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Documentarian tracks baristas’ 15 minutes of foam

In Rock Baijnauth’s documentary “Barista,” finalists at the 2013 United States Barista Championship, held in Boston, perform feats of skill and artistry that go light years beyond swirling foam in the shape of a heart. The five baristas featured in the film have 15 minutes to prepare flawless coffee beverages — espresso, cappuccino, and a signature drink of their own creation — for a panel of judges who critique everything from taste to timing to how passionately the contestants communicate about the coffee. As for the signature drinks, don’t imagine a skinny hazelnut latte, but rather a snifter of coffee distilled to its clear essence.

Baijnauth, 36, of Los Angeles, wanted to tell the story of baristas and craft coffee after recognizing how much the culture has in common with wine and cocktails. “Coffee is something that is so fascinating. The competition is this evolution of the craft to see how good you can be at it now,” the director says.

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Documentarian tracks baristas’ 15 minutes of foam

In Rock Baijnauth’s documentary “Barista,” finalists at the 2013 United States Barista Championship, held in Boston, perform feats of skill and artistry that go light years beyond swirling foam in the shape of a heart. The five baristas featured in the film have 15 minutes to prepare flawless coffee beverages — espresso, cappuccino, and a signature drink of their own creation — for a panel of judges who critique everything from taste to timing to how passionately the contestants communicate about the coffee. As for the signature drinks, don’t imagine a skinny hazelnut latte, but rather a snifter of coffee distilled to its clear essence.

Baijnauth, 36, of Los Angeles, wanted to tell the story of baristas and craft coffee after recognizing how much the culture has in common with wine and cocktails. “Coffee is something that is so fascinating. The competition is this evolution of the craft to see how good you can be at it now,” the director says.

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“From planning to execution, your ‘can do’ attitude made the process a pleasure.”

- Event Exhibits & Operations, Yankee Dental Congress

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New wayfinding signs to be piloted on South Boston Waterfront

In January, leaders from MassDOT, the City of Boston, the BRA, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, and A Better City released the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan. This week, recommendations from the plan are being implemented in a series of action steps intended to improve all modes of transit in and around the waterfront.

One of the more visible signs of change (quite literally) comes in the form of a new pedestrian wayfinding pilot program.

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Women share secrets to success in arts, business

“There are no mistakes. You will learn from everything,” said Kemal Harris, a top Hollywood power stylist, co-owner of Kemal + Karla, and costume designer for the Netflix series “House of Cards,” on the topic “The Art of Talking About Yourself: How to Position Your Value, Not Just Your Resume” at this year’s sold-out Massachusetts Conference for Women.

Attracting nearly 10,000 women, the Massachusetts Conference for Women was held on Thursday, December 10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The one-day event, which has grown in size and scope since it was first held in 2005, featured 100 speakers and more than 30 workshops and seminars on the topics of leadership, career advancement and transitions, business and entrepreneurship, personal empowerment and finance, and more.

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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Women share secrets to success in arts, business

“There are no mistakes. You will learn from everything,” said Kemal Harris, a top Hollywood power stylist, co-owner of Kemal + Karla, and costume designer for the Netflix series “House of Cards,” on the topic “The Art of Talking About Yourself: How to Position Your Value, Not Just Your Resume” at this year’s sold-out Massachusetts Conference for Women.

Attracting nearly 10,000 women, the Massachusetts Conference for Women was held on Thursday, December 10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The one-day event, which has grown in size and scope since it was first held in 2005, featured 100 speakers and more than 30 workshops and seminars on the topics of leadership, career advancement and transitions, business and entrepreneurship, personal empowerment and finance, and more.

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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