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12th Annual Chocolate Show in New York

The three-day festival devoted entirely to chocolate--The 12th Annual Chocolate Show -- is guaranteed to give eager appetites a head start on the season of holiday merrymaking at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York City, from October 30th to November 1st, 2009

Among the exhibitors will be several Italian chocolatiers, including deBondt and Guido Gobino, national purveyors such as award-winning Jer's Handmade Chocolates, and several local favorites from the New York-New Jersey area, including Palmer's, Madécasse, and the recently opened Lily O'Brien's Chocolate Cafe in Bryant Park.

Quady Winery, which specializes in dessert wines, will also be on hand again to display and offer tastings of delightful wines that go well with chocolate - or any time.

Top chefs and chocolatiers will prepare fabulous chocolate recipes and dazzling masterpieces so you can learn directly from the Chocolate Masters and taste their creations.

Among them are:

Frank Maldonado of Sazon, showing Roast Pork in Milk Chocolate and Merlot Sauce with White Chocolate Gnocchi with Tomato Confit

Francine Segan of Savory Chocolate, fixing Savory Pasta with Plums and Chocolate

Andrea Schrenk of the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, whipping up Spiced White Chocolate Pumpkin Crème on Chocolate Walnut Sablee garnished with a Chocolate Cranberry Rum Ball

Many chefs have books that will be available for purchase and will also hold book signings, including Max Brenner, Laurie Buckle, Chocolate Queen, Karen DeMasco, Francois Payard, Francine Segan, Jacques Torres and Lee Zalben.

The Chocolate Beauty Pavilion is a showcase of chocolate within the beauty industry, how it can used not in your mouth but on your body. There are booths or displays that offer information on the alternate uses for chocolate. Trained Beauty Chocolatiers will show extensive lines of Chocolate Soaps, Lotions, Scrubs, Lip Glosses and Cocoa Butters. Visitors can sign up for a private chocolate treatment, such asc hocolate massages, cocoa bean nail polish manicures and cocoa hair treatments. Test samples, smell products, and learn about where products can be purchased.

This popular event allows visitors to discover all there is to know about, taste, and explore in the world of chocolate. The Chocolate Show surprises and delights chocolate lovers of all ages with:

* Demonstrations by top pastry chefs and chocolate makers, in two theaters

* Chocolate Tastings

* Over 65 top chocolate brands & booths

* Holiday gifts of all sizes for everyone on your list

* Chocolate activities for children and adults

* Barnes & Noble cookbook store with author signings

* Haute Couture dresses and accessories made with chocolate.

The Chocolate Show travels to many other locations around the world; here are some of the dates and cities where it will be held:

Tokyo, Japan (with Isetan, Kyoto, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Sendai, Shizuoka):
January 27- February 27, 2010
Shanghai, China:
January 15-17, 2010
January 21-24, 2010
Cairo, Egypt:
April 1-4, 2010
Madrid, Spain:
April 9-11, 2010
Moscow, Russia:
Fall 2010

The 12th Annual Chocolate Show
October 30th to November 1st, 2009

Metropolitan Pavilion

125 West 18th Street
New York City

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The 94th International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show

The 94th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS) takes at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, November 7-10, 2009. It features the latest products from more than 1,000 exhibitors, timely seminars focused on such topics as the economy and social networking, and opportunities to gather with 35,000 industry professionals and industry leaders.

With the economy at the forefront of discussions among industry professionals, this year's IH/M&RS serves a more important role than ever. Owners, operators, influencers and high profile industry leaders will share insight, discover the latest products and make decisions that will help them sustain through tough economic times and position them for success in an economic upturn.

Exhibitors including food and beverage, furnishings, technology, equipment, linens, amenities, tableware, cleaning and more showcase their latest technologies, products and services to the industry's most influential buyers, including lodging and restaurant owners and operators, purchasing companies, owner groups, design firms, catering and specialty food-service establishments, equipment dealerships, casinos, resorts and more.

The Hospitality Leadership Forum returns on Saturday, November 7, presenting more than 20 seminars geared towards senior level hospitality managers. Topics to be addressed during this full-day conference include 2010 occupancy forecasts, purchasing strategies, navigating a challenging economy, social networking implementation, customer service and more. Educational sessions will continue on Sunday, November 8, and Monday, November 9, with topics ranging from benchmarking your property's eco-system to bouncing back from a down economy. A complete list of programs will be available online, at, beginning in September. 

In cooperation with The M. Tucker Company, the IH/M&RS will feature an all-new 8,000-square-foot addition dedicated to the very latest in food, equipment and supply trends. This special focus area on the Show floor also will include celebrity book signings, chef Q&A's, cooking demos and seminars addressing such topics as viral marketing, menu trends, sustainability and more. Exhibitors within The New York Marketplace include APW/Wyott, Cardinal, Carlisle, Cres Cor, Captive Aire Systems, Day & Nite, GAF Seelig, Lakeside, Manitowoc, Oneida, RPI Industries, Scandia Fish, Unified Brands and others. Additional information is available online, at

The Salon of Culinary Art will return with more than 300 extraordinary "food as art " displays. Presented by the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the 141st annual Salon will feature elaborate buffet tables, decorated fish and poultry, pastry work and other creatively prepared foods.

The Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design will return to honor outstanding designers in eight categories - Restaurants/Casual Dining, Restaurants/Fine Dining, Lounge/Bar, Best Hotel Design, Guest Room, Suites, Lobby/Reception Area and Spa. Highlighting the 29th annual event will be the presentation of the "Designer of the Year "Award by Gold Key Awards sponsors Interior Design and Hotels magazines, as well as the Icon of Industry Award, presented by NEWH, Inc., the Hospitality Industry Network. Gold Key Award grand prize winners and finalists will be honored during a breakfast ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental New York on Monday, November 9, 2009, from 7:30 - 9:30 am. The event serves as a scholarship fundraiser for NEWH. Tickets are $75.00 each, and available online at

The best new products on the Show floor, as determined by a panel of editors from the leading hospitality trade publications, will be honored with Editors' Choice Awards. Presented in the areas of décor, essentials, luxury, restaurant (including flavors) and technology - as well as an eco-friendly equivalent to each of these categories - products are selected based on innovative design, how it answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology. In addition, the "Kenneth F. Hine Best of Show " Award will spotlight the top new product on the Show floor. Winners of this coveted recognition will be announced during the Opening Ceremony at 9:45 am, on Sunday, November 8, 2009.

The IH/M&RS is owned by the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is managed by GLM®, a dmg world media business.

Saturday, November 7 
9:00am - 5:00pm (Hospitality Leadership Forum) 
Sunday, November 8 
10:00am - 5:00pm 
Monday, November 9 
10:00am - 5:00pm 
Tuesday, November 10 
10:00am - 4:00pm

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ZombieCon 2009

There are still two weeks until Halloween, and already the undead are out in force. ZombieCon, the annual parade of the bloody, the battered and the strangely animated, takes place on Saturday. Participants in this loosely organized spectacle  roam the streets of Manhattan dressed in their best grave-defying fashions with gaping wounds et al, spending the afternoon scaring children and shopkeepers and hunting for brains (and beer).

“ZombieCon combines the things we love most (costumes, street theater and Halloween parties) with a wry commentary on what we see as the mindless consumer nature of the holiday and mainstream party scenes,” Irene Kaoru Malatesta, a creator of the event and a graphic designer by day, wrote in an e-mail message. “The first three years had us beginning our invasion down Fifth Avenue for maximum contrast between the chic shops and our bedraggled horde.”

The opportunity for cultural jamming is especially ripe: suggested outfits include zombie stockbroker, zombie bull market and zombie Brooklyn food co-op manager. Of course some people just go for the creativity.

“My all-time favorite might be zombie Charlie Brown — he carried a handmade thought bubble that said simply, ‘Grief,’ ” wrote Malatesta, who plans to do her best Michael  in “Thriller.”

As with any attack, stealth is key; Though it's held on Oct. 24th, 2009, location information for the event is not released in advance.

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PDN PhotoPlus Conference + Expo 2009

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2009 (PPE09) offers more than 110 seminars and keynote presentations, and the International Lucie Awards in New York City.

PPE09 announces a new Video Pavilion created for manufacturers of video cameras, hardware, software and accessories and provides attendees with an inside look at the ever-changing landscape of the photographic industry and future business opportunities these converging technologies present to photographers and videographers alike.

“For the past 25 years, PhotoPlus Expo has evolved to  stay ahead of the changes and growing business applications in the photographic and visual communications industries,” explains Jeff McQuilkin, PDN PhotoPlus Expo Show Director.  “The convergence of technologies in photography and video, along with new applications and business opportunities finds us evolving once again to include an exhibitor pavilion dedicated to video products.  We anticipate tremendous interest among attendees and will continue to educate our audience about the future of photography through seminars, keynote presentations, and expert panel discussions,” McQuilkin added.

PhotoPlus Expo has become more than an annual trade show for industry leaders including Nikon, Canon, Eastman Kodak, and more than 100 other manufacturers.  It has become the meeting place where photographers and other visual communications professionals can share their thoughts and ideas with peers, learn new trends and applications from the Masters, and gain a unique perspective into the future of their craft.

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PDN PhotoPlus showcases the latest advances in photography, both traditional and digital. Held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services - everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage - all from the industry's leading manufacturers.  The show also offers over 100 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on workshops taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.

PDN PhotoPlus
the Jacob Javits Convention Center

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