Ocean Drive is All Grown Up

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 21 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

DSC_1611By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Chairman Jason Binn and Niche Media celebrated the 18th Anniversary of South Florida’s premiere luxury lifestyle publication Ocean Drive magazine with the best party they’ve thrown in a few years.  Billboard chart-topper and international music sensation Enrique Iglesias was the host at the invitation-only bash, presented by Bing at the gorgeous, new JW Marriott Marquis on Wednesday March 9.  Haley and Jason Binn, were joined by Editor In Chief Suzy Buckley and Publisher Courtland Lantaff as co-hosts of the event.

 By 8:00 p.m. the elevators at the JW Marriott Marquis were already packed, with throngs of models (most of whom are younger than the magazine) and other pretty people ascending up to the 19th floor to the hotel’s10, 000-square-foot NBA approved basketball arena, which was transformed into a striking white space, complete with carpeting and enormous white mobiles dangling from the ceiling and adjacent infinity-edge pool area. Read the rest here »

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187963_187793421258689_5616489_nThe Afterparty Auction

On Friday, March 18, The Afterparty will be organizing its first annual fundraiser event, co-hosted by Victoria’s Secret model Nina Agdal & Steve Berke from 9 p.m. to midnight at an undisclosed location that will be announced 24 hours prior to the event to all ticket holders via email. After all, after-parties, whether planned or unplanned, are always at secret locations. The evening will include an action-packed line up of entertainment including a live fashion show, a stand-up comedy show, and a model date auction. Open bar will be available from 9 to 10:30 p.m., followed by a fashion show by designer Luciana Scarabello and a stand-up comedy show featuring comedians, Ramon Garcia and Jamal Hattar. To conclude the evening fifteen beautiful models will be auctioned off as dates.  Tickets to the Afterparty event are $50 (presale and guarantees admission). To purchase tickets  visit http://theafterpartyfundraiser.eventbrite.com/   



SUPERCAR_POSTER1[2]Supercar Experience Hits Miami

Supercar Experience, the largest supercar event in existence, is bringing the “Panamerican Concours Miami 2011,” to South Florida. An assembly of the world’s most alluring collection of privately owned supercars, the event is slated for Saturday, March 19,  from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens (10901 Old Cutler Road Coral Gables).  In addition to a showcasing of rare and ultra-high end automobiles at the lush Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Supercar Experience “Panamerican Concours 2011” features invitation-only events for VIPs including affluent supercar owners, Fortune 500 CEOs, celebrities, political figures and social luminaries. General admission weekend passes for the Supercar Experience “Panamerican Concours 2011 Miami” and the supercar track event the following day at Homestead Miami Speedway are $55. Children under the age of 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available for purchase on-site. Additional parking and shuttle service will be available from The Village of Merrick Park. For additional information and other inquires  visit http://www.supercarexperience.com/locations/pan-american-concours/.


Hoosha and Swagger 22

On Saturday, March 19,  join  Vynl &Kai Gastropub &Rock Spot for the launch of their Miami Swagger Party. The South Beach eatery will be offering an “open bar package” from  9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for just $25. Local favorite band, Hoosha, will be playing for the extent of the evening, for more information, visit www.vinylkai.com.  


HEARTSHearts and Stars Gala

The second Annual Hearts and Stars Gala will take place on Saturday, March 19 at the stunning, waterfront Shangri La Mansion (17 North Hibiscus Island Drive) on Hibiscus Island from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.  This stellar event benefits the Little Lighthouse Foundation whose goal is to seek, identify and provide support to South Florida children and families suffering from health, educational and financial challenges.  The Foundation raised over $100,000 last year. Miss Denmark 2010, Natalia Averina will welcome guests and kick off the nights festivities. Renowned singer Shelly Renee and Agape with Nadia Harris will provide a live performance and a surprise musical guest will cap off the evening.  Guests will also have the chance to feast on delicious bites, enjoy cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose vodka and participate in an auction. Tickets range in price from $175 for individual tickets to $2, 000 for VIP tables and may be purchased at www.thelittlelighthouse.org or by calling 305.438.7941.


natmoorelogo__logolMoore Gives More and More

The Nat Moore Foundation will host its annual Canon Florida Golf Classic from Saturday, March 19 through Monday, March 21 at Doral Golf Resort and Spa.  The golf and gala event includes a celebrity-filled, cirque-themed party (for which guests are encouraged to wear costumes) and auction on Saturday; a Sunday Corporate Skins Game and the Golf Classic Tournament and Awards on Monday.  Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Moses Malone and Rollie Fingers are just a few of the more than 70 current and legendary sports personalities, actors and entertainers who will participate in this year’s festivities, which will enable the Nat Moore Foundation to continue to provide scholarships and support for disadvantaged youth in South Florida. During the Corporate Skins Game on Sunday, the Foundation will host a free Junior Golf Clinic, Presented by Office Depot Foundation and conducted by The First Tee of Miami-Dade County, for disadvantaged children and youth learning to play golf.  Bru’s Room will provide refreshments for the children and their families.  The Golf Tournament just happens to occur in the wake of the PGA tour, so golf aficionados have the opportunity to play on one of the world’s best courses, in its optimal condition. Other celebrities expended to attend the weekend’s events include Hall of Famers Bobby Bell, Nick Buoniconti, Bob Griese, Ted Hendricks, Larry Little, Dwight Stephenson, and newly elected, Super Bowl XX Most Valuable Player (MVP) Richard Dent; actors Danny Chambers, Bruce Locke, Glynn Truman and Fred Williamson;  Miami Dolphins Chad Henne; Sports legends Dick Anderson, Donny Anderson, Super Bowl XXV MVP OJ Anderson, Hank Bauer, Cornelius Bennett, Otis Birdsong, Derrick Brooks, Keith Byars, Harvey Clayton, Jeff Cross, Jeff Dellenbach, Parnell Dickinson, Chris Doleman, Troy Drayton, Mark Duper, Darryl Fullington, Jimmie Giles, Artis Gilmore, Andrew Givens, Reggie Givens,  Jacob Green, Bobby Harden, Gerald Henderson, Ed Jones, Brian Kelley, Bob Kuechenberg, Pierre LaRouche, Fred Marion, Fred McCrary, Don McNeal, George Mira, Tony Nathan, John Offerdahl, James Pruitt, Steve Reese, Dan Roundfield, Bryant Salter, Tony Segreto, Sterling Sharpe, Robert Stevenson, Dan Strock, Lamar Thomas, Dwayne White, Darryl Williams, Gus Williams, Mike Williams and Shawn Wooden.   Gala tickets cost $150 each and sponsorship packages start at $2,500.  Contact the Foundation at 954.770.0995 or info@natmoorefoundation.net for more information and to purchase tickets.


womenWomen of Tomorrow

 On Saturday, March 19, the Women of Tomorrow (WOT) Mentor & Scholarship Program will celebrate its 10th annual gala at the Mandarin Oriental (500 Brickell Key Drive) with over 500 of Miami’s leading philanthropists and celebrities. Founders Jennifer Valoppi and Telemundo president Don Browne, along with Gala Chair Marisa Toccin and WOT Vice-President and State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, will unite to create a special evening to benefit Florida’s at-risk young women. The night begins with a lavish cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvre stations created by the Mandarin Oriental’s executive chef and the renowned silent auction of over 100 premier items by top hospitality, entertainment, fashion and luxury brands. Following the cocktail reception, a four-course meal will be complemented by music from the Soul Survivors and an action-packed live auction.  This year is extra special for the Women of Tomorrow as they host their 10th annual gala and converge with additional sponsors, celebrities and brands for what is expected to be their best production to date.   Individual tickets cost between $350 and $2,500. Tables of 10 range in price from $3,500 – $25,000. To purchase tickets or tables, contact Beatrice Arias at 305.371.3330 or b.arias@womenoftomorrow.org.   More information is available at: http://womenoftomorrow.org/events/gala.


logoThis is Fashion Week – MIAMI STYLE!   

Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrates its 16th season with an amazing line up of shows, benefits, and concerts. The four day-to-evening long event will take over the Miami fashion scene from March 22 through March 26, providing an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive and established designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers,and select style makers.  The, two block long, state of the art fashion tents will be built directly in the sand, with an entrance on 10th Street and Ocean Drive in Lummus Park in the heart of Miami Beach. The venue will feature three unique spaces with a large court yard for sponsor activations in the main area.  For   more details and information visit www.fashionweekmiami.com.

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 9 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

Rea Carey, Marlee Matlin, and Michael Gongora

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jerry Bruckheimer were seen at the W South Beach Hotel and Residences last week.

Pitbull,  Thalia, Pharell and, of course,  Gloria Estefan were in attendance at Emilio Estefan’s birthday bash at Bongo’s Cuban Café at the Seminole Hard Rock on Friday night.  The Estefans’ daughter, Emily, stole the show when she played her electric guitar while her band performed at the party.

Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin (who most recently appears on Celebrity Apprentice) attended the Winter Party VIP cocktail at the Bass Museum on Saturday night.

Drew Barrymore hung out late night at Twist on South Beach, enjoying the reveling surrounding the Winter Party festivities.

Gail Simmons, Bravo TV’s Top Chef judge, along with Top Chef Masters chef, Tim Love and chef Todd English were spotted eating at hotspot restaurant Eden in Miami Beach.  Chris Lee, Eden’s chef, was also on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters over the weekend.  

On Monday night, Boris Becker dined at Zuma.

Miami Housewives stars Marysol Patton, Alexia Echevarria, and Adriana De Moura were spotted last night having dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse Miami Beach in the private dining room.

Miami based brand Ice-Watch was exclusively invited to Los Angeles during this year’s Oscars weekend, for which they created a pop-up display showcasing their latest collections at the Oscars Style Villa at the Kari Feinstein Oscars Style Lounge in the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Celebs couldn’t keep their hands off the cool accessories, choosing from an array of colors and styles.  Some of the lucky guests to receive an Ice-Watch included: Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Ghost Whisperer), Aly Fedowski (The Bachlorette), Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Laura Prepon (E!) , Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Sarah Rue (That 70’s Show), Candace Cameron-Bure, Balthazar Getty(Brothers and Sisters) ,  Sharon Leal (Hell Cats), Tom Arnold, Nolan Gould and Ariel Winter (Modern Family), and Richard Kind (Curb Your Enthusiasm) .

Winter Music Conference

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 9 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

wmc_281By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

This week, eating takes a back burner to dancing, as DJs from all over the globe descend on the South Beach sand to spin and make us spin.  In addition to WMC this year, Miami Music Week, which includes the Ultra Music Festival (3/25 – 3/27) will be held from March 22-27, so expect even more great music events in the weeks to come.

While giving you an entire line-up is next to impossible, here’s a short list of places you can go to find out where to wear out your dancing shoes. 

The official website and registration information for WMC can be found at:  http://wintermusicconference.com/.

WALL Miami’s line-up includes European DJs/ producers Yves Larock and Wally Lopez on Friday, March 11 and the exclusive Sleaze Records Miamication Party on March 12, which will feature the crème de la crème of WMC’s DJs such as Miami’s own Cedric Gervais, MYA performing “Love is the Answer” live, Kurd Maverick and Sultan.  Visit http://www.wallmiami.com/ for more information.

The 4AM New York City DJs will be at Soho Beach House on Thursday, March 10.  RSVP to info@4am.tv or visit www.4AM.tv for more information.

Sharam will be at Mansion on Friday and Paul Van Dyk will be there on Saturday. Visit www.theopiumgroup.com for details.

LIV and Arkadia at the Fontainebleau are hosting a slew of musical performances.  For information, visit: http://livarkadia.wantickets.com/.

For all of the great events at the Lords Hotel, visit:  www.Lordssouthbeach.com

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kostaKosta: House of Ceviche & Seafood

Kosta: House of Ceviche and Seafood- Brickell’s newest eatery, celebrates its official grand opening on Thursday, March 10, from 8 to 10 p.m.  Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary bites, wine and beer, along with live performances and music by DJ Albert Day.  Kosta opened its doors in February 2011 and presents a delectable array of the ages-old South American culinary style that involves a modern preparation of fresh seafood and ceviche. Situated behind Downtown Miami’s financial district and just blocks away from Mary Brickell Village, Kosta is open daily for lunch and dinner. RSVP required,   kosta@cm-publicrelations.com


Red_Light-Green_Light_at_RARed Light, Green Light at RA Sushi

Beginning this Thursday night, March 10, RA Sushi South Miami introduces, Red Light/Green Light - a new twist on singles night! If you’re single, you’ll receive a green bracelet, and if you’re taken, you’ll receive a red bracelet. Choose your color and let nature take its course! In addition, guests will enjoy hot tunes courtesy of a special guest DJ from 8 p.m. to midnight, and take advantage of RA’s drink and food specials including a Single Roll (Tempura calamari, kani kama crab mix & cream cheese rolled & topped with spinach tempura bits; drizzled with a sweet eel sauce) and Taken Roll (Shrimp tempura, spicy kani kama crab mix & cucumber rolled & topped with red beet tempura bits; drizzled with a sweet eel sauce), $4 Well Drinks, $5 Kirin and Kirin Lights, and $5 Apple Martinis and Cosmopolitans. Guests are also invited to pair their “liquid courage” with some delicious bites from RA’s sushi and dinner menus as the full menu will be available until midnight. For more information visit www.RAsushi.com.




betsy hotelThe Betsy Hotel Hosts a Book Signing for South Beach: Stories of a Renaissance

As part of its Philanthropy, Arts and Culture Program, The Betsy Hotel joins Books & Books and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau to host acclaimed authors Charles J. Kropke and Eleanor Goldstein, authors of South Beach: Stories of A Renaissance, for a book signing on Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy the original artwork and photographs of Joe Davis and Petra Mason. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to artsandculture@thebetsyhotel.com.  



DJJAZZDJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Irie

For all you Fresh Prince fans, Gerber Group’s Whiskey Blue & Living Room presents, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the one and only, DJ Irie, on March 11, at 9 p.m.  For advanced tickets ($20) or to reserve a table, call 954.414.8302 or visit www.wantickets.com/wbftl



miami-ball-2011-sfl-bannerRed Cross Ball

The American Red Cross of Greater Miami & the Keys will hold its 29th Annual Ball on Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami (255 Biscayne Boulevard Way).  For almost 30 years, the Red Cross Ball has been considered among Miami’s most prestigious social fundraising events. The elegant evening will be attended by more than 400 prominent and affluent members of the social set, who will enjoy exquisite food, elegant décor, music and dancing.  Chaired by Miami philanthropists Frances and Eugenio Sevilla-Sacasa, this year’s gala will raise funds for the vital life-saving services of the American Red Cross. This year, for the first time, guests will be able to bid on silent auction items through the use of an iPod Touch.  Tickets cost $1,000 per couple. To reserve your seats, contact Kenia Tedesco at 305.728.2512 or e-mail TedescoK@usa.redcross.org or visit www.southfloridaredcross.org.

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 5 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

BoshChris Bosh strolled into The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar very late night on Friday with his fiancé, Adrienne Williams, and a party of eight, after making an appearance at the “Let Them Eat Cake” Party.
 Emeril Lagasse visited Miami’s oldest bar, Tobacco Road, which is on its 98th year in Miami.  Emeril spent the entire day cooking with the chefs over the outdoor smoker, partied with guests at happy hour and finished up the evening by joining the band to play the drums with local Blues legend, Big Pappa E!

STK Miami’s executive chef (also formerly of Hell’s Kitchen) Ralph Pagano hosted a sold-out dinner with Top Chef Masters runner-up Rick Moonen on Saturday night where both joined forces and created a “Surf & Turf” dinner featuring oysters, Sea Scallops and Filet Mignon with Foie Gras.  Pagano wasFat Joe1 spotted around the beach interviewing chefs including Emeril Lagasse , Guy Fieri, Alain Ducasse, and Fabio Vivani.
Anne Burrell dined at STK on Saturday night with Claire Robinson. Robert Irvine from Kitchen Impossible  was at the bar with owner of The One Group,  Celeste Fierro, having cocktails and nibbling on select dishes sent out by Chef  Pagano, including his famed Lil’ Burgers.
On Saturday, February 26, Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian,  chef and owner of Lambs Club and The National in NYC as well as a star on the Food Network’s, Chopped, hosted a private luncheon at Soho Beach House.  The elegant, private lunch included guests such as Martha Stewart, Ted Allen, Alfred Portale, Alex Guarnaschelli, Susan Magrino, Wylie Dufresne, Bruce Bromberg (Blue Ribbon Sushi), and Food Network magazine editor-in-chief, Maile Carpenter.
Fat Joe and Timbaland were seen at the Grey Goose lounge in the AAA during the Miami Heat game against the New York Knicks.

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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