Category: Marriott Marquis


Unexpected Lessons From WhiskyFest

November 5th, 2011 — 10:39pm

When you work at a PR firm that represents wine and spirits clients, one of the perks is attending fantastic events. To help me get better acquainted with a category I don’t know much about, my friend and colleague Andrea invited me to join her at WhiskyFest.

Andrea and me at WhiskyFest

Held at NYC’s Marriott Marquis, the event features a selection of more than 325 whiskies from around the world. As we tasted a variety of different brands and nibbled a big spread of delicious food (risotto balls and braised beef bites were my favorites), I also noticed something else the event had plenty of – men.

As far as the eye could see, it was – to quote Andrea – a sausagefest. When you’re a single gal in New York, a city where women tend to outnumber men at most events, you can’t help appreciating the rare reverse scenario.

I thought about the dating experts I’ve encountered or read about who would laud WhiskyFest as being an ideal venue to go on the prowl. There was only one problem (other than the fact that I was kind of sort of in work mode) – I wasn’t in the mood.

Trying to meet new people is kind of like anything else, you can’t force it. And I think so much of the advice out there for singles tells us to go here, do that and basically twist yourself into a pretzel in search of a special connection.

It’s why I’ve heard both men and women alike in my hometown equate their single status to not “trying” hard enough. Whatever happened to the idea of just living your life, doing what you enjoy and trusting the right person will eventually be attracted by that?

Granted, at times it’s easier said than done. But when I look at most of the major relationships I’ve had, they all happened when I was either doing something I enjoyed or trying something new for myself. And whether that leads to romance or not, those are two pursuits we could all stand to do more of.

Just ask all the hundreds of men who attended WhiskyFest.

Comment » | Marriott Marquis, meeting new people, work-related events

An Evening At NYC’s Marriott Marquis

February 27th, 2010 — 5:14pm

Thursday, I headed over to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for drinks and dinner with Paula Butler, Senior Director of Public Relations for Marriott International.

Broadway Lounge: Paula and I enjoyed cocktails at this inviting Marriott Marquis venue

An industry veteran with a heart of gold and personality to match, Paula spearheaded my partnership with Marriott Hotels & Resorts. I’m thrilled that the brand will be my official home during the Great Dating Blitz. And I became even more excited about it when Paula shared the following statistic with me — 77% of Marriott’s guests are men.

Over cocktails in the Broadway lounge and sushi at Katen restaurant, we talked about our experiences in journalism and PR, the fun of girlfriend getaways and the joy of musicals.

While talking about my upcoming dating adventure, Paula told me about her 91-year-old aunt Pauline. At the age of 75, Pauline met her soulmate while teaching a line dance class and the two shared nearly 20 blissful years together before he passed.

The story was a wonderful example of how it’s never too late to find true love. I can’t think of a better time than right now to be reminded of that.

3 comments » | Marriott Marquis, marrying late in life, NYC hotel bars, The Great Dating Blitz

A Memorable Night At The Adrian Awards

February 3rd, 2010 — 9:21pm

Monday night, I joined my Quinn & Co. colleagues for the HSMAI Adrian Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars of hospitality marketing.

All Glammed Up: Dear friend & colleague Carla Caccavale Reynolds and me

Held at NYC’s Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, the black tie event draws 1,000 people from the world of travel promotion. There was plenty to celebrate, as we garnered nine awards, including two for my work on Tourism Queensland’s blockbuster Best Job In The World campaign.

Golden Work: Me standing beside one of my award-winning entries

During the cocktail hour, while enjoying some wine and heavenly Artisanal cheeses, I chatted with co-worker Danielle about her upcoming fall nuptials and possible honeymoon destinations. Danielle is the antithesis of a bridezilla – I hope that I have her calm and cool attitude whenever my turn to walk down the aisle comes.

Renowned USA Today business travel writer and Hotel Check-In blogger Barbara De Lollis kicked off the two-hour awards ceremony, which recognized the crème de la crème of hospitality PR, advertising and web marketing. One of my personal favorites — a San Diego Zoo ad campaign featuring talking elephants.

Barbara De Lollis: A true travel pro and brilliant blogger

Dinner was exceptional. I’ve attended many functions over the years at the Marquis and can say this was one of the finest meals ever served there. Our delicious three-course dinner featured spinach salad with cambozola blue cheese, pears and wine vinaigrette, melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin and a heavenly dessert foursome — baked chocolate chiboust, caramel slice, bittersweet chocolate sorbet and a chocolate mousse shot.

Best of Show: Me with my Q&C colleagues John Frazier and Florence Quinn, and Tourism Queensland’s Shana Pereira (holding the award)

The icing on the cake, so to speak, came at the night’s end when Best Job took home the night’s top honor, Best of Show. It doesn’t get any better than this, especially when you have wonderful colleagues to share it with.

Coming up…a defense of courtship rituals and a look at the question of whether to settle.

1 comment » | Adrian Awards, Best Job In The World, HSMAI, Marriott Marquis, Quinn and Company, Tourism Queensland

Inside The GLAAD Awards

April 1st, 2009 — 11:52pm

Saturday night, I attended the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards, recognizing excellence in representations of the LGBT community.

Held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, the two hour plus ceremony included nominees in film, television, documentary and journalism — and featured celebrities from each of those realms.

The evening kicked off with presenters and former “Law & Order” co-stars S. Epatha Merkerson and Chris “Mr. Big” Noth.

Former “Law & Order” co-stars S. Epatha Merkerson and Chris Noth

As I mentioned on Sunday, I managed to catch Chris just as he was leaving and get a picture with him. My heart was racing as I told him I “really, really, really, really” appreciated it. At 53, the man still has what it takes to make this single gal swoon.

After my Big encounter, I returned to my seat in the balcony of the Marquis’ Broadway Ballroom.

Actress Judith Light introduced a moving montage of historical figures in the LGBT movement, from Brandon Teena and Matthew Shepard to Harvey Milk and Ellen DeGeneres. Among the additional star-studded presenters were actress/singer Vanessa Williams…

Vanessa Williams received a very warm reception from the crowd

…Her “Ugly Betty” co-stars Ana Ortiz and Michael Urie…

Ana Ortiz and Michael Urie presented People En Español with the GLAAD Award for outstanding Spanish Language magazine

…and “Gray’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight. Special Recognition Awards were given to Suze Orman and Phil Donahue, while MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann was recognized for his segment and YouTube sensation criticizing California’s passage of Proposition 8.

MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann received thunderous applause

As I watched the GLAAD winners take to the stage, I couldn’t help thinking about past award galas I’ve attended at the Marquis.

Back in 1990, I watched my good friend A Martinez win a Daytime Emmy for Best Actor for his work on NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” Just a few years ago in 2007, I enjoyed the recognition of my peers as well, picking up (along with my Quinn & Co. colleagues) the HSMAI Adrian Award for Best Travel PR Campaign of the year.

Yes, it’s definitely an honor to be nominated. But, as Kate Winslet said after picking up her long-awaited Oscar — winning is a lot better!

Comment » | A Martinez, Adrian Awards, Chris Noth, Daytime Emmys, GLAAD Media Awards, HSMAI, Keith Olbermann, Marriott Marquis, Oscar winners, Proposition 8, Quinn and Company, Suze Orman, YouTube

Inside The GLAAD Awards

April 1st, 2009 — 6:52pm

Saturday night, I attended the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards, recognizing excellence in representations of the LGBT community.

Held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square, the two hour plus ceremony included nominees in film, television, documentary and journalism — and featured celebrities from each of those realms.

The evening kicked off with presenters and former “Law & Order” co-stars S. Epatha Merkerson and Chris “Mr. Big” Noth.

Former “Law & Order” co-stars S. Epatha Merkerson and Chris Noth

As I mentioned on Sunday, I managed to catch Chris just as he was leaving and get a picture with him. My heart was racing as I told him I “really, really, really, really” appreciated it. At 53, the man still has what it takes to make this single gal swoon.

After my Big encounter, I returned to my seat in the balcony of the Marquis’ Broadway Ballroom.

Actress Judith Light introduced a moving montage of historical figures in the LGBT movement, from Brandon Teena and Matthew Shepard to Harvey Milk and Ellen DeGeneres. Among the additional star-studded presenters were actress/singer Vanessa Williams…

Vanessa Williams received a very warm reception from the crowd

…Her “Ugly Betty” co-stars Ana Ortiz and Michael Urie…

Ana Ortiz and Michael Urie presented People En Español with the GLAAD Award for outstanding Spanish Language magazine

…and “Gray’s Anatomy” star T.R. Knight. Special Recognition Awards were given to Suze Orman and Phil Donahue, while MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann was recognized for his segment and YouTube sensation criticizing California’s passage of Proposition 8.

MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann received thunderous applause

As I watched the GLAAD winners take to the stage, I couldn’t help thinking about past award galas I’ve attended at the Marquis.

Back in 1990, I watched my good friend A Martinez win a Daytime Emmy for Best Actor for his work on NBC’s “Santa Barbara.” Just a few years ago in 2007, I enjoyed the recognition of my peers as well, picking up (along with my Quinn & Co. colleagues) the HSMAI Adrian Award for Best Travel PR Campaign of the year.

Yes, it’s definitely an honor to be nominated. But, as Kate Winslet said after picking up her long-awaited Oscar — winning is a lot better!

Comment » | A Martinez, Adrian Awards, Chris Noth, Daytime Emmys, GLAAD Media Awards, HSMAI, Keith Olbermann, Marriott Marquis, Oscar winners, Proposition 8, Quinn and Company, Suze Orman, YouTube

Another Big Encounter

March 29th, 2009 — 11:00pm

Over the years, I’ve run into actor Chris Noth (a.k.a Mr. Big on Sex and The City) on more than one occasion.

Back in ‘04, I met him for the first time when we were both working up a sweat at Crunch gym on NYC’s Upper East Side. In the fall of 2007, I joined a crowd of female fans in the East Village swooning over Chris during the SATC movie shoot. And in November, I met a very cranky, somewhat unkempt Chris briefly after his engaging performance in “Farragut North.”

Last night, I had the pleasure of my fourth Big encounter, catching Chris just as he was leaving the GLAAD Media Awards (more to come on the event itself) at NYC’s Marriott Marquis hotel.

Chris Noth And Me: Is he gorgeous or what?!

As I approached him, he dashed past me, saying–

“Sorry, Sweetie, I’m in a hurry.”

Then, much to my surprise and delight, he turned around and motioned me over for a quick picture.

I was happy to see Chris back to his handsome, pre-Farragut self — and to catch him in in a friendly mood. He’s not one to schmooze if he doesn’t feel like it.

Cranky or not, the hunky actor seems to get better with age. I can’t wait to see him on the, ahem, big screen again in SATC 2.

Comment » | Chris Noth, GLAAD Media Awards, Marriott Marquis, Mr. Big, SATC 2, Sex and The City movie

Another Big Encounter

March 29th, 2009 — 6:00pm

Over the years, I’ve run into actor Chris Noth (a.k.a Mr. Big on Sex and The City) on more than one occasion.

Back in ‘04, I met him for the first time when we were both working up a sweat at Crunch gym on NYC’s Upper East Side. In the fall of 2007, I joined a crowd of female fans in the East Village swooning over Chris during the SATC movie shoot. And in November, I met a very cranky, somewhat unkempt Chris briefly after his engaging performance in “Farragut North.”

Last night, I had the pleasure of my fourth Big encounter, catching Chris just as he was leaving the GLAAD Media Awards (more to come on the event itself) at NYC’s Marriott Marquis hotel.

Chris Noth And Me: Is he gorgeous or what?!

As I approached him, he dashed past me, saying–

“Sorry, Sweetie, I’m in a hurry.”

Then, much to my surprise and delight, he turned around and motioned me over for a quick picture.

I was happy to see Chris back to his handsome, pre-Farragut self — and to catch him in in a friendly mood. He’s not one to schmooze if he doesn’t feel like it.

Cranky or not, the hunky actor seems to get better with age. I can’t wait to see him on the, ahem, big screen again in SATC 2.

Comment » | Chris Noth, GLAAD Media Awards, Marriott Marquis, Mr. Big, SATC 2, Sex and The City movie

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