June 2016

Dreaming Tree Wines

Finding the perfect outdoor space in NYC is hard to come by but there are a few secret gardens that are worth scouting out. On Monday I had the opportunity to celebrate the first day of Summer with Dreaming Tree Wines- a collaboration between winemaker Sean Mckenzie and Dave Matthews.
The event was held at the New York Marble Cemetery- a private yard (that is open to the public every 4th Sunday of the month from October through April). Guests enjoyed extra daylight hours with glasses of Dreaming Tree while tasting bites from Dave Matthews Band head chef Fiona Bohane’s collection of Recipes from the Road – special dishes inspired by Dave Matthews Band tour stops and created to pair with The Dreaming Tree.
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June 2016

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic (Divot Stomp)

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Afternoon in the Sun: Riley Keough, Elizabeth Olsen, and Rose Byrne at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Just as New York’s social calendar reserves the first Monday in May for the Met Gala, the first Saturday in June is for the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The annual match and champagne extravaganza drew a wide range of guests to Liberty State Park on Saturday, from actors like Michael B. Jordan and Riley Keough to models like Jessica Hart to designers like Gigi Burris and Lulu Frost’s Lisa Salzer. There was a sense that people had come from far and wide for the festivities. Equestrian enthusiasts in town from Middleburg, Virginia, and Wellington, Florida, chatted about whose horses were in the day’s match, whether they had a horse on the Black Watch or the Veuve Clicquot team, and so forth.

As guests arrived and made their way from the ferry to the pitch, Elizabeth Olsen confided that she had never actually been to a polo match. “I don’t understand polo—I know!” she said with a laugh. “I actually go to horse races a lot. I grew up going to Santa Anita and Del Mar, but this is all brand new. I’d love to find out where the horses are at some point so I can go up and touch them.”

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May 2016

The One Show Announces 2016 Winners

The One Club (www.oneclub.org) announced today the winners for the 43rd Annual One Show Awards, hosted by Ellie Kemper, star of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” There were 248 Pencils awarded in film, interactive, cross-platform, IP, mobile, social, UX/UI and radio at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City (556 overall), but it was REI’s #OptOutside campaign that won Best of Show.

“This is an amazing honor. The One Show represents the best that the advertising world has to offer and we couldn’t be prouder,” said Will McGinness, Partner, Executive Creative Director, Venables Bell & Partners. “This obviously wouldn’t have been possible without our incredibly brave clients who were willing to take their beliefs as a company and act on them in such a bold way. #OptOutside was an idea that came from the core of who they are as a company and ended up transcending marketing into an actual movement. Which is something you rarely see.”

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REI’s ‘#OptOutside’ Campaign Takes Best of Show at the One Show

REI’s “#OptOutside” campaign, in which the retailer decided to close its doors on Black Friday and instead encouraged consumers and its own employees to embrace the outdoors, won Best of Show at the One Club’s 2016 One Show. The award was announced at the One Show’s final awards ceremony, hosted by “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actress Ellie Kemper at Cipriani Wall Street on Friday Night.

As part of the campaign, the retailer gave each of its 12,000 employees a paid day off and even suspended e-commerce. The idea was boosted by a campaign created out of Venables, Bell & Partners, as well as Edelman and Spark (now known as Mediavest/Spark.) It included a microsite, social elements and some clever films. One layered gorgeous mountainscapes against the chatter of news broadcasters banging on about busiest shopping day of the year, while another showed CEO Jerry Strizke imploring viewers to join the “Opt Outside” movement as he sits at his desk — which turns out to be atop a gorgeous Washington State peak.

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Venables Bell & Partners wins Best of Show for REI’s #OptOutside at 2016 One Show

Venables Bell & Partners’ #OptOutside Black Friday campaign for outdoor equipment retailer REI won Best of Show at the 43rd Annual One Show Awards. Actress Ellie Kemper hosted the event for the One Club Friday night at Cipriani Wall Street here.

“This obviously wouldn’t have been possible without our incredibly brave clients who were willing to take their beliefs as a company and act on them in such a bold way,” said Will McGinness, partner and executive creative director at VB&P. “#OptOutside was an idea that came from the core of who they are as a company and ended up transcending marketing into an actual movement, which is something you rarely see.”

The Martin Agency won Agency of the Year and Client of the Year for its work with insurance provider Geico. The Martin Agency and Geico also won a Penta Pencil, awarded for the first time this year to the best agency-client partnerships over the past five years. “Winning Agency of the Year is huge, but I’m most proud of the Penta,” said Joe Alexander, CCO of The Martin Agency. Wieden+Kennedy Portland also won a Penta Pencil for its longstanding work with Old Spice.

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May 2016

2016 VUBBA photos: Grand Tasting, ‘Dine in the Dark,’ Daniel Boulud on Day 2

The 10th anniversary of Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit was a star-studded affair Thursday through Sunday with 24 culinary events hosted by many of the world’s top chefs and mixologists.

As we whooped into the second 24-hour blitzkrieg of food and wine, Day 2 introduced one new event, one fan favorite and the premier event of the entire weekend: the Grand Tasting at Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace.

‘Dine in the Dark’ at Bacchanal
First, though, the chef team at Bacchanal Buffet led by Ryan Nuqui and Severin Nunn hosted the first “Dine in the Dark Sensory Lunch.” (Las Vegas media were treated to a sneak preview before VUBBA last month.)

Guests were blindfolded to experience a four-course meal that opened up their senses of taste and smell.

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May 2016

Supermodel Tyra Banks among VIPs at Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit Master Series Dinners

On April 28, the first evening of events during Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit commenced with once-in-a-lifetime Master Series dinners hosted by top chefs Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Chow and others. Among the celebrities and VIP attendees was supermodel and TV personality Tyra Banks, who enjoyed the only-in-Vegas Dinner on The Strip at The Palazzo. Guests indulged in chilled Alaskan king crab and halibut with spring asparagus prepared by Emeril Lagasse, fine charcuterie chosen by Daniel Boulud, grilled gambas and cumin chicken tagine made by Olivier Dubreuil, porchetta, wild fennel and truffle farce from Kim Canteenwalla and a dessert of vanilla and strawberry vacherin glace by David Werly.

Inside Caesars Palace at Nobu, Japanese cuisine master, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, hosted an intimate, multi-course experience for 12 guests. The iconic chef hand crafted each selection of Omakase and perfectly paired it with Kagua Blanc Belgian Strong Ale, Krug Grande Cuvee, Junmai Daiginjo Koshitanrei Hikari and Daiginjo Yk35 Jukusei Koshu. At $1,000 per ticket, all proceeds from this exclusive dinner benefitted Keep Memory Alive, a local nonprofit that supports patients and their families as they navigate the extraordinary challenges of brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.

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