Nick PartyHappy Birthday Nick D’Annuzio and Brian Antoni!

On Saturday, August 6 at 8 p.m., Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, the Miami Art District hotspot, in conjunction with The Overthrow, will celebrate the birthdays of TARA, Ink. co-principal Nick D’Annunzio and Brian Antoni, author of South Beach: The Novel. Cafeina will be transformed into a “Chicken Ranch” of sorts, an homage to the ‘80s cult classic The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Guests are encouraged to channel their inner country while enjoying complimentary Svedka vodka cocktails and music by DJ Troy Kurtz and Pirate Stereo. Surprise guests Elaine Lancaster as Dolly Parton, Maryel Epps as “the Madame”, and the Angel Squads Massage Angels as ladies of the night, will be on hand to rev up heart rates. In addition, there will be a haystack photo booth vignette by Pics Boutique, bull rides and a digital art exhibition by Martin Kaupp, who will also present a pop cowboy portrait featuring birthday boy D’Annunzio. In lieu of gifts, the guests of honor have requested that partygoers consider making a donation to their charity of choice, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, 297 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127. RSVP is required to birthday@taraink.com.

 

nationalhotelMixology at the National Hotel Miami Beach

National Hotel Miami Beach announces the launch of its new mixology series showcasing creative cocktails by acclaimed mixologist Julio Cabrera. Held in the Martini Room at Blues Bar every Monday, the event will lift spirits with Cabrera’s signature hand-crafted libations, live entertainment and tempting tapas – all to the tune of special theme, which will change on a weekly basis. From 7:00 until 11:00 p.m., Cabrera will entertain guests with his extensive repertoire of colorful cocktails, each for $12, including Flamingo Mojitos, Pasion Cariocas, Jamaica Juleps, Mango-Cilantro Margaritas and – in a tribute to salsa songstress Celia Cruz – Asucas, to name a few. Imbibers may also nibble on the week’s specialty menu, featuring items such as Lime Ceviche, Avocado Steak Tar-Tar, Plaintain Chips with Latin Dip, and more, starting at $6 each from 8:00 until 10:00 p.m., live music in sync with the chosen weekly theme, as inspired by Miami’s vibrant history, will furthermore make for a less-manic and a more-merry Monday. Valet will be offered at a discounted rate of $10. For general inquiries, call 305.532.2311 or visit www.NationalHotel.com.

 

 

china grill ftlSake, Maki, & Roll Sushi School at China Grill Hilton

China Grill Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina is launching Sake, Maki & Roll Sushi School on Saturday, August 13, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month, guests are invited to a tasting and teaching program at the popular dining destination that includes sake sampling, instructions on the art of sushi making and a delicious meal of maki, sushi and tempura that the students will assist in preparing. The class begins with a crash course on sake including how it’s made and the history of the Japanese libation, followed by a tasting of five Ty-Ku Sakes and Liqueurs paired with signature selections from the restaurant including Tuna Tartare on Wonton Crisps, Salmon Crudo and Dancing Unagi. While enjoying the pairings, pupils will learn the basics for at-home sushi preparation – from tools and traditions to different types of sushi and, of course, a lesson in one of the most important components, the sushi rice. The class then continues with hands-on sushi rolling instruction from Executive Sushi Chef Songphon Rawangphan. The session concludes with a demo of Ty-Ku sake fusion cocktails that are all 100 calories or less and a bite of dessert. All students will also receive a take home gift for their hard work. To reserve your seat call 954.759.9950, limited space is available; tickets are $59 plus tax.

 

 

sole_ocean_pool_smHurricane Specials at Solé on the Ocean

Solé on the Ocean is finally giving South Floridians and Miami-bound travelers a reason to celebrate Hurricane Season with the debut of its Hurricane Season Specials. The announcement comes at the perfect time, with the naming of the Atlantic Ocean’s latest disturbance, “Emily.” Upon the naming of a storm (as previously determined by the National Hurricane Center), guests may take advantage of  the special perks or discounts corresponding with the particular name of the storm by just mentioning it, and will receive 30% off any room rate, complimentary valet, suite upgrades and much more. Even better, should there be more than one named storm out and about at the time of booking, guests are able to apply all applicable perks and discounts. 5% off all room reservations will also be donated to a hurricane relief fund. Stays must be booked during Hurricane Season, which ends November 30. To book, guests must call the hotel directly at 786.923.9300.

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