UncleTomsBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Uncle Tom’s Barbecue Grand Re-Opening! 

Uncle Tom’s Barbecue is celebrating its long awaited grand reopening on Tuesday, July 8, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a salute from City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado promptly at 6:00 p.m. Staying true to its original recipe for success from its inception in 1948, Uncle Tom’s Barbecue has been resurrected in the same spot on Tamiami Trail but with new and improved owners and a truly classic southern menu. Following the ceremony, DJ Ethics will provide the soundtrack to the evening while guests sip on complimentary house wine or beer and enjoy bite-sized portions of Uncle Tom’s Barbecue signature dishes including pulled pork, brisket and sliced pork sliders, stuffed mac and cheese, wings and ribs. RSVP is required; RSVP to UncleTomsBBQ@cm-publicrelations.com.


Fourth of July Happenings: 

Mandarine Napoléon at The Broken ShakerFourth-of-July-Events-in-Miami

On Thursday, July 3, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., Mandarine Napoléon, the 19th century citrus liqueur created for Napoléon Bonaparte, launches The Emperor’s Social Bar at The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami. Join them for a night of socializing and complimentary Mandarine Napoléon cocktails, where Instagrams and Tweets are the currency! For each new and unique Instagram post or Tweet, guests will get a branded token towards a Mandarine Napoléon cocktail. 

Caviar & Cocktails 

The Restaurant at The Setai will be offering at their Bar & Courtyard a more exotic approach to the celebration. On July 3, they will host Caviar & Cocktails – featuring real caviar; premium “European” caviar, cocktails that will include ingredients like Capers and vodka; Elite Vodka (high-end Stoli vodka) and vermouth – carbonated, make it like champagne to pair w/caviar. Premium caviar; first hour complimentary cocktails, each w/a spoon of caviar; $12 for next 2 hours cocktails served with a spoon of caviar.  

Biltmore Stars and Stripes BBQ Dinner and Fireworks Spectacular 

Beginning at 4:00p.m., Biltmore offers an all you can eat BBQ buffet and open bar, along with a spectacular Fireworks display. Get a front row seat with for this annual event. Members $120; guests $150.

APT606 for “DUSK” at The Standard Spa 

Join APT606 for “DUSK” at The Standard Spa for an exclusive menswear collection by fashion’s golden boy, Christopher Kane, and curated by APT606.   The atomic inspired collection will be accompanied by cocktails at sunset and beats by DJ Cassinelli from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Members of The Standard receive 10% off the FW2014 Christopher Kane collection; RSVP to Scott Hauser Hauser4@aol.com.

Cavalli Lounge

On July 3, Cavalli Lounge is proud to have Capital Cities DJ  Set joining them for the night. With their song “Safe and Sound” at the top of all the charts, they will be opening Katy Perry’s concert in Miami and then ending off the night partying at Cavalli Lounge. On the 4th, Cavalli will be featuring a special menu for the day.

Wall Lounge  

Every day this week, Wall Lounge will have a different Dj jamming out to all of your favorite tunes.  For a complete line visit: http://www.wallmiami.com/.

Seasalt & Pepper

On July 4, Moët Ice Imperial Presents Seasalt & Pepper’s Fourth of July event. It will consist of Dj Digital Rebels playing his dance mix all day long, delicious food and fun in the sun.

Afrojack 4th of July Weekend at Mansion 

Afrojack has become one of electronic dance music’s major icons. From humble DJ beginnings in his native country of Holland, he has grown to become a multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer. His skills are some of the most sought after in the world, and with two Grammy Awards under his belt, it’s easy to see why. In addition to this, his DJ sets have fast become both iconic and unparalleled, providing an explosive take on the current state of dance music across the board. Join us this 4th of July weekend at Mansion nightclub as we present Afrojack; July 3, 2014 / Doors at 11pm / Tickets starting at $50. http://opium.wantickets.com/Events/157361/Afrojack-at-Mansion/.

AFK DOMINO NIGHT 1By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Nearly 2,000 guests gathered in their tropical finest to raise $400,000 for underprivileged children at the summer’s hottest kick-off party- the 2014 Voya Miami Celebrity Domino Night presented by Bacardí USA, on Saturday, June 14, at Jungle Island.  This bash, which  benefitted Amigos For Kids, featured  hours upon hours of dancing, a full concert by legendary Grammy-award winning musician, Willy Chirino and limitless sips and bites.

Devoted to strengthening families and educating communities, Amigos For Kids once again partnered with title sponsor Voya Financial (formerly ING U.S.) and major corporate sponsors Bacardí U.S.A., Walmart and The Lincoln Motor Company for the highly anticipated event.  Read the rest here »

DJ Irie Does it Again!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 25 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

DJ Irie with custom Beck's bottleBy: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

During the weekend of June 19-21, Miamis own DJ Irie hosted his 10th Annual Irie Weekend (#IWX) to benefit the Irie Foundation (www.iriefoundation.org).  The festivities spanned over three days and welcomed guests to the first ever Irie Weekend Hotel at the National in Miami Beach. On Thursday afternoon, #IWX began with a youth workshop at the Miami Beach Golf Club where 40 children participated in the FORE Life Golf Clinic.  Weekend co-host, Jamie Foxx attended the clinic to meet with kids and also learn a few pointers of his own in preparation for the next days anchor golf event. Read the rest here »

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 19 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

CelebThis past Friday Ryan Phillippe was spotted at Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach, with new girlfriend, Paulina Slagter.  The couple cuddled and sipped Don Julio on the rocks.  He was interacting with guests as they took pictures and seen laughing and enjoying time with friends. 

While he may not be at the World Cup, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is considered one of the world’s best soccer players.  The Swedish soccer star had dinner with his wife and kids at Meat Market over the weekend. 

On Sunday night, rapper 2Chainz hosted a party at LIV nightclub and performed several of his recently released songs to a packed crowd. After his performance, he was spotted hanging out with his crew on stage and sipping on a bottle of Moet Nectar Imperial Rose. Other celebrities in attendance included singer Tank and boxer Floyd Mayweather who purchased over 70 bottles of Moet Nectar Imperial Rose for his group 

Last week, Mike Tyson was spotted at Maxine’s Bistro & Bar in the Catalina Hotel at 5 a.m. in the morning. Tyson stopped by for some late night (early morning) eats and was reportedly extremely friendly and took pictures with the management and staff of the restaurant. Tyson was in town for the Miami Heat playoffs and told the staff he would definitely return to Maxine’s because he “loved the food so much.”

Stylish Benefits Herald in Summer Season

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 19 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Candidates High resBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Journey of Hope 

On June 6, a crowd of more than 300 philanthropists gathered for the 2014 Miami Man and Woman of the Year Journey of Hope Gala ​hosted by the Southern Florida and Puerto Rico Chapters of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. The celebration was the culmination of The Man and Woman of the Year campaign:  a 10-week program to raise funds to help find cures for blood cancers. The campaign recruited candidates in the community who agreed to conduct their own fundraising efforts to compete to earn the coveted title: Man or Woman of the Year. Each candidate was judged solely on his/her success in raising money, each dollar counting as one vote, running in honor of the Boy and Girl of the Year, who are local blood cancer patient survivors, known for inspiring others.  Read the rest here »

irieBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Irie Weekend

On Thursday, June 19 through June 21, Miami’s own DJ Irie will celebrate a decade of giving back with the return of the highly anticipated Irie Weekend (IWX: www.irieweekend.com).  IWX will be filled with an action-packed schedule of events and a first ever “takeover” of the newly renovated National Hotel. Over the last ten years, the weekend has evolved into one of the summer’s hottest tickets and has been attended by the likes of Selita Ebanks, Chris Kirkpatrick, Christina Milian, Jeremy Shockey, Audrina Patridge, Kevin Dillon, Kristin Cavallari, Nick Cannon, Luke Wilson, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal, Jonathan Vilma and Miami HEAT players, coaches and staff just to name a few.  The event kicks off  with on Thursday evening with a VIP reception at The National Hotel; for a complete line-up of events and to purchase tickets, visit www.IrieWeekend.com.

Macchialina’s Bar Takeover

Macchialina‘s 2nd-ever Bar Takeover series, will be held this Thursday, June 19, from 11:00 p.m. to 2:00a.m. Guest bartender Rob Ferrara of Lure Fishbar will be “taking over” the bar from new lead bartender Will Rivas – using everything from his own menu including ingredients as well as glassware and ice.  Ferrara will also be choosing the theme (A Night at the Jersey Shore) for the night and Chef Michael Pirolo will make a menu to compliment the drinks that fit the theme; for more information visit: www.macchialina.com.


Adlens Sundials

With summer in full force, Adlens Sundials Sunglasses are the perfect accessory to take with you on any of your travels.  Available in four colors, Sundials provide UVA/UVB protection while adjusting for near, intermediate and distance vision needs with the turn of dial – all with a single pair! These innovative and revolutionary shades are a must-have for active those who love to travel, golf, sail, hike, camp or garden. They provide a smart and affordable solution to the problem of lost or broken glasses while on the road; for more information or to purchase visit:  www.adlens.com.


Miami Spice Mash-Up

The 13th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program (August & September 2014) is just around the corner and to kick-start the celebration the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is launching a series of special Miami Spice Mash-Ups, chef collaborations at which each chef will preview select dishes from their upcoming Spice menus.The first of three Mash-Ups will take place on Wednesday, June 25Chef Brad Kilgore of J&G Grill at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort will host visiting Chef Jose Mendin of the Pubbelly family of restaurants.  Together, the two will serve a six course meal previewing menu items from their respective Miami Spice menus.  The meal will finish with a duo of desserts, one from Mendin the other from J&G’s pastry chef, Antonio Bachour.  Seating is limited to 40 attendees; reservations must be made in advance and can be done so by calling 305.993.3333.  Price: $65 per person, including a complimentary cocktail featuring Botran Rum(excluding tax, tip and alcohol).  Destinations and chef line-ups for July and September Mash-Ups will be released at a later date.  J&G Grill is located at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. The dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.  For more information on Miami Spice visit iLoveMiamiSpice.com.