WRE_9020By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Three little words that every socialite and business owner in Miami long to hear are, Season is Here!  Such was the sentiment last week at one of the most elegant events in quite some time.  In a setting that could have been mistaken for a set from The Great Gatsby, international jeweler Fawaz Gruosi, Founder and Creative Director of De Grisogono threw a glitzy and glamorous 20th anniversary party to celebrate the inauguration of de Grisogono boutique in Bal Harbour Shops, on Thursday night at the waterfront estate of über developer, Ugo Colombo and wife, Sara. Read the rest here »

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 31 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

hublot swiss watch 111111Gabrielle Union celebrated her birthday at LIV with Dwyane Wade on October 27.

Former NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning was spotted enjoying dinner at Katsuya at SLS Hotel South Beach on Saturday night.  He dined on Katsuya’s signature dishes while sipping on GREY GOOSE Le Citron vodka cocktails with muddled lime, lemons and mint. After dinner, Alonzo joined the fun at Hyde Beach to enjoy a few more cocktails with friends.

Also there that night was former pop star and ‘NSync member, Joey Fatone. Joey was seen hanging out poolside, enjoying cocktails at Hyde Beach at SLS Hotel South Beach with a friend.

Spotted at Zuma:  Juwan Howard and his wife on Friday, LeBron James, his new wife and family on Saturday and Mario Chalmers and friends also Saturday night.

Costa Rican actress and singer Maribel Fernandez stopped by for a light bite at Zuma last week. On Sunday evening Sidney Rice of the Seattle Seahawks joined Zuma regular Brandon Cauff and friends for dinner.

make a wishBy: Maryanne Salvat 

19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball 

On Saturday, November 2, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami will celebrate the 19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball with a theme inspired by the Vaudevillian era.  Grammy-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert will perform and actress Gabrielle Anwar will return as Celebrity Auctioneer of the Ball, which is chaired by philanthropist Shareef Malnik. In its 18-year history, the event has raised more than $12.3 million, enough to grant wishes for 2,620 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Guests will end the evening with a performance by Adam Lambert, the Indiana-born, California-bred, electro-pop artist who started his career on the eighth season of American Idol. For the sixth consecutive year, Nightclub Vice Chairman Michael Capponi of The Capponi Group will spearhead the official Ball after-party at the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, introducing Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to the next generation of contributors. Designer Traver Rains will headline the “La Nuit Magique” fashion show, leaving guests time-traveling back to the 1930’s and Vaudevillian acts. Tickets can be purchased at https://hotelballafterparty2013.eventbrite.com. Individual nightclub tickets cost $100. Although the tables and tickets for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball are sold out, wish sponsorships are still available starting at $5,000. For more information, please visit www.makeawishball.com 

 

Toro Toro Miami 

Toro Toro Miami, renowned chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s inventive, Pan-Latin contemporary steakhouse, has been earning rave reviews by critics, foodies and locals since it opened in October 2012. The sleek, sexy restaurant and bar, located at the iconic InterContinental Miami hotel, is celebrating its first birthday with a special, prix-fixe three-course tasting menu. From now through November 30,priced at $39 per person – excluding tax and gratuity – the restaurant will offer its loyal patrons and welcomed newcomers a diverse selection of small plates, entrees and decadent desserts.  

 

marchMarch of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya Foods

One of South Florida’s most popular annual food and wine fundraisers, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya Foods, will return for its 16th year on Wednesday, November 6, featuring an array of amazing chefs from Miami’s most popular restaurants.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m., taking place at the Hyatt Regency Miami in downtown Miami. This year’s extravaganza will showcase dozens of Miami’s top chefs including Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Wolfgang Birk of Area 31, David Bracha of Oak Tavern, Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons, Alberto Cabrera of Bread+Butter, Nina Compton of Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek, Fernando Desa of GOYA, Daisy Diaz of Sabores Café, Eric Do of Toro Toro Miami, Paolo Dorigato of Dolce Italian, Todd Erickson of HaVen Gastro-Lounge and Huahua’s Taqueria, Conor Hanlon of The Dutch at W South Beach, Willy Hernandez of Zielo Restaurant, Alan Hughes of The Embassy, Brian Nasajon of SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables, Luis Quant of Bulla Gastrobar, Philippe Ruiz of Lippi Restaurant, Doug Sisk of The Social Club at Surfcomber and Cesar  Zapata of The Federal. Tables of ten are $3,000, and individual tickets are $300 per person, which includes admission to a special “Meet the Chefs” Reception at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds from the event benefit the March of Dimes. For more event information and to purchase tables or tickets visit marchofdimes.com/florida

 

kites5th annual “Kites for a Cure ®”

Lily’s Light will host its 5th annual “Kites for a Cure ®,” this year sponsored by Memorial Cancer Institute benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer on Saturday, November 3, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Tropical Park’s The Hill (Pavilion 10) in Miami, FL. Admission is free but for a donation of $25 ($30 day of), guests receive their own kite to decorate and keep, a T-shirt, a snack sponsored by Whole Foods, and a raffle ticket. This year there will be face painting and a bounce house to mark the 5th anniversary of the event. Hundreds of families are expected to gather at Tropical Park, to decorate and fly their kites with special messages for family members and friends, or general messages of love and hope in an effort to raise lung cancer awareness. Lily’s Light was founded in 2009 in memory of Lily Plaza, a South Florida resident and non-smoker who passed away from lung cancer in 2008. Lily’s Light is a partner of Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a national lung cancer research foundation that has awarded more than $10 million in research grants into diagnosis, treatment and a cure for the disease since 2003. Lung cancer is the nation’s #1 cancer killer, claiming more than 160,000 lives in the U.S. this year alone. To register, make a donation or learn more about Lily’s Light and Uniting Against Lung Cancer, visit the event’s web site at www.lilyslight.org or www.facebook.com/lilyslight.  If you have questions or would like to volunteer, email lilyslight@bellsouth.net.

Don’t Miss: Peace Love World and Halloween Happenings!

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 24 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

 

peaceBy: Maryanne Salvat

Peace Love World Turns One!

On Friday, October 25, from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m., Alina Villasante of Peace Love World invites you to join her for the first anniversary of the Peace Love World Miracle Mile store!  Celebrate this great milestone with light refreshments, bubbly, music and more. Don’t miss out on the LOVE PARTY and make sure to pick up your surprise gift before you leave. 

 

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Tongue & Cheek Halloween Treat

On Saturday, October 26, Tongue & Cheek, South of Fifth’s quirky and playful restaurant, will celebrate October’s most anticipated holiday with a fun-filled, Halloween inspired brunch for the whole family from noon until 2:00 p.m.  Along with a hauntingly delicious à la carte kids menu, which is complimentary for all children under the age of 12, the neighborhood eatery will have fun activities and entertainment throughout the afternoon including pumpkin painting, costume contests and balloon artists. T&C’s regular Sunday brunch menu is available for adults with some additional Halloween treats and drink specials including “True Blood” Bloodies, traditional “Zombie” cocktail, “Dark and Stormys” and more. 

 

Mansion Hosts the 4th Annual Back in Black

Mansion will host the 4th Annual Back in Black featuring  Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, David Tort and Wolfpack on Saturday, October 26. The largest 21+ costume event in South Florida, with Fetish attire preferred, this event formerly situated in Midtown Miami with past acts including Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso,  Erick Morillo, and many more, hits South Beach for the first time ever. On Thursday, October 31, Mansion will also play host to DJ Rony Seikaly. The hotspot will be transformed into a house of thrills and terror as this NBA legend and mega producer takes the turntables.

 

The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s 4th Annual Halloween Fundraiser

Join The Little Lighthouse Foundation for its 4th annual Halloween fundraiser, Nightmare on the Beach: Fantasmi Della Villa Vecchia on Saturday, October 26! The Halloween extravaganza will be at the world-renowned Miami Beach estate Villa Vecchia, which will host an evening full of fundraising and fright. Attendees will travel into Fantasmi Della Villa Vecchia through a haunted mansion where upon entry guests will be treated to unlimited premium cocktails all night, food from Villa Azur, Brother Jimmy’s, Todo Dulces, and Catering Concepts, music by Lee Kalt and performances from Cirque de Mansion. Noblita Clothing expands its LA influence to South Florida, introducing its Collins Avenue retail location during #NOTB2013. Open bar highlights the Patron flight featuring Patron Cafe XO, Ultimat Vodka, and Pyrat Rum. Perrier Sparkling Natural Mineral Water will supply its full portfolio of sparkling natural mineral water. Nightmare on the Beach, which has been rated Miami’s top Halloween party, sells out each year and is a must for South Florida’s movers and shakers. To purchase tickets visit: http://www.nightmareonthebeach.com/ or call  305.417.8553.

 

Halloween Sundowner at Vizcaya

Halloween Sundowner at Vizcaya is this Saturday night, October 26 from 7:00 pm to midnight! Enjoy the hottest and most anticipated Halloween party in Miami right on Vizcaya’s scenic bayfront veranda! See and be seen at this all inclusive event where costumes are a must and sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity! Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music, parking and entrance to the after party are included in the price of each ticket. Tickets are $165 each. For more information, call 305.674.8278 or rsvp@vizcayans.org.

 

SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach

The Lincoln Road outpost of the Japanese/Brazilian/Peruvian fusion restaurants celebrates its 8th Annual Cosplay Halloween Party, complete with Japanese pop-inspired costumes, music, candy and fun contests & prizes. The party will take place on October 31 inside the restaurant, with a giant street celebration on Pennsylvania Avenue. Smoked pumpkin caipirinhas ($12) will be available for purchase.  

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana

Quattro provides the perfect perch for people-watching every Halloween. For $95/person ($75/person for inside reservations) Lincoln Road’s Italian gem will offer a delicious, 4 course prix fixed dinner on October 31. Diners can delight in the Halloween fanfare and marvel at the trick-or-treaters in their elaborate costumes while enjoying seasonal dishes such as pumpkin gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnut sauce. 

 

The Betsy South Beach

The Betsy evokes the eerie spirit of Edgar Allen Poe this Halloween. From October 31 through November 3, the hotel will offer a special holiday libation, The Westminster Flip ($12). Made with Brandy (Poe’s favorite spirit), egg, Benedictine and organic maple syrup this Poe-inspired potion is sure to please.

 

SET Hosts Pimps & Hoes

Join SET for the ultimate Pimps & Hoes party to end all Halloween parties. SET South Beach is rolling out the red carpet for the most over-the-top costumes – where less is more – and pimp cups are welcome. Break out your fish nets, corsets, purple suits and canes for the wildest Halloween yet.  SET is giving out cash prizes and complimentary VIP tables to the best outfits of the evening.

 

Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 22 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
John Varvatos

John Varvatos
photo credit: Miami Herald

A newly wed Pharrell Williams was spotted with his wife and family having a casual early dinner with friends at Zuma on Monday. Derek Jeter also enjoyed Kobe steak with team mates at Zuma.  Earlier in the week, Luis Miguel Gallego was seen having a late dinner with a lady friend at the restaurant and an animated Raul de Molina was there for lunch.  

Derek Jeter spent time at the SLS Hotel South Beach. Jeter was seen having dinner at Katsuya with Jorge Posada and later made his way to Hyde Beach where he enjoyed bottle service and hung out with friends and other Hyde patrons. 

Designer John Varvatos welcomed several stylish guests to his Miami store on Lincoln Road on Saturday night for a cocktail party and book signing in honor of  the menswear designer’s first book release, Rock in Fashion.  

Law & Order: SVU star Danny Pino joined Duracell in donating its new powerful Quantum batteries to the Miami-Dade Police Department and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue at Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters in Doral as part of Duracell’s donation of 1 million Duracell Quantum batteries to first responders across the country, on October 14.

Wade, Cottage and GRS Mix Fashion and Charity

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On October - 16 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

wadeBy:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

A Night on The RunWade 

Three-time  Miami HEAT Champion Dwyane Wade hosted a fashion fundraiser: A Night on the RunWade presented by Neiman Marcus, to benefit his Wades World Foundation on Thursday, September 26, at the Moore Building.  The evening featured a fashion show presented by Hublot featuring looks from Neiman Marcus Coral Gables and was emceed by fashion correspondent Jill Martin and Deco Drives Louis Aguirre.  Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, food from some of Miami’s top restaurants, including, Zuma, Milos, Sugarcane, and Chef Adrienne’s (to name a few) silent and live auctions and music by DJ Irie.   No stranger to fancy moves involving a hoop, Wade descended onto the runway from three stories above, harnessed in a hoop- ala Cirque du Soleil.  Once on the runway, he showed off his dance moves to Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail,” to kick-off the fashion show. Read the rest here »

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