By: Maryanne Salvat

Gourmet Breakfast for M-DCPS Students

The students of Miami-Dade County Public Schools are in for a treat! Local Celebrity Chefs and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition are joining forces creating special breakfast menus for students attending M-DCPS. Eating Breakfast at school is a slam dunk for kids.   Research links eating breakfast with better test scores, better attendance and better health.  M-DCPS Celebrity Chef Partners, Michelle Bernstein, Kris Wessel, Michael Schwartz, Julie Frans, Doug Rodriguez, Richard Ingraham and Lorena Garcia, will be out at schools supporting Florida School Breakfast Week and jump starting the District’s initiative to expand the FREE Breakfast program which is available to all M-DCPS students.



Decadence in Design

On Thursday, September 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., join MIAMI magazine, Artefacto Merrick Park and Ketel One Vodka for Decadence in Design, a joint anniversary soiree celebrating South Florida’s art and design scene. Delicious bites by CRAVE, specialty cocktails by Ketel One Vodka, whimsical desserts by Sigal Sweets Decor, an exclusive preview of HOUSE nightclub, and beats from DJ Mad Linx. To attend and RSVP to the event visit:



Her City Card “End of Summer Bash”

Shoppers are invited to Her City Card “End of Summer Bash” slated for Thursday, September 20, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Penthouse of the Riviera Hotel on Miami Beach. A farewell to summer, the event will feature VIP goodie bags, discounted shopping and beauty treatments, raffles, giveaways, cocktails and more. For more information visit the event website:








New World Symphony’s 25th Anniversary

On Saturday, September 22, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., celebrate the New World Symphony’s 25th Anniversary. The beloved Friends of New World Symphony present a “Passport to Musical Journey for a New Generation,” kicking off another eclectic season with a “Hip Hop Symphony, featuring fames Miami HEAT DJ Irie. VIP members will start the evening at the Frank Gehry designed New World Center with renowned guitarist, Manuel Barrueco and conductor, Michael Francis as the orchestra debuts the world premier of “a dance into reflected daylight” by Jeffery Mumford and plays Concierto de Aranjuez.Guests are then invited to the Symphony After Hours Party where Miami’s favorite celebrity DJ Irie and Opus Love Quintet play in tandem poolside at Shore club as guests sip on cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE Vodka. MIAMI Magazine, celebrating their 5th Anniversary, will also be part of the festivities. Combining classical compositions with contemporary musical styles, Friends of NWS’ upcoming season will pair traditional and emerging musical genres with memorable performances to create a truly unforgettable series of events; Free admission to Friends of NWS members, non-members $40 single tickets. For individual event tickets contact the NWS box office at 305.673.3331. For membership information contact Nathalie Cadet- James at 305-428-6733 or 



Cointreau Ambassador of Libations

The Search for the Cointreau Ambassador of Libations event takes place on Monday, September 24, at W South Beach from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The following local Miami bartenders will go head to head for a chance to win the coveted role of Cointreau Ambassador of Libations at Cannes 2013:  Mark Kinzer from Zuma, Cameron Scholderer from Living Room @ W South Beach, Tiffany Soles from Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, Isaac Grillo from Haven, Philip Khandehrish from Setai, Nick Nistico from Soho Beach House, Julio Cabrera from Club 50 at Viceroy, and Rebecca Kenton from St. Regis Bar. The Grand Prize winner receives the honor of creating cocktails for a high-profile audience at the Cannes Film Festival.


Tacos For Strength at Mercadito Midtown

As Mercadito Midtown continues its yearlong Tacos for Strength program benefitting Share Our Strength, Chef/Partner Patricio Sandoval welcomes China Grill Brickell’s Chef Sean Mohammed as October’s featured chef. After dedicating himself to working his way through some of the of the country’s finest restaurants such as the four – star Le Cirque and Gramercy Tavern, Chef Mohammed joined China Grill Management in Miami managing Tuscan Steak and China Grill South Beach. Mohammed is now part of the developing team and executive chef of the soon-to-open China Grill on Brickell Avenue. Chef Mohammad’s taco, which will be featured throughout the month of October, includes lamb spare ribs with tzatziki sauce. The cost of the featured taco is $16.50 for an order of four tacos. Five percent of sales generated from Chef Mohammed’s taco will be donated to Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by 2015. Visit Mercadito Midtown’s website for more information. Reservations may be made by calling 786. 369.0430.


Hyundai Hope on Wheels 2nd Annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5K

On Saturday, September 29, Run or walk for healthier, happier kids at the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 2nd Annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5K (MCH5K) presented by TotalBank. Michael Baiamonte, Voice of the Miami Heat, NBA Champions, is scheduled to serve as Master of Ceremonies. The MCH5K is open to runners and walkers of all levels. Individuals and teams are invited to participate and fundraise to support the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising teams; Walkers/Runners, $30, Student Walkers/Runners (ages 10-18), $20, and Kids Fun Run (ages 2-9), $10. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities available, register today at


Community Dog Wash Event Benefitting Women In Distress of Broward County

On Saturday, September 29 from noon to 4:00 p.m., celebrate the last “dog days of summer” by pampering your pooch at a community dog wash event sponsored by Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and retailers at the Victoria Park Shoppes to benefit Women In Distress of Broward County. Stop by the Victoria Park shopping plaza with proof of your dog’s rabies vaccination and your favorite store owners will bathe and beautify your pooch (with a suggested donation of $10). One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Women In Distress of Broward County in celebration of their 14th Annual SAFEWALK-RUN 5K. This organization is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County.If you aren’t sure whether your favorite furry friend is up to date on his shots, Victoria Park Animal Hospital will also be offering discounted canine exams and rabies vaccines for $15.00. To cool you off, Jamba Juice will be on hand to offer patrons free smoothie samples. For more information, email or call 954.523.2400.


Taylor Owen Beautiful Supports Breast Cancer Awareness           

South Florida-based Taylor Owen Beautiful is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.  Twenty percent of proceeds from each ‘The One Serum and Cream’ (retails for $325), which is the latest innovation for the natural reduction of wrinkles, purchased during the month of October will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. To support Breast Cancer Awareness and rejuvenate your skin visit: