Great Performances: the Taste of Tennis

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 28 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

By:  Dr. Mary Jo Almeida Shore

Every March tennis aficionados from all over the world flock to the Miami Open to see the top men and women players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and more compete in one of the biggest and most important tournaments. With tennis being such a global sport, having players from all over the world compete for one of the most prestigious titles on the tour and Miami already being so international, you see some of the most passionate and energetic fans. Celebrities and world-renowned figures in the entertainment and sports industries can always be found taking in the matches on stadium court under the tropical south Florida sun. 

But more spectators each year are considering the Miami Open as  a culinary destination: with over 100 dining venues/options, tennis fans and those who are merely fans of the “social side of tennis” can please their palates with flavors from around the globe.  Thanks to Great Performances, which stealthily and expertly orchestrates all of the concession and dining options at the tournament, the Miami Open has become as much about the food as about the game; catapulting the tournament’s evolution from a sports event to an annual lifestyle celebration. Read the rest here »

 Simon’s Soiree 2018

Join Simon’s Fund for their annual gala, the 2018 Simon’s Soiree on Saturday, March 17. This year’s event is headed to Citizen’s Bank Bank at the Diamond Club. Two local heart heroes will be recognized this year for their efforts and accomplishments: Dr. Robert Kleiman of ERT and Gabe Infante of St. Joe’s Prep. Funds will be raised to continue the Simon’s Fund mission, to protect hearts and to save the life of one child . . . and then another, by raising awareness about the warning signs and conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and death.  To purchase tickets visit: www.simonsfund.com.

 

The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival

On Tuesday, March 20th, 40+ vendors, restaurants, and bars will gather at The Crystal Tea Room for an evening of hand-crafted masterpieces of culinary expertise featuring distinguished wines, craft beers, craft cocktails and spirits selections. Guests can sample their way through over 100 different amazing dishes, craft beers, Bourbon & whiskeys, liquors, and wines from across the Philadelphia area: http://www.restaurantfestival.com/philadelphia 

 

 

 

The Bercy

Exciting news for Ardmore! Justin Weathers and Joe Monnich, former Stephen Starr Alums and current partners in Stove & Tap in Lansdale and Al Pastor in Exton, announce plans for the opening of The Bercy. The Bercy will be located at 7 East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore in the former Haverford Trust building from the 1920’s that most recently housed Primavera Pizza Kitchen. A modern take on the classic French brasserie, The Bercy is named for a neighborhood in the 12th arrondissement of Paris.  The restaurant will open for dinner initially, with a projected opening in early April. Lunch, weekday breakfast, and weekend brunch will be added by in the Spring, to provide all-day dining and café options, seven days a week. For more information visit :www.thebercy.com. Reservations are available on Reserve.com. Find The Bercy on Instagram @thebercy and on Facebook @TheBercy.

 

 

Club Med Sandpiper Bay is for Families

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 13 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Club Med truly is for families! Not only is there something for everyone in the family to do 24/7 (our kids did not even look at their phones for four days) but you will feel like part of the Club Med family from the moment you arrive. This is all thanks to the outgoing and welcoming GOs, (Gentil Organisateur/Gracious Organizers), on-site staff, who go above and beyond to get to know guests and ensure that everyone is comfortable and having a great time – ALL the TIME!

But it’s more than just for families, there are also the friends you’ll make while you’re there, thanks to the convivial ambiance, that makes it so hard to leave and so easy to plan the next trip back. Club Med guests come from all over the world, making your vacation an enriching, multicultural experience.

Club Med is geared for the type of traveler/family who likes to get out there and have fun. From the unlimited water sports, to the Circus School (including flying trapeze) to the multiple pools (including an adult pool and jacuzzi), unlimited cocktails, exercise classes, world-class dining, entertainment, golf, sports and family-friendly nightclub/ lounges and nightly-themed entertainment- there’s too much to do to stay in your room. Don’t get us wrong, the rooms are clean and comfortable- some offer two bedrooms and bathrooms- but the idea is to have a blast and enjoy the resort, not to be cooped up. For those wishing to relax, there is an L’Occitane Spa offering numerous spa services and treatments perfect for primping and pampering. Many rooms also offer waterfront terraces, ideal for taking in the unparalleled sunrises and sunsets. Read the rest here »

On Thursday, March 8, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet celebrated International Women’s Day with the opening of its gorgeous flagship store in Miami’s premiere shopping destination, the Design District. alice + olivia CEO and Creative Director Stacey Bendet hosted the colorful soiree alongside Christina Getty, Danié Gómez Ortigoza and Carolina Lindo. Guests including Martha Graeff, Andy Faerman, Kelly Saks, Christie Ferrari, Angeles Almuna, Ginger Harris, Stephanie Pernas, Rachel Zalis, Alicia Peristeris, Daniela Morgenstern, Andrea Minski, Kim Caceres, Tamar Tzubeli, Kier Mellour and Ximena Kavalekas explored the new space designed by renowned interior designer Robert Couturier while enjoying Casamigos Casa Lavender Lemonade, Spicy Cucumber Jalapeño Margaritas, Casamigos-infused popsicles and music by Coco Hara.
Drawing inspiration from the elegant works of Jean-Michel Frank in the 1930’s, the new alice + olivia Flagship store in Miami is the brand’s first two-level boutique.
The impressive new outpost carries the brand’s complete collection, including ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, accessories and the newly launched denim line, AO.LA by alice + olivia. A key location in the Design District will allow the brand to more-extensively cater to the modern and innovative women in Miami. The new alice + olivia store is located at 99 NE 39th Street, Suite 107/207, Miami, FL 33137. Store hours are 11am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday.

The Big Serve Tennis Event

Lace Clips, a Miami-based sporting goods company and Greentouch USA Inc. founded by Jonathan Nussbaum, is thrilled to announce their yearly event, The Big Serve, a professional tennis exhibition and clinic for inner-city youth.  In partnership with the Irie Foundation, Overtown Youth Center, EJ Biggers Foundation, The Lotus House and the City of Miami Beach, the charity event will take place on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Flamingo Tennis Center from 4PM to 7PM. 

This marks the third annual fitness-driven philanthropic event produced by Nussbaum, designed to encourage children to play tennis while educating them about health and nutrition.  On Friday, 650 children from the non-profit organizations will be able to enjoy and participate in four activity stations including meet and greet/autograph opportunities with pro tennis players and other notable local celebrities, an on-site tennis clinic offering lessons from pro tennis players provided by Howie Orllin, a fitness station featuring celebrity personal trainers provided by Ki Hara and local yoga instructors as well as a concession stand courtesy of David’s Café.  Miami’s own DJ Michelle Pooch will be providing the music, to ensure kids have a fun, energetic afternoon to remember.  

Past notable tennis pros include Genie Bouchard, Fabio Fognini, Flavia Pennetta, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Nico Massu and Bob and Mike Bryan. Guests this year can expect players from the ATP and WTA tours. In addition, each child will receive a special gift bag that includes an authentic HEAD tennis racquet and t-Shirt courtesy of Jonathan Nussbaum and other gifts provided by the Burger King McLamore Foundation.  Other sponsors include, Baptist Hospital, Samba Sol, Elite Models, Ishine 365.  For additional information about The Big Serve please visit www.thebigserve.miami

 

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Presents The Fourth Annual Art of the Party

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will host its fourth annual Art of the Party, the museum’s largest fundraiser event of the year, on March 17, 2018. Art of the Party 2018 will honor Teresita Fernández, one of today’s leading contemporary artists, and philanthropist Patricia M. Papper. The event, presented by Valentino, will feature three exclusive guest experiences conceptualized by Lee Brian Schrager, as well as culinary collaborations by STARR Catering Group and Chef Michelle Bernstein. Bringing together cultural philanthropists, artists, civic leaders and arts supporters, the evening will showcase the world-class museum’s unique architecture and celebrate Miami’s flagship art museum. Funds from Art of the Party directly support the museum’s robust arts education program, the largest program of its kind outside the Miami-Dade County school system.

Art of the Party Chairs are Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez with Susana and Alberto Ibargüen.  

PAMM’s Art of the Party will offer guests three unique experiences from which to choose:

Chef’s Table seated dinner, 6:30pm: Chef Michelle Bernstein and STARR Catering Group will craft a three-course menu for an unforgettable dining experience held for the first time in the transformed M.B. Fernandez Family Galleries. Dinner guests will enjoy a cocktail reception before the evening’s program in celebration of philanthropist Patricia M. Papper and artist Teresita Fernández. Chef’s Table guests are also invited to extend their evening at the Supper Club dinner lounge and Remix after party.

Tables of 10 are available for $25,000. Individual tickets are also available for $2,500 per guest.

Supper Club dinner lounge, 8:30pm: Supper Club offers a one-of-a-kind al fresco dining experience designed by Chef Michelle Bernstein and STARR Events, as well as live entertainment on the picturesque waterfront East Portico. Guests may reserve private seating for up to 10 guests, including dedicated tableside cocktail service. All Supper Club guests are invited to enjoy the Remix after party.

Private lounge seating with butler service is available for $10,000; Individual tickets are also available for $750 per guest or $1,500 per couple.

Remixafter party, 10:30pm: As the evening culminates, the al fresco Supper Club dinner lounge will be transformed into a vibrant dance club. Chef’s Table, Supper Club, and Remix guests will join together for a late night dance party under the stars on the East Portico, enjoying cocktails and decadent desserts.

Individual tickets are available for $125 per guest.   

The evening’s entertainment is presented by Faena. Wines and support for Chef’s Table and Supper Club are generously provided by Kim Crawford.

For more information and to purchase tickets,  visit pamm.org/artoftheparty2018.

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