By: Maryanne Salvat

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show will open to the public starting at 8:00 p.m., March 1 – 8 :00 p.m., March 2 on Ocean Drive between 8th and 9th Street and highlight 1,440 looks inspired by America’s style. Join in for an evening of music and fashion with DJ Ross One and DJ IRIE spinning beats as models walk the hottest trends down the catwalk from nighttime chic to daytime glamour. Can’t make it in person? Fashionistas everywhere will have a chance to virtually sit in the front row of this event by watching it live on


spartaThe Kids Fit Foundation and The Spartan Kids

The Kids Fit Foundation is headed to Florida International University February 23 and 24 where 4-13 year olds will run a mini version of the Spartan race. The Spartan Kids race is the ultimate kid-friendly obstacle course consisting of 10 – 20 challenges. It features obstacles such as mud pits, tunnel crawls and balance beams with a one-mile race for Varsity Spartans and a half-mile race for Junior Spartans.

Each child will receive a T-shirt and Finisher’s Medal with 100% of the Spartan Kids race proceeds benefiting the Kids Fit Foundation. Spartan races and the Kids Fit Foundation have teamed up to encourage youth to become more active and live healthier, happier lives.

Kids Fit National Spokespeople and mother and son duo Dan and Jackie Evans are best known for their participation on season five of NBC’s hit reality show, “The Biggest Loser”. The pair lost a combined total of 225 pounds.“I love being a part of the Spartan Kids races,” said Dan. “It’s so great to see these young kids having so much fun exercising. I wish I started racing at an early age because it’s all about prevention.”The Spartan Kids Race will kick off at noon. For more information or to register for the race, visit



Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm and 2013 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival 

Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm is pleased to announce its event line-up surrounding the 2013 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The local, fresh and unpretentious restaurant concept, helmed by Executive Chef/Partner Kris Wessel, will host and/or participate in various public and private unofficial satellite events during the four-day star-studded event that showcases the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The line-up of events at The James Royal Palm taking place during South Beach Wine & Food Festival are:


Friday, February 22

Let’s Get Spiked! Celebrity Chef Volleyball Tournament:

“Top Chef”-alum Spike Mendelsohn and Florida Cookery’s own Kris Wessel will host the first ever “Let’s Get Spiked!” celebrity chef volleyball tournament, located behind The James on the sands of Miami Beach. Mendelsohn, Wessel and 14 of their compatriots including Chuck Hughes, Alex Guarnaschelli, Andrew Zimmern, Tim Love, Pat LaFrieda, Marcel Vigneron, Adrianne Calvo, Jeff Mauro, Johnny Iuzzini, Stephanie Izard, Todd Erickson, Justin Warner and Alberto Cabrera, will be broken up into teams of four to battle in a series of fast-paced volleyball matches. It’s one of the only chances for the public to get up and close personal with their favorite chefs free of charge chefs during SBWFF. Tournament is from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Open to Public.


Saturday, February 23

Chef Art Smith of Washington, DC’s Art & Soul, in collaboration with New York’s own Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, will host the “Big Gay Ice Cream Social”, a public event to raise awareness for marriage equality in Florida. Guests will enjoy a mix of ice cream-themed stations set up in the Breezeway at The James Royal Palm, featuring treats for both adults and children utilizing local and seasonal flavors, plus boozy ice cream/sorbet floats.

Location: The Breezeway at The James Royal Palm From: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Open to public.

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