Archive for the ‘ The Fix’ Category

Veuve Clicquot Carnaval

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 15 - 2017

image001Always a star-studded event, Veuve Clicquot Carnaval was hosted by Grand Marshall Adriana Lima and attended by Ana de Armas, Eiza Gonzalez, Karolína Kurková, Daniela Botero, Tyson Beckford, Eugenio Siller, Rocky Barnes, Francisco Lachowski, Gabriel Coronel, Natalie Suarez, Emanuela de Paula, Adam Gallagher, Asiyami Gold, Amelia Ochoa, Elisa Ochoa, Christian Bendek, Harley Viera Newton, DJ Rascal and many more.

 Attendees enjoyed traditional Carnaval celebrations and performances, including samba dancers, drummers, capoeira and live music, all led by the Grand Marshal Adriana Lima who joined in on the samba dancing and invited guests to celebrate and make the day a memory. DJ Harley Viera Newton kicked off the day on the turntables while Miami’s own DJ Rascal kept the beats going throughout the afternoon.

 It was a fun afternoon for the girls with Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Eiza Gonzalez, and Ana de Armas snapping a festive celebratory photo while Tyson Beckord, Eugenio Siller, Francisco Lachowski, and Garbiel Coronel, soaked in the Miami sunshine and danced along to the festive tunes. All attendees enjoyed Veuve Clicquot Rich and Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé, which are the newest champagne offerings from the House. Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé are inspired by mixology and designed to be served over ice and mixed with fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs.

**Aliette Gomez contributed to this post.

Foodies Rejoice! SOBEWFF Returns to South Florida

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 15 - 2017

sobeThe 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) takes place next week from February 22 – 26. As locals and tourists descend upon the sands of Miami Beach, the culinary adventure kicks off with Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli. The eleventh edition of one of the Festival’s most coveted tickets gets an update, evolving into the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray this year. After its successful launch at last year’s Festival, the weekend will again close out with Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern. More Miami Beach staple events will return with a classic mix of both fan-favorites and new talent including Tacos After Dark, Oyster Bash hosted by Josh Capon, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best sponsored by Bank of America, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kids Kitchen, Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini, Southern Kitchen Brunch part of The NYT Cooking Series, and the Wine Spectator Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America.

Additionally, the Festival’s beloved white tents nestled in the sand between 10th and 13th Streets and Ocean Drive will continue to host the Sobe2Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the weekend. Plus, SOBEWFF® honors some of the world’s most recognized leaders in the culinary and beverage industries at its annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series, and the sweet 16 is no exception. This year, the Festival honors the deeply passionate and talented ThinkFoodGroup chef/owner José Andrés alongside Maisons Marques & Domaines (MMD) owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud, during an evening guided by Master of Ceremonies Anthony Bourdain at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

SOBEWFF® continues its expansion into Broward County with the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series and a star-studded line-up of talent. The fun begins with Seaside Eats hosted by Anne Burrell at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and continues with the Festival’s first late-night party in the area, DRINK Fort Lauderdale, taking over the popular FATVillage for one night.  Closing out the series will be the return of the Bloody Mary Brunch, with new hosts David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris.

burgerbash_01-870x486Fans will also have a plethora of new events to choose from in 2017, including a Craft-y Happy Hour, Burnt Ends: A Kosher BBQ Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya, Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party featuring Bar Lab, The Salty Donut & Sarsaparilla Club, Noodling Around: A Late-Night Party hosted by Dale Talde, Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri, and more.

A variety of additional dinners, brunches, lunches, and parties will take place throughout the weekend, featuring renowned chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers, and spirits producers. Events like Buddhas and Bellinis, Decadent Dessert Party hosted by Duff Goldman, Croquetas & Champagne hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Goya Foods Swine & Wine hosted by Cindy Hutson, and, for all ages, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kidz Kitchen, will continue to satiate the taste buds of passionate fans from around the world.

Tickets for the 2017 Festival are on sale online at sobefest.com; Phone sales are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST by calling 877.762.3933.

Widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $24 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

MISO in the Park

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 15 - 2017

IMG_3344

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

On Sunday, February 12, MISO held its highly anticipated outdoor concert, MISO in the Park on the front lawn of the Bass Museum in Miami Beach. Nearly one thousand music lovers of all ages (and breeds) gathered for the free open-air concert on a picture-perfect afternoon. To add to the revelry and romance, guests went all out with picnic spreads, many themed, replete with delicacies and libations from all parts of the world. During the enchanting event, world-famous photographer and luminary, Iran Issa-Khan, celebrated her birthday at the incredible affair. Iran’s friends-who-are family prepared an international feast for the woman who is a mother and friend to all who are blessed to be in her ever-growing circle. A staunch supporter of the MISO, who has worked tirelessly to promote the amazing orchestra, Iran has yet to miss one concert. In fact, one of the many joys of attending a MISO performance is seeing Iran, perched in her box, with the look of sheer delight across her face that can truly only grace someone who experiences Heaven in the music. Maestro Marturet, close friend of Iran’s conducted an original rendering of “Happy Birthday” complete with a Reggaeton serenade- much to her delight.

The program featured music by Zaquiñha de Abreu, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich, Karen LeFrak, Luis Prima, and Moises Simons. “Three Ways, One Feeling” by Giancarlo Castro D’Addona gave a special touch with the spontaneous and mischievous participation of the three conductors Marco Real-d’Arbelles, Daniel Andai, and Eduardo Marturet. Ensemble 7/4, added a touch of local rhythm and little Valeria once again confidently conducted “her” orchestra. Lena Burke sang Frenesí by Alberto Dominguez, Amapola by José María Lacalle, El Día que me quieras by Carlos Gardel and Quizás Quizás Quizás by Oswaldo Farrés (arranged by Rudy Pérez and Gary Lindsay). Music lovers lingered at the gorgeous affair long after day-turned-to-night. Often overheard: “Now this is why we live in Miami.”

*Photo credit: Sam Robin

MISO’s Ocean Drive in Vienna

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 7 - 2017

mISO1By: Maria Jose Acosta-Almeida

The Miami Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 debut concert, Ocean Drive in Vienna, sponsored by Mercantil Commercebank, moved the audience with overtures, waltzes, polkas, and dances in the Viennese tradition. The amazing concert directed by Maestro Eduardo Marturet was a night full of surprises. The evening was filled with romantic waltzes that kept the audience engaged and dancing in their seats. Guests sang along to intoxicating rhythms to the accords of polkas that erupted into a diverse mix of Latin arrangements that may have inspired Strauss or Brahms to direct a conga line.

Virtuoso group Ensemble 7/4, in their Miami debut, enhanced the concert and the YES Movement Chorus delighted the audience with Shostakovich’s Waltz No 2 which resulted in an impromptu sing-along.  Dashing, internationally acclaimed violinist, Daniel Andai, dubbed the “next Isaac Pearlman” added an element of elegance and sophistication to the group of talented musicians. Even the intermission was lively, thanks to the group of Venezuelan trumpeters who added so much spice it made it tough to leave the theater during the break.

The icing on the cake was child prodigy, Valeria Diaz, “rival” and student of Maestro Marturet, who conducted The Blue Danube by Johann MISO2Strauss Jr. The young talent expressed her love for the animals she introduced onto the stage during the performance, including a macaw and curious kinkajou that gracefully leapt onto the shoulders of the conductor. Ensemble 7/4 joined the orchestra to play the Pizzi-Cuban Polka by Josef Strauss & Johann Strauss Jr. with a singular arrangement by Carlos Rivera to close the evening with an unexpected twist.

Much in the style of visionary André Rieu, (with the bonus of Latin flair) Maestro Marturet is a true showman: enchanting and graceful, right down to his Cambridge accent. Ocean Drive in Vienna was truly another triumph for Maestro Eduardo Marturet, his muse, Athina and the entire Miami Symphony Orchestra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Grecian Odyssey Awaits at Atlantikós

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 31 - 2017

atlanticosBy: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Awash in Greece’s signature brilliant blue and glistening white, Atlantikós, the St. Regis Bal Harbour’s latest culinary debut exudes a truly authentic dining experience, unparalleled in food quality, creativity and service. Chef Anastasios “Tasos” Chasekioglou offers a curated selection of traditional Greek dishes, presented elegantly and with an emphasis on the ingredients. The Atlantikós experience is meant to be shared and enjoyed over time as the immersive menu takes you on a journey of exceptional flavors from the Greek mainland to the islands.

Chef Tasos expertly prepares dishes like grilled octopus with fava from Santorini, a roasted manouri cheese from Greneva with honey and bee pollen, black ink orzo with langoustines, crispy calamari and grey mullet bottarga from Messologgi, marinated sardines with crushed olives from Thassos Island, beef corfu sofrito, and semolina halva- we were not exaggerating when comparing the Atlantikós dining experience with an odyssey. More traditional dishes include the keftedes (lamb and beef meatballs in a savory tomato gravy), the lamb chops (among the best in town) and the prawns. Branzino-2These are musts as well.

Not to be missed is the “palate-altering” Karavides: langoustines fricasé with Avgolemono (which can only mean “from the Gods”). This is among the most remarkable dishes we have ever tasted, replete with tender- poached lobster tail floating in the most extraordinary, decadent sauce- words do not do it justice- nor does just one serving. Pair each dish with one of the various Greek wines from the menu or with a specialty cocktail. A number of traditional Greek desserts are also available.

Revel in the St. Regis’ hallmark elevated guest experience and impeccable service – wherein you are treated like a VIP from the moment you arrive until your departure. To add to Atlantikós authenticity, there is traditional Greek custom plate smashing on a regular basis and we heard that it is not uncommon for guests to dance on the tables from time to time.

Dining-tableThe addition of this extraordinary Greek-inspired restaurant, along with three expansive four-bedroom suites and a reimagined and expanded lobby lounge follow the recent openings of the gourmet BH Burger Bar, the new St. Regis Bar & Sushi Lounge, and the debut of the Caroline Room, a 1,800-square-foot private events space.

“Miami continues to be an international epicenter for discerning travelers from around the globe, and we are responding to the needs of our guests by once again raising the bar on luxury in Bal Harbour,” said Oliver Key, General Manager, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. “These stunning enhancements to the resort and tremendous reinvestment from our ownership are a testament to the importance we place in providing the highest level of service to our guests.”

Atlantikós serves breakfast (buffet and a la carte), lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Atlantikós is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

 

The Ultimate Guide to NYE 2017

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On December - 29 - 2016

 

img_1848

2016 has had its fair share of highs and lows. One thing we can all agree on is that it’s time to bid adieu to the old and herald in the new with the over-the-top enthusiasm for which Miami is well known. While many locals opt to stay in, as every night in Miami is a “New Year’s Eve of sorts” with an abundance of decadent parties to attend- lots of us insist on celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another surrounded by revelers, confetti and champagne. If you are part of the latter group- check out some of our recommendations for terrific celebrations, listed in no particular order.

An Extravagant Bash at Five Star New Year’s Eve

Welcome 2017 in style with Miami’s most luxurious celebration – Five Star New Year’s Eve!  Featuring private yacht rides by YatchLife, the all-white-and-gold themed party is located in a private island inside a palatial glass venue, featuring endless food and libations all night long, outdoor amenities and a dock for guests wishing to bring their own boats. Guests can avoid traffic and Uber surges with YatchLife rides, with seats priced at $150 for one-way trip and $300 for round trip.

Guests who purchase tickets to Five Star New Year’s Eve will begin celebrations early with a week-long lineup of VIP events in Miami Beach starting on Sunday, December 25 through December 31. Any ticket purchase will grant guests access to the Sunset Party, Luxury Yacht Cruise, Surreal Party, Rooftop Pool Party, Miami Beach VIP Club Experience, all leading up to Five Star New Year’s Eve.
This sought after event has been attended and hosted in the past by actor Ryan Phillippe, DJ Robin Schulz, Brazilian singer Michel Telo, soccer star Ronaldo “The Phenomenon” Nazario de Lima and renowned Brazilian actress Isabeli Fontana, to name a very few.

Enchanting New Year’s Eve at Villa Azur

Fairy tale creatures will welcome guests at Villa Azur’s Enchanted Villa-themed celebration, which will feature two seated dinner options, live entertainment and bubbly.

The first seating from 7pm to 9:30pm offers a 3-course meal with options including Lobster Tart, Mediterranean Sea Bass with Winter Black Truffle, A5 Kobe Beef Wellington, and Grand Cru Chocolate & Tayberry Jam, to name a very few, and a glass of champagne for $250 per person. A second seating at 9:45 PM offers a 4-course menu with some holiday dishes including Homemade Foie Gras “Mi Cuit”, Langostino Carpaccio on Crispy Shell, A5 Kobe Beef Wellington, and Financier Cocoa Caraibe Chocolat, paired with Dom Perignon Rose, starting at $500 per person. Children will be accommodated with a $99 menu.

Brasserie Azur

At Brasserie Azur, guests will enjoy a dazzling celebration featuring a 4-course $75++ pre-fixe menu with offerings of Smoked Salmon Taco, Shrimp Lobster Salad, Veal Loin Chops and pastries from The Pastry Corner, accompanied with live music and a 2016 countdown. Children will be accommodated with a $35++ menu.
Brasserie Azur opens for brunch at 11am on New Year’s Day serving signature dishes and magicians will be on hand to help the hangover disappear!

Riverside Glamour at Seaspice

Seaspice will feature exquisite New Year’s Eve offerings all day and night including Kaluga Caviar and Kusshi Oysters, Beef Wellington, Black Truffle Florida Lobster, and Seaspice Mignardise. The Saturday Night Fever themed bash will feature live music performance by Grammy Award-winner Motiff and Friends and dance shows. Stay and enjoy live entertainment as you count down to 2017!

A Parisian Fete at Paris 6

Paris 6 offers a 24 hour Parisian style celebration with a four-course pre-fixe dinner offering grandiose options of Canapes de Steak Tartare, Salade de Jambon et Figues, Tournedos Rossini, Poulpes Sautees au Fettuccine, Gateau Rosé and Oreo Grand Gateau, to name a very few, as guests enjoy live music into the new year!

A Family Affair at El Churrasco

El Churrasco features a five-course $180 pre-fixe menu paired with signature wines and a bottle of champagne for tables of four. Guests can expect live shows, live music and other surprises all night long, leading up to a display of fireworks overlooking the Biscayne Bay and Miami skyline as they ring in the New Year.

Copa Room, WALL and WET
Copa Room, South Beach’s first all-inclusive nightclub, opens its doors for the first time on the most anticipated weekend of the year. Aerialists, acrobats and Las Vegas-style shows will entertain as guests from all walks of life enjoy premium open bar all night long with surprise confetti and balloon drops at intervals throughout the night. Tickets are priced at $100 and are available at coparoommiami.com. WALL transports guests into its outlandish festival Be Crazy! Ibiza. Revelers will dance to mixes by Jean Claude Ades as they order libations from the premium open bar, available from 10pm – 1 AM.
WET Pool at W South Beach will feature world-renowned German DJ Robin Schulz as the headliner of the unforgettable start of a new year! Featuring top of the line visuals and entertainment, on Saturday, December 31st at 9pm, Robin Schulz will electrify celebrating attendees with his #1 hits including “Sugar” and “Show Me Love”. Details of the evening include premium open bar from 9pm to midnight with VIP table service packages inclusive of top shelf spirits ranging from $1k – $12k.
With past unparalleled performances delivered by Drake, Afro Jack, Alesso, Klingande and others year after year, WET Pool at W South Beach will be once again a truly unique experience!
A Fish Called Avalon
An Ocean Drive legend and one of South Beach’s longest standing restaurants is serving up superb cuisine, a dynamic buzzy setting and impeccable service with a five-course New Year’s Eve menus for adults and three-course special for kids. At A Fish Called Avalon, Guests can indulge in a welcome delight of caviar pie, smoked salmon flatbread and succulent grilled octopus, followed by their signature “Pear-fect Salad” of crispy goat cheese and pear salad. For dinner a choice of either Chilean sea bass, 21-day dry-aged Black Angus filet or a baked whole Maine lobster topped with a champagne sauce (for an additional $30). The final touch includes a bottle of Duval Leroy champagne and caramelized apple and almond rum cake a la mode. The outdoor tables are perfect for a front row view of the oceanfront fireworks show while enjoying sea breezes and live music. Kids ages 3-12 choose from shrimp cocktail or mixed greens and apple salad for an appetizer, grilled chicken with pasta or 5 oz. filet mignon with mashed potatoes for an entrée and a choice of ice cream or Chef Kai’s signature vanilla cheesecake for dessert. Reservations begin at $210 per person for adults and $90 for children.
Zuma Miami 

To ring in 2017, Zuma Miami brings you the golden age of japan – the edo era — remembered as a time of peace, growth and enjoyment of culture. The celebratory menu will include Signature Zuma dishes with festive additions perfect for sharing with friends and family. Prepared by the culinary team to tantalize the senses, the 2017 New Year’s Eve tasting menu will embrace decadent and seasonal ingredients, from freshly shaved white truffle, o-toro tuna and robata grilled wagyu. Guests will enjoy specially created dishes such as beef tartar with black truffle and caviar, squid ink seafood hotpot and lobster tempura in addition to beautiful sushi & sashimi platters and specialty maki rolls all accompanied by Krug champagne and Nanbubijin Daiginjo sake. Entertainment throughout the evening will be driven by the sounds a live DJ accompanied by a visual showcase of Japanese culture. As midnight approaches guests will count down to the new year, as Zuma breaks the sake barrel and encourages harmony and good fortune for a new year. Cheers the beginning of the New Year whilst watching fireworks outside on their riverfront terrace, where the party continues well into 2017! Four select packages will be offered, all packages include after party admission. Pricing available upon request.

The Dutch at W South Beach
Andrew Carmellini’s South Beach outpost of the American restaurant, bar and oyster room is offering two special seatings and a five-course prix fixe dinner to ring in the New Year. The Dutch menu includes “snacks” like Sturgeon Caviar and a Butternut Squash Tart followed by an appetizer choice of either Foie Gras and Duck Terrin or Florida Stone Crab Claws. A mid-course Robiola Tortellini with Alba white truffle will be served to all guests followed by a choice of John Dory with lobster curry, spot prawns and coriander flowers or Manhattan Steak with red wine short rib. For dessert, it’s either the Strawberry Vacherin or an the indulgent Manjari Chocolate Crema. The early seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a half bottle of Veuve Cliquot at $185 per person, while the second seating starts at 8:30 p.m. and includes a half bottle of Dom Perignon at $300 per person. In addition, access to W South Beach New Year’s Eve pool party, with special guest Robin Schulz, is also available at special pricing ($150 [reg. $200]) with a confirmed dinner reservation.

Mexican Fiesta- Cantina la Veinte
Cantina La Veinte celebrates New Year’s Eve with a $250 pre-fixe menu, which includes table and bottle service. Guests will celebrate with live music and performances all night long as they watch the last minutes of 2016 count down on the big screens and the ball drop. Guests can recover the next day with signature bites as the restaurant resumes regular business hours.

Asian Soiree at DÔA
Centrally located on South Beach, DÔA allows guests two seating choices to fit into their pre- or post- New Year’s Eve celebration plans. Celebrants are welcome to choose between two seatings offering unique options of a four course pre-fixe New Year’s Eve menu. After midnight, guests at DÔA can continue their celebration with live entertainment and bottle service until 5am. Party Hack: Order the highly acclaimed Pork Belly Buns.

Head EAST
When in doubt, go EAST – to Brickell hotspot and flagship Hotel, EAST, Miami that is. Start the night with dinner at Quinto La Huella, the first-ever outpost of the award-winning beachfront concept Parador La Huella. First seating begins at 6 – 9 PM. Enjoy a three-course pre fixe dinner and champagne. While second seating features a four course dinner priced at $200 and begins at 9:30 PM.
Reservations required at +1 786 805 4646 or dine@quintolahuella.com for booking information.
After dinner take a magical elevator ride up to the 40th floor to experience Questlove at 10:30 PM.
Priced at $500 tickets includes open bar and light bites. Dance the night away until 4 AM to additional sounds by New York based DJ Elle Dee.
Tables and bottle service available upon request.
To purchase a ticket or inquire about a table, contact NYE@Sugar-Miami.com

Bagatelle Miami Beach
On Saturday, December 31, chef Matthieu Godard will host a three course menu at 7 PM and a champagne toast at midnight. Second seating will feature a more decadent five course menu at 10 PM as well as a champagne toast at midnight. Sounds will be curated by Vincent Daubas.
For reservations contact miamireservations@bistrobagatelle.com or call 305 – 704 – 3900.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach: A Night in Havana

Dinner Package
Say goodbye to 2016 and ring in the New Year at Faena Hotel Miami Beach. The oceanfront celebration begins at 8 PM with well-appointed accommodations and a festive welcome glass of champagne. From there, the evening includes dinner at your choice of Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann or Pao by Paul Qui. After the midnight countdown, dance the night away to our lively entertainment underneath the stars while ocean breezes blow through the palm trees. (Service charge and tax not included)

Party Package
Come celebrate the New Year at Faena. The Party Package starts from 11 PM and includes house open bar at The Living Room or Tree of Life with access to the Faena Theater party. (Service charge and tax not included)

Hotel Package
Ring in the New Year with our New Year’s Eve Hotel Package, with includes luxurious VIP accommodations, a special prix fixe four-course dinner at Los Fuegos or Pao, and complimentary access to A Night in Havana New Year’s Eve party in Faena Theater. Recover in style on New Year’s Day with a live-fire Asado Brunch at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann and complimentary Wet Spa passes from Tierra Santa Healing House.
Price per person starts at $200.

Subject to availability & restrictions may apply. Contact Reservations at +1 305 535 4697 or reservations-miamibeach@faena.com for booking information.

Sponsors
Miami Socialholic
Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
(from left to right)

Twitter