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:  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

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:


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:


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

frankenfoodStep aside chicken and waffles, buffalo wings and chili cheese dogs, Spike TV is looking to find the newest food craze.  Starting Sunday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT with back-to-back episodes, amateur chefs will literally “step-up to the plate” to prove their dish is the best new “Frankenfood,” a revolutionary creation that mixes outrageous and unexpected ingredients in delicious and unique flavors.  From a triple-decker pastrami donut sandwich to fried PB&J fish sticks and Gyro egg rolls to a cheesecake burger, the food creations on this series range from the good, the bad and the truly inedible! Read the rest here »

Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Jay and Liz Scott. and Jeff Michaud

Marc Vetri, Jeff Benjamin, Jay and Liz Scott. and Jeff Michaud

Guests were dressed to impress as 43 chefs from around the country cooked for a cause at Vetri’s 9th annual Great Chef’s Event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on June 10, 2014.  The event surpassed their goal and raised $1 million for two charities, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and The Vetri Foundation for Children.   More than 1,200 guests were in attendance, sampling bites, imbibing in great spirits, and bidding on silent and live auction items.

The live auction alone raised $80,000.00.  Notable speakers at the event included School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite Jr. describing the work of the Vetri Foundation and  Liz and Jay Scott, Alex’s parents and Co-Executive Directors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.


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World Cup 2014 Fever!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 11 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

friesMcDonald’s Launches Street Art Inspired French Fry Boxes for FIFA World Cup

In conjunction with the FIFA World Cup 2014, McDonald’s has changed the look of its iconic red French fry packaging globally with bold, new artwork to celebrate the upcoming soccer event. In addition, the new fry boxes will be the key to “unlocking” a new app “McDonald’s GOL!” that will reward French fry loving patrons with an engaging, virtual trick-shot challenge. The app will be compatible with most Android and Apple mobile devices and will be available for download in the Google Play store and Apple App Store™.


The redesign will treat customers and futbol fans with an exclusive collection of original street art that reflects the beauty and passion of the game of futbol. Twelve artists from around the world were chosen to create the special new designs, which will canvas McDonald’s Medium and Large fry boxes in the majority of company-owned and franchised restaurants worldwide. To view the different designs visit:


SUSHISAMBA Mundial 2014sushi

SUSHISAMBA is celebrating the World Cup by bringing the action from Brazil to its locations in Miami Beach and Coral Gables for ‘SUSHISAMBA MUNDIAL 2014!’ In celebration of the games, each restaurant has created the ultimate viewing experience for fans, featuring special events, festive food and drinks, and live coverage of all matches from June 12 – July 13, 2014! Drawing from the brand’s cultural and culinary heritage, Brazil will be the centrepiece of the month-long fête. Kickoff in true SAMBA style on Thursday, June 12 for the Brazil versus Croatia game with samba dancers, dj’s, a themed menu, and drink specials;



Quattro Gastronomia Italiana World Cup 2014

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, Lincoln Road’s Northern Italian dining destination will celebrate the World Cup with big-screen televised matches, a special 2-course menu and an array of cocktail specials. Available during all games, the World Cup 2-course menu is priced at $22.  All games will be televised and specials run from Thursday, June 12th through the final match on Saturday, July 12th .Reservations are suggested. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Telephone: 305.531.4833. Read the rest here »

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




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 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 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 »