Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 9 - 2013ADD COMMENTS


Emina Cunmulaj, Sam Nazarian, Klara Glowczewska, Julianne Hough, & Carolyn Kremins

Emina Cunmulaj, Sam Nazarian, Klara Glowczewska, Julianne Hough, & Carolyn Kremins

Actress, Julianne Hough, and host Sam Nazarian joined Conde Nast Traveler at the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List party at the SLS, which made the publication’s Hot List this year.  DJ-duo Andrew Andrew kept the crowd dancing all night in between sips of “make your own” Patron cocktails and fun in the photo booth.  Later that night, Hough and Nina Dobrev partied at WALL along with co-owner Nicola Siervo, who is a longtime friend of Hough.  

Also seen at WALL on the same night, was Italian opera singing trio, Il Volo.  Vice Mayor, Michael Góngora and Mayor Matti H. Bower presented Cuban poet, Richard Blanco, the first immigrant, openly gay poet to write and recite a poem at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, with the Key to the City at the LGBT Center in Miami Beach last Friday. Sunday night, The Forge hosted a private event for Romero Britto and 8 of his guests to help unveil his newest work of art. During the NBA Championships, Miami Heat player Joel Anthony hit his favorite spot, Meat Market and dined al fresco on Chef Sean Brasel’s Asian BBQ Ribs, Kobe Skirt Steak, Sweet Potato Fries, Creamed Corned and Truffle Mash.




In honor of Mother’s Day, Aquathermes Salon & Spa in Downtown Miami will be offering (five) specially priced packages available throughout the month of May. Each package features a combination of various services such as Hot Stone Massage, Anti-Aging Facial, CND Shellac™ Manicure/Pedicure, and Keratin Complex Hair Treatment. Treat Mom, a loved one, or even yourself to an Aquathermes experience.

Kitchen 305 hosts an all-you-can-eat, Mother’s Day champagne brunchfor $39.95 per person from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.  Enjoy a long meal with loved ones that starts with breakfast favorites including freshly baked breads and a pastry station, seasonal fruits, imported cheeses and made-to-order omelets. A cold bar will feature jumbo shrimp cocktail, Bluepoint oysters on the half shell, Scottish style smoked salmon, snow crab legs, endive, walnut, goat cheese and Asian pear salad and Hong Kong style Maine lobster salad. Entrée options include hand-carved prime rib smeared with chimichurri and horseradish mouselline with beef au jus for dipping; herb-roasted Colorado rack of lamb with rosemary mint Madeira sauce; chicken breast benadetto, succulent chicken breast stuffed with granny smith apples and brie cheese in a roasted red pepper cream sauce or yellowtail snapper francaise; fresh yellow tail broiled in a citrus, caper butter sauce. For those who savor sweets, a Viennese dessert bar will showcase assorted cakes, cookies, brownies, mini tarts, fresh fruits and berries. Guests will enjoy free flowing champagne, Bloody Marys, Mimosas and Kir Royales throughout the day.


Florida Cookery at The James Royal Palm hotel will launch its weekly Miami-style Sunday brunch series this Mother’s Day, May 12, poolside on the new Florida Cookery Patio. Guests will enjoy a selection of hand-crafted, a la carte favorites by Chef/Partner Kris Wessel, which include Cookery Egg Sliders, Southern Style Veal Grillades and Big Bowl Miami Paella, as well as a rotating action station featuring specialty items such as endless carved prime rib. Mother’s will enjoy a complimentary welcome mimosa, with $165 Dom Perignon bottle specials for sons & daughters who wish toast “Mom” as well. Brunch will be available on the Florida Cookery Patio from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Indoor seating is available.


The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar Executive Chef Dewey LoSasso has crafted an exclusive Mother’s Day menu perfect for the moms in your life perfectly paired with unlimited mimosas. The menu features Chef Dewey’s signature appetizer spread including items like Blood Mary Ceviche with Grouper, Snapper and Grilled Celery, Oak Grilled Turkey Sausage made with Lobster Corn Chowder, Vanilla Waffles topped with Sauteed Bananas and Mascarpone. Guests can select from an array of entrees including the Miami Monte Cristo made with pulled pork that is battered and pan seared, carambola jam and picnic fries, Almond Seared Chicken Paillard topped with a chiffonade of greens, capers and chicken jus, Turkey and Eggwhite Frittata with house smoked turkey, leeks, white cheddar, and porcini sauce. An a-la-carte menu will also be available. The brunch is priced at $85 per person and $35 for children (under 12); For reservations, call 305.538.8533, www.theforge.com.


Cecconi’s Miami Beach, get ready to treat your mom to the perfect Mother’s Day brunch with an authentic Italian fare prepared by Executive Chef Sergio Sigala. Seat mom on an Italian chair in the garden and prepare her for a completely satisfying meal made from only the freshest ingredients. Cecconi’s will offer its Sunday brunch for Moms to enjoy with items like Egg Station, omelet or scrambled, made to order with bacon, avocado and additional accompaniments; Sweets Station, waffles and ricotta pancakes, pastries and fresh-baked croissants, and homemade torta; Raw Bar,oysters, salmon tartar, shrimp and fish salad; Carving Station, complete with roasted beef and pork, quinoa salad, meatballs and macaroni and cheese; and a traditional Cold Cutsspread. The brunch is priced at $45 per person; for reservations, call 786.507.7902, www.cecconismiamibeach.com. 


RA Sushi in South Miami is the perfect place to treat mom this Mother’s Day – or avoid her. RA is extending its Sunday happy hour specials all day from 11 a.m. to close. Choose from more than 35 sushi, appetizer, and tapas selections ranging from $2.25 to $7.25, plus a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails ranging from $3 to $7. Flying Fish Lounge dishes include Tootsy Maki, the Viva Las Vegas Roll, “RA”ckin’ Shrimp and Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings. Varieties of discounted creative cocktails are served until midnight, such as the Blushing Geisha, Dragon Bite or Shiso Naughty; for more information, call 305.341.0092.

The Cheese Course, celebrate your mom with an elaborate presentation of every cheese and tapenade in the book. The Cheese Course will be offering a gift of $5 for every $25 purchase at any of its seven locations. From April 29 through May 12, choose from a selection of more than 150 cheeses available in store and create a customized gift basket or cheese plate with the guidance of the in-store cheese monger; for more information, call 786.220.6681, www.thecheesecourse.com.


We all know Italian mothers have a special way around the kitchen and Mama Carla of Café Prima Pastais no exception with her traditional award-winning cuisine, which for the last 19 years has made celebrities such as Matt Damon, Lenny Kravitz and Dwyane Wade regulars of the family owned and operated restaurant. Prima will be celebrating Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, with its regular menu plus some new dinner specials including Eggplant Rollatini ($15.95), sliced eggplant wrapped with ricotta and artisanal cheeses topped with tomato sauce; Burrata & Prosciutto ($18), rich, creamy burrata pillow piled on top of slices of prosciutto; Carla’s Cannelloni ($18.95), made-to-order cannelloni rolled with spinach, ricotta and a blend of imported Italian cheeses topped with pomodoro sauce and a touch of sweet pesto; Ravioli Porcini ($24.95), perfectly puffed pasta pockets stuffed with delicate porcini mushrooms in a truffle sauce; Risotto Pescatore ($28.95), a medley of fresh seafood over a bed of saffron risotto; Osso Bucco ($38.95), Mama’s Cea’s secret recipe of braised veal shank in a Barolo wine demi glaze; Lobster Fra Diavolo ($38.95), tender Florida lobster, clams and rock shrimp in a spicy marinara sauce with homemade linguini and Veal Chop ($38.95), grilled veal with asparagus and oven roasted potatoes.


By: Maryanne Salvat


2013RunWalkHomePageImage_2colCome Walk, Run and Celebrate: 12th Annual Lou Gehrig’s Disease 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk


On May 11, Pan American Finance invites all runners to join the 12th Annual Lou Gehrig’s Disease 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk  event for a great cause. Race proceeds are allocated to assist patients in the tri-county area living with ALS and runners will get a chance to experience vibrant and picturesque Coconut Grove as the sun is coming up. This race features both a 5K and a 10K that will take participants throughout Coconut Grove.  

Registration closing date is on Friday, May 10at 1:00 PST. For more information on the race, visit: http://www.alsrecovery.org/ .


Great-Gatsby-Leonardo-DiCaprio-Movie-PosterGatsby Fever Hits South Beach

Just like Gatsby himself, clean-cut and crisp Villa Azur is the perfect spot to celebrate the year’s biggest blockbuster, opening in theaters May 10, The Great Gatsby. Just as Gatsby’s Supper Parties in NYC were extravagant and adventurous so are Villa Azur’s Thursday night extravaganzas; the hot spot co-owned by actor Olivier Martinez and frequented by Great Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio, will be paying tribute to classic movie by throwing a 20’s themed movie release party on Thursday, May 9 at 9:00 p.m. The dinner party will feature live music and a DJ spinning favorites from present day to the prohibition era and Gatsby inspired entertainers.

Serendipity 3 will also be getting into the swing of the 20’s treating guests to a complimentary prohibition style cocktails before or after they check out the Great Gatsby flick at Regal Cinema just a few steps away from Lincoln Road.  Guests with a same day ticket stub will be treated to a complimentary “Backroom Burbon Mint Julip.” Younger fans can enjoy Leo’s Gatsby Shirley Temple.





butterfly migrationButterfly Migration Parade at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden loves butterflies, and the whole community is invited to celebrate their migration. On Saturday, May 18, Fairchild is hosting Miami’s first-ever Butterfly Migration Parade, a day full of butterfly-themed family fun. Participate in the whimsical parade down Old Cutler Road from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and then spend the day at Fairchild from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to join in fun activities including a butterfly costume contest, live music and butterfly viewings. Tasty treats are provided by the Glasshouse Café and food trucks. Make sure to visit the Wings of the Tropics exhibit to marvel at the thousands of vibrantly colored butterflies swooping overhead. Admission is free for parade participants, Fairchild members, and children 5 and under; $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for children 6-17. It’s not too late to partake in the parade. If you’d like to join the colorful caravan, contact Leslie Bowe at lbowe@fairchildgarden.org or 305.667.1651, ext. 3338.


nigel barkerBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Now @ Village of Merrick Park 

Village of Merrick Park announces the debut of its new signature event, In the Now @ Village of Merrick Park. The center’s first annual two-day fashion and trend event on May 3 and May 4 is designed to introduce fashion connoisseurs to the latest collections at Village of Merrick Park, while raising funds for charity. The inaugural event will include a special appearance by Nigel Barker, celebrity fashion photographer, former America’s Next Top Model judge and currently the host of The Face on the Oxygen Network. Barker will be on hand to take photos with some top shoppers from the day at Village of Merrick Park, and discuss the latest beauty and fashion trends from around the world. In the Now @ Village of Merrick Park will also feature runway shows by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, as well as in-store experiences, trunk shows and more. Guests will meet style icons and have access to what’s usually reserved for fashion insiders during Fashion Week. During the weekend event, Barker will unveil his latest photo exhibition RAW: Presented by Rock Paper Photo, with 10 percent of all sales of the photos going to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The opening cocktail on Friday, May 3 will serve as the official kick-off to the St. Jude Miami gala, FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars. The dynamic host committee for In the Now @ Village of Merrick Park is hosted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Executive Committee.



2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo at Brickellfest 

Brickell-fest presents the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo festival sponsored by Dos Equis on May 5. The 2nd annual celebration entices locals to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way with 22,000 square feet of entertainment, margaritas, mariachis, mini-wrestlers, a mechanical bull, Mexican bites, music and much more!Doors open at noon families with children are welcome to attend the fiesta before 6pm, children under 10 years of age are granted free admission.For adults who want the “VIP Treatment” Brickell Fest welcomes them inside a tent with a private entrance, private bar, beer garden, priority seating, private restroom and much more. Admission tickets range from $28.00 to $56.00 including admission cost and a complimentary beer or margarita.




Claws for Kids 2013

Back by popular demand after a very successful inaugural “Claws for Kids” last May 2012, make sure that you mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE for Sunday, May 5, for the second “Claws for Kids” at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. 100% of all funds raised will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s new 11,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art South Beach location. The new Club will feature a teen center, state-of-the-art computer lab, teaching kitchen for children, homework rooms, games rooms and a creative arts room, and serve approximately 400 children from the local area.

Guests can look forward to delicious stone crabs and other signature Joe’s cuisine without the wait right before stone crab season ends, while enjoying the jazz sounds of Leo Casino. For Ticket and sponsorship opportunities, contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein, Director of Special Events & Development at 305.446.9910 ext. 30 or at aehrenstein@bgcmia.org. 



hatsThe Honey Shine 11th Annual Hats Off Luncheon 

Honey Shine, a mentoring program and not-for-profit organization that encourages girls and young women by enlightening their paths and empowering their futures, announced today the return of its 11th Annual Hats Off Luncheon at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. Each year Tracy Wilson Mourning, founder of Honey Shine, along with current Lady Bug members and friends of the program, don their favorite hats and attend the luncheon, which serves as the premier fundraising event to continue enriching the lives of the young girls enrolled in the program, known as the “Honey Bugs.” This year’s luncheon features award-winning journalist Louis Aguirre, anchor of DECO Drive and WSVN TV FOX 7 and two of Honey Shine’s Honey Bugs, Yolanda Jiron, age 18, and Quanthavia Stalworth, age 17. Miss Stalworth and Miss Jiron will also share their personal stories of success and serve as Mistress’ of Ceremonies. More than 600 guests will enjoy the theme of this year’s luncheon, “Peace, Love, Honeyshine,” which boasts colorful, retro chic 60’s décor, a welcome reception, a silent auction featuring designer and vintage handbags, vacation stays, jewelry and more, a luncheon, and the always-anticipated “Honey Bug” Showcase – a catwalk fashion show sponsored by Aventura Mall that features select Honey Bugs, who have exemplified exceptional participation and improvement in grades. Participating models will be outfitted by Gap retail stores, who will showcase its casual Spring/Summer collection and Bloomingdale’s who will also donate items from its current spring collection. Guests are encouraged to dress casual chic and participate by wearing their favorite hats. Tickets to the luncheon cost $125 and memberships to Honey Shine begin at $250. RSVP rsvp@honeyshine.org or 305.854.2444.



Celebrity Sightings

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 1 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

luis miguelLatin American crooner Luis Miguel was spotted dining at The Forge with a small group in the glass-enclosed Board Room. 

Singer, Carlos Vives was spotted at the JW Marriott Marquis for the Latin Billboard Conference. Prior to his big performance on the show, Carlos participated on the celebrity panel the same day his latest studio album, Corazon Profundo hit stores. Full of energy, he shared his excitement about his return to the music scene and spoke about his two new hit singles. He has no plans to slow down with his first tour in ten years starting up this June.


In town for the Loews Hotel’s ‘Girlfriends Getaway Weekend’, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger dined at Meat Market on Friday night with a couple of pals, including PR maven and Kim Kardashian bestie, Jonathan Cheban. Stanger and Cheban were also spotted at Serendipity 3, where Cheban is a regular, for dinner and a selection of desserts including the signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. 

Music industry executive, Clive Davis wrapped up his Sunday night after a long weekend in Miami at Serendipity 3.

Dream in Green

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On May - 1 - 2013ADD COMMENTS
Amber Valletta & Rohan Marley1 credit WorldRedEye

Amber Valletta & Rohan Marley

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

“Everyone can do one thing to help the environment and to improve the planet,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Office Depot’s Director of Environmental Strategy, as he addressed a stylish, enviro-conscious crowd at the Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar during this year’s Eco-Lifestyle Gala on April 20.  In its third year, the gala, hosted by South Florida Green Drinks, aims to raise awareness and to benefit Global Green USA and Dream In Green’s efforts to “green” South Florida Schools.

The event offered an opportunity to expand the environmental audience throughout South Florida’s communities while also honoring those whose commitment to an eco-lifestyle has helped ignite change and innovation. The 2013 Eco-Lifestyle Award honorees included Supermodel , actress, and Eco-Activist, Amber Valletta, and Rohan Marley, Eco-Pioneer and founder of the organic coffee company, Marley Coffee.

The party began with a VIP reception at the stunning Terra Veritatis, the newly renovated home of William H. Dean who served as Honorary Event Chair along with Capponi Group Founder and renowned philanthropist, Michael Capponi. Guests enjoyed light fare and stimulating conversations while sipping sparkling wine and cocktails before moving on to the awards dinner in the East Room of the Forge. Forge owner Shareef Malnik and girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Anwar once again lent their support to SFGD’s Eco-Lifestyle Gala and to SFGD co-founders Marci Zaroff and Yalmaz Siddiqui. Read the rest here »

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