January 2015

Chase Sapphire Preferred Hosts Mississippi Grind Premiere Party with Cast Members Ryan Reynolds and Analeigh Tipton at the 2015 Sundance Festival

Directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck join Chase Sapphire cardmembers and VIP guests at exclusive celebration

Chase Sapphire Preferred Premiere Party during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 24, at Chase Sapphire on Main. Mississippi Grindcast members Ryan Reynolds, Analeigh Tipton and Ben Mendelsohn attended the celebration and walked the “Sapphire blue” carpet with writers and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. Chase Sapphire cardmembers and VIP guests celebrated the film premiere alongside the all-star cast at Chase Sapphire on Main, an interactive suite located in the heart of Park City’s Main Street.

“We’re excited to host tonight’s Mississippi Grind Premiere Party. It’s one of several opportunities for Chase Sapphire cardmembers to mingle with film talent and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to this year’s most exciting films,” said Lisa Walker, general manager, Chase Sapphire Preferred. “Our five year partnership with the Sundance Film Festival has allowed us to provide the exceptional customer experiences our cardmembers expect, including outstanding service and access to film, travel and dining experiences.”

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January 2015

Park City’s Main Street transformed into celeb-lounge town

What are normally ski shops, art galleries and boutiques on Park City’s Main Street have transformed into celebrity lounges during the first weekend of the Sundance Film Festival where celebrities load up on swag, from backpacks to boots.

Kevin Smith popped into Park City Live, a conglomeration of celebrity suites including Billboard’s Winterfest concert space (set to feature Iggy Azalea on Saturday night) and the Birchbox cosmetics center, where visitors could get makeovers and collect a slew of beauty samples.

The Village at the Lift also combines various lodges over several buildings. VIPs can recharge their electronics and sip coffee at the hippest McDonald’s ever, the temporary McCafe. Next door is a pop-up restaurant, the Stella Artois Cafe, serving food from the trendy Animal Restaurant in Los Angeles. The Tao nightclub is also part of the complex.

The Eddie Bauer suite boasts an indoor climbing wall, while the Chase Sapphire Preferred lounge offers drinks, bites and a chance to try Oculus virtual-reality technology.

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December 2014

2015 Vegas Uncork’d preview: Gordon Ramsay, new chefs and attractions

Do you have what it takes to go up against “Hell’s Kitchen” tormentor Gordon Ramsay? Could you take his ferocious temper and abusive screaming while you cooked? Would you dare give him back as good (or bad) as he venomously dishes out?

You will have that opportunity when Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns to the Strip from April 23-26. Star chefs including Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Guy Savoy will join Gordon. Julian Serrano also will debut his restaurant Lago at Bellagio.

“This is truly the only weekend each year when world-class chefs gather in one destination to host intimate dinners where they push culinary innovation and mix and mingle with their fans and peers,” said Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit editor in chief. First-ever auto sponsor Buick will join returning sponsor Chase Sapphire Preferred for the feasting festival now in its ninth year.

Tickets go on sale today at VegasUncorked.com for perennial favorites the Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace and the returning Chef’s Counter: All-Star Feast at Aria. Additionally, there will be new events including Prime Time with Jean-Georges inside his Prime steakhouse at Bellagio; The House of Lago: An Italian-Style Brunch in Julian’s soon-to-open Lago; and In “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon at Caesars.

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November 2014

Chelsea Clinton and Lupita Nyong’o Honored at the Glamour Women of the Year Gala

It was 10:30 p.m. at the restaurant Harlow on East 56th Street, and Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, was making her way to her dinner table.

“There she is, there she is, there she is,” Ms. Power said, pointing toward Robin Roberts. “I haven’t had meaningful contact with her in 25 years.”

Ms. Power and Ms. Roberts were both honorees at Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year gala on Monday night. In the summer of 1989, Ms. Power was an 18-year-old intern at a CBS affiliate in Atlanta where Ms. Roberts was a sports broadcaster. At the time, Ms. Power said, she was a “crazy redhead sports junkie” who was determined to become a sportscaster before she got some advice from Ms. Roberts, the future ABC anchor.

“She encouraged me to branch out and live a little, and maybe not make up my mind,” Ms. Power said.

Really? “I remember her very well,” Ms. Roberts said, wearing a Gucci dress and enormous Alaïa heels. “And I do remember saying, ‘Get the heck out of here, you’re wasting your time, you need to be doing something else.’ ”

She added, “I knew she had it, but I didn’t know she’d be working for the president of the United States.”

These reunions, and the new relationships that were forged on Monday, are part of what this event is all about: bringing together female leaders, whether in fashion or policy, comedy or philanthropy. Earlier in the night, at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall, nine women (including Chelsea Clinton, Lupita Nyong’o, Mindy Kaling, Laverne Cox and Sarah Burton) and a group of girls were honored. The band Haim performed.

“This is my first night out as a mother,” Ms. Clinton said during her acceptance speech, six weeks after giving birth to her daughter, Charlotte. “I had started to somewhat wonder if I would ever wear a fancy dress or high-heeled shoes again. Or have adult conversations.”

A grinning Hillary Rodham Clinton sat a few rows deep.

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October 2014

Walk, eat, repeat. Food tours stroll through Nashville

The “its” just keep coming.

Saturday afternoon and night, food lovers from across town and points way beyond will congregate for two sold-out walking tours hosted by Bon Appétit magazine’s droll restaurant editor, Andrew Knowlton, and co-hosted by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.

Knowlton is no opportunistic carpetbagger, though. He grew up in Atlanta, suffered both brimstone and Nashville’s summer heat at David Lipscomb basketball camps and even ate at a certain meat-and-three when ol’ Jack Arnold was still carving up the roast beef.

More than that, Knowlton has come to know and appreciate our culinary landscape better than many outsiders and has been generous with the praise along the way. Using his magazine’s vaunted pulpit, he toured Nashville with Dan Auerbach of Nashville-based rock outfit the Black Keys and chef Tandy Wilson of City House and lauded our scene in 2012. That same year he added the Catbird Seat at No.5 to his list of best new restaurants, and in 2013, Rolf & Daughters made the cut at No.3.

“Back to back, that says something,” Knowlton acknowledges, recognizing that the fawning boon of Southern food has been spreading from city to city and that now seems to be Nashville’s time.

So it stood to reason to add Music City to Bon Appétit’s list of GrubCrawl locations to this year’s itinerary. While Nashville joins New York, San Francisco and Park City, Utah, this year, we have the distinction of selling out the fastest since the crawl began three years ago. That’s 240 tickets at $149 a pop in 48 hours.

“We wanted to include cities that people don’t immediately think of. I’ve been pushing to go down South,” says the writer, who also counts Springwater as one of his favorite stops, which is high cotton in my book. (Note: Springwater will not be on this tour.)

“For walking tours, we pick very carefully and really try to get people away from large hotel settings, where you’re elbowing each other for the last bite of bad tuna,” Knowlton says, adding that the participating restaurants take the tour seriously, so it’s “not just deviled eggs at one place.” Not there’s anything wrong with that in a Sunday supper kind of way.

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Mindy Kaling Hasn’t Won a Nobel Prize. Yet.

Mindy Kaling was on the 37th floor of the Trump SoHo New York hotel, having her hair and makeup done. “There’s Champagne, quesadillas and water,” she said. “Make yourself at home.”

As part of The New Yorker Festival earlier this month, Ms. Kaling was scheduled to do a Q. and A. with Emily Nussbaum, the magazine’s television critic. But at the moment, Ms. Kaling was being a critic herself as “Pretty Woman” was showing on the living-room TV.

“The writing’s a little on the nose,” said the woman whose writing — including episodes of “The Office,” which she wrote in her 20s, and “The Mindy Project,” which she also produces and stars in — has been heavily inspired by romantic comedies like this.

The hair and makeup people straightened Ms. Kaling’s hair and applied eyeliner. And while her black Moschino dress already provided plenty of sparkle, thanks to a row of shiny metallic studs along the neck, Ms. Kaling wanted to glam it up further.

“I’m in a more-is-more mood,” she said, pulling out several hoop-shaped earrings and gold rings lent to her by a friend, the designer Jennifer Meyer. “Like if George Clooney died and I were Amal, this is what I would wear to the funeral.”

After a final look in the mirror, she grabbed her friend Jocelyn Leavitt and climbed into a waiting Escalade that took them to SIR Stage37, an event space on the West Side of Manhattan, where she was scheduled to speak at 10 p.m. “Is this like a converted belt factory or something?” she said as they approached a throng of young college types on the sidewalk.

“Look, Min, here’s all your fans,” Ms. Leavitt said.

“They’re here for Larry David,” Ms. Kaling said, referring to a speaker at the festival earlier that day.

But they weren’t. They screamed Ms. Kaling’s name as she stepped out, asking for autographs and selfies. After posing with several fans, she was escorted backstage, where Rhonda Sherman, the director of the festival, came over to say that Ms. Kaling’s appearance was sold out.

“Really?” Ms. Kaling said, repeatedly showing herself to be the kind of celebrity who still seems surprised by her own fame. “Wow. If I see a single empty seat, I’m totally walking out.”

That turned out to be unnecessary, as she made her way onstage to the rapturous applause of her fans, most of them young and female. “Welcome,” Ms. Nussbaum said, and the women began a conversation that touched on everything from Ms. Kaling’s Indian heritage to the role sex and romance play on her show.

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September 2014

Tacos, Tequila, and Tartine: Why You Should Buy Tickets to Grub Crawl San Francisco

If you’re confused about what our Grub Crawls really are, allow us to explain. Essentially, they’re like one of those pub crawls in college, but instead of getting bad beer, you’ll be drinking fancy cocktails (and wine and beer too!), eating some of the best food the city has to offer (and lots of it!), and enjoying live entertainment along the way. This year, we’ve already hit New York City and Brooklyn, and Park City, Utah. And we’re stopping in Nashville, too. But we’ve got one more city to add to the list: San Francisco. And there are two (!) crawls happening—one in the Mission/SoMa and Hayes Valley. Why should you go?

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August 2014

US Open Scene: Fireworks Rock Opening Ceremony

Fireworks, strobe lights, thumping music and gyrating dancers on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium. It can only mean one thing: the official start of the U.S. Open.

John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova, singles champions from three decades ago, slammed tennis balls into the stands before Monday night’s matches to ceremonially light the Empire State Building in U.S. Open court blue.

And first-year New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially welcomed the 700,000 fans to the two-week tournament, saying “the U.S. Open is where it’s at!”

That was all a prelude to pounding rock tunes from the band Fitz and the Tantrums, accompanied by booming fireworks, flashing strobe lights and a team of dancers gyrating on the court over projected images of the game’s biggest stars.

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