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13th Annual Irie Weekend

13th Annual Irie WeekendJune 29 – July 2, Various Locations

June 29 – July 2, 2017 will be the year of #IWXIII Irie Weekend, the 13th anniversary and those lucky enough to attend will be glad they did. One of South Florida’s most buzz-worthy and highly anticipated weekends of the year, Irie Weekend, the Irie Foundation’s signature annual benefit, is a star-studded, non-stop weekend of festivities that draws participants from near and far. The weekend features a range of notable VIPs and events including the Irie Foundation #InspIRIE Dinner Gala, Celebrity Golf Tournament, Sea-B-Q Pool Party Concert, Kevin Hart’s All-Star Celebrity Brunch, and more. Irie Weekend is the “see-and-be-seen” social gathering kickin’ off the summer of ‘17.  


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City Theatre’s CityWrights Launch Party

City Theatre CityWrights Launch PartyThursday, June 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Lilt at the EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

City Theatre announced “Baked Goods” by Christyn Budzyna, Helen Park and Charlie Cohen as its National Award Contest winner at the launch party for CityWrights Professional Weekend for Playwrights. The national winner for short play-writing was chosen from a pool of approximately 600 submissions. After being rated by a database and then judged by a panel of readers, the wining play was chosen because it was surprising and provided a message for the audience, said Margaret Ledford, the artistic director for City Theatre.

“Baked Goods” was inspired by an article that Christyn Budzyna read about a California girl scout who sold all of her girl scout cookies outside of a marijuana dispensary. However, there is a spin; the girl scout in “Baked Goods” discovers that she has troubles selling her cookies, and seeks help from a boy who wishes to be a girl scout, but is unable to because of his gender.

Ledford said the panel of readers enjoyed the humor behind the play, and that it encourages individuality. “It’s about finding your own way… Finding your own path, and what works for you,” Ledford said.

Budzyna said being recognized by City Theatre has allowed her play to reach more people than she could have originally imagined. She originally wrote the play for a class workshop. “With City Theatre its living its best life so its really exciting for us,” she said. “It’s awesome because they’re really supportive of us and of the show.”

As for the message behind “Baked Goods,” Budzyna said she hopes that the idea of breaking societal boundaries resonates with the audience. “You don’t always have to meet other people’s expectations,” she said. “There are more important things.”

Charlie Cohen, co-writer of the play, said the storyline of “Baked Goods” reveals values that are important for a younger audience to receive. “The play is about inclusion and self respect,” Cohen said. “I feel like these topics are prevalent today in our society and in the news, especially when you are talking about younger people.”

“Baked Goods” will be produced in the Annual Summer Shorts Festival, and the winners were awarded a $1000 cash prize.


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Time Out’s Miami Bar Awards 2017

Time Out's Miami Bar Awards 2017Monday, June 19, 7pm-10pm – W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami Brickell

Time Out, the leading global media and entertainment brand that inspires and enables people to make the most of the city, has crowned Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company Miami’s Bar of the Year at its annual Bar Awards celebration. The awards are part of Time Out’s global bar program, celebrating the best bars, brilliant bartenders, most outstanding bar teams, and extravagant bar designs that define the drinks scene in eight of the world’s most influential cities. 

The full list of Time Out Miami Bar Awards 2017 winners:

To pick the award winners, presented in association with William Grant & Sons, the independent family-owned distiller, Time Out assembled an industry-renowned panel comprised of drinks experts, top bartenders and industry legends. Panellists across the country included cocktail connoisseur Eben Freeman, bartender Gabriella Mlynarczyk, Director of Brand Advocacy for William Grant & Sons Charlotte Voisey, Glenfiddich Ambassador David Allardice, Hendrick’s Gin Ambassadors Mattias Horseman and Mark Stoddard, Reyka Vodka Ambassador Trevor Schneider, Drambuie Ambassador Vance Henderson, Milagro Tequila Ambassador Jaime Salas, Monkey Shoulder Ambassador Sebastien Derbomez, Time Out’s own editorial team, and many more.

Time Out has been the authority on city living since 1968, seeking out the brilliant in the world’s best cities—and bars have always been a central part of that. This year, the Bar Awards program brought together the most gifted bar owners, mixologists, drinks experts and innovators in the global drinks business to define the best places to drink in eight of the world’s most vibrant cities: NYC, Chicago, L.A., Miami, Austin, Paris, Lisbon, and London.


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“Light for Summer” Menu and Market Buffet for Lunch at La Riviera

"Light for Summer" Menu and Market Buffet for Lunch at La RivieraMonday, June 19, 6am-11pm – La Riviera at Pullman Miami Hotel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami

Pullman Miami Hotel‘s on-site restaurant, La Riviera, is debuting two menus this season: a “Light for Summer” menu with nutritious dishes sans gluten and a market buffet for lunch for locals and busy executives. Created by Executive Chef John Gray, selections found in both menus create the perfect blend between international cuisine and Latin food favorites.

Available starting June 19th, from Monday thru Friday between noon and 2 p.m., Chef Gray’s market buffet will allow local business executives and hotel guests alike to enjoy an all-inclusive meal during a busy day. At $16 per person (plus tax and gratuity), the menu is inspired by seasonal, local harvests and farm-to-table plates with rich flavors. The buffet items will rotate on a daily basis to highlight the seasonal ingredients that are reflective of the regional and international gastronomies and cultures found in Miami. 

Starters on the new summer menu ($12-$16) include Classic Bistro Style Beef Tartar, Escargot (gluten-free), Asian Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio, Lump Crab Cake and Chilled Jumbo Shrimp (gluten-free). Entrée salads ($12-$18) include a Spice Charred NY Steak Salad (gluten-free) and Red Shrimp and Quinoa Salad (gluten-free). For an additional $6 to $10, patrons can add Grilled Chicken, Wild Caught Argentine Red Shrimp, or Fresh Crispy Skin Salmon to any entrée salad. All sandwiches on the menu ($14-$21) are served with Pommes Frites and include options such as the Kobe Beef Sliders, Cuban Sandwich and Baja Style Shrimp Tacos.

Chef John Gray’s Signatures Dishes ($24-$36) will remain on the summer menu and encompass popular choices such as Crispy Skin Salmon Filet (gluten-free), Spicy Black Pepper Crusted Jumbo Shrimp (gluten-free), Cuban Style Carne Frita (gluten-free), Main Lobster Ravioli with manchego, rainbow chard and truffle paste, or Fresh Handmade Linguine with a medley of locally-farmed vegetables topped with herbs.

The summer menu also features a variety of fresh protein dishes from the grill ($21-$34). Plates include Yellow Tail Snapper Filet, Wild Caught Argentine Shrimp, and 12 oz. Hand Cut New York Strip. Guests can complement any dish with garden-fresh sides including Sautéed Rainbow Chard, Baked Cauliflower, Stir-Fried Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts and Buttermilk Onion Rings. Desserts menu ($8) includes Classic Creme Brule (gluten-free), Baked Apple Tart, Dark Chocolate Lava Cake (gluten-free), Trio of Häagen-Dazs (gluten-free), Key Lime Pie, Berries and Creme Fraiche (gluten-free), Tiramisu, and Cheesecake.

La Riviera’s new “Light for Summer” menu is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and appeals to all palates with courses ranging from healthy starters, salads and gluten-free entrees, to Chef Gray’s signature dishes and proteins from the grill. La Riviera is open daily for breakfast from 6-11:30 a.m., lunch Monday thru Friday from noon to 2 p.m., and dinner nightly from 6-11 p.m. To make a reservation at La Riviera, please call 305-264-4888 or visit their website. #PullmanLife

Amigos For Kids 2017 Miami Celebrity Domino Night

Amigos For Kids 2017 Miami Celebrity Domino NightSaturday, June 17, 7:30pm-2am – Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

Amigos For Kids’a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and educating communities, celebrated its 15th annual Miami Celebrity Domino Night once again at Jungle Island in Miam. The jam-packed celebration commemorated the organization’s milestone 25th anniversary, hosting nearly 1,700 supporters. The event featured domino playing, cocktails courtesy of Presenting Sponsor Bacardí U.S.A., a silent auction with top-notch items, Grammy-winning live entertainment and culinary fare courtesy of some of South Florida’s leading chefs and restaurants.

This year’s celebrity chairs included: Celebrity Emcee Hosts Telemundo TV Personality, Luis Alfonso Borrego; NBC6 Anchor and Amigos honorary board member, Jackie Nespral; and Univision 23’s Maria Fernanda Lopez. Domino Night’s live entertainment included Grammy winner Marlow Rosado & El Tucán Band, Miami HEAT’s DJ Irie and a midnight laser light show. Guests enjoyed South Florida culinary fare showcased by Baptist Health South Florida, Edda’s Cake Designs, First Watch, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Goya Foods, Jungle Island, Café La Carreta, Los Ranchos Steakhouse, Mena Catering, Oh Chocolat!, Paella Tropical, Poké Bar, Papa John’s Pizza, Sushi Maki, and Versailles Cuban Restaurant.

Amigos Domino Night Celebrity Chairs helping to promote the organization’s mission were TV Host, Boris Izaguirre; Telemundo’s Un Nuevo Día Host, Adamari Lopez; Netflix’s One Day A Time Star, Justina Machado; Telemundo’s Carlos Ponce, internationally recognized actor, singer, songwriter and host; and one of America’s top Latina journalists Univision’s, Teresa Rodriguez. Guests also included iconic celebrities and personalities such as: Jacqueline Bracamontes, Jomari Goyso, Sofia Lachapelle, Johnny Lozada, Alicia Machado, Toño and Karla Mauri, Sonya Smith, Maki Soler, and Felipe Viel to name a few.

Miami Celebrity Domino Night funds aid programs including the Jose Martí Park after-school program; the Amigos Strengthens Families & Communities Nurturing Parent program; the annual back-to-school and holiday toy drives, and the Amigos For Kids yearlong There’s NO Excuse For Child Abuse!® Blue Ribbon Campaign and prevention efforts.


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New Dinner Menu at Bistro Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

New Dinner Menu at Bistro Sonesta Lauderdale BeachFriday, June 16, 6pm – Bistro, Sonesta Lauderdale Beach, 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale hotel’s signature restaurant, Bistro, hosted an exclusive tasting of its new dinner menu. After approximately ten preliminary tastings, the Sonesta executive staff worked with Chef Thomas Russo to reach the final cut. Chef Russo said the menu was inspired by different foods he has tasted while traveling the world.

Eduardo Fernandez, the general manager of Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, said the hotel administration found it difficult to narrow down the chef’s menu options. As opposed to previous chefs who could not provide enough options that the staff liked, Chef Russo overwhelmed Sonesta Fort Lauderdale with his delicious dishes, Fernandez said.

Russo said he created the new Bistro menus with the hotel guests in mind. He considers the daytime menu to be fun and active for guests to enjoy outside or by the pool, while the dinner menu features more classic items.

Chef Russo joined the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale staff in October, and has since enjoyed working with his kitchen team. He said the key to a successful restaurant is reflecting on what works well and what needs improvement every day. “I judge the success of the [kitchen] team and the restaurant as a daily thing,” Russo said. “It’s all about self honesty, integrity… And bringing it to work and believing in yourself. It starts rubbing off on the people that work for you too.”

Russo said he teaches his staff to build the flavors into each entrée layer by layer. “You can’t go back and fix something, that’s just a mess,” he said. “But if you build it from the foundation up, step by step, layer by layer, then at the end you’re going to have something really great.”

Chef Russo’s passion for food is reflected by the menu he has created for Bistro, and he said that he hopes Sonesta guests are able to taste it with every bite.


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Piñon Grill’s New Summer Happy Hour Menu

Piñon Grill's New Summer Happy Hour MenuMonday, June 26, 4pm-7pm – Piñon Grill, 6000 Glades Rd, Boca Raton

After a long work day or town center shopping treat, enjoy a variety of summer bites from Piñon Grill’s summer happy hour menu. The seasonal menu is only available from Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm and includes:
Sliders (choice of 2: BBQ Chicken│Kobe Beef│Salmon) – $8
Tex Mex Spring Rolls – $9
Spinach & Artichoke Dip – $8
Grilled Artichokes – $6
Honey Roasted BBQ Drumettes – $7
Crispy Crab Fritters – $8

Wine Date Grand Opening

Wine Date Grand OpeningSaturday, June 24, 4pm-12am – Wine Date, 2700 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami

South Florida’s newest culinary addition, Wine Date, will feature a full wine-tasting room, retail area and bar for those lovers of the grape. Wine Date is the first concept launched by Linda Bucaram Pulley and Pablo Gamboa Wills, with plans to open additional locations in other markets. The 2,000-square foot space features over 500 labels and comprised of a bar, table seating, retail area, and will also feature a stage. Wine Date will open its doors to the public offering lunch, happy hour and dinner service, from Monday through Saturday from 11AM-10PM and Sunday 12 noon to 10PM, with parking available behind the venue as well as metered street parking. @winedatemiami

McSorley’s RoofTop Presents Proper House Music Friday’s

McSorley's RoofTop Presents Proper House Music Friday'sFriday, June 23, 9pm-6am – McSorley’s Beach Pub, 837 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Proper House Music is bringing a new concept to the Fort Lauderdale Beach. Once a month at McSorley’s Beach Pub we will host a House only event. This week featuring Lauro Augusto, DRK, Leuroy and our special guest Dins Rivera joining us as we start this new venture to bringing quality house music to Fort Lauderdale. FREE ENTRY before 11pm by saying “Proper House” at the door. #ProperHouse @McSorleysFTL


Aston Martin Residences New Ultra-Luxe Sales Gallery

Aston Martin Residences New Ultra-Luxe Sales GalleryThursday, June 22, 11am-11pm – Aston Martin Residences Sales Centre, 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Downtown Miami

Aston Martin Residences and global property developer G and G Business Developments unveiled the new state-of-the-art sales centre for their uber-luxury 66-story condo tower set to rise later this year on Downtown Miami’s waterfront. The luxury development is scheduled to open in 2021 and will feature seven penthouses and a duplex penthouse – all of which will enjoy private pools and spacious terraces, alongside a range of one to four bedroom condominiums.

Aston Martin’s design team, led by EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, designed the interior spaces including the two private lobbies, the two-level fitness centre with ocean views and the full-service spa amongst other shared spaces in the development. These beautiful spaces will be encased in a bold sail-shaped building, an engineering master-piece designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger, renowned for creating landmark properties that are aesthetically pleasing and yet grounded in performance and purpose.

Visitors to the new sales centre will experience first-hand the British luxury brand’s signature understated elegance, clean lines and the authenticity and quality of the materials planned for use throughout the development. Design elements, such as the unique carbon fibre welcome desks, will adorn each lobby. Highlight features will include doors with bespoke artisan Aston Martin handles, number plinths and leather door tabs. Shared areas will feature key design cues, including a stunning infinity pool located on the 55th floor. Residents of the new development will also be able to enjoy direct access to the turquoise waters of Miami via an exclusive yacht marina.

Completing the sales centre is an Aston Martin Vulcan, one of only 24 examples of the brand’s 820bhp, all-carbon fibre supercar that delivers truly extreme performance. This Vulcan is resplendent in white, a piece of automotive art, inspired by Miami and personally specified by Marek Reichman to reflect the tropical surroundings. The residences and penthouses, which range from 700 to 19,000 square feet, will be priced from $600,000 to upwards of $50 million.

The sales centre for the Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way is open daily from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. For more info call 305-456-7376 or email @AstonMartin #AstonMartin



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An Evening with Jack: A Musically Accompanied Dinner Series

An Evening with Jack: A Musically Accompanied Dinner SeriesThursday, June 22, 8pm-10pm – R House Wynwood, 2727 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Join R House and Jack Daniels as we tip our hat to tradition! This is the first of a musically accompanied dinner series ‘An Evening with Jack’ that R House will be staging each month this summer in collaboration with Jack Daniels. Whether you are joining for dinner or simply getting some drinks at the bar, you won’t want to miss out on the performance by Jeff Grainger – Sinatra Tribute performer and the Sinatra Band. Sweet sounds to provide the sound-tack to your Thursday night out. @rhousewynwood


Brickell Beach Swim Show

Brickell Beach Swim ShowFriday, June 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Brickell Beach at Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami Brickell

Saks Fifth Avenue presented the latest swimwear collections on the soft white quartz sand of Brickell’s exclusive beach venue at Mandarin Oriental, Miami.  The fashion show featured Orlebar Brown, and Saks Fifth Avenue menswear summer collections, plus the latest womenswear by Herve Leger, Stella McCartney, Dodo Bar Or, and signature prints with luxurious bohemian style by Camilla. Brickell Beach is an exclusive 20,000 sq ft events-only space. With the unique attribute of being the only beach located in Brickell, the al fresco venue is available throughout the day and evening, and is ideal for hosting events for up to 500 guests. 


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New Times 2017 Best of Miami Release Party

New Times 2016 Best of Miami Release PartyThursday, June 22, 8pm-11pm – Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

Thirty years ago, Miami New Times began publishing from offices in South Beach. It was 1987, and the place was all fun, sun, cocaine, and senescence. In the Best of Miami® issue you’ll find New Times picks for more than 300 of the Magic City’s top restaurants, finest clubs, greatest shops, and most interesting people. You’ll also discover the findings of Readers’ Poll, assembled after months of public voting. You can locate the town’s best psychic, veterinarian, and car mechanic, as well as the freshest seafood, smoothies, and steak. At the 2017 Best of Miami Release Party guests enjoyed delicious culinary delights and specially crafted cocktails, great music and a private access to Frost Science, located in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park while celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the New Times. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefit the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.


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The Gra’it Challenge Grand Finale

The Gra'it Challenge Grand FinaleWednesday, June 21, 9pm-12am – Byblos Miami, 1545 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Fifteen of the nation’s best bartenders competed live to win a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Italy with Distillerie Bonollo Umberto, one of Italy’s most prestigious distillers of grappa and grape-based spirits. This is the world’s first grappa mixology competition and by the time of the Grand Finale it has traveled through and acquired three finalists from each of these cities: Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Chicago. Byblos Miami hosted the after-party to celebrate with the seven winners of The Gra’it Challenge Grand Finale round, as well as all the finalists, Gra’it bartenders and friends. #GRAPPALUTION @graitgrappa @ByblosMiami


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The Wedding Salon 2017

The Wedding Salon 2017Monday, June 19, 4pm-8pm – Conrad Miami, 1395 Brickell Avenue, Miami Brickell

Wedding Salon Miami Showcase featured the latest in wedding trends and the must-have products and services from venues and honeymoon destinations, to the hottest couture wedding dresses and everything in between. Brides could really let their wedding fantasies come to life by attending this luxurious bridal showcase. The showcase featured the latest trends in table decor, invitations, honeymoons, accessories, plus beauty makeovers, cake tastings, cocktails, & fabulous goodie-bags. Guests had an exclusive opportunity to meet with the absolute best in weddings. The Wedding Salon shows are held across the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Houston.


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The City of Sunny Isles Beach 20th Anniversary

The City of Sunny Isles Beach 20th AnniversaryFriday, June 16, 8:30pm-10:30pm – Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach
Saturday, June 17, 11am-3pm – Town Center Park, 17200 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach
Saturday, June 17, 7:30pm-9:30pm – Samson Oceanfront Park, 17425 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach

The City of Sunny Isles Beach’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend kicks off with a unique concert featuring FUSION, produced by Rock With U Entertainment. Their exceptional DJ/band hybrid accompanied by stilt walkers, dancers, and special performers brings a very diverse Miami vibe. The cerebration continues on Saturday with the Anniversary BBQ at Town Center Park. Featuring traditional barbecue, live music, crafts, games, official cake-cutting and much more. The City of Sunny Isles Beach’s 20th Anniversary Celebration weekend concludes at Samson Oceanfront Park with an event that features live music from CURBSTONE throughout the evening and culminate with an astounding fireworks display. #BestofSIB20 #CityofSIB @CityofSIB


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