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Miami Beach Chamber’s 95th Annual Dinner Gala & Silent Auction

Miami Beach Chamber’s 95th Annual Dinner Gala & Silent AuctionSaturday, June 3, 7pm-12am – Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Over 900 of South Florida’s top business professionals will join together for one of the largest black tie galas for the South Florida’s professional market. Being held at the beautifully renovated Loews Miami Beach Hotel, this year, the Chamber is honoring six distinguished pillars of the Miami Beach community with a magical affair gala for their continued commitment while also celebrating the success of Miami Beach and the business community. Guests will be WOWed with entertainment featuring a special magical showcase by Merlin Award winner, Enigma, interactive experiences, bottle service lounges, and table-side magic featuring Miami Beach’s MIO and live music by The Clique. NBC 6’s Kelly Blanco along with Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman of the Board, Wayne Pathman will emcee.


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Major Lazer & Bacardi Summer Kick-Off

Major Lazer & Bacardi Summer Kick-OffFriday, May 26, 7pm – BACARDÍ Bay, 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami

BACARDÍ and Major Lazer kicked-off Memorial Day weekend and set the summer free with a private Sound of Rum event and concert on the shores of BACARDÍ Bay. BACARDÍ harnessed its Caribbean roots and brought together a diverse mix of reggae, dance-hall, soca, hip-hop and electronic music alongside four island-inspired pop-up restaurants from across the globe. The concert night kicked off with a performance by Norwegian DJ, Cashmere Cat. Followed by an energized performance by Major Lazer trio made up of producer extraordinaire Diplo, plus Trinidadian DJ/producer Jillionaire and MC/DJ Washly Fire, as they debut their Limited Edition Rum, featuring a special appearance by Camila Cabello.

Guests enjoyed island-inspired rum cocktails and food from a plethora of island-themed pop-up restaurants. Pearl’s, a New York-based Trinidadian restaurant, of which Jillionaire is part owner, served traditional Trinidadian bites against a Calypso soundtrack. Truck Stop, hosted by Uncle Omar who is a partner at Susies Bakery in Jamaica and main promoter of Mojito Mondays, served up authentic Jamaican fare. Chef Creole, hosted by Chef “Ken” Sejour Wilkinson, served up traditional Haitian seafood bites. La Factoria, a San Juan favorite gastropub, helped usher in a new era of Puerto Rican mixology – offering regional culinary delights. 

BACARDÍ and Major Lazer will continue activating The Sound of Rum – a collective, creative partnership between the brand and the music trio – throughout the summer with a slate of dynamic events and multimedia experiences.#SoundOfRum


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Ofizzina Magazine Launch by TSG Group

TSG / Ofizzina Magazine Launch Wednesday, May 24, 6pm-9pm – 4100 N Miami Avenue, Miami Design District

TSG and BF Group – real estate investment and development companies – celebrated the magazine launch on Wednesday night for their latest project, Ofizzina, an office development in Coral Gables. The office condo tower is 97,669 square feet and 16 stories. TSG hired MKDA, a New York-based interior architecture firm, to design the desired luxury standard of the Ofizzina.

TSG created a custom magazine featuring articles by the University of Miami, Chopard, Invest Miami and others to introduce the building. The magazine describes Offizina as a building that has “the flavor of Italian double espresso” with top tier security and the latest technology. The magazine also includes an exclusive interview with Camilo Lopez, CEO of TSG, and Jose Boschetti, CEO of BF Group that provides insight on the inspiration behind Ofizzina.


15th Annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala

15th Annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars GalaSaturday, May 20, 7pm-1am – InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital‘s supporters and friends joined for the 15th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala in downtown Miami at the Intercontinental hotel. This celebration of old Hollywood glamour gathered philanthropists, influencers and celebrity friends from the South Florida community to honor the true stars —the children and families of St. Jude. 

This event was co-founded in 2002 by model and entrepreneur Daisy Fuentes. Since that time, the Miami gala has raised more than $5 million in cash and pledges. The annual event, chaired by Venezuelan entrepreneur Mashud Mezerhane raises funds to help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

This year’s honoree was Latin actress and national television personality, Adamari López, who received the 2017 “FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Lifetime Achievement Award” for her unwavering dedication to raise funds and cancer awareness in the Hispanic community promoting early detection. Julio Barrionuevo, Senior Vice President, Operations for FedEx Express Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and Global Service Partners will also receive a an award for his commitment and longtime leadership as the gala’s co-founder.


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Black Market Miami Grand Opening Weekend

Black Market Miami Grand OpeningMay 18 – 20, 4pm-12am – Black Market Miami, 168 SE 1st St, Downtown Miami

Located in the heart of Downtown Miami, Black Market is the brainchild of the Red Rabbit Presents team, the company behind the traditional Shelborne South Beach New Yera’s Eve parties and WMC events. Born and raised in Miami, the principals Eduardo & Erick Passo, Shane Vernon, and Michael Mora have witnessed the growth of the city’s nightlife and entertainment industry first hand.  Next step for the Red Rabbit team was to open up their first brick and mortar venue based on a already proven concept. 

With weekly happy hours, game day specials, themed nights, and a rotation of special guest DJs on weekend nights, Black Market Miami marks the ultimate nightlife destination for game night eating, drinking, parties, and special events. On the menu find items lineup that are perfectly paired with great beer and sports, including warm-ups like Fried Pickles ($5), Guacamole ($8.50), Cheese Bites ($9.50), or the signature chicken wings. From tip-off items you can choose from Cheeseburger ($14), Pulled Pork Sliders ($11.50), The Big Three Sliders ($14.50), or Miami cheese-steak sandwich.

Black Market Miami, is a sports club that calls upon the nostalgia of ’80s Miami, with 5,500 square feet, decked in Dan Marino and Miami Hurricanes’ memorabilia, featuring over thirty 4K TV’s. Black Market also features a game area equipped with pool table and arcade games, as well as a private area available to large groups. The sports club is open daily for lunch and dinner, Monday – Sunday from 11:30AM until The Last Patron is Satisfied. @BlackMarketMIA @WeAreRedRabbit

New Times’ Out to Brunch

New Times' Out to BrunchSaturday, May 20, 12pm-3pm – SoHo Studios, 2136 NW First Ave, Miami Wynwood Arts District

New Times’ Out To Brunch was  the biggest brunch party Miami has ever seen, getting together some of South Florida’s favorite brunch restaurants, along with an array of brunch cocktails, including a Bloody Mary bar, mimosas, beer-mosas, and more! More than 30 restaurants, including Agave Taco Bar, Amour de Miami, American English Kitchen and Bar, Candela Gastrobar, Cantina La Veinte, CIBO, Dunkin’ Donuts, Gables Delight, the Brick, Market at EDITION, Nikki Beach Miami, Lightkeepers Miami, Sushi Sake, and others offered unlimited bites and bubbly from noon to 3 p.m. at Soho Studios. Out to Brunch featured dishes like crab huevos rancheros from the Rusty Pelican; coquito French toast with coconut milk, cinnamon, and a vanilla-maple drizzle from Glass & Vine; fried duck and biscuits from NaiYaRa, and chicken and avocado arepas from Toro Toro. Guests also enjoyed live DJ entertainment by HITS 97.3 radio station. A portion of tickets proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Florida and all left over food were donated to Camillus House.


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Pollo Tropical Express Grand Opening Miami

Pollo Tropical Express Grand Opening MiamiSaturday, May 27, 10:30am – Pollo Tropical Express, 7021 SW 8th Street, Miami

10:30am Drive Thru & Walk up Window Open. First 100 people on site receive FREE Pollo Tropical gift bag
12:00pm – 2:00pm Every 25th car in Drive Thru will get $25 in Pollo Bucks
All Day – free coupon giveaway (while supplies last.)

Vixen Workout Hollywood Grand Opening

Vixen Workout Hollywood Grand OpeningThursday, May 25, 8:15pm-9:15pm – PerFit, 619 N 21 Ave, Hollywood

A new home has been found in Broward County for the Vixen Workout! Come PerFit in Hollywood for Vixen Workout’s Grand Opening with Mai! The Vixen Workout is an intense sexy hip hop dance cardio class that is designed FOR women BY women. With professionally choreographed routines, the Vixen Workout incorporates plyometrics, squats, core work and is considered a HIIT workout. In a Vixen Workout class you can burn anywhere from 400-1000 calories. In class, the lights go out and you will experience the illusion of being a performer on stage, you transform into your “alter-ego” and become your own Beyonce, Ciara, J-Lo, or Rihanna. The Vixen Workout is not your average fitness class. It is an experience like no other. This class is for YOU. It becomes YOUR moment. It’s an hour break from the world where you can escape your daily role as a mother, a wife, a student, an employee, or a boss. We encourage you to be selfish in this class, make it about you and allow yourself to remember what you love about YOURSELF. 


Tammi A. Calarco, P.A. Open House & Networking

Tammi A. Calarco, P.A. Open House & NetworkingThursday, May 25, 5:30pm-8pm – Tammi A. Calarco, P.A. 12550 Biscayne Blvd, Suite 800, North Miami

The Law Office of Tammi A. Calarco, P.A., cordially invites you to an Open House celebrating the opening of their North Miami office. Meet Ms. Calarco and learn firsthand about the areas of practice her firm specializes in, and how they may assist your professional or personal needs. Enjoy appetizers, wine & networking opportunities with North Miami City officials, community leaders and local, business owners.


Icebox Cafe CityPlace Doral Grand Opening

Icebox Cafe CityPlace Doral Grand OpeningWednesday, May 24, 5pm-10pm – Icebox Cafe, 8300 NW 36th Street, Doral

Icebox Cafe, Doral residents will soon be able to enjoy the fresh dining experience that South Beach residents have known and loved for almost two decades with the opening Icebox Cafe CityPlace Doral.  In celebration, both Icebox Cafe locations, in Doral (3450 NW 83rdAvenue, Suite 137, Doral) and South Beach (1855 Purdy Avenue, Miami Beach), will offer an assortment of complimentary sweets, giving diners a taste of how the Icebox Cafe brand initially started from Wednesday, May 24 through Saturday, May 27, 2017. Icebox Cafe CityPlace Doral will open for dinner service only, beginning on May 24 at 5 p.m.  In the coming weeks, the restaurant will begin serving breakfast, brunch and lunch menus.  In addition to the dinner menu, this location will include an expansive dessert menu as well as a full bar with wine/spirits and custom cocktail lists. #IceboxCafe @theiceboxcafe #CityPlaceDoral @CityPlaceDoral

Grand Opening of Fresh Market in CityPlace Doral

Grand Opening of Fresh Market in CityPlace DoralWednesday, May 24, 7:30am-10:30pm – Fresh Market CityPlace Shopping Center, 3580 NW 83rd Avenue, Doral

Join for the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fresh Market in CityPlace Doral. Event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, live music, giveaways, cooking demonstrations, sampling and more! Fresh Market is excited to open our new location in your neighborhood and begin serving you the freshest fruits and vetables, juicest meats, delicious treats and effortlessly tasty meal solutions!


FORTË – Forever Fit Coming to South Florida

FORTË - Forever Fit Coming to South FloridaFORTË streams live and on-demand

Forte, a tech company that provides a subscription based fitness streaming platform, traveled to South Florida this week to install cameras in a Miami dance studio. Forte installs hardware and software for boutique fitness studio classes across America to stream directly to the company’s Netflix-style platform. Forte subscribers are able to attend fitness classes by watching them remotely either through a live broadcast or on-demand.

Lauren Foundos, CEO of Forte, said the company installs three to six cameras in each studio, which are automatically set to record each class when it is scheduled to begin. This takes away the need for human camera operators to broadcast each class. Forte offers a variety of boutique fitness classes to stream including Barre, boxing, running and meditation. Dancing and spinning classes will be offered in coming weeks.

“We have broadcasts going all day, every day from coast to coast with nobody operating anything. We don’t have anything like [the dance classes offered in Miami] in New York so we’re very excited to be down here,” Foundos said.

FORTË - Forever Fit Coming to South FloridaFoundos founded the company in May 2015 after discovering that boutique fitness classes were an effective way to connect with clients while she traded bonds on Wall Street. Her lifelong passion for fitness and interest in the popularity of streaming inspired the creation of Forte, Foundos said. Forte has already partnered with companies such as Exhale, Aerospace and Flex Studios.

“We’re partnering with these great companies and we build the technology. Together we make great partnerships with these studios because they focus on what they’re amazing at and we focus on how to keep improving that experience of technology.”

Participating in Forte is a unique experience that uses the convenience of modern technology to connect people with one another through fitness. “These mobile devices and TVs are always there, so being able to take advantage of that and watch a great class… If you make a reservation, you’re being cheered on and now you’re a part of a community,” she said.

Forte subscribers have expressed to Foundos that they feel like a part of their studio community regardless of where they stream from, and have confidence when they visit studios in person. “It’s so fun to hear how excited users are when they come to New York City and visit the studios because they can’t wait to meet the instructors and tell people in the class how much better they’ve gotten,” Foundos said.

All Forte live streams are unedited and true to the experience anyone would typically have in a boutique fitness class. “We don’t want a perfect, flawless stream because that’s not what you would see if you were there,” she said.

Forte is also in development to integrate wearables such as Apple watches and Fitbits so that subscribers’ heart rates can be monitored during workouts, and so that users can participate in a heart rate leader-board. Monthly subscriptions to Forte are $39 and an annual subscription is $288. #Fitness #WorkoutAnywhere #LiveStream #BoutiqueFitness @FORTE_FlT

Brown Jordan’s One Year Anniversary

Brown Jordan's One Year AnniversaryThursday, May 25, 6:30pm-9pm – Brown Jordan, 3625 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Design District

Brown Jordan‘s Chief Brand Curator & HGTV star, Steve Elton, hosted the company’s “One Year Anniversary” cocktail event in collaboration with Luxe Magazine, at the Brown Jordan showroom in Miami Design District. Brown Jordan is the world’s finest maker of innovative, meticulously designed and exceptionally executed outdoor furniture and accessories, since 1945. Guests joined for a special evening of design and networking while enjoying complimentary cocktails provided by Botran Rum, light bites and live DJ music in the showroom’s rooftop terrace. #BrownJordan1945 @BrownJordan1945


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Artist Talk with Michele Oka Doner at Park Grove

Artist Talk with Michele Oka Doner at Park GroveTuesday, May 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Park Grove Sales Gallery, 2701 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove

Park Grove hosted an artist talk to celebrate the debut new book of famed homegrown artist and author Michele Oka Doner, Intuitive Alphabet, released by TRA publishing. Over the course of her career Michele Oka Doner has created several important pieces of public art, including Radiant Site (1991), a groundbreaking tile installation in the New York subway system, and A Walk on the Beach (1995), a two-and-a-half-mile-long concourse at the Miami International Airport of dark terrazzo inlaid with bronze and mother-of-pearl. Guests were part of a captivating discussion between Michele and guest Alastair Gordon, centered around the topic of found objects as art. The evening also served as the first signing of Intuitive Alphabet. All guests received a personalized copy of the book.


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Kings Bowl Doral Grand Opening

Kings Bowl Doral Grand OpeningMonday, May 22, 6pm-11pm – Kings Bowl Doral, 3450 NW 83rd Ave, Suite 152, Doral

Kings America celebrated a landmark opening with its 10th location and continued expansion on Monday, May 22nd. As part of the debut celebration, Kings gifted a free year of bowling (two games each month for a full year), to the first 250 visitors through their doors! Kings Bowl Doral is an expansive dining, cocktail and entertainment venue its first-ever South Florida location in Doral today at the mixed-use complex destination – CityPlace Doral. Kings Bowl’s new 20,000-square-foot complex will be its most impressive to date, featuring an executive-chef driven scratch kitchen, inventive crafty cocktails, 14 ten-pin bowling lanes, 4-lane private bowling suite, a full-service upscale lounge and private dining spaces, plus much more.

“Meet the Chef” at Meraki Greek Bistro

"Meet the Chef" at Meraki Greek BistroWednesday, May 17, 7pm-9pm – Meraki Greek Bistro, 142 SE 1st Avenue, Miami

Meraki Greek Bistro hosted “Meet the Chef,” a VIP tasting to introduce new menu items by Co-Owner and Executive Chef, Giannis Kotsos. A specialist in traditional Hellenic cuisine who previously owned and operated restaurants in Greece for over 20 years, Kotsos is responsible for conceptualizing Meraki’s authentic Mediterranean menu with one-of-a-kind recipes that have been created to round out ultimate Hellenic tasting experience.

“Meraki” is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it. Tucked away in heart of Downtown Miami, Meraki Greek Bistro features outdoors patio that features Greek Island inspired white washed walls, blue and white pillows, and large rustic tables, and indoor dinningroom with array of Hellenic artwork and cleverly crafted hanging basket lights

On the menu expect plenty of traditional, house-made items like traditional appetizers, house-made gyros, souvlakia, lamb chops and charred octopus. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of Greek rich wines and unique beers. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with unlimited Mimosas for only $15.99. #MerakiNights #MerakiBites #MerakiGreekBistro


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