September 30 – October 3, 6:30pm – Ice Palace Films Studios, 59 NW 14th Street, Miami
Join the Next Generation of Taste at the Macallan Scotch private tasting event that promises to deepen your appreciation of fine spirits and change what you know about Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Elevate your taste and Raise The Macallan. Come savor the finest single malts in the world alongside friends, and learn firsthand what makes The Macallan a cut above the rest.
Tuesday, September 23, 7pm-10pm - Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
The LGBT Visitor Center will present the 2nd annual “Pink Flamingo Awards” honoring people, places and organizations that have demonstrated a level of excellence in our community throughout the year. This year’s awards show promises to be an entertainment extravaganza featuring the comedian ANT as the evenings MC! This year’s awards ceremony will include an open bar cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a 3 course sit down dinner and live entertainment.
The Pink Flamingo Awards categories were announced July 25th. The voting is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to participate by casting your vote on the event website. Finalists will be announced at the Pink Flamingo Awards Kickoff Party at Palace Bar, Friday, Aug. 29th. Mark your calendars! The winners will be announced live at the Pink Flamingo Awards in September. The Pink Flamingo Awards benefit the LGBT Visitor Center which is funded and operated by the MDGLCC Foundation, Inc., the non-profit Foundation of the Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, September 20, 8pm – The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables
As a part of the esteemed James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series, The Biltmore Hotel will host a star-studded dinner celebrating 25 years of Tom Klein’s family ownership of Rodney Strong Vineyards on Saturday, September 20 at 8 pm. The dinner will be part of a simultaneous live broadcast, which will bring together scores of the world’s top chefs on one night from four cities including Miami, FL; Healdsburg, CA; New York, NY; and Austin, TX. The live feed will be viewable to guests through multiple screens in each city as well as online at RSV25.com. The evening will begin with passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne, followed by a spectacular and decadent dining experience inclusive of four courses, each prepared by a different chef and accompanied by a Rodney Strong Vineyard wine selection. Throughout dinner, guests will have the opportunity to meet the chefs, ask questions and get a true behind-the-scenes glimpse of the culinary world. Proceeds from the event will benefit the James Beard Foundation. Chefs participating in the event include the Biltmore Hotel’s own David Hackett, Giuseppe “Beppe” Galazzi, Gregory Pugin and Olivier Rodriguez, as well as Josh Silvers from Jackson’s Bar & Oven in Santa Rosa, CA. Tickets are $225 per person, inclusive of tax and tip.
Saturday, September 20, 7pm-11pm – The Mandarin Oriental Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami Brickell
The Sponser An Athlete Awards Dinner provides an opportunity for Special Olympics Florida to honor our most incredible Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers and Community Partners in Miami-Dade County while raising awareness and funds for our county program. Special Olympics is unique in that it provides free year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for over 3,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through quality-based athletic programs, we empower the athletes we serve to achieve healthier lifestyles, dignity, self confidence, social acceptance and hope while becoming productive members of society. ESPN Sports Anchor Max Bretos will host this event that will celebrate Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day with 500 elite guests. Individual tickets are $350.
United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders will host an interactive cooking and eating experience, “Build Your Own Brunch” B.Y.O.B., modeled after VeritageMiami’s wildly popular Interactive Dinner. Guests will spend the afternoon preparing a three-course brunch, under the tutelage of some of Miami’s most innovative chefs, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Antonio Bachourof St. Regis Bal Harbour and Makoto Okuwa of Makoto. Aside from the food, Titos Vodka cocktails will be available, and for all the beer aficionados, Wynwood Brewing Company will have the best fit brew on tap. While the chefs will lead guests through each course on stage, attendees can look for guidance from Johnson & Wales culinary students that will serve as sous chefs and sommeliers. All proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade. Tickets are $75 for Young Leaders (maximum 2 tickets per Young Leader at $75 each) and $100 for general public. For more information on this event or on United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Laura Fernandez at 305-646-7002. @unitedwaymiami
Thursday, September 18, 6pm-9pm – Pérez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Celebrate the opening of Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico with live music by Alma Tropicalia and a waterfront bar on the terrace. Between sets enjoy Brazilian grooves from DJ Marcello Bentine. The celebration features the Miami debut of Brazilian band Alma Tropicalia. The DC-based band reimagines the psych-samba sounds of 60’s tropicália music from Brazil, a mind-bending mix of tropical rhythms, soulful funk grooves and day-glo psychedelia that has quickly earned the group ecstatic reviews and packed performances across the region. The band’s daring lineup combines the masterful Brazilian jazz vocalist Elin (featured on Thievery Corporation’s Brazil-inspired album “Saudade”) with the unhinged experimentation of some of the top backing musicians in today’s rock and world music scene (featuring members of Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey, Bio Ritmo, and more).
Saturday, September 13, 7pm - Jungle Island, Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Live Like Bella Foundation hosted its inaugural Bella’s Ball, presented by Tutti Bambini, which took place at Jungle Island. The Live Like Bella Foundation raises awareness and funds for Pediatric Cancer Research. Friends and supporters of the Live Like Bella Foundation had a golden night of celebration, fun and laughter on behalf of the children and their families waiting for a cure. The gala evening, in memory of Bella Rodriguez-Torres, was hosted by Enrique Santos and Eileen Cardet, and feature live performance by Jencarlos Canela, along with surprise performance by Tony Dize.
Bella Rodriguez-Torres battled a rare, aggressive cancer for six years until she died in 2013, at 10 years of age. Her positive outlook on life inspired many to Live Like Bella – to laugh, sing, play and be compassionate toward others. The Live Like Bella Foundation and Miami Children’s Health Foundations have come together to create “Bella’s Promise“, honoring Bella’s life with a pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, an $8.5 million project that will serve as a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing cancer treatments, as well as treatment in neurosurgery, neurology, cardiology and neonatology.
Friday, September 12, 8pm-11pm - Gallery of Amazing Things, 481 S Federal Hwy, Dania Beach
Gallery of Amazing Things hosted Glam-A-THON’s ultra-chic event of the season, the Lipstick Lounge 2014 to benefit Broward Health Foundation. This year GLAMbassador was Shireen Sandoval of WSVN’s popular Deco Drive. Cocktails, cosmetics, confections and couture collided to deliver a fundraiser to please the senses. Open to both males and females, the event spoiled guests with sensual treatments, cocktails and epicurean delights.
Guests enjoyed the best that South Florida has to offer, culinary talent was showcased at the Bistro & Sweet Spot, ladies explored the latest couture at the Fashion Lounge and indulged in the luxury Beauty Bar, while the gentlemen kicked back at the Big Boys Toy Chest and enjoyed their own pampering. All guests received a take-home swag bag filled with fashion, food and beauty delights.
Funds raised at the Lipstick Lounge will assist Broward Health Foundation’s initiative to provide uninsured and underprivileged women with mammograms and early diagnostic testing and, for women battling breast cancer, with transportation to and from treatment, financial assistance and post-surgical Medebras.
Glam-A-THON™ is a non-profit organization founded by Tammy Gail, a ten-year breast cancer survivor, that is dedicated to helping women in South Florida fight breast cancer. Unique in its approach, Glam-A-THON™ aims to lessen the fear of breast cancer with “style, sass and glamorous heels.”
Robert B. Hill, Gala Host & General Manager of InterContinental® Miami, together with Shareef Malnik, Gala Chairman and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Norman Wedderburn, CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida – the trio affectionately known as the “Three Amigos,” hosted the 20th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball VIP kick-off reception held at the InterContinental® Miami. Guests were treated to a sneak peek of excitement, fabulous food, beverage and entertainment of the upcoming InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball.
TheMake-a-WishSouth Florida is an amazing organization that aims to grant the wishes of children that have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions around the United States and its territories. Whether it’s a trip to Disney, or a computer for the family, Make-a-Wish grants a wish on average, every 38 minutes. The notion behind the wish granting is that they believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. Children have a sense of renewal and hope. That is what inspires the organization to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids they serve across the nation.
20th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball will be held on Saturday, November 1st, 2014, when guests will follow the yellow brick road to a magical “Oz”-themed celebration. Diana Ross, one of the most iconic female artists of all time, will perform and actress Gabrielle Anwar will return as Celebrity Auctioneer of the Ball, which is chaired by philanthropist Shareef Malnik. The star-studded Gala will host more than 900 VIPs, socialites, fashion mavens, celebrities and notable philanthropists with a common goal of raising funds for Make-a-Wish South Florida. Over the years, celebrity guests have included Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone, Pamela Anderson, Wayne Newton, Christian Slater, Richie Rich, Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, Don King, Scottie Pippen, Mike Piazza, Marcus Schenkenberg, Kim Kardashian and Venus and Serena Williams. Musical performers have included Adam Lambert, Joan Jett, Wyclef Jean, Melanie Amaro, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, D.J. Cassidy and D.J. Irie. This year’s InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball looks to be the best one yet.
Wednesday, September 10, 6:30pm-9:30pm – Neiman Marcus at Village of Merrick Park, 390 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Cables
Neiman Marcus Coral Cables and Ocean Drive Magazine along with host committee, celebrated 20 years of the “Art of Fashion” campaign, honoring three arts charities in our community: Beaux Arts for the Lowe Art Museum, Venus Orbit Initiative supporting the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and National YoungArts Foundation. Runaway fashion show was hosted by local 10 News Anchor, Laurie Jennings. Guests posed on Ocean Drive Magazine red carpet & Art of Fashion Photo Booth, while enjoying artisanal cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka.
Monday, September 15, 6pm - Cheeseadillas, 4770 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Cheeseadillas, founded by Jeannette Vilaro, is a laid-back spot now soft-open on Biscayne, Miami. Cheeseadillas will be serving quesadillas with a protein on the side, and you can build your own with variety of ingredients. You can also just order one from their menu, like the Cheetosdilla, with cheddar, mozzarella and Cheetos. The menu is extensive, and diverse with everything being prepared freshly and expertly by their Spanish chef. Current menu items range in price from $4 – $15.
Jalapeño Mexican Kitchen is opening on Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, and is brought to you by the family behind Maya Tapas & Grill on Lincoln Road. The family hopes to keep flavors traditional while maintaining reasonable prices . Jalapeño menu emphasizes traditional dishes and rich flavors that are as diverse as the many regions of Mexico, including classic items like tacos, burritos and fajitas, a few Cuban options, salads and burgers. The restaurant will also have an extensive selection of wines, beers and a full liquor bar.
The legacy of world famous Ball & Chain, live music venue first established in 1935, continues when their doors reopen to Little Havana on September 15th, 2014. A storied Miami haunt will be reborn for your daiquiri-drinking and Cuban-jazz-listening pleasure, opening on Monday during daylight hours only. Join them on Thursday, September 18, 6pm-3am to kick-off opening weekend! For more info call 305-643-7820.
Monday, September 15, 9am-7:30pm - I Am Equilibrium, 6463 Bird Road, Miami
I Am Equilibrium, a new fitness studio opening on Bird Road, is bringing one of today’s most innovative fitness products that combines strength training and cardio in one short daily workout, to Miami! Da Vinci BodyBoard is a one-of-a-kind fitness experience that promises to stretch your fitness to the limit! Starting September 15-30th, I Am Equilibrium will be offering Da Vinci BodyBoard free classes to the community to experience fitness like never before. Register at least 2 hours before the class/workshop begins to secure a spot.
Saturday, September 13, 11pm - Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Fat Joe kicked off the ‘Hip-Hop Legend Series’ at Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach with a surprise performance for hotel guests and attendees. He performed his hit singles ‘What’s Luv’ and ‘Make It Rain.’ Other notable guests in attendance included Scottie and Larsa Pippen. Fat Joe was seen sipping Moet Nectar, mingling with the crowd and showing love for his fans.
Wednesday, September 10, 7pm-9pm – Miami Culinary Institute, 415 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami
The Tourism Office of Spain in Miami, Extenda USA which is trade promotion agency of Andalusia, and Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach hosted an interactive cooking show at the Miami Culinary Institute for culinary experts, and food lovers. The culinary show was conducted by renowned Executive Chef Jonathan Lane of Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach as part of culinary series from Spain presenting the latest trends in flavors and Mediterranean cuisine using main products from Spain that make the forefront of the culinary and dining experience, raising awareness of their versatility.
Guests participated in extra virgin olive oil tasting by La Española, a master class of carving and tasting of a 100% Pure Iberico Ham by 5 Jotas (Osborne), the making of traditional and innovative recipes by using, among others, delicatessen sweet and salty olive oil tortas by Ines Rosales. Dishes were paired with La Gitana Hidalgo Wines, Dry Sherry by La Gitana Manzanilla, Sherry Cream by Alamenda, and desert wine by Triana Triana Pedro Ximenez. The menu consisted of passed canapes including Ines Rosales Salted Tortas, cheese, Quince paired with Agusti Torello Reserva Cava and Spherical Olives. Three different types of appetizers were served: Pan con Tomate, Olive Oil, Spanish 5 Jotas Iberico Ham paired with La Gitana Manzanilla; Olive Oil cured Tuna, Anchovies and Olievies paired with Savignon Blanc, Los Aljibes; Octopus, Salsa Verde, Olives, Potato paired with Vina Real Crianza, Bodegas Cune. As dessert were served delicious Ines Rosales Sweet Orange Tortas, Celery Sorbet paired with Alameda Cream, Bodegas Hidalgo.
Cuisine as an artistic creation to delight the senses –this is the way gastronomy is seen in Spain. A range of five-star culinary attractions offering a world of tastes, presentation, aroma, textures, color… Dishes by chefs such as Adrià, Arzak, Berasategui, Ruscalleda, Santamaría, Subijana and Roca have placed Spain at the forefront of international haute cuisine. A number of restaurants in Spain have been distinguished for their outstanding quality and creativity. Throughout the country there are about 170 Michelin-starred establishments, eight of which have been awarded the maximum distinction.
Over the Edge participants received instructions and then were strapped into their safety harness, and took off Over the Edge! Family and friends watched from the 19 floor pool deck and the faces of the people who went Over the Edge were pure joy including the bride who wore her wedding dress!
Miami Children’s Initiative charity believes in the potential of every child residing in Liberty City. The charity wants us to come together and create a prosperous Liberty City. Over the Edge believes caring and committed individuals can help ensure all children enter kindergarten ready to learn, and graduate high school ready to continue in post-secondary education well prepared for a prominent career and charity engagements in their future.
The cocktail party after the rappelling had bowling, pool tables and all sorts of kid friendly activities for the children along with dancing, eating and games for the adults. The JW Marriott and Miami Children’s Initiative hosted a great Over the Edge evening for everyone!
Friday, September 5, 6pm-10pm - CIFO Art Space, 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) celebrated the grand opening of Fleeting Imaginaries as this year’s Grants & Commissions Program exhibition. As it is customary, the winners are part of the annual exhibition dedicated to the program at the CIFO Art Space. This year’s exhibition will be open until November 2, 2014.
The twelfth edition of CIFO’s Grants & Commissions Program features works by emerging artists: Pablo Accinelli (Argentina), Nayarí Castillo (Venezuela), Marcellvs L. (Brazil), Carlos Martiel (Cuba), Mateo Pizarro (Colombia) and Adrian Regnier (Mexico) and mid-career artists: Claudia Joskowicz (Bolivia), Rosângela Rennó (Brazil). Also for the first time since the inception of the program, two artists were simultaneously chosen for the prestigious Achievement Award: Teresa Burga (Peru) and Antonieta Sosa (Venezuela) have earned the prestige and admiration of the contemporary art world. Their work will also be part of Fleeting Imaginaries.
The title of the exhibition refers to the development of that which is imagined and the symbolic production of shared images. Although we are accustomed to identifying images that correspond with one specific culture or identity as if they were each clearly differentiated, in reality, imaginaries in themselves are uncertain entities: that which “we do not know or are about to know.” A fleeting imaginary points out a redundancy because the imagined cannot be fixed; it is something which is in permanent displacement. Although they may be as divergent as they are coincidental, the proposals for CIFO’s 2014 Grants & Commissions Program exhibition have been gathered under the redundancy of this title to highlight this aspect that is a common ground among them: the idea of continuous displacement that transpires in different ways.
The CIFO Grants & Commissions Program offers emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists from Latin America the opportunity to develop and present new work to both local and international audiences in Miami. Each year, the artists are nominated by CIFO’s Honorary Advisory Committee of leading art professionals, curators and artists from around the world. The program has been known to springboard artists into the next level by allowing them the opportunity to work in ideal conditions. The awards recognize outstanding projects by emerging artists and honors the trajectory of mid-career artists. The programs rewards unpublished works from the emerging and mid-career artists. This year, the Foundation presented two Achievement Awards, recognizing the contributions of established artists who will benefit from significant international exposure and recognition.
Also returning this year is CIFO’s partnership with Cannonball, an Artist Residency based in Downtown Miami, to award one of the artists in the Grants & Commissions Program with a two month residency. CIFO’s Board of Directors selected Carlos Martiel, from Cuba for the residency where he will spend the months leading up to the exhibition focusing on creating his project.