Craic, Cocktails and Chic Spaces

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 21 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Kieran McGill and Paul Gleason at Fado Irish Pub
Kieran McGill and Paul Gleason at Fado Irish Pub

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

New on the scene at the already lively Mary Brickell Village is Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, (pronounced F’Ddoe) which recently held its grand opening celebration.  The large, cavernous space was designed and manufactured in Dublin and built and installed by a team of Irish craftsman and artisan painters from Ireland. How’s that for authentic? The name means “long ago” as the aim of the owners is to provide the typical atmosphere and pub grub of the neighborhood Irish pub- a central element to the Irish culture.

“It’s hard to deny the attraction to the casual conviviality of an Irish Pub,” says CEO & President Kieran McGill. “Pubs have always been the nucleus for Irish of every class, from dockworkers to aristocrats and genius writers. Fadó embodies the quintessence, customs and traditions of Ireland and we are full of pride to introduce our rich history to one of the most collective cities in the world.”  Read the rest here »


Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 21 - 2011ADD COMMENTS
Fati Rosenberg and Sofia Joelsson

Fati Rosenberg and Sofia Joelsson

A few weeks ago, the chic, eclectic Miami showroom, MIYO Home, hosted an elegant breakfast in celebration of its newly opened design space and Zen Garden.  Invited guests at MIYO (which stands for “Make It Your Own”-“mio” also means “mine” in Spanish) mingled and ogled the latest collections, which span the globe, and strolled through the recently finished Zen Garden, complete with a Bonsai-shaped olive tree, which will serve as an outdoor showroom space and relaxation lounge. As the premier destination to find the latest home design trends, MIYO Home has the signature must-have unique pieces which are surprisingly affordable, ranging from $2 hand-made Asian bracelets with Chinese coins to $2,800 Indonesian couch sets, making chic and elegant style available regardless of budget.  

MIYO’s biggest draw is meeting its charming owners, Istanbul native, Fati Rosenberg and niece, Stephanie Jourdan, who hand-pick each of the pieces and know a thing or two about style.  After all, Rosenberg and her sister, Ayse Cobani (Stephanie’s mother) owned and operated the Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Boutique on the Champs Elysees for more than two decades and Stephanie’s great grandfather just happened to be shoe legend, Charles Jourdan.

 “The expansion of our showroom is a reflection of the growth of our collections,” commented Rosenberg. “Our nine signature collections feature an eclectic repertoire of furnishings and designs that adapt to fit in a variety of environments – all with originality and a touch of panache.”

Don’t Miss

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 16 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

By Maryanne Salvat and Mary Jo Almeida-Shore


brunch_cafeina-Cafeina-Fueled Weekend

Cafeina officially turns one on Thursday, February 17, and is throwing one heck of a bash in honor of its one year anniversary celebration!  The Wynwood lounge opens its doors   at 10 p.m., following a private cocktail, and invites the public to enjoy a live performance by Agape Nadia Harris in the garden and complimentary Dewar’s cocktails until midnight.  

On Sunday, February 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cafeina, in conjunction with Supermarket Creative, presents the debut of its weekly garden-and-gallery breakfast series “Brunch N’ Bazaar”, featuring a pop-up restaurant in the gallery that allows for indoor dining and an open-air market curated by New York-based Launche Arte. Guests will enjoy a newly designed menu by Executive Chef Leo Gutierrez that includes both health-conscious and hangover-cure selections, along with $20/two-hour unlimited mimosas. DJ duo Ess & Emm will direct the musical score, ranging from Brazilian Jazz to French Pop, while patrons shop and indulge in additional treats including table-side Bloody Mary’s, ‘made your way’ by Cafeina’s team of mixologists. The Miami bazaar will be housed within Cafeina’s lush 5,000-square-foot garden with over 15 vendors showcasing a variety of products including: jewelry and accessories, vintage, fashion, floral, pastries and an international news-stand. The first installment will include crystal retailer and tarot card reader Donna Hughes; handmade silk dresses by SeaSatin Couture; designer menswear such as Alexander McQueen and Dsquared, sold by Beau Beasley; and watches by Time-Peace, amongst others. For market vendor inquiries contact or visit


DylanDylan Lauren Sweetens South Florida

Dylan Lauren, Founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar and daughter of famed fashion designer, Ralph Lauren, celebrates the launch of her first book, Dylan’s Candy Bar – Unwrap Your Sweet Life.  Aside from a private book signing party at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa on Thursday, February 17,   Lauren will be hosting two additional book signings while in the sunshine state on Saturday, February 19.  The first at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, and the second is at Books & Books in Bal Harbour at 5 p.m.  For more information visit:




art-mocabash1Surf’s Up! At MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art, a.k.a. MOCA will throw its over-the-top annual gala on Saturday, February 19, featuring a “Surf’s Up!” theme. The gala is a bargain, at only $175 per ticket. As anyone who’s been to a MOCA Bash will attest, this is one of the highlights of the social season every year, as the museum is transformed to fit the theme- a casino one year, a bohemian pad another, a Bollywood stage set another- and the artsy guests dress to fit the theme.  This year, Miami artists will transform MOCA’s galleries into a far-out celebration of surf culture with surfboards, simulated ocean waves, lifeguard stands, bonfires, classic surf films, dances, fire-eaters and beach bunnies. Guest DJs will keep the dance floor packed and top Miami restaurants China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Blue Door Delano, Adriana Restaurant, Meat Market, Sushi Samba and Shiraz Catering will have guests wishing their bikinis were a couple of sizes larger. Fortunately, Grey Goose will provide enough libations to make the unwanted bulges a little less noticeable. To purchase tickets, call 305.893.6211 or visit  You can also start taking advantage of the silent auction, featuring a fantastic array of unique experiences and luxury items by visiting



voiceBe a Voice

On Saturday, February 19, Voices for Children Foundation will host its largest and most elegant fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental, (500 Brickell Key Drive) attracting over 500 of South Florida’s most influential and prominent members of the community. Emceed by CBS 4 News Anchor Shannon Hori, the gala will feature a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, dancing and a special performance by the Miami City Ballet. The mission of Voices For Children Foundation is to raise funds to ensure that every abused and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational and social needs. Sponsorship opportunities for tables range from $5,000 to $15,000 with single tickets at $500 per seat. For more information and to purchase tickets or tables, contact Iris Ardon at 305.324.5678 or visit


Athletes at Play

Wonder where you can spot NFL football players after the season? Well many of them will be at Club Play (1045 5th Street) on Saturday evening February 19 to help Philadelphia Eagle, Asante Samuels launch his Bring it Home Single Moms Foundation. The organization’s vision is to provide hard working, low income single mothers with a home to restore each woman’s pride optimism and stability. The party goes from 8 to 11 p.m. Admission is free and all proceeds from drink purchases throughout the evening will go to the foundation. There will be a swimwear fashion show, body painting, entertainment and a bevy of confirmed NFL and NBA players with whom to mingle. RSVP is requested to: or call 305.532.4340 for table reservations.


miamiinThe MIAMI Institute Welcomes Dr. Phillip Craft

The MIAMI Institute for Age Management & Intervention ( will host a special evening to welcome acclaimed plastic surgeon, Dr. Phillip Craft, to the dynamic surgical team.   Join Miami’s “Dream Team” of anti-aging specialists on Wednesday, February 23 from 7 to 9 p.m., as they celebrate the newest addition to their practice.  The MIAMI Institute will open its doors to the luxurious 9,000 square-foot facility – featuring two modern surgical suites furnished with the latest medical technology – for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  For more information or to RSVP visit: or call 305.534.008.

Market America Lights up the AAA

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 11 - 20113 COMMENTS
R Ridinger, President & CEO of Market America

JR Ridinger, President and CEO of Market America

In a motivating and captivating presentation, which included Lion Dancers, celebrity performances and fireworks, Market America’s founders, JR and Loren Ridinger detailed the company’s recent acquisition of SHOP.COM ( before 22,000 enthusiastic attendees at Market America’s  World Conference on February 3- which coincided with the Chinese New Year (ergo the Lion Dancers) . 

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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 10 - 2011ADD COMMENTS

logo-charitybuzz-redValentine’s Bidding  on

Want a chance to shower your loved one with a fabulous Valentine’s Day gift? 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!  

1294692662-fl-thHappy 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


LordsNew 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 forplastic2120 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

 heartHeart Celebrations

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

Heart Ball

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


Miguel-Paredes-Grand-Opening-Reception-1Paredes   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:


untitledLiquid 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

61Ig+GDbO9L__SL500_AA300_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.

missyip1-250x350Miss 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 or call 305.358.0088.

A Whole New World

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 3 - 20111 COMMENT

nwsa-orchestral-academy__logolBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

The New World Symphony held its official housewarming party to celebrate its new home in the shiny new architectural marvel designed by Frank Gehry last week with much fanfare by way of nightly concerts, a picnic on the lawn and grand opening gala.  On Tuesday, January 25, guests were invited to the first official concert in the hall followed by cocktails on the lawn for the inauguration of the state of the art external video wall, SoundScape and premier of Chronograph, a NWS-commissioned video mural on the New World Center’s projection wall by artist and filmmaker Tal Rosner and artist C.E.B. Reas.  Throngs of guests and passers-by gathered to enjoy the party on the front lawn of the building -which is actually a city park.  Invited guests were given a picnic mat, boxed dinner, and free flowing cocktails and invited to partake in the celebration on the grass or the picnic tables while enjoying the video installations and later dancing to the Latin sounds of the band Tiempo Libre.   Read the rest here »

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