Valentine’s Bidding on CharityBuzz.com
Want a chance to shower your loved one with a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift? CharityBuzz.com gives you an opportunity to support the local Miami non-profit Gene Spotlight by bidding on everything from taking your sweetie to a concert to meeting country superstar Keith Urban (who’s married to Nicole Kidman), to experiencing the Dolphin Odyssey Experiences at Miami Seaquarium, where you and your guest get to swim with the Dolphins. Bidding ends at noon, on Thursday, February 10. Happy bidding!
Happy Birthday SET!
Join Stacy and Eric Milon, Michael Capponi, and Laurent Bourgade as they present a birthday party like no other. Celebrate four years of revelry with internationally acclaimed celebrity DJ, Bob Sinclar; Alex Gaudino, and Kim Fai. The festivities begin at 11 p.m. on Friday, February 11, through Sunday, February 13. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.setmiami.com.
New at Lords
Lords South Beach, launches two new events this weekend! On Friday, February 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., Lords will introduce its new weekly happy hour, “Bottoms Up,” to all hotel guests and those who love a stiff, but inexpensive cocktail after a long week at work. Everyone will enjoy $4 drinks and tantalizing small plate specials from the hotel’s restaurant, Cha Cha Rooster. Vintage vinyl tunes, 80s hits and Motown classics will be playing throughout the night to set the mood for the weekend. On Saturday, February 12, Lords, along with the ever-popular Edison Farrow’s SoBe Social Club will launch “Plastic,” a new monthly soirée celebrating the beauty of South Beach culture. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary Finlandia vodka cocktails from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. and dance the night away to the beats of NYC DJ Vito Fun (Splash, Griffin, Fire Island). Plastic begins at 10:30 p.m. inside of Cha Cha Rooster. Guests who don’t want the fun to end are encouraged to take advantage of Lords’ Valentine’s Day hotel package starting on Feb. 11. Each guest who books two nights will receive a third night for free. This offer also includes a welcome bottle of champagne and complimentary couple’s breakfast in bed. For reservations, call 877.448.4754 or visit www.lordssouthbeach.com.
The Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Drive) is celebrating American Heart month this February by donating the proceeds from the sale of select Ehlers Estate wines served at its restaurants- Azul and Café Sambal to the Leducq Foundation for cardiovascular research. There will be a tasting party on Friday, February 11 at the hotel’s Azul Champagne Bar from 6:30-8:30 p.m., where guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres paired with Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon “1886,” and a Cabernet Sauvignon blend called “One Twenty Over Eighty” – all crafted by Kevin Morrisey of Ehlers Estate. During the party, a gift will be made to the Miami chapter of the American Heart Association. Tickets cost $30 per person. For more information call 305.913.8386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Heart Association presents its Heart & Stroke Ball, this Saturday, February 12, at the stunning and shiny-new JW Marriot Marquis Miami (345 Avenue of the Americas). Festivities get underway at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a dinner program and brief stage presentation beginning at 8:00 p.m. and dancing throughout the evening. Proceeds raised will help fund lifesaving research, education and community programs. Currently, more than $5.6 million have been reinvested into the South Florida community, funding highly meritorious research projects. Tickets cost $1, 000. For more information, call 305.631.4759 or visit www.heart.org/miamiheartball.
Paredes Fine Art Gallery Unveiled
Fresh from his successful Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 exhibitions and events, Miami-based pop and multi-media artist, Miguel Paredes will unveil the new Paredes Fine Art Gallery, on Saturday, February 12 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. coinciding with the neighborhood’s monthly “2nd Saturdays Art Walk.” The new 5,500 square foot gallery located at 173 NW 23rd Street is a distinct upgrade in size compared to Paredes’ former 1,700 square foot space around the block. The new gallery will be home to the artist’s previous popular works, a small retail boutique featuring his art and colorful merchandise, as well as revisited pieces from his 90s collections such as Boroughs, Urban Dreams, New York Stories and Culture in a Bag. In addition, Paredes will reveal his first functional 3D interior mural-wrapped room entitled Brownstone Lounge. Guests will enjoy music spun by international Buddha Lounge DJ, Sam Popat and local DJ, Ari X, along with complimentary “Sapphire Dhiva” signature cocktails sponsored by Bombay Sapphire, Heineken art bars and Appleton Rum drinks. Light fare will be provided by Vinyl & Kai, Miss Yip, National Hotel Miami Beach, Kind Healthy Snacks and Sweet Street petite desserts. Guests should confirm their attendance by emailing: RSVP@miguelparedes.com.
Liquid Courage and Love Bites at RA Sushi South Miami
On Sunday, February 13, from 8 p.m. to midnight, RA Sushi in South Miami will host a Valentine’s Day Meet Market where singles can strut their stuff and peruse the selection of South Miami’s finest bachelors and bachelorettes in the red hot sea of singles. Mr. and Mrs. Right are invited to take a dose of “liquid courage” with their choice of specialty beverages ranging from an Icebreaker ($4) and Love Potion #9 ($6) to a Rum-antic ($6) as well as enjoy “love bites” including Me-so Hungry Soup ($2), R-eel Love Roll ($4), Cupid Crunch Roll ($5), Hey Toots-y Maki ($5), a Draggin’ Me Down Roll ($6), and some RAckin’ Shrimp ($7). And if one’s stomach isn’t the way to his heart, Cupid will be on-site to make introductions while a guest DJ spins heart-pounding beats. For more information visit RA online at www.RAsushi.com.
Cheers to Chef Michael Schwartz
James Beard Award-winning chef, Michael Schwartz, presents the debut of his cookbook , MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD: Down-to Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat, on-sale nationwide on February 15. Schwartz will celebrate his book launch by traveling to New York City for a series of promotional events including: a dinner at the James Beard House on Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m., and an evening as guest chef at chef Jimmy Bradley’s kitchen at The Harrison on Friday, February 18, with Food & Wine magazine. After an appearance on the CBS Early Show on Saturday, February 19 at 8:00 a.m., he returns to Miami that evening for his first official South Florida signing at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, with a potluck party featuring a parade of dishes from the book prepared by local devotees and restaurant regulars, live jazz, and drinks found in the book, the event will bear the hallmarks of the Michael’s Genuine experience – community and great food.
Miss Yip Yip Hooray!
On Friday, February 18, the owners of the Prive Group and Miss Yip Chinese Café in South Beach are thrilled to announce the official grand opening of the distinguished Chinese eatery’s second location, 900 Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami. The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 4 p.m. with a ceremony by Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary cocktails and Chinese delights from 4 to 7 p.m., with music by DJ Ethics. To RSVP for the grand opening event visit email@example.com or call 305.358.0088.