galaBy: Maryanne Salvat

Dress for Success 20th Anniversary Gangstas,Gals, and Glam Gala

On Saturday, October 11, Dress for Success Miami will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with an over-the-top “Gangstas, Gals and Glam” gala at the Rusty Pelican. Dress for Success Miami is excited to welcome Honorary Chairs Maritere and Jon Secada, as well as Honorary Chairwoman Star Jones. Emceeing the evening will be Local 10 news anchors Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes. “Honorary Gals” for the evening include CBS 4 entertainment reporter Lisa Petrillo, NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson, actress, TV host and entrepreneur Adriana Cataño, and lifestyle director for Antena305.com, journalist and correspondent for CNN Español Paula Lamas. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success Miami. Tickets are $500 per person and sponsorship opportunities begin at $7,500. To purchase tickets, visit: http://dfsmiami20.eventbrite.com.

 

 

railThe Miami Rail

The Miami Rail is bringing the carnival of your dreams to Miami and it’s all in the name of art and culture. Miami’s leading nonprofit cultural publication is celebrating two years in existence with a bang that includes Shorty’s BBQ, cocktails, a mechanical bull and even a dunk tank! The party will take place in the garden of Nina Johnson-Milewski and Daniel Milewski’s home and goes from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12. Tickets are $75 for a single and $125 for a couple and are tax deductible, purchase them online atmiamifoundation.org/givenow select ‘Miami Rail’ from the drop down menu and enter the amount of your purchase, make sure to follow the instructions all the way to confirmation. If you will be out of town but still want to support they can “sponsor a writer” and purchase a ticket for one of our contributing writers.

 

Miami International Film Festival Presents MIFFecito

Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, will be giving Miami an early “taste” of the Festival this year with MIFFecito, a film festival of international films from countries including Bhutan, Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Poland and Spain. The Festival will be taking place over four days (October 16 – 19), and will be held exclusively at the Tower Theater which has undergone renovations including wooden floors and new state-of-the-art screen/projector equipment. During MIFFecito, don’t expect the traditional popcorn and soda at the concession stand. Instead, look forward to classics such as Pastelitos, Croquetas de Jamon, Pressed Sandwiches and many more Cuban delights from the masters of Cuban food at Tinta Y Café. You will also be able to enjoy a cafecito during MIFFecito in many shapes, forms and sizes including cortaditos, coladas and of course café con leche. The owners of Tinta y Café will be partnering up with Las Tias, a vintage furniture shop, to transform the Tower Theater into a cozy café during MIFFecito. The pop-up café hours will run during movie times.

 

breast cancer ribbonMignonette Helps the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute

For the entire month of October, Mignonette will be lending an oyster shucker to help raise funds for breast cancer research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The new Edgewater oyster bar is adding a special oyster to its eclectic menu, coined the “Danny’s Mom” oyster. For this fundraising effort, Mignonette teamed up with American Mussel Harvesters, who agreed to rename their beloved Umami oysters that they ship to Mignonette as “Danny’s Mom” oysters throughout October.    For every “Danny’s Mom” sold, Mignonette will donate $1 to the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center to help fund breast cancer research.

 

Miami Seaquarium Goes Pink for Breast Cancer

Miami Seaquarium will go pink this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as it welcomes its guests with the opportunity to make a $5 contribution to the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate and save 50 percent on general admission. The park also will encourage its visitors to get involved in other ways by transforming several park locations with the iconic pink color. The offer starts October 1st and runs until October 31st. To participate, guests may visit www.miamiseaquarium.com for a donation form. The 2014 Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race For the Cure® will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Bayfront Park in Miami. For additional information on how to register or to volunteer, call 305. 383.7116 or visit www.komenmiaftl.org.

 

Miami Children’s Museum Not So Scary Family Halloween Bashimages

It’s the most spooktacular time of the year at the Miami Children’s Museum! The “Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash” will take place on Sunday, October 19 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. All the little ghosts and goblins are guaranteed to have a wonderful time Bash benefiting the Museum’s educational programs. Individual tickets to the “Not So Scary Halloween Bash” are just $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. A Family Package for $200.00 is also available that includes 6 tickets.  For more information, to learn about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/halloween or call 305.373.KIDS (5437), ext. 142.

 

Gear Up for Spa Week

Spa Week® is back and the buzz is bigger than ever because the Fall 2014 Event marks 10 years of wellness for the iconic brand. From October 20 – 26, just in time to get fresh for fall, you can enjoy $50 treatments at the most exclusive and luxurious spa and wellness facilities across the country. Spas, fitness studios, weight-loss and nutrition centers will be offering full-service treatments regularly costing anywhere from $100 – $500 for just $50. Spa Week® has solidified its stance as the industry’s most successful Spa Marketing Event in history by allowing consumers to reap the benefits of a full spa experience at an affordable price. Just visit www.spaweek.com as early as possible to view the directory of spa and wellness participants and their $50 spa treatments. It is recommended that interested spa-goers book their appointments in advance in order to secure their desired treatment times.

 

 

 

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Pure Barre October Awareness 30 Day Challenge

Pure Barre Philadelphia, Pure Barre Main Line and Pure Barre South Jersey studios present the The Give Urself a Hand: 20 in 30 Challenge (20 classes for 30 days). During the month of October all three studios will allow new and current clients to purchase the special challenge packet for $200. 5% of every package sold will be donated to the Feel Your Boobies Foundation. The first 20 people to complete the challenge will receive an exclusive Pure Barre / Feel Your Boobies tank top. All participants will receive a complimentary boobies magnet. If 50 people complete the challenge, Pure Barre will donate an additional $1,000 to the foundation; if 100 people complete the challenge, Pure Barre will donate an additional $1,500; if 200 people complete the challenge Pure Barre will donate an additional $2,000! Sign up online at www.purebarre.com or at any of the studios.Pure Barre Philadelphia will freeze any currently running packages and/or auto-pays for current clients who would like to participate in the challenge. Online registration should be completed under “October Awareness 30 Day Challenge.”#purebarrephilly #feelyourboobies

 

 

 

 

2014PHeaSt_Logo_dateTaste the Harvest at the 3rd Annual PHeaSt

The region’s rock-star growers and top-tier chefs will combine their talents for “PHeaSt,” the extraordinary garden-to-table celebration, on Friday, October 17, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The third annual PHeaSt, hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, brings together the region’s renowned chefs and urban growers for a unique party to benefit the PHS City Harvest program. The event has been a sell-out each year, as hundreds of Philly-area foodies come to sample amazing, new seasonal dishes by the culinary and gardening teams. PHeaSt transforms the PHS Warehouse at the Navy Yard, home to recycled props from the Philadelphia Flower Show, into an industrial-chic party setting. Guests are invited to roam from table to table to enjoy the garden-fresh dishes, chat with the chefs, and get gardening tips from the growers. New this year, the “Fruits of the Vine” wine pull will include more than 100 bottles of wine donated by individuals and Fine Wine & Good Spirits. The bottles are valued between $20 and $300 each. For $20, guests may try their luck and select one bottle in a wine bag. Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are $150 (PHS members $135). VIP tickets are $300 (PHS members $275) and include early admission at 6:00 p.m., a private culinary demo, and a special gift; For information, visit PHSonline.org.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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