TasteBy: Maryanne Salvat

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation South Florida

On Tuesday, June 17, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation South Florida – the region’s premier culinary benefit featuring top chefs from Miami-Dade and Broward counties – is returning to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. More than 60 celebrated restaurants, fine wine and spirits and live entertainment come together in an unforgettable night for a fabulous cause – end childhood hunger in America. This year’s event will be bigger than ever, with pop-up stations located in the heart of the ballroom; a basketball hoop area where guests can challenge former WNBA starand Share Our Strength advocate Ruth Riley while raising money for the organization ($1 per hoop); and a bocce ball court. Miami Heat fans should not fret: there will be a beer garden with flat screen TVs set up for those in attendance that can’t miss Game 6, scheduled to air that evening.  100% of ticket sales from South Florida’s exclusive gastronomic extravaganza will benefit Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization working to end childhood hunger. This year’s soirée will be emceed by local culinary personality Ralph Pagano; VIP tickets are $250 each. General admission is $125 per ticket; Tickets for the Black and Blanco After Party are priced at $75 per person. Taste of the Nation South Florida VIP ticket holders will also enjoy complimentary access to the after party.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-877-26-TASTE or by visiting CE.NoKidHungry.org/SouthFlorida.




The Hidden Kitchen 1st Year Anniversaryhh

Conceptualized and executed by Chef Michael B. Jacobs, The Hidden Kitchen Workshop is a unique underground dining series consisting of exclusive multi-course meals created and served by the Workshop’s honored guest chefs, along with Chef Jacobs. On Wednesday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m., Chef Jacobs will join forces with Chef de Cuisine Conor Hanlon of The Dutch for a one-night-only Southern Seafood Bash. The family-style, multi-course dinner will be priced at $120 per person including alcohol, tax and gratuity.  The evening will begin and end with hors d’oeuvres and dessert prepared by The Hidden Kitchen, along with courses prepared by Hanlon.  Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance at http://www.strategichospitality.net/hidden-kitchen-workshop-tickets/. The Hidden Kitchen Workshop takes place at The Hidden Kitchen café, located inside the Imperial House condominium. Guests enter through an unsuspecting back door staffed with a member of The Hidden Kitchen Workshop team who escorts diners to the dining room.






Seven Seas Aveda Spa & Salon Specials for Summer

The Seven Seas Aveda Spa & Salon is celebrating teachers with Summer Spa Specials priced at only $20.14 each. With the end of the school calendar looming, it is time for teachers to unwind and be appreciated for all their hard work. To thank educators for their contributions to the community, the Seven Seas Aveda Spa & Salon is hosting a summer-long, teacher appreciation promotion featuring luxury spa treatments at the discounted rate of $20.14 to celebrate the end of the 2013-2014 academic year; For appointments call 305.749.2100 or visit http://www.sevenseasspasalon.com for more information.

Fried & True

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 7 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Lee Brian Schrager - Photo Manny Hernandez - MannyofMiami.comBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Miami’s Who’s Who with an affinity for fried chicken and all of its accompanying comfort foods gathered on the beautiful bayside terrace of the Pérez Art Museum Miami on Tuesday, May 27 for the celebration of South Beach Wine and Food Festival founder, Lee Brian Schrager’s second cookbook, Fried & True: More Than 50 Recipes for Americas Best Fried Chicken and Sides.  The scene was set for a gorgeous evening of family style indulgence with oversized wooden tables and benches, covered with all the fixins, including gourmet corn on the cob, collard greens, carrots, coleslaw, biscuits and decadent mac and cheese; catered by Stephen Starr Events, which incorporated the recipes from Schrager’s book.  Food stations offering every variety of fried chicken imaginable were set up throughout the terrace, including offerings from Michelle Bernstein, Paula Dean, and our favorites:  Asha Gomez’s Keralan fried chicken and cardamom waffles and Yotam Ottolenghi’s seeded chicken schnitzel with parsley-caper mayonnaise.  All of the recipes from the evening appear in the book, copies of which were signed by Schrager – personalized for each guest.   Read the rest here »


YOGiiZA fitness brand has launched its new collection, just in time for summer, designed to make you look hot but feel cool. Complete with new breathable pieces constructed with organic cottons, it is the perfect fit for the active yoga enthusiast.  

YOGiiZA has been generating buzz among yoga enthusiasts and celebrities alike, ( see Paulina Gretzky’s sizzling Golf Digest spread), with ultra- comfortable styles that work for a variety of fitness activities. All apparel is made of 100% organic pima cotton for long-lasting quality. Plus, they’re extra-breathable and don’t contain the synthetic fibers used by other mass fitness wear. All items can be purchased at www.yogiiza.com and fine spas and yoga centers around the country including select Ritz Carlton and Fairmont locations, The James Hotel, The Standard, ESPA at Acqualina, The Joule Hotel, Chamberlains Natural Food Market, Apple A Day, Miami Life Center and more. Read the rest here »

alex-lemonade-standJust in time for the summer and “lemonade season,” Philadelphia will once again prove that it’s the City of Brotherly Love by helping Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) commemorate 10 years since founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott challenged volunteers everywhere to help her raise $1 million for childhood cancer research, one cup of lemonade at a time. To continue Alex’s legacy, volunteers, sponsors and supporters across the area will join the fight against childhood cancer during the National Lemonade Days Initiative, June 6 through 8. Whether it’s hosting an Alex’s Lemonade Stand, attending one of the Foundation’s signature events or supporting the Foundation through visiting one of its many sponsor fundraisers, the Philadelphia area will be taken over by ways to help cure childhood cancer. 

National Lemonade Days

From Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8, thousands of volunteers will host Alex’s Lemonade Stands from coast to coast during National Lemonade Days in an effort to raise $1 million for the kids’ cancer fight. Utilizing founder Alex Scott’s original fundraising idea, the stands will provide a fun and easy way for supporters of all ages to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer while learning the important lesson of giving back. 

June 2014 will mark 10 years since Alex challenged the nation to help her raise $1 million toward finding cures for all kids with cancer, one cup of lemonade at a time. Though Alex would ultimately lose her life to the disease that same summer (August 1, 2004), she would do so with the knowledge that she had reached her goal and laid the groundwork for her mission to continue. 

For those not able to host a lemonade stand, ALSF’s website allows visitors to search for events by zip code, event name, or host name: www.AlexsLemonade.org/search/alex_search

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Great ChefsOn Tuesday, June 10, more than 40 of the world’s greatest chefs will convene in Philadelphia for the ninth annual Great Chefs Event, hosted by James Beard award winner Marc Vetri, restaurateur Jeff Benjamin, and James Beard award winner Jeff Michaud. The event will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and The Vetri Foundation for Children. More than 1,200 guests will gather at Urban Outfitters World Headquarters on Philadelphia’s waterfront Navy Yard for the foodie charity event of the year, with an exclusive VIP after party at Alla Spina for sponsors and VIP ticketholders with special guest DJ, Questlove.

Chef Vetri has hand-selected the A-list of participating chefs, calling on his renowned chef friends from around the world, including top talent from L.A., Miami, New York City, and Chicago as well as those that have been kind enough to fly in from Italy. The chefs will donate their time, talent, and food, creating delicious samplings for guests in the walk-around tasting gala of the year. In addition to fine food, representatives from the best distilleries, wineries, craft breweries, will also be present.

Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000.00. For information on how to become a sponsor, contact Genevieve Lynch at The Vetri Foundation for Children, 215.735.0200, genevieve@vetrifamily.org.  General Admission tickets are $350.00 per person; VIP tickets include access to the exclusive after party at Alla Spina and cost $525.00. To purchase tickets and for a complete listing of “chef-lebrities” that will be present visit: www.vetrifoundation.org or www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/great-chefs-event.











campoviejoBy: Maryanne Salvat 


Campo Viejo at Cafeina Wynwood 

On Thursday, June 5, Cafeina Wynwood Lounge will host an intimate wine tasting of the Campo Viejo range from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., led by winemaker Roberto Vicente to launch their limited edition Reserva Art series bottle. Urban artists Remed and Okuda, designers of the bottle’s artwork, will be painting a mural that references the vibrancy and expressiveness of Campo Viejo wine, Rioja and Spanish culture. The mural will be unveiled following the wine tasting, and will be celebrated with an evening reception at Cafeina; RSVP@cafeinamiami.com.






The W SpeakerBox Concert Series Presents Gaby Duran  

Gaby Duran’s powerful voice will fill the Living Room at W South Beach on Thursday, June 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. As guests mix and mingle to Duran’s musical styling, the talented mixologists at Living Room Bar will be crafting the signature artisanal libation for the evening.  Snacks from Living Room’s exclusive menu crafted by Conor Hanlon, executive chef of Andrew Carmellini’s award-winning American restaurant at W South Beach, The Dutch, will also be available.  


Kalla Pop-Up Experience at Lilac and Lilies Boutique kalla

Kalla, a one-of-a-kind, luxuriously curated bouquet service, is celebrating its Fort Lauderdale launch with a custom, month-long pop- up experience at Lilac and Lilies Boutique starting Wednesday, June 4.  Just in time for Just in time for summer, Kalla’s innovative online boutique, which has set out to revolutionize the flower industry, will spring to life; curious shoppers can enjoy the multi-sensory Kalla experience.  A modern day flower cart will showcase Kalla’s floral couture collection of bold blooms bursting with fragrant, floral notes and styled in limited edition vases of hounds tooth, polka dot and chevron patterns; For more information visit: www.lilacandlilies.com. 





Catwalk for Charity 

Catwalk for Charity the annual fundraising event will take place on Sunday, June 8 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Miami at 12:00 p.m.  The event will benefit Breakfast with Santa, supporting underprivileged children in Miami’s Little Haiti and neighboring cities, as well as various towns in Haiti. Joanna Krupa, supermodel will be the honorary chair and will be honored for her Nationwide Philanthropy along with other celebrities supporting the cause. Actor Brian J. White will serve as the Master of Ceremony for the third year in row. General admission tickets start at $150 and include the champagne brunch, fashion show, gift bag and silent auction access, featuring art, fashion and exclusive getaways.  A runway front row seat is available for $250 and is all-inclusive, with attendance at the Celebrity VIP Reception; For more information, visit www.catwalkforcharity.org and www.breakfastwithsanta.org. 





Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hosts 2014 Man/Woman of the Year Gala in Miami lls

On Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m., The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hosts an evening of recognition and celebration at its annual Miami Man & Woman of the Year event, a 10-week national campaign, hosted by the Southern Florida chapter to raise funds to help find cures for blood cancers at the InterContinental Miami. The candidates who raise the most funds will be awarded the title Man and Woman of the Year. Candidates run in honor of the Boy and Girl of the Year, who are local blood cancer patient survivors and sources of inspiration for all. To donate or to purchase tickets visit one of our local candidates running to help this wonderful cause, Zachary Scott; his  is link:http://www.mwoy.org/pages/sfl/mia14/zscott.







3underwaterrd Annual Miami Underwater Festival at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (formerly Miami Science Museum) is inviting the public to “dive into” its 3rd Annual Miami Underwater Festival on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8. The festival is being held in celebration of the global World Oceans Day, which honors the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. This will be the first time guests will be able to access Knight Plaza, and have many opportunities to see/takes photos of the progress of the new museum. On this day, all events are free (parking fees may apply.) For more information, visit www.miamisci.org.



amg_domino_night-2014_headerAmigos For Kids: Voya Miami Celebrity Domino Night

Amigos For Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect, will host the 2014 Voya Miami Celebrity Domino Night on Saturday, June 14, at 8:00 p.m. at Jungle Island. Recognized as one of Miami’s most highly anticipated fundraisers, Amigos For Kids is fortunate to partner with its major corporate sponsors Voya Financial, Bacardí U.S.A. and Lincoln Motor Company for the 2014 Voya Miami Celebrity Domino Night.Domino Night 2014 will feature the renowned celebrity orange carpet, celeb domino players, bar courtesy of presenting sponsor, Bacardí U.S.A., a silent auction, live entertainment, South Florida culinary fare and much more.   This year’s Celebrity Hosts include Alicia Machado, ex-Miss Universe and Deco Drive’s Louis Aguirre, a longtime supporter of Amigos For Kids, as well as local news anchors Alina Mayo Azze and Jackie Nespral. Tickets to the 2014 Voya Miami Celebrity Domino Night are $150/person in advance, $175/person at the door, and reserved domino tables of four are available for $1,000 each, with all proceeds benefitting Amigos For Kids; For more information regarding tickets and reservations, contact Amigos for Kids at 305. 279.1155, or visit at www.amigosforkids.org.


angelMulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill benefits Angel’s Pediatric Heart House

Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill has announced it will be donating money to Angel’s Pediatric Heart House through two fundraisers this summer.  Angel’s Pediatric Heart House, a local nonprofit, provides South Florida children with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) and Childhood Acquired Heart Disease with emergency financial assistance and raises CHD awareness in the community. As part of a 12-week fundraising series, two dates with festive themes were chosen for Angel’s Pediatric Heart House to receive a portion of the evenings’ total proceeds. The party theme on Thursday, June 5 will be “Fiesta,” and Thursday, July 10 will be “Under the Sea.” Both adults and children are encouraged to come dressed up in costumes inspired by the themes; for more information visit: mulligansbeachhouse.com.