Wow.

At LongHouse Reserve’s summer gala in New York, Canard served gazpacho in three flavors during the cocktail hour.

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Boston’s International Contemporary Art Museum’s annual spring fund-raising event included a martini juice bar by Max Ultimate Food.

At the Fragrance Foundation’s Fifi Awards in New York, sponsor Grey Goose deployed its global ambassador of French brands with a roving cocktail cart.

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V.I.P. ticket holders at ArtEdge, a benefit for Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, sat in reserved lounge area with bottle service and plenty of mixers by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

“Savory cocktails such as pickled ramp martinis or butternut drams will go from being esoteric curiosities for connoisseurs to being introduced and enjoyed by a wider audience.”

Washington’s Design Cuisine offers a champagne bar with four stations offering add-ins such as liquors, fruit, herbs, and edible accompaniments.

Bronson van Wyck, president, Van Wyck & Van Wyck, New York

ORNATE DESSERTS Chefs at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami used painted-on flames and other garnishes to turn a few macaroons into a bold dessert for the “Be a Voice, Feel the Magic” gala. At Loyola University Chicago’s founders’ dinner, guests ate green tea cake with white chocolatelemongrass buttercream by Blue Plate.

At the Harry Potter-inspired LG Innovators’ Ball at the Ontario Science Center, chef Jamie Kennedy served a layered dessert dubbed Boarding School Blancmange.

What’s Next Grand Cuisine Caterers created a flametopped white chocolate mascarpone cheesecake with blackberry gelée for a dinner at the Library of Congress honoring Paul McCartney’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

“There will be a continuation of savory-sweet combinations in everything from bar snacks to desserts and beyond—and more impactful dishes with interesting spice combinations, such as five-spice beef and chili and spice brownies.” Kelven Book, account executive, Canard, New York

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Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio served a futuristic take on a buffalo wing (crispy chicken thigh with “Buffalo sauce,” celery puree, and nitro blue cheese) at Food & Wine’s annual Best New Chefs event in New York.

At the Presidents at the Pops benefit show at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Boston Gourmet served preprogram canapés and cocktails, then guests dined on boxed meals of beef tenderloin at their seats after the reception. At the James Beard Awards in New York, Dahlia Naverez of Mozza in Los Angeles made butterscotch budinos with Maldon sea salt, caramel, and rosemary-pine nut cookies.

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Adelee V. Cabrera, chief operations officer and director of sales, A Joy Wallace Catering, Miami

CASUAL FARE GOES UPSCALE EDIBLE CENTERPIECES At the Center for Addiction and Mental Health’s Transforming Lives Awards in Toronto, Presidential Gourmet created centerpieces out of potted herbs and a selection of skewered hors d’oeuvres, including salami and pickles. At an event to showcase its catering staff and event spaces, the Intercontinental Hotel Boston created a chocolate tree adorned with pieces of fruit.

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Jewell Events Catering prepared lobster remoulade with a cucumber collar, asparagus, pomegranate seeds, and an edible red rose for a luncheon for Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet.

TD Bank’s Wow! Leadership Awards dinner in Miami included three mini salads—Caesar, Caprese, and chopped—by Barton G.

PAINTERLY PLATING

At the Art Institute of Chicago’s gala for a new Matisse exhibition, Blue Plate served citrus-poached salmon roulade with Meyer lemon curd, watercress, blood orange, and European cucumber aspic.

What’s Next “The biggest trend our clients are asking for is to incorporate global flavors into another big trend of late: American comfort foods. Grandma’s meatloaf with an Asian twist, Dad’s barbecue with French flair, Mom’s Sunday pot roast with Latin flavors.” Bill Starbuck, executive chef and vice president of catering, Along Came Mary, Los Angeles

Catering company Creative Edge started its 20th anniversary dinner in New York with an artfully plated tomato tartare.

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Guests were served an elegant first course of seasonal vegetables from Patina Catering at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Governors Ball in 2009.

Glorious Food topped bars with crudité and dip at the Historic House Trust’s Founders Award Dinner in New York.

For the Friends of the High Line summer benefit in New York, Bite Food set out bowls of seasonal fruit and vegetables from the Greenmarket for nibbling during cocktails.

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FRUITS AND VEGETABLES What’s Next Guests helped themselves to cheese and fruit plates and shots of hummus with raw veggies at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s 25th anniversary gala at the Hilton Chicago.

Daniel et Daniel served grilled tiger shrimp on sugar cane skewers spun with wasabi cotton candy at Power Ball 12 in Toronto.

“Functional foods with health benefits will play a part in cuisine for 2011 and beyond. ‘Black’ foods such as black soybeans, black rice, and black sesame biscuits have cholesterol-lowering and weight-control benefits. We will also incorporate iron- and calcium-rich sea vegetables, like sea oak (arame), light brown kelp, and hiziki black sea grass into our dishes.” Pasquale Ingenito, executive chef, Windows Catering Company, Washington

COTTON CANDY Mixologist Gina Chersevani of Washington restaurant PS7’s topped drinks with cotton candy at a Patron-sponsored charity cocktail reception.

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At the South Beach Food & Wine Festival’s Burger Bash, Washington’s Good Stuff Eatery served a bacon cheeseburger with a pink cotton candy-topped milk shake.

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Food for Thought Jennifer Rubell’s unconventional approach to catering has people second-guessing the seated dinner. By MICHAEL O’CONNELL Catching cheese dripping from the ceiling with crackers, butchering your own rabbit for the main course, and popping balloons to get at a piece of cake aren’t activities familiar to the benefit crowd. But Jennifer Rubell is changing that by bringing her own vision of interactive, art-inspired meals to events. Daughter of Miami art collectors Donald and Mera Rubell—and niece of Studio 54 co-founder Steve Rubell—the 40-year-old entrepreneur has worn many hats in her career: food writer, hostess, hotelier, vintner. She sees this latest job as her two worlds colliding, a happy fusion of food and conceptual art. “For me, it’s purely about whether a project is interesting and if it connects to art history,” Rubell says of the select events she’s taken on since forging her latest career. It started almost 10 years ago when her family first asked her to host a now-annual breakfast at the Rubell Family Collection during Art Basel Miami Beach. Jennifer’s playful execution of the earlier meals included grids of Styrofoam cups filled with instant coffee, mountains of bananas, walls of doughnuts hanging from nails, and tables covered with eggs, bacon, and croissants,

Rubell at her family’s Art Basel Miami Beach breakfast with only latex gloves as serving utensils. Before long, she overheard a guest ask, “Who’s the artist?” “I just started doing these projects without really knowing what they were, but when I looked at them, I could see the conceptual underpinning that had been there the whole time,” she says. “And there were key people who recognized that in my work.” One of them was RoseLee Goldberg, the art historian and founder of Performa, a New York arts nonprofit known almost as much for its biennial festival as its high-concept fund-raisers.

PERFORMA BENEFIT

Keeping with an Adam and Eve theme, Rubell placed small felled apple trees beside piles of cleaned apples for the picking.

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“As somebody who goes to so many benefits in New York that support these great institutions,” Goldberg says, “I find that everyone enjoys that first hour when you can chat and walk around, before you have to sit down and basically work for the rest of the night.” Goldberg commissioned her longtime friend’s first large-scale event, Performa’s 2009 benefit, called “Creation.” Rubell ran with the Garden of Eden theme, littering the floor with apples beside a felled tree, rigging honey to drip from the ceiling onto piles of ribs, and commissioning chocolatier Jacques Torres to create chocolate Jeff Koons rabbits, which guests happily beat to shards with provided hammers. Soon Rubell was throwing similarly interactive but uniquely inspired meals for the Americas Business Council and the Brooklyn Museum. News coverage and conversations of her work now include the term “food artist” (a moniker previously associated with the butter sculptors of the world), which, for her, means never compromising quality of food for aesthetics. “I really don’t mess around,” she says of her hunt for the right vendors, which, in New York, always includes the caterer Bite. “What I do often has a lot of logistical considerations, so even if somebody is a fantastic cook, they might not be able to pull it off. There needs to be a desire and a willingness to work inside my framework.” Whatever you call what she does, Rubell has had the luxury of working with institutions she admires, hiring vendors whose food she trusts, in venues that she loves—always with complete creative control. But as her distinct brand of entertaining becomes more renowned, she’s getting a lot of unexpected offers. “I got an email from a celebrity wedding planner,” she says, laughing. While such events aren’t high on her list of dream projects, she’s not entirely opposed to them either. “A celebrity wedding in a museum context could be really interesting to me.”

Powdered sugar— a symbol for the greater vice of cocaine—was piled in the 2009 benefit’s dessert area for guests to dip cookies.

Guests used hammers to break chocolate Jeff Koons rabbits into pieces small enough to eat.

ON BIZBASH.COM A video interview with Rubell at the Brooklyn Ball

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Catering Trends 2010

Spigots planted into blank canvases poured different cocktails and wines to create Jackson Pollack-style splatters.

At the Brooklyn Museum benefit, Rubell tried to use the most basic materials, fashioning serving tables out of standard sheets of plywood. Rubell filled a 20-foottall pinata of Andy Warhol’s head with Hostess products for dessert.

Paint tubes filled with dips were piled next to potato chips during the cocktail hour.

BROOKLYN BALL

Rubell used a cast of her own head to make molds of Fontina cheese in reference to the Bruce Nauman installation “Topological Gardens.”

COURAGE FORUM

To get to the dance floor and the band at this event put on by the Americas Business Council, guests had to take cues from strategically placed hammers and destroy a wall of breakaway prop glass.

The June wedding of Michaela Neumeister and auctioneer Simon de Pury at the Saatchi Gallery included multiple wedding cakes at different stations.

DE PURY WEDDING Cured meats hung from the ceiling for guests to inspect and saw off little bites.

Guests received long pins to pop balloons that held the desserts.

Instead of formal tables, guests sat on beds with family-style meals.

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New York New Venues ACTIVITY VENUES

IN THE WORKS THEATER FOR A NEW AUDIENCE

OPENING SOON BASKETBALL CITY

Designed by architect Hugh Hardy is the new home of the Theater for a New Audience, expected to begin construction at the end of 2010. The 30,000-square-foot, 299-seat facility is a key component of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s effort to create a new cultural district. (264 Ashland Place, Brooklyn; for more information, call 212.229.2819)

Basketball City, originally at Pier 63 on the Hudson River, will open a new facility by the end of 2010. Six courts will be available for corporate events, as will on-site scorekeepers and refs. The 64,000-square-foot venue has electronic scoreboards, showers, and a fitness center. A 12,000-square-foot deck behind the building will also be available. (Pier 36, 212.233.5050)

OPENING SOON NOLITAN NEW YORK

OPENING SOON BOWLMOR TIMES SQUARE

HOTELS

Scheduled to open in November, this boutique hotel in NoLiTa offers 55 rooms in a building designed by Grzywinski & Pons. Meyer Davis is responsible for the interior look of this property, which includes a rooftop lounge and a restaurant from restaurateur Jimmy Bradley. (30 Kenmare St., 212.925.2555)

Strike Holdings, the operator of Bowlmor Lanes, is planning to open a 90,000-square-foot outpost of the popular Union Square bowling alley inside the old New York Times building. The facility is expected to open in October. (West 44th St., 212.352.9207)

ANDAZ 5TH AVENUE

IN THE WORKS NOMAD HOTEL

Opened in July, this outpost of Hyatt’s boutique hotel brand Andaz has 184 room rooms designed by Tony Chi, two restaurants, and a bar. Situated opposite the New York Public Library, the property also offers private event space. (485 Fifth Ave., 212.601.1234)

Scheduled to open in 2011, the 165-room NoMad Hotel is designed to be one of the city’s first renovated hotels certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Inside a 12-story French Renaissance-style building, the property will have loft-like guest rooms and suites with high ceilings and French bohemian decor. (1170 Broadway, 212.796.1500)

IN THE WORKS XANADU MEADOWLANDS

This super entertainment complex is set to open in late 2010. The center will sit on 94 acres of land and offer 2.3 million square feet of space. Divided into themed “districts”—areas for sports, entertainment, youth culture, food and home, and fashion—it will feature restaurants, an indoor snow dome, a skydiving tower, and a concert and live-theater venue. (East Rutherford, N.J., 212.575.4545)

CASSA HOTEL AND RESIDENCES

BARS, LOUNGES & CLUBS

Open since August, Desires Hotels’ Cassa Hotel and Residences is a 42-story property designed by Ten Arquitectos. Alongside the 57 apartments are 166 hotels rooms furnished with modern amenities. There is also a restaurant and an eighth-floor terrace and lounge. (70 West 45th St.)

EMPIRE ROOM

CHATWAL NEW YORK

This 3,500-square-foot cocktail lounge from the company that operates the Campbell Apartment, the Carnegie Club, and World Bar opened in March. On the ground floor of the Empire State Building, the 150-seat Empire Room sports Art Deco-style interiors and serves upscale cocktails. (350 Fifth Ave., Ground Floor, 212.643.5400)

This Midtown property from hotelier Vikram Chatwal’s father, Sant Chatwal, opened in August. The space has 88 rooms and a design courtesy of architect Thierry Despont. Meeting space for as many as 120 seated is available as well as an on-site bar and restaurant from Geoffrey Zakarian. (130 West 44th St., 212.764.6200)

UPSTAIRS AT THE KIMBERLY HOTEL

The rooftop at the Kimberly Hotel opened in June as a lounge called Upstairs. With heated flooring and retractable glass ceilings and walls, the 4,000-square-foot spot is available year-round. The space holds 225; smaller gatherings can use the 40-person penthouse room or the 30-person patio. (145 East 50th St., 212.702.1685) SKY ROOM

Opened in June, the Sky Room is the rooftop lounge and club at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Times Square. Spread across two levels, the 5,000-square-foot venue is divided into five spaces, including a terrace with a retractable roof. Architect Stephen B. Jacobs and interior designer Andi Pepper decorated the venue. (330 West 40th St.)

EVENTI

Opened in June, Eventi from Kimpton Hotels offers 292 rooms in a 54-story tower. Among the many spaces are more than 15,000 square feet of meeting facilities and a plaza with a 20-foot-wide screen. Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill Management operates a restaurant, as well as Food Parc, a 20,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor food market. (851 Ave. of the Americas, 212.564.4567)

CONVENTION CENTER

FASHION 26

JAVITS CENTER NORTH

This Wyndham property in Chelsea opened in April with 280 rooms. Located near the Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion 26 offers a conference room with the capacity for as many as 80 people, a 14-seat boardroom, and a Rare Bar & Grill restaurant with a rooftop lounge. (152 West 26th St., 212.858.5888)

The expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was completed in July with the opening of this 100,000-square-foot pavilion. The extension, which is connected to the original site by a 30-foot-wide passageway, offers 80,000 square feet of exhibition space. Among the components available in the column-free site are hang points on a 20- by 20-foot grid with a capacity of 3,000 pounds per point, loading docks on the facility’s west side with direct access to the floor, dedicated restrooms and food service areas, and a ceiling that is 25 feet high at its lowest point. (655 West 34th St., 212.216.2186)

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES PHOTOS:COURTESY TK PHOTO: OF MORGANS HOTEL GROUP

Noriega-Ortiz, the 270-room hotel will have an outdoor bar and a restaurant serving seafood from former Top Chef contestant Sam Talbot. (150 Lafayette St.)

IN THE WORKS FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER— ELEANOR BUNIN-MONROE FILM CENTER

As part of the three-phase redevelopment plan for Lincoln Center, the Film Society will acquire a new facility. Plans include two screening rooms (one with 90 seats, the other with 150), a public amphitheater, a café, and a reception space. The entire redevelopment is scheduled to finish in 2011. (West 65th St., 212.875.5610) IN THE WORKS LOEW’S KINGS THEATER

Left untouched for over three decades, this movie house— Brooklyn’s largest indoor theater—will be restored to its former glory. Houston-based ACE Theatrical Group was selected to carry out the renovations and will operate the site once finished. Preliminary plans put the completion date at 2014. (1025-1035 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn)

Where to... Host a Casual Screening In June, Morgans Hotel Group replaced the Hudson Hotel’s Hudson Cafeteria with Hudson Hall, a collegiate mess hall-style restaurant and bar. Updated with a new color scheme, a 30-foot marble and wood bar, and a communal table, the 3,000-square-foot space serves small plates from chef Brian Young. The centerpiece of the venue is the custom video screen installed around the periphery of the room. The built-in video displays academic imagery when the restaurant is open to the public but can be used with the sound system for private events of as many as 300 people. (356 West 58th St., 212.554.6502)

IN THE WORKS SANCTUARY

Originally the Portland Square Hotel, this Times Square property plans to reopen this fall as a 115-room boutique hotel. After the redesign, this Impulsive Group hotel will offer wood furnishings and quarried marble, exposed in-room baths, and European fabrics in earth tones. Portland Square Hotel will continue to operate during the construction. (132 West 47th St., 212.382.0600) OPENING SOON SETAI FIFTH AVENUE

Slated for a November opening, the Setai Fifth Avenue will be a 157-room hotel near the Empire State Building. Stocked with a 160-seat second-floor restaurant from chef Michael White and an 11,500-square-foot spa on the fourth floor, the modern property will also include meeting space. On the third floor, the 2,394-square-foot Salon will seat 180 or hold 300 for receptions and an adjacent boardroom will have room for 12. (400 Fifth Ave., 212.695.4005) TRUMP SOHO NEW YORK

This venture between the Trump Organization, Bayrock Group, and the Sapir Organization is a 46-story, 391-room property with the exterior designed by Handel Architects and the interior by the Rockwell Group. The 12,000 square feet of function space includes the 3,900-square-foot Soho Ballroom and SoHi, a 1,700-square-foot private event space on the 46th floor. (246 Spring St., 212.842.5500) W NEW YORK—DOWNTOWN

GANSEVOORT PARK

Slated to open in August was Gansevoort Park, the 249-room Park Avenue sister to the meatpacking district’s Hotel Gansevoort. Like its crosstown sibling, the main event space at this hotel will be a 13,000-square-foot trilevel rooftop complex, complete with an indoor-outdoor pool area and lounges. (420 Park Ave. South, 212.730.0892) INTERCONTINENTAL NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE

The Times Square location of the InterContinental opened in July with more than 600 rooms and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space. Designed to meet the criteria for LEED certification, the 36-story building will offer an inhouse restaurant from chef Todd English. (300 West 44th St., 212.803.4500)

Starwood Hotels and Resorts opened the W New York—Downtown in August. The building offers 217 guest rooms and 223 residential units. There are four meeting and event spaces, the largest is a combination of studio spaces totaling 1,320 square feet. (123 Washington St., 646.826.8600) IN THE WORKS YOTEL TIMES SQUARE

Expected to open in 2011, the first U.S. location of European hotel brand Yotel was designed by the Rockwell Group and Softroom. Inside the Related Companies’ planned tower in Midtown West, Yotel Times Square will offer 669 rooms styled after first-class airline cabins, a restaurant, meeting rooms, and what the property is billing as the largest hotel terrace space in the city. (440 West 42nd St.)

OPENING SOON MONDRIAN SOHO

INDEPENDENT EVENT SPACES

Following in the footsteps of the Standard, another West Coast property set to make its first appearance in New York is the Mondrian, which the Morgan Hotel Group plans to open in SoHo in the fall. Designed by Benjamin

AMPERSAND STUDIOS

Opened in March, this 5,200-square-foot ground-floor site is in the Midtown West building that houses Skylight West. With 15-foot ceilings, Ampersand Studios offers

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a collaboration between the founders of Eataly in Turin, Italy, and the Batali-Bastianich Hospitality Group run by Joseph and Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali. (200 Fifth Ave.) OPENING SOON HURRICANE CLUB

concrete floors, a basement production area, and capacity for 510 for a runway presentation, 400 for receptions, or 250 seated with room for dancing. Kage Konsulting handles booking, and audiovisual production is provided by Bentley Meeker. (500 West 36th St., 646.873.4999)

Michael Stillman and Craig Koketsu of Park Avenue Summer/Autumn/Winter/Spring will open this Polynesian restaurant in the space once occupied by Porcao. Slated to open in the fall, the 250-seat space will be designed by AvroKO. (360 Park Ave. South)

CENTER548

OPENING SOON J & S FOOD HALL

Open since July, Center548 is a four-floor venue in the west Chelsea space that once housed the Dia Art Foundation’s exhibition facility. Leased by Absolute Events, the red brick building’s rooftop and second, third, and fourth floors will be available for corporate and nonprofit functions. Each floor measures approximately 9,500 square feet and has the capacity for 300. (548 West 22nd St., 917.992.1854)

Restaurateur Jimmy Bradley, the owner of the Red Cat and the Harrison, will open a spot inside the planned Nolitan hotel. Slated to debut in November, the 50-seat eatery is tentatively dubbed J & S Food Hall and chef Bill McDaniel of the Red Cat will oversee the menu. (30 Kenmare St.)

SALONECO

Green Spaces opened its TriBeCa loft for events in April. Outfitted with a rotating exhibition of sustainable artwork and vintage furniture, the 5,000-square-foot space offers an on-site kitchen, sound system, and projector, and partners with vendors such as Verterra and vegan caterer People’s Pantry. The entire space holds 300 for receptions. (394 Broadway, 5th Floor, 917.267.9264) TOP OF THE GARDEN

At the border of Chelsea and Midtown is Top of the Garden, a dedicated event space that officially opened in June. The bilevel venue, two blocks south of Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, includes a clean, open-plan loft measuring 1,800 square feet and a 1,000-squarefoot rooftop terrace. The site comes fully equipped with track lighting and sound, and exclusive vendors include Robert Stark Lighting, Choice Productions for catering, and Swank Productions, for planning, design, and flowers. (251 West 30th St., 212.643.0055)

KENMARE

Behind this cozy, Little Italy newcomer is Beatrice Inn founder Paul Sevigny, Little Owl chef Joey Campanaro, and Rose Bar partner and creative director Nur Khan. Campanaro’s menu of Mediterranean-American food is complemented by the stucco walls, bronze palm leaves, and comfy banquettes that ornament the 100-seat space. (98 Kenmare St., 212.274.9898) LAMBS CLUB

Chef and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian opened this restaurant inside the Chatwal New York in August. The space offers 90 seats and a 2,500-square-foot lounge on the mezzanine. (130 West 44th St., 212.997.5262) OPENING SOON LINCOLN

Accompanying Lincoln Center’s expansion will be the addition of a Patina Restaurant Group establishment, slated to open this fall with chef Jonathan Benno, former chef de cuisine at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, at the kitchen’s helm. Designed as a glass-enclosed structure with a sloping roof by architectural firm Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Lincoln will sit at the northern end of the plaza and offer terrace seating, an upscale dining area, and a private dining room. (West 65th St.)

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THE LION

OPENING SOON MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE

Waverly Inn chef John DeLucie opened this bilevel restaurant in Greenwich Village in May. The Lion, which occupies the space formerly home to the Village Restaurant, offers 140 seats for dining and a menu of classic American dishes. (62 West 9th St.)

This Astoria museum highlights film, television, and digital media. An expansion project began in 2007 and will include a new theater, a screening room, and galleries, as well as a garden for exhibits, screenings, concerts, and special events. Completion is scheduled for fall. During construction, the main floor and Riklis Theater will be unavailable for rental. (35th Ave. at 36th St., Queens, 718.784.4520)

RESTAURANTS OPENING SOON BILL’S BAR & BURGER—ROCKEFELLER CENTER

Following the 2009 opening of Bill’s Bar & Burger in the Meatpacking district, Stephen Hanson’s B.R. Guest Restaurant Group will open a second outpost at Rockefeller Center. Expected to open in the fall, the 563-seat restaurant will occupy an 11,000-square-foot bilevel space. (16 West 51st St.) BLT BAR & GRILL

BLT Bar & Grill, the latest effort from the BLT Restaurant Group, opened in July inside the new W Downtown hotel. Just off the lobby and spread across two spacious levels, the 150-seat eatery serves chef Christophe Bellanca’s casual American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to 30 seats on patio, BLT Bar & Grill offers a 20-seat private room, which is equipped for meetings and overlooks the second-floor walkway. (123 Washington St., 646.826.8666)

MARITIME PARC

This 30,000-square-foot restaurant and event space in Liberty State Park opened this summer. The venue offers a 90-seat eatery, as well as a 100-person terrace and space for private functions on the second and third floors. As many as 500 can use the second floor for dinners; the third floor holds 150 seated or 400 for receptions. (84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, 201.413.0050) RABBIT IN THE MOON

Opened in May and billed as an English-style gastropub, this Greenwich Village eatery was inspired by and modeled after the Eagle, a pub in London. Set in a bilevel space near Washington Square Park, Rabbit in the Moon offers a lounge on one level and a main dining room on the other. A private room seats 40 and on the menu is English comfort foods like shepherds pie. (47 West 8th St., 212.473.2800) RARE BAR & GRILL

Inside the Wyndham’s Fashion 26 hotel is another outpost of Rare Bar & Grill. Opened in April, this spot has a 1,000-square-foot lobby bar and a 200-seat restaurant. Like the setup at the Shelburne Hotel, Rare Bar & Grill operates Rare View, a 3,000-square-foot rooftop lounge that opened in late May. (152 West 26th St., 212.807.7173)

ÇA VA

OPENING SOON STK MIDTOWN

Done up in neutral tones with wood accents and comfy leather seating, Ça Va is a French brasserie from chef Todd English. Inside the new InterContinental Times Square hotel, the 125-seat eatery opened in July and was designed by Jeffrey Beers. At the front is Ça Va Marché, a takeout market selling sandwiches, salads, and pastries. Farther in, an L-shaped bar sits between the roomy lounge and the 80-seat main dining room. To the rear of the venue is a private dining section that seats 56. (310 West 44th St., 212.803.4545)

The One Group, parent company of the STK eateries in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, is planning to open a second New York outpost of its modern steak house this fall. The 9,000-square-foot location inside the Grace Building is dubbed STK Midtown and will offer a seasonal menu from executive chef Todd Mark Miller as well as 3,000 square feet of outdoor dining space adjacent to Bryant Park and takeout kiosk STKout. (1114 Ave. of the Americas)

COVET

Taking over the Midtown East space vacated by Azza, Covet is a bilevel restaurant that opened in April. At street level is the 66-seat eatery, which serves executive chef John Keller’s Pacific Rim and Mediterraneaninfluence dishes in a room adorned with Marcel Wanders Zeppelin chandeliers and Robert Lambert’s oil paintings. Below, the cocktail bar and lounge has marble-top tables, ottomans upholstered in cow hide print, and the capacity for 250 guests. (137 East 55th St., 212.223.1802) EATALY

Formerly known as the International Toy Center, 200 Fifth Avenue is now home to Eataly, a 32,000-square-foot site housing an upscale food and wine market, restaurants, and a rooftop beer garden. The project, which was slated to open in August, is

OPENING SOON WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART CAFÉ

The Whitney Museum of American Art will open a new café in the fall as part of a partnership with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and its catering arm, Hudson Yards. Meyer’s operation will replace the Sarabeth’s outpost on the lower level. During the renovation of the space, Hudson Yards—now the exclusive caterer for all the museum’s events—will manage a temporary eatery. (945 Madison Ave., 212.570.3600) WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE—MIDTOWN EAST

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The third New York outpost of Wolfgang Zwiener’s restaurant opened in April. In the space vacated by Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Vong, the Midtown East restaurant serves the same chophouse and seafood fare found at the other locations and offers a private room for events. (200 East 54th St., 212.588.9653)

Los Angeles New Venues BARS, LOUNGES & CLUBS ANGELS & KINGS

Angels & Kings has expanded with a new outpost in Los Angeles. Pete Wentz is part owner and a member of the team behind the bars of the same name in Chicago, New York, and Barcelona. The L.A. venue is 1,922 square feet, with a capacity of 125. Overall, the vibe is masculine, with dark colors and multiple textures, including tufted leather seating. Heavy curtains surround booth seating, and framed mug shots of famous people deck exposed brick walls. There is a custom chestnut bar set with leather stools. (1708 North Las Palmas Ave., 323.460.6155)

space is available for buyout, with room for about 75. (1301 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.394.2791) VOYEUR

Voyeur is a 6,000-square-foot West Hollywood lounge with a capacity of 650. It has a designated DJ space, a 138-inch pull-down screen, a large stage for performances, video capabilities, and Wi-Fi. There are also two full-service bars, a full-service kitchen, and an outdoor smoking area. Voyeur has a private room with its own entrance and bar; it holds 50 for receptions or 40 for seated events. (7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.255.1111)

THE BAR ROOM

Porta Via owner Peter Garland opened the Bar Room adjacent to his Canon Drive restaurant in Beverly Hills. Designed by his wife, Jill Garland, the Bar Room offers cocktails, beer, and wine, along with small plates of popular Porta Via dishes in an upscale, publike setting. The venue holds 80 and has a glass-topped communal table made from an old iron door with room for 10. (428 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.274.6534) BAR210 AND PLUSH

Bar210 and Plush opened in the Beverly Hilton in February. The adjacent spaces are a lounge (serving small plates and cocktails) and a nightclub, respectively. Together, the spaces offer 7,000 square feet for groups as large as 400. There are multiple full-service bars, an outdoor lounge with a fire pit, and outdoor space that can increase the capacity to 2,000. (9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.887.6060) CHATEAUX

Chateaux opened in December 2009 in the former I Lounge space in Irvine. Decor includes white couches and chairs, chocolate brown walls and tables with bronze accents. The whole venue holds 800, and has seven different areas for private events. (18912 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, 949.833.1900) HAUTE LOS ANGELES

Haute Los Angeles is a new nightclub and lounge venue in West Hollywood. Couture fashion and style have influenced the decor and feel of the space, which caters to special events. It is the first Los Angeles venture from international hotelier Bert Hurstfield. (665 North Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.9232) HYDE LOUNGE MAMMOTH

SBE’s latest incarnation of its Hyde Lounge property opened in Mammoth Lakes in January. The space is close to 5,000 square feet and can hold as many as 120 for indoor receptions and as many as 200 on its heated patio. (6201 Minaret Road, Suite 240, Mammoth Lakes, 760.934.0669)

CONFERENCE CENTERS FAIRPLEX CONFERENCE CENTER

The Fairplex in Pomona held a groundbreaking ceremony in February for its conference center, an 85,000square-foot high-tech venue suited for trade shows and meetings. The ceremony marked the beginning of a yearlong construction project. Incorporating the conversion of a 33,600-square-foot exhibit building into the development of a new 50,000-square-foot structure, the new center will play up the existing Art Deco qualities of the Fairplex grounds, as well as the parklike setting. (1101 West McKinley, Pomona, 909.623.3111) GARLAND CENTER

The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn recently debuted its redesigned Garland Center conference center, part of a series of upgrades at the property over the last year. Updates to the Garland Center include technology improvements, new carpeting, lighting, and cosmetic touches. Six separate meeting spaces, including the 132-seat Beverly Garland Theater, which has plush chairs with retractable desks, are in the center. The Spanishinfluenced mission-style hotel offers more than 12,000 square feet of event space overall, including a grand ballroom for 650 guests. An additional 2,500 square feet of landscaped outdoor space allows for outdoor events. (4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818.255.7491)

ENTERTAINMENT VENUE MUSIC BOX

Steps off the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, the Music Box (formerly the Fonda) recently completed a significant renovation. The venue was built in the ‘20s and functioned as a playhouse and movie theater before being turned into a concert venue. The main ballroom has room for 800 standing guests. The balcony overlooking it has room for 250, and the rooftop patio holds 300. (6126 Hollywood Blvd., 323.464.0808)

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SBE opened new nightclub Industry in March in the former Area space. The club has a modern look and feel with Art Deco touches. There are plush banquettes and performance poles in the space, which has three bars in the intimate main room. Two additional private rooms have their own full bars serving specialty cocktails. Overall, Industry has room for 500 with a wall removed, or room for groups of 400 and 100 split up. (643 North La Cienega, 310.652.2012)

HOTEL ERWIN

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Venice Beach’s Hotel Erwin, a Joie de Vivre property, is a 119-room property overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its restaurant, Hash, uses seasonal, local, fresh ingredients, with chef Micah Fields delivering his take on home-style cooking. Seasonal specialties include hashes, buckwheat pancakes, and benedicts. The petite eatery holds 20 indoors and 34 outdoors. On the Erwin’s rooftop is High, a long, narrow lounge that offers handcrafted cocktails and holds 98. (1697 Pacific Ave., 310.452.1111)

Syndicate Hospitality has opened MyStudio in the former Mood space. The new venue is 4,500 square feet with a capacity of 404. Full buyout is available, or a semiprivate area with its own bar may be created for about 40 behind heavy curtains. Cocktail servers wear silk gowns with lingerie underneath. In all, there are two bars, a patio, valet parking, and a kitchen with catering by Velvet Rope Events. Outside catering is also allowed. (6623 Hollywood Blvd., 323.960.3300)

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The Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance is about 15 minutes from LAX. The seven-story hotel has 208 rooms, 12 suites (six hospitality and six luxury), and five meeting spaces with a total of 4,628 square feet of meeting space. Amenities include 46-inch LCD televisions, complimentary wired and wireless Internet throughout, and Japanese-style oversize baths and separate showers. (1381 South Western Ave., Torrance, 310.212.5111)

Innovative Dining Group opened Station Hollywood at the W Hollywood earlier this year. Backed up against the M.T.A.’s Hollywood & Vine station, this outdoor bar and lounge has dark woods, woven resin chairs and a slightly raised V.I.P. area. The venue’s 600-square-foot retractable screen, surround sound system, and HD projector are available for events. (6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1300) SUITE 700

Santa Monica’s 71-room Hotel Shangri-La has opened Suite 700. The new rooftop bar and lounge from nightlife entrepreneur and designer Marc Smith has a Nautical Moderne design with unobstructed views of the ocean. Terraces offer plush lounge seating and fire pits. Inside, gray flannel covers walls, and there are etched mirrors, large windows, and a dramatic scalloped fireplace. The

This new 878-room hotel at L.A. Live shares a 54-story tower with the new Ritz-Carlton. The hotel offers 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, including the 26,000-square-foot Diamond Ballroom, two smaller ballrooms, nine meeting rooms, and two boardrooms. The hotel has a restaurant, a wine bar, and a rooftop lounge. (900 West Olympic Blvd., 213.765.8600) MIYAKO HYBRID HOTEL

RITZ-CARLTON, LOS ANGELES

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Los Angeles opened in April, and the Ritz-Carlton Residences are supposed to open within a couple months. The Ritz has 123 guest rooms, a signature restaurant, a club lounge, and a Ritz-Carlton spa. The 3,400-square-foot club lounge also serves as the 23rd-floor check-in area. A small boardroom is adjacent. There is also a rooftop swimming pool and terrace. (900 West Olympic Blvd., 213.743.8800)

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Open since February, the 305-room W Hollywood has 10,000 square feet of meeting space and 25,000 square feet of overall event space. The W also offers a pool with daybeds, cabanas, and a bar, and a variety of restaurant and nightlife offerings, including Drai’s Hollywood from Las Vegas nightlife impresario Victor Drai. (6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1300)

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The new downtown event space known as the Bay Salone, which the Event Division exclusively represents, hosted its first event during L.A. Fashion Week in March. Designer Douglas Johnson is behind the look of the venue, which is actually a 16,000-square-foot network of spaces available for flexible arrangements. Event capacity is 500 in part of the space, with room for an additional 500 in another; the square footage breaks down into two areas of 8,000 square feet each. The Bay Salone also has a 50-foot swimming pool and a 50-foot curved white glass runway. (2035 Bay St., 310.424.5112)

The Hard Rock Cafe debuted in the Hollywood & Highland Center in July. The 20,000-square-foot venue can hold 906 guests and is Hard Rock’s second location in Hollywood. A private room seats 40. The whole restaurant is convertible into a live music space at full capacity. Memorabilia includes Jim Morrison’s pants and a 1965 letter from Janis Joplin. The Rock Shop sells rock ’n’ rollinspired items and collectibles. (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 818.622.7660)

EVE ON NEMO

OPENING SOON ROLLING STONE

The first U.S. Rolling Stone venue will soon open at the Hollywood & Highland Center, according to announcement made in December by the venue’s founders— Lucky Rug Group principals Niall Donnelly and Joe Altounian, and Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann Wenner. The multilevel space will encompass more than 10,000 square feet, with a restaurant, bar, lounge, and event space. (6801 Hollywood Blvd.) 650 NORTH

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Opened in the former Republic space, 650 North is a newly remodeled venue in West Hollywood. The 14,000square-foot property has two levels and a maximum event capacity of 1,200 guests with the right permits, or 180 for a seated event. There is an adjacent 5,000-squarefoot outdoor area for use for large events. (650 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.1600)

MUSEUM NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY

The Natural History Museum recently opened the new “Age of Mammals” exhibit inside the museum’s newly restored 1913 building. The historic rotunda, closed for renovations since 2006, also open this summer, with event bookings being accepted for August and beyond. The space can be used in conjunction with the Exposition Rose Garden. It holds 250 for receptions or seats 120. (900 Exposition Blvd., 213.763.3466)

RESTAURANTS AGURA

Agura West Hollywood opened in a former church in with room for 150 for seated events. A giant custommade gold Buddha nods to the religious history of the space. It also includes luxe furnishings and offers private dining rooms, with booth seating for 20 and patio seating for 45. (514 North La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.289.1940) ANQI

The An family, owners of the Beverly Hills restaurant Crustacean, opened a new space at South Coast Plaza. The gourmet bistro and noodle bar seats 282 or holds 500 for receptions. The dining area measures 8,500 square feet. AnQi also has two private dining rooms. One includes a private bar and has room for 38 for seated events. The other room, known as the chef’s table, seats 21. (3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714.557.5679) BOUCHON BEVERLY HILLS

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EAST

David Judaken’s Syndicate Hospitality Group—which has specialized in nightlife and entertainment like MyHouse and Opera and Crimson—opened its first restaurant, East, inspired by Asian cuisines. Chef Keven Alan Lee heads the kitchen, and Dodd Mitchell designed the space. (6611 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.3278)

Eve on Nemo is a new multi-use venue that seats 70 or holds 100 for receptions. It has a full kitchen, 1,300 square feet of indoor space, and a patio with a stone fire pit—since L.A. winters often allow for alfresco events. Chandeliers, birdcages, and a live-succulent-framed mirror round out the decor. (9045 Nemo St., West Hollywood, 310.278.8181)

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With the opening of the much-anticipated new W Hollywood Hotel & Residences earlier this year came the debut of Delphine restaurant from the Innovative Dining Group. The classic French menu at Delphine offers Provençal cooking with Mediterranean influences. (6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1355)

Thomas Keller’s newest Bouchon opened in Beverly Hills. It’s the third Bouchon restaurant serving Keller’s classic French country fare. Bar Bouchon, a wine bar also serving small plates, opened in mid-December. (235 North Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910) CULINA, MODERN ITALIAN

This restaurant opened in the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in March, as part of that hotel’s significant remodel. A semiprivate glass-enclosed room holds 10, and a private room holds 40. Half of the restaurant’s 236 seats are on the sprawling patio. Adjacent to communal tables, there is a crudo bar carved from a 200-year-old magnolia tree. (300 South Doheny Drive, 310.860.4000)

THE HIDEOUT

The Hollywood Heights Hotel has opened its new bar and restaurant, the Hideout. With a total capacity of about 100, the venue is divided into a bar and lounge at the front and, in the back, a dining room that can be sectioned off for private events. Events can also take over the adjacent patio. (2005 North Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.876.8600) MARBELLA

Once the Montmarte Café in Hollywood, this giant Spanish-influenced nightclub opened last year. Marbella offers a 4,000-square-foot patio with wrought-iron accents, meant to invoke both Spain and the ’20s. The entire space holds 900 and is available for buyouts. (6757 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.465.0447) MIXT GREENS

Family-owned healthy food chain Mixt Greens, which started in San Francisco, recently opened in downtown Los Angeles. The space serves up locally sourced fare with a gourmet sensibility, and uses fully compostable, biodegradable packaging and nontoxic cleaners. A second L.A. location recently opened in the Miracle Mile district. (Downtown: 350 South Grand Ave., Suite D6, 213.587.7970; Miracle Mile: 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 213.587.7975) THE LAB

This 20,000-square-foot spot offers gastropub fare from associate executive chef Thomas Moran in a setting reminiscent of a science lab, with slate-topped tables, beakers as vases, and bookshelves that house science textbooks. The Lab also has a private dining room wired for full audiovisual capabilities. It holds 18 guests for a seated event or 30 for a reception. (3500 South Figueroa St., 213.743.1843) OLIVERIO

For its 10-year anniversary, the Avalon Hotel added new Italian restaurant, Oliverio, which took over the former Blue on Blue space. Decor includes gilt ceramic columns, floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase Oliverio’s poolside dining area, Cippolino tables, and 1960s Warren Platner gold metal chairs. Poolside cabanas offer private dining. Oliverio’s total capacity is 143. (9400 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791) PHILIPPE WEST HOLLYWOOD

Philippe opened in West Hollywood in the former Dolce space. The eatery includes multiple areas that hold from about 14 to about 300. Philippe is the eponymous restaurant of chef/owner Philippe Chow, who headed Mr. Chow for 27 years before opening his own New York flagship with partner Stratis Morfogen. (8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.951.1100) PITFIRE ARTISAN PIZZA

Pitfire Artisan Pizza has opened its newest location in Culver City. The casual restaurant offers wood-fired pizzas and an accessible beer and wine list. The restaurant is available for buyout, and the total capacity is 120 inside, or 350 with the parking lot tented. A 30-seat patio has an olive grove and an edible garden with tomatoes and herbs. The menu of farmer’s market-driven, seasonal fare is overseen by executive chef Michael Ainslie. (12924 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 424.835.4088) RED O

This Mexican restaurant from Rick Bayless recently opened on Melrose Avenue. The dining atrium seats 58 for events. Glass garage doors open up to Melrose on one side and the 60-seat main dining room on The latest venue the other. The venue includes a 14-foot communal table, banquettes, a bar area news and our with leather swings for seats, and a comprehensive, semiprivate dining area. A tequila lounge searchable directory holds as many as 30 people for a more casual dining experience. (8155 Melrose of event spaces Ave., 323.655.5009)

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Thai street food is the concept at Soi 56, the fifth restaurant by Boon and Supa Kuntee. Chris Rusay at Rusay Design created the look of the space, with a mix of materials like laser-cut acrylic and recycled lumber from 1800s-era barns and homes. Soi 56 has room for 100 and has a semiprivate area for events and groups. (1556 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.5656) STREET

Chef Susan Feniger opened a restaurant devoted to street food from around the world. The menu is a flavorful blend inspired by market and street-stand cuisines. Architect Neil Denari designed the interior and with artists Huntley & Muir, who have a history of collaboration with Feniger, created large-scale murals that give Street dramatic backdrops. The space seats 100. There is a small upper mezzanine with room for an additional dozen. (742 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles, 323.461.7813) TAR PIT

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The Tar Pit is a luxe, Art Deco-inspired restaurant and bar with ornate chandeliers, mirrored walls, and leather banquettes. The new project from Mark Peel (the man behind Campanile) and Audrey Saunders (the cocktail guru behind Pegu Club in New York) offers artisanal cocktails, bar fare, and a full menu. Tar Pit is available for buyouts for events, but there are no private rooms. The venue can seat more than 90 or hold about 150 for receptions. (609 North La Brea Ave., 323.965.1300) TIATO

The An Catering family has opened a new restaurant in Santa Monica, known as Tiato. The space seats 200 inside the 2,414-square-foot cafe and 300 in the 4,300-square-foot patio garden. The venue has a total standing capacity of 500, and the bar fits 17. There is also a 240-square-foot private dining room for 14. (2700 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, 310.866.5228) TIGER

Tiger restaurant in Beverly Hills officially opened in April. The sushi restaurant is available for buyout with a total capacity of 100. Design firm iCrave is behind the natural, wood-filled look of the venue, which serves what it calls “post-Asian” cuisine, meaning new dishes that strive for innovation alongside well-known classics. The menu includes traditional sushi rolls, signature rolls, robata, and other hot and cold dishes. (340 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.274.3200) UPPER WEST

As its name implies, the design for this new restaurant is meant to evoke New York, with 28-foot ceilings, and open kitchen, and urban-rustic decor that channels loft life. Upper West has a 27-foot bar with hightop tables, couches, and a substantial list of specialty cocktails. In addition to its main dining room, there is an 800-square-foot patio. The venue has room for 125 for a seated event or 170 for a reception. (3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.586.1111) VILLA BLANCA

Villa Blanca’s menu is mostly comprised of classic Mediterranean, Italian, and European dishes with Asian influences. Decor is influenced by the restaurant’s name, with multiple white floral arrangements and a mostly white palette for chairs, linens, and lighting. (9601 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.859.0067) VINOLIO

Exposed brick walls, wooden tables, and antique embellishments give this eatery an Old World feel. The space is available for buyouts, and holds as many as 200 people. A private dining area is available on the back patio, which holds 50 for seated events. (1634 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.856.0888) WESTSIDE TAVERN

This eatery’s divisible private space has a large walnut bar, cork walls, and a wall covered in lateral slices of tree trunks—for an appropriately wintry look—and the rooms connect to hold as many as 100 people for a seated event. Westside Tavern offers American comfort food made from California ingredients. (10850 West Pico Blvd., 310.474.5902) WP24

This restaurant by Wolfgang Puck opened at the Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live in April. On the 24th floor of the hotel, WP24 offers Asian fare and skyline views. Puck, with chef Lee Hefter (managing partner and executive corporate chef of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group), created the menu and has brought on Spago Beverly Hills veteran David McIntyre as executive chef. ICrave designed the space, which has a wine cave and two private dining rooms. (900 West Olympic Blvd., 213.743.8800)

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Sold! To the bidder left holding the bag. Tips for auctions of all kinds. sider myself knowledgeable. As an organizer, donor, buyer, and even auctioneer, I don’t think I’m exaggerating by saying that I’ve done hundreds of auctions. My whole house is furnished with auction items. I’ve worked on auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and lots of lesser places with auctioneers as diverse as Sharon Stone, Tracy Ullman, and Peter Jennings. I’ve auctioned off cars, a plane, and artwork of every medium. And after thinking about it, I realized that when it comes to auctions, no matter who or where you are, all bets are off. So rather than give you a list of dos and don’ts, I’m going to tell you about a few experiences I’ve had and the lessons (I wish) I’d learned. Nothing smaller than a bread box. Just because tickets are $500 apiece and the money is going to poor children in Africa whose mothers have AIDS, don’t assume a pair of Montblanc pens will still be in their fancy wood case at the end of the night

Sharon Stone began her auctioneer duties at the Watermill Center with the admonition “If you talk or move or breathe, it’s a bid.” she was filming a movie the same day and was pregnant to boot. The decor by Colin Cowie had received universal oohs and aahs, despite a 50-foot palm tree that nearly crashed earlier in the day. We had successfully rolled an advertiser’s SUV onto the stage and auctioned it off. But by the time I had called in the next day, the car buyer had already reneged. He had apparently had a few, and when he got home and told his wife, well, you can picture the rest. Luckily, Rachael Shaw Greto, In Style’s special events director, needed a car like that. She bought it and saved us major embarrassment.

fool, I started bidding on a celebrity prize: Julie Andrews (whose daughter Emma Walton is the theater’s cofounder) would record the outgoing message on your answering machine. How cool to have Mary Poppins saying hello! But as the bidding got higher, I bowed out at $10,000. But Rosie O’Donnell was the auctioneer, and she uses a “take no prisoners” approach. Suddenly, Julie Andrews is sitting on my lap and offering to make a second recording for me, the lucky loser. Oh, and I never got the tape.

Speaking of take no prisoners. Say what you want about Sharon Stone, Learn the house rules, then teach but there is no dispute that she is them to the staff. If you rent out the most aggressive and successful Christie’s or Sotheby’s for a gala— celebrity auctioneer, bar none. This Not everyone who raises a hand can and you should, they are both great year at the Watermill Center benefit, or will pay. I went to bed one night spaces that deliver on the class and where the auctions raised $1.7 million, after an In Style party I worked on prestige front—know they have very she started the session by saying, thinking I had dodged a bullet. The strict rules. At Sotheby’s for a photog- “If you talk or move or breathe, it’s performer, Erykah Badu, had come off raphy auction, we were told that we a bid.” Years ago, at an event for her without a hitch despite the fact that could not assign a value to any item. sister’s charity, we held an auction To play it safe, we hired at Smashbox Studios. It was a crazy Sotheby’s vice chairnight. Matt Le Blanc donated a sports man Jamie Niven. But car. Sharon donated two outfits from he went ahead anyway Casino, which Bernard Lafferty, while and said that a certain busy being accused of murdering photo was worth Doris Duke, bought for $10,000 each $20,000, and the next and then invited us all back to Duke’s day the buyer called So- house for a swim. It was a big success theby’s looking for vet- but for one thing—by the time the ting paperwork (which auction was winding down, there they didn’t have, since was still no Sharon Stone. At the last it wasn’t their auction). minute her limo arrived, and when I Before you know it, we told her she was too late, she looked were asked to give a re- at me like I was an idiot and told me fund. Ouch. There goes to turn the microphone back on and your bonus. to get her two $100 bills. She got up on stage, shouting, swearing, and One of a kind? Sure, un- charming the crowd. After kissing and til two people have the signing the two greenbacks, she sold I’m often tempted to talk to money. I was a guest the first for $5,000 and the second for the zany performance artists and a sponsor at an $10,000, in about 60 seconds. Then The Olympic ski jumps gave an international feel at the Watermill Center auction for Bay Street she kissed me on the lips and got to the horse action at the Lake Placid Horse Show. benefit. But not in this case. Theatre when, like a back in the car. It was love.

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The other night, I attended a big-deal gala whose cocktail party featured a silent auction. The program and an announcer stated that it would close at 9 p.m. A few bidders wandered by just before then to check on their items. We’ve all done this: bid on an auction item, then stepped back and watched like a hawk. The hour came and went and the bid sheets remained on the table. One enterprising (interloping?) guest had the room to himself for a few minutes, during which he quickly and wisely scoped out the best five or so values and signed his name. At the redemption table, a number of bidders were outraged. He cheated! He bid after 9 p.m.! Despite their lamentations, however, Johnnycome-lastly made off with his items. It started a lively discussion. It was my initial position that since the organizers hadn’t promptly pulled the sheets, he was in his rights. But what about fair play? The rule of law? Conversely, if the money is for charity, why should anyone complain? The next day during the morningafter play-by-plays (the best part of any event, right?), we went through all the arguments again—sober this time—and still reached no consensus. Now this is an area where I con-

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