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 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


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 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 »

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


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: