South Beach Wine and Food Festival

The 11th Annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival is upon us once again. To our fellow foodies who wish to attend and purchase tickets to events, visit for a complete line up of available tickets still available. If your desired event is sold out, fear not- we will have a full recap with photos next week.



Daisy Cakes Makes its Sweet Debut in Miami Beach

South Carolina-based cake company Daisy Cakes and owner/cake baker Kim Adams Nelson also known as Kim Daisy will offer authentic, homemade cakes in Miami Beach, during the 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, February 23 through 26. The highly anticipated, four-day annual festival, which attracts foodies and wine connoisseurs from around the world, will feature a Daisy Cakes pop-up bake shop, where guests are invited to sample signature flavors of the handmade cakes, each created with hand-sifted flour and farm-fresh eggs, then hand-iced with sweet cream frosting. Daisy Cakes will make an appearance at two festival events, offering diverse tastings of several luscious cake flavors. The first event, Moët Hennessy’s “The Q,” will be held Thursday, February 23 beachside at the Delano, and is presented by Allen Brothers Steaks, sponsored by MIAMI magazine and hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri. The second event, The Best Thing I Ever Ate “Late Night Bites & Sweets,” will be held Saturday, February 25, at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach and is presented by Food Network and Cooking Channel and sponsored by Godiva Chocolatier. The Daisy Cakes online bake shop produces a decadent variety of homemade cakes to satisfy every sweets craving, including Carrot, Daisy Cakes’ best seller that includes a full pound of carrots in each cake.


MOCA’s 15th Anniversary Weekend

On Saturday, February 25, in commemoration of its 15th anniversary, MOCA will hold a festive celebration highlighting its accomplishments and celebrating the many illustrious artists who are part of its history. The evening will also honor Alberto Ibargüen and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in recognition of their extraordinary support of MOCA and culture in Miami.  The 15th Anniversary Celebration will begin with cocktails at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a seated dinner in MOCA’s galleries and special performance created for the occasion by artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The event will be attended by over 450 guests, among them, many of the world’s leading artists and collectors. Unfortunately the seated dinner portion of the evening is sold out, but there are tickets available for the after party; the After-Party festivities will also include a sensational 15th Anniversary Celebration at the museum featuring dancing, dessert and a special performance beginning at 10:30 pm.  Tickets for the after-party are $200 general admission/$150 for MOCA Shaker and above level members. 

Artist Conversations: The Celebration will extend beyond the evening of February 25, withArtist-to-Artist, an extraordinary series of artist conversations on Sunday,February 26, from noon until 5:00 p.m.  These history-making conversations, whichwill be open to the entire community, will feature discussions with RitaAckermann, Daniel Arsham, Richard Artschwager, Jose Bedia, Naomi Fisher, Dara Friedman, Peter Halley, Isaac Julien, Mark Handforth, Ragnar Kjartansson,Malcolm Morley, Laura Owens, Jorge Pantoja, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson,Matthew Ritchie, David Salle, and Shinique Smith, moderated by MOCA ExecutiveDirector and Chief Curator, Bonnie Clearwater. Artists will speak one-on-one with each other, providing audience members with exceptional insight into their work and experience. Each participating artist has played a role in MOCA’s 15-year history. For After-Party and Artist-to-Artist tickets, please call 305 893 6211.


 CHAIku at Next@19th

On Saturday, February 25, at 9:00 p.m., Next@19th taps into South Florida’s literary pulse with CHAIku, a recurring, free event that brings together writers and enthusiasts in haikus rooted in Jewish identity, culture and community. Taking place at the organization’s downtown headquarters, the al fresco digs bring new dimension to the soap box experience. This edition will feature Jay Michaelson, a writer, scholar, poet and activist whose work focuses on the intersections of religion, spirituality, sexuality and law. His published poetry includes the 2007 release of ‘Another Word for Sky,’ and he is Associate Editor of Religion Dispatches magazine, a columnist and contributing editor for the Forward and the founding editor of Zeek magazine. Michaelson is the founding director of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture and Spirituality, a nonprofit organization which builds community for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews, partners and allies.


Oscar Night at Miami Beach Film Society’s Cinematheque

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected the Miami Beach Film Society’s Cinematheque to host the official Miami celebration for the Oscar Night® America, Miami (ONA) viewing party on Sunday, February 26. The evening will be hosted by Miami Beach Film Society founder Dana Keith; Red carpet arrivals and fabulous evening looks courtesy of Ema Savahl Couture will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by a welcome champagne reception alongside six of the Museum’s famous movie automobiles including Goldfinger, Batman, Back to The Future and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As a special treat to car aficionados and Hollywood films buffs, the original Batman “Batmobile” and James Bond “DB5” from Goldfinger will go up for live auction at 8:00 p.m. The evening will proceed with a seated dinner and viewing of the live telecast of the 84th Academy Awards® on WPLG Local-10 (ABC) starting at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Attendees will toast Oscar® winners while enjoying Exquisite Catering by Robert with Sofia Blanc d’ Blancs, Director’s Cut Chardonnay and Director’s Cabernet Sauvignon by Coppola Wines, Absolut Miami, Perrier, and Nespresso, while bidding on items during the event’s silent auction. The celebration will also serve as the closing night of the Dezer Schauhalle’s renowned Bunny Yeager Retrospective currently on display, as well as a preview of the Museum’s upcoming James Bond collection slated to open Spring 2012, which will feature the automobiles, airplanes and boats that appeared in one of Hollywood’s most celebrated film franchises. The evening promises an experience that exudes the classic glamour and luxury of the 84th Annual Academy Awards®, complete with the Academy Awards® show program booklet for all guests. Tickets to the 2012 Oscar Night America Miami are available for $125 or $100 for Miami Beach Film Society & Cinematheque members. Ticket prices include food and beverages, tax and gratuity, complimentary valet parking, the official 84th Annual Academy Awards® program booklet and other event memorabilia. Visit for tickets.


Odysseo Premieres in Miami

After a successful run in Atlanta, site of its US premiere, Odysseo, the new touring show by renowned production company Cavalia Inc., is already preparing for its Miami run, premiering under the White Big Top February 29 at 8:00 p.m. in Bicentennial Park, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. In Odysseo, spectators join human and equine artists on a journey through some of the world’s most wondrous landscapes. Cavalia’s new production marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. The 80-ton technical grid, as big as that found in the best-equipped permanent theaters in the world, supports lighting, a full-size merry-go-round, and 18 cinema projectors that create high-definition landscape backdrops on screens twice the size of a standard IMAX. These scenes surround the world’s largest touring stage, 27,000 square feet, rendering Odysseo a 5-D mega-production, a feast for the eyes that still succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul. For more information and scheduled times call 866.999.8111 or online at


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