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-PHOTO by: Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore and Maryanne Salvat

The nation’s biggest food festival got an upgrade for its 16th year with events that brought a fun, club-like atmosphere- drawing in club kids from yesteryear and today. The Dave Grutman Experience on Sunday, February 26 at the Grand Tasting Village had revelers dancing and jumping around on the sand, leaving us to wonder whether it was 3:00 PM or 3:00 AM, and how and when this wine and food festival had become a mini-Ultra. Another terrific new addition was the Bacardi and Beats on the Beach- a late night party featuring none other than Run DMC’s Rev Run- in all his glory, accompanied by DJ Ruckus on the ones and twos. Needless to say, that was one heck of a party- with the quintessential party foods (think Shake Shack fried chicken sandwiches and croquetas from Versailles) and libations galore to fuel the energetic party goers who showed no sign of stopping long after the party officially ended. In all, the party atmosphere made this year’s festival even more of a blast than it always has been and drew a crowd of party people who came to play more than just to eat or drink. Below find some our favorite events of the magnificent weekend. Read the rest here »

Veuve Clicquot Carnaval

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 15 - 2017ADD COMMENTS

image001Always a star-studded event, Veuve Clicquot Carnaval was hosted by Grand Marshall Adriana Lima and attended by Ana de Armas, Eiza Gonzalez, Karolína Kurková, Daniela Botero, Tyson Beckford, Eugenio Siller, Rocky Barnes, Francisco Lachowski, Gabriel Coronel, Natalie Suarez, Emanuela de Paula, Adam Gallagher, Asiyami Gold, Amelia Ochoa, Elisa Ochoa, Christian Bendek, Harley Viera Newton, DJ Rascal and many more.

 Attendees enjoyed traditional Carnaval celebrations and performances, including samba dancers, drummers, capoeira and live music, all led by the Grand Marshal Adriana Lima who joined in on the samba dancing and invited guests to celebrate and make the day a memory. DJ Harley Viera Newton kicked off the day on the turntables while Miami’s own DJ Rascal kept the beats going throughout the afternoon.

 It was a fun afternoon for the girls with Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Eiza Gonzalez, and Ana de Armas snapping a festive celebratory photo while Tyson Beckord, Eugenio Siller, Francisco Lachowski, and Garbiel Coronel, soaked in the Miami sunshine and danced along to the festive tunes. All attendees enjoyed Veuve Clicquot Rich and Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé, which are the newest champagne offerings from the House. Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé are inspired by mixology and designed to be served over ice and mixed with fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs.

**Aliette Gomez contributed to this post.

garcesGarces Foundation presents Think Local, Give Local with tastings from the area’s brightest chefs and a food themed silent auction to benefit the lives of Philadelphia’s immigrant community. Chef Jose Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience, highlighting Philadelphia’s unique culinary talent.  Throughout the evening guests will enjoy cocktails made with local spirits, local beer, locally created décor elements and more. Entertainment will be provided by American Deluxe. Denise Fike will provide complimentary fashion illustrations of each guest. Guests will also enjoy a Tito’s Homemade Vodka Lounge. Petals Lane and Event FX will provide décor.  

 WHEN: Friday, March 24 VIP Preview 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. General Admission 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Chefs After Party 9:00 p.m. -midnight Stage program with remarks from Jose Garces will occur at 8:15.

 WHERE: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia

  PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Stations from Garces restaurants including: 24, Amada, Amada New York, Bar Volver, Buena Onda, Distrito, Distrito Moorestown, Garces and Sons coffee, Garces Events, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, The Olde Bar, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Volver

A Mano, Townsend Wentz
Abe Fisher, Yehuda Sichel
Aldine, George Sabatino
Alma de Cuba, Douglas Rodriguez
Baba’s Brew, Olga Sorzano
Bank and Bourbon, Thomas Harkins
Bing Bing Dim Sum, Ben Puchowitz
Bistrot La Minette, Peter Woolsey
Blackfish, Chip Roman
Brauhaus Schmitz, Jeremy Nolen
Capofitto and Capogiro, Stephanie and John Reitano
Cheu Noodle Bar, Ben Puchowitz
DiBruno Bros., Emilio Mignucci
Ela, Jason Cichonski
Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga
Fork, John Patterson
Gilda’s Biscotti, Gilda Doganiero
High Street on Market, Ellen Yin
Hungry Pigeon, Pat O’Malley
Junto, MacGregor Mann
Kanella, Konstantinos Pitsillides
Kensington Quarters, Damon Menapace
La Calaca Feliz, Tim Spinner
Lacroix, Jon Cichon
The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe, Jessica Nolen
Mission Taqueria, Andrew Sabin
Osteria, Jeff Michaud
Pub and Kitchen, Eli Collins
Sampan, Michael Schulson
Spread Bagelry, Larry Rosenblum
Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, Holly Harter
Townsend, Townsend Wentz
Vedge, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
Vernick Food & Drink, Greg Vernick
Vetri Family of Restaurants
Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Andy Weckerly
Whetstone Tavern, Jeremy Nolen
Will BYOB, Christopher Kearse
Wm. Mulherin & Sons, Marqessa Gesualdi
Zeppoli, Joey Baldino

  TITO’S HOMEMADE VODKA SUPPORTS THE GARCES FOUNDATION Leading up to the gala, Tito’s Homemade Vodka will be donating $1 per cocktail sold at each of the Garces restaurants as listed below to the Garces Foundation. The cocktails will featured with tastings in the Tito’s Lounge at the event….  

  • Bad Education at Amada- Rotham and Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur, Lemon
Bitters
  • Texas Eagle at JG Domestic- St. Germain Liqueur,
Cucumber,
Lime
  • Picante Pequino at Distrito- 
Jalapeño,
Cucumber,
Lime,
Spicy Chili, Salt Rim
  • Atlantic Blue at Tinto and Village Whiskey- Thyme,
Blueberry,
Lemon,
Nocino Walnut
  • Can It All Be So Simple?
at 24- Creme de Cassis,
Cranberry,
Lime,
Mint
  • In Full Bloom
at Volver- Citrus Cordial,
Rose Water,
Lavender Bitters
  • Vilaine at Garces Trading Company- 
St. Germain Liqueur,
Strawberry,
Lemon,
Sparkling Wine
  • We Cara Cara ‘Bout You at The Olde Bar- Cara Cara Orange,
Dolin Blanc,
Egg White,
Himalayan Sea Salt,
Orange Blossom Water

TICKET INFORMATION: General Admission – $150 Early Admission – $200 VIP Admission – $250 receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rd floor and a preview tasting. Tickets: www.garcesfoundation.org/2017benefit/ Cocktail attire.

IMG_6445Model Beach Volleyball

The 8th annual Model Beach Volleyball is happening on March 11 and 12. A battle that consists of a bracket-style competition where teams compete against each other in a round robin format benefits the Jack Brewer Foundation which aids women and children living in impoverished and underdeveloped communities by giving food, education and more. Bvddy, a local Miami based company will be sponsoring the Model Beach Volleyball tournament and giving people the opportunity to ‘buddy up’ with some of Miami’s hottest models. They will have tug of war, rock climbing and even a cooling station. For more information click on the link above.

 

 

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This year, matchboxfoodgroup is making every meal count by joining thousands of restaurants nationwide to raise funds for No Kid Hungry®. From March 8, 2017, to March 8, 2018, matchbox American Kitchen + Spirit and Ted’s BULLETIN will donate 10 cents from every matchbox pizza and 10 cents of every Ted’s BULLETIN Ted’s Tart sold (up to $75,000) at all locations to help the fight against childhood hunger. Funds raised by matchboxfoodgroup will support No Kid Hungry’s work to connect vulnerable children to effective nutrition programs like School Breakfast and Summer Meals, creating public-private partnerships that work together to identify and break down barriers, allowing children access to meals, and teaching low-income families how to stretch their food budgets and cook healthy, affordable meals. For more information on matchboxfoodgroup visit www.matchboxfoodgroup.com, follow the team on Twitter or Instagram (@matchbox369).

 

Miami-Forida-event-page-2017-16th Annual Wine, Women, and Shoes

On Friday, March 17, nearly 700 of South Florida’s most fashionable women will come together at the 6th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S), one of the largest women’s fundraising events nationwide, to support the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The event, presented by Faena Rose and Christina Getty, has raised nearly $2.5 million since 2012, and it’s one of the highest revenue making Wine, Women & Shoes events from over 175 in the country. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at SOHO Studios. For more information contact Marilen.marnett@mchf.org.

 

The Little Lighthouse Foundation Hearts & Stars Gala

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s (LLF) Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend will take place March 16 to 18, 2017 culminating with the Hearts & Stars Gala: Mystic Dreams, which will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at a private waterfront mansion on Star Island in Miami Beach, Florida. LLF assists children and families in South Florida who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. The Hearts & Stars Gala is a black tie optional, fantasy themed party. Guests will enjoy a top shelf open bar featuring Ketel One Vodka, Italian sparkling wines from Tita Italia Wines & Delicatessen, and food tastings from some of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers. In addition, guests will enjoy FIJI water and La Croix sparkling water. Music will be provided by Marcos Noel, Patrick Pizzorni, and Willy Monfret. Information about the Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend can be found at www.heartsandstarsgala.com or by contacting Jonathan Babicka at Jonathan@TheLittleLighthouse.org or 305-401-3949.

 

FemCity Miami Cocktail 

FemCity Miami, a networking community dedicated to helping and arming women with the tools they need to grow their business and live a happy life, invites you to enjoy an evening of cocktails, sweet treats and a carefully curated pop-up marketplace on Thursday, March 30 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the historic Coco Plum Woman’s Club located at 1375 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33143. In its inaugural event and created for women who enjoy great style, shopping and fine cocktails, this is a great opportunity for women to join together for an evening of shopping and fun with the common purpose of supporting and giving back to the community. Ten percent (10%) of the funds raised from the ticket sales will be donated to the non-profit organization Lotus House, to help support the lives of homeless women and children. For additional information to purchase the early bird ticket price of $15, vendor and sponsorship information, visit http://www.femcity.com/events/femcity-girls-night-miami/

lemonsLife Hands You Lemons Fundraiser with Ryan Bleaken

In his continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, Ryan Bleaken will host the second annual Life Hands You Lemons fundraising event on Friday, March 10 from 7-10:30 PM at World Café Live. The concert will feature six live bands and a silent auction. Bleaken was inspired to host an event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to honor his friend Max Levine, who passed away after battling neuroblastoma.  Max’s family and the family of Max’s friend Matt Schechter, who passed away after battling leukemia, created the M&M Fund to fund research for high risk pediatric cancers through ALSF. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with music starting at 7 PM. The lineup is Native Riff, The Dead Flowers, Stonehaven, Without Lime, Forever Vista and MONKO. The silent auction features items such as art, home cooking and music lessons. For more information, visit the Life Hands You Lemons Facebook event.

 

 

 

flowerThe PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Holland: Flowering the World,” will celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-design, on March 11 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. No other country is as well known for its floral industry as the Netherlands, which fills the world with color. The Philadelphia Flower Show will transport guests to the rainbow landscapes of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils and the cut-flower and bulb markets that have shaped Dutch history. America’s premier floral and garden designers will celebrate facets of Holland’s culture throughout the 10 acres of exhibition halls at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which supports the transformative greening and beautification work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The Flower Show will also explore the innovation that has defined Holland’s approach to its unique landscape, from windmills – one of the earliest uses of natural energy – to 21st-century ecodomes and the Dutch Wave movement, which takes a natural and sustainable approach to landscape design. Leading designers from Holland, including Nico Wissing, Bart Hoes, Bart Bresser, and New Jersey-born Carrie Preston, will share their extraordinary floral and garden styles in major exhibits at the Flower Show. For tickets and more information visit: https://theflowershow.com/

 

 

Philly Socialholic: Garces 6th Annual Wedding Showcase

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

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WHAT:                 Garces Events hosts their Sixth Annual Wedding Showcase

WHERE:              Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN:                 Sunday, March 5th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.   RSVP:                

  Reserve spaces at www.philadelphia.garcesevents.com
Tickets for the wedding couple are complimentary Additional guests may attend at $20 each   ACTIVITIES:

  • Guests will sample a wide array of Garces Events most popular wedding menu items
  • Each Garces restaurant will be featured at a station that will allow guests to taste the items but also understand the design aesthetic that Garces provides
  • Catch breathtaking views of the city at sunset
  • Meet with some of our favorite wedding professionals
  • Win exclusive giveaways and raffle prizes throughout the showcase
  • Receive a special showcase venue offer when you RSVP
  • Swag bag from participating vendors
  • Book at the event and celebrate on the spot with a complimentary bottle of champagne

PARTICIPATING VENDORS: Bella Bridesmaids, Brass Tacks Events, Carl Alan, Center Stage, Denise Fike, Desserts by Dana, Devon & Pinkett, Emily Wren Photography, Event FX, Homewood Suites University City, Jessica Hendrix Photography, Lil Pop Shop, Love Me Do, Nature’s Gallery, Petit Jardin, The Private Gym/Bones Fitness Partners, PSH Cinema Studio, Rabbit Rabbit Crew, The Rittenhouse Spa & Club-Hair by Paul Labrecque, Royal Valet, Scratch DJs, Shannon Wellington Weddings, The Wedding Pros and Zachary Andrew Events.   MENU: Passed hors d’oeuvres will include: barbacoa chicken dumplings, kobe beef canapés, pickled beets, mushroom arancini, shrimp toast and albondigas.   Amada Station: Plancha Station; Vegetarian Paella; Chicken, Chorizo and Veggie Brochettes   Distrito Station: Mahi Mahi Taco, Chipotle Remoulade, Avocado, Red Cabbage, Lime; Guacamole Bar and Salsa Roja   Garces Trading Company Station: Hand Made Mozzarella Station;  Seasonal Antipasti     The Olde Bar Station: Raw bar and Ceviche featuring Shrimp with RemouladeOyster on the half shell and Salmon Ceviche   Tinto/Village Whiskey Station: Village Burger Slider, Nashville hot Chicken Slider; Specialty Cocktail   Dessert Bar: Macarons, Bouchons, Apple cider cake donuts, Lime Verrine, Cookies, Cheesecake pops, Cream Puffs, Red Velvet Cupcakes     EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR GARCES WEDDING:

  • Garces brides and grooms receive 10% off all food and beverage for any other wedding related event booked at Garces restaurants, including showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, post wedding brunch etc.
  • A celebratory gift for your one-year anniversary
  • Pre ceremony cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the wedding party
  • Day-of attendant to assist throughout the evening
  • Invitation for the wedding couple and two guests to attend a private wedding tasting event
  • Social media spotlight on @garcesevents
Sponsors
Miami Socialholic
Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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