Andre Berto, Tenlle Joy, Michael Capponi, Carole Radziwill, Adam Kenworthy, Andro Nodarse-Leon and Shalimar Rivera

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Michael Capponi celebrated his 45th birthday and the grand opening of his latest project, the El San Juan Beach Club in grand style with a weekend extravaganza filled with parties, decadent food, award-winning entertainment, celebrities and surprises.  Not one to do anything small, Capponi (the human “Swiss Army Knife”) has celebrated his past birthdays with thousands of his closest friends in a treehouse mansion on Nygard Cay, an airplane hangar, a 150 foot yacht, alongside Donna Karan at famed nightclub, Capitale in New York,  and at mansion after mansion after mansion. His parties are typically themed-from 007 to Alice in Wonderland to 1930s to masquerade- which requires his stylish guests to scramble for a costume in the spring. Well worth the effort, Capponi’s parties are the talk of the season.

It came as no surprise that the festivities over Memorial Weekend and the El San Juan Hotel and Beach Club, were nothing short of spectacular. In a recent social media post, Capponi wrote, “No one plans to fail, he just fails to plan.” One can say that his impeccable planning throughout his projects, from his years as a nightlife impresario, to his charity efforts in Haiti to his successful construction and development corporation to this latest project at the El San Juan Hotel- Capponi’s strategic vision leads to success and all who are lucky to know him reap the benefits.

Joining Capponi for the three day celebration were seasoned nightlife impresario, Eric Milon, Capponi’s partner at the Deck at Island Gardens and partner/co-creator for the El San Juan Beach Club, and Puerto Rico nightlife guru and Brava Nightclub owner, Shimmy Mchugh, models, Victoria’s Secret Angels, Socialites and celebrities: Jencarlos Canela, Real Housewife of New York City Carole Radziwill, Andre Berto and Amber Arbucci.

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The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Restaurant Festival Presented by Modelo Especial

On Thursday, June 15th, The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival returns! Enjoy live entertainment with amazing food & drinks from your favorite Philadelphia restaurants at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

3+ Hours of non-stop action. Dozens of fantastic restaurants. One delicious night at an affordable price.

Indulge on hand-crafted masterpieces of culinary expertise from top local restaurant chefs while sipping distinguished wines, craft beers, craft cocktails and spirits selections while enjoying great live entertainment. Sample your way through the customer craft beer and cocktail garden. For general admission tickets visit: http://www.restaurantfestival.com/philadelphia and enter discount code “SOCIALHOLIC50” to receive 50% off tickets.

Don’t Miss: National Rosé Day

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 3 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Moët & Chandon Imperial

Champagne on ice.  Moët & Chandon launches Moët Ice Imperial, the first-ever champagne designed especially to be enjoyed over ice. Since then, this new style of drinking one of the most classic and revered wines has taken off across the category, with brands vying to create their own variations. This summer, Moët will debut its newest expression, launching nationally, Moët Ice Imperial Rosé (SRP: $79.99/www.melandrose.com) As restaurants and bars begin to release their seasonal drink menus, expect to see this traditional beverage now more than ever – served on the rocks.

 

Enjoy National Rosé Day at Nikki Beach

The National Rose Day Edition on June 10th – features $5 glasses, a Ladyfingers Popsicle collab, Frose, and the ultimate Saturday hang where you can sip in the sunshine with your toes in the sand. Drink Pink at Nikki Beach on June 10th and every Saturday with rosé by the glass for $5 and Bottles of rosé for $25. For National Rose Day, Nikki Beach will also be collaborating with Ladyfings popsicles to offer $2 Lychee Rosewater popsicles to swirl in your glass for an extra fresh sip. Also new will be Frose, the perfect slushy accompaniment to a Saturday hang. Spend the afternoon sipping rosé, dining on light bites from Nikki Beach’s lunch menu and feasting on sunset specials from 4 – 6pm, while dancing and soaking up the endless sunshine. The vibe is Côte d’Azur chic as the DJ spins happy house music. A Miami Beach landmark since1998, Nikki Beach continues to delight guests with its South of France-style joie de vivre, lively DJs and dancers and iconic white daybeds and teepees. Nikki Beach is located at 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL. Lunch is served from noon until 6:00 p.m., including a wonderful Sunset Special menu from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

 

Kiki on the River Also Toasts National Rosé Day

The Miami River’s hottest new eatery, Kiki on The River, will be celebrating National Rose Day with the ultimate ode to summer. From noon till 4pm, Kiki will offer a special selection of a dozen East and West Coast oysters and a bottle of Whispering Angel for $49.95. Gather some friends for the ultimate riverfront celebration, enjoy a glass of Frose ($14), and partake of menu offerings like Mezedes (shared plates) and salads that entice with plates of Saganaki made with lightly fried Kefalorgraviera, and the classic Greek salad made with tomatoes and topped with a plank of creamy feta. The extensive raw bar stocks an assortment of oysters, shrimp cocktail, ceviche and a tuna tartar made with kalamata olives and avocado puree.

Heralding a new dining experience on the Miami River, Kiki on the River, is Miami’s newest indoor/outdoor new dining destination. Romantic and contemporary, the riverside restaurant embraces the hospitality and spirit of the Greek islands with the service and style of a romantic island garden restaurant & lounge. Kiki is a passion project by nightlife pro Roman Jones, former Philippe Chow Miami managing partner, Aris Nanos, hospitality executive Lee Lyon and  Mark Lehmkuhl of Ghosthouse Creative Group. Serving lunch and dinner daily, and a lively weekend brunch, Kiki offers a selection of time-honored Greek favorites and innovative dishes, all made from scratch in-house. Jones wants to honor the life of the Miami River, with that sense of meticulously-scuffed elegance that only a windswept island can provide.

The 6th Annual Wine, Women, & Shoes

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 20 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

Christy Martin, Lili Sagebien, Lauren Harrington, Ani Buraglia, Daniela Swaebe, Eilah Beavers, & Sylvia Steyer

More than 600 women slipped into their stilettos to be a part of the 6th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) benefiting the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The sold-out event took place at the SOHO Studios in Wynwood and generated nearly $700,000. This sophisticated gathering was emceed by Emmy award-winning journalist Belkys Nerey and included a fashion show by Neiman Marcus of Coral Gables who presented their 2017 collections and latest avant-garde designs. 

“We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of the women in South Florida, and we are thrilled to have brought back this exclusive event to Miami,” said Tim Birkenstock, Interim President & CEO, Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “The support of this amazing group of ladies, as well as our committee members and our Event Co-Chairs, Criselda Breene, Susanne Birbragher and Yona Puri, allows us to come together to support the children and families we serve at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.” 

One of the event’s special moments included an emotional and touching speech by Milagros, a Nicklaus Children’s patient and the guest of honor. Milagros shared the story about her Lupus diagnosis and the health and emotional challenges that followed including kidney failure, dialysis and the death of her father in 2016. She closed her speech with a reminder that events like Wine, Women & Shoes give patients like her a chance for a healthier life. Click here to view her MCH Foundation Patient of the Month video.

 

Included among the sponsors that helped to make a difference were: High Heel Presenting Sponsor, Faena Rose; Style Sponsor Christina Getty; Platform Shoe Sponsor, Klaudia & Lewis Brown, Neiman Marcus of Coral Gables; Stiletto Sponsor, Zuma, Coya, DÔA, and La Petite Maison curated by Yona Puri; Ruby Slipper Sponsor, Karla Conceptual Event Experiences, Danielle Kronfle, Hundred Acre Wine, Duke Spirits; Glass Slipper Sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables; Merlot Sponsor, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, Bertaud Belieu, Faith Family; Rosé Sponsor, Moncler, Moscato Sponsor, Avior Airlines, Shear Construction Co., Eighty Seven Park; Cabernet Sauvignon Sponsor, Casa Smiles; Ice Wine Sponsor, Brightline; Media Sponsor, MY93.9, Y100 (iHeart Media), Ocean Drive Magazine.

 

 

Just Spices

With a deep passion for food and cooking as well good taste, Just Spices brings their new concoctions to the U.S.  All natural ingredients will boost your food experiences with explosive flavors that will spice up your life. Just Spices offers gift sets that would make the perfect addition to any kitchen. For a complete listing of different varieties visit: www.justspices.com

 
 

Arcopédico Shoes

Arcopédico USA, the only U.S. distributor of high-quality, Portuguese-made women’s comfort and travel footwear, keeps the wanderer’s weary feet in mind with its spring/summer 2017 line of travel-ready shoes. Piloting feet safely from the airport security line to mile-high foot comfort, Arcopédico lightens the load with packable, lightweight, breathable, circulation supporting shoes for all day comfort. The new Easy Walk Experience® line featuring the Lolita ballerina flats crafted for the active lifestyle. Designed with Elstech® technology, this fabric flexes and forms to the foots natural shape. A blend of Lycra® materials offers a lightweight design; making them packable for weekend adventures. Lolita’s twin arch support sole provides all daysupport and comfort to keep up with the most demanding travel itinerary. (Shown left, MSRP: $69, available in Violet, Red, Yellow, Green, Black, Orange, and Blue-shown)

 

 

 

The Essential Summer Bag- Carmen Sol

The perfect bag is here!  Indulge yourself, your friends and that special grad with the bag that does it all. Whether they have a trip planned for this summer or just need a bag to bring home all their laundry in on the weekends, this water resistant jelly bag is durable enough to handle it all! Carmen Sol’s Italian made totes can make it from the beach to the office, the Charms Tote is an amazing multitasker. Sturdy, waterproof, and gorgeous to boot, it can be personalized with inspirational charms and is available in two sizes and multiple colors. Give your friends the perfect beach bag for the summer! For more information visit: 

http://www.carmensol.com.

 

 

Point Royal is on Point

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 17 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

When an Iron Chef invites you to dinner, you cancel all plans. When said chef happens to be Geoffrey Zakarian, you know you are in for the experience of a lifetime.  Needless to say that dinner at Point Royal at the newly renovated Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood Beach was nothing short of extraordinary.  While it goes without saying that the food is exceptional, the

coastal American restaurant, is as welcoming, elegant and larger-than-life as chef/partner  Zakarian himself. Picture an expansive, perfectly-lit space with a soothing color palate of earth tones, gold and gradient hues of blue, illuminated by enormous lanterns and filled with comfortable, cozy booths so well-positioned that there isn’t a bad seat in the place.

 

But the real star at Point Royal is the food. The menu features snacks, starters, items to share and a variety of meat, seafood and poultry dishes, including a daily catch and raw bar selections. For starters, the seafood is caught and served fresh daily, and only of the utmost quality. Start with one of the seafood towers and a few snacks. The 12 oz Alaskan king crab leg  crab croquettes with the “comeback sauce” will make you want to do just that.  The GZ butter poached lobster roll is the best we’ve tasted this side of Maine, complete with the specially-baked and buttered grilled bun and chunks and chunks of lobster dressed minimally with Coleman’s mustard- as it should be. The roasted Maine diver scallops were another favorite and beef lovers will enjoy the dry aged New York strip or the pomegranate glazed short rib. But the great news is that no matter what you order, you are sure to have an extraordinary experience. Save room for dessert. Standouts include chocolate budino and the key lime pavlova.

Don’t forget to sample some of the craft cocktails, as GZ is well-known for his expertise when it comes to creating creative concoctions, to which any fan of The Kitchen will attest.

 

Point Royal serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  For information and reservations visit: 

http://www.pointroyal-fl.com.

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