By: Maryanne Salvat


the-orphaned-starfish-foundation-85083789The Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF) 

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF), an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that provides computer vocational training for orphans and disadvantaged children throughout the developing world, will celebrate its 12th anniversary on Friday, March 15, with its first Annual Miami Fundraising Gala at the Epic Hotel in downtown Miami. This is the New York City-based Foundation’s first fundraising event in Florida and it will honor orphaned, impoverished and disadvantaged children throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Two young, orphaned children from the OSF program in Cali, Colombia are being flown in as guest honorees. The evening begins at 8:00 p.m. with celebrity red carpet arrivals, passed hors d’oeuvres, open bar and a silent auction followed up a three-course dinner, live auction and musical performance. “Scrubs” star, Judy Reyes, will preside as the mistress of ceremonies and live entertainment will be provided by Grammy nominated Cuban-American singer, song writer and actress Cucu Diamantes accompanied by a 10-piece band. Tickets can be purchased at



fourFour Seasons Hotel Miami

Four Seasons Hotel Miami is offering interactive cooking classes taking place at different popup locations throughout the hotel. Classes are themed and utilize current flavors and ingredients distinct to the season. On Saturday, March 23, participants will learn how to recreate the traditional Sunday family dinner of Executive Chef Aaron Brooks. The three-course menu features: Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Key West Pink Shrimp; Chef Aarons Porchetta, Warm Salad of Roasted Butternut Squash and Local Greens, Home Made Pickled Red Pepper Salsa; and, Sarah’s Classic Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Cream and Caramel Sauce. Pop-up classes will be held everywhere from a poolside kitchen to a specially decorated private dining room. Creating an intimate hands-on setting for Chef Aaron Brooks and his team, each class will have a maximum of 18 participants. During the class, participants receive a welcome cocktail, wine and beer during class, a take-home gift bag and of course, plenty of treats. Cooking classes cost $75 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required, open to hotel guests and non-guests alike. For more information or reservations, call 305. 381.3190 or visit



Philanthro-Pub: Tobacco Road Hosts Communities In School Fundraiser

On March 21 join Tobacco Road for a philanthropic cocktail party in support of Communities In Schools of Miami or CIS. Young professionals will mingle while enjoying two hours of open bar and live entertainment for $20 at the landmark venue from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. The Young Professionals Network brings people together who are interested in networking with other like-minded individuals while supporting a great cause, keeping students in schools. Proceeds from the evening’s event will directly benefit CIS’ mentoring, tutoring, career counseling, after school and summer programs. Tickets can be purchased at the door.



boys46th Annual Golf Classic in Memory of “Bebe” Rebozo                    

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will host its 46th Annual Golf Classic in Memory of “Bebe” Rebozo on Monday, March 18 in coordination with the luxury automobile dealer THE COLLECTION in Coral Gables and the Audi quattro® Cup 2013. The tournament will be held at The Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club. Participants will not only enjoy a memorable golf experience, but also raise funds for the Clubs’ youth development programs. Chaired by Ben Walker from CCU Inc., the event is expected to raise more than $125,000 for the Clubs’ programs. Tournament registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. The tournament will kick off with a putting contest at 11:00 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. All golfers will receive a gift bag, complimentary parking, green fees, cart, range balls, lunch, on-course chicken wings and liquor shots provided by Hooter’s Coral Way, and dinner at the awards banquet and ceremony at The Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club. Golfers can participate in activities and games throughout the day. The 5:30 p.m. awards banquet and ceremony will feature a delicious sit-down dinner, cocktails, and a raffle and silent auction featuring an array of great items from vacation stays, to weekend loans on select Audis, to sports memorabilia. The dress code for the awards banquet and ceremony is country club casual. For more information about sponsorship or underwriting opportunities, or to reserve a foursome, individual golfer or purchase dinner only tickets, please contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein at 305.446.9910 ext. 30, or via email at


youthExpect Favorite Fair Foods + Plus New Delicious Dishes

Now in its 62nd year, The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition is bigger and better then ever.  This year, the Youth Fair is offering NEW food options to Fairgoers. With more than 170 food vendors, there is something to satisfy every palate. In addition to the favorite Youth Fair foods like popcorn, cotton candy, elephant ears, corn on the cob, pretzels and candy apples there are also new tasty treats including: Carly’s Seaside Grille Concession, Pickle Barrel Sirloin Tips, Amish Baking Company and many more. The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition, known for generations as The Youth Fair, is a private, not-for- profit organization that has donated well over $10 million in scholarships, awards and cash premiums to Miami-Dade students and is dedicated to supporting education and South Florida agriculture.  The Youth Fair will take place from March 14-31; for more information visit or call 305.223.7060.




BRIO_Ravioli_DayBRIO Tuscan Grille, a BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group (BBRG) concept, opened a new location at The Falls in Miami, Fla. The restaurant, the eleventh BRIO Tuscan Grille in Florida, is located at 8888 SW 136 Street, Miami, FL. BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is an upscale, affordable restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. It brings the pleasure of the Tuscan country villa to the American city. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille,” is descriptive of the menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops, seafood, made-to-order pastas, flatbreads and entrée salads, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO also offers an ample dessert menu, full wine list and cocktail book. BRIO’s motto is fashioned after the Tuscan philosophy of “To eat well, is to live well.”By opening the restaurant at The Falls, BRIO has created 90 full- and part-time jobs, including assistant managers, sous chef, prep/line cooks, wait staff, dishwashers, hosts/hostesses and bartenders.

This coming Tuesday, March 19 all BRIO locations are offering 50% off all ravioli dishes for National Ravioli Day.



Celebrity Sightings:

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 13 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

Debi Mazar and Gabriel Corcos

On Friday evening, The Forge hosted the Food Network’s party of 90 of its top executives and celebrity chefs, including Alex Guarnaschelli, Debi Mazar, Jeff Mauro and Gabriele Corcos. The group had a beautiful start to their evening with an hour of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the outdoor terrace before moving inside to enjoy dinner.  Check back for full coverage of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 next week. After Mel Gibson was spotted flirting with women on Wednesday night, he was out partying again Thursday in Miami. Our spies spotted the Lethal Weapon star at the W South Beach Hotel’s club WALL, hanging with NFL star Reggie Bush and celebrity chef Curtis Stone. Earlier Thursday night, Stone hosted the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Q After Dark, and, like Gibson, the Aussie seemed to be a hit with the women of Miami. On Saturday, February 16, the gathering of the eight best polo players in the world signaled the return of the Outback 40-Goal Game Challenge at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. Grey Goose sponsored the match that benefits the Polo Players Support Group, which provides aid to seriously injured polo players and grooms. Players, including Adolfo Cambiaso, Pablo MacDonough, Guillermo “Sapo” Caset, Juan Martin Nero, Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres, David “Pelon” Stirling, and Miguel Novillo Astrada, competed for the Grey Goose Longshot Award which was earned by Pieres for his 90-yard forehand early in the fourth chukker. Ferllen Winery, the premiere wine brand from Mendoza, Argentina, joined forces with the Amigos Near Foundation to launch the Ferllen Winery Special Edition Art Series 2013 during a fundraiser gala on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Paramount Bay. Over three hundred guests, including notables such as restaurateur and wine maker Alejandro Ferllen of Novecento and Segafredo, popular Mexican-American TV personality Poncho de Anda, telenovela heart throb Victor Gonzalez, father/daughter musicians Willy and Nicole Chirino, male model Brad Alphonso and filled the residential tower designed by Kravitz’ Design Inc. and Arquitectonica in Downtown Miami to raise more than $30,000 to support the school infrastructureat Marie’s Village Orphanage in Haiti.

haring miamiBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Haring Miami 

From Wednesday, March 6 through Sunday, March 10 the public is invited to enjoy more than 200 original works drawn from private collections and never before seen artistry at HARING MIAMI. The event is being co-produced by Michael Rosen, president and CEO of Colored Thumb, a driving force behind many of the area’s top art exhibits, and prominent local celebrity photographer Manny Hernandez. Bombay Sapphire will be hosting aVIP lounge serving an array of signature specialty cocktails, which will also be available throughout the week. The opening night celebration will also feature cocktails made with Bombay Sapphire EAST, the newest spirit from the House of Bombay in over 25 years.Complementing all will be the Haring Café by Michelle Bernstein, an exclusive pop-up restaurant where the internationally-renowned award-winning chef will indulge the senses with unique offerings created especially for HARING MIAMI. For more information contact:


ChocolateMiami Fine Chocolate & Food Show at Pinecrest Gardens 

Join Pinecrest Gardens on March 9 and 10 for The Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show, a unique fine chocolate and culinary event that features fine artisanal chocolate creations from around the world. The event showcases the gourmet talents of local chefs and world class chocolatiers while presenting a selection of fine food products and beverages. Over 80 vendors will offer samples for you to taste and enjoy as well as specialty items for purchase. The event features: live cooking demonstrations by popular chefs, pairing seminars highlighting fine chocolate & cheeses alongside crafted beer, wine & spirits, and entertainment for the entire family. Each ticket includes 15 sample tickets for the Chocolate Rooms, Pairings Pavilion, Gourmet Grove and more.Visit:



Aquathermes offers “Express Lunch Specials” available Monday through Friday from Noon until 2:00 p.m. including the following services: Express Blow-dry & Mani for $45; Express Blow-dry for $30; or Express Mani for $15. Aquathermes is located at 50 Biscayne Boulevard;To schedule an appointment, call 305.371.5555.  




hearts and starsFourth Annual Hearts and Stars Gala

The Little Lighthouse Foundation presents the Fourth Annual Hearts and Stars Gala: Monte-Carlo on Saturday, March 9 from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. with Miami’s own international electronic music sensation Rony Seikaly as the headline performer, at Terra Veritatis, the $40 million dollar waterfront compound of Bill Dean, completely renovated by Capponi Construction. Benefiting South Florida children and families, The Little Lighthouse Foundation supports children and their families who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships. Celebrating four years of making a difference, The Little Lighthouse Foundation has grown exponentially from 20 to 200 benevolent, devoted volunteers assisting children and families South Florida. General Admission includes unlimited premium cocktails all night, food and access to Terra Veritatis.  VIP tickets will also include access to an exclusive VIP area, access to the VIP private yacht party, exclusive premium drinks (including Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Don Julio 1942 tastings) and special food inside the Salon Privé, as well as VIP casino tables.  VIP tables at the Sea Lounge Monte-Carlo are also available, which include unlimited premium bottle service all evening.  Valet parking will only be available to those parties who purchase a VIP table, however, The Little Lighthouse Foundation will have pick up and drop off points where complimentary shuttles will deliver partygoers to and from Terra Veritatis. Visit the LLF Facebook page or to keep up with all party information. Tickets for the Hearts & Stars Gala 2013 can be purchased at For VIP tables or more information about the event, contact Reed Nicol at Reed@thelittlelighthouse.orgor 201.264.6356. Proceeds from the Hearts & Stars Gala 2013 benefit The Little Lighthouse Foundation,


bassNight at the Museum Presents Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler

The Bass Museum of Art, one of Miami Beach’s key cultural landmarks, along with a select group of the city’s leading arts patrons, socialites and tastemakers will host its annual fundraiser, “A Night at the Museum,” on Thursday, March 14, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The event is expected to attract more than 500 guests who will receive a private preview of Picasso to Koons: The Artist As Jeweler curated by Diane Venet. While enjoying cocktails and refreshments from Miami Club Rum, Hendrick’s Gin and Perrier with beats by Johnny the Boy, attendees will explore the institution’s new exhibition, Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler. The exhibition, featuring over 200 works by 135 artists is an intimate, often whimsical side of some of the greatest artists of recent times, each offering a singular vision of adornment. The exceptional and little-known works of wearable sculpture will reward viewers with new insights into the creative wellsprings of such artistic giants as Georges Braque, Max Ernst, Lucio Fontana, Louise Nevelson, Anthony Caro, Yoko Ono, Man Ray and Anish Kapoor. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to participate in a silent auction including art, experiences and luxury items ranging from two tickets to the Opera de Monte-Carlo in Monaco with VIP Backstage Tour to two VIP tickets to MTV’s Unplugged and jewelry made by contemporary artists exclusively for “A Night at the Museum.”Admission to the fundraising event is $250 for two and includes a Rubens Level Membership or renewal to the Bass Museum of Art for one year. To RSVP, email or upgrade email or visit, call the fundraiser ticket hotline at 786.357.6752 or visit the museum at 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139.

24 Karat Gilt-Getty-Fabulous

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 3 - 2013ADD COMMENTS


Iran Issa-Khan, Ann Getty, and Christina Getty-Maercks

Iran Issa-Khan, Ann Getty, and Christina Getty-Maercks

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Ann Getty and John Hall Nelson celebrated J Nelson’s 12th Anniversary and the publication of Ann Getty Interior Style with Swarovski Elements and Timo Weiland in Getty-Fabulous style at Mr. Nelson’s namesake design showroom with an extravaganza that quickly redefined ‘white-glove’ service, on Wednesday, February 20.  I knew from the moment that I opened the Peacock embossed hand letter-press invitation that we were in for a second-to-none experience of design, art, music and culinary delights.  

New York superstar fashion designer Timo Weiland was flown in to DJ for the evening, while artwork from Iran Issa-Khan, Fernando Baliño and Santiago Rubino hung throughout Mr. Nelson’s glorious space.  Over 250 guests from as far as Paris, London, Berlin, Cairo, New York and San Francisco were wined and dined in glorious style in a cocktail and dinner fete fit for sheer royalty.  White-gloved, tuxedoed butlers poured free-flowing Dom Perignon Rose, followed by tray after tray of Foie Gras unlike any served throughout Miami this season.  Read the rest here »

MIFFBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Miami International Film Festival

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 – 10, 2013, is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory.  The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2013 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus, Miami Beach VCA, Miami DDA and Miami-Dade County. For more, visit or call 305.237.MIFF (3456).


Women of Tomorrow 12th Annual Gala

The Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program will host its 12th annual gala at the Mandarin Oriental with more than 500 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists, celebrities and politicians on Saturday, March 2. Founders, Jennifer Valoppi and Don Browne, along with Gala Chair Marisa Toccin and Co-Vice President, the Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle, have planned an unforgettable evening in celebration of its 17th year mentoring at-risk young girls in South Florida. The evening will begin with a lavish cocktail reception followed by a decadent four course dinner with a live performance by Soul Survivors. Honorees at the event include: Ken Gorin, Roe & Penny Stamps, ree Laurie Silvers, Nora Bulnes & Selecta Magazine, Dr. Barth Green, and Mentors of the Year Eileen Youtie and Dr. Shulamit Katzman; for more information, call 305.371.3330 or visit 


brideEvening of Bridal Luxury

On Sunday, March 3 from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m., Modern Luxury Brides South Florida and The Caribbean will host the first ever “Evening of Bridal Luxury.” The event, catering to upscale brides, is unlike any other in the market and will offer guests the only chance to see the 2013 Vera Wang Bridal Collection on the runway in South Florida. The event will begin with complimentary cocktails by Remy Cointreau and bites by the culinary experts at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, while guests peruse a gallery of favorite wedding moments shot by the area’s top photographers. Attendees will then be escorted into the ballroom for the much-anticipated Vera Wang runway show. After the show, attendees will be invited into a KARLA Conceptual Event Experiences showcase featuring some of the most luxurious décor trends in bridal for the upcoming season.  There, sounds by Scratch Weddings and a special performance by LITUS Music will provide unique entertainment, perfect for the bride who wants something different for her big day. Tickets can be purchased by visiting; $65 for brides and $25 for guests. Bride tickets include a luxury swag bag filled with items to help every betrothed on her wedding day such as Vera Wang Lovestruck perfume, stationary, vendor discounts and more.


at ease on sunsetAt Ease on Sunset Supports Lauren’s Kids

Designer, Susie Crippen of CRIPPEN and Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids will be hosting a Meet-the-Designer and trunk show at At Ease on Sunset in  next week. Guests will have the chance to preview and purchase select items from the SS13 collection and meet the designer, Susie Crippen on Tuesday, March 5th. 10 percent of profits will go to Lauren’s Kids – a non-profit charity dedicated to preventing sexual abuse through awareness and education, and helping survivors heal with guidance and support.







Sslowlow Food Miami

Slow Food Miami, the local 100% volunteer non-profit dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children,” will hold its 2nd annual “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party on Friday, March 15, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., at The James Royal Palm. Join Chef Norman Van Aken and celebrity guest host Louis Aguirre of WSVN 7’s Deco Drive in savoring exclusive bites from Miami’s farm-to-table best, bespoke garden-to-glass cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka, specialty wines provided by Vinecraft, non-alcoholic refreshments from Whole Foods Market – South Beach, and the beautiful beachfront setting of the James Royal Palm.  Main event tickets ($85) and limited VIP tickets ($165) can be purchased at  Event proceeds will benefit Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program.

Wine, Women, Shoes, LV and a Garden Party

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 27 - 2013ADD COMMENTS

WWS_OG_0046By:  Dr.  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore


Wine, Women & Shoes- a Perfect Match

One of the most fun afternoons to date took place on February 7, as more than 450 ladies slipped into their stilettos and gathered for Wine, Women & Shoes, a lunch and shopping party at the Coral Gables Country Club in support of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF).  The wine was free flowing as guests shopped signature items throughout a bazaar that was set up in the lobby outside of the ballroom. As excited ladies showed off their fabulous shoes and purchases, hunky guys, known as “Shoe Guys” carrying silver trays showcased signature auction items.  Perhaps it was the wine, or the irresistible shoe hunks (our guess is that both factors were at play) but an astounding $450,000 was raised to support MCHF, not bad for a day’s work!  Read the rest here »