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Love & Wine- A Rooftop Culinary Celebration

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On November - 22 - 2014


On Saturday, November 22,  head to the rooftop of the Collection Building  for the launch of  Love & Wine – an event that brings together exclusive wine and spirit producers, leading figures in the culinary scene, live entertainment and local influencers in one of the city’s most posh rooftop settings. Attendees will enjoy the characteristically breezy atmosphere unique to South Florida in the fall season while iconic labels such as Moët, Johnnie Walker Gold Label, and Ketel One, provide unique opportunities to taste select wines & spirits that have brought them worldwide acclaim. Guests will also have access to other wine and premium spi- rits while indulging in flavors from the most widely recognized kitchens in Miami. Ameri- can chef and television personality, Ralph Pagano will host the Love & Wine- Cooking with Love stage which will feature cooking demonstrations from various well known Miami chefs like; Dustin Ward, Richard Hales and Giorgio Rapicavoli. Pagano appeared on the first season of Hell’s Kitchen and hosted the series Pressure Cook on MOJO HD. He also challenged chef Bobby Flay on the American version of Iron Chef. Participating restaurants showcasing their kitchens include; BLT Prime, Batch Gastropub, Cibo Wine Bar, Love is Blind and more.  For more information visit:

 Give MiamiBy: Maryanne Salvat

Give Miami Day

On Thursday, November 20 a unique 24 hour online “give-a-thon,” now in its third year, sponsored by the Miami Foundation will be happening between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Donators can log on to and designate ReServe South Florida so that contributions may be matched! The support on Give Miami Day goes directly to underwrite ReServists placed as tutors, mentors and administrative support staff at Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Children’s Initiative and St. Thomas University. Your Investment in ReServe South Florida on Give Miami Day is a QUADRUPLE win!


58th Annual Vizcaya Ball

The 58th Annual Vizcaya Ball is taking place this Saturday, November 22, at 7:00 p.m. The 58th Annual Vizcaya Ball’s theme is “Vizcaya, The Jewel of South Florida.” The black-tie event will include a stylish cocktail reception; catering by A Joy Wallace Catering, Design & Special Events; floral arrangements by Bayfront Floral and Event Design; entertainment by The Chase Band; a sensational silent auction and much more; Individual tickets from $600 and tables with 10 guests from $6,000. Vizcaya Ball tickets and tables can be purchased online. For more information about the Vizcaya Ball, contact Miriam Barcia at 305.860.8420 or


18th Annual Best Buddies Miami Galabest buddies

Best Buddies International, agroundbreaking nonprofit founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce its 18th Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala  at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Friday, November 21. This year’s Gala will celebrate the organization’s expansion into Southeast Asia. Some of the night’s notables include: Gala Co-Chairs Danny Porush, Linda Coll, Romero Britto, Marc Leder, Alvaro Noboa, Abigal & FJ Pollack, May Liang & Jim Lintott, Anthony K. Shriver, Alina Shriver, Dr. Steven Silverman, Don Soffer and Donna & George Zoley; past Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning; Actor Verne Troyer; U.S Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis; Tour de France cycling legend George Hincapie; andMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler.


24 Hours in Mexico

Following a whirlwind 24-hour trip to Mexico, photographer Seth Browarnik has curated an original series of images of the FACUNDO Rum Collection, the first luxury collection of sipping rums from BACARDÍ, to form a stunning 30+ photography exhibit bringing the “art of rum” to life. These photographs tell the story of not only the meticulous production process of hand bottling the FACUNDO Rum Collection, a product sourced from the Bacardi family’s Private Reserves, but of the community, the heritage, and artistry one finds along the way. Accompanied by BACARDÍ Brand Master David Cid, Browarnik traveled to Tultitlán, the BACARDÍ aging & blending facility where FACUNDO is bottled. They also stayed in La Galarza, a historic BACARDÍ distillery that showcases the rum company’s commitment to heritage and the legacy of founder Don Facundo Bacardi Massó. During the trip, Browarnik discovered what’s really behind the rum barrel: the people, the history, and the passion that is involved in the art of rum-making. Open to the public for one day only in the Miami Design District, guests can experience the intimate journey Browarnik captured firsthand. Guests will also be able to experience the four variants from the FACUNDO Rum Collection neat or on the rocks as they view the photographs and relive the story as told though the exhibit. Open to the Public by RSVP Only – Saturday, November 22, from 12:00p.m. to5:00 p.m. RSVP to to attend the “24 Hours in Mexico” Photo Exhibition. Limited availability, guests must RSVP to attend the public exhibition.


VINTRO Hotel & Kitchen

A Rustic Mediterranean Feast – Sunday Brunch

Head to VINTRO Hotel & Kitchen for a Rustic Mediterranean feast created by Executive Chef Keith Suarino. Curate your perfect plate from VINTRO Kitchen’s expansive brunch buffet of sophisticated, ingredient-based cuisine, with options including a raw seafood bar, grilled Mediterranean meats and seafood paella, or delight your palette with specialty “From the Kitchen” brunch plates such as stuffed French toast with Nutella and bananas. Top it all off as you savor bottomless mimosas and white-wine sangria and take in breathtaking views of the Collins Canal from VINTRO Kitchen’s outdoor terrace. Brunch is served every Sunday from 12pm-4pm and costs $75 per person. For reservations, call 305.704.3680. For menus and more information, visit VINTRO Hotel & Kitchen online


Sign Up for InList

InList is a members-only mobile app that curates the hottest venues nightly in cities such as New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Aspen, London, Paris, Milan, St. Tropez, Ibiza, Stockholm, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bali, São Paulo, Monte Carlo, Sydney, Hong Kong, Courchevel, Punta del Este, and St. Barths. A special events section features worldwide music festivals. The app’s reservation platform makes booking upscale nightlife and special event reservations easier than ever. Currently the app recommends over 200 exclusive venues across its 22 cities. Mr. Capponi and Mr. Kimbrell have assembled a worldwide network of top club owners and promoters. More information is available at


stripsteakBy: Maryanne Salvat

STRIPSTEAK By Chef Michael Mina Opens

The highly anticipated STRIPSTEAK by Chef Michael Mina will open its doors at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Thursday, November 13. The innovative and contemporary steakhouse will offer a dynamic dining scene and progressive beverage program with a nod to the elegance of the Art Deco era. Created by Michael Mina and executed by chef de cuisine Derrick Roberts, the vast menu runs the gamut. Guests can enjoy signature specials that go far beyond traditional steakhouse fare, a bounty of meats and fish prepared on the wood-burning grill and an expansive raw bar; for more information visit:


LUCKYRICE Festival’s 5th Anniversary Celebration image002

LUCKYRICE Festival’s 5th Anniversary Celebration presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East and hosted by Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto, hitting Miami on Saturday, November 15 from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are now on for the culinary spectacular at After five years of increasing hype and (sold-out) popularity in NYC, LA, Vegas and SF, the nation’s preeminent celebration of Asian food and cocktail culture, known as LUCKYRICE, will be taking over The Raleigh Hotel Pool and Oasis. Once again, LUCKYRICE will bring together renowned chefs and mixologists from Miami’s exploding culinary scene alongside international celebrity chefs to create the ultimate Asian cocktail + culinary experience.  This year’s feast will return to Miami Beach at The Raleigh Pool and Oasis, combining the best of LUCKYRICE with Asian-meets-Latino bites and globally spirited cocktails from Miami’s finest chefs and mixologists. Participating chefs/restaurants include: Masaharu Morimoto, Khong River House, Hakkasan, Juvia, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, The Federal, SUSHISAMBA, Katsuya, Lure Fishbar, Barley & Swine, along with 8 celebrated mixologists who will serve a total of 16 custom cocktails featuring BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East and other spirits. Dress code: Firecracker or Chili Pepper Red (suggested); VIP Tickets: $150 and general admission $88.


front_signThe Butcher Shop Debuts Happy Hour & Weekend Brunch 

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill in Wynwood is launching a weekday happy hour followed by brunch later this week. On Monday through Friday, guests can enjoy half-off select draft beers, house wine and well drinks starting at 4:00 p.m. along with a selection of specially priced bar bites.  Happy hour ends at 9:00 p.m. on Mondays and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Beginning this weekend, brunch will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.   The Butcher Shop has been bringing the lost art of buying from a traditional meat market to Miami since its inception in the fall of 2013. Located in Wynwood, the full service butcher shop, eatery and German-style beer garden is an extension of father and son team Igor and Fred Niznik’s Palm Beach staple, Charlie’s Old Fashioned. For more information, visit or call 305.846.9120.


Valentino_PiemonteWineDinner_FinalValentino Cucina Italiana to Host Piemonte Wine Dinner 

On Monday, November 17, meet Executive Chef & Owner of Valentino Cucina Italiana, Giovanni Rocchio, as he guides you through this exceptional dining experience featuring an Innovative Cuisine with a Modern Italian Twist. The artful Italian dining experience will be paired through every course with fine wines made in the Piemonte region of Italy which is located in the northwestern corner of Italy. Cost per person $225 includes tax and gratuity; for more information call 954.523.5767.






Bake A Difference

On Saturday, November 22, children and families will be setting up baked good stands throughout the Miami area to bakebenefit Miami Children’s Hospital and its Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. Thanks to the support of our patients, caregivers, doctors and those wishing to make a difference, we will have the distinct opportunity of coming together as a community. Participants only need to devote their day, or even a few hours, to make a difference in the lives of others.  Your contributions will support our Together For The children, The Campaign for Miami Children’s Hospital.  Bake a Difference is here to help share with your children, grandchildren and teens that coming together as a community we can all make a difference in the health and happiness of children everywhere.



Philly Socialholic: Baubles, Bubbly , Brunch + Jean-Charles Boisset

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 5 - 2014

PhillyBaubles, Bubbly, Brunch + Boisset

On Friday, November 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., local favorite Joan Shepp will host Baubles, Bubbly + Boisset. Guests will have the chance meet and greet Jean-Charles Boisset, the owner of more than 20 wineries around the world and the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for their Bacchanal Wine Auction fundraiser and sip hand-selected vintage champagne. Along with classic bubbly, patrons will view timeless pieces from iconic designers including Oscar de la Renta , Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent selected by one of the “Dukes of Melrose”, Cameron Silver of Decades, the exclusive vintage boutique in Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public and champagne will be poured while supplies last.


On Saturday, at 10:00 a.m. join Jean-Charles Boisset for an unforgettable VIP brunch, pairing delectable items from Rittenhouse’s finest chefs with sparkling wines from the JCB Collection. Chef Sam Noh at Rouge will combine the sweet and savory smoked salmon with caviar, a lemon creme fraiche, on a Parmesan butter “cookie” and brioche toast, strawberry compote, champagne whipped cream paired with JCB 69 Cremant de Borgogne Rose; 11:00 a.m. Chef Eli Kulp at a. Bar, will create high street pastry with sea bream ceviche paired with JCB 21 Cremant de Borgogne Brut; 12:00 p.m. Chef Jon Cichon at the Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel will prepare coddled egg, black trumpet mushroom and parmesan paired with Charles de Fere Brand Reserve Blanc de Blanc Brut. The event is $75/person and tickets can be purchased at




VoiceBe A Voice Awards Luncheon

On Friday, November 7, at 11:30 a.m. Voices For Children Foundation Inc. will host its 30th anniversary at the “Be A Voice Awards Luncheon,” presented by Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson P.A., with the goal of raising funds to benefit Miami-Dade County’s foster children at Jungle Island. Emceed by Laurie Jennings, Anchor of Local 10 News, this event brings together approximately 500 guests including attorneys, judges, elected officials, community leaders, volunteers and supporters to recognize those individuals, corporations and organizations that have made a significant contribution in the area of child abuse and neglect in Miami-Dade County. The Betsy Gunn Award will be presented to veteran Guardian ad Litem volunteer Johan Askowitz and special recognition will be given to those who have been a voice to the children in our community time and again over the course of our 30 years. This event is open to all members of the public. Tickets for the event are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10; for more information visit:



Siena Tavern Set To Opensiena 

Top Chef Alumni Fabio Viviani and co-owners Luke Stoioff and David Rekhson of DineAmic Group are excited to announce that their FIRST ever Miami restaurant and their Miami Beach outpost is set to open this November. Siena Tavern will bring the sophistication and charisma of Viviani’s cuisine, as well as the energy of a bustling bar, to the cornerstone of Miami Beach’s South of Fifth dining scene. Combining Fabio Viviani’s crowd-pleasing made-from-scratch menu, with DineAmic’s success in the hospitality sphere, Siena Tavern will offer diners an experience that is simultaneously comfortable, vibrant and social. Rare for Miami, Siena Tavern Miami offers a 250-space parking lot (above the restaurant) so finding a spot in the area will not be an issue. Shortly after opening, the restaurant will offer affordable valet service where patrons will not have to wait long for their car. Guests can expect to pay only $10 for valet Monday through Thursday for dinner, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on Friday through Sunday will cost $15.


handmadeThe PopUp Dinner Miami Presented by Acura

On November 8, The PopUp Dinner Miami presented by Acura welcome their inaugural event coming to Miami for the first time. The white themed picnic will take place in an exciting secret location and will feature a special appearance by DJ Zen Freeman, courtesy of Acura. Whole Foods Market® has joined the pop up dinner experience as an official purveyor. Attendees will be welcome to the whole foods tent where they will be presented with invitations and vouchers to the opening of their downtown store opening soon at 299 SE 3rd Avenue, Miami. The PopUp Dinner Miami benefiting Pérez Art Museum Miami, PAMM, is an elegant, mass “pop up” picnic that encourages guests to be spontaneous and creative with their attire, culinary choices, and table design. This evening of revelry under the stars draws a crowd of thousands who are instructed to come dressed in chic white as they execute their own lavish table decorations and bring inspired cuisine and beverages – all which reflect a love for dining in style with friends in Miami. The exact location will be disclosed to ticket holders via email just two hours before the event. Guests at the PopUp Dinner Miami will have a unique opportunity to experience the all-new 2015 Acura TLX; the sedan will be transformed into a custom photo booth allowing partygoers to capture the magic of the night. Acura will also provide the means – and the muscle – to transport guests’ picnic items and party favors from check-in to the dinner location in style.  Attendees will also be able to purchase an array of wine selections provided by Kobrand Wine and Spirits and complimentary coffee courtesy of Juan Valdez Coffee.  Lastly, as a token of appreciation, Acura owners who present their car key upon entrance will receive a special VIP gift. To purchase tickets and for general information and details on The PopUp Dinner Miami visit:


Ball & Chain Presents NYC-Based Band Brazilian Bandball and chain

The recently renovated Ball & Chain jazz bar located in the historic center of Little Havana has opened its doors as a live music venue with a Cuban flare. Meticulously redecorated in 1950s Miami style by new ownership Ben and Zack Bush and Bill Fuller features a full liquor bar, specialty drinks and a tapas menu. For additional information visit: Next Thursday, November 13, Ball and Chain will host a live performance by BRAZILIAN GIRLS, the NYC-based band known for their eclectic blend of EDM combined with diverse musical blends of reggae, tango, chanson and house. Tickets are $35, if bought in advance and includes one complimentary cocktail.  Doors open at 7:30PM; Link to purchase tickets:


Pop-Up Restaurant Series on Windridge Yacht Charter

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions’ Chef/Owner Cesar Zapata is hosting the debut of Windridge Yacht Charter’s new “Pop-Up Restaurant Series” on Wednesday, November 12, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., with 6:30 p.m. boarding. Inviting Miami’s most innovative chefs to the spectacular South Florida waterways for a one-time only dining cruise event on its flagship yacht, Lady Windridge, the vessel will cruise along Biscayne Bay as guests enjoy a multi-course menu, signature cocktail pairing, beer and wine, DJ entertainment and much more. Highlights from Zapata’s menu include Kale Slaw with apples, jicama, chayote, celery and spiced pecans; Oyster Shooters of fresh Bloody Mary mix, chipotle, cilantro and tequila jelly; Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder & BBQ Beef Brisket with housemade BBQ sauces; and Buttermilk Panna Cotta with drunken cranberries and mint. Departing from the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach, the cruise is priced at $125++ per person. For reservations or more information, call 954.525.7724 or visit


maleficentMALEFICENT Enchants Viewers at Home

The blockbuster “MALEFICENT” comes to life for all to own this week.  Award winning actress Angelina Jolie animates one of the most iconic villains in Disney history re-creating a love story for all ages. The wickedly fun twist on the classic “Sleeping Beauty” is available on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms. After enchanting audiences around the world and grossing more than $700 million in worldwide box office, this live-action, fantasy adventure casts a wondrous new spell on Blu-ray and Digital HD, featuring stunning high definition picture and sound, plus spellbinding, all-new bonus features, including several deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes that take viewers deeper behind the scenes of the filmmaking magic.


nightmareBy: Maryanne Salvat

Nightmare on the Beach

Nightmare on the Beach (NOTB), South Florida’s Number 1 Halloween Party, benefiting the Little Lighthouse Foundation will be held Friday night, October 31, in Lummus Park at Ocean Drive & 9th Street in South Beach. Tickets are currently available at $175, and will be increasing soon (NOTB sold out the past two years). Attendees will experience South Florida’s best Halloween party from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. with premium open bar all night, and culinary tastings from some of South Florida’s best restaurants and caterers.  VIP tables are available for groups of 8 for $3,600, and groups of 10 at $4,000. VIP tables include unlimited bottle service all night.For more information on Nightmare on the Beach, to purchase tickets, and to see videos and pictures from prior Nightmare on the Beach events, go to  For more information on the Little Lighthouse Foundation, please visit:<;If you are interested in purchasing a table, sponsoring the event, or for press coverage, please contact Reed Nicol at 305.417.8552, or email at<>.


halloweenOther Halloween Happenings:


Perfecto, will host a Star Wars Halloween theme party on Friday October 31st. Guests are encouraged to go back in time and show up their favorite Star Wars Character costumes. Winner of the best costume will win a specially curated tasting dinner prepared by Chef Angel. May the force be with you!


Seasalt and Pepper 

Halloween Masquerade is the theme for Seasalt and Pepper’s eventful holiday night. With reservations beginning at 7pm on October 31, join Seasalt and Pepper for a night of dinner and mysterious chic attire. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot, diners will be entertained by Zhantra Dancers and a DJ to dance the night away. Specialty drinks by Belvedere vodka will round out the night in disguise.


On Friday October 31, Wall Lounge will celebrate it’s 6th year anniversary of their Walloween costume Party hosted by Yelloween Veuve Clicquot along with a special live performance by Black Sheep and music by Mr Mauricio.On Saturday, the day after Halloween also known as Los Dias de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead),  the theme will be Day of Hollywood Dead people. Wall invites guests on this spooky night to come as their favorite Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Robin Williams to name a few. A Dirty Dutch production, music will be by Mitchell Neimeyer and a closing set by Lee Kalt.


For the Halloween weekend on Thursday October 30, Cavalli will have a special Alice in Wonderland Masquerade party to celebrate the newly refurbished lounge opening.

Hosted by Roberto Cavalli, on Friday October 31, guests will be transported from the minute they arrive to a wonderful kingdom that will sprawl through the main dining room and the upstairs lounge. Attendees are encouraged to explore their “hunter” and “prey” instincts as they travel through this alternate universe that will feature ferocious lustful “beasts” handling exotic live serpents and body painted seductive beauties handing out Cavalli bags filled with sweet treats. To satisfy the appetite of their carnivorous guests, Cavalli will offer a palatial feast downstairs as the open format soundtrack of the night is provided by the sexy DJ Michelle Pooch. Royal Cavalli Feast of the most excellent Italian dishes from 9.00pm to 12.00am will be $125 pp and includes 1 glass of champagne while general admission excluding the feast  will be $50 for gentlemen and $30 for ladies.


“Voyage des Papillions” InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub maw

It will be a glamorous finale to the sold out 20th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball on Saturday, November 1, as “Voyage des Papillions” – this year’s edition of the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub – pays homage to the contemporary Disco movement with an extravagant couture runway show presented by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour. A hip, after-hours venue, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub is chaired by Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik, with Michael Capponi as Vice-Chair, and will be held from 10:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on the Mezzanine level of the Hotel InterContinental Miami. Co-produced by Maxwell Blandford and Clif Loftin, with creative execution by DECO Productions, the disco-infused runway show will be styled by Arel Ramos for Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, with hair by Danny Jelaca Salon and makeup by O.P Studio, and will present the new collections of couture designers, such as Tom Ford, Pucci and Dolce & Gabbana. Progressive beats will be provided by DJ Michelle Leshem and producer Sean Drake. Individual tickets for “Voyage des Papillions” are $100, which includes an unlimited open bar, and may be purchased at, or by calling954.967.9474 ext. 319.


Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) With a Little Help from my FriendsMISO_Beatles

The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Eduardo Marturet, celebrates 50 years since the Beatles first touched down at Miami International Airport, on their way to their first American television appearance at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

A World Premiere arrangement of the Fab Four’s popular tune, With a Little Help from my Friends, by Maestro Eduardo Marturet, commemorates the Beatles’ music featuring select faculty from the New World School of the Arts that includes pianist Ciro Fodere, and Dean of Music and MISO Concertmaster Daniel Andai. Principal Trumpet and Artist-in-Residence Samuel Hyken presents one of his latest works, The Beatles Guide to the Orchestra, influenced by Benjamin Britten’s well-known composition, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, where each of the various movements highlight the different sections of the orchestra. Peter Breiner’s Beatles Go Baroque is a creative piece filled with much-admired Beatles’ tunes in a style more suggestive of the lush Concerto Grosso’s by Bach, mixing symphonic music with some of the most influential rock music of all time.

Introducing the Make Your Own Peace Foundation, Miami Symphony will honor this historic moment with a special fundraising dinner at Seasalt and Pepper restaurant on Monday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m. Dinner, entertainment, and live auctions will take place for $500 per person, supporting MISO’s special programs that help teach and influence the children in South Florida’s inner city neighborhoods through the wonderful “gift of music.” RSVP to

Miami Socialholic
Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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