Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 24 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Andrea BocelliOn Friday night Juanes was spotted at Seasalt and Pepper restaurant. He had dinner while the in-house DJ Pierre Zonzon played some of his music. Juanes emailed Zonzon the following day to thank him for the music and to compliment the gorgeous restaurant. On Saturday night, Gloria and Emilio Estefan also paid a visit to Seasalt and Pepper in the company of actor, Michael Caine. 

On Sunday night, Andrea Bocelli along with his new wife Veronica Berti and three sons visited Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge for dinner. Bocelli, a friend of Roberto Cavalli’s indulged in the truffle risotto.  Earlier in the day, Bocelli had treated parishioners at St. Patrick Church in Miami to a solo during the Easter Mass. A welcome surprise for all!  

Spotted at Zuma:   Will Smith, having dinner on the terrace and Juwan Howard, celebrating the first playoff victory for the Heat at a separate table.

Light it Up Blue

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 24 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Autisim Speaks 1By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Light it Up Blue 

On Friday, April 11, South Florida Ford and Autism Speaks Miami’s Light it Up Blueevent at the 1111 Building on Lincoln Road gave guests a glimpse into Autism Spectrum Disorder through a captivating video mapping installation by world-renowned digital artists Tecné Collective. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were provided by A Joy Wallace Catering with cool sounds by Latin Grammy-nominated Mr. Pauer. 

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Perfecto Brickell is Just That

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 18 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

DSC_5783By:  Mary Jo Almeida Shore 

Chef/restaurateur Oscar Manresa hosted the official launch of Brickell’s newest hotspot, Perfecto Gastro-bar, his first U.S. restaurant location on Tuesday, April 8, with an over- the-top party filled with A-listers music and unforgettable food and drinks. 

From small plates with huge flavors, to larger dishes, guests experienced a Barcelona-inspired feast that included Catalonian hard sausage and grilled bread with rubbed tomato, marinated tomato tartare, roasted chicken croquettes, grilled octopus, fried calamari and angel hair seafood paella.  Rounding out the evening was a decadent dessert of Catalan cream.  We couldn’t help but return the following night to try other signature dishes such as the crab-avocado cannelloni, signature shrimp and wild mushroom ravioli, the perfect fillet with truffle fries and the chocolate ganache- prepared with olive oil and sea salt- there is truly nothing like it!  Read the rest here »

Celebrity Sightings

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 18 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

emilioOn Thursday, April 10, over 300 guests gathered at W South Beach Hotel & Residences for the Miami Beach Gay Pride VIP Kick-Off Reception. Hosted by Bravo’s Real Housewives of Miami star Lea Black and drag diva Miss Elaine Lancaster, the chic soirée honored community leader Cindy Brown, original Miami Beach Gay Pride executive director. The evening included appearances by Grand Marshal Gloria Estefan, her husband Emilio Estefan, and the festival’s board of directors. 

Recently spotted at Zuma:  Will Smith, dining with friends on the terrace; a friendly Minnie Driver enjoying dinner and House of Cards star, Kevin Spacey, dining with Gloria and Emilio Estefan. 

Last week, Bongos Cuban Café celebrated Eddy “the Jet” Alvarez’s Silver Olympic Medal.  At the event, Emilio Estefan presented Eddy with a second medal.   

Lindsay Lohan was spotted at Seasalt and Pepper aboard a 60 foot yacht.


VirtuoLineBy: Maryanne Salvat 

108-Day Nespresso VertuoLineTM Pop-Up U.S. Tour   

Nespresso has launched the newest addition to their brewing family the VertuoLineTM system! It is first Nespresso machine that brews both American style large-cup coffee and authentic espresso; Nespresso has created the ultimate tasting experience during the 108-Day Nespresso VertuoLineTM Pop-Up Tour nationwide. Five simultaneous teams will travel the country to 17 different cities where coffee lovers will have a chance to visit this unique installation. Nespresso experts will be on hand for one-on-one demonstrations of the new system and provide assistance with personalized, complimentary tastings. For more information about Nespresso or to see a schedule of Pop-Up demonstrations visit: www.nespresso-us.com/events. 




Layout 1Miracle Makers Luncheon and Fashion Show 

Miami’s top philanthropists will be honored at the “Miracle Makers Luncheon and Fashion Show” hosted by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, along with this year’s co-chairs Irene Korge, Aislynn McDonald, Bronwyn Miller, and Migna Sanchez-Llorens.  The 14th annual Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Jennifer Valoppi, multi-Emmy Award winning TV journalist, award winning author, and social entrepreneur, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.  The exclusive event will include a cocktail reception, a luxurious silent auction and luncheon, followed by a spectacular fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus.  Guests will have the opportunity to “meet a match” and experience the life changing impact of mentoring. Individual tickets start at $175 and seating is limited. Guests are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets in advance for the opportunity to win a raffle item, including an amethyst and baroque pearl necklace with 22k yellow gold dipped oval Bali bead, a St. John VIP Shopping experience including a $500 gift card and private champagne reception, brunch for four at the Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne, and an 18k gold ring in precious yellow, green, and blue sapphires by Concita Lach. For reservations contact Shaunte Young, syoung@bbbsmiami.org or Laura Siegel, lsiegel@bbbsmiami.org;
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Blues & Brunch Hosted by MISO 

The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), together with Conductor Eduardo Marturet and its Board of Directors, present a “Blues & Brunch” performance at Juvia Restaurant in the stunning 1111 building on Lincoln Road on Sunday, April 26. Sponsored by Modern Luxury Miami, and organized by Co-Chairs Criselda Breene, Sam Robin & Iran Issa- Khan, with help from the Host Committee listed below, this unique fundraiser takes place in the beautiful ambiance of an award-winning (2013 James Beard Award Winner in restaurant design) South Beach landmark.   The performance by MISO’s professional world-class musicians begins at 11:00 a.m., and consists of jazz and blues music mixed with familiar classical repertoire to create a fun and soulful event for all ages to enjoy. Big hats, bow ties and your favorite fashionable accessories are highly encouraged.  For ticket and table inquiries, contact 305. 275.5666 or visit themiso.org/bluesbrunchtickets.



By: Maryanne Salvat 

Benihana Children Helping Children 

Benihana Inc., the nation’s leading operator of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, has officially kicked off the sixth annual “Children Helping Children” coloring contest as part of its Children’s Day activities. From now until May 5, children ages 12 and younger visiting any Benihana location nationwide are encouraged to participate by drawing a picture to depict what the theme of “Children Helping Children” means to them. For each entry form received, Benihana will donate $1 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. On May 6, one winning entry will be selected from each restaurant and the child will be awarded a dinner for eight. Benihana will also name one winning entry through Instagram. An adult parent/guardian simply needs to take a photo of the child’s submission and upload it to Instagram now through May 5 with the hashtag #BENIKIDS and/or #CHILDRENSDAY to be eligible. Additionally, 100 percent of the purchase price of all Benihana Kabuki Kids meals served on Children’s Day, May 5, will be donated to St. Jude. Since the program began, Benihana has donated more than $160,000 to St. Jude. The total collected funds from 2014 Children’s Day initiatives will be presented during a private event for St. Jude patients and their families held on the hospital campus in Memphis, Tenn., on May 21. For more information about Benihana’s “Children Helping Children” promotion and contests, visit www.benihana.com.


Michael Bastian at Cottage Miami 

Ariel Burman and Cottage Miami host CFDA Menswear Designer Recipient of the Year Award winner Michael Bastian, this Thursday, April 10, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  for a presentation of his much acclaimed Spring/Summer 2014 Collection. Bastian will be presenting his Spring/Summer 2014 Collection and preview his current designs at the Sunset Harbour menswear shop. Guests will be treated to light bites. The event will resume in the evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with cocktails; For more information call 305.534.9917 or RSVP to rsvp@cottage-miami.com.


PB Fish

Pubbelly Boys Andreas Schreiner, Jose Mendin and Sergio Navarro announce the launch of a new pop-up concept, PB Fish, a Sunset Harbour fish shack, launching Tuesday at PB Steak at 1787 Purdy Avenue on South Beach, and featuring affordable seafood specialties and innovative rum-based cocktails, weekdays from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Their weekday Happy Hour, normally 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. will move from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to accommodate the expected crowds. Reservations will be available through www.pbsteak.com, www.cityeats.com, and by calling the restaurant at 305. 695.9550.


26th Annual AIDS Walk Miami

One Step Closer to the Cure will occur on Sunday, April 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center located on 1901 Convention Center Drive. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The walk begins at 9:00 a.m. For this year’s walk, Philip Levine, Mayor of Miami Beach is the Master of Ceremonies. In addition, television personality Alexia Echevarria from the Bravo Network’s hit reality show ‘The Real Housewives of Miami’ is the Grand Marshal; visit www.aidswalkmiami.org for more information.

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Mary Jo Almeida-Shore,Jose Almeida,Maryanne Salvat
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