Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

RalphNotaro31012014Jerry_Seinfeld114Jerry Seinfeld had a sold-out crowd in stitches during his back-to-back shows last Friday and Saturday nights at the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live concert venue.  Seinfeld covered the gamut with his “show about nothing” including, marriage, fatherhood, and how life in general “sucks.” “Everybody’s life sucks. Your life sucks, my life sucks…perhaps significantly less than yours.” He even joked about the car fire just outside of the Hard Rock which caused a delay in the show. 

At Zuma, Pharrell Williams was spotted at brunch, wearing his now infamous Grammy hat (think Smoky Bear). Venus Williams was also at Zuma with friends at dinner.  

At Scarpetta on Monday night, David Beckham dined with Simon Fuller.   

On Tuesday night, Simon Fuller and David Beckham held a private event at the Arsht Center tobeckham announce information about the MLS soccer team and their official commitment to Miami under Beckham’s part ownership.  Celebrities in attendance included Tracy and Alonso Mourning, artist Carlos Betancourt and Pepe Carmona, of Tuna Productions.  Beckham gave a very informal speech to the exclusive crowd of about 75, discussing his excitement in bringing an MLS team to Miami.  



Recently St. Louis Cardinals, Jon Jay, hosted a celebrity bowling tournament for the Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade and raised more than $42,000 for the nonprofit that holds special place in his heart.

At Wall, Jamie Foxx, director Michael Bay, and House of Lies and Community actor Ben Schwartz were spotted having a good time dancing and drinking. Jamie especially made a mark as he was reported as being very friendly as he talked to the door staff and took photographs with fans and beautiful ladies.


Splendor in the Garden

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 6 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

Neiman Marcus and Fairchild CommitteeBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

On a picture perfect, Miami “winter” day, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center and Lakeside Marquee were transformed into a beautiful runway for a day of champagne, fashion and fun.  On January 23, Fairchild and Neiman Marcus Coral Gables paired up to host the third annual Splendor in the Garden fashion show and luncheon, which drew a crowd of more than 350 fashion-forward guests. The splendid day began promptly ​at10:30 a.m. with a champagne reception from Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne underneath the sunny Miami sky on the Mosaic of the Visitor Center, where guests could peruse beautiful jewelry on display from Piaget. The reception was so much fun that event organizers had a tough time getting them to move into the stunning tent at the Lakeside Marquee, where chairs and tables decorated with bright pink accoutrements were dotted around the elevated runway. Fairchild’s Director Carl Lewis made the opening remarks and spoke about how influential the chosen Philanthropy Honorees have been to the progress made in the Garden over the years and how many important contributions women have made since the Garden opened 75 years ago in 1938. He then introduced co-chairs Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa, who thanked all of the guests and sponsors for their support. Read the rest here »

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Pinkberry Comes to South Beach 

Pinkberry, the global yogurt retailer, will open its fifth store located at 1523 Alton Road in South Florida on February 7. “We are excited to arrive at Alton Road,” said Ron Graves, CEO of Pinkberry. “We are happy to serve and become a local favorite of the community in South Florida with our one of a kind experience and light and refreshing taste”. Pinkberry has partnered with Miami Beach High School for the entire month of February and when anyone mentions Miami Beach High at the register, the school will receive 20 percent of the purchase.  The proceeds at the end of February will all go toward the Miami Beach High graduation fund.  


Restaurant Michael Schwartz Live Concert Series

The Raleigh Hotel, in partnership with Steinway & Sons, announces today the Restaurant Michael Schwartz Live Concert Series, a weekly live music program featuring performances by Grammy Award-winning musicians and some of the most in-demand artists in jazz. A Steinway & Sons Crown Jewel Edition Grand Piano will reside in the restaurant’s main dining room for the 8:00 p.m. Guests who RSVP in advance to rms@sbe.com will have access to an intimate meet-and-greet with the featured musicians in the hotel’s Martini Bar at 7:00 p.m., where complimentary signature snacks from Restaurant Michael Schwartz and Atlantico Rum cocktails will be served. Additionally, at every concert, a representative from Steinway & Sons will recognize an influential individual who has made an important cultural contribution to the community with a Steinway Cultural Achievement Award. Throughout the music series, the special piano will be available for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charitable organization of the award recipients’ choosing.An official announcement regarding the remaining concerts and award recipients will be coming soon. For more information, visit www.RaleighHotel.com


3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoeswine women and shoes

The 3rd Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) presented by Roger Vivier Paris benefiting the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital will be back to celebrate great fashion, and a noble cause.  Roger Vivier, the fashion house credited with the design of the first stiletto heel, presents the 2014 WW&S event. Guests will be treated to a sophisticated day of wine tasting, red carpet, a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, a delicious lunch as well as a fashion show presented by U by Kotex with fashions from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and a creative shoe contest. The “Shoe Guys” will also be in attendance, literally showcasing the latest women’s fashions on silver platters; Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. at Coral Gables Country Club. Created for women who enjoy fine wine, great style, and supporting a noble cause, Wine Women & Shoes is one of the fastest-growing charity event series in the country. The popular national fundraising event platform has been a big hit in South Florida. For more information about WW&S 2014 or MCH Foundation, contact Lisbet Fernandez-Vina at 786.268.1845 or visit mchf.org/winewomenandshoes



Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS




Actor Carlos Ponce and girlfriend, actress Ximena Duque dined at Seasalt & Pepper on Friday night.  They sampled Octopus Plancha and Chef Alfredos Special Branzino al Forno. 

John Malkovich and long-term partner Nicoletta Peyran were spotted at Restaurant Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh Hotel. The couple shared several cocktails, dinner and the bread pudding for dessert. John was happy to hello to a few fans. He and Nicoletta ended at The Martini Bar where they continued their night and were overheard saying how much they love how intimate and quaint it was. 

Original Super-Model Kim Alexis made a brief stop through Miami last week to visit friends and to be photographed by Miami based artist Carlos Betancourt for his latest project.  Betancourt called on his long-time friend Brandi Reddick not only for her artful sense of fashion and style, but for her personal wardrobe!  Reddick dressed the 80s cover girl and super star from head to toe in magnificent pieces of clothing and costume jewelry from her personal collection. Much to Reddicks surprise, her intern Elliot Leiva informed her that she had 326 pair of shoes in her closet.  Reddicks reply, I never keep count! 

After being defeated by the Miami Heat, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw of the San Antonio Spurs headed to Bâoli to reward themselves for a game well played.  The two Spurs were personable and enjoyed chatting with other Bâoli patrons about the game.

Community Rallies around South Beach Pioneer

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

markBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Whether you are a veteran of South Beach nightlife, or new to the scene, chances are you have danced to the amazing music of Mark Leventhal,  a legendary DJ who has been a pioneering force behind Miami nightlife for over 20 years:  spinning since the early 90s at some of our favorite stomping grounds, clubs such as The Spot, Warsaw, Groove Jet, Liquid, Lua, Snatch, Haven and Mynt (to name a few) and at parties for Ocean Drive  magazine and countless private and celebrity events.  Leventhal’s music leaves no room on the dance floor- because he plays the songs people love.  In addition to his music, what’s most appealing about the devoted father of three, is his kind-hearted, positive nature.   In short, Leventhal is an all-around great guy!  

Unfortunately, for the past week, Leventhal has been hospitalized at Jackson Memorial Hospital in a coma, due to an infection that has permeated his body and his brain.  Friends and family have rallied around the well-known DJ in support (Mark has no health insurance).  On Tuesday, January 28, family, friends and fans piled into Haven Lounge, where Leventhal spins regularly, for a fund raiser to help offset his medical costs.  The party started at 7 pm and lasted into the morning.  More than 400 guests (most of them South Beach pioneers themselves) crowded into the stylish lounge to admire wall-to-wall (270 degree) projected photos of Leventhal throughout his 20 year tenure on South Beach.  More than 12 local DJs spun in his honor.  If love could somehow cure Mark- he’d be back on the turntables already. Read the rest here »

Ann Taylor Supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 30 - 2014ADD COMMENTS

ann taylorTo honor St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and its mission of finding cures and saving children, Ann Taylor has created a limited-edition jewelry collection of elephant charm jewelry.  Available exclusively at Ann Taylor stores nationwide and at www.anntaylor.com, prices range from $29.50 – $39.50 and 50 percent of the purchase price will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.