Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

On Friday night, The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar in Miami Beach hosted a surprise birthday party for Michael Jordan.  Upon arrival Jordan was escorted to what he believed would be his table located in the Forge’s Wine Bar. Once in the cellar Jordan was surprised by 30 of his closest family and friends, including Ahmad Rashad and Derek Jeter to celebrate his 49th birthday. In the main dining room, Paula Abdul was in for dinner and a relaxing night. She popped in to surprise Jordan and sang “Happy Birthday” with the group during the cake presentation.  Abdul then led Forge owner, Shareef Malnik back to his table where the entire staff and some friends were waiting to sing to him and wish him a very happy birthday as well.

Retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player Dennis Rodman and former Cincinnati Bengals football player Ki-Jana Carter were on-hand for the Welcome Channel & Sunset Harbour Yacht Club’s (SHYC) huge VIP sunset cocktail party on Wednesday, February 15. 

After enjoying dinner at Baoli Vita during the Love Boat party, (and meeting yours truly), musician Joe Jonas was spotted arriving at WALL on Friday with bodyguards 8 male friends. They hung out at a private VIP table for the majority of the night. At one point Jonas got on the microphone to introduce the DJ and afterwards posed for numerous photos with fans inside the lounge. Jonas was also seen at SET over the weekend.

Saturday night, Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard hosted a group of friends including Quentin Richardson at Philippe Chow Miami’s chef’s table while pro bowl star Dwight Freeney was hosting a Ciroc table nearby

SBWFF was in the air early on Saturday night as celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentiis dined at STK. The duo shared a low-key meal with drinks and dessert before being joined by friends. Before leaving, Flay complimented executive chef Aaron Taylor on a perfectly cooked skirt steak. 

Bill Clinton was spotted at Sunday’s Miami Heat game.

Michael Bay celebrated his birthday with a blow-out at LIV over the weekend.

New York Giants heir Alan Tisch lent a helping hand to the DJ at Smac Entertainment’s Sunday Presidents Weekend party at WALL.

Yacht Show Rocks Miami

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Models with Russian Standard Vodka on the Carpe Diem

By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Anyone stuck in gridlock traffic while attempting to navigate Collins Avenue in any direction over the weekend, or being forced to pay the staggering $50 parking charges soon realized that the International Yacht Show was in town- of course the multitude of multi-million dollar floating vessels stationed along the Indian Creek waterway should have been a dead giveaway.  As with any show, festival, event, holiday, climate change, building announcement…on Miami Beach, the Yacht Show brought with it its fair share of fabulous parties and party people.  Below were our favorites.

Scarlett Sails Night

We joined over 150 VIP guests who staggered barefoot onto the 60 million dollar, 191 foot Carpe Diem yacht on Wednesday, February 15, for the glamorous, Russian-themed Scarlett Sails party to get a sneak-peek of the magnificent yacht prior to its display at the Miami Beach International Boat Show. 

Guests were given a boarding pass and asked to check their shoes upon arrival, before walking the steep incline to board the Carpe Diem.  Once aboard, beautiful Russian dancers, dressed in traditional, albeit skimpy, Russian costumes, right down to their furry ushankas, served signature Russian Standard shots and cocktails to help the otherwise uncomfortably barefoot guests forget that their designer footwear was somewhere other than on their feet to perfectly compliment their stylish outfits.  We were also distracted by the haute cuisine, which included caviar canapés, George Stone Crabs and oysters courtesy of Edge steakhouse- and informal modeling by Saks Bal Harbour, all of which served to spotlight the grandeur of the mega yacht luxury lifestyle. Read the rest here »

South Beach Wine and Food Festival

The 11th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival is upon us once again. To our fellow foodies who wish to attend and purchase tickets to events, visit www.sobefest.com for a complete line up of available tickets still available. If your desired event is sold out, fear not- we will have a full recap with photos next week.



Daisy Cakes Makes its Sweet Debut in Miami Beach

South Carolina-based cake company Daisy Cakes and owner/cake baker Kim Adams Nelson also known as Kim Daisy will offer authentic, homemade cakes in Miami Beach, during the 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, February 23 through 26. The highly anticipated, four-day annual festival, which attracts foodies and wine connoisseurs from around the world, will feature a Daisy Cakes pop-up bake shop, where guests are invited to sample signature flavors of the handmade cakes, each created with hand-sifted flour and farm-fresh eggs, then hand-iced with sweet cream frosting. Daisy Cakes will make an appearance at two festival events, offering diverse tastings of several luscious cake flavors. The first event, Moët Hennessy’s “The Q,” will be held Thursday, February 23 beachside at the Delano, and is presented by Allen Brothers Steaks, sponsored by MIAMI magazine and hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri. The second event, The Best Thing I Ever Ate “Late Night Bites & Sweets,” will be held Saturday, February 25, at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and is presented by Food Network and Cooking Channel and sponsored by Godiva Chocolatier. The Daisy Cakes online bake shop produces a decadent variety of homemade cakes to satisfy every sweets craving, including Carrot, Daisy Cakes’ best seller that includes a full pound of carrots in each cake.


MOCA’s 15th Anniversary Weekend

On Saturday, February 25, in commemoration of its 15th anniversary, MOCA will hold a festive celebration highlighting its accomplishments and celebrating the many illustrious artists who are part of its history. The evening will also honor Alberto Ibargüen and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in recognition of their extraordinary support of MOCA and culture in Miami.  The 15th Anniversary Celebration will begin with cocktails at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a seated dinner in MOCA’s galleries and special performance created for the occasion by artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The event will be attended by over 450 guests, among them, many of the world’s leading artists and collectors. Unfortunately the seated dinner portion of the evening is sold out, but there are tickets available for the after party; the After-Party festivities will also include a sensational 15th Anniversary Celebration at the museum featuring dancing, dessert and a special performance beginning at 10:30 pm.  Tickets for the after-party are $200 general admission/$150 for MOCA Shaker and above level members. 

Artist Conversations: The Celebration will extend beyond the evening of February 25, withArtist-to-Artist, an extraordinary series of artist conversations on Sunday,February 26, from noon until 5:00 p.m.  These history-making conversations, whichwill be open to the entire community, will feature discussions with RitaAckermann, Daniel Arsham, Richard Artschwager, Jose Bedia, Naomi Fisher, Dara Friedman, Peter Halley, Isaac Julien, Mark Handforth, Ragnar Kjartansson,Malcolm Morley, Laura Owens, Jorge Pantoja, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson,Matthew Ritchie, David Salle, and Shinique Smith, moderated by MOCA ExecutiveDirector and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater. Artists will speak one-on-one with each other, providing audience members with exceptional insight into their work and experience. Each participating artist has played a role in MOCA’s 15-year history. For After-Party and Artist-to-Artist tickets, please call 305 893 6211.


 CHAIku at Next@19th

On Saturday, February 25, at 9:00 p.m., Next@19th taps into South Florida’s literary pulse with CHAIku, a recurring, free event that brings together writers and enthusiasts in haikus rooted in Jewish identity, culture and community. Taking place at the organization’s downtown headquarters, the al fresco digs bring new dimension to the soap box experience. This edition will feature Jay Michaelson, a writer, scholar, poet and activist whose work focuses on the intersections of religion, spirituality, sexuality and law. His published poetry includes the 2007 release of ‘Another Word for Sky,’ and he is Associate Editor of Religion Dispatches magazine, a columnist and contributing editor for the Forward and the founding editor of Zeek magazine. Michaelson is the founding director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, a nonprofit organization which builds community for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, partners and allies. www.nextat19th.org


Oscar Night at Miami Beach Film Society’s Cinematheque

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the Miami Beach Film Society’s Cinematheque to host the official Miami celebration for the Oscar Night® America, Miami (ONA) viewing party on Sunday, February 26. The evening will be hosted by Miami Beach Film Society founder Dana Keith; Red carpet arrivals and fabulous evening looks courtesy of Ema Savahl Couture will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a welcome champagne reception alongside six of the Museum’s famous movie automobiles including Goldfinger, Batman, Back to The Future and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As a special treat to car aficionados and Hollywood films buffs, the original Batman “Batmobile” and James Bond “DB5” from Goldfinger will go up for live auction at 8:00 p.m. The evening will proceed with a seated dinner and viewing of the live telecast of the 84th Academy Awards® on WPLG Local-10 (ABC) starting at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Attendees will toast Oscar® winners while enjoying Exquisite Catering by Robert with Sofia Blanc d’ Blancs, Director’s Cut Chardonnay and Director’s Cabernet Sauvignon by Coppola Wines, Absolut Miami, Perrier, and Nespresso, while bidding on items during the event’s silent auction. The celebration will also serve as the closing night of the Dezer Schauhalle’s renowned Bunny Yeager Retrospective currently on display, as well as a preview of the Museum’s upcoming James Bond collection slated to open Spring 2012, which will feature the automobiles, airplanes and boats that appeared in one of Hollywood’s most celebrated film franchises. The evening promises an experience that exudes the classic glamour and luxury of the 84th Annual Academy Awards®, complete with the Academy Awards® show program booklet for all guests. Tickets to the 2012 Oscar Night America Miami are available for $125 or $100 for Miami Beach Film Society & Cinematheque members. Ticket prices include food and beverages, tax and gratuity, complimentary valet parking, the official 84th Annual Academy Awards® program booklet and other event memorabilia. Visit www.MBCinema.com for tickets.


Odysseo Premieres in Miami

After a successful run in Atlanta, site of its US premiere, Odysseo, the new touring show by renowned production company Cavalia Inc., is already preparing for its Miami run, premiering under the White Big Top February 29 at 8:00 p.m. in Bicentennial Park, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. In Odysseo, spectators join human and equine artists on a journey through some of the world’s most wondrous landscapes. Cavalia’s new production marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. The 80-ton technical grid, as big as that found in the best-equipped permanent theaters in the world, supports lighting, a full-size merry-go-round, and 18 cinema projectors that create high-definition landscape backdrops on screens twice the size of a standard IMAX. These scenes surround the world’s largest touring stage, 27,000 square feet, rendering Odysseo a 5-D mega-production, a feast for the eyes that still succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul. For more information and scheduled times call 866.999.8111 or online at cavalia.net.


Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 16 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
Nate Berkus, Michelle Stone, Carlos Huber, Joanne Stone, and  Lisa Heiden-Koffler

Nate Berkus, Michelle Stone, Carlos Huber, Joanne Stone, and Lisa Heiden-Koffler

Gabrielle Union attended an exclusive dinner party at Bianca in the Delano hotel in celebration of her cover on Ocean Drive magazine’s February issue. Union was accompanied by boyfriend and NBA All-star Dwayne Wade.  The couple arrived in style driving a Jaguar XJ courtesy of The Collection.

Celebrity Chef Todd English was spotted at La Cote Restaurant at the Fontainebleau Hotel and Resort. The rather dapper English enjoyed some down time as he signed autographs for fans and gracefully took pictures.

Paula Abdul was seen once again on Lincoln Road ordering lunch at SPRIS. 

Former NBA player Marco Jaric, better known these days as Adriana Lima’s husband played basketball at JW Marriott Marquis Miami’s entertainment complex.

Spanish singer Beatriz Luengo  and  boyfriend, Orishas’ singer, Yotuel Romero were seen at Nail Bar & Beauty Lounge in Midtown last Thursday afternoon.

Last Thursday evening, a select group of fabulous guests joined Carlos Huber along with his partner Nate Berkus for an intimate soiree for the debut of his fragrance ARQUISTE at the Webster Boutique on South Beach. Huber was joined by jewelry designers, Michelle and Joanne Stone, of Citrine by The Stones, to present the limited edition ARQUISTE bottles featuring caps adorned with a bracelet created by Citrine by The Stones. Attendees included: Lisa Heiden-Koffler, John Lin, Iran Issa-Kahn, Anne Owen, Luis Rigual, Chef Lorena Garcia, Criselda Breene, George Lindemann Jr., among many others.

The Broken Shaker Needs No Fixing

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 16 - 20122 COMMENTS

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

If Jeannie from the old I Dream of Jeannie series had an ornate little bar in that fabulous bottle of hers, we imagine it would resemble The Broken Shaker, the new pop-up bar at the quaint Indian Creek Hotel.  We are also fairly certain that she would never want to leave that bar, in fact, she would probably drag in Major Nelson, her evil brunette cousin and those nosy neighbors and they’d want to stay there too.  

The Broken Shaker is a collaborative effort between the Sydell Group’s Roy Alpert, formerly a consultant for the One Group and Ian Schrager’s Edition Brand, and Elad Svi and Gabriel Orta of the Bar Lab, who brought you masterfully created cocktails at the W South Beach Hotel’s Living Room. The trio physically created the Broken Shaker with their bare hands, designing and building the bar at back of the hotel.  Read the rest here »

Inaugural Wine, Women & Shoes

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 16 - 2012ADD COMMENTS

Melba Reyes and MCH Foundation President and CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Miami Children’s Hospital patient and Honorary “Shoe Guy” Joseph Reyes (center) presents thank you frames created by him and other patients to Wine, Women & Shoes Honorary Chair and CBS 4 Anchor Shannon Hori and Co-chairs Carola Pimentel and Criselda Breene

More than 400 ladies slipped into their stilettos and joined together at the Inaugural Wine, Women & Shoes for a day of shopping and fun with the common purpose of supporting world-class pediatric healthcare. BFFs, colleagues, daughters, mothers and grandmothers from throughout South Florida gathered at Coral Gables Country Club on February 8 to raise nearly a quarter of a million dollars to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Honorary Chair and CBS 4 Anchor Shannon Hori served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Attendees were treated to a never-before-seen trunk show featuring Christian Louboutin shoes and accessories. They also enjoyed a sophisticated day of wine tastings, a silent auction featuring lavish trips and experiences, a fashion marketplace and a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus.

 “This is a fun-filled day of shopping and camaraderie,” said event Co-chairs Criselda Breene and Carola Pimentel. “At the same time we are here for a very serious cause because the women here today are able to make a major difference in the lives of so many children.” 

Guests had the opportunity to hear from Melba Reyes, who has two special needs children whose lives were both saved by the experts at Miami Children’s Hospital.

“On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank all of you who have made my children and all children a priority in your lives by being here today,” said Reyes. “If Miami Children’s was not here, I wouldn’t have my two miracles and I am eternally grateful for your support.” 

The luncheon was also highlighted by “Shoe Guys” representing area organizations like –the City of Miami Fire Department, United States Marines and Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors – who showed off the latest ladies fashions on a silver platter, literally. Two fashionistas were awarded with Neiman Marcus gift certificates for winning a shoe contest. Aimee Cogan won “Best Stiletto” and Alison Kunkel came home with the prize for “Best All-Around” shoes. Shoe judges included designer Lisa Pliner; Ocean Drive Editor Suzy Buckley; Inaugural Wine, Women & Shoes Committee member Christina Getty-Maercks; and Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation President & CEO. 

“I’m very excited that we are able to bring together women of all generations for philanthropy, friendship and fun,” said Morillo-Agnetti. “It’s only natural that you are here to support Miami Children’s Hospital because our doctors and nurses provide the best pediatric care in Florida and expert subspecialized care to thousands of children worldwide.” 

Sponsors included Audi; Baudouin Croonenberghs; Capital Group Companies; CBS 4; Coral Gables Country Club; DJ Crespo; Delmonte; Estefan Enterprises; KARLA Conceptual Event Experiences; K&L Gates, LLP; Logistical Outsourcing; Menu Men, Inc.; Miyo Home; Montero Wolkov, LLP; Neiman Marcus; Ocean Drive Magazine; Victor & Tammy Napoli; Passion Growers, LLC; Premier Beverage; Tech-Optics, Inc.; Tui Lifestyle; Tui Pranich & Associates; Vattikuti Foundation; Vogue; and Isa & Ava Zucker. 

Members of the Inaugural Wine, Women & Shoes Committee included Co-chairs Criselda Breene and Carola Pimentel and Norma Jean Abraham, Gingi Beltran, Michele Benesch, Susanne Birbragher, Carolina Arellano Cejas, Heidi Charalambides, Andria Miyares, Fiorella De Satory, Cristina Echavarria, Christina Getty-Maercks, Gotmar Giron Ocariz, Beatriz Bravo-Gutierrez, Iran Issa-Khan, Gaby Jimenez, Irene Korge, Alison Kunkel, Nicole Lozano, Nancy Lopez Levy, Andrea Maenz, Belen Martinez-Christensen, Lily Moskovitz, Bronwyn Miller, Bridget Murphy, Tammy Napoli, Leticia Pfeffer, Terry Schecter, Jackie Silverman, Blair Sonville, Molly Snyder, Lauren Sturges-Fernandez, Maria Elena Uzcategui, Saoussan Wahab, Siri Willoch, and Jocelyn Woolworth. 

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation has announced this will be an annual event and Wine, Women & Shoes Palm Beach benefiting Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation will debut on Thursday, November 15 at Mar-a-Lago.

photo courtesy: Mitchell Zachs and Yamila Lomba


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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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