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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 8 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

MiamiHeat1258004707Feel the Heat at Cafeina

Cafeina is feeling the Heat this Thursday as Game 5 the NBA finals is broadcasted live on the garden wall. Guests will enjoy $3 selected beers including Modelo Especial, Amstel Light, Heineken and Corona, $4 Heat Slammer Shooters, and $4 tequila shots all night. Food specials include ½ dozen chicken wings ($6) or one dozen chicken wings ($10). 80s and 90s cover artist Alvy Perdomo will keep patrons grooving all night. Reserve prime seating by calling 305.438.0792 or info@cafeinamiami.com.

 

MiamiDolphins_display_imageFins Weekend 

The Miami Dolphins Foundation will host “Fins Weekend” on June 9-11, the organization’s signature fund-raising event featuring current players, alumni, cheerleaders.  The festivities begin on Thursday, June 9, with the Celebrity Draw Party at Fairmont Turnberry Isle (19999 West Country Club Drive). The party will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and interactive games. On Friday, June 10, Dolphin players and alumni hit the green at Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s award-winning golf course for the FinsWeekend Golf Tournament followed by a luncheon presented by Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to announce the winners.  Later that evening, the popular Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party will take place at the Miami Beach Marina. The following morning, on Saturday, June 11, amateur and professional anglers will meet at the Miami Beach Marina for the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament presented by eDiets.com, followed by “Hooters Weigh-in” and the Scott Financial/HMY Awards Ceremony to find out who walked away with the biggest catch and bid on fabulous live auction items. This years’ grand prize is a trip for four on the team charter to a regular season Miami Dolphins away game. For more information about the weekend, please call the Community Relations department at (305) 943-7200 or visit www.finsweekend.com

promo_blockThe First Annual Catwalk for Charity 

The First Annual Catwalk for Charity will be hosted by E!’s, Giuliana Rancic, and Vivica A. Fox, on Sunday, June 12 at 12 p.m at the JW Marriott in Brickell.  Catwalk for Charity will benefit the children of Little Haiti and assist in establishing a boarding school within Haiti. Featured designers include local favorite Gabriella Arango, and exotic skins handbag designer, Francoise Elizee. For more information on this event, visit, www.breakfastwithsantafl.org or call 305.310.7557. 

 

Fashion Fun for Sylvester 

The Miami Style will present a fashion show by JB Couture by Judith Barnes at the Double Tree Hotel’s Grand Ballroom (1717 North Bayshore Drive) on June 12, from 5 -10 p.m. to help raise awareness and funds for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Guests can enjoy a special performance, wine and  hors d’ oeuvres. The cost for entry is $50/ $75 per couple and proceeds will be donated to cancer research. To RSVP, email katherine@blinkpr.com

 

Essensia-The-Palms-240x240Summer Brunch at Essensia  

Essensia is unveiling a new Sunday brunch a la carte menu, to be offered alongside their extensive breakfast buffet. Available every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., brunch features a selection of wholesome, seasonal, and natural gourmet brunch favorites, smoothies and natural cocktails in a leisurely and relaxed ambiance ideal for families and larger parties. The breakfast buffet costs $24 per person and $12 (per child 12 yrs & under). A la carte Sunday brunch menu prices range from $6 to $18. Valet parking is discounted to $9 for brunch patrons.  For reservations call 305.908.5458 or visit www.essensiarestaurant.com.  Indoor and outdoor seating is available. 

Mayfair Hotel Craft Beer Tasting

Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove leads the trend launching Craft Beer Tastings, offering a sampling of over 40 craft beers from favorite local microbreweries plus bites from local eatery, Trattoria Spartico, at just $20 per person. A certified Cicerone, a sommelier of brewskies, who has been a craft beer enthusiast for 10 years, will be conducting tastings every third Wednesday of the month, beginning on June 15. Fresh Beer, an innovative company who supplies beer straight from the brewery to achieve ultimate perfection, will be rotating selections from a vast array of microbrews. Limited seating; reservation required 305.779.5100.

Grand Opening of Il Corso Trattoria

Il Corso Trattoria owners Geovanna  Accetta and Yamil Yordi have teamed up with nationally renowned chef, LeRoy Bautista, formerly of Angelique Euro Café, to bring bona fide Italian cuisine to Coral Gables. Taking place on Thursday, June 16, the grand opening celebration begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. with Mayor Jim Cason.  Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary wine, domestic draft beer, Wodka Vodka cocktails and antipasti along with live music until 10 p.m. RSVP to ilcorso@cm-publicrelations.com or call 305.603.7137.  

amigosPlay Dominoes with the Amigos 

Amigos for Kids celebrates its 20th anniversary this year at the highly-anticipated annual fundraiser, the ING Miami Celebrity Domino Night on Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. at Jungle Island.  Expect a buzzing domino club, live entertainment, dinner-by-the-bite by Miami’s most prominent chefs and restaurants, open bar courtesy of Bacardi U.S.A., live entertainment by Albita and a stellar silent auction featuring Cuban art, sports memorabilia and much more.  One more thing:  be sure to wear comfortable shoes- the dancing goes all night at this party!  Tickets cost $150 in advance and $175 at the door. Domino tables for four are priced at $1,000 each. Proceeds from tickets and domino tables will benefit Amigos For Kids™. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Amigos For Kids™ at 305-279-1155 or visit www.amigosforkids.org.  

seven-seas-spa-180x300Schools Out, Spa Summer  

To thank educators for their contributions to the community, the Seven Seas Aveda Spa and Salon is hosting a summer-long, teacher appreciation promotion from June 10 to August 21.  Select luxury spa treatments will be offered at the discounted rate of $20.11 to celebrate the end of the 2010-2011 academic year.  Guests will also receive complimentary steam, glass of champagne, beach deck access, and free valet parking. For more information call 305.749.2100.

Celebrity Sightings

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 4 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

EricMiami Heat Coach, Eric Spoelstra was spotted enjoying a salad at Hillstone Coral Gables on Saturday night.

Pharrell dined at Zuma on Saturday night and enjoyed the rock shrimp and beef tenderloin.

On Monday night, fashion designer Naeem Khan – whose designs are a favorite among Michelle Obama, Eva Longoria and Carrie Underwood, was seen at Zuma, dining with a group of friends.

Last Wednesday, Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals all-pro wide receiver and fiancé of Vh1’s spicy cast member Evelyn Lozada was spotted at Equinox South Beach.

Culinary Adventures

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 4 - 2011Comments Off
Chef Michael Shikany

Chef Michael Shikany

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

SHIKANY, a new 5-star nomadic culinary series, held a one-of-a-kind kick-off dinner for thirty VIPs at Chef Michael Shikany’s fabulous Miami Beach home. The seven-course meal was exquisite – Jerk Rubbed Foie Gras on Cinnamon Brioche French Toast, Butter Poached Lobster “Mac & Cheese” on Marscapone Truffled Orzo, and Vanilla Scented Seared Scallop with Candied Meyer Lemon were but three. Each course was paired with white wine, red wine, sake, plum wine, prosecco or a SHIKANY martini. 

Immediately following dinner, after DJ Vidal provided mood-setting music, guests boarded a limousine bus to a $9 million, 80’ Ferretti yacht for a sunset cruise, where they enjoyed Moet Imperial Ice and Cloud Nine cupcakes. The night was the perfect preview of what is sure to become among the most sought after experiences in Miami. Read the rest here »

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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 1 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

HairLet the Sun Shine On: HAIR at the Adrienne Arsht Center

If Big hair, psychedelic grooves and shocking scenes are your thing…or if you were a “flower child” or possess an inner Hippie, then you are sure to find the Public Theater’s new production of HAIR to be one of the most electric celebrations on Broadway! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Featuring an extraordinary cast and dozens of unforgettable songs including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.” Its relevance is undeniable. Its energy is unbridled. Its truth is unwavering. It’s HAIR, and it’s time. For tickets and shows visit www.arshtcenter.org.

 

michys_logoSummer Is Here!  Endless Fried Chicken on Wednesday Nights       

Michy’s fried chicken feast returns on Wednesday, June 1, 2011. Available every Wednesday during dinner service, this unbeatable weekly special – priced at $38 per person, (excluding tax/gratuity/beverage) features endless helpings of Bernstein’s signature recipe fried chicken (American or Korean style topped with chilies, garlic and soy) served with a bottomless parade of sides which will change weekly: cornbread, pickled cucumber slaw, and watermelon Greek salad.  The dinner also includes a luscious red velvet cupcake for dessert.  Reservations are highly recommended. For more information, call 305.759.2001 or visit www.chefmichellebernstein.com.

 

Soho HouseSummer Splash Fundraiser at Soho Beach House

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc. invites guests to attend its Summer Splash Fundraiser at the ultra exclusive Soho Beach House on Miami Beach, Saturday, June 4, at 7:00 pm. Enjoy an evening of music, the warm beach breeze and delightful company in celebration of the major sponsors that have allowed Miami Bridge to continue to be the city’s only emergency shelter for children and teens. Guests will indulge in delectable passed hors-d’oeuvres, unlimited top-shelf cocktails and irresistible paella from the club’s Penthouse, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. To make a single reservation ($150) or to make a donation, please contact Monique Bain at 305.636.3520.

 

TobaccoRoadTobacco Road Presents: Save the Ta-Ta’s Foundation

On Saturday, June 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., in celebration of the 92nd Anniversary of  the passing of the 19th Amendment, Miami’s oldest bar, Tobacco Road, is celebrating all women with a down home country “Hoedown”!  The event, will include a mechanical bull riding contest, specialty Ultimat vodka cocktails, Miller Lite buckets, and 15 of Miami’s favorite slow food trucks!   The Road will be tickled pink to show love for the ladies, women’s suffrage and the importance of breast cancer research. For more information, visit www.Tobacco-Road.com.

 

 

electric pickleSummer Sessions at Electric Pickle

This Saturday, June 4, Wynwood’s Electric Pickle is hosting a 12-hour party (5 p.m. to 5 a.m.) featuring live acts such as electronic pop duo Benoit & Sergio, DJ Robert James and late night fun in the “Bolero Room” with the Spam Allstars, DJ Induce and Brad Strickland. Guests will enjoy complimentary beer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Zignum Mezcal signature cocktail specials all night. In addition, the club’s outdoor “playground” will boast an oversized Zignum Mezcal cabana complete with a photo booth, giveaways, plush couches and gratis mezcal shots throughout the evening. $10 advanced tickets are available through Saturday (noon) at Wantickets.com (http://www.wantickets.com/Events/ShowEvent.aspx?eventId=90939).For more information, visit www.electricpicklemiami.com and www.zignummezcal.com. 

 

imagesCAH0NSH0Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 89th Annual Dinner Gala 

On Saturday, June 4, more than 1,200 of Miami Beach’s most influential business professionals and community members will join the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce for the 89th Annual Dinner Gala honoring local icons for their outstanding contributions to the community. The event will take place the Miami Beach Convention Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. The extravaganza will be a flash back to the black and white television era of Miami Beach in the 50s and 60s. Individual tickets start at $300 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $3,000, which includes a table for 10 guests.  For tickets, sponsorships or more information, call 305.674.1300 or email, valerie@miamibeachchamber.com. Additional information is also available at www.miamibeachchamber.com

 

ra_sushipngRA Sushi in South Miami hosts the 7th Annual Nicky’s Week

RA Sushi in South Miami is hosting its seventh annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser through Saturday, June 4 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the nation’s top children’s cancer research center. The Scottsdale-based restaurant and bar will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude to help support the hospital’s lifesaving mission. The special Nicky’s Week menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Tuna Tataki, Chicken Yakitori and select beverages. Saturday’s Nicky’s Week Closing Party is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a live DJ, food and drink specials. In addition, guests who make a monetary donation to St. Jude on their check will receive a ticket to enter into RA Sushi in South Miami’s week-long raffle. Prizes include gift certificates to SEE Eyewear, bottle service at WALL South Beach, an overnight stay at legendary Hotel Breakwater on Ocean Drive, spa experience at mySpa at InterContinental Miami, three-month gym membership at Equinox, luxury accessory from Capretto Shoes and much more.  Winning tickets will be drawn during Nicky’s Week closing party on Saturday, June 4. For information on “Nicky’s Week” call 305.341.0092.

 

chef jorgeSushi Classes with Chef Jorge Montes

Chef Jorge Montes will give a hands-on sushi cooking class on Thursday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Shane Center Miami Beach. The class, limited to 15 guests, will take place in the large kitchen of this waterfront catering facility.  Price is $65 per person. Guests will learn to prepare sticky rice, knife and rolling techniques and traditional sauces and will have the opportunity to roll two to three sushi rolls with their desired ingredients and creativity. The menu for the evening includes Saketinis, Miso Glazed Tuna with Sesame Rice Cake and Chili Sauce, assorted Sushi rolls; make your own signature roll and sake and honey marinate strawberries with green tea ice-dream. After the cooking class guests will sit down and eat the meal they helped to prepare. To rsvp for the class, call 305.861.8837 or visit http://bit.ly/SushiCookingClassJune9.

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 27 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

lindsay_lohan_hits_the_beach_in_miamiLindsay Lohan was in town to shoot the cover of Plum Miami magazine’s July 2011 issue, just two days before turning herself in to authorities to serve her 120 day jail sentence.  The “concept cover” was developed by Plum Network CEO, Jerry Powers, who also interviewed the starlet for the in-book exclusive. 

Custo,BikramChoudhury,NachoCano

Custo,BikramChoudhury,NachoCano

On Saturday night, baseball Hall-of-Famer, Sammy Sosa had drinks at Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne.  Sosa pulled up in style in a white Rolls Royce Phantom, with his wife, brother, brother’s girlfriend and bodyguard in tow.
 
Bikram Choudhury, Paulina Rubio, Mayor Regalado, Nacho Cano, from Mecano (top-selling Spanish band of all time), Custo Dalmau from Custo Barcelona, and DJ A-ROG were on-hand for the opening of Bikram Brickell Hot Yoga Miami on Saturday evening. In honor of the grand opening, Guru Bikram held a private auction of his favorite classic Rolls Royce, which once belonged to famous American entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee. Proceeds from the auction will benefit victims of the earthquake in Japan.

Basketball legend and sports commentator Charles Barkley squeezed in a
60-minute work out last week with professional trainer Matt Pack at the new
Primal Fit Miami.  When Barkley headed outside for Pack’s signature SUV pulls and pushes, “Sir Charles drew lots of attention amid the hustle and bustle of 2nd avenue.  Before long, police cars started pulling up and people came off the streets, to say hello, shake his hand and chat with the star.  “I wished I would have trained like this when I was playing professional basketball,” Barkley admitted to Pack regarding his signature “primal” workout.

Famed photographer, Greg Lotus had dinner with Eva Longoria aboard a private yacht last week, somewhere on Biscayne Bay.

Welcoming Summer with Design, Anniversaries and Beauty

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On May - 27 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Jenny Wilensky, Josh Fein, and Jillian Sanz

Jenny Wilensky, Josh Fein, and Jillian Sanz

The Design Center for the Americas (DCOTA) was aglow in purple light on Thursday, May 19, for the highly anticipated, inaugural, Flare for Design, (intentional spelling) which merged the elements of high fashion and design to benefit the Southeast Florida Chapter of The Lupus Foundation of America.  A chic crowd gathered at the center to bid on one-of-a kind auction items, sip cocktails and Veuve Clicquot champagne, nibble on gourmet food by Lyon & Lyon and Blade Sushi and enjoy an animated fashion show narrated by Haute Living’s National Fashion Director, Jilian Sanz, who looked “pretty in peach” in a floor-length, Luca Luca gown.  The fashions, modeled by people living with Lupus, included designs donated by 100% Capri, Alice & Olivia, Elie Tahari, Luca Luca, Malo, Max Mara, Noble Experiment, Trina Turk and Valentino that were sold at a silent auctioned following the event. Guests were also treated to a musical performance by Rees Bridges from the Grammy Award winning band Dirty Vegas. Jenny Wilensky of Creative Fashion Agency Istylie, who lost her mother to Lupus last year, founded A Flare for Design in an effort to educate our community about the disease. Read the rest here »

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