Piazzetta-Marketplace-and-Restaurant-Grand-OpeningBy: Maryanne Salvat  

Wine Week at Piazzetta Marketplace & Restaurant 

Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach will host Wine Week at Piazzetta Marketplace & Restaurant throughout the week until Friday, March 22 with special appearances by Chef Michele Mazza.  While sharing in a delicious taste of Italy, guests will enjoy a stimulating collection of Italian wines with complimentary tastings presenting a new theme each day including crisp to light, sweet to dry and full bodied to light bodied. A Wine Expert will be present to enlighten the experience and offer a sensory experience for your palette. Sampled wines will be available for purchase at a ten percent discount during the day of the sampling. Piazzetta’s Wine Corner features a collection of Italian current wines including Chianti Classico and Brunello from Tuscany, as well as a wide variety of wines from around world with an emphasis on private vintages. Lunch seating is available from noon to 3:00PM. Dinner seating is available from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Seating is limited. To make a reservation for Wine Week at Piazzetta Marketplace & Restaurant, call 305.918.6816.  



FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four day long event that provides an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive, established, and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, and international buyers. Beginning Wednesday, March 20, FUNKSHION: Fashion Week Miami Beach is a four day/evening long event that provides an intelligent, innovative platform for progressive, established, and emerging designers to showcase their collections to media, celebrities, international buyers, and select style makers. The shows are geared towards designer diffusion collections and innovative lifestyle brands; RSVP:  collins@funkshion.com.



 P2Pulse 2.0: Late Night at the New World Symphony 

The New World Symphony will present a revamped version of its original classical music / nightclub-style event titled Pulse 2.0: Late Night at the New World Symphony on Friday, March 22, 9:30 p.m. at the New World Center.  The event is designed to integrate contemporary classical music with electronica music into an evening-long presentation to help attract new audiences for the art form.  Pulse 2.0 is sponsored in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Pulse 2.0 will feature Miami-based DJ Sean Drake, who has held residencies at the Vagabond, Pawn Shop, Shadow Lounge, NFA & Liquid.  DJ Sean Drake will spin lounge music between two sets of classical music, featuring composers such as Mozart, Shostakovich, Guillaume Connesson and Steve Reich.  The night concludes with DJ Drake’s last set—a dance party in the main performance hall.  Also, “Pulse Unplugged,” a 15-minute set of orchestral music in the style of MTV’s Unplugged series, in which Fellows will perform a few of the ensemble pieces without amplification in the pristine and intimate environment of SunTrust Pavilion, will take place during following the second orchestral set.  Pulse 2.0 will also feature a mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts. The event will utilize the flexibility of the New World Center’s concert hall, simulating a late-night lounge setting, featuring projections to accompany the electronica music.  New World Symphony Fellows will be located on stage lifts, while other portions of the main stage will be lowered to the floor, allowing attendees to walk among the performers throughout the evening.  In addition, some performers will be located on the hall’s satellites stages, positioned throughout the room, and the hall’s seating will be retracted, allowing additional space for dancing and socializing.  Tickets to Pulse: Late Night at the New World Symphony are just $25 and are available by calling the New World Symphony box office at 305.673.3331, or online at www.nws.edu.   Additional information about the New World Symphony may be found online at www.nws.edu.  


AmericanRedCross-300x30031st Annual American Red Cross Ball

The American Red Cross South Florida Region will hold its 31st Annual American Red Cross Ball on Saturday, March 23, at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne. The American Red Cross Ball is the cannot-miss event of the social calendar, with more than 400 prominent and influential community leaders and philanthropists in attendance for a night of elegance, delectable cuisine, graceful décor, music and dancing. Since 1982, the Red Cross ball has been established as one of Miami’s most prestigious social fundraising events. In 2012, the American Red Cross Ball raised more than $500,000 in support of the local disaster response programs, assistance to veterans and their families, and lifesaving courses offered by the American Red Cross in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Marie-Ilene and Thomas A. Whitehurst will be the chairpersons of the 2013 American Red Cross Ball. Premier Beverage Company is donating the wine and champagne for this event and Bacardi USA is donating the spirits. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 305.728.2512.


hint-logoHINT Water=WMC Survival

With the Winter Music Conference taking place in the heart of South Beach and Spring starting this week, staying hydrated and keeping your skin protected from the sun is an absolute must! HINT Water makes the perfect option and is a great alternative to all the sugary beverages and sodas out. The warm weather brings the constant need for a thirst-quenching and hydrating beverage. With just a “hint” of fruit flavor, drinking water has become more fun and delicious tasting.  HINT comes in ten unique flavors including Watermelon, Blackberry, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Raspberry-Lime, Mango-Grapefruit, Lime, Pear, Honeydew-Hibiscus and Cucumber. Your skin has been left pale and lifeless because of winter so before you even think of hitting the beach or stepping foot into a swimsuit and frying yourself on the first sunny day you should think of using the G.M. Collin SPF 30 High Protection Cream, an ultra-light, water-resistant, non-occlusive sunscreen formulated exclusively with 100% natural mineral filters providing highly effective UV ray protection. Your skin will be more sensitive to the UV rays during the first sun exposures and protection is very important especially if you are attending WMC and will be standing, dancing and walking around for a good 12 hours each day in the hot blistering sun. Don’t get sun burnt on day 1 and ruin your other days left. So as you’re splashing around at a WMC pool party this spring, make sure to stay hydrated with HINT and protected with G.M. Collin Skincare.


 mercy_03232012115738Beg for Mercy  

Should you find yourself imbibing in more than a “recommended” share of cocktails during WMC-consider packing a can of Mercy® a new caffeine-free and naturally flavored, functional beverage that helps to prevent hangovers. The creators of this party/after-party companion boast that it is a “miracle in a can,” and can “prevent hangovers, detoxify the body, boost the immune system, alleviate alcohol flush and replenish key nutrients.”  It’s all actually pretty scientific, as Mercy is comprised of a kajillion vitamins and a billion grams of each of those (don’t quote us on these figures). On a serious note, Mercy is a custom blend of amino acids, anti-oxidants and vitamins, formulated to replenish key nutrients and jump-start the body’s natural defenses, helping stave off dreaded hangover symptoms like headache and nausea. It is also the only hangover-prevention drink that contains B1, a vitamin proven to help offset alcohol’s negative effects- including liver damage! We are NOT making this up- we have actually researched this. Mixed with alcohol or served on its own, Mercy helps neutralize the dangerous alcohol by-product acetaldehyde and unlike many other functional beverages, Mercy is cold-filled and canned, which preserves the drink’s vitamins and nutrients by shielding them from heat and light. Each 8.4-ounce can of Mercy consumed during a night out, will counter the after-effects of up to five alcoholic beverages.  If you drink more than that, well, we are guessing a mere hangover is NOT your biggest problem.  With only 60 calories per can, Mercy appeals to health-and weight-conscious consumers and it actually tastes kind of like ginger ale. Mercy is available in select bars, restaurants, nightclubs and hotels in major cities and viawww.drinkmercy.com.   



BrazilFoundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support social projects in Brazil, will hold its second annual gala in Miami on Tuesday, March 26 at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Sponsored by Graff Diamonds, Crédit Agricole and Carla Amorim, the evening will honor influential social investors and bring together over 400 leaders from the worlds of business, diplomacy, academia, fashion and art to generate resources for the community-led initiatives funded by the BrazilFoundation. Television and radio host Pedro Andrade will act as the evening’s master of ceremonies. Rising international star Naldo, who recently toured with Fat Joe in Brazil, will be making his official U.S. debut with a live musical performance at the charity gala; for more information visit www.Brazilfoundation.com.  

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