Archive for October, 2010

The end to a perfect evening

Posted by    |    October 29th, 2010 at 1:43 am

The 8 o’clock hour is drawing near, and guests (those who aren’t glued to the Rangers game) are chatting about the success of the evening over wine and mini desserts (mini chocolate mousse and orange infused cheesecake on a stick). Congratulations to the Hilton Anatole for a beautiful event and a gorgeous new atrium.

Tech Savvy

Posted by    |    October 29th, 2010 at 1:35 am

The Media Grill + Bar is super technologically advanced. I’m looking at the interactive dance floor where guests are actively engaging in a game of tennis. The dance floor is run by a display projection system, and the graphics move in tandem with your movements.

Lunch and dinner are served at Media, and at night, they clear out the back room to make way for a DJ and dancing. “You can dance the night away!” said Molly Cook, a public relations representative on behalf of the Hilton Anatole.

And to eat?

Posted by    |    October 29th, 2010 at 12:39 am

So all of the live blogging and tweeting (make sure you’re following us on @YPDinsider!) has made me hungry, so I’m munching on gourmet cheeses and olives from Chef Thomas Welther.

The Water Feature

Posted by    |    October 29th, 2010 at 12:06 am

The idea behind the water feature below the sculpture (or,”not your grandma’s water feature” as Brad put it) is to serve as a mirror to enhance the kinetic sculpture. “The Anatole is so iconic,” Jennifer says, and she believes that her new design feels natural; evolved. She hopes her transformation will give the Anatole another 30 years of greatness.

The Floating Nebula

Posted by    |    October 28th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Brad is interviewing Jennifer Johanson, CEO of EDG who concepted The Hilton Anatole’s new atrium. She explained how she wanted to “reenergize the atrium”. Fulfilling her duty as the designer and architect, her main goal was to “add dimension without erasing the past.” It is still light outside, and guests are waiting until dark to see the ‘Nebula’, the kinetic sculpture donated by the Crow family, light up against the night sky.


Posted by    |    October 28th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

At the Media Grill + Bar, a champagne girl, clad in orange, is hanging from the rafters in Cirque du Soleil fashion, pouring champagne in to guest’s glasses. Excited guests are having their photo taken with her before filling their flutes with bubbly.

Start the party

Posted by    |    October 28th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Guests are being greeted by models in greek goddess attire. I’m here with Brad Pritchett, who is hosting the video that You+Dallas is shooting and editing for the newly designed atrium. The event is off to an elegant start. Brad is interviewing guests and says of the evening, “it’s going well, it’s going easy.” David McMillan, a local restauranteur, commented on the renovation, “You guys have always had a great sense of taste and style,” he excitedly told our camera crew. “Years of work have gone into this banquet and we’re happy,” said Scott, Associate Director of Catering.

Transforming a Legend

Posted by    |    October 28th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Dallasites, tonight You+Dallas is blogging and tweeting live from The Hilton Anatole during their “Transforming a Legend” event celebrating a reformation three years in the making. We’ll be going behind the scenes and bringing all of the information straight to you. So check back all night as we keep you informed on one of the see and be seen parties of the year.