MCYA 4th Annual Fashion Gives Back

MCYA 4th Annual Fashion Gives BackThursday, September 24, 6pm-9pm – The Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District

Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors invite you to the 4th Annual Fashion Gives Back event benefiting Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Fashion Gives Back Event was created in 2012 by MCYA Members, Ricky Patel and Wesley Farrell, partners of Farrell & Patel, Attorneys at Law. Farrell and Patel along with MCYA Members have successfully organized this event throughout the years raising funds and awareness for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly known as Miami Children’s Hospital). Each year a special patient is honored and invited to walk the runway with the models to remind everyone of our mission. Sit back and watch the awaited fashion show as the models grace the runway with Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour must-have trends of the season. Enjoy delectable delights and cocktails sponsored by Titos’s Vodka. General admission tickets are $35. For more info contact Rebecca Interian at 786-624-2892 or


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Maestro Del Mar Chef Challenge #3

Maestro Del Mar Chef Challenge #3Wednesday, August 26, 6:30pm-9pm – Saltwater Brewery, 1701 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach

The 3rd Maestro del Mar Chef Challenge took place at the Saltwater Brewery, Delray Beach’s first local production micro brewery, with the “Reef Room” tasting room on site. Four competing chefs for the 3rd Semi-Final round were Exec Chef Kelley Randall from The Office Delray, Exec Chef Blake Malatesta of 50 Ocean, Exec Chef Jarod Higgins from Cut 432, and Exec Chef Dane Iacangelo from Potions in Motion. Panel of Judges included: Josh Cohen of ESPN West Palm, Brenna Bertram of Whole Foods Market West Palm Beach, and Skip Sheffield of The Boca Raton Tribune.

The winner of Semi-Final #3 was Chef Blake Malatesta of 50 Ocean. Chef Blake Malatesta brings a unique combination of Southern tastes and international, culinary flair to his position as the executive chef at 50 Ocean. As a native of Louisiana, where he ate stalks of sugarcane while shucking oysters as a boy, Malatesta grew up influenced by the contrasting tastes, textures, and temperatures of fresh food and flavor combinations.

Below Deck Season 3 Premiere Party

Below Deck Season 3 Premiere PartyTuesday, August 25, 7:30pm-11pm – Events by The Grateful Palate, 3003 NE 32 Ave, Fort Lauderdale

Freedom Events Management presented an exclusive premier party including a private VIP reception on board a luxury 92 foot Lazzara named Freddy, provided by HMY Luxury Charters, with select members of the cast, a charity silent auction, complimentary drinks, a private viewing of the actual premiere with cast members, including the “Stud of the Sea” Captain Lee, Chief Stew, Kate Chastain and Second Stew, Amy Johnson. Broadcast commercial breaks were used for audience interactive questions and answers with the cast, moderated by special VIP hosts Paul Castronovo from the Paul & Young Ron Show and Trent Aric from WPLG Channel 10. Ticket and silent auction proceeds will benefit the Marine Industry Cares Foundation and

Below Deck is headed to the Mediterranean for season three, and another charter season full of champagne, caviar, and tropic thunder! Captain Lee Rosbach, Chief Stew, Kate Chastain, Second Stew, Amy Johnson, and Bosun, Eddie Lucas return from last season, along with new crew members Second Engineer/Deckhand, Don Abenante, Deckhand, Connie Arias, Third Stew, Raquel “Rocky” Dakota, Deckhand, Emile Kotze and Chef, Leon Walker to make life aboard a 11 million dollar private, luxury yacht Eros, an unforgettable experience for their guests. The crew quickly learns they must check their egos at the dock in order to provide first-class service to their wealthy and uncompromising charter guests. From elicit affairs, to crew member firings, and technical failures on the yacht, the drama on the high seas becomes too much for some of them to handle. As tensions reach a boiling point between Kate and new chef Leon, Captain Lee calls on chef Ben Robinson for help.

Masterpiece Event: Blame It On Rio

Masterpiece Event: Blame It On RioThursday, August 20, 7pm-10pm – Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs

Every year, the Coral Springs Museum of Art proudly hosts an annual fundraiser with the mission to raise support for the Museum’s innovative and educational art programs and exhibitions. This year, the Museum presented the “Masterpiece Event: Blame It On Rio!” with special guest Romero Britto. This lively carnival, full of Brazilian spirit, flavor and flair, celebrated famed artist Romero Britto, his iconic artwork currently on display at the Museum, and his treasured homeland.

“Masterpiece Event: Blame It On Rio!” private VIP cocktail reception consisted of an open bar, freshly made Leblon Cachaca caipirinhas, catering from The Feisty Bull, desserts by Paladar Catering Service, and special unveiling during the reception. Bonnie and Steve Opler who are collectors of Britto’s works and his first American patrons, unveiled very first piece of Britto’s art sold in U.S. The most memorable part of the night, however, was when Romero Britto himself gave an introduction to his artwork and a brief story of the beginning of his artistic career here in the U.S. back in the 80s. Though Britto, originally from Recife, Brazil, has fantastic history in the U.S., his Brazilian roots are constantly visible in his colorful work.

A few caipirinhas into the night, and with a tremendous crowd of people eager to meet him, it was difficult to get a few seconds- let alone minutes- to speak with Romero Britto himself. 3 Questions For Romero Britto:

Q: Any particular reason for the darker colors in your previous artwork?

Romero Britto: It’s all vintage. I used to paint on newspaper and with the colors available to me. In this case they were darker colors. I have always liked bright colors, but at the time resources were limited and this is what I had.

Q: How much did you sell your first artwork for here in the United States? And what’s the highest price one of your pieces runs at today?

Romero Britto: The first piece I sold for so little- it was nothing. A couple hundred dollars. Highest price of one of my paintings today is $200.000.

Q: $200.000?! How does that make you feel?

Romero Britto: Pretty good!

2015 Fall Trend Event at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables

2015 Fall Trend Event at Neiman Marcus Coral GablesWednesday, August 19, 6:30pm-9pm – Neiman Marcus at Village of Merrick Park, 90 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables

Neiman Marcus Coral Gables hosted a collection party for Fashionably Conscious, Miami’s beloved fashion fundraiser, during Neiman Marcus’ highly anticipated 2015 Fall Trend Event, featuring a fashion showcase of the latest styles for fall 2015. Shoppers enjoyed drinks and bites from Bulla Gastrobar as well as a Herradura Tequila and Gentleman Jack tasting in Men’s, on level three. The fabulous fashion show showcased Folklorica, White-Out, and Full-Bodied Red styles.

The first of a series of boutique parties, this event leads up to the Fashionably Conscious fundraiser, where Miami’s most respected philanthropists, and community leaders will donate gently worn designer clothing and handbags, creating the inventory for the fundraising three-day sale this September 25-27 in CocoWalk ‪#‎FashCon2015‬. Guests and hosts at 2015 Fall Trend Event also donated clothing to the main Fashionably Conscious event, and that way making room in their closets for new items from Neiman Marcus presentation. Host committee includes: Christopher Adeleke, Maria Eugenia Baco, Ali Codina, Alexander Cohen, Laura Garcia, Marcia Martinez Laas, Rima Otrakji, Darlene Perez, and Aaron Resnick.

The sale proceeds will be donated to Coconut Grove Cares’ The Barnyard Community Center and offer essential funds to support the summer camp and after-school programs, providing a much needed safe haven for 250+ children in the West Grove community. As their primary yearly fundraiser, Fashionably Conscious offers essential unrestricted funds to enable the organization’s operations. The fundraising event attracts thousands of shoppers from all over South Florida each year.

Colony1’s Turnip the Beet! Market Festival

Colony1's Turnip the Beet! Market FestivalSaturday, August 15, 10am-7pm – Colony1, 550 NW 22nd St, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Colony1‘s third market festival and educational workshop series happened this past Saturday August 15th in Wynwood! Attendees enjoyed a day of local, farm fresh harvests, educational workshops, tastings, healing, yoga, and live music! It was a family friendly day celebrating people, ecology, connectivity and sustainability!

Vendors included Between Spirit & Stone, Everglades Treats, Guru Shots, Half Baked Vegan, Help Earth Ride, Pollution Solutions, SiriCoco, Veritas Soap Co., and Wild Medicine Soaps.

Engage Miami led two round table discussions, empowering young people to take action in their community. Bruce Stanley spoke about the importance of natural alkaline balance for optimal health and how Kangen Water can help maintain a healthier and hydrating lifestyle. Bless Botanicals and Florida School of Holistic Living Community Herbalist, Julia Onnie-Hay presented the Tropical Traditions: Three South FL Tropical Medicinal Weeds & Cross-Cultural Pollination workshop, providing helpful information about wild plants and their benefits when used as infusions and tinctures. Lotus in Hand Therapy by Jonathan Moore provided on spot massages, and Sheri Kaplan’s Lemba Healing Arts shared Reiki Energetic Healing. An evening Drum Ceremony and Land Blessing with Frederick Bardi closed the event.

Colony1 is Miami’s most comprehensive sustainable living education hub and will be hosting these festivals every third Saturday of the month to bring the citizens of Miami and South Florida together in the name of all things sustainability. Colony1 is 100% volunteer driven, and the interactive workshops are presented by people who want to share their knowledge and increase the presence of a socially responsible, regenerative, and holistic lifestyle. Colony1 and the monthly festivals are about the people, the land we live with, and the community we collectively create. Most importantly, this is a platform for community to connect with each other, and help Miami grow into the nexus of conscious, socially responsible living it wants to be.

The parent non-profit organization, Art of Cultural Evolution, is developing the Colony1 site in the heart of Wynwood thanks to a 50-year land grant from Miami-Dade County. Please support this cause by coming to the next Turnip the Beet Market Festival! #Colony1 #TurnipTheBeet #LastGreenSpaceWynwood @Colony1Wynwood

Photos by: Karina Saravia

“Cinépolis Handpicked”

"Cinépolis Handpicked"Tuesday, September 1/8/15/22/29, 7pm
Cinépolis, 3984 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach
Cinépolis, 3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove

Cinépolis USA is introducing “Cinépolis Handpicked“, a new calendar series featuring digitally remastered world class titles, handpicked by Cinépolis and guests. Sit back, relax and escape with digitally remastered world-class titles available at all South Florida locations starting September 1. #CinepolisUSA #CinepolisHandpicked

Cinépolis USA is also continuing to raise the bar on its unique offerings, and in addition to its curated craft beer program, the cinema has curate their own wine, which includes its own logo design and slogan “Sit back, relax, escape.” So during you next visit make sure to sip on a glass ($9) or enjoy a bottle ($30) of new Cinépolis sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon.

Subscribe to Monthly Newsletter between September 1 -29 for a chance to win two FREE Cinépolis tickets. Winner will be notified via email on Friday, October 2, 2015.

Exclusive Preview of Hallandale’s Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails

Exclusive Preview of Hallandale’s Hyde Beach Kitchen + CocktailsAugust 29 & 30, 1pm-5pm – Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, 111 S Surf Rd, Hallandale Beach

Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails in Hallandale will bring the same great party vibe, day and nightlife experiences, and killer cuisine Hyde has become known for in South Beach, Vegas, and LA. Broken down into three floors, the first level of Hallandale’s Hyde Beach will be all about wellness, welcoming beach-goers with fresh pressed juices, to-go bites and a luxurious spa. The second floor will be a foodie paradise, with a rooftop restaurant where Chef Danny Elmaleh will incorporate fresh Florida ingredients into his award-winning New American fare. And for members only, Hyde’s top floor will be an exclusive nightlife and dining experience, the likes of which the area has never seen. Join the exclusive weekend preview and kick back to the sounds of DJ Kika on Saturday, and Leo Medina on Sunday. Be the first to check it out and make your reservation HERE! #‎HBKC‬ @hydehallandale @related_group

Havana 1957’s New ‘Menu Sazonal’

Havana 1957's New 'Menu Sazonal'Saturday, August 29, 8pm-11pm – Havana 1957 Brickell, 1451 South Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

Havana 1957 is a chain of Cuban restaurants unlike other traditional Cuban restaurants. It sets itself apart by creating a unique dining experience that allows you to spend Un Dia En La Habana and relive the glory and glamour of old Cuba during the 1950’s. Havana 1957 now offers a limited time seasonal menu that is packed with sazón at all four locations – Lincoln Road, Española Way, Brickell, and Pembroke Pines.

A seasonal menu offers choices of beer of the month New Castle ($5.50), cocktail of the month Habana Jungla ($9.95), an extra strong Bacradi Rum concoction made of Bacardi Select, Bacardi Coconut, Campari, Fresh Lime Juice, and Pineapple Juice. Main dish Grandma’s choice of the month is Chilindron de Chivo ($19.95), a goat stewed in red wine sauce, craft beer, carrots, red and green peppers, onion and potatoes, served with white rice and sweet plantains. As dessert of the month comes another Cuban classic Torrejas en Almíbar ($5.50), Cuban version of French Toast with anise syrup.  #Havana1957 @havana1957miami

Häagen-Dazs Coral Gables Grand Opening

Häagen-Dazs Coral Gables Grand OpeningSaturday, August 29, 11am – Häagen-Dazs Shop, 286 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

The Häagen-Dazs brand celebrates the grand opening of its newest shop in Coral Gables. Community members are invited to enjoy irresistible creations made with Häagen-Dazs® super premium ice cream and sorbet during an ice cream lover’s dream event that includes:
* Free scoop of Häagen-Dazs ice cream for the first 500 people through the door
* Chance to win free ice cream for a year from the Coral Gables Häagen-Dazs Shop*
* Coupons for $1.00 off on future visits*
* Face painter and/or Balloon Artist
* Häagen-Dazs mascot Coneman in attendance and available for photographs all-day

Bossa Gallery Opening in the Design District

Bossa Gallery Opening in the Design DistrictThursday, August 27, 6pm-10pm – Bossa Gallery, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Suit 107, Miami Design District

Join Bossa Gallery on Thursday, August 27, from 6pm to 10pm, for an evening of Bossa Nova, pão de queijo and caipirinha to celebrate the gallery opening in true Brazilian style. Bossa Gallery is the first Miami based Gallery specializing in Brazilian-focused in photography, located in the Design District. @Bossagallery

One Last Night at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

One Last Night at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of ScienceFriday, August 28, 7pm-10pm – Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami

Guests joined Board of Trustees of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science for one last night at the Museum: Come be a Kid Again. In celebration of the Museum, guest took the trip down memory land with an evening dedicated to childhood fun and flavors. The museum, which opened in 1960 on three acres of the historic Vizcaya complex, will officially close its doors at its location at 3280 South Miami Avenue at 10 p.m. on Sunday, August 30 and reopen in its new $300 million state-of-the-art facility in downtown Miami’s Museum Park in summer 2016. For more information about the new museum, please click here.

Season Kick-Off at Viceroy Miami

Season Kick-Off at Viceroy MiamiThursday, August 27, 6:30pm-8:30pm – FIFTY Ultra Lounge at Viceroy Miami, 485 Brickell Avenue, Miami Brickell

Viceroy Miami is kicking off the Season with an fun evening of festivities featuring holiday party ideas, fabulous vendors and one of Miami’s best panoramic rooftop views from 50 floors up. Guests indulged in an exclusive taste of the 2015 holiday menu, with signature cocktails, passed canapés and a carving station with Bacon and Fig Stuffed Pork Loin or Whole Roasted Salmon & Caper-berry Relish, accompanied with Cuban Style Stuffing and Root Vegetables, created by talented Executive Chef Frank Rog.

To create holiday spirit ahead of time, Viceroy Miami was helped by many of long time vendors, including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Natural Impression DesignLuxe Event Rentals, Miami CandiesDèjà Vu Sweets, to mention few. Evening festivities also included a one-of-a-kind giveaway and a chance to win a spa treatment, a two-night stay at Viceroy Miami and a two-night stay at Viceroy Snowmass.

South Florida Ford Dominican Heritage Night

South Florida Ford Dominican Heritage NightSaturday, August 22, 7pm-11pm – The Clevelander at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami

Hennessy V.S and the Dominican American National Foundation (DANF) celebrated Dominican Heritage Night at The Clevelander at Marlins Park in Miami. The evening kicked-off with Johnny Marines, entrepreneur and Latin superstar Romeo Santos’ manager, throwing a ceremonial first pitch before the Miami Marlins took the field.

Marines then presented a check of $2,500, which was donated to the Dominican American National Foundation and the Marlins Foundation. All proceeds from this night will go to the “Quisqueya La Bella” community beautification & revitalization project, which focuses on the restoration of the Allapattah section of Miami through arts and cultural economic empowerment.

At The Clevelander, guests enjoyed Hennessy V.S cocktail “Hennessy Piña” as they celebrated Dominican Heritage Night with live music by DJ Red, DJ Junior, & DJ Sucio and a post game performance by Banda Sin Nombre. Guests in attendance included Johnny Marines, artists, Fuego and Amara La Negra, and Telemundo’s Sofia Lachapelle.

Fornaro Coconut Grove’s Newest Italian Restaurant and Gourmet Pizzeria

Fornaro Coconut Grove’s Newest Italian Restaurant and Gourmet Pizzeria6pm-11pm – Fornaro Restaurant and Gourmet Pizza, 2750 SW 26th Ave., Coconut Grove

With its grand opening back in April, Fornaro Restaurantand Gourmet Pizza is an up-and-coming intimate Italian restaurant that looks to bring Italian charm to the growing culinary scene in Coconut Grove. Fornano welcomes you to dinner Tuesday through Sunday with a menu that is not only delicate and flavorful, but also perfectly reasonably priced.

Start off the night with a selection of Steamed Mussels ($7.55), in white wine, basil and garlic, or Caprese Salad ($7.35) with chopped concasse tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, with delicate pesto sauce, amongst other tasty appetizers.

Continue with perhaps one of the most distinguishing entrees on the menu, Ossobuco ($28.80), veal shank cooked in a wood burning oven and served with saffron risotto. This is not only a signature Italian dish, this is also a must-try in Fornano.

And, of course, in an Italian setting like this one you can’t say no to their delicious Tiramisu ($7.80) – especially when it’s all made in-house.

On the 29th of each month you can enjoy Fornaro’s special Gnocchi Della Fortuna. The tradition stems from a legend dating back to the 8th century where the placing of money under a plate symbolizes wishes of prosperity.

Fornaro is open for dinner Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm to 11 pm. For reservations, please call 305-668-8888.

MyHabit Ends Shop by City Road Trip in Miami

MyHabit Ends Shop by City Road Trip in MiamiThursday, August 20, 7pm-10pm – Sea Isle Marina, 1635 N Bayshore Dr, Miami

MyHabit celebrated end of an ultimate summer road trip in Miami, aboard a sunset cruise! MyHabit, a flash sale site powered by Amazon, is offering up to 60% off across fashion, home and kids products. Throughout the summer, MyHabit team has traveled to Montauk, Milwaukee, Bozeman, and now Miami, as part of its Shop by City program, which highlights what natives wear, eat and how they style their lives. In addition, a unique sale event with items inspired by each of the Shop by City locations is featured on the MyHabit site, and The Shop by City Miami site was launched online the same day. #SummerisMyHabit #ShopBYCity @MyHabit

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