“Taste for the Arts” Fundraiser Dinner with artist Carlos Alberto Rodríguez

"Taste for the Arts" Fundraiser Dinner with artist Carlos Alberto RodríguezWednesday, September 10, 8pm-11pm – The District Miami, 190 NE 46th Street, Miami Design District

Join a fundraiser for 50 guests hosted by Miami Executive Chef Horacio Rivadero at The District Miami. Dishes reflect the tastes and flavors of North, South, Central America and the Caribbean, all prepared with local produce from each area, bringing to light the best of each region. This event will consist of a full-course dinner served on 50 individual plates created by ceramicist Carlos Alberto Rodriguez for the fundraiser. Each guest will be able to pre-select their dish design when purchasing their dinner, as a bonus they will receive their beautiful work of art to take home. A portion of the proceeds will be tax deductible and will go towards the Copperbridge Foundation programs. Tickets are $200 per person.


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Angel G. Larrúa Exhibition Opening at Galeria Adelmo

Angel G. Larrúa Exhibition Opening at Galeria AdelmoFriday, August 29, 7pm-10pm - Galeria Adelmo, 1165 SW 6th Street, Miami

Galeria Adelmo hosted Cuban artist, Angel G. Larrúa exhibition opening reception. Galeria Adelmo is located in the heart of Miami’s art community of Little Havana. The gallery was established in April 2010, is dedicated to promote the national and international artists of the ‘Americas’, and to provide an opportunity for up and coming artist who are entering the art markets. 

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


Hands of Hope Foundation’s Fashion Show “With a Purpose”

Hands of Hope Foundation's Fashion Show "With a Purpose"Saturday, August 23, 7pm – Mariott Dadeland, 9090 S.W. Dadeland Boulevard, Miami

Guests joined Hands of Hope Foundation for a powerful evening where fashion, hope and love came together for Nicaraguan children in need. Ivy Queen, a Puerto Rican-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress was a special guest at this formal dinner and Fashion Show With a Purpose. The evening was hosted by David Chocarro & Carolina Laursen, and included a special performances by singer Samantha Camaras and duo DA2.

Models strutting the catwalk included: Fabiola Angulo – Host, Event Producer & Director Gente Latina Magazine; Nastassja Bolívar – NBL Winner 2011, ​Model & TV Host; Paulette Samayoa – Miss. Guatemala 2013; Indiana Sanchez – Miss Nicaragua 2009; Vera Litto; Gremarie Colom – NBL Finalist 2011​; Shayra Medal; Kimberly Ramirez; Erika Martinez; Savanna Pena Hickey; Fabiola Angulo; and Nerys Diaz. All proceeds will benefit the children of Hogar Zacarias Guerra and Hogar de niñas Cristo Obrero, abandoned children an teenagers in Managua, Nicaragua.

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo

Summer Soiree Cocktail Reception to Benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

Summer Soiree Cocktail Reception to Benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure ParalysisFriday, August 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

The Miami Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and Smith & Wollensky hosted Summer Soiree Cocktail Reception to celebrate the lazy days of summer and to raise funds and awareness for the amazing spinal cord injury research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s largest spinal cord injury research center. Guests enjoyed chef selected hors d’ouevres, cocktails, and a chance in winning prizes and exciting giveaways throughout the night.

The Miami Chapter was established in 1992, and is currently led by Volunteer Regional Director David Del Cristo. This was the first volunteer Chapter to begin grassroots efforts of raising funds and awareness for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s Clinical Trials are designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. Some of the trials are one of a kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


The Crimson Sales Gallery Launch

The Crimson Sales Gallery LaunchWednesday, August 20, 6pm-8pm – The Crimson Sales Gallery, 2742 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

mckafka Development Group, a fully integrated real estate group with development, property management and realty services, specializing in construction and acquisition of properties in South Florida, & International Sales Group (ISG), a fully integrated luxury real estate sales and marketing firm representing properties throughout South Florida and Latin America, hosted RelatedISG International Realty top brokers at The Crimson sales gallery launch event. This was the first of 3 event series for brokers at the brand new sales center. The event also unveiled The Crimson’s Realtor Contest, as a special incentive for brokers now being able to enter for a chance to win a first class trip to Europe.

The Crimson is located in the new and upcoming community of Edgewater, offering a new standard of sophistication & boutique living. Located in the Biscayne Corridor, The Crimson stands 20 stories and encompasses only 90 exclusive residences. With its unique Nordic architecture, it has been consciously engineered and is LEED gold certified to offer a life-enhancing environment where style and technology meet. The highest level of attention to detail is evident in everything from finishes to technology and a warm level of comfort will enhance the boutique lifestyle.

The Crimson units range from approximately 780-1600 square feet spanning nine different floor plans. The building offers six penthouses equipped with an outdoor terrace and private hot tub. Most of the units will come with a storage unit in the parking garage. The amenities of The Crimson, also referred to as the C- Club, will include an 8th floor pool deck, a landscaped promenade sundeck, hot tub, outdoor/indoor mini-theatre, a cybercafé, lounge, a business centre, a state-of- the-art gym and spa.


IKEA Miami Grand Opening

IKEA Miami Grand OpeningWednesday, August 27, 9am – IKEA, 1801 NW 117th Avenue, Miami

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, announced that its future Miami-Dade store will open in Sweetwater, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. It will be the Swedish company’s second store in South Florida, Broward County’s IKEA Sunrise opened in 2007, fourth in the state and 39th in the United States. Customers can begin lining-up at the store on Monday, August 25, 2014 – 48 hours in advance of the doors’ opening on August 27 – and can learn of more grand opening plans and promotions at IKEA-USA.com/Miami.

SevenFriday Watches 2014 World Tour in Miami

SevenFriday Watches 2014 World Tour in MiamiMonday, August 25, 7pm-10pm – East Coast Jewelry, 16810 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach
Tuesday, August 26, 7pm-10pm – Segafredo Brickell, 1421 S Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

SevenFriday Watches, a Zurich-based watch brand that designs industrial-like watches is gaining popularity across the globe, and it will stop in Miami for a flash party #32 at East Coast Jewelry & #33 at Segafredo Brickell, as part of their 2014 World Tour. SevenFriday, which was founded in May 2012, has sold approximately 12,000 watches globally between 2012 and 2013. The main attraction of the watch is the industrial-inspired design, based on numerous things such as engines and mechanical movements, that differ from other watches. Its case size measures 47 by 47.6mm while the watch strap is made of calf leather. SevenFriday watches are fitted with a specially hardened and anti-reflective mineral glass. The dial of a SevenFriday watch is made up of five layers, while its case is “squircle” — a combination of a square and circle, a design used on every model. The watches are packed in cases that resemble wine boxes.

RSVP: usa@sevenfriday.com

LILT Lounge Opens at the Epic Hotel

LILT Lounge Opens at the Epic HotelTuesday, August 26, 6pm-2am – Lilt Lounge at the Epic Hotel, 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami

LILT Lounge welcomes Miami’s scene seekers looking for a sophisticated, sleek and modern live music venue, perfect for classic cocktails and social plates. Join the opening night with a performance by YoungArts alumn, Melissa Goldstein. YoungArts’ alumni will perform weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Cleaveland Jones take the stage Friday nights, and touring musicians will take place Saturday nights beginning with Downtown Jazz.

TigerDirect Smart Home Aventura Re-Opening

TigerDirect Smart Home Aventura Re-OpeningSaturday, August 23, 10am-3pm - TigerDirect Aventura, 17641 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura

TigerDirect.com, a subsidiary of Systemax, has announced it will reveal its newly remodeled Aventura store with an all-day celebration for consumers. The new “Store of the Future” concept store is a first for TigerDirect, boasting state-of-the-art concepts that bridge the gap between consumer and product. The Aventura Store Redesign Celebration will feature a live broadcast of Radio Disney, delicious eats by top Miami food truck Ms. Cheezious, a slew of giveaways, arts & crafts and other fun activities and special appearances. Installations and in-store vignettes transport the customers out of the shopping context and into a home improved by technology. The new in-store smart home, built with the latest in Home Automation, is a great tool for installers to see the blend of security, home entertainment and home automation all in one seamless set-up. To better aid customers, the revamped location will also offer a dedicated learning center for the DIY customer who wants to take advantage of technology’s latest and greatest on their own. The location also hosts a large TV display wall with an interactive TV selector configurator to present the best technology based on the customers’ needs.

NPH USA’s Cocktail Soiree at the Oceanaire Seafood Room

NPH USA's Cocktail Soiree at the Oceanaire Seafood RoomThursday, August 28, 6pm - The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 900 South Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

Guests joined NPH USA and Southeast Director Leah Stern, for a Cocktail Soiree at the Oceanaire Seafood Room in Mary Brickell Village, to support the children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”). Supporters enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, an auction and raffle. Evening special guest was NPH Pequeño from Haiti Billy Jean, who shared his story of strength and resilience.

For more than 40 years, NPH USA (formerly Friends of the Orphans) has worked to end the vicious cycle of poverty by giving safe and loving homes and brighter futures to over 3,600 homes for orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. NPH is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children through the support of the NPS network of orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


Miami Dolphins Introduce New Food Options for 2014 Season

Miami Dolphins Introduce New Food Options for 2014 SeasonTuesday, August 26, 3pm -  Sun Life Stadium, 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens

The Miami Dolphins and their hospitality provider Centerplate invited media to attend a food tasting to sample Centerplate’s signature items as well as new food options for the 2014 season at Sun Life Stadium. Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel welcomed guests, with remarks from Director of Concessions & Retail Management Ben Metzger and Centerplate General Manager Kevin Mitchell.

The Dolphins are adding new food options to enhance the fan experience at Sun Life Stadium; including Bokampers MVP Club, Bru’s Room Sports Grill, BurgerFi, Cold Stone Creamery, Cuban Guys, Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment and Sushi Maki. Miami Dolphins & Sun Life Stadium President & CEO Tom Garfinkel asked fans this summer through social media which food options they would like to see on game day. Season Ticket Members and the public responded in overwhelming fashion. As a result, the Miami Dolphins have tapped these seven restaurants based on fan feedback, quality products, value, variety and their local brand in the South Florida market.

The Dolphins announced alumnus Kim Bokamper and his restaurant Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill will have a signature space within Sun Life Stadium. Bokampers MVP Club, located on the 300 level just above the eastern end zone, provides air-conditioned comfort with great views of all the action on game day. The newly remodeled skybox features a menu of Bokampers favorites, including Bo’s Signature wings, smokehouse BBQ pulled pork sliders and tuna wontons. Fans enjoying the game from Bokampers MVP Skybox can sign up to become a Bokampers MVP member and enjoy the many perks both at the stadium and also when dining at any South Florida Bokampers locations.

The Dolphins named Cold Stone Creamery the official ice cream of the team. Fans beating the South Florida heat have plenty of Cold Stone locations within Sun Life Stadium on game day to visit, including three locations on the 100 level (Gates C, E and G), two on the BankUnited Club Level (Gates C and G), two on the 400 level (Gates C and G) as well as in the tailgate area prior to the game.

The Dolphins continue to support local alumni, and are ecstatic about a partnership with Bob “Bru” Brudzinski to feature a Bru’s Room Sports Grill at Section 154. The menu includes Bru’s Wings ($10), Bru’s Tenders ($11.50) and Bru’s Fries ($5). Catering to fans’ interest, the Dolphins also announced South Florida’s Cuban Guys will be offered at Section 425, serving a Cuban Sandwich ($10), Steak Sandwich ($10), Yucca Fries ($5), Stuffed Potatoes ($6) and Croquettes ($4). The team also has partnered with renowned Chef Michelle Bernstein, who will bring to life an outpost of her Design District café, Crumb on Parchment. The café is located on the BankUnited Club Level at 213, offering an artisanal selection of homemade sandwiches, salads and side dishes. In addition to Crumb on Parchment, Chef Bernstein will work with the team to create select dishes for the food offerings found in Dolphins Prime. In the Dolphins’ continuing efforts to diversify menu options, fans will find Sushi Maki at Section 241, with a menu including sushi ($12), sashimi ($15), Lo Mein noodles ($11) and skewered chicken or shrimp ($3).

These vendors add to the exceptional service and options already offered by Sun Life Stadium. The venue will continue to serve fan favorites such as Everglades BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($10) and Everglades BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos ($10), all made with its signature Everglades barbeque, which is cured, smoked and prepared fresh each week at Sun Life Stadium. In addition, Sun Life Stadium also will be rolling out new menu items, including Everglades Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings ($12), Everglades House Cured Cajun Bacon Heirloom Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($10), Grilled Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich ($11.50), Footlong New Yorker ($10), Footlong Chili & Cheese Dog ($10), Italian Sausage Link, Peppers and Onions ($9) and Italian Sausage Pieces, Peppers, Onions & Potatoes in a Home Baked Pocket ($10).

Meanwhile, Sun Life Stadium continues to offer some of the lowest-priced food options for sports fans in Florida. For the 2014 season, the venue is rolling out a value menu with all items priced $5 and under, with locations at 128 Franks, 156 Franks, 423 Franks and 451 Franks. Fans can purchase a $5 12-ounce domestic draft beer, $4 hot dog, $4 24 ounce fountain Pepsi product or a $3 popcorn. Long-time Dolphins partner Papa Johns remains the exclusive pizza served at Sun life Stadium. The Dolphins will continue to feel the pulse of fans and stay committed to enhancing the game day experience in all aspects. Uniting Miami flavor and variety with quality products and local brands is only the beginning of our Stronger Together journey. #FinsFood



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Crumb on Parchment

Crumb on Parchment

Sushi Maki

Sushi Maki


Paint the Town Red with Rosa Regale & Estelle

Paint the Town Red with Rosa Regale & EstelleSaturday, August 23, 1pm-4pm – Blue Martini, 900 s Miami Avenue, Suite 250, Miami Brickell

Estelle, the ‘American Boy’ singer and also a rapper, producer, vocal arranger and Grammy-Award Winner, hosted an afternoon event at Blue Martini Lounge Brickell, and reviled to the crowd that her new album, True Romance, will be out soon.

The event was to introduce South Floridians to Rosa Regale sparkling red wine. Estelle has worked with Rosa Regale to come up with a great sparkling red wine. At the “Paint the Town Red” event, attendees sipped on cocktails made with the slightly fizzy red wine beverage and mixed in fun cocktails. One of the hot cocktails was the ‘True Romances’: 4oz Rosa Regale, 1oz Grand Marnier, 2oz Mango nectar & garnished with a mango wedge. It is made with mango nectar and served with mango wedges for a very refreshing drink and beautiful presentation. The guests indulged in mini makeovers provided by Shea Moisture hair products and Nubian Heritage skincare products, and took selfies with Estelle.

Blue Martini served lots of yummy hors d’oeuvres and had a DJ spinning for a great Saturday afternoon party. The guests were treated to gift boxes with Rosa Regale and samples of the products used for express nail, hair, and makeup makeovers.

YWCA 6th Annual “Women of Influence” Charity Executive Networker

YWCA 6th Annual “Women of Influence” Charity Executive NetworkerThursday, August 21, 5:30pm-8:30pm - Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

Akerman LLP, PwC, Steven Douglas Associates and Diaz & Cooper hosted the 6th Annual “Women of Influence”, a fundraiser, cocktail reception and executive networking event to benefit the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade. This event was established to showcase a panel of successful and prominent local business women who share their personal stories and to highlight the commitment to the YWCA’s mission that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Guests enjoyed silent auction, open bar, and passed hors d’ oeuvres. The event was moderated by Kelly Blanco, of NBC 6. This year’s featured panelist of prestigious business women include:

  • Melissa H. Orlen, EVP & GC of MovieTickets.com
  • Kathleen McClean, SVP & CIO, ADT Corporation
  • Sharon Potts, Award Winning Author
  • Darcee Scavone, VP & GM of Automotive & Aerospace Industrial Operations, Ryder Systems

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo