Miami Symphony Orchestra Grand Season Opening

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 8 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

The Miami Symphony Orchestra’s (MISO) Grand Season Opening on Sunday, October 5, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts was a night filled with spectacular music and surprises. Venezuelan Maestro, MISO’s Music Director and Conductor, Eduardo Marturet led the orchestra throughout the two-hour concert with his usual dramatic flair. Dressed in a tuxedo with tails and his signature Donald Pliner loafers, (in royal blue) Marturet delighted audiences through a concert of pieces by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, and Brahms. For the second act, world-famous Russian pianist, Lola Astanova, took the stage, to show her mastery on a stunning Steinway Piano. Astanova, who literally sparkled in a bejeweled dress, is considered to be among the most watched virtuoso performers in the world. Under the leadership of Maestro Marturet, her emotional style of performing Rachmaninov’s melodies was sensational. Following the intermission, the orchestra performed Brahms’ masterful Symphony No. 1, declared “the greatest symphony since Beethoven’s Ninth.” During the concert, a representative from famed piano manufacturer, Steinway & Sons (the official piano of the MISO) presented Maestro Marturet with an award and declared him a “Steinway Artist.” Read the rest here »

TargetBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Ready Set Target Style!

On Thursday, October 2, Target is inviting Miami residents to a night of live entertainment featuring an in-store style competition! Miami style mavens: Maria Tettamanti (The Wordy Girl), Annie Vazquez (The Fashion Poet), and Ginger Harris (Electric Blogarella) will compete in true reality show format creating the most stylish day to night looks using Target’s fall collection. Guests will enjoy complimentary beauty bars, music, refreshments, and more as the action packed event unfolds at the South Dixie Highway location. The evening will be hosted and judged by the fabulous Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor and E! News correspondent.    Univision host and Target’s Latin style expert Rodner Figueroa, director and designer Vashtie Kola and blogger Daniela Ramirez will also preside as fashion judges. The fashion showdown will take place promptly at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public; for more information, visit www.readysettargetstyle.com.

 

 

Friends of St. Jude Miami Presents: It’s All About The Kidsall about kids

Friends of St. Jude (FOSJ) Miami, the young professionals group dedicated to raising awareness and funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, and chaired by Jeb Bush Jr., invites the South Florida community to the seventh annual International Dermatology “It’s All About the Kids” event, presented by the Andrés Asion Foundation. This year’s event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami and will have a circus theme with chic style. The event will feature a tasting menu and cocktails, as well as music performances by The Culture Band and DJ Troubles. This year’s hosts include award-winning journalist and anchor of Univision Network’s news-magazine show Primer Impacto Pamela Silva Conde and recording artist Jencarlos Canela. International Dermatology will serve as the event’s title sponsor for the sixth consecutive year, along with many others. Individual tickets are $175 for members and $200 for non-members, and can be purchased online at stjude.org/itsallaboutthekids or by calling 305.265.1371. To follow the event conversation online, use the official hastag: #FriendOfStJudeMiami.

 

 

skeletonSAMBA and a Movie

SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables and Coral Gables Art Cinema are proud to kick off a month of tricks and treats with SAMBA & A MOVIE, an ode to foodies and film buffs alike. On Tuesday, October 7, the feature film The Skeleton Twins, a dark comedy where estranged twins reunite after a decade, will be paired with a menu by Executive Chef David Sears showcasing dishes such as the Beating Heart Anticuchos or the Taquito Twins. For only $39, guests can enjoy an inspired 3-course prix-fixe dinner (movie ticket included) before or after their film, on view at the neighboring art house. Purchase tickets at $39 per person online at Coral Gables Art Cinema at www.gablescinema.com. Dinner reservations are available before or after the film, though bookings before the film are strongly suggested with at least 75 minutes lead time to ensure prompt arrival at the theatre. Call the location directly to secure a reservation 305.448.4990.

 

 

 

Veuve Clicquot’s Cross Country Mail Truck TourTruck

Adorned in Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow hue and delivering exciting surprises in cities across the country, the Clicquot Mail truck will be coming to Miami! On Thursday, October 9, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m., the Clicquot Mail Truck will debut at Villa Azur. Guests can enjoy light bites and sip on Yellow Label by-the-glass for $20 and Rose for $30, while enjoying the Clicquot photo booth and live music. There will also be a calligraphist on site where guests can have hand-written post cards created to mail to a friend and family or post it to the Clicquot Post Board! Start the weekend off right with happy hour on Friday, October 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Conrad. Guests can enjoy Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label by-the-glass for $17 or by-the-bottle for $70 or Veuve Clicquot Rose by-the-glass for $18 and by-the bottle for $80. Both champagnes will be paired with complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres including ham croquettes, pork belly tacos, truffle arancini and cuban spring rolls.  Enjoy the outdoors on the covered patio at Sea Salt & Pepper on Saturday, October 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Yellow Label will be served by-the-glass for $22 and featured by-the-bottle for $150. Both magnum and jeroboam sizes will also be available. Guests can also enjoy champagne pairings with the chef’s special small plate menu featuring Osetra Caviar at $125 per oz and $250 per 2 oz’s, Kumamoto Oysters for $4.50 each and Meli Melo Tartare for $29. Finally, on Sunday, October 12, the W South Beach Hotel & Residences will host a fried chicken and bubbles party at Grove and on the terrace of The Dutch from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to check out the truck while enjoying a menu of hot fried chicken, honey butter biscuits and house made Anthony’s slaw. Unlimited glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available for $99 and food for $45. Yellow Label will also be available by-the-glass and by-the-bottle.

 

breast cancer ribbonResorts World Bimini and Bimini SuperFast Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

Resorts World Bimini and Bimini SuperFast are proud supporters of Breast Cancer Awareness month and, on October 4, are partnering with LITE 101.5 for a special “Cruise for Komen” event, where 10% proceeds will be donated to the Miami/Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Hosted by LITE 101.5’s popular morning show personality Julie Guy, guests will enjoy a complimentary Sail Away cocktail toast of pink rose provided by Barton & Guestier as well as live entertainment, dining in multiple restaurants and lounges, live action table gaming such as Roulette, Craps, Blackjack, and Baccarat as well as the latest Slots and a full service Sports Book. After arriving to Resorts World Bimini, guests can indulge in amenities included with the cruise price such as complimentary use of a beach towel and chair, tram service, and choice of a water sport including snorkeling, paddle boarding or kayaking. The Roundtrip Day Package includes a discount on new water activities now available at the resort including world-class diving and snorkeling, parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, as well as banana boat rides. Popular Alice Town tours depart the resort on a regular basis, giving guests the opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of Bimini. And, with the opening of the new Port at Resorts World Bimini, guests now have up to 5 hours on the island to enjoy the resort’s white sand beaches, six restaurants and bars and world-class casino. Visit www.rwbimini.com to book your Day Cruise now and enter Promo Code LTCRUISE14 to receive $10 off or call 1-888-930-8688 for more information.

 

Pamper Yourself Pink at Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon in Sunny Isles is inviting beauty junkies to pamper themselves pink with special promotional spa and salon services. During the month of October, guests can feel good about treating themselves to the following: ‘Nail Breast Cancer Awareness!’ Manicure, Go Pink Pedicure: Receive a FREE pink Essie polish with every full price pedicure; in addition, $5 will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or ‘Ribbon Rubdown’: Enjoy a 50-minute facial or massage for only $50 (value of $99) Monday through Thursday; in addition, $5 will be donated to Mt. Sinai Medical Center; for appointments call 305.749.2100 or visit http://www.sevenseasspasalon.com for more information.

 

 

coletteBy: Maryanne Salvat

Colette Little French Bistro announces “Moules Frites Mondays”

Colette Little French Bistro, a slice of Paris on Miami Beach’s bustling Lincoln Road, announces a reason to love Mondays with “Moules Frites Mondays.” Enjoy one of Colette’s most popular dishes, mussels and fries,  prepared your way –either Moules Marinieres (cooked in white wine, herbs and a touch of cream), or Moules Catalane (cooked in white wine, herbs and tomato) – accompanied by Colette’s hand cut fries. Priced at $22 per person, “Moules Frites Mondays” are all-you-can eat, which means the waiter will keep those steaming pots coming until you say stop.

 

Hakkasan Offers Golden Week Special Menu

Fans of Hakkasan, the AAA Four Diamond award-winning, signature Chinese restaurant located at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, will have the opportunity to take part in a sumptuous dining experience as the restaurant debuts a special menu in celebration of Golden Week, China’s biggest national holiday. Consequently, it is a popular period of time when the Chinese travel around the world significantly. Those choosing to travel to one of Hakkasan’s global outposts including Shanghai, London, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, San Francisco and New York can enjoy exclusive menus featuring traditional Chinese fare. Hakkasan at Fontainebleau Miami Beach will offer an upscale traditional Chinese feast, priced at $138 per person, (exclusive of tax and gratuity) from Monday, September 29 through Sunday, October 12; A minimum of two diners must order the menu.  Hakkasan Fontainebleau Miami Beach on the fourth floor rooftop and is open nightly for dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. Traditional Dim Sum is served on Saturdays and Sunday from noon – 3:00p.m. For more information or reservations, visit fontainebleau.com/goldenweek or call 877.326.7412.

National Yoga Month Event 

In honor of National Yoga Month, Radio Bar along with jugofresh and Organic Vinyasa will be closing out the month with a “last call” for all local yogis and yoga curious on Tuesday, September 30! The complimentary class will be held at South Pointe Park at 6:30PM. Then, walk over to Radio Bar for post yoga juice mix with jugofresh. It’s your choice to ask whether you want your drink shaken not stirred. For information, follow the chatter: @jugofresh @radiosobe @organicvinyasa @wordintown.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to Host a Drive for Kids at Doral Lincoln

South Florida drivers are invited to put the pedal to the metal for a good cause by visiting Doral Lincoln on Saturday, October 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., to test drive the new Lincoln MKC and a second model from Lincoln’s prestigious gallery of luxury vehicles. When guests test drive the vehicles, Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will receive $50 to fund its mission to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need the Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The festive day will feature fun-filled activities for the entire family, plus music, dance performances, food and raffles.

 

Communities In Schools of Miami Charity Concert Featuring Suenalo

Communities In Schools of Miami has tapped Suenalo to headline the organization’s first charity concert on Thursday, October 9. Voted “Best Latin Band” by the Miami New Times, the funk, fusion jazz band will grace the Ball & Chain’s main stage for a three-hour set starting at 6:00 p.m.  For $30, guests will enjoy the soulful sounds of the talented musicians while sipping complimentary cocktails over casual camaraderie. Proceeds from the evening’s event will directly benefit CIS’ mentoring, tutoring, career counseling, after school and summer programs.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.cismiami.org.

 

Grand_Season_Piano_201415Grand Opening Season Presented by MISO

The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Eduardo Marturet, is proud to launch its 2014/2015 season honoring the artistry of the keyboard and its foundation in orchestral repertoire, with unique and rarely performed works seldom witnessed live in the concert hall. A spectacular season of eight programs commences with the “Grand Season Opening” on October 5 conducted by Maestro Marturet, and featuring the dynamic Russian-American pianist Lola Astanova. Sponsored by Park Foundation, Astanova’s riveting and deeply emotional style embodies Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in a program that also features Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage as well as Brahms’ masterful First Symphony, declared “the greatest symphony since Beethoven’s Ninth.” Tickets range from $34-119, and for more information visit www.themiso.org or call (305) 275-5666.

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On September - 24 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

FloridaMiami Heat’s newest player Danny Granger seems to have taken a liking to Khong River House on Miami Beach, dining there two nights in a row last week and then returning the following night for takeout.

Fat Joe kicked off the Hip-Hop Legend Seriesat Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach this past Saturday with a surprise performance for hotel guests and attendees. He performed his hit singles “What’s Luv” and “Make It Rain.”Other notable guests in attendance included Scottie and Larsa Pippen. Fat Joe was seen sipping Moet Nectar and mingling with the crowd.

On Sunday night, Jeffery Soffer, owner of the Fontainebleau was spotted with his beautiful wife, Elle Macpherson at Zuma. They arrived by boat, and enjoyed an early dinner with friends and family. Also spotted last week at Zuma’s sushi counter, culinary legends Chef Ferran Adria and Jose Andres enjoying a quick lunch.

Rapper FloRida celebrated his birthday at Cameo’s Lapdance Tuesday party, popping multiple bottles of champagne with a large group of friends. Taking a VIP table on the dancefloor, FloRida had a prime view of Cameo’s risqué pole dancers and appeared to love the view, and kept the party going until the lights came up at 5am. Also on hand was baller James Harden of The Houston Rockets and legions of female fans who crowded FloRida’s VIP table throughout the night.

 

 

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 »

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