Hotel Noir, Rock of Ages, and R-Life

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 14 - 2012

Gabrielle Union hosts Hotel Noir presented by Grey Goose

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

Grey Goose Brings Hotel Noir to FDR

On Wednesday night, our favorite basement club, FDR at the Delano was transformed into “Hotel Noir,” for the launch of Grey Goose vodka’s latest flavor, Cherry Noir. To parallel the national television advertising campaign entitled “Hotel Noir,” the club was transformed into a seductive sanctuary draped in deep red hues and dim lights.  The best part was the library wall- complete with shelves lined with old hard-cover books-which was really a trap door leading to the clandestine back room.  The secret space took us back a decade to Liquid’s “Situation Room” where we spent many a night welcoming the sunrise- dancing to Old School Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire.  We enjoyed the same type of music in the back room of FDR- which some partygoers dubbed- the “Harry Potter room.”     Read the rest of this entry »

Maria Menounos , Shay Todd, and Adrienne Bailon

Maria Menounos , Shay Todd, and Adrienne Bailon

Last week at Villa Vecchia, the estate of Norma Quintero, designer Shay Todd showcased her 2012 Resort and Swimwear collection to editors, socials and celeb gal pals, Maria Menounos and Adrienne Bailon during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012.

 Cosmopolitan en Español hosted their 5th Annual ‘Summer Splash’ at the Setai hotel.  Those who stepped out in style were notable VIPS and celebrities including Rock of Ages star Diego Garcia, supermodel and one of People magazine’s most beautiful people Omyra Mota, singer Jon Secada, actor Alejandro Chaban, NFL greats, Chip Vaughn of the Indiana Colts and Ahmed Bradshaw from the New York Giants and fashion designers:  Lisa Pliner, Inca Swimwear founder Stacy Josloff, Nani and Kaki Lopez of N&K Designs, and Maya Swimwear designer Carolina Dinardi.  Also seen in the packed-house was Haven owner, Michael Bowles.

This past weekend, Alicia Keys was red-carpet ready for her performance at the Zo’s Summer Groove Benefit Dinner Gala. Keys took the stage wearing a Louis Vuitton Tiger Tweed Lurex Jacket and Silk Lurex Pants.  Guests at Zo,s Summer Groove included Cee-Lo Green, Dave Chappelle and Carlos Mencia.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez, with manager, Benny Medina; her stylist and a

group of six girls dined at The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar at 10:30 p.m. Friday night to celebrate part one of Lopez’s birthday weekend.  Towards the end of dinner, Lopez was surprised with a birthday chocolate soufflé for dessert.  Lopez celebrated round two of her birthday on Tuesday at Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau.

On Saturday night, tennis pro, Gabriela Sabatini, dined with three friends at db Bistro Moderne in the JW Marriott Marquis.

Several cast members of Rock of Ages reportedly partied at Lucky Strike on Saturday night, including Tom Cruise, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston, Malin Akerman, Julianne Hough and boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest.

Seacrest and Derek Hough, Dancing with the Stars dancer and Julianne’s brother, were spotted at WALL lounge at the W Hotel in South Beach.  

Avoiding Miami’s sweltering heat wave, The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Alexis Bellino, who was in town to both launch her new clothing line Alexis Bellino and celebrate her husband’s birthday, spent her time cooling off at National Hotel Miami Beach and other Miami hot spots. The couple dined at The Forge Restaurant | Winebar, where she became so enamored with the s’more soufflé and he with the enomatic wine machine, that they were overheard saying that despite having dined in a variety of Miami restaurants, the culinary landmark was by far their favorite experience and in a league of its own. Afterwards, Bellino and husband stopped by WALL for some celebratory cocktails.

 Local favorite, Chef Michelle Bernstein made a special appearance on Good Morning America.  The seasoned James Beard award-winning chef tackled filleting a Florida lionfish and preparing it to perfection.

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Paula Abdul, Selena Gomez, Kevin Bacon

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On June - 26 - 2011

Kevin Bacon

Dancer, Singer, American Idol and X-Factor Judge and fellow Gemini, Paula Abdul made a surprise appearance at last Sunday’s performance of Dance Town’s Live to Dance at the Miramar Cultural Center.  Celebrating her birthday and supporting her friends Manny and Lory Castro, Artistic Directors and owners of Dance Town, Abdul attended the entire performance and joined the owners on-stage prior to the second half, praising the performers and the work being done by the company.  The audience responded by giving her a standing ovation and singing Happy Birthday.  Dance Town will be part of the Miramar Cultural Center’s upcoming season, so sign up to receive information about performances at or call (954) 602-4500.   

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes dined at Lario’s Miami Beach over the weekend, with a few members of the Rock of Ages cast including Julianne Hough and Malin Akerman. Holmes was also spotted with daughter, Suri on the beach during the day as well.


Selena Gomez was at Macy’s at Miami International Mall promoting her new movie.

Celebrated fathers at the Pampers’ sponsored cook-out at the Newport Beachside Resort last Wednesday included Mario Manuel Cristobal, head coach of the Florida International University football team; Michael Grieco, president of BNI Premier; Russ Koonin, founder of Ferraro Law Firm and co-founder of Playgroup Connect; Dan Sweeney, editor of City Link magazine; Matt Pack, celebrity fitness trainer and founder of Primal Fit Miami; David Bernard, co-founder and president of Miami International Wine Fair and founding partner and president of Vinamericas, Inc.; and Eduardo Hapke, founder and publisher of Hispanic Target, Target Style and Target Autos and Tourism.   

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon was spotted with a guest sipping Botran Rum mojitos at Brasserie Beaumarchais in New York at the launch party for Moves magazine’s summer issue with Jessica Chastain on Tuesday, June 14.  The Miami-based brand showcased its recent national strides treating more than 150 attendees to two of signature cocktails:  the Botran Rum Mojito and The Tulula.  Stay tuned for more exciting national initiatives by the brand Miamians know and love, including a Botran Tiki Lounge at Tales of the Cocktails July 20-24 in New Orleans, LA. 

In honor of the 15th anniversary of Zo’s Summer Groove, Alonzo Mourning Charities proudly announces 14 time Grammy® award winner Alicia Keys as the headlining performance for the Benefit Dinner and Gala. For the first time ever, the concert will open to the public benefiting Overtown Youth Center and Honey Shine Mentoring Program. For General Admission tickets visit:   Stay tuned for more details about the weekend.