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Rebecca Baird-Remba

Saveur Serves Up Gourmet Eats on the West Side Waterfront

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Foodies flocked to Saveur magazine’s annual barbecue last night at the 79th Street Boat Basin, where they could sample bites from 17 different chefs and restaurants. Highlights included seafood boudin blanc from Sean Rembold‘s Wythe Hotel; Dale Talde‘s lemongrass slippery pork noodles; grilled lamb sliders by Amanda Freitag; barbecued chicken wings and potato chips from Marc Meyer of Tenth Avenue Cookshop; and barbecued octopus grilled up by Chris Cipollone, executive chef at Piora. Food lovers also got to try dishes crafted by Joey Campanaro, Mike Price, Kerry Heffernan, Jenn Louis, Dana Cree, Einat Admony, Jonathan Benno, Richard Capizzi, Brent Young, Sara Bigelow and Justin Devillier. Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland and publisher Kristin Cohen co-hosted the event, which was packed with hungry diners. Click through the jump for more photos!

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks Reparations and Racism

ta-nehisi coates small Ta-Nehisi CoatesAtlantic cover story on reparations has sparked reactions from outrage to enthusiastic agreement, and he sat down yesterday with Anne-Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation to discuss how we can address three centuries of systemic racism. He builds his case on the story of a 91-year-old black man who fled Depression-era Mississippi and moved to Chicago, only to discover that he couldn’t get the government-sponsored mortgage that he needed to buy a home.

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Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Mark Thompson Talk Advertising and Family Legacy at the Times

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Arthur Sulzberger Jr., chairman of the The New York Times, surveyed a restaurant full of media elites yesterday and declared that his family would never sell the Times. The Ochs-Sulzberger clan has owned the newspaper since 1896 and has a trust mechanism in place to ensure that the publication can’t be sold unless every single family member agrees, according to Sulzberger.

“The family is united around its ownership and its responsibility to maintaining The New York Times and its journalism and its journalistic integrity,” he told interviewer and former Times media reporter Alex S. Jones at the Bryant Park Grill.

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Gabriel Sherman Talks Fox News and Roger Ailes at New America NYC

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“It’s not a company, it’s a cult around him,” said Gabriel Sherman, talking about Roger Ailes and Fox News to a packed room in Soho Tuesday night.

Sherman had come to New America NYC to discuss The Loudest Voice in the Room, his controversial book about Roger Ailes and how he created one of America’s most successful media empires. Ailes is a brilliant political consultant who built a news organization out of fear, said Sherman. And he argues that atmosphere informs Fox’s ethics and reporting at every level, from top anchors like Shep Smith to low level producers.

“They live in terror of him, but they hang on his every word,” he said. “People are terrified to speak his name or speak ill of him because they’re worried that the phones are tapped.”

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AFAR Conversations: Media Pros Talk Tourism

AFAR conversations panel From left to right: AFAR editor-in-chief Julia Cosgrove, Kenneth Villamil, director of product and brand development for Park Hyatt and Andaz, Jason Clampet, co-founder and head of content for Skift and Patrick Lafferty, CEO of Bartle Bogle Hegarty North America.

Younger generations of travelers want to have authentic travel experiences where they feel like locals, a trend called “experiential travel,” said panelists at AFAR Magazine‘s Conversations event last night.

“People want to feel like they’re seeing through they eyes of a native, versus the homogenized commercial travel of the past. Instead of just taking from the market, it’s about being part of it or giving back,” said Kenneth Villamil, director of brand development for Park Hyatt and Andaz Global Operations Center.

But we’re not talking about backpackers who sleep on the couch of a local family. Millennials and GenXers who have disposable income want to eat genuine local food, help build a well or haggle in the bazaar, but they still expect a comfortable place to stay at the end of the day.

“They still want a massage and a nice meal, but they want to participate in the local community or volunteer,” said Patrick Lafferty, CEO of advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty North American.

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Vice’s Correspondent Confidential Reveals Journalists’ Untold Stories

There are two distinct narratives for journalists covering the same story for a long time: the story they publish, and the story they tell themselves or their friends over a beer. Producer Carrie Ching wants to reveal those untold personal stories with her new Vice web series, Correspondent Confidential, which screened last night at the Explorer’s Club on the Upper East Side. Every episode is a brief, animated tale told by a reporter, and a different artist illustrates each one.

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PR and Media Pros Gather for AirPR and talkTech Happy Hour

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An interesting mix of PR professionals and media figures converged on the Tribeca Grand last night for AirPR and talkTech‘s Happy Hour. Greg Galant, founder of Muckrack and the Shorty Awards, stopped by, along with Daily Beast editor Ellen Kampinsky, Time reporter Courtney Subramanian and Nora Bass, co-founder of the women’s media brand Vixely.

PR and digital media pros in attendance included Rebekah Iliff, director of product for AirPR, Chathri Ali, managing partner for talkTech, Rebecca Wolfe of WPP’s Dell Team, publicist Nora Wolf of Wolf PR and AirPR CEO Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer. talkTech and AirPR host networking events at least three to four times a year in New York and other cities around the country, trying to bring together PR people, journalists, techies and media strategists to discuss the changing media landscape.

Some of last night’s discussion revolved around whether traditional PR strategies still really worked. Iliff compared AirPR’s approach to more traditional public outreach strategies:

“We create our own content. Some of my posts have been shared 4,000 or 5,000 times on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter… I think we might be reaching a lot more people than traditional pitching would.”

Martha Stewart Weddings Party

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Fashionistas and top wedding professionals mingled last night at the 12th Annual Martha Stewart Weddings Bridal Fashion Week Party, a bazaar of luxury wedding goods and food. Hundreds of guests partied it up and sampled the wares of 20 different vendors in the Chelsea headquarters of Martha Stewart Living, the Starrett-Lehigh building. Petit fours from Dragonfly Cakes, cheddar bread and hush puppies from Jack’s Chedbred, marshmallows from Mitchmallows, pizza from Valducci’s and gourmet cotton candy from Spin-Spun Natural Confections helped fuel the crowd throughout the night. The already well-dressed attendees could also perfect their looks with manicures by Deborah Lippmann, Sparkly Tattoos by Glittertoos, hairbraiding by Blow and sparkly jewelry from Bauble Bar.

Spotted among the crowd were Randy Fenoli of  Say Yes to the Dress, bridal couture designer Claire Pettibone, recently married fashion designer Erin Fetherston, wedding designer Mark Ingram, New York City Ballet dancer Tiler Peck, wedding planner Preston Bailey and designer Amsale Amberra.

Click through the jump to see more pictures from the event!

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