Clarins and FEED National Million Meal Mission

Clarins and FEED are proud to announce the launch of this year’s National Million Meal Mission. This new, exciting venture aims to provide 1,200,000 meals to children around the world in 17 days – starting on April 22nd, and ending on May 8th, 2016. Nine retailers across the country (including Macy’s) will be offering a FEED 10 pouch filled with deluxe Clarins products. Each pouch provides 10 meals to children, helping them grow, learn and thrive – an investment in their futures.





AMERICA’S BEST BREAKFASTS: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coastamerica

Widely recognized for his creation of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals, festival impresario Lee Brian Schrager brings his hometown of Miami yet another indulgent fête on Sunday, April 24 at Magic City Casino to brate the launch of his third cookbook AMERICA’S BEST BREAKFASTS: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast (Clarkson Potter; On Sale now).  Like Schrager’s Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), which celebrated its 15th edition this past February, all proceeds from the event will benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. Participants will compete for the chance to be crowned the People’s Choice Award-winner during the brunch and head to Schrager’s Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival this October.  Plus, chefs also have the opportunity to capture the Judge’s Choice Award, led by Miami New Times’ Short Order’s own Laine Doss and including esteemed panelists Burger Beast, Ingrid Hoffmann, WSVN’s Belkys Nerey and City of Miami Beach firefighters Michael and Michelle Viera, who took home top honors from the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Midnight Breakfast hosted by Chrissy Teigen this past February.

Tickets are priced at $64.20 – $117.70 on Eventbrite and include a copy of AMERICA’S BEST BREAKFASTS: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast.  *Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.



Miami Beach’s modern Asian inspired dining destination, Bazi, has announced the date of its next monthly Kaiseki dinner. Taking place on Wednesday, April 27 the team has added two seating options at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m, each limited to eight seats. Adventurous diners can enjoy an extravagantone-of-a-kind experience featuring 10-12 courses of carefully curated and artistically arranged dishes prepared by James Beard Award semi-finalist, Chef Mike Pirolo, and Chefde Cuisine Brett Collier. Each course will be paired with a unique beverage by Beverage Director William Rivas ranging from fruit infused sakes to authentic Asian teas. Hosted monthly at the restaurant’s downstairs bar, an intimate setting limited to eight seats, each seating. Priced at $150 (including tax and tip), each Kaiseki dinner promises to be different from the one before, providing a rare curated experience. Bazi is located at The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.The restaurant is open for dinner nightly at 6PM; the bar is open nightly at 5PM.  Telephone: (305) 695-0101; www.bazimiami.com



NOBE67 – a pop-up that looks to blend art and fashion in a fun way – announces its Miami opening. The pop-up, which will be located in the heart of Wynwood at the White Dot Gallery,2245 NW 2nd Avenue, and will be open from April 22nd through May 8th, will showcase the collections of today’s up and coming designers as well as more established ones alongside the works of premier artists and unique installations. Some of the designers include Charles Philip Shanghai, Marieclaire St. John, Manebi, Moda Zeta, Gelareh Mizrahi, Palme D’Or Swimwear, Dauntless- New York, among others.Aside from the amazing fashion and art, NOBE67 will be partnering with local organizations to offer its clients various events and activities such as meet and greets with featured artists and fashion influencers, trunk shows, happy hours with Baby Jane Pop Up Bar founded by Jason Odio and the pop-up’s opening party. Details to be revealed in the coming weeks.


The Cushman School Gala: Through the Looking Glass

The Cushman School celebrates “Through the Looking Glass” Gala, Saturday, April 30, from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., at Mana Wynwood, raising funds to benefit PLAY TO LEARN, a campaign to bring a new performing arts and athletic center to the school and community. This year’s artistic theme, “Through the Looking Glass,” also takes a playful spin on the widely popular fairy-tale classic Alice in Wonderland inspiring guests to dress in 18th-century Victorian and Steampunk fashionable wear to celebrate the night. Attracting more than 500 area patrons – from parents, community leaders, friends and local luminaries – the school’s premier fundraising event will rally campaign support around the school’s first-ever Arts center that will be designed to further strengthen and enrich its performing arts and athletic programs for students and the community. FJ and Abigail Pollak will also be honored at the

2016 Gala for their support of the PLAY TO LEARN campaign. Tickets for the Gala start at $295 and tables start at $2,950. For sponsor opportunities, to reserve a table or ticket, donate auction items and/or to purchase an ad in the program, visit cushmanschool.org/gala.


The Palate: Juniper On the Water

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 20 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

juniperJuniper on the Water, a hidden gem located off of the Intracoastal Waterway, offers diners an unforgettable view and a unique ambience. Whether looking to hear great live music, catch a glimpse of the romantic Intracoastal waterfront, or enjoying the elegant dining room inside, Juniper on the Water will surpass all expectations.

About a year ago, owners Scott, Sho and Chris put their heads together and transformed an industry passion into reality. Juniper, meaning strength and “to bloom or flourish”, symbolizes the vision, heart and culinary passion combined by the owners. Read the rest here »

Raves: Aspire Eyewear

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 20 - 2016ADD COMMENTS

ASP_FASHIONABLE_BLACKROSEFADEAspire Eyewear is a new brand that offers a “barely there” fit and feel with optical and sunglasses frames that are lighter, thinner, stronger, and more pliable than anything previously launched in this

market. The brand is now carried in more than 2,000 independent retail optical locations and received the prestigious EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards, sponsored by Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine. This style is Aspire Eyewear’s “Fashionable”–a forward cat eye frame boasts rich, two-tone fade colorations. Thin wire temples with complementary colored tips add irony to this style.  Available in black rose fade,burgundy nude fade, and eggplant aqua fade.


burgerQBy: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

There’s no need to track BurgerQ on your GPS, as the aroma of the perfectly flame grilled burgers will guide you to this trendy, quality burger restaurant in Downtown Dadeland.

Burger lovers will rejoice in the unique flavor that can only come from an open-flame grill. The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients, and boasts a one-of-a kind “beer wall” where you can select from as many or as few of the 16 craft beers on tap as you’d like to sample.

Friendly owner-operators, husband and wife team Gabriel and Maria Teresa Argüello have created an extensive menu of signature burgers and sandwiches. Our favorites were the mushroom, dripping with house-made truffle mayo and the onion jam. You can also build your own burger and be sure to try the fantastic onion rings. Also save room for a shake or dessert.  Read the rest here »

SPRING FLINGLocust Projects 2016 Spring Fling

Locust Projects’ highly anticipated Spring Fling has become a highlight of the Miami social calendar, bringing art lovers together for a unique evening featuring art, delicious food, drinks, and music. This year, Locust Projects will re-imagine Truman Capote’s 1966 Black & White Ball as the glamorous Spring Fling Black & White Bash at the elegant Design District Palm Court on Saturday, April 9, 2016, truly creating a night to remember. To purchase tickets: http://bit.ly/1PQvnnf or 305-576-8570; Ticket (per person) $150 General public / $125 Locust Projects members.




Celebrate Global Empowerment

On Saturday, April 9th, Miami notables Michael Capponi & Dilay Bayraktar will celebrate their birthdays by hosting an evening to benefit Capponi’s foundation, the Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) at the prestigious new Island Gardens. The semi-formal event will be co-hosted by Ivana Trump and well attended by other Miami notables and GEM Board Members Seth Browarnik, Andres Fanjul and Dr. Jay H. Park to name a few. Capponi, who has hosted 78 mission trips to Haiti through the foundation, is thrilled to celebrate his birthday by raising funds for a cause he is so deeply passionate about. The former Mayor of Miami Beach Matti Bower, former Commissioner Michael Gongora and several firefighters who joined Capponi for his earthquake relief efforts in Haiti in 2010 will also be honored on stage. The evening will include cocktails under the moon and stars by Grey Goose and Herradura, a formal seated dinner, silent auction and a musical performance by Dilayla. 

A $100 donation will offer guests entry and cocktails while a $200 VIP donations includes the formal sit down dinner. Tickets are available via This Link; for table reservations call 786.479.3443.


2016 StarChefs South Florida Rising Stars Awards

StarChefs, the restaurant industry trends magazine, announces its 2016 South Florida Rising Stars Awards, honoring up-and-coming chefs and hospitality professionals, who represent the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene. From the Keys to Jupiter, the StarChefs team visited more than 100 chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and artisans. The winners will be honored at the StarChefs Rising Stars Gala on Wednesday, April 13 at Marlins Park, beginning with an awards ceremony at 6:30pm and followed by a tasting gala from 7:15pm to 9:30pm. Guests will experience 20 of South Florida’s most exciting restaurants with beverage pairings and cocktails by the winning sommeliers and bartenders, in one location for one night only—hosted by Levy Restaurants.General Admission is $85.00 per person. VIP tickets are $125.00 which includes a private VIP reception with a Cava tasting and Northern Divine Caviar, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on their website at http://www.starchefs.com/cook/risingstars. Aportion of the ticket sales will be donated to Feeding South Florida, a nonprofit food bank that distributes more than 40 million pounds of food per year. More than 98 percent of all donations are put back into the community. Learn more at feedingsouthflorida.org.

The Palate: New York Bites

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 6 - 2016ADD COMMENTS
Bedford & Co

Bedford & Co

While no strangers to surviving on Pop Chips and power bars in years past, this year we took time to actually enjoy some savory bites in the Big Apple. We were treated to absolute delicious joy at the newly opened Bedford & Co., Delicatessen and Black Tap.  Bedford & Co. offers modern comfort food in a warm, speakeasy style atmosphere. Delicatessen serves cocktails and creative dishes to please every palate in a bustling restaurant. Black Tap indulges those burger and shake cravings from lunchtime until the wee hours of the morning. All three of these restaurants provided much- needed  Fashion Week refueling.


Bedford & Co

With its dark leather paneled walls and beautiful wood flooring John DeLucie’s newest restaurant, Bedford & Co., features contemporary wood-fired American cuisine with a vintage New York feel. Known for his vast array of small-plated comfort food, DeLucie offers a variety of seasonal dishes that are meant to be shared. The dinner menu offers grass fed meats and free-range poultry and sustainable seafood, as well as his famous truffle mac and cheese, all prepared with care over the natural wood-burning grill that sits within the open kitchen. Bedford and Co.’s long bar sets the tone for a remarkable evening, as you enter tthe cozy restaurant. With a speak-easy feel, the antique mirrored and warm veined marble transports guests to the prohibition era, serving libations such as the Proibito, Negroni, and Capri. Bartenders serve cocktails along with coasters that state, “Write drunk, edit sober.”



Delicatessen brings international comfort food to the crossroads of SoHo and Nolita, serving familiar favorites with a twist for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night, creating a friendly neighborhood vibe. The menu focuses on quality and creativity, reflecting Executive Chef/Partner Michael Ferraro’s Italian heritage and classical French training. Dishes like New England Lobster Sliders, (we ordered a second round) atop house-made buns with crisp, cured bacon, complement Italian-inspired hearty recipes like Giorgio’s Meatballs, with pecorino and burrata cheeses, along with delectable basket of truffle fries. Chef Ferraro’s macbar, located adjacent to Delicatessen, brought nine varieties of macaroni & cheese to the menu. Guests can choose anything from The Classic, a blend of American, Cheddar, and Swiss cheeses, to spicy surprises like the Mayan Chipotle, with chicken diablo and chihuahua cheese and indulgent treats Mac Lobsta’ and Mac Quack.

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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