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News from Vox Media: Week of November 16

Eater announced the 2015 Eater Awards, hosted event in NYC; SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun sent kids to Phoenix Suns game.

Welcome to the weekly roundup of notable coverage of, and announcements from, the world of Vox Media.

Jim Bankoff, Chairman and CEO of Vox Media, spoke at New York City's Paley Center for Media on redefining modern media.

Eater announced the winners of its sixth annual Eater Awards, wherein the hottest and best bars, restaurants, chefs, and industry players from across the country are lauded for their accomplishments over the last year. Outlets including the Chicagoist and the Houston Chronicle recognized the winners in their markets.

The Eater Awards celebration continued at an event at The Standard High Line in New York City's Meatpacking District on Monday night. Cooking at the event were chefs Dennis Bernard (Dove's Luncheonette, Chicago), Tommy Habetz (Bunk Sandwiches, PDX/NYC), Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku (Oiji, New York), John Lewis (Lewis Barbecue, Charleston), Marc Sheehan (Loyal Nine, Boston), Misti Norris (Small Brewpub, Dallas), Melissa Weller (Sadelle's, NYC), and Joe Kindred (Kindred, Davidson, NC).

SB Nation's Bright Side of the Sun night celebrated the first annual Bright Side Night, where it worked with the Phoenix Suns and the team's community to send 700+ underprivileged kids to Saturday's Suns game. A number of organizations worked to distribute these ticket—Boys & Girls ClubKyrene School DistrictSunshine ResidentialUMOMFriendly HouseOCJ Kids and Playworks—and the Suns printed 100 custom shirts to give to the kids and fans.

Digiday interviewed Helen Havlak, The Verge's engagement editor, on how publishers use Snapchat outside the Discover feature. The Verge's Snap stories have a 50-75 percent completion rate, Digiday reported.

Racked was recognized at min's Editorial & Design Awards breakfast in the Website Redesign category. Racked relaunched in February 2015 with a new look on Chorus.

Queerty recognized a list of outstanding LGBTQ folks and allies including the founders of SB Nation's Outsports, Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler. Queerty raved, "literally dozens of athletes, from lesbian soccer players to minor league baseball players, have told incredibly powerful and moving stories of harassment, discrimination — and ultimately triumph worthy of a world series victory — on the pages of the site...[it's] a must-read for athletes and fans worldwide."

Kat Odell, drinks editor, Eater spoke with NBC's Tech Talker on how to use tech in the kitchen to make Thanksgiving meal prep easier.

Eater rounded up the top food and drink stories of the week on NBC San Diego.