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Head to Graziano’s for Wine Day

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 16 - 2024

February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and Graziano’s is the place to be on this extremely important holiday. With wines spanning from several different countries coming from Italy to Spain to France to Argentina, Graziano’s vast wine selection has something that will be to accommodate to everyone’s liking. At Graziano’s good wine is always accompanied by extraordinary food: authentic Argentinian dishes expertly crafted and served with care.

Graziano’s extends its presence with 11 locations across Miami, inviting customers to explore both restaurants and markets situated in Bird Road, Coral Gables, Hialeah, Aventura, Doral, and Weston. Visit:

Coconut Grove Arts Festival Turns 60

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On February - 16 - 2024

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival returns this weekend, just in time for Presidents’ Day Weekend on February 17, 18 and 19. Our favorite outdoor arts festival promises three days of beautiful and creative works of art and a lively group of artists and art enthusiasts. There will also be culinary showcases and showdowns, music, activations and fun for the whole family.

New for 2024

Immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of creativity at the Arts & Drafts Beer Garden inside Peacock Park during Festival, where craft brews meet live artistry, offering a unique blend of libations and artistic inspiration with talented craft artists creating live works of art, providing an open forum for workshops, and celebrating the perfect pairing of arts and drafts throughout the three-day festival.

Savor the culinary delights of top-tier restaurants at Flavors of The Grove, where each presents a single signature dish, inviting you to vote for the standout culinary masterpiece that captures taste, creativity, presentation, and overall appeal.

Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing 360-degree dome experience, where state-of-the-art projectors transport you to a world of captivating visuals that surround and envelop your senses.


Saturday, February 17: 10 AM – 6 PM

Sunday, February 18: 10 AM – 6 PM

Monday, February 19: 10 AM – 5 PM


2700 S. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133

Tickets are currently on sale at and start at $25 online.

Scary Fish Masquerade Ball at Sexy Fish Miami

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 25 - 2023

Head to Sexy Fish on Thursday, October 26, for “Scary Fish” a glamorously spooky affair, featuring a haunting theme, beats from guest DJ Natasha Diggs, ocean-inspired cocktails, and more. The best part: this fabulous costume party will benefit the The Little Lighthouse Foundation (LLF)  South Florida’s beloved, non-profit organization.

Well-known for its “Nightmare on the Beach” Halloween parties, LLF promises that Scary Fish will be equally luxurious and fun!

Guests can expect a variety of handcrafted cocktails and passed canapés, while enjoying the immersive decor, complete with a cast of scary sea creatures, while taking in the mesmerizing tunes spun by international sensation DJ Natasha Diggs. The party goes from 9PM to 1AM.

The enchanting night will include complimentary cocktails sponsored by 512 Tequila, Tito’s Vodka, and other liquor sponsors, alongside mouth-watering bites, and a “hypnotizing atmosphere that will transport guests to the deep, dark depths of the seas.” Don’t forget to dress to impress, as glamorous Halloween costumes are requested of all attendees. 

A $150 donation is required in advance for attendance; ($200 donation at the door). Visit to make a donation/reservation. For VIP table reservations, email:

All proceeds from this event will go towards LLF’s Children’s Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28th. To learn more about LLF’s Do Good Feel Good Programming, please visit


Sexy Fish Miami

1001 South Miami Avenue

 Miami, FL 33130

Date: Thursday, October 26th, 2023

       9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

South Beach Seafood Festival

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 11 - 2023

The highly-anticipated South Beach Seafood Festival is making its triumphant return Wednesday, October 18th through Saturday, October 21st, promising an unforgettable celebration of ocean-fresh delicacies, live entertainment, and idyllic beachside vibes. Kicking off the start of Miami’s famed stone crab season, this exciting annual event promises an unparalleled experience for seafood enthusiasts and fun seekers alike. With four days of special programming, including endless food and beverage tastings, chef competitions, cooking demonstrations and more, this year’s festival will raise the bar for one of the country’s leading seafood events. Presented by Tequila Herradura and GOYA Foods, and hosted with the support of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, the four-day festival is a curated culinary showcase that couples South Florida’s bounty of seafood with the region’s most notable chefs and local restaurants. Tickets to the 11th Annual South Beach Seafood Festival are now available at

Set against the stunning backdrop and the electric energy of the city’s colorful Art Deco district, the South Beach Seafood Festival consists of four separate ticketed events taking place throughout the week. The festival begins on Wednesday, October 18th with “An Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab.” The five-course meal, hosted by Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, showcases Executive Chef Andre Bienvenu’s cuisine paired with fine wines curated by master sommeliers. Next up, “Crabs, Slabs & Cabs,” takes place the following evening at the historic Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. This year’s event is once again a formal sit-down, five-course dinner highlighting an international take on traditional ‘Surf n’ Turf’ interpreted by six of the Magic City’s leading chefs who join the evening’s host, GOYA Foods’ Executive Chef Fernando Desa. On Friday evening, the gloves will come off as Miami’s top chefs go head-to-head in 11 competitive seafood rounds during the annually sold-out “Chef Showdown,” coined the ultimate beach bash on South Beach. Competing at the event will be last year’s winning chefs who will return to defend their culinary crown at the festival. The excitement building up during the series of nightly events will reach a stirring culmination at the week’s main celebration, the “South Beach Seafood Festival.” The all-day affair takes place on Saturday, October 21st, and showcases a selection of pop-up-cafés and VIP samplings by prominent South Florida restaurants in partnership with signature national brands who will descend on South Beach for one weekend only. In addition to the exceptional culinary offerings, the festival will feature live music performances, engaging culinary demonstrations, interactive sponsor activations and 5 blocks of fun to be had. Attendees can also sip on refreshing beverages at various bars stationed throughout the festival grounds as the event tickets include open bar for 21+. This year’s VIP Village hosts 1 1/2 blocks of exclusive premium experiences featuring the always popular GOYA Culinary Pavilion, the Tequila Herradura Pop Up featuring Bodega Taqueria y Tequila and Jack Daniels featuring Le Chick , the all new Mountain Valley Spring Water hydration lounge, and the list continues along with sampling restaurants, to include American Social, Area 31, Estiatorio Milos, Billy G Catering, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Mau Miami, Osaka Nikkei, Playa, Rum Room, Smashburger, Tartufo Prestige, The Lazy Oyster, Old Lisbon and The Wagyu Bar by Meat N’ Bone, among others.

Amigos Night: a Fun-filled Extravaganza 

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 11 - 2023

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

The highly-anticipated Amigos Night took place  on Saturday, September 30, at the Hangar in Coconut Grove.

The music and entertainment were extraordinary as were the food and cocktails. The crowd of more than 1000 guests was still dancing non-stop well passed 1 am to the incomparable music of the legendary DJ Irie.

Thanks to the support of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, title sponsor, and Bacardi USA, presenting sponsor and all of the sponsors, guests and volunteers, the evening raised over 400 thousand dollars to benefit Amigos For Kids, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Amigos Night featured a culinary pavilion offering dinner by the bite from some of Miami’s favorite restaurants, live music and entertainment by Extasy and an insane “hora loca” late night. The dance floor was packed the whole night. Cocktails were free-flowing, domino tables were bustling and Versailles and Papa John’s doled out delicious treats well into the morning. 

Special guests included:  Alina Garcia, Vicki Lopez, and Raquel Regalado, Gloria Ordaz, Pamela Silva, Enrique Santos, Erika Ender, Jorge Masvidal, Ingrid Hoffman, Maria Elena Salinas, Teresa Rodriguez, Neida Sandoval, Anabelle Blum and Ana Quincoces tonnage a few.

Maggie Fresen, Board Chair, expressed her gratitude, stating, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and the thousands of children we are able to reach every year, we thank our sponsors and supporters who are vital to continuing Amigos’ mission. With their support, we cultivate unity and compassion, ensuring that children have the opportunity to grow, succeed, and build a brighter future.”

For more information and to make a donation, visit and follow @AmigosForKids on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Amigos Night- Dining, Dancing and Dominoes for a Great Cause

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 28 - 2023

One of Miami’s most highly-anticipated events, Amigos Night (formerly Miami Celebrity Domino Night) will take place on Saturday, September 30, at the Hangar in Coconut Grove.

The night promises to be filled with dancing, dining and dominoes  thanks to the support of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, title sponsor, and Bacardi USA, presenting sponsor. The best part? All of this fun benefits Amigos For Kids, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Amigos Night will feature a culinary pavilion offering dinner by the bite from some of Miami’s favorite chefs. Miami HEAT DJ Irie and live entertainment by Extasy will keep the dance floor packed the whole night. Cocktails will be free flowing and the domino tables will be bustling. Be sure to take a break from the fun to bid on items from the silent auction, which will include art, sports memorabilia, jewelry, travel expeditions, and more.

“Amigos Night rallies together supporters, sponsors, and the community at large to contribute generously toward our mission. This fundraiser serves as a platform for raising awareness about the challenges families face and highlights the positive impact that Amigos for Kids has on their lives,” said Karina Pavone, President and CEO of Amigos For Kids.

For more information visit and follow @AmigosForKids on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Amigos Night

8:00 pm

Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Hangar at Regatta Harbour 

3385 Pan American Drive