Rik RakBy: Maryanne Salvat
Growing Together and Rik Rak Salon, Boutique & Bar
On Saturday, October 3rd, Growing Together, a South Florida based youth group, will host the 3rd Annual Kick-off Event at Rik Rak Salon, Boutique & Bar to welcome the 2015-16 board members. Guests are invited to shop for a cause while enjoying wine and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Growing Together aims to inspire teenagers to get involved in their community and make a difference. They strive to enrich the lives of the children at Chapman Partnership by providing them play opportunities and educational resources that inspire hope, create happiness and ultimately help children and their families thrive. 100% of the donations will benefit the children at Chapman Partnership. For more information: Contact Grace Ugalde-Wolpert at gugalde@chapmanpartnership.org or 305.329.3081.



The 4th annual Haute Tea hosted by the Young Society of Love and Hope

HT-SandyThe Roaring 20s are coming back to life at the 4th annual Haute Tea hosted by the Young Society of Love and Hope at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort Friday, October 2, 2015. Get transported to the era of prosperity and edgy fashion – all while helping to raise funds for the cure-focused work of Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Event Chairs Jillian Posner and Dr. Stacy Chimento encourage all guests to don their finest 20s-inspired headwear – from cloche hats to intricate headbands – to the festivities. In keeping with Haute Tea tradition, prizes will be awarded for the best headwear of the day as part of the annual hat contest.  Guests will also enjoy a champagne reception, a three-course lunch, formal tea service, an exclusive fall fashion show by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, live and silent auctions, and so much more. Sponsorship packages and tickets for Haute Tea happening at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort located at 9703 Collins Avenue can be purchased online via www.DiabetesResearch.org/Haute-Tea or by calling 954-964-4040 / 800-321-3437. Follow and share all things Haute Tea using #HauteTea on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.




El TucánEl Tucan
Opening for the first time on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd, El Tucán is more than just a dinner and a show experience, It is a cabaret moment that pays homage to Cuba in the 1940s, transported to the heart of Miami’s expanding Brickell area. Presenting a range of eclectic musical acts ranging from from Afro-Latin to Parisian pop, El Tucán will also house a resident 12-piece Latin orchestra, carefully curated by Grammy award-winning pianist, composer and producer Marlow Rosado, that is reminiscent of the big bands from the jazz eras of the 40s and 50s. Food and drink will also be a mainstay at El Tucán, featuring boozy libations by Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar Lab and Latin fare that will include hints of Amazonian ingredients created by Chef Jean Paul Lourdes. The intimate, theater-style venue will be open late night so partygoers can continue fêting after-hours. Located one block south of Mary Brickell Village, at 1111 SW 1st El Tucan will be open Thursday – Saturday, 8:00 pm – 3:00 am. In honor of the grand debut, El Tucán will open its doors at 8:00 pm with complimentary admission so revelers may be transported to the bygone era of Cabarets and live shows.



sobeThe Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Ticket Sales
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF) is pleased to announce its event line-up for the Festival’s 15th anniversary, taking place February 24 – 28, 2016. Recognized as one of South Florida’s favorite events, the Festival has raised more than $22 million to date for the Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management located on Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus. The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s exclusive MasterCard® presale period begins on Monday, October 5 at 9:00 AM EST online at sobefest.com or by calling 877.762.3933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). Public ticket sales for the 2016 Festival open at midnight on Monday, October 19.


booksRuth Reichl at Books & Books

At noon on Wednesday, October 14, The Café at Books & Books will host a delectable lunch in honor of famed restaurant critic and author Ruth Reichl. Former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, Reichl is a respected culinary professional responsible for writing a series of critically acclaimed memoirs, as well as a number of books emblematic of her lifelong passion for food. My Kitchen Year, Reichl’s latest publication, centers on her deeply intimate journey as she rediscovers the joys of cooking and the healing power it holds. Tickets are $70 per person (excluding tax & gratuity) and include an author talk, a three-course lunch by James Beard Award-winning Chef Allen Susser, and an autographed copy of My Kitchen Year ($35 value). Reservations required. In addition, during the delicious lunch, Reichl will tablehop and chat with guests.When/Where: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at noon.
The Café at Books & Books, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Metered street parking is available. Telephone: (786) 405-1744; http://www.arshtcenter.org/Visit/Cafe-Books-Books/

mcmMiami Children’s Museum Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash
Once again the Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is kicking off its Halloween celebrations with Halloween’s most fun and exciting event to South Florida. It’s the fantastic Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash, Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Watson Island. Chaired by Alexis and Scott Wagner and Kelly and Chris Melchiondo and sponsored by Whole Foods South Beach, Whole Foods Downtown Miami, Greenberg Traurig, Golden Sands General Contractors and Robert and Michelle Diener, this event promises to be your child’s highlight of the costume season.
Your little goblins will trick or treat around the Museum’s galleries with special treats supplied by Coldstone Creamery, GoGo Squeez , KIND Bars, Atelier Monnier, Dairy Farmers of FL and Yelp Miami , brave the Haunted House, test their knowledge in the Mad Scientist Lab and create crazed crafts. Other activities include: Zumba by Baptist, Monster Mash/Dance Contest (Music Gallery), MCM Players (Meet & Greet with Guests, in costume, WOZ), Sugar Skulls (Art Gallery), Toddler Room, Face painting and Pumpkin decorating. All proceeds raised for the event will directly support MCM’s educational programs. There is also a photo opportunity and backdrop by Pottery Barn Kids with a Phantom of the Opera theme and Manicures, chair massages and Halloween makeup by Exhale Spa and Glam and Go. Tickets to the Not So Scary Halloween Bash are $40.00 for individual tickets and $30.00 for members. Special Family packages are also available. To purchase tickets go to our website at www.miamichildrensmuseum.org or visit the Museum at 980 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in Miami.
Eric Trump Foundation Golf Tournament for St. Jude Children’s Hospitaltrump
On Friday, October 30, the Eric Trump Foundation is hosting a golf tournament to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The tournament is open to the public and will be held at Trump National Doral’s newly redesigned and iconic Blue Monster golf course, which has been home to the PGA Tour’s World Golf Championship for more than 50 years. This event is not only a great way to give back, but an even better way to get the family together for a round on a legendary golf course. For nine years, the Eric Trump Foundation has been dedicated to raising money for children battling life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Hospital. All proceeds from the tournament will be presented to St. Jude during the post-event awards ceremony. Using only Trump-owned and operated facilities to cut down on venue costs, as well as full-time volunteers, pro-bono celebrity hosts and performances and donated food and beverage, the Eric Trump Foundation has achieved one of the lowest expense ratios of any charity in the world and has also grown to be one of the largest foundations in the nation, pledging nearly $28 million to St. Jude. You can learn more about the event as well as here: https://www.trumphotelcollection.com/miami/st-jude-golf-tournament.php.