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The Gra’it Challenge – A Grappa Mixology Competition

The Gra’it Challenge – A Grappa Mixology CompetitionMonday, December 12, Beaker & Gray, 2637 N Miami Ave, Miami Wynwood Arts District

1:00 PM till 5:00 PM Private tasting and trade competition, trade only
5:00 PM till 8:00 PM After-competition party, open to the public

To RSVP and for more information, please contact Jenifer 561-961-9136 or

Gra’it, an innovative Italian grappa developed for use in cocktails, has launched The Gra’it Challenge, a five-city competition that will award seven winners a 10-day trip to Italy. Skilled bartenders and mixologists in the U.S. are asked to submit a recipe for a unique cocktail that uses Gra’it as its base ingredient. Ten finalists will prepare their drink live during Regional Challenges to be held in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Austin. The first challenge will be held on Monday, December 12, 2016 at Beaker & Gray in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Guest judges include Julio Cabrera, Jamie Evans and Cesar Diaz.

If you are a bartender or mixologist in or near Miami, please enter the Miami contest by November 20th:

For more information on how to be included either as trade or during the general public event, please contact

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Beyond Basel

Beyond BaselSaturday, December 3, 9pm-12am – Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Art Basel VIPs got together for the exclusive #BeyondBasel cocktail party and art exhibition at the Soho Beach House, benefiting two leading type 1 diabetes organizations: the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) and Beyond Type 1 – which was co-founded by musician and movie star Nick Jonas and this season’s Bravo TV Top Chef All Stars contestant celebrity chef Sam Talbot.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, light bites, and DJ performance, while having a chance to bit original artwork, a custom tattoo, an autographed Epiphone Les Paul Guitar from Nick Jonas, ‘Cocktails and Brunch for 8’ at private home by Chef Talbot, a photo of Beyond Basel Host Committee member NBA Legend and former Miami HEAT star Ray Allen’s “The Shot” – which he will sign in person for winning bidder at a special meet and greet. The evening also featured three talented artists, who are all thriving in their careers despite living with type 1 diabetes.

Miami-based tattoo artist Darren Brass – who was featured on TLC / Discovery’s popular reality show Miami Ink. He is also co-owner of the edgy kids’ clothing line Ruthless Toothless, and one of the resident artists of Miami Beach’s famous Love Hate Tattoos Shop. 

Houston-based multi-media artist Natalie Irish – who creates beautiful portraits of people and iconic celebrities such as Marylin Monroe and Audrey Hepburn – using only lipstick and her own lips.

New York-based street artist, photographer and sculptor Appleton, who has been raising awareness about diabetes through his graffiti and paintings featuring insulin bottles, needles, and broken vials.

Unveiling of Jeff Koons’ Sculptures at Oceana Bal Harbour

Unveiling of Jeff Koons' "Ballerina and Pluto and Prosperina"Friday, December 2, 7pm-10pm – Oceana Bal Harbour, 10201 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour

It was a beautiful night under the stars and by the sea to debut the completion of the ultra-luxe condominium tower Oceana Bal Harbour, developed by Eduardo Costantini‘s Consultatio, and the vernissage of its multi-million-dollar sculptures by artist Jeff Koons. Guests enjoyed an evening of art, live music, libations and conversations with billionaire developer and art tycoon, and the most expensive and prolific living artist in the world, and some of the most important figures in the art world, to debut one of the most impressive permanent art installations in a residential complex.

Pluto and Proserpina and Seated Ballerina, are making their permanent home at Oceana after whirlwind museum debuts. Pluto and Prosperpina arrives after being on loan by Costantini to the Whitney in NYC, the Pompedou in Paris and the Guggenheim in Spain. This is the time the art of a residential development was on loan to a museum tour. Seated Ballerina was flown in from Buenos Aires where it was unveiled by Costantini and Koons at MALBA, the museum of Latin American art that Costantini founded. In May Costantini paid $15.7 million for a Diego Rivera, setting a world record for any Latin American work of art. Ten meditative and reflective abstracts by Taryn Simon, Callun Innes, Garth Weiser, Juan Usle, An Te Liu and Jorge Mendez Blake round out the Oceana prized art collection and will be on view for the first time on December 2. All the art will be collectively owned by the residents through the Oceana Bal Harbour condominium association.

Photos by: Brittany Robey

2nd Annual Absolut Elyx & Water For People Benefit

2nd Annual Absolut Elyx & Water For People BenefitThursday, December 1, 7pm-10pm – Nautilus South Beach, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Absolut Elyx, the world’s first true luxury vodka, and non-profit organization Water For People celebrated their partnership by hosting a charity cocktail event with Sean Kelly Gallery and Paddle8 on the opening night of Art Basel at the exclusive Nautilus South Beach. The event featured the auctioning of a one-of-a-kind painting by acclaimed artist Hugo McCloud. Proceeds from the auction will go towards Water For People, providing clean drinking water for those in need. Guests bid on the painting as they sipped on bespoke cocktails from Absolut Elyx. DJ MeLo-X performed at the cocktail event. Guests included Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx, Eleanor Allen CEO Water For People, Sean Kelly the Founder of Sean Kelly Gallery, Alexander Gilkes, Co-Founder of Paddle8, Danielle Knudson, designer Julia Clancey, Lauren Kelly, Simone Messmer, Beau Dunn, and more.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia

Wynwood Walls Fear Less 2016

Wynwood Walls Fear Less 2016Tuesday, November 29, 9pm-2am – Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Originally created by the late Tony Goldman, Wynwood Walls has been a labor of love for the entire Goldman Family-Janet Goldman, Joey Goldman and Jessica Goldman Srebnick. One of the highlights of the week-long art fest, Wynwood Walls presents new works by the world’s most renowned street artists; often providing many their first opportunity to present their work in the United States.

This year’s program, entitled Fear Less, will encompass 12 new walls, all thematically linked by the title and a distinct double meaning– it is a call to be fearless in a world that often seems absorbed with fear. Among the new murals, the program will also feature beautifully carved boulders by Ken Hiratsuka, a pioneering Japanese street artist known for chiseling intricate patterns into New York sidewalks in the 1980s and a longtime collaborative partner of the Goldman family. 

Fear Less will showcase the work of a varied mix of outstanding artists – some household names in the street art world, others up and coming. In addition to Hiratsuka, artists include AVAF (Brazil), Beau Stanton (CA, USA), Case (Germany) Dasic Fernandez (Chile) David Choe (CA, USA), Faith47 (South Africa), Felipe Pantone (Spain), Findac (UK) , Okuda (Spain), Pixel Pancho (Italy,) Risk (CA, USA), Tatiana Suarez (FL, USA) . Artist Audrey Kawasaki (USA) will be painting a mural at Goldman Properties’ The Hotel on South Beach. Open Wednesday, November 30, 2016 thru December 4th 2016 from 10AM-10PM and then 11AM-8PM thru February 2017, when the exhibit ends. #FearLessWalls #WynwoodWalls @wynwoodwallsofficial

Photos by: Natalia Garcia

L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët Preview + Champagne Master Class

L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët Preview + Champagne Master Class November 28 – December 1, Faena’s Casa Claridge’s, 3500 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Perrier-Jouët, the world’s most iconic boutique champagne house, is excited to announce a partnership with globally recognized theatrical director Simon Hammerstein. Hammerstein, best known for New York City’s notorious nightclub “The Box” and producer of “Queen of the Night,” will reveal L’Eden by Perrier-Jouët, a day into night three day experience which opens in Miami Beach on November 29th.

Taking place at Casa Faena in the chic Faena District, Perrier-Jouët and Hammerstein will transform the entire building into an artistic universe that will enchant, inspire and celebrate curiosity and wonder through touch, smell and sensory manipulation. The invite-only space will be open for private lunches, dinners, tastings with Cellar Master Hervé Dechamps and late night, celeb-fueled rendezvous. #EdenMiami #PerrierJouet @PerrierJouet @Faena

DÔA Miami Beach Grand Opening

DÔA Miami Beach Grand Opening PartySaturday, November 26, 7:30pm-11pm – DÔA Miami Beach, 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

DÔA [ DOW – AH ] means “The Door” in Japanese is the newest venture from globally renowned restaurateur Arjun Waney, cofounder of Zuma, Coya, La Petite Maison and The Arts Club. DÔA features a central island bar, DJ booth, lounge area, maki counter and an outdoor terrace on Collins Avenue.

An Asian Cantina concept, DÔA is a neighborhood eatery serving high quality LatAsian cuisine featuring flavors unique to Asian influenced cooking born in Latin America. The kitchen at DÔA is headed by Chef Carlos Estarita, and offers a fusion of largely Peruvian food featuring a strong Chinese and Japanese influence, with plenty of other pan-Asian touches mixed in. The menu will consist of shared raw, steamed and robata grilled signature dishes showcasing Nikkei, Chifa and Peruvian flair.

Affordable, casual and approachable, DÔA Miami Beach will be open seven days of the week for unique offerings in Dinner, Weekend Brunch and Late Night dining. Open daily till 5 AM, it’ll surely become your favorite late night spot. #DÔAMiamiBeach @doamiamibeach

Flo Rida Performs Live to Support Musicares’ Addiction Recovery Programs

Flo Rida Hosts MusiCares EventTuesday, November 22, 10:30pm-12:30pm – Recovery Unplugged Treatment Center, 915 Middle River, Dr. #114, Fort Lauderdale

Richie Supa, songwriter/guitarist of Aerosmith’s GRAMMY-winning “Pink” and director of creative recovery on behalf of Recovery Unplugged® Treatment Center, a South Florida-based addiction care organization blazing new trails in the treatment of chemical dependency; Jessie Allen, project manager for The Recording Academy® Florida Chapter representing the MusiCares Foundation® which provides a wide range of assistance for members of the music industry; and Flo Rida, GRAMMY®-nominated rapper, joined forces to to raise awareness and support MusiCares addiction recovery programs.

Flo Rida performed his hits “I Cry” and “Good Feeling,” and provide an inspirational talk to Recovery Unplugged clients to create awareness surrounding MusiCares® addiction recovery programs. Flo Rida also discussed his uphill climb as a musician and how he could have benefitted from MusiCares’ resources when he was a struggling musician in his hometown of Carol City. Richie Supa also performed the title track from his recent recovery-themed album, Enemy.

The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist, and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings.

The MusiCares MAP Fund® allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares offers Safe Harbor Room® support, sponsored in part by the Bohemian Foundation and RBC Capital Markets, to provide a network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.

Photos by: Natalia Garcia

Victoria’s Secret PINK Aventura Mall Grand Opening

Victoria's Secret PINK Aventura Mall Grand OpeningDecember 9 & 10, PINK at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura

Don’t miss out on the opening of shiny new PINK store at Avenura Mall! On Friday, December 9th, shop hot new PINK and get a free Mini Dog with your PINK purchase (you might wanna hurry, supplies are limited!). Plus, the party continues on Saturday with a DJ from 1-6 pm.


Atton Brickell Miami Grand Opening

Atton Brickell Miami Grand OpeningThursday, December 8, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Atton Hotel, 1500 SW 1st Street, Miami Brickell

Join to celebrate the opening of the Latin American chain’s first U.S. hotel. The reception will span from the lobby up to the rooftop pool deck, where there will be live entertainment and unbelievable views of the skyline and the bay. Executive Chef Kyriacos Petrou will feature delectable Peruvian-inspired dishes, and the hotel’s UVA bar will be serving exclusive Chilean wines, rosé pops, its signature pisco sours, amongst other hand-crafted cocktails. The grand opening will have many notable guests in attendance, including Atton Hotels CEO Francisco Levine, hotel investors, members of its board, as well as high-profile members of Miami’s business community and dignitaries.

The Landmark at Merrick Park Grand Opening

The Landmark at Merrick Park Grand OpeningThursday, December 8, 6pm-9pm – The Shops at Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables

The Landmark at Merrick Park, a luxury cinema and Landmark Theatres’ first property in Florida, will celebrate its grand opening with a private ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP reception. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Landmark CEO Ted Mundorff will conduct the ribbon cutting ceremony; additional elected officials will attend. Reception guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Enhancing Coral Gables’ reputation as an arts and cultural destination, The Landmark at Merrick Park is located in the upscale Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables.

Scan Design Boca Raton Grand Opening

Scan Design Boca Raton Grand OpeningThursday, December 8, 6pm-9pm – Scan Desig, 7750 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton

Join for an exclusive event featuring the fresh flavors of Florida with live entertainment, delectable hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. Experience contemporary South Florida living at its finest while touring the new Scan Design showroom! #scandesignfla

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Dell Anno Boca Raton Grand Opening

Dell Anno Boca Raton Grand OpeningThursday, December 8, 6pm-8pm – Dell Anno Store, 3501 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton

Join the the Grand Opening of the first Dell Anno store in the US at the beautiful and charming city of Boca Raton. Dell Anno brings to town a custom Italian design furniture line produced in Brazil and styled to perfection in the US. Come explore this extraordinary cultural fusion and help us celebrate with clients, family and friends this very special moment.


La Estancia Argentina Grand Opening Celebration

La Estancia Argentina Grand Opening CelebrationThursday, December 8, 5pm-8pm – La Estancia Argentina, 2nd floor, 1050 NW 14 Street, Miami

Uncork a new experience at La Estancia Argentina‘s newest location at the Shops at Civica in the Miami Health District. Join us for a complimentary wine tasting of some of their favorite wines and light bites as we celebrate their grand opening! Not only is it a delicious Argentinean restaurant with Miami’s best empanadas, but they also have a great wine market with a generous wine selection from all over the world. Parking located inside Shops at Civica. #LaEstanciaArgentina


RYC Presents Stephen Gamson

RYC Presents Stephen GamsonSaturday, December 3, 8pm-10pm – River Yacht Club, 401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami

River Yacht Club, Miami’s upscale waterfront eatery and marina, hosted an exhibition featuring Miami-based artist and art collector, Stephen Gamson. The exhibition featured Gamson’s new collection of 10 acrylic paintings on canvas that are available for private acquisition. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and canapes along with beautiful waterfront views overlooking downtown Miami and Brickell. #RiverYachtClub @RiverYacht @GamsonArt

Photos by: Natalia Garcia

South Florida VegFest 2016

South Florida VegFest 2016Saturday, December 3, 12pm-6pm – War Memorial Auditorium, 800 Northeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale

Several hundreds of people gathered at the 2016 South Florida VegFest , marking a great turnout and a successful day for the plant-based community. Celebrating plant-based living, VegFest brought consciously-minded South Floridians together with food samples, activities for kids, performances, chef demonstrations, and 125+ vendors at the Fort Lauderdale War Memorial Auditorium.

Some notable favorites included The New Vegan, Shawnee’s Greenthumb Popcorn, Nutri D’Light Fit Arepas, Arrow Green Label, and the Compassionate Farming Education Initiative. Raw foods took a front seat at VegFest with Brain Clement’s “Living Foods for Optimum Health” talk and Melanie Haraldson’s Raw Vegan cooking demo, “Natural Ways to Restore Your Gut Health.” Also noteworthy, Mark Kaylor spoke about the powerful medicinal properties of mushrooms, Doug Tessler raised Sound Healing vibrations on the didgeridoo, and George Love led a delightful Qi-Gong Moving Meditation.

Overall, the theme was cruelty-free, compassionate living. An Organic Sustainable Wine Happy Hour brought the plant-based day of festivities to a close. No doubt, there was something for everyone! #vegfestexpos #eatplants #crueltyfree #365vegan

Photos by: Karina Saravia

REVOLT Debuts #ArtofDaring ft Jhene Aiko

REVOLT Debuts #ArtofDaring ft Jhene AikoFriday, December 2, 8pm-11pm – Maps Backlot, 432 NW 24th St, Miami Wynwood Arts District

REVOLT returns to Art Basel for the 3rd consecutive year with an upscale gallery experience #ArtofDaring, featuring an upscale Cadillac gallery-style experience showcasing five up-and-coming multicultural visual artists and a live mural on two Cadillac vehicles. Jonathan Mannion hosted a live conversation and singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko performed live. The five specially selected artists included: Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic, Chuck Styles, Derrick Adams, Ellington Robinson, and Shantell Martin. #ArtofDaring @revolttv @Cadillac & @jheneaiko

Photos by: Natalia Garcia


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Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Art for Life Auction

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Art for Life Auction Hosted by Russel & Danny SimmonsThursday, December 1, 7pm-11pm – SLS Brickell, 1300 S Miami Ave, Miami Brickell

Philanthropist and patron of the arts, Jorge Pérez, hosted the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation‘s annual Art for Life art auction at the recently completed SLS Brickell. Executive Vice-President of Sotheby’s Americas, Andrea Fiuczynski, was the night’s auctioneer and all proceeds benefited the foundation’s arts education programs for inner-city youth and gallery programs for emerging artists and curators. Guests also enjoyed a performance by DJ M.O.S. #RushArts @rush_art

Photos by: Brittany Robey

POWERHOUSE Presents the HG Contemporary Gallery ft Works by Laura Kimpton

POWERHOUSE Presents the HG Contemporary Gallery ft Works by Laura KimptonWednesday, November 30, 7pm-10pm – Skydeck Miami, 605 Lincoln Load, Miami Beach

Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim, owner of HG Contemporary Gallery, hosted a special cocktail celebration featuring the work by acclaimed artist, Laura Kimpton. Officially powered by 3900 Alton and Tequila Herradura Ultra, the event kicked off a series of curated experiences at POWERHOUSE’S official gallery space that will take place throughout the week, commencing with the showcase of Laura Kimpton’s universally recognized sculptures. Kimpton is the conceptual force behind the Monumental Word Series that began in 2009 at the annual Burning Man art event in Nevada.

Party-goers sipped curated libations from Tequila Herradura Ultra and enjoyed tunes by DJ Meandisco, all while getting a chance to view Laura Kimpton’s iconic sculptures and film installations. Former Miami Heat star athlete, Chris Bosh, was among the many art fanatics that came out to celebrate POWERHOUSE’S 1st annual Herradura cocktail party featuring works by Laura Kimpton of Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim’s HG Contemporary Gallery.

Photos by: Guillaume Raberin – Krave Studios


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LOEWE Foundation Presents Chance Encounters II

LOEWE Foundation Presents Chance Encounters IITuesday, November 29, 6:30pm-9pm – LOEWE Store, 110 NE 39th Street, Suite #102, Miami Design District

Loewe Foundation celebrated the opening of its transcendent exhibition, Chance Encounters II, with a private, intimate Art Basel event at its store in the Design District. Jonathan Anderson in association with the William McKeown Foundation and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, unveiled the extraordinary space featuring paintings by William McKeown alongside the work of British Potter John Ward. On view November 30th to March, 31st 2017. #LOEWEFoundation #LOEWEProjects @LoeweOfficial

MM6 Maison Margiela x Aaron De La Cruz Pop-up-Shop

MM6 Maison Margiela x Aaron De La Cruz Pop-up-ShopTuesday, November 29, 6pm-9pm – MM6 Maison Margiela Shop, 173 NE 40th Street, Miami Design District

MM6 Maison Margiela, Maison Margiela’s “transformative and experimental” women’s line hosted a private celebration inaugurating the MM6 Maison Margiela pop-up shop in Miami’s Design District, a 170-square-meter space designed in-house. This exclusive event also unveiled a live installation by artist Aaron De La Cruz and featured music by DJ Chelsea Leyand. The MM6 shop should be open through Spring 2017, and their original Design District store remains open at 3930 NE 2nd Avenue. #MM6MaisonMargiela #MaisonMargiela #Margiela #AaronDeLaCruz #atMMD @MiamiDesignDistrict