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OktoberfestBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Duffy’s Sports Grill Oktoberfest 

Wishing you could make the long trip to celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany? Well, don’t worry about packing your suitcase because Duffy’s Sports Grill is bringing the festivities to you! For the entire month of October, the restaurant is celebrating Oktoberfest by serving two traditional German dishes: Pork Wiener Schnitzel served with buttered spaetzle and arugula garnish for $10.99, and Bratwurst topped with caramelized onions on a bun served with french fries for $7.99. While you enjoy a delicious German feast, quench your thirst with 2-for-1 Samuel Adams OctoberFest Lagers all day, every day. You’ll feel like you’re in Bavaria in no time! Put on your Lederhosen, and stop by Duffy’s today! Note that the Samuel Adams OctoberFest Lager is a seasonal item and will only be available for a limited time while supplies last. For a complete list of Duffy’s locations, visit For more information about Oktoberfest at Duffy’s, visit: 



miroMiro’s Boutique Grand Opening 

South Miami’s new women’s multi-brand boutique, Miro’s Boutique, is celebrating its grand opening this Friday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy cocktails, light bites and receive 10% off all purchases when shopping the latest fall trends from top designers: David Peck, Catherine Deane, Harlyn, DL1961 Denim, Renzo + Kai, L.A.M.B., Emerson Thorpe, WREN, SW3 Bespoke, Maliparmi, Tolani, ONE by La Maison, Marna Ro, Madison Marcus, Aijek, and more. A variety of both one-of-a-kind and on-trend jewelry designers and accessories are showcased including Gypsy Jewelry, House of Harlow, Yosi Samra, and Roni Blanshay, along with Miro’s Private Label of exquisite handbags and accessories. 





Hackathon Miami 

On October 11 and 12 join Hackathon Miami a 24 hour think-tank, in which engineers, application developers, creatives, entrepreneurs, educators, illustrators, and graphic designers come together to develop tech-powered products that help propel, promote, or assist education reform. The event takes place inside Downtown Miami’s Venture Hive. The winning project receives a $5,000 cash prize. The participants receive breakfast, lunch, dinner (and coffee, lots). Mentors will also be available throughout Hackathon’s duration. *Miami resident Felecia Hatcher, founder of Feverish Gourmet Popsicles and Black Tech Miami, will be mentoring Saturday. She was honored by the White House as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs Under 30 and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show. Hackathon San Francisco recently took place at Eventbrite’s headquarters and will be going to Chicago in late October. It is open to anyone, working professionals or students; collaboration is encouraged, so guests may attend solo or bring their preferred team with them. The school with the most participants is eligible for an additional cash prize ($1K). More info:



The_Band_Perry_EPBleauLive Hosts The Band Perry

Miami Beach continues its legacy hosting top entertainers with a performance by 2011 Academy of Country Music Award’s Top New Artist and GRAMMY Award nominee The Band Perry on October 13 as part of the iconic hotel’s BleauLive performance series. BleauLive combines a luxury vacation experience with live performances by some of today’s biggest names in music and personal guest interaction with the artists.   Fontainebleau Miami Beach is offering The Band Perry fans an unbeatable package Dinner and a Show which includes: dinner at your choice of three Fontainebleau signature restaurants including AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Gotham Steak, Hakkasan and Scarpetta, featuring a pre-show prix fixe menu for $100 per person. A 6:00 p.m. reservation must be made by guest and choice of restaurant is subject to availability. Access pass to BleauLive presents “The Band Perry” including a two-hour open bar featuring specialty cocktails. The event will be held in the Sparkle room.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m.BleauLive packages can be purchased online at WWW.BLEAULIVE.COM or by calling 1.800.548.8886.



GBS Beauty Store Hosts Pure Barre Miami Celebration 

On October 24, Pure Barre Miami celebrates its first anniversary! Pure Barre is the latest fitness trend to hit South Florida. Stars like Madonna, Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman all sculpted their stunning dancer-esque physiques using the barre technique, which incorporates small isometric movements to effectively target problem areas women struggle with the most such as abs, hips, seat and arms while integrating stretching sessions to elongate muscles and prevent bulk. Pure Barre Miami has already sculpted hundreds of bodies into pure perfection and now, in honor of its one-year anniversary “barre-ty”, they are inviting the community to join them for an evening of celebratory pampering featuring pop-up beauty “barres” by GBS Beauty Store, healthy bites and handcrafted cocktail shots by LIQS.  Pop-up pampering stations include complimentary mini-manicures at the Purely Polished Mani Barre featuring the hottest nail shades by Deborah Lipmann and Butter London, a Fall Lip Barre featuring Lipstick Queen and Sara Happ, and a Brighten Up Eye Barre with all the creams, concealers and powders the lid can hold.Guests will also enjoy an exclusive pop-up shop by Athleta featuring the latest workout gear for the season and giveaways throughout the night.  In addition, the first 100 guests will receive a GBS gift bag filled with must-have beauty essentials.



Loews Miami Beach Hotel Hosts The 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament 

On October 25, Loews Miami Beach Hotel will host its 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, benefiting, an online charity that connects donors to Miami Dade County classrooms in need. Additionally, the tournament benefits The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, a Miami-Dade County School Board program created to enhance student achievement and community engagement. The tournament has received celebrity and influencer endorsements from the likes of Alonzo Mourning, Ken Griffey, Jr., Jay Harris, Jason Taylor, Bucky Dent and Mark Duper and many more throughout the years. Entry into the tournament is $4,000 per foursome, which covers green fees for three players and one celebrity, premium gift bags, commemorative photo, breakfast, lunch and more.



AGTAmerica’s Got Talent is coming to South Florida! 

The only talent competition open to any age and any talent, AGT, will be hosting auditions nationwide as well as online. Auditions in Miami will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center on October 26 and 27.  Over the past seasons, AGT has developed a massive social media presence, and their numbers only continue to grow. It goes to show that AGT’s platform can give artists of ANY kind a serious amount of exposure! To pre-register visit:


St JudeBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Friends of St. Jude (FOSJ) Miami 

Friends of St. Jude (FOSJ) Miami, the  young professionals dedicated to raising awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission, and chaired by Jeb Bush Jr., invites the South Florida community to the sixth annual International Dermatology “It’s All About the Kids” event, presented by the Andrés Asion Foundation. The Cirque-Chic-themed event will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m., at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to savor an exquisite tasting menu and sip delicious cocktails, donated by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, while enjoying special music performances by The Culture Band and DJ Irie. “It’s All About the Kids” will be hosted by  award-winning journalist and anchor of Univision Network’s news-magazine show Primer Impacto Pamela Silva Conde, and co-anchor of “The Morning Show” on Fusion, a new cable network for multi-cultural millennials, Pedro Andrade. Tickets for “It’s All About the Kids” start at $150 for members and $175 for non-members, and can be purchased online at or by calling 305.265.1371 


Miami Attractions Month 

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launches its fifth annual Miami Attractions Month (October 1 – October 31) bringing locals and visitors Buy One, Get One Free Admissions to the destination’s leading attractions.  And, this year, MasterCard has become a new partner allowing for consumers to save an additional 10 percent on purchases made with their MasterCard – from admissions to food to souvenirs in the gift shops.   There is no better time to check those adventures on your vacation “wish list” off than now as Miami. For a complete list of participating providers visit: 


The Miami Rail 

TheMiami Railis bringing the carnival of your dreams to Miami and it’s all in the name of art and culture. Miami’s leading nonprofit cultural publication is celebrating one year in existence with a bang that includes Shorty’s BBQ, Tequila Snow cones, Vodka Popsicles, a bounce house, a three-legged race, even a dunk tank! The party will take place in the garden of Nina Johnson-Milewski and Daniel Milewski’s home and goes from 5 – 9 pm on Sunday, October 6. Tickets are $75 for a single and $125 for a couple and are tax deductible, purchase them online at select ‘Miami Rail’ from the drop down menu and enter the amount of your purchase, make sure to follow the instructions all the way to confirmation. 



Estrella Damm Beer of Barcelona 

Estrella Damm, the beer of Barcelona, is bringing the taste and tradition of Spain to Wynwood.  Until October 6, 10 participating restaurants are offering an exclusive tapas deal: 3 small plates and an ice cold Estrella Damm for the low price of $20.  Participating restaurants include Cafeina, Jimmy’z Kitchen, Pride & Joy,  Rincon Escondido, Soi Chinese Kitchen, The Butcher Shop, The Corner, Time for Wine, Will Call and Wynwood Kitchen + Bar. In addition, Estrella Damm fans can win a trip to Barcelona to dine at Tickets Bar by Ferran and Albert Adria by going to Estrella Damm’s Facebook page and uploading their favorite Estrella Damm photo.  Images with 20 likes or more are automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Visit 


EDGE Annual Casino Night 

EDGE (Early Development of Global Education) a Miami-based charitable foundation impacting children in the United States, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, in collaboration with the police officers of the Hispanic Police Officer’s Association of Miami Dade, announces that it will host its first annual Casino Night on Saturday, October 5, at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Hosted by mistress of ceremony Natalia Zea of CBS4, EDGE’s Casino Night will raise funds specifically to benefit South Floridian children who are victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. Priced at $50 per person, tickets include entrance, entertainment, food, cocktails and $5,000 in chips for friendly wagering. Tournaments and gaming include Poker, Texas Hold ‘em, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Blackjack, Ladies Blackjack, Let It Ride and Two Big Wheels. Additional chips are available for purchase. Winnings have no cash value. Cocktail attire is requested. The EDGE encourages anyone interested in joining the first annual Casino Night to purchase tickets now, as space is limited. Sponsorship opportunities are available; those interested can contact the EDGE at The 501c3, non-profit organization, enjoyed success at last year’s Masquerade Ball as money was raised to fund various projects locally and globally. For more information,visit


iiiPoints Festival in Miami 

On Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, Reyka Vodka, an Icelandic vodka brand manufactured by William Grant & Sons, will be sponsoring the iiiPoints Festival in Miami this weekend. The three-day interactive festival covering music, art and technology will be located throughout Wynwood and will incorporate local and national talent. The signature cocktails, such as Solstice Fizz, will be served by staff dressed in Icelandic-inspired attire, but with a Miami influence. Cocktail ingredients include Reyka Vodka, lemon, Orgeat, a small handful of mint and garnished with a mint sprig. Those attending will have the opportunity to create their own version of the specialty cocktail with a Forager’s bar of fresh herbs. Guests will also see the elements that make the brand so unique, such as lava-like materials, inspired by the use of lava rocks as a natural filtration system for Reyka Vodka.  For more information contact:


Dessert Taco Special  

In celebration of National Taco Day on Friday, October 4, Huahua’s Taqueria, South Beach’s fun, fresh, fast-casual eatery, is offering diners a sweet – in all sense of the word – taco special. Known for his creativity and playful spin on traditional bites, executive chef Todd Erickson is at it again with a Huahua’s twist on an American classic. To that end, Erickson created the apple pie taco – a hard shell taco coated with cinnamon sugar, filled with flan custard, apple pie filling and topped off with whipped cream– available only on National Taco Day ($3.49). Whether you prefer something sweet at the beginning or end of your meal, make sure to save room for some favorites from the laid-back taqueria’s stellar taco menu like the Fried Chicken, topped with jalapeno cornbread, cabbage and ancho ranch; BBQ short rib with pickled jalapeno and sweet heat coleslaw; and Guaco with fried avocado, guacamole, grilled veggies and tofu crema. Huahua’s Taqueria is open for lunch and dinner daily; Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 5:00 a.m.  Telephone: 305.534.TACO (8226); Ample street parking is available. 


angelsGod’s Innocent Angels 6th Annual Halloween Extravaganza 

This year marks the 6th Annual Halloween Extravaganza charity event benefitting God’s Innocent Angels and their efforts to create awareness and open a center for children affected by this debilitating disorder. This year’s Halloween Extravaganza Royal theme is “AN ENCHANTED EVENING IN THE ROYAL PALACE” and will take place 9:00 p.m. October 12, at a private estate.  The popularity of and exposure given to this yearly event has grown tremendously and as, in years past, will certainly prove to be the event of the season. October is RETT Syndrome month, and the event couldn’t take place at a better time! This year’s event will be more extravagant than last year’s, including libations and food meant for Royal pallets, mesmerizing entertainment for a Kings court and a Kings ransom in prizes. Tickets are available for a donation of $50.00 for Royal Palace (Pre-Sale General Admission) or $75 at the door, and we offer Pre-Sale tickets for a donation of $100.00 or more for Private Chateau (VIP). No VIP tickets will be sold at the door. RSVP online by purchasing your tickets today at: 



sweat usaSweat USA 

Sweat USA, America’s first All-Star Fitness Festival, is making its debut at the Miami Beach Convention Center this Columbus Day weekend, October 1113.  Sweat USA will provide fitness enthusiasts access to the world’s top health, fitness and nutrition experts, as well as the opportunity to take part in classes hosted by celebrity fitness trainers Jillian Michaels, Tony Horton (P90X) and Shaun T. (Insanity), among numerous other TV personalities and creators of today’s most progressive fitness disciplines. Anchored around a 3-day Expo, the event will include exhibitors, fitness demonstrations, evening social events and a selection of classes conducted by today’s leading experts specializing in Zumba, kick boxing, SurfSet, Flywheel Cycling, MMA, Piloxing and Crossfit, among other workout routines. The weekend will feature a Wilhelmina Boot Camp and morning Pilates and Yoga classes held poolside at the Mondrian South Beach.  Attendees can pre-register online for a Weekend Expo Pass, to customize their own workout program, or choose from a series of VIP celebrity trainer packages; for a complete schedule and to register online, visit



Wet Willie’s Third Annual Koozies for Boobies Breast Cancer Awareness Party

Wet Willie’s, an award-winning national chain of daiquiri bars and full-service restaurants, will host the Third Annual Koozies for Boobies Breast Cancer Awareness Party on Saturday, October 12 from 8:00 p.m. until closing at the Wet Willie’s location at 760 Ocean Drive on South Beach. This event, held in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, is free and open to the public. During the Koozies for Boobies party, Wet Willie’s will donate 10 percent of all sales to a breast cancer charity. Raffle tickets will be available for $1, offering the chance to win a $100 Wet Willie’s Gift Card. Pink alcoholic and non-alcoholic daiquiris will be available throughout the month of October. Wet Willie’s will host weekend-long celebrations October 11-13 from coast to coast, donating proceeds to charity. All weekend long, Wet Willie’s will distribute pink beads and pink jelly wristbands for a recommended minimum $1 donation. Educational materials, designed to raise awareness of breast cancer, will also be available at all Wet Willie’s locations. Throughout the month of October, Wet Willie’s will donate $8 from the sale of Koozies for Boobies t-shirts, $5 from the sale of pink koozies and $1 from the sale of pink coolies (Velcro® drink container wraps). Wet Willie’s will also

By: Maryanne Salvat 

wades worldA Night on the RunWade  

Miami HEAT NBA Champion Dwyane Wade will host a fashion fundraiser, A Night on the RunWade Sponsored by Carnival and Presented by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, for his Wade’s World Foundation in Miami on September 26.  As part of his ongoing commitment to giving back to the South Florida community, Wade will host a cocktail reception, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and a fashion show presented by Hublot featuring looks from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. The event will be will be emceed by fashion correspondent Jill Martin and news anchor Louis Aguirre with music by DJ Irie. Wade’s World Foundation has also teamed up with Miami International University of Art & Design to create a contest where three finalists will be chosen to feature some of their designs in the fashion show. All net proceeds benefit the Wade’s World Foundation and local Miami community organizations. For tickets to A Night on the RunWade, contact Kiley Lapointe at or 305.529.9506 ext. 5.


Fashion + Beauty Fix  

Fashion + Beauty Fix returns to Hoxton Urban Beach House and sets out to launch their Fall Edition September 26, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.   The evening will be hosted by Vanessa Gonzalez of Diva Moda Fashion Couture, Maya King of A La Mode Maya, Vique Martinez of and Emilio Uribe Celebrity Stylist and Designer and owner of Haus Fashion.  Fashion experts, Vanessa Gonzalez & Maya King, will be sharing their Fall Essentials, selecting their favorite picks from Fashion + Beauty Fix vendors. Ladies will then have a chance to shop their favorite brands and fall essentials from Modish Mint, Rebi’s Closet, Bekora, Shibue Couture, Amoura, Lady Lux Boutique, My Bikini Club, Diva Fashion Couture, and more while getting pampered by celebrity manicurist Ingrid Burke and makeup artist Melanie Rodriguez. Nightlife Writer, Vique Martinez will turn up the party making sure every cocktail is party approved! She will be creating the specialty cocktail menu using Little Black Dress Vodka and Hoxton Urban Beach House Mixologist. The night will end with a fashion show at 10:00 p.m. featuring Emilio Uribe’s Fall Collection. Guest are encouraged to stay and enjoy the live entertainment provided by Hoxton after the shopping event. To RSVP visit: 



city hallCity Hall The Restaurant Hosts Tony Chimento

On Friday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m., City Hall The Restaurant, will be hosting internationally acclaimed artist Tony Chimento for a night that will surely be remembered. An exquisite Four Course Dinner and wine pairing will be presented by Chef Luis Lopez inspired by the artist’s Italian heritage. Dinner is priced at $125 per person (excludes tax and gratuity). Reservations are strongly suggested, 305.764.3130.






CLUCK-MIAMI-WIDGETCluck Miami to Benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida

The first annual Cluck Miami, an event celebrating the delectable combination of fried chicken dishes paired with champagne, will be held Friday, September 27, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Wynwood Arts District at Studio 255. Proceeds from the event benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of South Florida, whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children in South Florida. The fundraising event will showcase local chefs’ individual take on the classic fried chicken dish, culminating in a competition where guests will vote to decide this year’s winning Chef of Cluck Miami. Participating chefs and restaurants include: Miami’s first winner of Food Network’s “Chopped,” Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli with Eating House; Chef Bradley Kilgore with J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour; Chef Adrianne Calvo with Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar; Chef Jacob Anaya (formerly of Mandarin Oriental) with OTC Brickell; Chef Jean Paul Desmaison (formerly of La Cofradia) with Jean Paul’s House Restaurant and Market Place; Chef Richard Hales featuring Midtown’s loved Sakaya Kitchen and his new creation, Blackbrick, a new concept in Chinese food set to open this fall. For complete listings, visit



Pinkberry in Midtown 

Pinkberry, a global yogurt retailer, will open its fourth store in South Florida on Friday, September 27.  The new store, located in the heart of Miami’s Midtown district, at 3401 N Miami Avenue, will make it easy for Miami residents to try Pinkberry’s one-of-a-kind, handcrafted yogurt experience.To celebrate Pinkberry’s Midtown location, they will host a friends and family event on Thursday, September 26 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. where they will be swirling free yogurt for their guests.  


Asian Inspired Dinner at Whole Foods Market Coral Gables 

On Friday, September 27, join Whole Foods Market® – Coral Gables for an elegant three-course Asian-inspired dinner featuring wine pairings by JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. and priced at $30 per person, guests will enjoy a delicious meal with each course paired with an accompanying wine as well as have the opportunity to learn the history behind this wonderful family owned and operated winery. To pre-register, attendees must visit Customer Service and pay the $30 per guest entry fee in order to reserve a seat. No refunds can be given for special event tickets once purchased. 


Atlantic Surf Club 

The beachside Atlantic Surf Club is the new wave of casual dining and nightlife in Fort Lauderdale. Offering a unique twist on casual cuisine, stunning panoramic ocean views, exhilarating nightlife and more within a laid-back yet elegant atmosphere at Beach Place. Hours of operation are Sunday–Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.–midnight; Thursday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 a.m. It is owned by QueensFort Capital, a Miami Beach-based real estate investment and development company. For more information, call 954.256.SURF (7873) or visit

renewBy: Maryanne Salvat

renew the spa at The James Royal Palm Presents Wellness Weekend

This weekend September 20 -22, renew the spa at The James Royal Palm is pleased to offer a special Wellness Weekend curated by esteemed nutritionist and wellness expert Dr. Oz Garcia, whose health-focused anti-aging treatments have earned a celebrity clientele consisting of Fortune 100 CEOs and A-listers like Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Karolina Kurkova, Hilary Swank, Kim Cattrall, Winona Ryder, Veronica Webb and Naomi Campbell. Learn how to restore your inner energy and optimize your health through personal access to one of the country’s most sought-after wellness experts. Wellness Weekend events with Dr. Oz Garcia include: VIP Cocktail Reception on the private oceanfront terrace, including clean living-inspired gourmet bites and photo ops.  7-9pm FRI Sept 20“A Healthier, Happier YOU” Interactive Session on the shaded Yoga Deck 10:00 to11:00 a.m., Saturday,  September 21.  Poolside “Juicing for Health and Beauty” session in which Dr. Oz Garcia and Dr. Maritza Paz will walk guests through the art of juicing, sharing health and beauty benefits, and providing simple home juicing recipes 1:00 to1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21One-on-One Consultation to personalize a customized health and wellness program. Noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (21st and 22nd). Wellbeing Treatments at renew the spa are Noon to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday September 22.The Relaxing Beach Yoga, followed by a Stress Solutions session with Dr. Oz Garcia is 10:00 to 11:30a.m. Sunday September 22.     Packages and pricing for All-Access to the Wellness Weekend is $299 per person, includes access to VIP Cocktail Reception; all classes, tastings and seminars; choice of one wellness treatment; a wellness gift bag; complimentary valet parking; and access to the James Royal Palm Pool and Beach .  You can also Customized your Wellness Weekend pricing includes “Juicing for Health and Beauty” for $50; “A Healthier, Happier YOU” for $10; “Stress Solutions and Beach Yoga” for $100; and One-on-One Consultation for $450.   To book your spot go to: or call 305-604-5700 at ask for renew the spa.



NoKidHungry_campaign_10june2BLT Steak at the Betsy Supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry®

More than 16 million American children face hunger. This month, BLT Steak at the Betsy is delighted to join thousands of restaurants nationwide to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, from Sunday, September 15 through Saturday, September 21, the acclaimed modern steakhouse from celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel will donate 50 percent of all sales of a dish especially created for the occasion, Carpaccio Salad with Parmesan and a Truffle Vinaigrette.  The salad will be available at lunch or dinner for $17.00.  Recipe available on request; for reservations please contact 305.673.0044.



DuffysDuffy’s Sports Grill Opens in Coconut Grove 

On Friday, September 20, Duffy’s Sports Grill will officially open its doors to the public in Coconut Grove! To kick off its grand opening, Duffy’s is hosting a two-week long celebration with the help of morning radio personalities Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington from The Coast 97.3’s KVJ Show. For more information about the grand opening of Duffy’s Coconut Grove, please visit:



smithSmith & Wollensky Celebrates National Wine Week 

Smith & Wollensky is celebrating National Wine Week from September 16-20 with Proceeds Benefiting Keep Memory Alive and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  Sample 10 international and domestic wines during the 53rd National Wine Week for $20 while enjoying the best views on South Beach. As part of the restaurant’s “Catch an Early Flight” promotion, each day a different theme will focus around the wines poured during lunch from Wine Week partners Ferrari-Carano, Gérard Bertrand, Jordan, Vibrant Rioja Spain and Wines of South Africa. For more information about the 53rd National Wine Week, visit:



maximMaxim Magazine Hotties!!!   

On Saturday September 21 from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Maxim Magazine, Hyde Beach, Blackberry and GARNIER FRUCTIS STYLE, along with Miami’s own former Hometown Hottie and TV personality, Lisa Morales will be hosting an evening party, like only Maxim could do, to unveil the 10 national finalists for this annual competition.   RSVP at  (mention Miami Hometown hotties to be added to the list!)





Serafina’s Italian Harvest Celebration 

Serafina Dream South Beach kicks off the Italian Harvest Season with a dedicated dinner honoring the region of Tuscany on Friday, September 20. Experience an authentic culinary journey through the region with a four-course dinner menu and Antinori wine pairings priced at $50 per person. Chef Marco Zuccala has perfectly paired his Northern Italian cuisine with Antinori Wines presented by representative Salvatore Gaeta. Menu highlights include: Caciucco Livornese, Tuscan version of bouillabaisse soup with seven varieties of shellfish, tomato broth and herbed crostini bread; Petto d’Anatra con Marmellata e Scarola, pan-roasted “Black Pig Farm” duck breast with apricot jam and herbs, served with escarole and walnuts and Serafina’s signature Il Tiramisu, prepared like Grandma used to make…maybe even better. Serafina will continue to celebrate the Italian Harvest Season with dedicated menus through October 10 featuring the regions of Piemonte and Umbria.  To make a reservation, contact:  Tommaso Galdi at or 305.534.8455. 



fashFashionably Conscious Presented by Village of Merrick Park

Village of Merrick Park brings Fashionably Conscious back for the second year at the mall. The 3-day sale event will take place on the ground floor next to Lacoste,September 20-22, attracting hundreds of bargain-hunting fashionistas searching for vintage designer items. In it’s sixth year, Fashionably Conscious has set the highest fundraising goal to date of $100,000 after raising an outstanding amount of $85,000 in 2012. Miami’s most-coveted fashion fundraiser benefits Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center and provides free vital services including after-school and summer programming to children and families in the West Grove Community. The designer sale offers discounted pricing on donated designer items by Chanel, YSL, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Prada and others from the closets of Miami’s most respected philanthropists and community leaders including Raysa Fanjul, Lourdes Jofré-Collett, Rima Otrakji, Ali Codina and many more.





devonDevon Seafood + Steak

Residents if South Miami and Kendall no longer need to travel to the Gables or South Beach for a top- notch steak experience. Devon Seafood + Steak, a boutique seafood & steakhouse opened its first South Florida location in Kendall. Here, diners will find prime steaks and fresh ocean fare, served in a casually stylish setting. At the helm of Devon’s kitchen will be executive chef Scott Barrow, who has been serving loyal guests at Devon Seafood + Steak in Chicago, IL for the past 12 years. With its mouthwatering menu, impressive wine list, great cocktails, Devon Seafood + Steak is perfectly positioned to become the area’s hot new dining and lounge destination.  Devon Seafood + Steak is located inside The Palms at Town & Country Mall, in Kendall.  Abundant free parking is available. Reservations can be made online at:

By: Maryanne Salvat

mawThe 19th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Kick-Off Cocktail

InterContinental Miami will host a kickoff celebration in honor of the upcoming 19th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball benefiting Make-A-Wish Southern Florida on Thursday, September 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Held each year at the downtown icon and attended by more than 250 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists, the exclusive preview event will celebrate the annual Ball, to be held on Saturday, November 2; Invitation Only. To RSVP or for more information contact



solernoSardelli Italian Steakhouse and Solerno Blood Orange Liquor Host a Four Course Paired Cocktail Dinner

Monday, September 16, Solerno Blood Orange Liquor and Sardelli Italian Steakhouse in Hollywood, FL is hosting a 4 course paired cocktail and dinner party with Jackie Patterson, the amazing Brand Ambassador for Solerno.  Creative cocktails and a 4 course dinner all for just $55! RSVP is required to take advantage of this special night.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP soon to  Cocktail reception starts at 6pm and dinner at 7:30pm.  






island bistroIsland Bistro Coffee Bar

In gearing up for The Island Bistro’s official launch in November, the french-inspired restaurant in Brickell Key is first celebrating the addition of its coffee bar with take-out service featuring South Florida’s finest, Panther Coffee. Locals are invited early to preview the space and sample complimentary mini coffee and pastries through Friday, September 13 between 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. The coffee bar will officially open for business on Friday, September 13.



turnberryThe 100K Ultimate Guys Golf Package at Turnberry Isle

Turnberry Isle Miami, the legendary South Florida retreat, is launching the Ultimate Guys Golf Weekend aka “the $100K Package.” Available for a group of 20 guys, the all-inclusive package breaks down to $5,000 per person. It includes a variety of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and experiences including professionally fitted Scotty Cameron Putters, and customized MyJoys Golf Shoes, with VIP treatments and daily rounds of golf to just name a few.  For more information on this exclusive package visit:,specialsPackages_viewItem_61-en.html.


The_Sizzling_History_of_Miami_CuisineThe Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

On Thursday, September 19, executive chef Miguel Aguilar of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar,and Mandy Baca, the author of The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine, will give diners a glimpse back into Miami’s humble culinary scene with a collaborative six-course dinner beginning in the 1940’s and progressing to the 1980’s and beyond. History buffs and food aficionados will enjoy a pre-fixe menu for $70 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), with each course relating to a specific and influential time period. As part of the experience, guests will receive a complimentary welcome cocktail, the Nat Gubbins sangria, a lost cocktail originally served at The Biltmore Hotel, as well as a copy of The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine. A cocktail reception will be held at 7 p.m.; dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited, reservations are highly recommended. As part of the experience, guests will receive a complimentary welcome cocktail, the Nat Gubbins sangria, a lost cocktail originally served at The Biltmore Hotel, as well as a copy of The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine. A cocktail reception will be held at 7 p.m.; dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations for the Sizzling History of Miami dinner can be made by calling 305.722.8959.




gbsThe Salon at GBS Offers $5 Blow-Outs

Five dollars doesn’t buy much these days, but during an exclusive four-day event at The Salon at GBS Coral Gables, five dollars will get you shiny, beautiful hair. Whether before an important meeting or a night on the town, from Wednesday, September 18 through Saturday, September 21, on-the-go glam girls can enjoy professional blowouts by expert stylist Cristina Coego-Ruiz for a flat rate of only $5 (value: $35+). Catering to the women who want salon-perfect hair without the hassle of doing it themselves, Cristina’s sought-after blowouts create bouncy or sleek styles.With years of experience as an in-demand stylist among local celebrities and TV personalities, Cristina specializes in cut and color artistry, extensions, styling and blowouts, the DevaCurl system and keratin treatments. Space is limited so call 305.443.6246 to schedule an appointment.




TJames_Beard_Foundation_Taste_Americahe James Beard Foundation’s Taste America

Join the The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast,” a national traveling food festival that will visit Miami on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. The five weekend festival will visit 10 cities from September 20 through October 19. Taste America will showcase culinary all-stars and public events exploring the nation’s unique range of local cuisines in Miami, along with nine other cities including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Taste America is presented by the James Beard Foundation (JBF) in partnership with Chase Sapphire Preferred® Visa Signature®. Tickets for the public are available at


julienBy: Maryanne Salvat

Julien Farel Salon & Spa’s Up-Do Bar 

French-inspired, chic salon, Julien Farel Salon & Spa introduces the first Up-Do bar in Miami with a launch party on Thursday, August 29, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Enjoy complimentary Up-Do styles, hors d’œuvre, wine and cocktails courtesy of Oceannaire, Dolores but you can call me Lolita, Wine Depot 555, Atelier Monnier and Blue Martini.  After its launch on August 29, the up-do bar will be available from September 1st with prices starting at $25.  






andreaFashion + Beauty Fix

On Thursday, August 29, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Identity Media presents Fashion + Beauty Fix and Hoxton Urban Beach House Ladies Night hosted by Andrea Chediak, fashion correspondent. Chediak will share her secrets of the industry while guests enjoy an evening of fashion tips and tricks, cocktails provided by Little Black Dress Vodka, manicures by celebrity manicurist Ingrid Burke, make up makeovers by Melanie Rodriguez, and music performances  by Problem Kids. To RSVP visit: or via email at


Dishcrawl in Miami Beach 

Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be brought together through good food and good company, is exploring Miami Beach with a taco-themed event on September 3. Food lovers are taken on a gourmet Dishcrawl to four distinctive restaurants in one night similar to a pub crawl—but more delicious!  After several successful events in neighborhoods like Brickell, Midtown and Coconut Grove, Dishcrawl is checking out the Miami Beach dining scene. Dishcrawl’s mission is to give folks a reason to go out and socially engage with each other while helping local restaurants gain exposure. Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, at which time the first location is revealed to ticket holders. Reservations can be made at more information about Miami’s upcoming Dishcrawl events visit, or check out their Facebook or follow @Dishcrawlmiami.


juntos Juntos 

Juntos, a fashion startup based in Miami, has launched with the goal of educating Ecuadorian children, one shoe at a time. The brand, which reimagines the traditional Ecuadorian el Zapato de Lona, or Canvas Shoe, offers the style-savvy a chance to do good by donating a school supply-filled backpack to an at-risk  child in Ecuador for every pair purchased. The shoes are available in black, white and powder blue, and retail for $48.00 a pair.  The brainchild of Mauricio Laniado and Andrew Tupper, Juntos was sparked by a trip to Ecuador and Laniado’s observations about the social stigmas surrounding the working class.  To view and take part in Juntos’ Indiegogo campaign, visit  A digital look book featuring the many styles of the Zapato de Lona is available 


Mercadito Summer Menu and Taco Tuesdays

Favorite Mexican Cantina, Mercadito invites diners to try the summer menu, and to get their fill of tasty tacos with the Taco Tuesday celebration.  Starting at 4:00 p.m., guests can receive two tacos for only $5.50, with their choice from an array of tasty combinations including estilo baja (crispy beer-battered mahi mahi, chipotle aioli, Mexican-style coleslaw), carne (rosemary-marinated skirt steak, potato-poblano rajas, avocado-tomatillo crema, crispy manchego), pastor (chile ancho rubbed pork, chile de árbol salsa, grilled pineapple) and more.  This month, Mercadito Midtown’s Tacos for Strength tacos offer some Cuban flavor, courtesy of Entertainment & Hospitality Strategist Tony Guerra’s–Picadillo Rojo taco– that features red bean paste, Cuban-style Picadillo ground beef, criollo sauce, jalapeños, sweet plantains and a Chicharrón topping for crunch.  The cost of August’s featured taco is $16.50 for an order of four tacos. Five percent of sales generated from Tony Guerra’s taco will be donated to Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by 2015. September’s Tacos for Strength featured participant will be Tressa Eaton, Editor of Tasting Table New York.   For more information about the summer dinner menu and all of Mercadito’s specials, visit:


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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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