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Don’t Miss: Tudor House, Digest Miami, Arquiste, and Mercadito

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On December - 21 - 2011

By: Maryanne Salvat 

Super Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Celebrates at the Tudor House 

Food Network’s ultimate culinary battle officially ended last Sunday when Tudor House’s Chef & Partner Geoffrey Zakarian conquered Elizabeth Faulkner in the exciting holiday-themed finale of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. Tudor House is celebrating the victory with specials drawn from Zakarian’s “Next Iron Chef” creations.  These include an amuse bouche of Halibut Crudo with Coconut, Lime and Olive Oil, Truffle Scramble Eggs ($28) and Caramel Pork Belly with Artichokes Bariguole ($24). All of these dishes will be available through December 31. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s first foray into battle as an Iron Chef will premiere on Sunday, December 25, at 9pm ET/PT.

Zakarian’s restaurants include Tudor House in Miami and The Lambs Club and The National in New York City.  He also oversees the dining program at The Water Club in Atlantic City.  He will now appear regularly on “Iron Chef America,” demonstrating his razor-sharp knowledge of culinary techniques in this fast-paced cooking competition.  When not battling in kitchen stadium, Zakarian stays busy filming “CHOPPED”, where he is featured as a recurring judge, and highlights his favorite dishes onThe Best Thing I Ever Ate.” For reservations or more information, visit or call 305.534.8455. 


Digest Miami Holiday Survival Guide

Digest Miami is celebrating the holidays with the Digest Miami Holiday Survival Guide, composed of mouth watering holiday dishes from some of the city’s leading chefs. Specially created for the Holiday season, this extensive collection features recipes from twelve Chefs, many of whom are James Beard winners or nominees. Since the introduction of Digest Miami, it has garnered the interest of the best Chefs in South Florida and now allows you to step into the kitchen of some of our favorite restaurants. The Survival guide is a comprehensive step-by-step resource for anyone wanting to create the perfect holiday meal, from appetizers like Chef Michael Shikany’s Foie Terrine, to main courses like Paula DaSilva’s Rack of Lamb and Peter Vauthy’s Standing Rib Roast. The menu also includes side dishes like Chef Paul Griffin’s Asparagus Al Forno, Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Patatas Bravas and Chef Dana Brizee’s Truffle Mac & Cheese. And to add a bit of decadence we’ve included desserts such as Chef Antonio Bachour’s Panna Cotta and Chef Miguel Aguilar’s Bread Pudding. Specialty cocktails from Morton’s Steakhouse and Wynwood Kitchen complete the menu. For more information about DIGEST MIAMI, visit or contact Nick Betancourt | 786-287-1725 | or Tima Zein | 305-752-9400 | 


Arquiste:  The Debut Fragrances 

A scent is a time capsule. It can invoke our most intimate memories and dreams, and open doors to distant worlds. Created by an architect specializing in Historic Preservation, Arquiste is a fragrance collection that transports the wearer to evocative moments in history. Meticulously researched using authentic sources and crafted with only the rarest of ingredients, each fragrance restores the olfactive experience of a particular time and place, allowing both women and men to unlock personal revelations and experience history in a most intimate way. Available at The Webster Miami priced from $165.



MatzoBall® at LIV 

A holiday in its own right, the Society of Young Jewish Professionals, JDate and SLEEK MedSpa bring back the MatzoBall® on Saturday, December 24. Celebrating 25 years, the high-energy event starts at 8 p.m. at Miami’s own LIV (you must be 21 or older to attend). Adding to the party-frenzy, for the first time ever, the MatzoBall has spawned a sister party, The Big Chill, geared towards the 25 and older crowd, which will take place at Arkadia. Tickets to each event are available for advanced purchase online at or at the door – cash only for $30. A group ticket granted access to both MatzoBall and The Big Chill is available online only for $50.



December Spirited Dinner with Revolucion Tequila

In presenting Miami’s hottest monthly series, Mercadito Midtown is pleased to feature Revolucion Tequila for the last spirited dinner of the year on Wednesday, December 28 at 8:30 p.m. Throughout the evening, Chef/Partner Patricio Sandoval will present four gourmet, sharing courses – all prepared using Revolucion Tequila. Cocktails created by the award-winning Tippling Bros. will also showcase the spirit, and will be paired with several courses. The cost is $45 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Mercadito’s expert culinary team, as well as a Revolucion ambassador, will be on hand to answer any questions. Visit to view the menu.


By: Maryanne Salvat 

Help Michael Capponi Gather Clothing and Toys for Haiti

 This holiday season, the Haiti Empowerment Mission will host the annual Christmas in Haiti toy/clothing drive on Thursday, December 15, at the W South Beach: WET between 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Donations will be accepted at the door and also at 228 5th Street. All of the proceeds will benefit the school children of Camp Jacmel, Haiti. The children anxiously wait for this special day that comes once a year. With your help, the Haiti Empowerment Mission will be able to provide the following: 

*Clothing/Shoes: Clothing, underwear, sandals and socks

*Toys: should not be expensive | quantity is valued more than quality

Dolls, doll accessories, Barbie (African American), jump ropes, soccer balls, basketballs, Match Box cars, whistles, Play-Doh, play career kit and holiday gifts: candy canes and stockings;

*Books: all books must be in written in Creole

Dictionary: French/ English, coloring books and crayons 

Once the donations have been collected, they will be evenly distributed on grounds in Haiti on Wednesday, December 21.


ISA boutique and MOSA Medspa’s Shopping Event  

ISA boutique along with MOSA Medspa’s Jennifer Almeida is hosting a holiday shopping party on Tuesday, December 20, from 6:00 to 9:00p.m., along with a toy drive. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, tons of new arrivals, a jewelry trunk show by Rita & Zia, art by Mijares Art, music by DJ Willie and dry-styling by Midtown’s Blo – Blow Dry Bar. Raffle prizes will also be given out throughout the night courtesy of MOSA Medspa. Guests can also indulge in Ms. Cheezious food truck which will be on-site as well. Attendees, who bring an unwrapped toy, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the boutique through December 22. For more information on the event call 786.558.8027.






The Pig is Roasting on Wednesdays at De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean

Starting this Wednesday and every Wednesday on, Chef Douglas Rodriguez will host a live roast – of a pig that is. Each hump day the celebrated chef will roast a big, fat, pig starting at 5:00 p.m. for free until it’s gone. Yes, the juicy roasted pig is complimentary to guests while Chef Douglas’ tapas will be $5.00 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.and hand-muddled mojitos will go for just $5.00 all night long. Miami Beach’s favorite beat master, DJ Jean-Marc from Hakkasan will be spinning from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. to help you dance your way into the second half of the week. For more information on the pig roast, call 305.672.6624.


Loro Piana shopping event at Village of Merrick Park
Penn Medicine is at it again! Fresh off the heels of a mega-successful fundraising event with Russell Simmons and Loro Piana, the non-profit is pairing up with Loro Piana again for a holiday party on Wednesday, December 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Loro Piana Village of Merrick Park store (342 San Lorenzo Avenue, #1045, Coral Gables). Joining in the fun are Stefanie Block Reed and Evan Reed, Diane N. Weiss, Stacey Shoer, Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady, Constantino & Briana Gutierrez, Amy Rosenberg, and Faquiry Diaz Cala and Amelia Balonek where the retailer will donate a percentage of sales to Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Space is limited. Contact for more information. 


Ricochet Presents: Gilbert Gottfried and Ed Kowalczyk

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, one of the most recognizable voiceover talents known from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Iago from Disney’s Aladdin, will be performing live stand-up comedy at Ricochet Bar & Lounge on Monday, December 26. For just $25 at Midtown Miami’s newest culture-centric bar and lounge, guests can laugh the night away to the comedian’s jokes and stories while sipping on Ricochet’s signature drinks. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. with Gottfried going live at 10:00 p.m. Ricochet is auditioning local comedians for Gottfried’s opening act – “Like” Ricochet’s Facebook page and submit a video under 2 minutes long to enter for your chance to win! To purchase tickets visit:

Starting off the New Year, Ed Kowalczyk, the lead-singer and songwriter of the band LIVE, will be performing an intimate, acoustic set at Ricochet Bar & Lounge on Sunday, January 1st. With the live show beginning at 11:00 p.m., guests can attend the show for $25 and enjoy hits such as “I Alone,” “Lightning Crashes,” “Selling The Drama” and more. Gather all your friends and family this New Year’s Day as doors open at 8:00 p.m. to jam out to the widely-popular Ed Kowalczyk. To purchase tickets visit:



New Year’s Eve at the W Hotel South Beach 

WET at W South Beach is proud to present its “Jacked 2012” New Year’s Eve celebration. The poolside party will feature sounds by Grammy Award-winning music producer AFROJACK, along with Bobby Burns and more talent to be announced soon. Guests will welcome 2012 in decadent fashion as the hotel’s outdoor oasis is transformed into a fully functioning nightclub, featuring lounge seating atop a glass-covered pool deck, oversized LED screens and laser lighting.

Beginning at 9 p.m., DJs Bobby Burns and additional talent from AFROJACK’s WALL RECORDS LABEL will start the final countdown to the new year with their progressive-house and electro beats. After the clock strikes 12, the highly touted AFROJACK – listed at the No. 7 spot of DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs of 2011” – will take the stage. The ever popular ‘Take Over Control’ DJ opened the year by remixing Ian Carey and Snoop Dogg’s single ‘Last Night’ to great acclaim, before being featured on Pitbull’s No. 1 hit-single ‘Give Me Everything,’ and will be sure to keep the masses dancing at WET through 2 a.m.

Individual tickets to WET ($300) and VIP table reservations ($3,500-$25,000) will be available for purchase beginning November 21, 2011, and include premium open bar (9 p.m. to midnight) as well as a champagne toast.

For individual ticket purchase and VIP table reservations, visit

WALL at W South Beach is proud to announce its New Year’s Eve 2012 celebration, which will feature beats by Alesso, the protégé to Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso, who exploded onto the international DJ scene one year ago.

New York City native Orazio Rispo will kick off the fete and wind down the final moments of 2011 with an electric mix of house beats. He will be followed by Alesso, the 20-year-old rising star that has become known for his original productions, remixes and fresh style of DJing. He has already played at some of the world’s biggest dance events this year – including Creamfields, Tomorrowlands, Electric Daisy and alongside Swedish House Mafia in Pacha, Ibiza – so it is only fitting that he end the year off at the decadent celebrity hotspot. Revelers will groove into the early hours with tracks such as ‘Calling,’ his most recent collaboration with Ingrosso, which reached the No. 2 spot on the electronic music community’s revered immediately upon release.

Individual tickets ($700) and VIP table reservations ($3,500-$25,000) will be available for purchase beginning November 21, 2011, and include premium open bar (9 p.m. to midnight) as well as a champagne toast.

For individual ticket purchase and VIP table reservations, visit


animal brunchBy: Maryanne Salvat

 15th Annual Brunch for the Animals

Dogs and their owners are invited to attend the 15th annual Brunch for the Animals on Sunday, December 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event, hosted by TV personality Louis Aguirre from Deco Drive, will take place at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 1601 Collins Avenue. Co-Chairpersons are Louis Aguirre, Selene Arvesu, Gingi Beltran, Irene Korge, Ann Rubino and Maggie Villacampa. Two-legged guests will enjoy a scrumptious holiday brunch while sipping on cocktails and taking in the magnificent view from the lawn of the hotel. Our four-legged attendees will dine on a home cooked meal from the Loews Loves Pets Room Service Menu. Owners are encouraged to dress their dogs in holiday wear.G uests can start their holiday shopping early at the exciting silent auction and merchant booths that will be set up, including an exciting vintage booth called Scrappy’s Vintage Corner. Admission is $150 per person (dogs are complimentary). Children ages 3-10 are $35 per person. Valet parking is available for $25 or there is a public garage across the street on 16th Street. Seating is limited so RSVP early. Call Laurie at 305-749-1815. 


Sudden YouthGEE Beauty Hosts Lea Black’s Sudden Youth Skincare Debut Fete and Pop-Up Shop 

GEE Beauty, the modern makeup and skincare studio, welcomes Real Housewives of Miami star and Sudden Youth Skincare founder, Lea Black, for the launch of her new line with a pop-up store at Bal Harbour Shops. Kicking off the unveiling with a cocktail fête on Thursday, December 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Lea will mingle and treat guests with the Sudden Youth Skincare mini facial experience. The pop-up shop is open from Thursday, December 8, through Sunday, December 11. Lea will also be on-hand Friday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information call 305.868.3533. 



DANChef Daniel Boulud and Mixologist Xavier Hérit Present: Amuse-Bouches for Her & For Him 

Chef Daniel Boulud and Restaurant DANIEL’s renowned mixologist Xavier Herit are making their way to Miami on Monday, December 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., to welcome cocktail aficionados with a sultry evening of delicious concoctions paired with Boulud’s legendary cuisine – served in small bites. The celebration takes place in the Bar and Lounge of Miami’s favorite new restaurant, db Bistro Moderne, and now also Downtown’s hottest drinks destination. Guests will depart with a signed copy of “Cocktails and Amuse-Bouches: For Her & For Him”, the chef’s charming new two-volume boxed set published by ASSOULINE. Event cost is $95 per person (includes a signed copy of book). For more information or to buy tickets contact 305.421.8800.




jtfJason Taylor Foundation Hosts 3CiNTERACTIVE  

While Miami Dolphins All-Pro Jason Taylor is preparing for his team’s upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jason Taylor Foundation is preparing for one of its most popular events, the 3Cinteractive JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 8 – Presented by Publix, the original celebrity, doubles table-tennis tournament.  Proceeds from the event, which will take place on Monday, December 12 at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, will benefit the Jason Taylor Foundation, whose mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life. This one-of-a-kind event will once again pair community members with some of the Sunshine State’s most recognizable personalities from the worlds of sports and entertainment, including Taylor, as well as many current and former Miami Dolphins players.  The duos will compete in a round-robin style ping-pong tournament while raising money for local children’s charities. The fun-filled, electric atmosphere will also feature DJ Laz of Power 96 filling the arena with today’s hottest music, in addition to the LuckyFan Fun Zone, where those in attendance can enjoy a Best Buy gaming station, haircuts, interactive games and more! Prior to the action that evening, JTF will put on the fourth-annual Ping-Pong Smash Kids Clinic – Presented by the Miami Dolphins.  Nearly 100 deserving children will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the world’s fastest sport from former Puerto Rican Junior National Table Tennis Champion and two-time JT’s Ping-Pong Smash Champion, Juan Ly.  The Kids Clinic will take place from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., also at Hard Rock Live. Doors open for the 3Cinteractive JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 8 – Presented by Publix at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the event is a $5.00 donation to the Jason Taylor Foundation.  For more information, call (954) 424-0799 or visit or


miami-zoo-lightsCelebrate the Holidays with Exciting Events at Zoo Miami

This holiday season Zoo Miami is hosting a myriad of exciting and fun activities for everyone. At Zoo Miami, guests can enjoy beautiful animal-shaped lights as they stroll zoo walkways during the 8 nights of Zoo Lights, have Dinner with Santa, and watch the animals open their specially-prepared gifts during Holiday Gifts for the Animals.

The zoo’s glorious grounds come to light for 8 brilliant nights during Zoo Lights, December 16 through 23 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (ticket booths close at 9:30 p.m.). Guests can enjoy dozens of bright animal-shaped lights along walkways, listen to wonderful holiday music, sip hot chocolate, munch on delicious cookies, and take a ride on a camel, the wildlife carrousel or the hippo slide (the world’s largest inflatable slide). Included with admission is a pair of 3D glasses, which will make the Zoo Lights experience even more engaging and amusing. General admission is only $5 per person plus tax. Food, beverages, camel rides, carrousel and hippo slide are all available at additional costs.

Dinner with Santa will take place on December 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring the kids to meet him before he has to rush back to the North Pole! Enjoy a delicious holiday dinner with the family, photos with Santa, a holiday plush gift and holiday craft-making for the little ones!

Dinner with Santa admission includes parking, entry to Zoo Lights from 7:00 to10:00 p.m. and a classic holiday menu of fresh roasted turkey with homemade gravy, baked ham, candied sweet potatoes with melting marshmallows, herbed buttery carrots, homemade cranberry sauce, dinner rolls with butter, homemade seasonal pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing, strawberry-infused lemonade, and cranberry mint-infused water. General admission is $39.95 per adult and $33.95 per child ages 3-12. Zoo members are $36.95 per adult and $30.95 per child ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and under are free. To make a reservation, call 305-251-0400, ext 84941.

Another fun family activity is Holiday Gifts for the Animals! Every weekend in December, including Christmas Day, watch the animals joyfully open holiday gifts prepared by zookeepers and volunteers. The animals enjoy opening up their enriching gifts and you’ll be entertained watching them. To save time, buy your tickets online at Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4:00 p.m.

Don’t Miss: BASEL, Food Trucks, Jewels, and More!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 30 - 2011

Macallan25The Macallan House of Stone and STK Miami

Join STK Miami and “The Macallan House of Stone” for a Scotch tasting and a live performance by acclaimed sculpture artist Moses Nayanhongo on Thursday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. Nayanhongo – who has showcased his works at the Louvre, amongst other art world staples – will carve his latest piece inside the chic South Beach steakhouse as guests sip Macallan 21-year-old whiskey. The event is open to the public. RSVP to




maisonMaison Martin Margiela Presents Love, etc. 

Maison Martin Margiela will present Love, etc., an off-site installation situated near its Miami retail location, in the Miami Design District.  A cocktail reception celebrating the Maison’s first ever Line 13 exhibition during Art Basel will be held on Thursday, December 1. In conjunction with this cocktail reception for Love, etc. invited guests will also be welcomed at the Maison Martin Margiela boutique where they may preview the brands’ Spring Summer 2012 collections of apparel and accessories for men and women. Additionally, these guests will have the opportunity to preview an array of Line 13 objects, including an exclusive, limited-edition Line 13 object created solely for Art Basel 2011. The on-going exhibition will be open on Tuesday, November 29 through Saturday, December 3, each day between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


youme-2Trey Speegle at Hotel Breakwater 

Popular contemporary artist Trey Speegle will kick off Art Basel 2011 with a private rooftop party held Thursday, December 1, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Hotel Breakwater’s “Intimissi Lounge” rooftop penthouse overlooking Ocean Drive. The exclusive event, which launches his four-day “You/Me” exhibit at the hotel, will feature live body paint-by-numbers by Trey Speegle, signature “You/Me” cocktails and sounds by DJ Valdemar. Speegle’s diverse career has been characterized by a unique mix of commercial and fine art. His work combines high- and lowbrow with a nod toward Pop Art, overlaying his meticulous vintage paint-by-number images with messages. Last year, Speegle created a backdrop for Stella McCartney’s Paris runway show, as well a collection for Anthroplogie Home. His iconic YOU ARE HERE painting was recently acquired by Microsoft for the lobby of its San Francisco headquarters. Speegle is represented by Benrimon Contemporary and his work can also be seen at the gallery’s PULSE Miami art fair exhibition during Art Basel 2011, which is located at The Ice Palace in the Miami Design District. For more information on Trey Speegle, visit or


Russell+Simmons+Jaclyn+Stapp+Russell+Simmons+ljhkbyNQGnylDine with Russell Simmons and Creed lead singer Scott Stapp for a Worthy Cause

On Friday, December 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Miami residence of Chip Brady of LSN Partners, LLC, and his wife Allison Weiss Brady, please join music mogul Russell Simmons and her brother Danny Simmons, along with Creed lead singer/songwriter Scott Stapp and his wife Jaclyn Stapp, Jill Viner, Diane N. Weiss, Roe and Penny Stamps, Cheryl and Jaime Peisach, and Faquiry Diaz Cala and Amelia Balonek for an intimate fundraising dinner party to raise funds for Penn Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. At the event Loro Piana will be presenting exclusive items from their 2011 men’s and ladies lines, with mannequins staged atop of the Brady’s gorgeous stone fountain and discretely throughout their property. At the event, ten percent of all Loro Piana sales will benefit Penn Medicine. Boca Raton-based jeweler Rosenberg Diamonds & Co. will also be having a Diamond Dig raffle with a chance to win a $4,900 diamond pendant. Special performance by singer/songwriter Brendan O’Hara. Tickets start at $500 per person. Address will be given upon RSVP. Contact for further information.


poolPooL Art Fair Miami Beach

Join Frère Independent for an opening reception on Friday, December 2 from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. for the presentation of the seventh edition of PooL Art Fair Miami Beach, slated for December 2, 3, and 4, as well as its new location at Sadigo Court, making it the closest exposition to the Miami Beach Convention Center – the epicenter of Art Basel Miami Beach. PooL is the only exhibition to present independent artists who are otherwise unrepresented during Art Basel Miami Beach. The simple, modest approach of the PooL Art Fair offers an exciting alternative to the typical art fair experience for dealers, collectors and the general public. By creating a meeting ground for outstanding artists, primarily those who do not yet have gallery representation, the fair serves as an invaluable resource for the artistic community and the general public. Contemporary art dealers, artist agents, emerging galleries, artists’ collectives and non-profit organizations are also invited to apply to participate as exhibitors. The fair selects artists whose works are original and challenging. Exhibiting artists use hotel guest rooms to display their work, creating a unique and personal setting.



FoodTruckFridaysArshtFood Truck Fridays at the Adrienne Arsht Center

On Friday, December 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will host an art-inspired version of its popular “Food Truck Fridays” lunchtime event in honor of Art Basel Week and the Center’s upcoming programming. Throughout the event, guests will enjoy lunch from a variety of “Burger Beast Approved” gourmet food trucks including gastroPod and Ms. Cheezious as well as a FREE performance on one of Steinway’s Pop-Up Piano Miami’s pianos by ELEW, a dynamic “Rockjazz” pianist who recently toured with Josh Groban, at 1 p.m. In addition, all “Food Truck Fridays” attendees will have the opportunity to pose for Sketchy Miami artists and receive instant, complimentary portraits. Professional street chalk artist Betty Dominguez will also be on-site to create a large, 3D mural depicting everyone’s favorite green ogre, Shrek, in preparation for the Arsht Center’s debut of SHREK THE MUSICAL on December 6 through 11. Dominguez’s “Shrek” will be on view at the Center’s Lot C parking lot through December 11. SHREK THE MUSICAL and MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET giveaways and prizes will be available in celebration of the Arsht Center’s Broadway in Miami 2011-2012 season. Admission to “Food Truck Fridays” and entertainment is free. Food is available for purchase. Special event parking is $3.00. 


FrancoLa Maison franco PIANEGONDA at Aventura Mall

The La Maison franco PIANEGONDA boutique at Aventura Mall will be hosting a cocktail reception and holiday sale in celebration of its one-year anniversary on Wednesday, December 7, from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. Jewelry designer Franco Pianegonda will be making a rare personal appearance from Italy, joined by stylish hosts Kirstie Bolitho, Rosalie Borg, Alex Fields, Stuart Geller, Cynthia Graham, Erin Newberg, Carole Pumpian, Sonia Tita Puopolo, Patty Soffer and Tracey Stein. Guests will receive 20 percent off all items storewide, with a portion of sales from the event through Sunday benefiting Citizens Interested in Arts, Inc. Guests will enjoy cocktails and antipasti by Bella Luna.  La Maison franco PIANEGONDA by Franco Pianegonda is a luxury Italian jewelry brand renowned for innovative designs. It features rodiated .925 sterling silver combined with natural elements, including 18-karat gold, buffalo tusk, diamonds, gemstones and natural river pearls. Franco PIANEGONDA creations start at $450 and can be purchased at fine retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as the flagship boutique in the Aventura Mall. For more information, visit or to rsvp to the event go to


pearl-restaurant--champagne-lounge-85414451Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge Makes a Comeback

On Saturday, December 10, International restaurateur and lifestyle entrepreneurs Jack and Lucia Penrod are re-opening the doors to hotspot Pearl Restaurant & Champagne Lounge! The iconic venue originally opened in 1999 and later closed in 2005 and was a favorite among A-List celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Matt Damon, Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson and Sting, to name a few. Pearl returns better than ever at the same address (One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) and will offer guests a new exquisite menu of world cuisine served with an aesthetic flair by renowned Chef Sylvain Noel complemented by an extensive cocktail, wine and champagne menu.

Don’t Miss

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 23 - 2011

dbThanksgiving at db Bistro Moderne

Thanksgiving Day is a time to offer thanks, rejoice in the company of family and friends, and enjoy a grandiose holiday meal. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and… escargots?!

db Bistro Moderne invites you to indulge in a slightly less traditional Thanksgiving spread this year. The $75 three-course Prix Fixe menu ($35 for children 12 & under) will feature a variety of classic holiday fare with a twist, including pumpkin soup, bacon-wrapped turkey breast with a jazzed up side of fixings such as mashed potatoes, cranberry compote and brussel sprouts, among other tasty choices. And what’s Thanksgiving without desserts? Try the time honored Apple Pie a la mode, Chocolate Fondant, Pecan Tart or the Cheese Platter. db Bistro’s French inspired twist to this classic American tradition is guaranteed to give all diners a little something extra to be thankful for more information visit,


Cafeina’s Turkey-Palooza 

Cafeina kicks off Turkey-Palooza, a three day Thanksgiving extravaganza on Wednesday, November 23 (opening its doors for the first time on a Wednesday). Give thanks for no cover all weekend, $125 SVEDKA bottle specials, $4 Wild Turkey Shots, and beats by DJ Pres of the emerging DJ duo Laser Disk Party Sex. On Friday, November 25 the lounge’s new Late Night series continues with sounds by JP Rigaud and Ivano Bellini. From 1:00 to 3:00 a.m. guests will enjoy $5 caffeinated cocktails/shooters designed to keep partygoers dancing all night. For table reservations, contact 305.438.0792 or More information at .


STK Gravy Train 

STK, the chic steakhouse inside Gansevoort Miami Beach invites guests to hop on the Gravy Train on Wednesday, November 23 and enjoy sounds by DJ Obscene, a special set by YSL and live performance by local band Bred Crumbs (more info here: Beginning at 6:00 p.m. the following day, STK will host a Thanksgiving Feast featuring a four-course $55 pre-fixe menu (half-off for children under 10) and $5 from each dinner will be donated to the Feeding South Florida charity organization. For table reservations contact 305.604.6988 or


WALL Thanksgiving Line-Up 

WALL, the boutique nightclub and celebrity hotspot inside W South Beach will host a talented set of local and internationally acclaimed DJs every day of Thanksgiving week to help burn off the extra holiday carbs, for a full line-up visit


artJazz and Models at NEST

Luxe design showplace NEST, along with owner Sara Colombo, will debut “Jazz & Models,” a collection of works by legendary photographer Marco Glaviano, during Art Basel Miami Beach. A VIP opening reception will be held on Tuesday, November 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in honor of Glaviano, who is recognized as a pioneer in fashion photography having photographed more than 500 covers and editorials for the most prestigious international publications including Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar, among others.“Jazz & Models” features 26 images spanning Glaviano’s career from the 1970’s until today. Capturing and combining his love for jazz and his eye for beauty – Glaviano is notably recognized as an influential force in developing the supermodel phenomenon in the 1980’s – the exhibit will showcase photography of supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigová, Paulina Porizkova and Stephanie Seymour, and legendary jazz musicians such as Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie. The exhibit will remain open until spring 2012. To rsvp or for more information in regards to the event, contact or 305.864.3434 x133.


Seth Browarnik Presents Art of Night at the Shelborne Hotel

On Wednesday, November 30, the Shelborne will re-open with an Opening Night Party for Miami’s own Seth Browarnik to inaugurate his exhibit “Art of Night” with an invite-only event, styled by iconic event producer, Susanne Bartsch that will begin in the Shelborne’s newly renovated lobby and spill outside to the brand new infinity pool. RSVP is mandatory at  “Art of Night is a look at the world through my eyes over the last decade– it’s a momentary peek behind the velvet rope. All of these photos capture people and places at their best, and they all tell the story of a moment,” says Browarnik.  “In its 10th year, Art Basel Miami Beach is a celebration of art, fashion, revelry and glamour – it felt like the right time to finally reflect on some of these moments and celebrate them once again.” Browarnik, will be showcasing his iconic photos at the exhibit, while Microsoft’s Bing, will present Art of Night which will include a series of parties and performances each night of Art Basel Miami Beach to celebrate the re-opening of the Shelborne. For more information on “Art of Night”, Seth Browarnik, to prescreen the exhibition, or for private tours, please contact the curator Rachel Ward at or at 561.900.5420.


Solé on the Ocean and the Miami Dolphins

 Solé on the Ocean, a boutique beachfront hotel located minutes from Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, is now offering football fans the ultimate Miami experience with new all-inclusive game day packages, each tailored to the individual’s level of fanaticism. Whether a fan of Miami, a fan of the opposing team, or even a plus one of a fan, guests may choose from four different experiences ranging from getting down and dirty on the sidelines or “LIV-ing” it up at the nation’s only stadium-housed nightclub. Win or lose, all guests will enjoy luxury beachfront accommodations as well as transportation to and from the game, among other scores. For information on packages offered call 786.923.9300 or email


MAD initaly Collaborates with Vhernier 

MAD initaly announces its collaboration with Vhernier during this year’s prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. The two Italian brands are pairing up to showcase their latest collections at MAD initaly’s new showroom, located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco Design District. On Wednesday, November 30 through Saturday, December 3rd MAD initaly’s Nadine Curmi Borgomanero and renowned Italian interior designer, Fabrizio Cocchi will host an on-going presentation of Vhernier’s sophisticated selection of beautiful, hand-made jewelry inspired from 15th century geometrics to modern avant-garde designs. Guests will be enamored by MAD initaly’s showroom – a curated collection of Italy’s finest furnishings, linens, tabletop decor, accent pieces and pop-themed art – adorned with delicate Italian jewelry by Vhernier.  The event is open to the public, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 


Pulse Miami

The seventh edition of PULSE Miami will be at The Ice Palace Studios December 1 through December 4. Following the success and critical acclaim of PULSE New York in March, the 2011 Miami edition will build on PULSE’s reputation as the leading US art fair dedicated solely to contemporary art. PULSE Miami 2011 will continue to showcase a dynamic and geographically diverse group of established and emerging galleries. 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. PULSE supports numerous nonprofit art organizations and schools. General Admission $15, Students and Seniors $10. Complimentary Shuttle Service: PULSE will offer a shuttle service operating between The Lowes Hotel Miami Beach, The Convention Center, and The Ice Palace throughout the duration of the show. Shuttles will run from 9am to 8pm. Check back for additional shuttle stops and for more information visit



Pringle of Scotland Pop-Up Shop   

The iconic Scottish brand, Pringle of Scotland, is opening a Pop-Up Shop in the Design District in conjunction with the Webster, which will be open from Nov 28th-Dec 28th.The shop will feature the never-before-seen 'liamgillickforpringleofscotland'

Capsule Collection by Liam Gillick, ONLY available at the pop-up shop until Summer 2012.  The store will also sell Pringle of Scotland's Design Director, Alistair Carr's, Resort SS12 and his Men's SS12 collections, fresh from the runway.


BallyLove #2 

Art Basel sponsor, Bally, will be launching its BallyLove #2 collection at this

Year’s Art Basel Miami Beach.  The stunning collaboration with artist, Olaf

Breuning, will be celebrated with a private cocktail party on November 30 at W

South Beach.  Bally will unveil the collection at their official booth at the convention center and customers will be able to make purchases from the exclusive collection online at


DEWAR’S Scotch Whisky Honors the Dynamic “Double Act” 

To kick off one decade of Art Basel in Miami Beach, DEWAR’S Scotch Whisky (of Miami based Bacardi USA) will honor the dynamic “Double Act” of Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant and celebrate 15 years of MOCA and 10 years of Art Basel Miami Beach on November 29. Donna Karan will also debut her Urban Zen pop-up store at the same time. MOCA’S upcoming exhibition, “Mark Handforth: Rolling Stop,” taking place from November 29, through February 19, 2012. This year DEWAR’S recognized relevant Double-Acts: dynamic duos behind some of the most fashionable, ingenious and bespoke fashions, films, innovations, art works, and concepts. Playing off the story of the DEWAR’S brothers and what DEWAR’S believes is worth doing (the double-ageing process); these iconic men and women have created dynamic businesses and enterprises, excelling in their fields, with the power of two. The two International Editors of the European editions of Vanity Fair magazine have become regular fixtures on the Miami (and global) social scene are deeply connected to the worlds of fashion, Hollywood and art, commanding an extraordinary level of respect in the industry. Event cost is $25 to non-members.



Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Gala 

On Saturday, December 3, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana along with BMW and Bacardi are hosting their annual Christmas Gala at Miami Seaquarium for the ­36th consecutive year. Beginning at 8:00 p.m., guests can enjoy music by International DJ Tamara Sky, Spam Allstars, DJ Sama & Tito Puente, Jr. and VJ Psyberpixie, as well as open bar courtesy of Bacardi with restaurant dinner stations from some of Miami’s favorite eateries including: Randazzo’s Little Italy, Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab House, Vita Nuova Pasta, Delicacecy Gourmet, El Sembrador and Catalina Bake Shop among others. Corporate contributors include: American Airlines, Antigal Winery & Estates, Café Bustelo, Coca Cola, Dewar’s 12, Grey Goose, Heineken and Total Bank. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana holiday project: “A Toy for Every Child.” To purchase tickets online, visit:


ELLE DECOR Showhouse at Paramount Bay

International design authority ELLE DECOR delivers its acclaimed showhouse concept to Miami, presenting as an official satellite exhibit of Design Miami/ during Art Basel beginning Saturday, December 3. The highly anticipated follow-up to the inaugural showhouse in San Francisco, the ELLE DECOR Miami Showhouse will be located at Paramount Bay, the 47-story waterfront condo tower set in the heart of the city’s cultural center. All proceeds will benefit Miami’s Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH). A group of notable designers hand-selected by ELLE DECOR’s editorial team will transform a blank 10,000 square-foot penthouse space located on Paramount Bay’s 43rd floor. Sweeping bay and city views will compliment looks created by a roster of names that includes Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque, Vincenzo Avanzato, Lars Bolander, Tamzin Greenhill, Wade Allyn Hallock, Larry Laslo, Lynda Murray, Mario Nievera & Keith Williams, James Wall, and Deborah Wecselman. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at


Graffiti Gone Global 2011

Powered by SUSHISAMBA, Graffiti Gone Global 2011 fuses street art with architecture and design. Marc Fornes, Volkan Alkanoglu and Billi Kid will transform the ‘Rotunda’ (3252 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 101, Midtown Miami) into a creative playground, complete with artful furniture featuring Chris Both and Dwayne Wade, and made of basketball court pieces from the NBA All Star Game. VIP Preview is Thursday, December 1 at 6:00 and party-it-up by invitation only on Saturday night, with DJ Irie on the ones and twos. (photo attached)

Pop goes Art Basel with ‘Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy,’ exposing the nearly lost negatives of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana at Scope Miami (NE 1st Avenue and NE 30th Street, Wynwood). A Miami resident, Kennedy captures the artists before Campbell Soup Cans were iconic. VIPs should join the movement on Tuesday, November 29 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The creatives behind Primary Flight murals put the focus on ‘Here Lies Georges Wildenstein,’ a racy group show at Primary Projects (4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104, Design District). Not your average petting zoo, on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m., curators invited Miru Kim to perform her nude piece ‘The Pig That Therefore I Am’ in a glass-enclosed pig pen in the gallery.

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“La Collaborazione” – A Unique Artistic Collaboration by Noel & Uberto Gucci

Join local artist Noel and Uberto Gucci’s opening reception for “La Collaborazione” on Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The event will unveil the celebrated artist and famed fashion house’s appropriately named artistic collaboration featuring two mixed media paintings that combine iconic items such as Gucci scarves, accessories and all things equestrian with Noel’s signature sweeping artwork. The event will begin at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden where Mayor Matti Bower will present a key to the city to Uberto Gucci and proclamation to Noel for his continued contributions to the city. Light bites and cocktails will be provided by City Hall The Restaurant. The event will be followed by an after party at The Raleigh from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. To RSVP to the unveiling at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, contact



highbarBon Jour, High Club

Thursday, November 17 at 9:00 p.m., High Club opens its doors on Ocean Drive.. The 5,000-square-foot denmodeled after a swanky French parlor – features plush Victorian-style VIP seating, a white lacquer bar, handmade black leather-buttoned walls and record studio-quality Tannoy speakers. It is the product of Parisian nightlife impresario Gil Thevenet, who is also responsible for five other venues in France (including the original High Club in Nice) and will now embark on his first venture in the US. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails by Belvedere until midnight, along with house-centric beats by French turntable jockeys DJ Navy and DJ Keidy. Kindly RSVP to





BLK Water Launches at Hotel Breakwaterblk

On Friday, November 18, from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m., join Ocean Drive Magazine and Albie Manzo, famed son of Caroline Manzo of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, for the BLK Water launch party at Hotel Breakwater. The new spring water product being distributed to Miami nightlife venues as a mixer for cocktails will be hosting a VIP party to celebrate its debut. Black attire is encouraged; Cocktails courtesy of Rouge Vodka and light bites by Nine. To rsvp, visit





cottonCotton’s 24-Hour Runway Show          

On November 19 straight through November 20, Cotton presents style icon Giuliana Rancic of E! News and E!’s Fashion Police as celebrity host of the world premiere of Cotton’s 24-Hour Runway Show with special appearances by Bill Rancic and performances by DJ Irie, DJ Ross One, DJ Joe Maz, Aulden Brown and Juan Mejia to be announced. Featuring 1,440 looks—one look per minute—to celebrate The Fabric of Our Lives ®, each hour will feature everyday 24 hour looks from “Modern Glam” to “Sunday Brunch.” The Runway Show will showcase of the latest styles highlighting the versatility of cotton for stylish looks in every moment of the day. After conducting a nationwide Cotton Style Search for everyday individuals that best exhibit personal style, Samantha Cerny was chosen to represent “Effortless Bohemian” based on her cotton versatility in her everyday life, outfit and personality. The event is open to the public and will begin at noon on Saturday and run until noon on Sunday. The show will take place on the outdoor stage at Lincoln Road between Lenox and Alton.


edward-cullen-volvo_previewVolvos and Vampires

On Saturday, November 19, Warren Henry Volvo will host Volvos and Vampires in celebration of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 premier. Volvo is the featured vehicle in The Twilight Saga series. “Twi-hards” will enjoy a day of fun including a chance to preview the Volvo model featured in the new movie, movie ticket and prize giveaways including a 32” TV and iPad, food, entertainment, a blood drive and more. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best Twilight gear for a chance to win tickets to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, premiering nationwide on November 18 at AMC Aventura 24 on their date of choice. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions. During the month of November, Warren Henry Volvo is offering $2,500 off the new Volvo S60, Edward’s vehicle in Breaking Dawn – Part 1. For more information, call 888-856-3113 or visit


outOut-N-About App

 Keep your South Beach social life buzzing with Out-N-About – a new app brought to you by Lords South Beach and Out Magazine. Out-N-About (available for free on iTunes) is a digital concierge app highlighting local gay-friendly destinations, utilizing the expertise of four ‘men about town’:

NIGHTLIFE: Legendary party promoter Josh Woods shows you the best parties, bars and clubs.

SHOPPING: Kristian Laliberte, writer for Refinery 29, points you towards South Beach’s best kept retail secrets.

CULTURE: Tim Gossens uses his experience as a curator to find the best gallery openings, art fairs, and performances.

OUTDOOR: Guests can explore landmark destinations and outdoor activities with Lords Founder Brian Gorman.



trigger-350x287Trigger at Colony Theater

Trigger a short film by South Florida native and Los Angeles-based Matt Sinnreich, will make its Miami Beach debut on Wednesday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. Notably, one hundred percent of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida® and Angels of East Africa. Trigger is a 30-minute short film that has been touted as an emotional and psychological rollercoaster about what it takes for one to actually pull “the trigger” and take another human’s life. Immediately captivating the audience, the film opens with a man holding a gun to a drug dealer’s head, and then regresses back through the gunman’s childhood, exposing the circumstances of how he ended up in the position, and ultimately, how fate has brought everything full-circle. At the premiere, Sinnreich, who wrote, directed, and produced the film, will announce and discuss his next project, a major motion picture to be filmed in his hometown of Miami Beach. An after party will follow at W South Beach. Tickets are $55 each and include cocktails by VeeV at the screening as well as access to the after party. For more information about the premiere, tickets, and to view the movie’s trailer, visit: