By: Maryanne Salvat

Iran Issa-Khan at Books & Books Coral Gables

On Friday, May 11, join Iran Issa-Khan for an intimate lunch, celebrating her first book of photography. Lunch from the Books & Books cafe will be served at 12:00 p.m. followed by a presentation and Q&A with the artist. Cost for the event is $25.




Style Rack at Chalk Ping Pong & Billiards Lounge

On Saturday, May 12, at 10:00 p.m. join Chalk Ping Pong & Billiards Lounge along with Valerie Durado for the Style Rack shopping event. The fashion soiree will feature a trunk show by local designers Mandalynn, RDo, Fake Frivolity & Pop-Up Vintage Boutique Shop bar. Proceeds from the event will benefit the South Florida Cancer Association. Other fabulous hosts for the launch event include:  Kat Turner, Emma Lucia Jauregui, Mariana Loumiet, Ninoska Osorio and Cristina Menendez and Heather Hannon; to attend the event or for more information contact




Celebrate the Spirit of Community with Cabot Creamery Cooperative 

The 2012 Community Tour created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative has partnered with Volvo Ocean Race Miami to celebrate those who give their heart, time and skills to strengthen communities. The two-month program kick off on May 12 at 10:00 a.m. at Downtown’s Bicentennial Park, and continues up the East Coast, following the route of the East Coast Greenway culminating in Portland, Maine, on July 7, the International Day of Cooperatives. The Tour features eight major weekend stops in key cities along the northerly route, including Charleston, Durham, Fredericksburg, Wilmington, New York City, Providence and lastly, Portland. Additionally, smaller weekday events will take place at stops along the route between the key cities. While events and activities will vary by market, the overall theme of cooperatives, community service and volunteerism will be the hallmark of each celebration. This festival full of entertainment will consist of sailing and extreme water sports activities, educational programs for children of all ages, interactive pavilions, 3- D Marine Cinema of the global race, live musical acts, water sports, a classic steamboat race, an antique auto show and more. In the center of all this excitement, The Cabot Community Tour will host a Cabot Village that will include cooking and cheese-making demonstrations, a photo booth, a milk truck from the Florida Dairy Farmers and other activities designed to bring families and friends together to celebrate the spirit of community. Guests will also gather as 80 bikers kick off their 2,300 mile journey up the East Coast Greenway, the traffic-free path linking cities from Florida to Maine. For more information, visit


Mother’s Day 2012!

Dancing with Moms

Forget the decorative candles, the flowers and the overly-scented beauty products. This Mother’s Day give your mom the gift of Dance with Body & Soul’s special class, “Dancing with the Moms”.Body & Soul along with instructor Jay Marcos will be hosting a special VideoSync class in honor of the women who bestowed us all with the gift of life. Your mom will have a blast in the popular aerobics dance class feeling like she is a star in a high-energy music video. Marcos’ enthusiastic instruction and mix of hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock and country music come together for a riveting hour of cardiovascular dance. The class will take place in Body & Soul’s extra large studio equipped with nightclub style lighting and a revolving disco ball.At $22 per person for non-members, Dancing with the Moms is the perfect supplement to the usual Mother’s Day dinner or card. What more of a bonding experience can you ask for than moving and shaking to the tunes of Rihanna, Usher, Shakira, Maroon 5 and Diana Ross alongside your mother for an hour straight? Guaranteed to be the best gift she’s received in ages, you are almost certain to become the favorite child. If you feel like sharing the love, feel free to bring your sister, aunt and best friend as well. Pre-registration is required. Reserve your and your mother’s spots by calling 305.441.BFIT (2348). 


 Mother’s Day Tea at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will hold a special Mother’s Day Tea on the veranda and in the ballroom of the Jean Ellen Dupont Shehan Visitor Center on Sunday, May 13. Mothers, daughters and grandmothers will all delight in the ambiance of afternoon tea served at beautifully set tables, complete with fine china, by the delightful Fairchild volunteers. The menu includes scones, mini tea sandwiches, cookies and petit fours. Live music by local guitarist Rob Friedman is sure to enhance the guests’ experience. Tea service begins at 3:00 p.m. Cost per person is $27 for members, $37 for non-members and $17 for children 12 and under. For more information and reservations, call Marnie Valent at 305.663.8059.

Kitchen 305 All-You-Can- Eat Mother’s Day Brunch

Keeping with tradition, Kitchen 305 hosts an all-you-can-eat Mother’s Day champagne brunch for $29.95 per person on Sunday, May 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music and free flowing champagne throughout the day. To ensure this holiday brunch is extra special, moms receive a long stem rose and a $25 gift card to the Seven Seas Aveda Spa & Salon to use on a future visit. For reservations please call 305.949.1300.             

 Mother’s Day at SUGARCANE  

Midtown Miami’s sweetest sensation, SUGARCANE raw bar grill, is the destination of choice for moms to kick back, eat well and be spoiled for a while this Mother’s Day.  “A greatest hits of delicious dishes;” as quoted by Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, SUGARCANE raw bar grill’s Chef de Cuisine, Timon Balloo, will prepare five brunch specials in addition to the regular brunch menu.  For reservations and brunch specials contact 786.369.0353 or visit 

Mama Knows Best at Café Prima Pasta

We all know Italian mothers have a special way around the kitchen and Mama Cea of Café Prima Pasta is no exception with her traditional award-winning cuisine, which for the last 19 years has made celebrities such as Matt Damon, Lenny Kravitz and Dwayne Wade regulars of the family owned and operated restaurant. Prima Pasta will be celebrating Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 with their regular menu plus some new dinner specials;early bird families can enjoy half off regular menu items from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Free-flowing champagne and long stem roses will be hand delivered to mom throughout the evening. Reservations recommended, visit


The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar.

 Celebrate Mother’s Day at Miami’s legendary landmark, The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar. The customized menu will feature an array of hot and cold dishes by Executive Chef Dewey LoSasso including offerings such as Almond Seared Chicken Paillard, Malted Berry Pancakes and Organic Egg Roll Ups. This family oriented menu is sure to please all palates and will leave your entire family feeling wholesome and happy.

*Cost is $55 per person (menu attached)


For reservations, call 305.538.8533 | | 432 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140


Cecconi’s Miami Beach. Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House will celebrate Mom with an intimate outdoor brunch. An egg station, sweet station, raw bar, cold-cut corner and carvin station will offer a variety of delectable selections. Guests can customize every dish as chefs will be on-hand prepared with the freshest ingredients.

*Cost is $35 per person


For reservations, call 786.507.7902 | | 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139


RA Sushi. Go back in time and connect with memories of your youth with old family and friends at RA Sushi’s popular happy hour. Far east-inspired drinks will tantalize your senses as rolls and salads with taunt your taste buds. The menu includes favorites like Tuna Tataki, Shrimp Tempura Roll, Spicy Sesame Chicken Wings and Salmon Carpaccio with drinks such as Hot Sake, Shiso Naughty, Emperor’s Cucumberita, Kirin and Samurai Cowboy to name a few.

*Cost is $3 – $7 per item


For reservations, call 305.341.0092 | | 5829 SW 73rd Street, South Miami, FL 33143


Vesper American Brasserie. Vesper American Brasserie’s brunch will take Mom on an adventure this Mother’s Day – after all, you have to walk through the kitchen to get to your table! Bond over Applewood Smoked Bacon & Link Sausage, Smoked Salmon, Stuffed Tomatoes with Tuna or Chicken Salad or Italian Cured Meats. If those choices don’t tickle your senses, an omelet station with all your favorite toppings will be there too!

*Cost is $48 per person


For reservations, call 305.341.1500 | | 1801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139