Two Amazing Events, One Great City: Epicurean Experiences Highlight Denver’s Inspired, Renowned Culinary and Craft Beer Scene

From legendary and award-winning restaurants and entirely new, pioneering concepts to an abundance of local craft breweries, Denver’s ever-evolving culinary landscape will be on display over the next couple of months. Innovative, chef-driven restaurants and local breweries take the spotlight in Denver with two amazing events – the highly anticipated Denver Restaurant Week (DRW) and the exclusive, only-in-Denver Collaboration Fest – celebrating the city’s recent culinary and craft beverage momentum, which has positioned Denver at the forefront of the industry.FE57F47EDF651C8B70567DED6EE00133

More than 300 restaurants opened in Denver over the past two years, and more than 50 are already on the horizon for the first part of 2016. The city is on the frontline of several national trends, ranging from chef-driven fast casual restaurants to food halls and marketplaces to upscale and creative ethnic fusions; and these restaurants demonstrate the city’s most cutting edge, rising talent as well as mainstay Denver chefs who have been on the scene for years.

Elway's

Elway’s

Euclid Hall

Euclid Hall

Adding to the impressive culinary offerings in The Mile High City are its craft breweries. Denver produces more beer than any other urban region in America – an estimated 200 different craft beers are brewed in Denver every single day – and the city hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer competition in the world, featuring more than 6,700 beers.

Corridor 44 on Larimer Street

Corridor 44 on Larimer Street

Denver Restaurant Week, which takes place from February 26 through March 6, is an annual celebration of the city’s exceptional year-round culinary scene. Now in its 12th year, DRW is an opportunity to enjoy multi-course meals at some of the city’s top restaurants for the tasty price of $30 per person. Reservations throughout the city are highly coveted, and many Mile High hotspots – both iconic local restaurants and new eateries – become fully booked for the 10 days of DRW. Click here to view the menus!

These Denver restaurants show off the city’s most cutting-edge and up-and-coming culinary talent, not to mention the abundance of local products in the nearby area. Denver diners will be wowed by these upscale, epicurean eateries, and the city’s recently progressive food scene in general.

AVANTI FOOD & BEVERAGE, 3200 Pecos St.
A wholly original food concept is playing out at 
Avanti Food & Beverage in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood, which opened in 2015. A huge two-story warehouse has been converted to shelter a collection of shipping containers, each one a self-contained mini-restaurant. Diners can choose from the variety of cuisines, including a noodle joint, shwarma shop and a torta counter, and enjoy their meal in the communal dining area – complete with stunning views of downtown Denver. A perfect incubator for new flavors and chefs, we fully expect Avanti to set some trends in the national restaurant landscape.

GUARD & GRACE, 1801 California St.
Guard & Grace is a modern, American-style steakhouse that prides itself on serving locally produced meats, cheeses and produce. Chef/owner Tory Guard emphasizes wood-fired dishes for that authentic taste.

THE KITCHEN DENVER, 1530 16th St.
The Kitchen Community is a Boulder-based community of restaurants that has now set up a sister to its world-class neighborhood bistros in downtown Denver. Like the other Kitchen locations, the restaurant on 16th Street boasts a menu that has been sourced from local farmers, ranchers, and purveyors. The Kitchen Denver boasts a seafood bar, a small plates menu, and a main menu with selections like wild char-grilled salmon, oven-roasted sirloin, tagliatelle, and bolognese. Every day from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Kitchen is community hour, with a menu designed to be shared. Don’t miss the quiche and the cocktail du jour.

TABLE 6, 609 Corona St.
This south Capitol Hill restaurant is a popular destination spot for visiting politicos, and for good reason. The 50-seat American eatery makes for a quiet working lunch, or an intimate dinner.
Table 6 creates an ambience that is warm and elegant, without being overdone. And then there’s the food: Chef Carrie Shores has created a varied menu that includes everything from comfort food starters (like sloppy joe sliders and tater tots with chorizo and picked peppers) to thoughtful main plates (like duck confit with cherry sage vin and maple smoked pork loin with oat risotto), and Sunday brunch (which features the popular chèvre chantrelle bread pudding.)

Rioja

Rioja

RIOJA, 1431 Larimer St.
Rioja was the start of celebrity Chef Jennifer Jasinski’s transformation of Larimer Square with her award-winning restaurant concepts. The Mediterranean-themed eatery is well-known among Denverites for its fresh ingredients and regularly rotating specials, homemade pastas, extensive brunch menu, and thoughtful pastry program executed by chef Eric Dale. Eric’s house made doughnuts got the media spotlight this year, making several nation-wide, best-of dessert lists. Also in 2013, Jasinski received a James Beard award for Best Chef Southwest.

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Unveiled: The Barneys New York 2015 Holiday Windows

Barneys New York Launches Holiday 2015 Campaign: Chillin’ Out

Introducing Chillin’ Out, A Wondrously Wintry Take On Holiday 2015. Arctic Temperatures, High-Speed Chases, Live Ice Carving— Barneys New York’s Madison Avenue Windows Must Be Seen To Be Believed.

Embracing the chill that typically accompanies this magical time of year, our New York flagship’s windows celebrate winter by bringing one crucial element of the outdoors inside: ICE. – The Window

Barneys New York announces the launch of its 2015 holiday campaign, Chillin’ Out. Using its famed sense of wit and surprise to play up traditional winter motifs, the Barneys New York team worked with various collaborators to transform the Madison Avenue Flagship windows into a Chillin’ Out visual narrative, complete with 35-foot fully functioning ice locker which serves as a live frozen workspace. The idea of winter is celebrated through unique and unprecedented displays, which are brought to life through partnerships with world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly, Utah-based Ice Castles, artist collective Okamoto Studio, and luxury automaker Lexus.

Through the Chillin’ Out holiday partnerships, Barneys New York has pushed the limits of traditional holiday windows. The one-of-a-kind ice locker used for the Ice Castles and Ice Carvers windows was custom designed and built by the Barneys New York team to maintain the optimal condition for the integral component of these installations: ice. Updating the classic ‘Penguin Chase‘ with accurately scaled Lexus model cars, as well as using 3D digital mapping to illuminate the “Winter Brilliance” sculpture adds another level of unprecedented technical feats to this season’s windows.

The Chillin’ Out window installations have been amongst the most creatively ambitious that our team has designed,” says Barneys New York Creative Director Dennis Freedman. “We’ve challenged ourselves to reach new heights in terms of technical advancements, but ultimately it’s the beauty and visual impact that really counts. Continuing with the tradition of integrating a performance element into the windows adds a layer of excitement and spontaneity to the experience for audiences.”

Shintaro Okamoto, founder and namesake of Okamoto Studio, demonstrates his mastery of the art during a live performance in 'The Ice Carvers.' Performances continue through December 31.

Shintaro Okamoto, founder and namesake of Okamoto Studio, demonstrates his mastery of the art during a live performance in ‘The Ice Carvers.’ Performances continue through December 31. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“The Ice Carvers”

A live ice carving performance in one of the Madison Avenue window displays integrates a surprising unique element to the Chillin’ Out theme. Partnering with the ice carving collective Okamoto Studio, the Barneys New York team created a stylized satellite studio for the carvers to create winter themed sculptures as a part of daily live performances. Starting on Wednesday, November 18, and running through Thursday, December 31, live carvers within the custom ice locker in the window will transform 20×30 inch blocks of ice into detailed holiday-themed sculptures. Barneys New York partnered with Moncler Gamme Bleu designed by Thom Browne to outfit the carvers in custom-designed metallic outerwear, which consist of a jumpsuit, vest, and blazer. Additional pieces from Moncler Gamme Bleu, including exclusive cashmere silver English rib gloves, beanies, neck warmers, and scarves, all of which will also be available at Barneys New York.

Live Performance Schedule for “The Ice Carvers”:

Monday – Wednesday: Noon – 7:30PM

Thursday – Saturday: Noon – 8:30PM

Sunday: Noon – 6:00PM

The gorgeous work of Ice Castles has been adapted from its usual home atop a frigid mountain and recreated in this stunning Madison Avenue window

The gorgeous work of Ice Castles has been adapted from its usual home atop a frigid mountain and recreated in this stunning Madison Avenue window. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“Ice Castles”

To play on the idea of Chillin’ Out and traditional winter themes, Barneys New York has partnered with Ice Castles, a company known for creating large-scale ice formations typically set upon mountaintops, to build an installation within the confines of its Madison Avenue window. In order to properly execute the Ice Castles collaboration, Barneys New York designed an unprecedented fully operational ice locker within its display. The custom ice locker consistently maintains a temperature of 3 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, and utilizes a custom misting system, which enables the creation and maintenance of the ice formations. Using a process known as “Icicle Farming,” Ice Castles makes its own icicles and fuses them together to create an ice scaffold that is sprayed with water to form uniquely intricate and organic ice formations. With an ongoing misting schedule, the ice becomes a naturally evolving glacial wonderland in constant evolution over the course of the window’s installation. The Ice Castle installation is further brought to life through the choreographed use of light, illuminating the ice in translucent shades of blue, green, red, and purple. Accompanied by a custom musical score by Hannis Brown evoking the icy sound and spirit of winter, the monochromatic structure transports the audience into the depths of a frozen empire.

An incredible partnership between the Barneys visual team, Lexus, Invisible Light Network, and Christie THREE SIXTY comes to life in 'Arctic Chase.'

An incredible partnership between the Barneys visual team, Lexus, Invisible Light Network, and Christie THREE SIXTY comes to life in ‘Arctic Chase.’ (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“Arctic Chase”

Meet Penny, the high-octane, thrill-loving, and very chill penguin who’s so cool, she inspired her own window, “Arctic Chase.” Beginning with the idea of the penguin, the Barneys New York team partnered with Lexus to reimagine a traditional and playful winter racetrack adventure with the iconic arctic animal. Referencing ZSL London Zoo‘s Lubetkin Penguin Pool and childhood games, the team commissioned renowned slot car designer Gary Gerding to build a racetrack – the first translucent slot car track Gerding has ever built out of polycarbonate. As three “Chilled-Out” crystal-covered penguins race around the track atop Lexus IS, GS F, and RC F model cars, which were 3D printed and also covered in crystals, an animated film narrative created by Invisible Light Network brings the full scene together. The action is accompanied by an animated short by Invisible Light Network entitled “Stay Cool,” which tells the story of Penny, our penguin heroine, racing her nefarious opponents, set to an imaginary world of ice formations, city structures, and ski lodges. Invisible Light Network uniquely mixed traditional animation, CG, pixel, and glitch into one coherent story, which will be displayed on theatrical screens provided by Christies Digital, and is set to a custom score by composer Amnon Freidlin.

'Winter Brilliance,' a site-specific installation piece by Dale Chihuly.

‘Winter Brilliance,’ a site-specific installation piece by Dale Chihuly. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

“Winter Brilliance by Dale Chihuly”

Barneys New York has collaborated with renowned sculptor and artist Dale Chihuly to design a site-specific installation for another Chillin’ Out window. Entitled “Winter Brilliance,” the glass elements of the sculpture are representative of frigid winters, and appear as a grand crystalline explosion composed of individual hand-blown glass icicles. Several of the sculptural elements that comprise “Winter Brilliance” are suspended from the ceiling of the Madison Avenue window. The sculpture is set above a black pool of reflective water, giving the appearance it is frozen in midair. Barneys New York partnered with Christie THREE SIXTY to integrate the use of 3D digital mapping onto “Winter Brilliance.” One-of-a-kind choreographed lighting effects are projected onto the sculpture, creating the illusion of light on ice, snow, and moonlight, and adding a fluid and kinetic quality to it. The lighting cycle starts with pure white before moving into a sequence of snow flurries, ending in fiery display of red and yellow light projected onto the 700 hand-blown glass elements. The scene becomes an interpretation of fire and ice, accompanied by a modern adaptation of a score by Claude Debussy, one of Chihuly’s favorite composers.

In conjunction with the Chillin’ Out holiday campaign, Barneys New York will also launch a social media sweepstakes with a call to action for participants take a photo in front of any Barneys New York window display nationwide and post to Instagram tagging @BarneysNYOfficial with the hashtag #BNYCHILLINOUT. Winners will have their Instagram handle featured in an ice sculpture by OKAMOTO STUDIO in the Madison Avenue windows for 24 hours, and posted to the Barneys Instagram channel.

To further celebrate Chillin’ Out, Barneys New York will feature dedicated editorial content on its successful life and style editorial site, www.thewindow.barneys.com, including exclusive interviews and video content highlighting this holiday program. http://thewindow.barneys.com/barneys-holiday-windows-2015/ Continue reading

2015 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the final nominees for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards presented by Lexus. The nominees were announced today during a breakfast at the James Beard House in New York City, hosted by Susan Ungaro, James Beard Foundation president; executive vice-president, Mitchell Davis; Emily Luchetti, chair of the Foundation’s board of trustees; and John Washko, trustee and chair of the Awards committee. The 2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards For books published in English in 2014. Winners will be announced on April 24, 2015. The winner of the Cookbook of the Year Award and the Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee will be announced on April 24, 2015.

Nominees in 59 categories were announced in the Foundation’s various awards programs, including Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design, and Book, Broadcast and Journalism. In addition, previously announced special achievement award honorees were highlighted, including Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian of the Year, Who’s Who, and the America’s Classics.

 

Multiple James Beard Award–winning TV host, author, and chef Alton Brown will host the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards presented by Lexus. The highly anticipated James Beard Awards ceremony and gala reception will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Lyric Opera of Chicago. On Friday, April 24, 2015, Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, will host the annual James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will be open to the public, and hand out awards for the Restaurant and Chef including America’s Classics and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards including Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.

A native of Nashville, Hall’s food journey began at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, after returning from a trip throughout Europe that awakened her passion for food. Upon completing her culinary training, she went on to work as a sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel in Washington D.C. and later served as Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club. Hall’s approach to cooking blends her classic French training and southern upbringing, both of which she has carried through to her artisan cookie company, Carla Hall Petite Cookies, as well as her restaurant, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen, slated to open in New York City later this year.

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees are:

2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

Winners will be announced on May 4, 2015

Outstanding Chef Presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters Presented to a working chef in America whose career has set national industry standards and who has served as an inspiration to other food professionals. Candidates must have been working as chefs for at least the past 5 years.

Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC

Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles

Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Marc Vetri, Vetri, Philadelphia

Rising Star Chef of the Year Presented by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water A chef age 30 or younger who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

Tanya Baker, Boarding House, Chicago

Alex Bois, High Street on Market, Philadelphia

Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Washington, D.C.

Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos, CA

Cara Stadler, Tao Yuan, Brunswick, ME

Ari Taymor, Alma, Los Angeles

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Curtis Duffy, Grace, Chicago

Jonathon Sawyer, Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

Paul Virant, Vie, Western Springs, IL

Erling Wu-Bower,

Nico Osteria, Chicago

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia, Chicago

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Joe Cicala, Le Virtù, Philadelphia

Spike Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore

Rich Landau, Vedge, Philadelphia

Greg Vernick, Vernick Food & Drink, Philadelphia

Cindy Wolf, Charleston, Baltimore

 

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Paul Berglund, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis

Justin Carlisle, Ardent, Milwaukee

Gerard Craft, Niche, Clayton, MO

Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart, Minneapolis

Lenny Russo, Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market, St. Paul, MN

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE, RI, VT)

Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang, Boston

Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother, Cambridge, MA

Masa Miyake, Miyake, Portland, ME

Cassie Piuma, Sarma, Somerville, MA

Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley, Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, ME

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox, Portland, OR

Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle

Blaine Wetzel, The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, Lummi Island, WA

Justin Woodward, Castagna, Portland, OR

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, Joule, Seattle

Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)

Marco Canora, Hearth

Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, Carbone

Mark Ladner, Del Posto

Anita Lo, Annisa

Ignacio Mattos, Estela

Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)

Vishwesh Bhatt, Snackbar, Oxford, MS

Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans

Jose Enrique, Jose Enrique, San Juan, PR

Slade Rushing, Brennan’s, New Orleans

Alon Shaya, Domenica, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

John Fleer, Rhubarb, Asheville, NC

Edward Lee, 610 Magnolia, Louisville, KY

Steven Satterfield, Miller Union, Atlanta

Jason Stanhope, FIG, Charleston, SC

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Memphis

Tandy Wilson, City House, Nashville

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s, Cave Creek, AZ

Aaron Franklin, Franklin Barbecue, Austin

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Martín Rios, Restaurant Martín, Santa Fe, NM

Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions, San Francisco

Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal, Los Angeles

Outstanding Pastry Chef

A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads and who serves as a standard-bearer for excellence. Candidates must have been pastry chefs or bakers for at least the past 5 years.

Dana Cree, Blackbird, Chicago

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana, Cambridge, MA

Dahlia Narvaez, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles

Ghaya Oliveira, Daniel, NYC

Christina Tosi, Momofuku, NYC

Outstanding Restaurant Presented by Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water Presented to a restaurant in the United States that serves as a national standard-bearer for consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere, and service. Candidates must have been in operation for at least 10 or more consecutive years.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY

Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, AL

Momofuku Noodle Bar, NYC

Per Se, NYC

The Spotted Pig, NYC

Outstanding Restaurateur

Presented to a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and entrepreneurship. Candidates must have been in the restaurant business for at least 10 years. Candidates must not have been nominated for a James Beard Foundation chef award in the past 10 years.

JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans

Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality Group, Chicago (Blackbird, Avec, The Publican, and others)

Michael Mina, Mina Group, San Francisco (Michael Mina, RN74, Bourbon Steak, and others)

Cindy Pawlcyn, Napa, CA (Mustards Grill, Cindy’s Back Street Kitchen, and Cindy’s Waterfront at the Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants, Philadelphia (The Dandelion, Talula’s Garden, Serpico, and others)

Best New Restaurant Presented by True Refrigeration® – Presented to a restaurant opened in 2014 that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and is likely to have a significant impact on the industry in years to come.

Bâtard, NYC

Central Provisions, Portland, ME

Cosme, NYC

Parachute, Chicago

Petit Trois, Los Angeles

The Progress, San Francisco

Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Outstanding Baker

Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Boston

Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst, Washington, D.C.

Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street Bakery, NYC

Belinda Leong and Michel Suas, B. Patisserie, San Francisco

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North American International Auto Show 2014 – 25 Years Strong and Growing

NAIAS enters new era in transformed Cobo Center

Celebrating its 25th anniversary as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, people and ideas that matter most—up close and in one place. One of the largest media events in North America, the NAIAS is the only auto show in the United States to earn an annual distinguished sanction of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the Paris-based alliance of automotive trade associations and manufacturers from around the world.
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As the North American International Auto Show 2014 (NAIAS) celebrates 25 years of bringing the best of the auto industry to the world stage in Detroit, it does so in a transformed Cobo Center, a world-class venue fitting for a world-class show. It all starts with the Press Preview on Jan. 13, and runs through the Public Show, concluding on Jan. 26.
After 25 years as one of the premier, global auto shows, the NAIAS continues to amaze,” said Bob Shuman, chairman, NAIAS 2014. “In fact, if it’s possible to top last year’s spectacular show, considered by many as the ‘best show – ever,’ we are confident that we will do it this year with fantastic product unveilings, an automotive technology showcase, an improved venue, and Detroit hospitality.”

Some 50 global vehicle unveilings are expected to be made on Detroit’s world stage, according to Shuman.

It will be an absolute news feast for the journalists [and automobile fans alike] who cover the show from around the world,” he said.Also this year, journalists and visitors to NAIAS will enjoy activities in Cobo Center’s new Atrium, the focal point of the facility that now features spectacular views of one of the area’s greatest natural resources – the Detroit River. Additionally, the Grand Riverview Ballroom, formerly Cobo Arena, adds a magnificent and enormous space for meetings, conventions and vehicle unveilings. Add to that renovated meeting rooms, new networking space and infrastructure improvements, and Detroit’s Cobo Center stands among the list of some of the world’s finest event venues.

(Jan 2013) Detroit, MI North American International Auto Show

(Jan 2013) Detroit, MI North American International Auto Show

The changes to Cobo are not all that’s new,” said Shuman. “Several manufacturers will be debuting all-new exhibits at this year’s show. Attendees during the Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and Public Show will be amazed at the changes inside and out. It’s truly fitting for our 25th Anniversary celebration.”

NAIAS exhibiting manufacturers include: Acura, AMG, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Equus Automotive, Fiat, Ford Division, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Scion, Smart, SRT, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, VL Automotive , Volkswagen, and Volvo.

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Lexus Features All-New 2014 IS And GX At Miami International Auto Show

Lexus will showcase its full model lineup, including the all-new 2014 Lexus IS sedan and 2014 Lexus GX luxury utility vehicle, at the 2013 Miami International Auto Show this week.

Lexus features all-new 2014 IS at Miami International Auto Show.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Lexus features all-new 2014 IS at Miami International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Lexus’ exhibit space offers show-goers an up-close look at its newest vehicles. The all-new 2014 Lexus IS, which Esquire magazine recently named as its “Car of the Year,” features daring exterior and interior styling as well as greatly enhanced driving dynamics. The newly-released 2014 GX has been redesigned with the brand-signature spindle grille and added standard features at a reduced starting MSRP from the previous model year.

The Lexus exhibit will also feature the Lexus Listening Lounge, which shines a spotlight on talented, up-and-coming music artists. Each event allows guests to experience musical expression and Lexus’ luxurious style.

The new vehicles showcase the design direction Lexus is implementing across its entire model lineup. Lexus has introduced new versions of the IS, ES and LS sedans, as well as the GX, RX and LX sport utility vehicles – all brandishing the new signature spindle grille. After Lexus saw its 2012 sales jump 31 percent over the previous year, the luxury car manufacturer expects an even brighter 2013 with its revamped lineup.

Lexus earned top honors in two categories of U.S. News & World Report’s “2013 Best Cars for the Money” awards for its outstanding value. The RX 350 luxury utility vehicle was named the Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money, and the RX 450h hybrid luxury utility vehicle won the Best Hybrid SUV for the Money award. This is the fifth year in a row that the RX 350 has won this award, while the RX 450h has received the top honor in its category for the past two years.

Christian Siriano to Be Featured Designer at 2014 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show to Benefit the Symphony’s Educational Outreach Programs

Show-stopping Designs for Fall 2014 to Be Revealed at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville Symphony Fashion Show Co-Chairs Vicki Horne and Dara Russell have announced that Christian Siriano will be the featured designer for the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show, showcasing his Fall/Winter 2014 collection, to be held

Christina Hendricks wearing a Christian Siriano design

Christina Hendricks wearing a Christian Siriano design

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The show is presented by Lexus and sponsored by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra League with proceeds from the event to support the Nashville Symphony’s education programs, which annually serve 100,000 schoolchildren across Middle Tennessee. Past designers for the event have included Oscar de la Renta, MARCHESA, Monique Lhuillier and Isaac Mizrahi.

Boutique partner Gus Mayer will kick off the countdown to the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show with a trunk show on November 5 and 6, 2013, featuring Siriano’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on both days, and the designer will be making a personal appearance at Gus Mayer from noon-6 p.m. on November 6. Members of the public are invited to try on Siriano’s chic designs and find the perfect ensemble for spring. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Nashville Symphony.

We are thrilled to partner with Gus Mayer to present Christian Siriano’s trendsetting designs,” says co-chair Dara Russell. “Christian’s style is totally unique, and his collections provide a distinctive look for everyone. Anyone with an eye for style won’t want to miss it!”

Co-chair Vicki Horne adds, “It is an honor to be involved in planning this spectacular event, which brings top designers to Nashville each year. We are proud that the Symphony Fashion Show makes a significant impact on our community by providing so many young people with music education programming and opportunities.”

Siriano attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The Christian Siriano Collection debuted in 2006 and is shown each season at New York Fashion Week and presented to retailers in New York City and Paris. Known for his whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, as well as intricate shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at specialty boutiques and department stores around the globe.

In 2012, the stand-alone flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City and in 2013, Siriano was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). His designs have been popular on the red carpet with Taylor Swift, Christina Hendricks and Heidi Klum

Tickets for the 2014 Symphony Fashion Show begin at $300, which includes reserved seating and an elegant cocktail buffet after the show. For more information or to request an invitation, please visit http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/fashionshow.

CONSUMER REPORTS 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS: LEXUS, SUBARU & MAZDA EARN TOP HONORS

With a current crop of luxury models that are quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient, and among the most reliable, LEXUS has earned the best overall score in CONSUMER REPORTS’ 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS.

CONSUMER REPORTS is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Consumer Reports® is an expert,

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independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. They accept no advertising, not beholden to any commercial interest and pay for all the products they test. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually.

Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, Website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. The organization’s income is entirely derived from the sale of Consumer Reports® magazine, www.ConsumerReports.org and their other publications and information products, services, fees, and noncommercial contributions and grants. The Ratings and reports are intended solely for the use of their readers.

For 2013, CONSUMER REPORTS took a different approach than in previous years for its annual brand report cards story. CR graded each automaker’s individual brands rather than calculating a single score for all the brands under one carmaker. For example, TOYOTA, LEXUS, and SCION models were each scored separately this year instead of being incorporated into one overall score for TOYOTA. The same was true for HONDA, FORD, NISSAN, GENERAL MOTORS, CHRYSLER and other large manufacturers that market several brands.

But back to the report card. While Lexus’ models are rarely sporty, the brand’s overall score of 79 was earned on a foundation of plush and very reliable vehicles. CONSUMER REPORTS currently Recommends 100% of the Lexus vehicles it has tested. Continue reading