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    1. Briscola: Modern Italian Trattoria With Seating for Groups [TORONTO]

      The Little Italy space formerly occupied by Cinq 501 reopened in February as Briscola, a rustic Italian eatery with hip, modern accents. The name Briscola comes from a popular Italian card game, and in that vein, the space is designed for socializing, with a large communal table made of Canadian walnut, wide benches for family-style seating, and roomy plush white booths.
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    2. Leukemia Ball Sponsorships Jump 25 Percent, Event Raises $2.8 Million [washington]

      Nearly 2,000 people headed to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday night for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual ball. Hosted by the National Capital Area chapter, the organization’s largest fund-raiser of the year experienced a 25 percent increase in sponsorships across three donation levels, leading to the gala raising $2.8 million, just shy of its $3 million goal. “We have a committee of 60 [corporate representatives at senior levels] who’ve worked since September leveraging their relationships in the community to secure tables, sell raffle tickets, and bring in silent-auction items,” said the ...
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    3. Target Fetes Five Years of Designer Collaborations With Travel-Themed Dinner and Shopping Event [new York]

      It's been five years since Target introduced its Go International program, an initiative through which the Minneapolis-based retailer partners with fashion designers to produce budget-friendly clothing collections. To mark the occasion, the ever-resourceful brand created the Go International Designer Collective, a limited-edition line featuring 34 dresses from 17 past Go International collaborators, and hosted an event to celebrate the launch. Held Thursday, the private dinner, concert, and shopping event filled the Ace Hotel with travel-inspired visuals and Target's namesake logo splashed all over. "Target is proud of the Go International program and its impact on American culture, and ...
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    4. Ocean Drive Rings In 18th Anniversary at Sprawling New JW Marriott Marquis Event Space [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      Ocean Drive magazine came of age on Wednesday, with an 18th anniversary party at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. The magazine's founder, Niche Media C.E.O. Jason Binn, and editor in chief Suzy Buckley hosted the 1,000 guests—friends of the publication, clients, and Miami notables—including guest of honor Enrique Iglesias. The magazine hired Sutka International Design to produce the party, held on the hotel's 19th-floor, 10,000-square foot combination basketball court and event space. The vision, said event designer and creative director Bruce Sutka, was to "represent the scope, feel, and sophisticated ...
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      Mentions: Miami Florida
    5. Tampa Event Professionals Create Calendar and Benefit for Children\'s Cancer Center [ORLANDO]

      A dozen event professionals from the Tampa area pooled their time and talents to create a new benefit for the Children’s Cancer Center. The inaugural Calendar for a Cause Soiree at the Don Cesar Beach Resort Thursday attracted 225 attendees and raised more than $15,000 for the nonprofit organization, which provides support to pediatric cancer patients and their families.   Georgia Watson, owner of Georgia Watson Events, said she and the other committee members have all worked together for years and started talking 16 months ago about creating something “bigger and better than ourselves.” They decided to create a ...
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    6. Taste of South End Harnesses Social Media, Exceeds Fund-Raising Goal [BOSTON]

      The 15th annual Taste of the South End took over the Boston Center for the Arts on Tuesday night, drawing 650 guests to sample food from 45 South End restaurants. The event exceeded the AIDS Action Committee's fund-raising goal of $91,000, raking in $105,000 for the committee's programs. South End restaurants including Tremont 647, Hamersley's Bistro, the Gallows, and the Beehive served food at tables lining the round main space. This year's silent auction differed from years past, with items interspersed throughout the space, rather than placed in the center. Aside from ticket sales ...
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    7. Industrial-Looking \'Battle: Los Angeles\' Premiere Envelops Guests in Projections [los Angeles]

      By now, Columbia Pictures' Battle: Los Angeles—about a violent alien invasion of the town—has won the weekend box office and inspired considerable critical flogging. But the party to premiere the picture on March 8 in Westwood contained what critics might have considered only the best parts of the film: its splashy looks and effects. Sony's Alison Bossert oversaw the event, tapping 15/40 Productions to produce and design the party. Guests hit the arrivals for the screening at the Village Theatre, and the party took place afterward in a nearby parking lot on Broxton Avenue, fully converted ...
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    8. Fragrant Italian Garden Sets Scene for Bulgari\'s Intimate Scent Launch [new York]

      Amid sounds of chirping birds, smells of lemon, jasmine, and lily of the valley, within a cocoonlike grove of greenery, luxury Italian brand Bulgari introduced 80  guests to its newest women's fragrance, Mon Jasmin Noir. The intimate dinner, hosted by Veronica Bulgari on Wednesday, took over the second-floor event space of the Bowery Hotel and sought to cultivate a Mediterranean Garden of Eden, with potted magnolia trees, hedge walls, vine-wrapped candelabra, and lush arrangements of white and green flowers. Behind the production of the foliage-laden event was Rory Hermelee, Bulgari's head of communications for North America and Latin ...
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    9. Terzo Piano: Art Institute Modern Wing Restaurant Introduces Semiprivate Dining Space  [CHICAGO]

      On the third floor of the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing, Terzo Piano is a modern Italian restaurant that opened in 2009. In December, the space quietly unveiled a semiprivate dining room. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the downtown skyline, the space can host seated dinners for 26 to 80 and receptions for 26 to 100. Options are also available for groups of fewer than 26.
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    10. Kimberly Meyer of IMEX America to Discuss New Show at Las Vegas Hospitality Association Event [las Vegas]

      Kimberly Meyer of IMEX America to Discuss New Show at Las Vegas Hospitality Association Event [las Vegas]
      On March 17, Kimberly Meyer will speak at a luncheon for the Las Vegas Hospitality Association at the Cosmopolitan on topics related to the new IMEX show, to be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian and the Palazzo. In her role in strategic initiatives for IMEX America, Meyer will discuss the new show, as well as industry studies and trends. (Meyer is also founder and C.E.O. of Meetings Analytics, a consultancy working with global corporations to reduce meetings expenses and related operational costs through reporting, analytics, and process improvement.) The much buzzed-about new ...
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    11. Eden: Washington Nightclub Expands With Indoor Garden Event Space [washington]

      Opened last summer in Farragut Square, Eden recently debuted its newest themed space with the opening of Green Room in January. Encompassing the 2,000-square-foot first floor of the nightclub, Green Room can host 250 for private events. In an effort to bring the outdoors in, the new space is adorned with bamboo, live waterfalls, greenery, wooden walls, and green LED lighting throughout. Though it primarily offers an open layout, there is park-bench-style seating with leather cushions along one wall surrounding the DJ booth.
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    12. Nightclub & Bar Show Adds New Hospitality Sports Marketing Education Track [las Vegas]

      Nightclub & Bar Show Adds New Hospitality Sports Marketing Education Track [las Vegas]
      The 26th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show took to the Las Vegas Convention Center from Monday through Wednesday for a run that Nightclub & Bar Media Group president Jon Taffer deemed a success. In part, that was because the square footage on the show floor was up 18 percent over last year's milestone anniversary show (exceeding the producers' 13 percent goal). But a slate of new and expanded offerings, with significant entertainment tie-ins, also boosted the show's industry imprint.  First, the newly created Hospitality Sports Marketing Conference—also from Questex, the producers of the main show—added ...
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      Mentions: Las Vegas
    13. Women\'s Aid Group Marches 750 Across Brooklyn Bridge for 100th International Women\'s Day [new York]

      Women\'s Aid Group Marches 750 Across Brooklyn Bridge for 100th International Women\'s Day [new York]
      In an effort to publicize its mission and bring supporters together to advocate for women's rights, Washington, D.C.-based humanitarian organization Women for Women International launched a global campaign called "Join Me on the Bridge" last year. The initial outing, on March 8, 2010, gathered more than 20,000 people at 119 events in 19 countries for peaceful marches across bridges. This year, the initiative grew to encompass 410 rallies across 70 countries—in New York alone, the organization saw an estimated turn out of more than 750 people, who started out in Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza Park ...
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    14. Ballerinas, Awards, Local Designers Close Out Miami Beach International Fashion Week [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      Ballerinas, Awards, Local Designers Close Out Miami Beach International Fashion Week [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]
      Now in its 13th year, Miami Beach International Fashion Week—or Miami Fashion Week, as it was formerly known—continued to evolve this year, wrapping up four days of showcases and parties with the Miami Moda & Music Awards on Sunday night. With some 1,000 people in attendance, the event interspersed award presentations, fashion shows, and performances by recording artist Ria and the Miami City Ballet.   After the 18 dancers performed a selection from Swan Lake, the runway was turned over to Miami designers Julian Chang, Petit Pois by Viviana G, Cesar Rosario, Samy Gicherman, and Nicolás Felizola, who each ...
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      Mentions: Miami Wynwood Equinox
    15. JW Marriott Launches Chicago Property With Rocker Ballerinas, Emmy Rossum  [CHICAGO]

      JW Marriott Launches Chicago Property With Rocker Ballerinas, Emmy Rossum  [CHICAGO]
      Emmy Rossum, actress and classically trained singer, has never belted out "All that Jazz." "But I figured this was the night to try it," she told a crowd of 400 at the JW Marriott Chicago's grand opening gala on Monday night. The musical selection from Chicago underscored the gala's Windy City-inspired theme. "The hotel fuses historical architecture with cutting-edge amenities, so we wanted to celebrate Chicago in a way that honored both the traditional and modern aspects of the city," said Ryan Jordan, creative director at Harrison & Shriftman. Based in New York, Harrison & Shriftman handles PR for the ...
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    16. Shipyard Emporium: New England Brewery Debuts New Concept in Winter Park [ORLANDO]

      Shipyard Emporium: New England Brewery Debuts New Concept in Winter Park [ORLANDO]
      Maine’s Shipyard Brewing Company has opened its first venue outside New England, in Winter Park—arguably the most New England-esque town in central Florida. The Shipyard Emporium also marks the debut of a new concept for the company, combining a restaurant, market, bakery, and brewpub in one location. The nautical themed space opened January 28 and has indoor and outdoor seating and a demonstration kitchen that can be used for private events.   The right side of the 6,200-square-foot facility houses the restaurant. Seating for 50 is available at wooden tables and booths, with an additional 14 stools at ...
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    17. Water Bottle Gets Birthday Party With Giant Shaped Cake  [CHICAGO]

      Water Bottle Gets Birthday Party With Giant Shaped Cake  [CHICAGO]
      To complement its presence at the International Home & Housewares show, which took over McCormick Place from March 6 to 8, filtered-water-bottle-maker Bobble hosted a one-year anniversary party for its product at Trump International Hotel & Tower on Sunday night. Models sported tees with saucy slogans such as "Squeeze my Bobbles" and "I Want to Filter You Up," and servers circulated with water-filled Bobbles. (Stiffer drinks were available at the open bar). A birthday-party theme meant confetti, ubiquitous balloons, and a live birthday serenade from a mariachi band. As the musicians played, servers wheeled in a giant candlelit cake from Amy Beck ...
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      Mentions: Chicago
    18. Mondrian SoHo: Morgans Hotel Group Debuts First New York Mondrian [new York]

      Mondrian SoHo: Morgans Hotel Group Debuts First New York Mondrian [new York]
      Long awaited and much buzzed about, the Morgan Hotel Group’s first Mondrian property in New York finally made its debut on March 1. In SoHo, just one block east of the busy streets of Broadway, the 270-room Mondrian SoHo joins the Mondrian in Los Angeles and Mondrian South Beach in the hospitality company's portfolio of design-minded boutiques and carries the same artsy sensibility as its sister properties. Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz is the designer behind the look of the New York location and drew inspiration from Jean Cocteau’s 1946 film La Belle et la Bête—the romantic French fantasy ...
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    19. Festival of Chocolate Gets Expanded Hours, Space, and Activities [ORLANDO]

      Festival of Chocolate Gets Expanded Hours, Space, and Activities [ORLANDO]
      If you host a Festival of Chocolate, chocolate lovers will come out in droves. So discovered the festival's organizers in 2010, when "we were expecting maybe 3,000 to 4,000 people for the whole weekend, and we got double that number," said Jeff Stanford, public relations director at the Orlando Science Center, where the sweets-filled event took place on Saturday and Sunday. Stanford assisted festival producer and creator Aileen Mand with publicity efforts. Expecting more than 9,000 guests throughout the weekend this year, planners expanded the event's footprint to allow for less congestion. They also extended ...
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    20. Artist Project Kicks Off With Lemon-Hued Opening Party [TORONTO]

      Artist Project Kicks Off With Lemon-Hued Opening Party [TORONTO]
      The Artist Project, which took place in Toronto from March 3 through 6, is one of the city's largest annual art events. However, it's unique from other art fairs in that it features 200 independent artists, so instead of galleries on hand representing individual artists, they each represent themselves and sell their own work, interacting with curators, critics, collectors, and others. At Thursday evening's opening night party, 2,000 guests got a first chance to view all of the art, which ranged from photography to oil paintings to statues, and to meet the artists. Throughout the night ...
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    21. Fox Incorporates Arrivals Viewing Into the Party Space for Idol Finalists [los Angeles]

      Fox Incorporates Arrivals Viewing Into the Party Space for Idol Finalists [los Angeles]
      "You're going to Hollywood!" It's a refrain that kicks up the energy every season on Fox's American Idol, and you might say it was also a theme of the latest installment of the party to celebrate the show's finalists and expose them to the press. Fox's Karin Pofsky oversaw the event on Thursday, which took over a new location, the Grove's parking structure rooftop known as Level 8, which allowed maximum guest exposure to talent, and also offered sweeping Hollywood views. More than 300 guests—press folks, plus sponsors and Fox executives—came out ...
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      Mentions: Hollywood Hills
    22. Miami Beach Cinematheque: A Screening Room for 75 in South Beach [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]

      Miami Beach Cinematheque: A Screening Room for 75 in South Beach [MIAMI/SOUTH Florida]
      After eight years on nearby Efontola Way, the cinema home of the Miami Beach Film Society has moved into a state-of-the-art new home at Miami Beach’s old city hall. The screening room has 75 plush stadium-style seats, and the 2,700-square-foot venue can accommodate 240 for cocktail party events.   Fittingly, the grand opening of the new venue was on February 27, when the Miami Beach Cinematheque hosted Miami’s official Oscar Night America party. The event featured red carpet arrivals and a champagne reception hosted by Film Society founder Dana Keith, followed by a live telecast of the Oscars.
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      Mentions: Las Vegas Miami
    23. Macy\'s Targets College Students With Beach-Themed Promotion  [CHICAGO]

      Macy\'s Targets College Students With Beach-Themed Promotion  [CHICAGO]
      On Saturday afternoon, Macy's Star Beach Party brought a warm-weather vibe to the downtown department store. The spring-break-themed event—which offered non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris, live music from Hey Champ, and bikini-clad models—wrapped up a promotion that involved pop-up events at 10 local schools in February and early March. With the slogan "This Spring Break Is Gonna Be Hot," "the program was designed to engage and speak to college students at a key time, spring break, reminding them that Macy's is a cool shopping option that delivers a fun, social experience," said Martine Reardon, executive vice president of ...
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      Mentions: Chicago
    24. Trina\'s Starlight Lounge: Retro-Style Lounge With a Private Dining Room [BOSTON]

      Trina\'s Starlight Lounge: Retro-Style Lounge With a Private Dining Room [BOSTON]
      Trina's Starlite Lounge, the Inman Square venue owned by husband-wife team Trina and Beau Sturm and the Silvertone's owner Joshua Childs, is available for buyout and can hold 109 guests. A smaller private area known as the Parlour has its own bar and can hold 50 guests. In a nod to 1960s America, Trina's decor includes starbursts, vintage Life magazine prints, and twinkling lights. In addition to a dozen craft cocktails and sixteen bottled beers, Trina's also serves casual American fare like fried chicken and buttermilk waffles, spicy wings, and four types of hot dogs.
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