The District

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On September - 22 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

imageBy: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Tucked away in the quaint, historic, Buena Vista neighborhood, is The District, a stylish new authentic Pan American restaurant, helmed by Managing Partner Alexander Ringleb, behind well-known restaurants such as Casa Tua in Miami, and our favorites in New York: Balthazar and Pastis and Partner/Executive Chef, Argentine born, Horacio Rivadero, who previously worked under the direction of 4 Diamond award-winning chef, Douglas Rodriguez. After sampling Rivadero’s flavorful creations, it comes as no surprise that the Argentine chef was voted Food and Wine magazine’s 2012 “Best New Chef for the Gulf Region.” Read the rest here »

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 20 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

SPRING 2015Gorgeous Year-Round Fashion took Center Stage

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore and Maryanne Salvat

New York City’s Lincoln Center came to life thanks to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (MBFW) from September 4-11, with a line-up of over 100 designers showing their Spring/Summer 2015 Collections. Dozens of top names in fashion presented a variety of looks that, despite having been created for “spring” would be considered “year-round” fashion in South Florida. As expected, resort wear ruled the runways- floral and artsy prints, pastels and patterns prevailed, as did sleek, structured pieces. Black and white and monochromatic looks were showcased once again this season along with bold and bright colors. Read the rest here »

Magical Moments with the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 18 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Gabrielle Anwar, Norman Wedderburn, Shareef Malnik, Lee Schrager, & Robert HillBy: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Much like the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy sets foot inside the Technicolor Land of Oz, revelers were amazed upon entering last Thursday evening’s magical 20th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball kick-off celebration at the InterContinental Miami. We were transported into a whimsical world created by Deco Productions, that transformed the Hotel’s Chopin Ballroom from top-to-bottom into an Oz-themed fantasy, complete with oversized wheel barrels, cool bars with all sorts of potions and elixers, a Fred Flintstone-esque prime rib station, a Tin Man trapped in a block of ice, and, of course, Red designer shoes – in tribute to Dorothy’s ruby slippers The outlandish décor and palpable excitement provided a glimpse of what’s to come at the highly anticipated “Oz-reimagined” 20th anniversary gala taking place on Saturday, November 1, at the InterContinental Miami. Although guests will have to wait for the gala for a special onstage performance by the legendary Diana Ross, there was no shortage of entertainment at the kick-off party. Just as we were delighting in exquisite cuisine prepared by Executive Sous Chef Jhonnatan Contreras, we spied a commotion towards the front of the ballroom, accompanied by Katie Perry’s, “Dark Horse.” Read the rest here »

FCBy: Maryanne Salvat

Fashionably Conscious at Village of Merrick Park

Once again, the Village of Merrick Park is putting its fashion foot forward in the name of charity. The luxury retail and dining destination brings back the highly coveted Fashionably Conscious fundraising sale from Friday September 19 through Sunday September 21.The vintage designer sale event offers heavily reduced pricing on donated items from the most coveted closets of Miami’s respected philanthropists and community leaders. Some highlights of the collected inventory from the charity hosts include men’s Gucci and Ferragamo shoes, YSL and Diane von Furstenberg dresses, Miu Miu and Prada shoes and items from Chanel, Valentino, Phillip Lim, Chloé, Lanvin and more. The event kicks off Friday, September 19 with a VIP Cocktail Preview Sale Reception for an entry donation of $25. The shopping continues on Saturday, September 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an all- day sale for an entry donation of $10. It concludes on Sunday, September 21 with the Fashionably Conscious Clearance Sale, where everything must go! The weekend sale will take place at suite 1035 on the ground floor of Village of Merrick Park, located next to Burberry. Proceeds from the sale benefit Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center, providing free vital services to the children and families of the historic West Grove community. As the organization’s primary annual fundraiser, Fashionably Conscious offers essential unrestricted funds to enable the organization’s operations.

 

Miami Recognition Dinner “Sparkle” Preview Party

Join the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for the official Miami Recognition Dinner “Sparkle” Preview Party on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at HaVen Lounge. Guests will be treated to a complimentary open bar courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka and light bites by acclaimed HaVen Lounge Executive Chef Todd Erickson. There is no cost to attend. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 305.987.8885. Sip and socialize as event details are unveiled and meet committee members, table hosts and Task Force supporters. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets and tables to this year’s dinner taking place on Saturday, October 11 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The Task Force recently announced that the Miami Recognition Dinner will be co-hosted by the dynamic duo of Lea Black, star of Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Miami, and South Beach icon Elaine Lancaster, promising a night to remember for those in attendance. 

No kid Hungry

BLT Prime Unites with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry®

BLT Prime, located in the iconic Trump National Doral, has been delighting Doral residents and foodies alike with BLT’s acclaimed modern American steakhouse cuisine. In addition to pleasing diners with the finest cuts of USDA Prime Certified Angus beef, BLT unites with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign to help end childhood hunger until Sunday, September 20.  The annual Dine Out For No Kid Hungry campaign brings restaurants and diners together to raise funds and awareness. Participating restaurants have the freedom to create unique promotions that raise funds while giving their diners wonderful offerings. Created especially for this event by Chef Dustin Ward and inspired by Share Our Strength, the grilled Portuguese octopus, fennel, yuzu, pickled shallot appetizer is $18 and meant to be shared; available during lunch and dinner service with 50% of all sales of the dish benefitting the campaign.

 

Hollywood Eyes Hosts Fendi Trunk Show Benefitting Girl Rising

Hollywood Eyes is hosting an exclusive Fendi trunk show and cocktail soiree benefitting Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education. Since the launch of the movement, the Girl Rising Campaign has raised over $5 million for girls programs, and the “Girl Rising” film has been seen by over 1.5 million viewers with more than 200 corporations such as Intel, Bobbi Brown, Charles Schwab, and Facebook supporting the cause by hosting corporate screenings. Hollywood Eyes’ evening of shopping and cocktails for a cause will feature a Fendi eye wear trunk show as well as other designer eyewear collections, perfectly timed to transition you from summer to fall. Guests will enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres from FACE restaurant, complimentary wine, and a preview of fall’s hottest frames with 20% of all proceeds benefitting Girl Rising. There will also be a luxury raffle for a chance to win two pair of Fendi designer glasses with 100% of proceeds going to the campaign. The event, which takes place Friday, September 26th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., is free and open to the public and serves as a prelude to the “Girl Rising” movie screening at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center on October 25. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 954.923.5367 or visit www.hollywoodeyesflorida.com.

 

shelborne2014 Global Party for United Cerebral Palsy Baby House

Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach, the iconic Miami landmark resort, is partnering with the 2014 Global Party to host a Venetian Masquerade Gala on Saturday, September 27, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at 1801 Collins Avenue in Miami.  Global Party is the world’s largest invite-only VIP charity event where all donations benefit  Miami’s leading nonprofit organization: United Cerebral Palsy Baby House, an organization serving children and young adults suffering from Cerebral Palsy. The Venetian Masquerade Gala will be the first event that Shelborne hosts after its $90 million renovation, and will be catered by Morimoto South Beach, Iron Chef Morimoto’s Miami flagship restaurant, located within the property. The evening will include signature cocktails, an elite VIP Lounge, and a special performance by Venezuelan musician Julien Rego, and International & Caribbean Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Kevin Lyttle. Donors may make contributions by visiting: http://www.theglobalparty.com/venues/list/.

 

 

Haute-Tea-STD-FrontBy: Maryanne Salvat

Haute Tea Luncheon Benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute

Young Society of Love and Hope like it haute! For a third consecutive year, the group of South Florida philanthropists is hosting the Haute Tea luncheon and fashion presentation benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Friday, September 12. This year’s elegant soiree is honoring Linda Gibb – who serves alongside her husband, Barry Gibb, as International Chairman of Love and Hope and has supported the DRI’s work for more than three decades. And, since it just wouldn’t be a royal affair without big, fancy hats – event Chairs Jillian Posner and Dr. Stacy Chimento of Diane Walder MD encourage all guests to don their finest haute headwear and heels to the event, where they will be greeted by palace guards at the champagne reception, followed by a three-course lunch, and a formal tea service fit for the Queen. Prizes will be awarded for the best hats of the day – which will be selected for various categories and judged by guest judges, including Entertainment/Features Reporter and Film Critic for WSVN’s Deco Drive and Fashion Blogger Shireen Sandoval and Maria Tettamanti of the popular Miami fashion blog, The Wordy Girl. Sponsorship packages and tickets for the 3rd Annual Haute Tea Luncheon happening September 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort located at 9703 Collins Avenue can be purchased online via www.DiabetesResearch.org/Haute-Teaor by calling 954-964-4040 / 800-321-3437.

 

Fit to Fight: Box & Lunch

In conjunction with the Fit to Fight Miami Challenge, co-owner/executive chef Sean Brasel of Meat Market, alongside Dena Marino of MC Kitchen and Johnny Rock of Sobekick will host Fit to Fight: Box & Lunch, a kickboxing/dining event on Sunday, September 14. Brasel and Marino are two of the 12 chefs participating in Fit to Fight, a chef weight loss challenge to raise awareness on the benefits of healthy living and to raise money for Live to Fight, a non-profit organization that supports those suffering from life-threatening illnesses.Guests will kick off the morning at 11:30 a.m. with an hour-long boxing class at Sobekick led by former Miami Dolphins tight end Jason Rader, jabbing and kicking alongside some of Miami’s hottest chefs before enjoying a refueling meal at 1:30 p.m. at Meat Market, Lincoln Road’s sizzling contemporary steakhouse. The set menu, prepared by Brasel, will feature delicious and healthy bites paired with special skinny cocktails. The regular a la carte menu will also be available.The package, priced at just $60 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), includes the class at Sobekick, Miami Beach’s premiere boutique boxing studio; a healthy two-course lunch with two specialty drinks at Meat Market; a special dish from Chef Marino, as well as a crash course on nutrition from Rachel Lee of Nutrients Lab.

 

3rd Annual Fashion Gives Back Event

On Thursday, September 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. the 3rd Annual Fashion Gives Back Event benefitting Miami Children’s Hospital presented by Farell & Patel presents a night of fashion, cocktails, and mingling while making a difference in the lives of so many children who are treated at Miami Children’s Hospital.  Your donation of $25 provides you a chance to win from a selection of wonderful prizes, including sports memorabilia, vacations, gift certificates and more!   RSVP by September 16.  For more information contact Alyse Cahill at alyse.cahill@mchf.org or 786.624.2857.

 

SIUDY Between Worlds : Entre Mundos

Back by popular demand, the award-winning Pablo Croce Productions announces its return to the Sunshine State in September with a highly anticipated double weekend showcase of SIUDY Between Worlds Entre Mundos, featuring two of today’s legendary acts from the world of Flamenco and Broadway. The Miami-based award-winning dance theater and screen production company will stage SIUDY Between Worlds – the highly acclaimed story inspired by a tribal tale of passion and love – on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 in the ZIFF Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.   The performance will also make its debut in Central Florida on Saturday, September 27, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre in Orlando.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, at www.arshtcenter.org <http://www.arshtcenter.org>  <http://www.arshtcenter.org> or by calling 305.949.6722. SIUDY Between Worlds Entre Mundos will make its debut in Orlando on Saturday, September 27, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, for which tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.

 

 

Escape to the Keys

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 5 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Florida KeysBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Not that we would ever think to complain about living in the place where the rest of the world loves to vacation, but, during the dog days of summer when our social calendar is fairly open, it becomes necessary to consider venturing out to nearby destinations for a little change of scenery and to recharge before the busy season ahead.  This summer, we got the chance to check out a few terrific resorts in the Keys- just steps away from home.  Each distinct in its unique atmosphere and offerings, all three provided the perfect place to unwind, recharge and create special memories with the family.  Read the rest here »

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