Secrets, DCOTA and ZINGARA

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 7 - 2010

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Secrets of Aspen, VH1’s new docu-soap aired its first episode on January 3rd, at 10:00 p.m. The show, which is set in Aspen, Colorado, stars two Miami natives: social butterfly, Erin Newberg, and interior designer, Benjamin Alopari, commonly referred to as  “BenErin,” who appear for the first time on episode 2, airing Sunday, January 10. Newberg and Alopari are throwing a party to celebrate the launch of the new series at Burger and Beer Joint on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by Moet & Chandon.

Luminaries will Shine at DCOTA

Design Center of the Americas will celebrate the fourth annual Stars of Design Awards, and the opening of the inaugural DCOTA DesignHouse on Tuesday, January 12.

At 5:00 p.m., join the South Florida design community as it honors its most distinguished designers, including: Vladimir Kagan (Lifetime Achievement), Sam Robin (Interior Design), Max Strang (Architecture), Robin Hill (Photography), Nicholas Varney (Jewelry Design), Carlos Betancourt (Art), Jeff Blakely (Landscape Architecture), and Laura Paresky Gould (Graphic Design).

At 7:00 p.m. during a private reception, guests in attendance will be the first to view DCOTA DesignHouse, a 9,000 square foot, 15 -room penthouse, featuring the work of 14 top design firms, thousands of décor concepts, and benefiting three premier cultural institutions: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Norton Museum of Art, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Tickets are for sale, for $100/individual ticket, $150/pair of tickets, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting your choice of one of the three beneficiaries.

For more information + reservations, please call 954.920.7997 EXT 220 or email

Zingara Boutique Opening Celebration

On Wednesday, January 13, ZINGARA boutique (19501 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 2001, Aventura, FL) will celebrate its grand opening with an exclusive cocktail reception from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. hosted by managing directors and designers, Nathalie and Jeaninne Azoubel along with Miami’s influencers including founder of People for the Children Foundation and shoe designer, Lisa Pliner and Miami socialites, including, Jamie Jo Harris, D. Ashlee Harrison, Michelle Pooch and Donna Anderson Scharer.

Guests are invited to enjoy signature strawberry and peach bellinis and hors d’oeuvres compliments of Thierry’s Catering.  The event is free and open to the public, with all proceeds of the evening’s sales going toward the People for the Children Foundation.  For more information or to RSVP, contact: 305.405.1212.

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