Not that Craft needed the publicity or anything, but Tom Colicchio's CAA-adjacent restaurant would've had a world-wide stage hosting the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a few weeks. The magazine picked Craft as the new venue after Morton's, where the party was held for the last 14 years, shuttered last year. A fitting swap, considering it's become the Industry's new power lunch/dinner spot, but because of the writers' strike, the magazine pulled the plug on the party altogehter. A VF spokesperson told Variety:
"Even though the strike might end, that doesn't necessarily mean things are going to return to normal immediately," she said. "It's been a bad couple of months for a lot of different people, and it didn't seem like the appropriate time to throw a big party."Bummer for Colicchio and Co., but he's taking it all in stride. From the Craft publicist: "Tom appreciates VF's decision to support the writers and he looks forward to next year." That is, unless VF decides to hold next year's party at the new Soho House.
· Vanity Fair Cancels Oscar Party [Variety]
· Tom Colicchio Gets Everything, Including the Oscars [~ELA~]
· End of an Era: Morton's to Close This Year [~ELA~]