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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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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

Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration 2017

Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration 2017Friday, May 19, 6:30pm-11:30pm – Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration presented by Florida Blue, featured samplings from approximately 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants competing for the “Flavor of South Florida” award, as well as the People’s Choice Award and Best Dessert. In addition to extraordinary food, the event also featured live entertainment, raffle prizes, a silent auction and other surprises.

Paula DaSilva, executive chef of the Artisan Beach House at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, served as celebrity chef. The evening was hosted by Lisa Petrillo, the Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for WFOR, CBS4 in Miami. Evan Benn, editor in chief of INDULGE, the Miami Herald’s luxury lifestyle magazine, served as judges’ captain. One outstanding South Florida resident was honored with the 2017 Keith Tribble Community Service Excellence Award for the work he does to make a difference.

Over the years, the Orange Bowl has been able to invest millions of dollars in the South Florida community through its four pillars of community outreach: youth sports, fundraising and community events, academic programs and scholarships, and legacy gifts. At this year’s event, approximately $100,000 will be given back to the South Florida community. Proceeds from The Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration presented by Florida Blue will go toward Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Special Olympics Florida and the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy.


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mojitobar & plates by Douglas Rodriguez at the Oasis Sawgrass Mills

mojitobar & plates by Douglas Rodriguez Ribbon Cutting CeremonyThursday, May 11, 5:30pm-2am – mojitobar & plates by Douglas Rodriguez, 2602 Sawgrass Mills Circle #1219, Sunrise

mojitobar & plates by Douglas Rodriguez located in the newly renovated Oasis at Sawgrass Mills Mall is the second South Florida mojitobar location, offering up the same drinks as its Bayside location with a menu created by Celebrity Chef Douglas Rodriguez himself. Known as the “Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine,” Rodriguez is a James Beard award-winning chef who starred on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters as well as many other TV appearances. 

mojitobar Sawgrass is featuring a high-energy atmosphere, indoor & outdoor seating and fresh-squeezed mojitos in a variety of flavors, and the menu that cater to Latin cuisine. Restaurant offers an eclectic menu of bar snacks, sharing plates and large plates – perfect for lunch, dinner or late night partying (open until 4am on weekends, and 2am on weekdays.) Beside 12 varieties of mojitos the menu include, ceviches, burgers, salads and sandwiches as well as many other creative takes on a variety of American favorites. “Servertainers” – the servers, bartender’s and dancers provide guest with an excellent service and entertainment at the same time. @MojitobarMiami

Launch of Edición Negra Zacapa at Faena Miami Beach

Launch of Zacapa Edición Negra at Faena Miami BeachWednesday, May 10, 6pm-9pm – Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann at Faena Hotel, Miami Beach

Zacapa Rum hosted Darkness Illuminated: the official launch of a new edition to their family of Zacapa rums, Zacapa Edición Negra. Guests joined Zacapa Master Blender Lorena Vasquez, and renowned Chef Francis Mallmann of Los Fuegos to celebrate the art of true craftsmanship and the beauty of patience, richness and quality it creates. 

Guests were transported to an outdoor oasis with lush gardens, sparkling trees, and an unparalleled culinary experience as Argentine grill-master Chef Francis Mallmann interpreted the flavors of Zacapa Edición Negra through his signature culinary craft using wood and fire, paired with perfectly crafted Zacapa Edición Negra cocktails like, Negra Old Fashioned, Smoked Manhattan, Sweet Symphony, and Mai Tai. The Los Fuegos menu options included, Wood Oven Empanadas, Pear “a la sal” Salad, and Yellowfin Tuna Tartare as starters. Delicious main dishes included, Prime Angus Ribeye, Organic Chicken, Salt Crusted Salmon, Chorizo and Morcilla, followed by Zacapa rum flambe pineapple, and dulce de leche crepes with rum ice-cream as dessert.

Zacapa Edición Negra is rum inspired by traditional Mayan rituals, and the dark fire of Guatemala’s  volcanoes. The smoky intensity and accentuated wood and spicy notes of slow-aged Zacapa Edición Negra are crafted through a second season of aging in American oak casks that are intensely charred while the wood is still coated with Zacapa rum. Each aspect of production has taken place under the watchful eye of Zacapa Master Blender Lorena Vasquez, who is renowned for creating rums that are bold in character, appearance and flavour.


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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 Bowl Doral celebrates its grand opening on Monday, May 22nd with an expansive bowling, dining and cocktail venue at the mixed-use complex entertainment destination – CityPlace Doral! Kings’ new 20,000-square-foot complex will be its most impressive to date, featuring 14 ten-pin bowling lanes, 4 private bowling lanes, a full-service upscale lounge named ‘The Rum Room’, private dining and karaoke space in ‘The Flamingo Room’, plus much more. As part of the debut celebration, Kings will be gifting a free year of bowling (two games each month for a full year), to the first 250 visitors through their doors on opening day. To further celebrate the brand’s 10th location, everyone in line at the event will get a raffle ticket and 10 lucky winners will receive $100 in gift cards. #KingsBowlDoral @KingsBowlAmerica

Vayla’s Grand Opening Celebration

Vayla’s Grand Opening CelebrationSunday, May 21, 12pm-8pm – Vayla’s Gourmet Shaved Ice, 10714 SW 113 Place, Kendall

Vayla’s Gourmet Shaved Ice will be having our grand opening celebration! Join us for FREE toppings and samples all day. Ribbon cutting at 2PM, Face Painting, Glitter tattoos and Music from 12-4PM! We look forward to celebrating with you all. 100% of Grand Opening profits will be donated to Live Like Bella childhood cancer foundation. @VaylasShavedIce


Afrobeats N Brunch DayParty

Afrobeats N Brunch DayPartySunday, May 21, 12pm-8pm – Providores & Publicans, 141 Southwest 7th Street, Miami Brickell

Join African Elite Entertainment to kick off new Brunch series, #AFROBEATSnBRUNCH Dayparty at Providores & Publicans in Brickell. Come out and enjoy ultimate vibes with great people at one of the best brunch spots in Miami!
Brunchin’: 12noon-3pm $40 BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS
Partyin’: 3pm-8pm Sounds by DJ Aya & DJ Krazy Touch
Complimentary entry before 4pm with RSVP and $10 discounted admission after 4pm. For more information contact us at 786-353-6119 or #AFROBEATSnBRUNCH


LEBO Pop-Up Shop Grand Opening

LEBO Pop-Up Shop Grand OpeningSaturday, May 20, 8pm-10pm –  LEBO ART Pop-Up Shop, 1674 Meridian Avenue, Suite 110, Miami Beach

Miami Beach-based international artist David “LEBO” Le Batard adds color to an already vibrant South Beach scene with his newest project: his first Pop-Up Shop, LEBO ART. Right off of Lincoln Road at 1674 Meridian Avenue in Miami Beach, the shop allows fans of LEBO’s “Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism” to immerse themselves in all things LEBO – from sketches and prints, to t-shirts, caps, jewelry and more. Celebrating the Pop-Up Shop’s official grand opening on Saturday, May 20, 2017, LEBO will be hosting a meet and greet with friends and fans. As May 20th is also Cuban Independence Day, the artist – son of Cuban exiles – will also be releasing a special commemorative print available exclusively at the Pop-Up Shop. The LEBO ART Pop-Up Shop is open Tuesday through Thursday from 1pm-6pm, Friday and Saturday 11am–9pm and Sunday noon-6pm.  @LeboArt


Next Door Grand Opening

Next Door Grand OpeningFriday, May 19, 8pm-2am – C&I Studios, 537 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale

Join C&I Studios to celebrate the grand opening of bar ‘Next Door’. First 100 people get a FREE DRINK!
Live Bands: DJ TONX on the turn tables in Next Door & DJ LK47 in Studio A
Live Art: Renee Falsetto, Aquarela Art, Carlos / Space Monkies
Featured Mixologist creating one of a kind Next Door cocktails
Food Vendors: Frankie’s Dogs, Don Giuseppe Pizza


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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“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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Carlos Vives at AmericanAirlines Arena

Carlos Vives at AmericanAirlines ArenaSaturday, May 13, 8pm – AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

Legendary vallenato pop music sensation, Carlos Vives, opened his Miami concert at the American Airlines Arena with new single featuring Shakira, “Bicicleta.”

What followed the opening song was a mix of classics such as “Gota Fria” and “Fruta Fresca” to newer songs that still had everyone up from their seats and dancing/singing along. It was obvious that as long as he’s been in the music biz, his talent has only multiplied over the years.

Fans roared with excitement and sang along to Vives’ songs as an impressive light shows and visuals filled the arena. But more impressive than the digital and tech elements was Vives himself. His vivacious energy filled the expansive platform stage, as his vocals ranged from hit song to song.

In between sets, Vives would interact with fans, share anecdotes about his music and country and even paid a tribute to the Cuban culture, stating how much he feels for the culture and knows about the struggle. At one point in the show, a young couple made their way to the stage as a man professed his love and proposed to his now fiancée in front of thousands. To top it off, Vives serenaded the newly engaged couple with hit song, “Volví a Nacer.”

The recently released song with artist Wisin, “Nota de Amor,” hit the sound waves and quickly catapulted to No.1 on the charts. It was no surprise than when Wisin himself made a surprise appearance during he concert to sing along, the stadium went wild.

Carlos Vives Miami Concert


Wisin wasn’t the only special guest. Fellow Colombian singer Fonseca came on stage and sang a tribute song to their native country. Soon after, singer Bacilos graced the audience and crooned one of his famous songs, “Caraluna.” The performances then turned into a trio, with each singer respectfully and warm-heartedly embracing while proudly waving the Colombian flag. It’s a testament to how well-respected and influencial Vives has been in the Latin music scene.

And he shows no sign of slowing down. Vives has once again made his way to the top of the charts with the recently released single, “Al Filo de tu Amor,” with which he closed the night. As attendees made their way out of the stadium, the reviews of his performance were stellar and beyond exemplary. Everyone had a good time.

Serving as an illustration to how music can unite across countries, cultures and barriers, Carlos Vives remains a legend, a star and above all, a musical maestro to all.


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Baywatch Beach Party

Baywatch Beach PartySaturday, May 13, 5pm-9pm – Lummus Park, 10th St & Ocean Dr, Miami Beach

Paramount Pictures hosted a red carpet event on the white sand of Miami Beach to celebrate the World Premiere of ‘Baywatch’, featuring fun in the sun before the stars of the film arrived. Cast members in attendance included Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Guerreros de Belinda, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, and Jon Bass! 

Baywatch, directed by Seth Gordon, follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. Baywatch is in theaters on May 25th. #BeBaywatch


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Frost Science Opening Weekend

Frost Science Opening WeekendMay 12 & 13, 9am-10pm – Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Grand Opening Weekend: Be among the first to visit Miami’s only planetarium, aquarium and science museum. In celebration of the opening week of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, the museum will be extending its hours during its first weekend. Admission tickets and memberships are available at Enjoy special events, demonstrations as well as extended Friday and Saturday hours, open till 10 pm. #FrostScience @FrostScience


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