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Dont’ Miss: Art Basel 2013

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 2 - 2013

artbBy: Maryanne Salvat and Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Art Basel Miami

Art Basel will take over South Florida from December 5 through 8 for its 12th season. Ranked as one of the most influential art events in the world, this year’s five day run will feature close to 300 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa and will showcase works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In addition to the actual show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, art museums throughout South Florida, satellite art fairs, and events for and by curators provide the perfect forum for experiencing art and design.

For more information, visit:


Design Miami


On December 4 through December 8, Design Miami will be showcasing 37 galleries in Miami Beach, Meridian Avenue & 19th Street. Each year, the fair brings together the most influential crowds from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. For more information, visit


SCOPE Miami Beach


SCOPE Miami Beach will feature a wide range of curated projects, sponsor programs and Platinum VIP tours as well as 100 International Exhibitors and 15 Breeder Program galleries. SCOPE Miami Beach opens on Monday, December 2, with its exclusive Platinum VIP Gala, continuing Tuesday, December 3, to welcome VIPs and Press at its First View benefit, and will open to the general public from December 4 – 8.  For the second year in a row, SCOPE, the preeminent launching pad for emerging contemporary art, continues its collaboration with VH1, which through its own “You Oughta Know” initiative has helped launch some of music’s hottest artists. This year, SCOPE and VH1 are teaming up to host ART + MUSIC + BEACH to celebrate the convergence of the music and art worlds in a series of curatorial on-air, online and on-site collaborations at SCOPE’s new location in the heart of South Beach, Miami. The VH1 Indoor Lounge within the SCOPE pavilion will expose SCOPE Miami Beach attendees to a series of activations designed to celebrate the crossover between art and music, and will be open to all for the duration of the event from December 3-8, 2013.



Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project


Ten of the nation¹s top emerging contemporary artists are headed to SCOPE to showcase their work in a group show after being chosen as winners in a nationwide series of competitive gallery showcases. Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project paired emerging artists in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, New York and Atlanta with local venue owners to create custom and functional pieces of art which are now on permanent display in some of the hottest bars, lounges and restaurants in each city. Artists were handpicked and given a one-day challenge to transform a blank canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into an inspired work of art. The show is located at 1000 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.

For additional information, visit The show will be open from December 4 – 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Miami Independent Thinkers at SCOPE

Sara Read, Heather Read, Laraine Hart and Kerry McLaney (305 Creative Group) present Miami’s Independent Thinkers ART BASEL 2013, a collaborative multimedia art exhibition showcasing Miami’s premiere, emerging and young artists. To be held at SCOPE Miami Beach BOOTH K 01 (1000 Ocean Drive Miami Beach), its new location on the sands of Miami Beach. The 7-day fair aims to feature local artists working across a range of media – painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, animators, writers, musicians, muralists, performance and new media artists. The fair will run from December 2nd-8th during Art Basel. For the complete schedule, tickets and hours, visit: or


PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is the leading US art fair dedicated solely to contemporary art. Through its annual editions in Miami and New York, PULSE provides a unique platform for diverse galleries to present a progressive blend of renowned and pioneering contemporary artists, alongside an evolving series of original programming. The fair’s distinctive commitment to the art community and visitor experience makes PULSE unique among art fairs and creates an art market experience that is both dynamic and inviting.The Fair is divided into two sections and is comprised of a mix of established and emerging galleries vetted by a committee of prominent international dealers. The IMPULSE section presents galleries invited by the Committee to present solo project booths exhibiting emerging work created in the past two years.  One artist featured in the IMPULSE section is awarded the PULSE Prize, which is a cash grant given to the winner artist to help further his career.In addition, PULSE develops original cultural programming with a series of large-scale installations, its PULSE Play> video lounge, and the PULSE Performance events. PULSE supports numerous nonprofit art organizations and schools.  This year’s fair runs from December 5-8 and takes place at the Ice Palace Studios:  1400 North Miami Avenue.  For more information, visit:


Red Dot

Red Dot Miami will host an opening reception on December 3, offer a unique selection of approximately 60 galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography and fine-art objects.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Million Trees Miami.  Million Trees Miami Campaign is a Community-wide effort to plant 1 million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30% tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Million Trees Miami has partnered with the Miami-Dade Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve parks and green space. Red Dot is proud to support such a great cause. Red Dot takes place in Midtown Miami, 3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 31st Street, from December 3-8.  For more information, visit: or call 917.273.8621.


Art Miami


On December 3 Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week with the highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview.  World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from 125 international art galleries.





CONTEXT, the sister fair to Art Miami, is committed to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. The 70 international galleries vetted by the CONTEXT Selection Committee will exhibit highlights from their gallery programs, solo artist exhibitions and/or curated projects. Now in its second year, the fair will take place in a standalone 45,000-square-foot pavilion directly adjacent to the Art Miami Pavilion joined by an outdoor café, lounge and curated outdoor art exhibition.

A network of complimentary shuttle buses will run round-trip service between Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua Art Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach.  For more information visit:


ELLE DECOR Modern Life Concept House


ELLE DECOR presents the acclaimed ELLE DECOR Modern Life Concept House. The magazine will pair top designers, selected by its editorial team, with prominent lifestyle brands to transform an expansive tropical-modern, waterfront estate on Miami Beach’s exclusive Sunset Island II. The ELLE DECOR Modern Life Concept House will be open to the public while also serving as a venue for a series of private events. Proceeds from the show house will benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. For location and ticketing information, please visit





The boutique by Harpers BAZAAR will take over the Soho Beach House library and private dining room, transforming them into a chic, editorially-inspired salon space offering luxury fashion and beauty experiences. With personalized shopping consultations with BAZAAR editors and fashion and accessories from retail partner Curve Boutique, the store will feature brands including Acne*, Proenza Schouler, and Dion Lee. Special pieces from John Hardy, MCM, MICHELE Watches, and Swarovski will also be available, and French fashion brand Sandro will debut select pieces from their Spring 2014 collection in advance of their first freestanding Florida boutique openings at Aventura Mall in Miami and on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. The boutique will also include exclusive offerings from jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher with proceeds benefiting Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit organization that provides underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs. Guests will be invited to rejuvenate themselves with evian® in Limited Edition bottles by ELIE SAAB and Gevalia Coffee.  The boutique will be open to the public on Tuesday, December 3, through Thursday December 5. For open hours or to  RSVP contact



By: Maryanne Salvat


cafeCelebrate Thanksgiving with the Café Prima Pasta Family 

On Thanksgiving Day, guests can pull up a seat for a savory, oven-roasted turkey dinner with choice of Argentinean and Italian infused sides, homemade dessert and free flowing champagne for $24.95 at Café Prima Pasta. Patrons who want to forgo a tummy full of turkey can enjoy homemade Italian dishes such as Carpaccio di Manzo ($12.95), Garganelli Lamb Ragu ($16.95), Branzino Livornese ($23.95) and Veal Parmigiano ($19.95).  For reservations for parties of six or more, call 305.867.0106 or visit 


“Movember” Takes Over American Social for the Mustachio Bashio 

No need to hold the handlebars, serious stubble is in fashion for fall. American Social on Las Olas Boulevard  is encouraging patrons to turn their backs on the blade in honor of Movember, an annual crusade to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancers and mental health. Starting this week  “MoBros” and “Bearded Broads” can enjoy a specialty Movember cocktail menu inspired by celebrity stashes (think: “Anchorman” hero Ron Burgundy, Tom Selleck, Jeff Foxworthy etc…).  Twenty percent of proceeds from the mustache men inspired cocktails sold during the month of November will benefit the Movember Foundation. Sip on the Ron Burgundy ($14), Crown Royal, fresh lime juice, muddled mint leaves, black berries and simple syrup; Hulk Hogan ($12), Grey Goose La Poire, St. Germain, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, cucumber and a splash of club soda or the Charlie Chaplin ($13), a combination of Kettle One, olive juice and bleu cheese stuffed olives.

Fellow followers of the follicle fanfare can post their photos to American Social’s Facebook using the hashtag #amsomovember for a photo contest. The stylish ‘stache with the most “likes” each week will receive a $100 American Social gift card and entry into a grand prize drawing for a complimentary bottle and private, reserved booth for up to eight people. “Shave” the date for the culminating Mustachio Bashio from 7:00 to 9 p.m. on December 5th where “hairy hell raisers” will enjoy complimentary cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, festive souvenir photo opportunities, mustache contests, prizes and the grand prize drawing. 


Billionaire Italian Couture Opens During Art Basel 

Billionaire Italian Couture, the global fashion brand known for its couture-like details, will celebrate its first East Coast flagship with an opening party during Art Basel on Tuesday, December 3, at 4000 NE 2nd Avenue in the Miami Design District. Hosted by Billionaire founder Flavio Briatore, the celebration will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will feature a live set from fashion’s DJ darling DJ So Super Sam. The invitation-only party will also give guests the first chance to see Billionaire’s stunning transformation of Miami’s historic Buena Vista Post Office building; For more information contact: 


Wallpaper* Handmade 

Wallpaper* Handmade, the groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design, will make its U.S. debut during Art Basel / Design Miami with several newly commissioned design pieces in collaboration with renowned British car manufacturer Jaguar. Running from December 4 – 8, the exhibition will be held in the iconic building that welcomes visitors to Miami’s Design District at 3841 NE 2nd Avenue. A special VIP opening preview followed by a grand opening celebration will take place the evening of Thursday, December 5. Expecting top-name designers, architects, fashion icons, and the ultimate design influencers, guests will sip on Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, enjoy light bites and sounds from a renowned DJ as they tour the exhibition.




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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 21 - 2013

By: Maryanne Salvat 

BENIHANABenihana Invites you to Be the Chef 

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a fun, interactive cooking and dining experience- as only Benihana can provide! The Benihana “Be the Chef”  package includes personal training on tabletop hibachi and knife skills, a signature Benihana chef hat and apron, diploma and commemorative photo. A perfect treat for yourself or an aspiring chef! Guests of the newly trained chef will also enjoy a delicious meal of Benihana soup, Benihana salad, shrimp appetizer, hibachi vegetables, Splash ‘N Meadow entrees, homemade dipping sauces and Japanese hot green tea. All of Benihana’s steaks and vegetables are hand-cut in-house and delivered daily-to ensure freshness. The “Be the Chef Basic Package” costs $140 for four people (the chef and 3 guests), and additional guests are $35 per person. The “Be the Chef Special Package” is $250 for a party of 8.  One thing is for sure- you and your entire group will have an unforgettably fun and filling adventure! For more information, visit: 


Haring-Best_Buddies17th Annual Zenith Watches Best Buddies Miami Gala 

Best Buddies International will be hosting their 17th Annual Zenith Watches Best Buddies Miami Gala on November 22 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The groundbreaking nonprofit foundation established in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver has created a global volunteer movement that builds opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year Best Buddies is pleased to announce that Carlos Slim Helú will be honored during the Miami gala.   The event will have a festive Art Deco theme and will feature a fabulous cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, exclusive live and silent auctions, and a performance by special musical guest Sean Paul.  For tickets or to become a Miami Gala sponsor contact Natalie Van Eron at


Gilt-City-Warehouse-Sale-1Gilt City Warehouse Sale 

On November 23, join The Gilt City Warehouse Sale at Miami’s Ice Palace. The legendary Gilt City Miami Warehouse Sale features Gilt’s top designer brands—from men’s and women’s fashion to home accessories, kids goods and more— all at up to 90% off retail prices!  For the ladies, you can expect to see fashion’s from the likes of Zac Posen, Missoni, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera and more.  And for the men, you’ll find John Varvatos, Paul Smith, and GANT to name a few.  Fashion-lovers will be able to peruse dresses, jackets, sweaters, skirts, denim, suits, coats, tees and tanks from their favorite Gilt brands.  And for those who love accessories – you’ll find handbags, bangles, boots, pumps, sneakers, belts, sunglasses and more! Plus, new this year, has partnered with Infiniti to offer a pair of all-new 2014 Q50 sedans designed exclusively by Thom Browne and Zac Posen.  The two custom tailored vehicles – one designed by Mr. Browne and one designed by Mr. Posen – will be on showcase within special concept rooms at the Gilt City Miami Warehouse Sale, fashioned by the two designers.  Gilt City Miami members are invited to view the two one-of-a-kind Q50 vehicles at this special elevated shopping event, combining the world of fashion with the luxuriousness of the all-new 2014 InfinitiQ50.  Infiniti will also provide attendees with the opportunity to test-drive or ride-along in one of their new fleet of vehicles, including the 2014 Q50.  On December 12 the two custom designed vehicles will be available for purchase exclusively on Gilt at 


Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Christmas Tree Sale 

For over 35 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been selling Christmas trees and wreaths to help bring holiday cheer into many South Florida households, and it continues this tradition in 2013. One hundred percent of proceeds from the trees and wreaths sales will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, which serves thousands of boys and girls in Miami-Dade County with positive programs year-round.  To kick off the 2013 selling season, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will hold a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at the tree lot on Monday, November 25 at 4:00 p.m. at the Hank Kline Club. Attending will be Santa Claus himself to visit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade children, local dignitaries and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade board members and representatives. The trees, gorgeous Fraser firs hand selected in North Carolina by Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s President Alex Rodriguez-Roig, stand 5’ to 14’ feet tall and sell for $55 and up. Plain and hand-decorated wreaths will also be for sale, starting at $35. The tree lot will be open seven days a week or until all trees are sold out.


 Helen NashBy: Maryanne Salvat

Helen Nash Book Signing
Helen Nash – known for being an innovator in the field of kosher cooking and author of Kosher Cuisine and Helen Nash’s Kosher Kitchen – will be speaking at the opening event for the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center’s Jewish Book Month festivities on November 13 at 7:30pm.  Her latest cookbook is HELEN NASH’S NEW KOSHER CUISINE: Healthy, Simple & Stylish.  For more information about Helen and her cookbook visit

Evening in the Gardens LACOSTE_Everglades_Miami_Invite_-_Nov_15

On Friday, November 15, join LACOSTE for the annual Everglades Foundation “Evening in the Gardens” on at Pinecrest Gardens.  Music, cocktails and buffet supper will take place in The Meadow from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. For tickets and more information about the event visit: 


JetBlue Airways and HaVen Gastro-Lounge’sDestination Saturdays”

On Saturday, November 16, JetBlue Airways will take over HaVen Gastro-Lounge’sDestination Saturdays” party series in honor of the airline’s new daily nonstop service to its southernmost destination, Lima, Peru.Destination Saturdays is a themed party series that “transports” guests to a different exotic locale each week via the high-hotspot’s digital wrap-around walls, complete with a wait-staff dressed as flight attendants and captain DJ Kristian Caro to pilot the revelry. South Florida foodies will also have an opportunity to preview cocktails and eats from Chef Todd Erickson’s “South Florida-meets-Peru” collaboration menu – created in tandem with Peruvian top toque Pedro Miguel Schiaffino of Lima’s critically acclaimed Malabar Restaurant. Guests will enjoy Avion tequila bottle specials and the chance to win one of five sets (10 total) of round-trip travel vouchers, valid on JetBlue Airways service from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int. Airport to Jorge Chavez Int. Airport in Lima, Peru. Destination Lima runs from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at HaVen Gastro-Lounge. One raffle winner will be announced each hour during the event. Admission is complimentary and based on capacity. For more information on Destination Saturdays or to reserve a table contact or call 305.987.8885.Lima will be JetBlue’s 81st BlueCity and its fourth destination in South America. Fares for U.S.-originating flights to Lima are available at for travel beginning November 21. 


LuckyLUCKYRICE Miami Feast Presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East®

LUCKYRICE Miami Feast presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East® will return on Friday, November 15 from 7:30-11:00 p.m. at The Raleigh Pool and Oasis. The Miami Feast follows on the heels of the popular fourth-annual New York Festival and events in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. General Admission tickets are $88 for general admission and $125 for VIP. A limited number of American Express VIP tickets (which includes early access from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and a private demo and meet-and-greet opportunity with Iron Chef Morimoto prior to the start of the event) are also available for $150.Tickets are available at;Tickets are $88 for general admission and $125 for VIP. (VIP access is from 7:00 -8:00pm and provides all-evening access to the VIP Chefs Lounge). To add to the festivities, guests will be invited to dress in “firecracker” or “chili pepper” red to reflect the spicy flavors prominent in Latino and Asian cuisines. 


Shop to Stop MS

The University of Miami MS Center for Excellence, hosts the fifth annual Shop to Stop MS on Wednesday, November 20 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Alina Villasante, Creator of Peace Love World and Diana Riser, MIAMI Magazine Publisher. Local tastemakers and MS activists will be invited to enjoy fine wine, cocktails and tastings from local restaurants. Participating establishments include; Aroma Espresso, Brio Tuscan Grille, Eventology, Earl Kitchen + Bar, Fare to Remember, Joanna’s Marketplace, Joelle’s Desserts & Gifts, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pernod Ricard USA, RA Sushi Bar, Town Kitchen & Bar and Southern Wine & Spirits.  Tickets to the event are $60; in addition, guests will receive a $25 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card to use anytime. Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to donate 10 percent of the event sales to benefit the University of Miami MS Center for Excellence. Moreover, guests can purchase Peace Love World selected merchandise during the event at Saks Dadeland. One hundred percent of the purchase price of Peace Love World benefits the University of Miami MS Center of Excellence MS Research and Patient Care Fund.  For more information and to purchase tickets call 305.243.1388 or visit 


scarpettaScarpetta Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

On Wednesday, November 20, Scarpetta, Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s award-winning Italian eatery helmed by celebrity chef Scott Conant, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a four-course prix-fixe dinner with the renowned chef as the host. Featuring recipes from Conant’s new The Scarpetta Cookbook (October 15, 2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) executed by Scarpetta’s chef de cuisine and Top Chef contestant, Nina Compton, the delicious four-course menu is priced at $95 per person and includes a copy of the book. An optional wine flight may be added to the meal for an additional $45 per person (includes four 3 oz. premium selections). Tax and gratuity are not included and reservations are required. Scarpetta opens daily for dinner at 6:00 p.m. For reservations, call 877.326.7412 or book online at


Tongue & Cheek “KITCHEN COLLAB” Wrap Up

Tongue &Cheek’s series of special guest chef dinners, “KITCHEN COLLAB,” will wrap up its 2013 edition on Wednesday, November 20 with executive chef/ owner Jamie DeRosa pairing up with one of South Florida’s most celebrated local talents, Chef Paula DaSilva, who recently returned to 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Following the success of the previous collabs with acclaimed chefs Lindsay Autry and Clay Conley, DeRosa and DaSilva will team up to create an intimate, multi-course dinner that incorporates each other’s cooking styles resulting in an unforgettable culinary experience. Priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) diners will be welcomed by complimentary cocktails and an array of hors d’oeuvres. Afterwards, they will enjoy an amazing five course dinner created by the talented duo and will receive a special “swag bag” to take home at the end of the night. A beverage pairing is also available for an additional $25 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Start time: 7 p.m. Seating is limited and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, call: 305.704.2900. As the New Year approaches, make sure to stay tuned for upcoming collaborations with some special twists.





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Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 7 - 2013

By: Maryanne Salvat 

umThe “Wig and Stache Bash” for the Lowe Art Museum at UM 

On November 9, join Beaux Arts at the “Wig & Stache Bash” to celebrate Miami’s oldest costume ball and the organization’s ongoing support for the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum at the Coral Gables Country Club. Evening events will include a large silent auction, featuring over 200 items valued at over $150,000, a sit-down dinner, dancing, a costume and skit competition, and an exciting raffle, in which the purchase of a raffle ticket will go toward sending an underprivileged student to Beaux Arts Art Camp.  61st Annual Beaux Arts Ball sponsors include Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, Bermont Advisory Group of Raymond James, AON, Northern Trust, Lowell International Realty, The Haggard Law Firm, Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis Interior Design, TUUCI, Windhaven Insurance, and Nicole Wilson Lozano. Funds raised at the event will be used for exhibitions, improvements and acquisitions to the Lowe’s permanent collection, as well as to finance the organization’s flagship program, Hands On!, which exposes underserved children from Miami-Dade to the visual arts. Tickets are $250 per person; to reserve, email 



Kenneth Cole Book Launch at Bloomingdales Aventura 

On November 9, legendary designer Kenneth Cole will be celebrating the launch of his coffee table book, This is a Kenneth Cole Production, a commemoration of Cole’s 30 year career in fashion and social engagements. The designer will be on hand at Bloomingdales Aventura Mall for his first South Florida appearance. All profits from the book will be donated to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.







bgcBoys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Hosts “Wild About Kids” Gala

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is once again hosting its acclaimed annual “Wild About Kids” black-tie gala on Saturday, November 9, at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Grand Ballroom. The 7th annual fundraising event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and its many positive programs, such as after school programs, homework assistance, computer training, social skills, dance, arts & crafts, professional mentoring, and summer and athletic programs, for area children who need them the most. The event’s Presenting Sponsor is 4 Beauty Aesthetic Institute Inc./Dr. Constantino and Mrs. Nina Mendieta.  The gala will kick off with a VIP party offering photo ops with honorees at 6:30 p.m. A cocktail reception will take place at 7:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 8:30 p.m. An after party, also at Four Seasons Hotel Miami, will begin at 11 p.m. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening into the wee hours with Frank Sinatra-style entertainer Jeff Grainer, a D.J, dancing, an open bar and small bites. Underwriting opportunities, starting at $300, still remain. Table sales are sold out. Individual tickets for the gala are still available at $500 per ticket, and for the after party at $50 per ticket. 

Gala co-chairs are Lana DeSimone, Irene Korge and Eris Thomas; special events chair

For more information about sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, in-kind gift donations, and tickets, contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein, director of special events & development at 305-446-9910 ext. 30 or



spainSpain’s Great Match

On Tuesday, November 12, gain greater knowledge of Spain’s wine, food and culture during Spain’s Great Match. Meet and greet winery representatives, importers and distributors during this exclusive trade and media preview tasting at 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Building in the Design District. Discover new wines, grapes and regions as you taste your way through Spain with the more than 200 offerings. Attend an in-depth seminar of Grandes Pagos de España* with renowned experts. To RSVP visit:; a business card or proof of affiliation at registration is required. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. For information, call 646.624.2885 extension 112 or by email at:




Colette Little French Bistro

For an authentic slice if Paris, head to  Colette Little French Bistro, Chef Frederick Boldron and French restaurateur Francis Pittilloni’s new restaurant-so French- you will forget you are in bustling Lincoln Road.  Colette Little French Bistro proves its name is as authentic as the menu. The French bistro fare includes mussels marinieres, (not to be missed), escargots, steak au poivre, French onion soup, and Colette’s signature Cajun chicken. Thanks to Francis’ French/Italian roots, other outstanding menu items include the mushroom risotto and the Colette pizza- a white pizza of Swiss and goat cheeses drizzled with honey- the recipe of which has been in the family for centuries.  Watch chef Frederick Boldron perfectly execute his dishes through the visible kitchen that sets the home-style atmosphere for the equally cozy and chic dining room interior. From Serge Gainsbourg to Amy Winehouse, and everything in between, the eclectic soundtrack will keep you guessing, as will the pizzas you will unexpectedly find on the menu. An extensive list of French wines will tantalize your palette and your wallet. The entire menu is approachable for everyday dining, geared for locals-with no occasion necessary to enjoy. Open for dinner seven days a week, and opening for lunch next month, Colette Little French Bistro is proud to present great food and service wrapped in a warm and inviting setting. Nice born Chef Boldron, who started his career in the kitchens of France’s top Michelin rated restaurants including L’Ane Rouge, La Grande Cascade and Le Bristol, has most recently served as Chef de Cuisine in some of Miami’s most bustling kitchens including Tosca, Villa Mayfair, La Goulue and Vita.


make a wishBy: Maryanne Salvat 

19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball 

On Saturday, November 2, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami will celebrate the 19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball with a theme inspired by the Vaudevillian era.  Grammy-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert will perform and actress Gabrielle Anwar will return as Celebrity Auctioneer of the Ball, which is chaired by philanthropist Shareef Malnik. In its 18-year history, the event has raised more than $12.3 million, enough to grant wishes for 2,620 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Guests will end the evening with a performance by Adam Lambert, the Indiana-born, California-bred, electro-pop artist who started his career on the eighth season of American Idol. For the sixth consecutive year, Nightclub Vice Chairman Michael Capponi of The Capponi Group will spearhead the official Ball after-party at the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, introducing Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to the next generation of contributors. Designer Traver Rains will headline the “La Nuit Magique” fashion show, leaving guests time-traveling back to the 1930’s and Vaudevillian acts. Tickets can be purchased at Individual nightclub tickets cost $100. Although the tables and tickets for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball are sold out, wish sponsorships are still available starting at $5,000. For more information, please visit 


Toro Toro Miami 

Toro Toro Miami, renowned chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s inventive, Pan-Latin contemporary steakhouse, has been earning rave reviews by critics, foodies and locals since it opened in October 2012. The sleek, sexy restaurant and bar, located at the iconic InterContinental Miami hotel, is celebrating its first birthday with a special, prix-fixe three-course tasting menu. From now through November 30,priced at $39 per person – excluding tax and gratuity – the restaurant will offer its loyal patrons and welcomed newcomers a diverse selection of small plates, entrees and decadent desserts.  


marchMarch of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya Foods

One of South Florida’s most popular annual food and wine fundraisers, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya Foods, will return for its 16th year on Wednesday, November 6, featuring an array of amazing chefs from Miami’s most popular restaurants.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m., taking place at the Hyatt Regency Miami in downtown Miami. This year’s extravaganza will showcase dozens of Miami’s top chefs including Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Wolfgang Birk of Area 31, David Bracha of Oak Tavern, Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons, Alberto Cabrera of Bread+Butter, Nina Compton of Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek, Fernando Desa of GOYA, Daisy Diaz of Sabores Café, Eric Do of Toro Toro Miami, Paolo Dorigato of Dolce Italian, Todd Erickson of HaVen Gastro-Lounge and Huahua’s Taqueria, Conor Hanlon of The Dutch at W South Beach, Willy Hernandez of Zielo Restaurant, Alan Hughes of The Embassy, Brian Nasajon of SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables, Luis Quant of Bulla Gastrobar, Philippe Ruiz of Lippi Restaurant, Doug Sisk of The Social Club at Surfcomber and Cesar  Zapata of The Federal. Tables of ten are $3,000, and individual tickets are $300 per person, which includes admission to a special “Meet the Chefs” Reception at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds from the event benefit the March of Dimes. For more event information and to purchase tables or tickets visit


kites5th annual “Kites for a Cure ®”

Lily’s Light will host its 5th annual “Kites for a Cure ®,” this year sponsored by Memorial Cancer Institute benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer on Saturday, November 3, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Tropical Park’s The Hill (Pavilion 10) in Miami, FL. Admission is free but for a donation of $25 ($30 day of), guests receive their own kite to decorate and keep, a T-shirt, a snack sponsored by Whole Foods, and a raffle ticket. This year there will be face painting and a bounce house to mark the 5th anniversary of the event. Hundreds of families are expected to gather at Tropical Park, to decorate and fly their kites with special messages for family members and friends, or general messages of love and hope in an effort to raise lung cancer awareness. Lily’s Light was founded in 2009 in memory of Lily Plaza, a South Florida resident and non-smoker who passed away from lung cancer in 2008. Lily’s Light is a partner of Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a national lung cancer research foundation that has awarded more than $10 million in research grants into diagnosis, treatment and a cure for the disease since 2003. Lung cancer is the nation’s #1 cancer killer, claiming more than 160,000 lives in the U.S. this year alone. To register, make a donation or learn more about Lily’s Light and Uniting Against Lung Cancer, visit the event’s web site at or  If you have questions or would like to volunteer, email