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2017 Miami Cochon555

2017 Miami Cochon555Sunday, March 26, 4pm-7:30pm – Ritz Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach

Cochon555, the hyper-local festival with a flair for innovation, returns to Miami with its Heritage BBQ edition on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. The promotion of global food cultures and family farming will be the central themes of the day. From winemakers and distillers to barkeeps and chefs, dozens of the city’s biggest hospitality talents will be cooking – or creating drinks to match – Old World barbecue recipes cooked over live fires. To further champion the good food movement, a portion of all proceeds will go to Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank – a pig farming sanctuary.

Cochon555 is proud to announce the competing chefs for 2017 in Miami:
Chef Clark Bowen and Chef Rick Mace of db Bistro Moderne & Café Boulud Palm Beach – Contemporary French
Chef Tito Vargas of The Bazaar by José Andrés – Modern Spanish with a Twist
Chef Paula DaSilva of Artisan Beach House – Bold New American Cooking
Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog of gastroPod – Elevated Global Street Foods
Chef John Gallo and Rene Reyes of Pinch Kitchen – Freestyle American Cuisine

At the heart of all Cochon555 barbecue events lies a culinary competition to promote local family farming and global grilling traditions. The chefs are each given one whole, heritage-breed pig of 200 pounds and one week to prepare the whole animal. Each chef must present a “Judge’s Plate” of six dishes to a panel of 20 notable judges. The panel scores each plate based on utilization; global influences; cooking techniques; and overall flavor in order to select a winner, who will then be crowned the “BBQ Prince/Princess” of Miami. #COCHON555 @COCHON555 @PiggyBankOrg


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“Match Point Passion” at JW Marriott Marquis Miami 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 6pm-9pm – JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami celebrates the Miami Open with its 5th annual Match Point Passion player event, an exclusive VIP evening with top-ranked tennis players in partnership with MIAMI Magazine. The event has grown to be one of the most exclusive and coveted invitation-only player events during the tournament. Match Point Passion was held on the hotel’s 19th floor indoor tennis court and pool deck, which offers breathtaking views of downtown Miami. Guests enjoyed cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment, in addition to mingling with the world’s top tennis players. Some of the pro players that attended are: Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Kyle Edmund, Pablo Carreño, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguuruza, Carla Suarez Navarro, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Heather Watson, and Maria Sakkari. #MatchPointPassion17 #MiamiOpen


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The Little Lighthouse Foundation’s Hearts & Stars Gala 2017

The Little Lighthouse Foundation's Hearts & Stars Gala 2017Saturday, March 18, 9pm-2am – Private Residence, 42 Star Island, Miami Beach

The Little Lighthouse Foundation‘s (LLF) Hearts & Stars Gala Weekend held from March 16 – 18, 2017 culminated with the Hearts & Stars Gala: Mystic Dreams, held at a private waterfront mansion on Star Island in Miami Beach. Guests enjoyed a top shelf open bar featuring Ketel One Vodka, Italian sparkling wines from Tita Italia Wines & Delicatessen, and food tastings from some of South Florida’s top restaurants and caterers. In addition, guests enjoyed FIJI water and La Croix sparkling water. Energy music was provided by Marcos Noel, Patrick Pizzorni, and Willy Monfret.

The Little Lighthouse Foundation and its volunteers continue to create programs benefiting youth with educational, financial, & medical hardships across Miami-Dade County. The goal being the creation of an ideal assistance mechanism for the Good Samaritans of our community to find opportunities to give back. The Little Lighthouse Foundation provides a diverse list of volunteer opportunities, along with a friendly voice to help in the selection, and the all-important chapter leader to make the assimilation into volunteering as easy as possible.

Photos by: Allyshea Burton


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Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Arctic Nights Gala

Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Arctic Nights GalaSaturday, March 18, 7:30pm-11:30pm – The Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24th St, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Miami Bridge hosted its Arctic Nights Gala, held at The Sacred Space Miami, and presented by Ryder Systems, Inc. to benefit their youth and family services in Miami-Dade County. This night of celebration annually raises thousands of dollars that directly assist Miami Bridge’s 24-hour emergency shelter locations for children and teens ages 10-17, as well as their “First Stop for Families” counseling services, which are free to the community. Annually, Miami Bridge shelters more than 1,000 children and teens and provides counseling to more than 550 families. Arctic Nights Gala was an exciting evening of entertainment and philanthropy geared toward providing refuge, protection and specialized care to youth in crisis.


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GlobalTex Spring/Summer Collection Launch

 GlobalTex Spring/Summer Collection LaunchFriday, March 17, 7pm-12am, The Hotel of South Beach Rooftop Pool , 801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

The Hotel of South Beach, chic, upscale hotel set in a landmark 1939 art deco building in Miami Beach, and Globaltex Fine Linens hosted a Spring/Summer Collection 2017 launch, with special guests Gigliola Gomez & Ralavita. Globaltex are a luxury linen company that specializes in meeting the needs of hotels, resorts, cruise lines and luxury residences. Globaltex products are imported from their factory located in Denizli, Turkey – the textile mainland of the country, and the world. They offer a wide range of exquisite products including bathrobes, bath towels, pool & beach towels and bedding, such as duvets, bed sheets and pillow cases.

Photos by: Allyshea Burton


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International Rescue Committee’s 2017 Refugio Gala

International Rescue Committee's 2017 Refugio GalaThursday, March 16, 6pm – J.W. Marriott Marquis Miami, 255 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well-being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. The Refugio Gala honors those who have endured tremendous adversity and made long journeys to find refuge. They found refuge in the open arms of a welcoming community, in safe places where children can flourish, and have seized the opportunity to start anew. The Refugio Gala helps refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the United States become self-sufficient, productive members of the Miami community. The proceeds will benefit the work of the IRC in Miami and help assist newly arrived refugees as they rebuild their lives.

Photos by: Allyshea Burton


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Dashi Opening at River Yacht Club

Dashi Opening at River Yacht ClubFriday, March 24, 6pm-11pm – Dashi, 401 SW Third Ave., Miami

Opening up inside River Yacht Club is Dashi, is Dashi – a new Japanese concept helmed by the former chef at Kuro and protege of Masahuru Morimoto, Shuji Hiyakawa. On the menu expect sushi and sashimi, Udon and cooked fish and meat selections, served in a “pristine jewel box setting.” This elevated, beautifully presented Japanese gastronomy is offered in a buzzing, modern space which features one of Miami’s most coveted waterfront views. Open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m. and reservations are recommended at 786-870-5304. #DashiMiami

Dirocco Eyewear Pop-Up in Wynwood

Dirocco Eyewear Pop-Up in WynwoodThursday, March 23rd, 7pm-10pm, Pop-Up Store, 2819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Dirocco is excited to share with you the opening of new Dirocco Eyewear Pop-Up store in Wynwood! They will have delicious drinks and food from friends at Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill and the Salty Donut. They will be selling their current collection,  “Taming Carbon”, which is limited to 500 pieces of each model. 


Grand Opening of The Reserve at Marina Palms

Grand Opening of The Reserve at Marina PalmsThursday, March 23rd, 5pm-9pm, Marina Palms Yacht Club & Residences, 17201 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami Beach

The Reserve at Marina Palms is ready to make its debut. Celebrate elevated life on the water and enjoy the breeze, the views, the amenities and designer residences. There will be endless cocktails, great music and savory hors d’oeuvres. Tours provided of our exquisitely designed models by Interiors by Steven G. @MarinaPalmsMIA


Wawa Stores Opening in South Florida

Wawa Opening in South FloridaThursday, March 23, 9am-3pm – Wawa Stores in Palm Beach County

On Thursday, March 23, three Palm Beach County stores will debut. The grand opening will be celebrated with remarks from local officials, parades, and charity fundraising. Festivities begin in Palm Springs (3950 South Congress Ave., Palm Springs) at 9 a.m., Palm Springs South (1771 South Congress Ave., Palm Springs) at 12:30 p.m., and West Palm Beach (7289 Garden Rd., West Palm Beach) at 3 p.m. Wawa store will offer the same items found at other state locations, including food-ordering kiosks for customizable hoagies and other items, a coffee station, and Wawa brand snacks and beverages. @wawa

Fogo de Chão New Happy Hour Menu

Fogo de Chão Rolls Out Bar Menu InnovationMonday, March 20, 4:30pm-6:30pm – Bar Area at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, 836 1st St, Miami Beach

Fogo de Chão debuts few significant menu enhancements, as part of the Brazilian steakhouse’s largest bar innovation to-date. Bar Fogo now features an expanded menu that includes a refined array of new Brazilian Bites, Brazilian-inspired craft cocktails and South American wines. Enjoy all the flavors of Southern Brazil in a more casual atmosphere. Bar Fogo Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and features new Happy Hour prices that everyone can appreciate, from $4 Brazilian Bites & Beers to $6 South American Wines and $8 Brazilian Inspired Cocktails.

The major Bar Fogo menu overhaul includes such small bites as:
– Braised Beef Rib Sliders for Two (1010 cal): Brazilian Xingu beer braised beef is topped with caramelized onions and smoked provolone, served on a brioche bun.
– Spiced Chicken Sliders for Two (760 cal): Marinated chicken breast with arugula, vine ripened tomato, pickled onion, and house made mango aioli on toasted brioche buns.
– Brazilian Empanadas (600 cal): Flaky pastry filled with seasoned picanha and onions served with Chimichurri aioli for dipping.
– Warm Hearts of Palm and Spinach Dip (490 cal): Steamed spinach and Brazilian hearts of palm served with crispy toasts.
– Crispy Parmesan Polenta Fries (500 cal): A twist on a classic; this dish is an innovative and tasty way to enjoy crispy polenta.

The expanded Bar Fogo menu also features new hand-crafted Caipirinhas and Brazilian inspired cocktails including:
– Fogo Premium Caipirinha (340 cal): Fogo Premium Aged Cachaça fresh muddled limes, cane sugar.
– Brazilian Nights (240 cal): Belvedere Vodka joins forces with passion fruit, cinnamon honey, lemon ginger tincture and La Marca Prosecco for the ultimate evening drink.
– Strawberry Hibiscus Caipirinha (180 cal): Silver cachaça is mixed with hibiscus-infused syrup, fresh strawberries, and lime for a tasty twist on Brazil’s national cocktail.

Guests can also choose between lighter seafood selections, or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option, a spread inspired by the grand kitchen tables on the farms of Southern Brazil where family and friends gather to share the finest and freshest from their harvests. To complete the extraordinary dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails.

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 47 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.  #FogoRestaurants @FogoRestaurants

Laurent Perrier Happy Hour at Cantina La Veinte

Laurent Perrier Happy Hour at Cantina La VeinteFriday, March 17, 4pm-7pm – Cantina La Veinte at W Brickell Hotel, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami Brickell

Cantina La Veinte at W Brickell Hotel, is launching every Friday from 4pm to 7pm a Happy Hour featuring Laurent Perrier champagne $12 by the glass & $50 bottles, avilable at the upstairs and downstairs outdoor patio bar. Cantina La Veinte offers an extensive menu of Mexican Cuisine dishes, offering representative courses of each State of the country, with traditional techniques and recipes (handmade tortilla, sauces made in a molcajete), together with avant-garde techniques such as vacuum cooking, spherification, foam, and air. #CantinaLaVeinte


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Calle Ocho 2017

Calle Ocho 2017Sunday, March 12th, 10am-7pm, SW 8TH STREET (12TH – 27TH AVE), Miami

Kiwanis Club of Little Havana celebrated its 40th annual Calle Ocho Festival attracting more than 1 million attendees. Known as the largest Latino festival in the United States, this year’s flagship event featured live performances from Kings of Carnaval 2017, CNCO, Reykon, Willy Chirino, Albita, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Milly Quezada, Piso 21, Chacal, Cosculluela, J Quilles and Carlos Oliva, as well as savory competitions like the first-ever El Croquetazo presented by Catalina and 3rd Annual Cuban Sandwich Smackdown. Marking the official end of a week’s worth of Carnaval Miami 2017 events, the marquis annual fundraiser of Kiwanis Club of Little Havana in support of the Kiwanis Little Havana Foundation’s youth development programs, Calle Ocho capped off the series in stunning fashion. The event brought together more than 1,250,000 attendees representing a myriad of Latin American countries.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary, a V.I.P. component was introduced to the annual festival for the first time ever, offering event-goers an exclusive experience. V.I.P. Passport holders received special gift bags and explored the festival’s sixteen blocks using special transportation provided by Freebie; enjoyed access to privileged areas, including Kiwanis hospitality suite at Ball & Chain; and had the opportunity to mingle with Calle Ocho stage performers and the 2017 poster artist Alexander Mijares, on a day full of surprises and fun. Adding flavor to the festival were culinary crowd favorites Cuban Sandwich Smackdown and El Croquetazo.

More than 10 restaurants from around the region competed in the Cuban Sandwich Smackdown for a chance to win, but Sanguich de Miami took home the 2017 title of “The Best Cuban Sandwich in Miami and South Florida.” More than 30 individuals went head-to-head, eating as many croquettes as possible for bragging rights and monetary prizes ranging from $100 to $1,750, but only three prevailed. Winners in each of the categories were: Michael Rodriguez from amateur with 44 croquettes, Jose Antonio Alvarez from celebrity with 15 croquettes and Carmen Cincotti (New Jersey) from professional with 158 croquettes in eight minutes.

Closing out the day-long festival was a performance by CNCO, the Kings of Carnaval Miami 2017. The group stole the crowd’s hearts with performances of their hit song, “Quisiera” and their current single, “Reggaetón Lento.” Emerging in 2015 as the winners of Univision’s all-boy band singing competition, “La Banda,” Erick Colón (Cuba; 16), Joel Pimentel (Mexico; 18), Cristopher Vélez (Ecuador; 21), Zabdiel de Jesús (Puerto Rico; 19), and Richard Camacho (Dominican Republic; 20) are a true representation of Latinos with diverse backgrounds and ages, making them a perfect fit for this year’s crown. #CalleOcho #CocaColaCalleOcho @Carnaval_Miami @KiwanisKCLH


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“Women Who Whiskey” Collingwood Whiskey Dinner &  Pairing

Women Who Whiskey Collingwood Whiskey Dinner &  PairingFriday, March 10, 7pm-11pm, Cibo Wine Bar, 200 South Pinte Drive, Miami Beach

Blended Canadian Whiskey Collingwood Whisky hosted an intimate, seated multi-course family style dinner and whiskey pairing to celebrate “Women Who Whiskey.” Hosted by Collingwood’s North American Ambassador, Alexis Green the all female-driven event is specially designed for women who enjoy whiskey to explore the various Canadian-based whiskey flavors Collingwood offers and find out what makes them unique. “Women Who Whiskey” is breaking the stereotype that whiskey is a masculine drink, and focus more on taste than gender!

Collingwood was  released in February 2011 and is the smoothest whisky ever made because it is triple distilled and slow-aged in white oak barrels from Brown-Forman cooperage in Kentucky, and finished with toasted maple-wood mellowing to remove any trace of harshness. It is crafted at Brown-Forman’s Canadian Mist Distillery in Collingwood, Ontario using fine Canadian grains and pure water from the Georgian Bay. 

Collingwood blended Canadian Whiskey is a perfect base for some popular cocktails, like Collingwood Sour, Tom Collingwood, or Collingwood Mojito. Collingwood also perfectly pairs with delicious Italian food offered at the Cibo Wine Bar, including: Prosciutto & Formaggio Platter, Arancini, Fried Zucchini & Artichokes, Melanzane, Parmigiano Lobster Ravioli, Gnocchi, Pollo Mattone, Tonno Scottato, and of course Chef’s Selection Dessert Platter.


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Meyer Davis “Made to Measure” Book Signing

Meyer Davis "Made to Measure" Book SigningTuesday, March 7, 1pm-3pm – The Paraiso District, 600 NE 30th Terrace, Miami
Wednesday, March 8, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Park Grove Sales Gallery, 2701 S Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove

Will Meyer, the mastermind behind the globally recognized NYC-based design firm, Meyer Davis Studio, is in town this week! The duo has outfitted some of the biggest hotels, restaurants and residential developments in the nation, and is hosting a book signing at The Paraiso District and the Park Grove. Guest had a great opportunity to snag a signed copy of their latest book “Made to Measure Architecture and Interiors” as well as partake in an exclusive tours of both developments. #MadetoMeasure #MeyerDavis @MeyerDavis


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