Santa Clara’s iChina, a refined Chinese dining concept, announced the opening of Silicon Valley’s first and only virtual reality private dining space, the VR Realm, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in brilliant and mesmerizing 360-degree imagery projected onto the walls and table. Guests can enjoy a decadent 10-course tasting menu of New American Chinese dishes prepared by Executive Chef Eddie Lam, designed as an homage to China’s eight culinary regions: it incorporates flavors from different provinces with a modern touch. The VR Realm dining experience can host a gathering of up to 12 guests. Private parties can select from the restaurants’ stunning virtual reality themes, such as koi fish swimming on the dining table during the seafood course, and a serene bamboo flute song playing during a display of the cherry blossom scene. Other themes include an ethereal bamboo forest, a pond, a cherry blossom garden, a mosaic wall, and a water lantern festival.
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The immersive art and entertainment district, AREA15, recently received The Newbie award from the inaugural Nevada Business Awards, as well as the Building and Environment award presented by City of Las Vegas. These awards recognize AREA15’s dedication to constantly evolving while surpassing the challenges posed by the economic ups and downs over the past decade. The Nevada Business Awards exist to recognize Battle Born businesses for their efforts and to applaud their hard work. The Mayor’s Urban Design Awards were created by Mayor Oscar B. Goodman in 2006 to encourage and recognize quality urban design principles that foster Las Vegas’s commitment to sustainability and livability.
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Isabella Marciante has been named Marketing & Communications Manager for Windsor Court Hotel, an elegant escape in the heart of New Orleans. Responsible for supporting the marketing and sales efforts in place at Windsor Court, Marciante will continue to develop messaging and events that align with the brand positioning. “We are thrilled to have Izzy support our marketing and communications strategy,” says Ralph Mahana, general manager Windsor Court Hotel. “She has an intimate understanding of how guests respond and what they appreciate and this in-turn helps to ensure our messaging in on point to support the guest experience.” Marciante has an intimate understanding of New Orleans and within Windsor Court’s own Polo Club Lounge. Previously a communications manager at the Business Council of New Orleans, Marciante is enrolled at the University of New Orleans working on a Master of Business Administration.