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4th Annual ARTOPIA by GLBX

4th Annual ARTOPIA by GLBXSaturday, September 23, 7pm-10pm – The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale

The GLBX Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual ARTOPIA presented by JM Lexus. The art-inspired evening will feature over-the-top entertainment, live artist experiences, visual arts and interactive elements. Monies raised will be directed to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the GLBX Arts Fund with a portion of proceeds to the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Stonewall National Museum & Archives and Island City Stage. Sponsors include JM Lexus, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, MAD Studios and Goodman Public Relations. General admission tickets for $100 include access to open bars throughout the night. VIP admission for $150 additionally includes a pre-event entrance VIP reception, performer/artist meet and greet, exclusive specialty food and beverage and complimentary valet parking.


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Below Deck Season 5 Premiere Party

Below Deck Season 5 Premiere PartyTuesday, September 5, 6pm-10pm – Grateful Palate Catering & Events, 3003 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale

The drama from Bravo’s Below Deck dropped an anchor at Grateful Palate Catering & Events. The hit reality TV show celebrated the premiere of its fifth season and welcomed the public to jump on board for a VIP viewing party. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Marine Industry Cares Foundation. VIP guests had the luxury of enjoying a pre-show reception alongside lead cast member Captain Lee on the “She’s a 10” 164 foot mega-yacht, which was docked outside the Grateful Palate. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with Captain Lee as well as Kelley and Amy Johnson, from previous seasons, while enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Also Captain Lee hosted a live Q&A with guests during the show’s commercial breaks. 

7th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale

7th Annual FLIPANY “Chefs Up Front” Fort Lauderdale/MiamiFriday, August 25, 6pm-10pm – W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Bouelvard, Fort Lauderdale

Non-profit organization FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) hosted its 7th annual “Chefs Up Front” fundraising dinners & auction, presented by Target, and hosted by the W Fort Lauderdale. The epicurean event presented decadent five-course dinners in an intimate dinner setting prepared by 10 of South Florida’s most acclaimed chefs:

Chef Rashaad Abdool, Steak 954
Chef Gina Sansonia, Cucina Bambina
Chef Derek Rosen, Ocean 2000
Chef Mike White, Tsukuro
Chef Lenny Judice, Hilton Fort Lauderdale
Chef Brian Cornelius, Grateful Palate Catering and Events
Chef Adrienne Grenier, 3030 Ocean
Chef Marco De Simone, Zona Blu
Chef David Hackett, The Biltmore Hotel
Chef Robyn Almodovar, Party Palate
Chef Jason Smith (Chef Liaison), W Fort Lauderdale Hotel

The evening, hosted by long-time FLIPANY supporter radio personality Kimmy B. of Hits 97.3, started with a special New Amsterdam reception and silent auction, while hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails were served. Brian Connors from Connors Davis Hospitality was special sommelier for the evening. One hundred percent of proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters™ Program, which connects families with healthy food by teaching them how to prepare nutritious, tasty meals on a limited budget.


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Shooters Waterfront New Summer Menu

Experience the New Shooters WaterfrontTuesday, August 22, 4pm-11pm – Shooters Waterfront, 3033 NE 32 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

Shooters Waterfront is casting a wider net to introduce new seafood menu items that put a sophisticated twist on coastal classics. The restaurant offers a fully stocked raw bar, made to order sushi, creative plates from land and sea, crispy flat breads, homemade desserts, and exquisite views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy the restaurant’s classic menu items with a new twist, featuring additions to the starter menu including the Ahi Tuna Poke ($16) with avocado, ginger, garlic, sesame, soy, and house-made crispy terra root chips; or the grilled Lolipop Lamb Chops ($16) with curry yogurt marinade, and harissa-tomato sauce. Sushi Rolls addition is the gigantic Veggie Roll ($13), with toasted red and gold beets, fresh avocado, asparagus and carrots with sesame seared tofu, gazpacho and togarashi sauce (similar to Sriracha mayo).

New salads include Roasted Beet Salad ($14), red and gold beets with an assortment of local mesclun, heirloom and cherry tomatoes topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, pickled red onions, creamy herb goat cheese dressed in a white balsamic vinaigrette; Quinoa Salad ($14), with a baby kale and spinach base, mixed with red onions, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and apples, dressed in a homemade roasted poblano-garlic-yogurt ranch topped with toasted cauliflower crumbs; or Shrimp Ceviche Salad ($16), jumbo lump shrimp served with diced tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions and avocado with mesclun and bib lettuce dressed in a citrus marinade. Shooters’ new lunch entree, the Shrimp-Bacon-Avocado Club, features a triple decker club with grilled shrimp, bacon, fresh avocado and chipotle aioli.

New entrees include Bucatini Mi Amore ($18), a fresh array of sautéed shallots with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, baby arugula, artichoke hearts, capers, basil and olive oil; Frutti Di Mare ($36), made with squid ink spaghetti and a fresh selection of sautéed diver scallops, jumbo shrimp, calamari and lobster tail in a basil, lostermascaprone sauce, Peri-Peri Roasted Chicken ($20), South African barbeque-inspired slow-roasted chicken, marinated two days in a twelve spiced blend, served over sautéed spinach-chick peas, shallots and garlic; and Fresh Catch of the Day with Lion Fish, green curry sauce, coconut lime rice, plus tamarind glaze baby Key West shrimp.

The Pineapple Upside-down Rum Cake takes center stage on the dessert menu with homemade double layered pineapple upside-down cake, with butter cream icing and served in a decadent caramel rum sauce and topped with brandied cherries. In addition, guests can quench their thirst with a new summer cocktails, the Aperol Rose Spritzer, and Watermelon Mint Cooler. Each of the restaurant’s three artfully designed bars offer handcrafted cocktails, beer and an international selection of wines by the glass or bottle. For reservations, guests can call 954-566-2855. 


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Sabbia Beach Topping-Off

Sabbia Beach Topping-OffThursday, August 17, 9:30am-11:30am – Sabbia Beach Condos, 730 North Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach

Developers of Sabbia Beach, the first new Pompano Beach residential development in nearly a decade, topped off construction of the 19-story building Thursday morning by raising a palm tree to the top floor. Brunch and cocktails were served at the Sabbia Beach sales gallery where Sabbia developer Danny Salvatore and Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher invited guests and buyers to step outside and watch the palm tree being raised in celebration.

Salvatore, a Pompano Beach resident himself, said he sees Sabbia Beach as a development that will help improve the image of Pompano Beach. “We are looking forward to completing this spectacular building that is a part of transforming Pompano Beach into a vibrant, multi-dimensional destination,” he said.

The building, designed by the architecture firm Arquitectonica, has 20,000 square feet of private beach and contains 68 residences.

Salvatore said that both of the building’s pent houses have already been sold, which shows him that people are identifying with Pompano Beach and what’s to come. “We couldn’t be prouder to be Pompano Beach pioneers,” Salvatore said. “The breathtaking beach view that our buyers and guests enjoyed when our sales gallery was across the street is now becoming an oceanfront reality.”

Mayor Lamar Fisher thanked Salvatore for his dedication to making Pompano Beach a more popular place to reside. “On behalf of the City of Pompano Beach, its commission and all of its residents, thank you for what you’ve done and your commitment to our city,” Fisher said. “It is well noticed and it is a game changer for us.”

The interiors of Sabbia Beach will have an “organic, luxurious and timeless feel” designed by the luxury interior design firm Steven G. “Sabbia Beach was designed to blend into its natural surroundings while offering sweeping views and an infinite sense of space,” Salvatore said.

85 percent of the Sabbia Beach condos have already sold out, according to Mayor Fisher. Construction is scheduled to end in the second quarter of 2018. #SabbiaBeach #PompanoBeach@SabbiaBeach


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Miami Spice Menu at Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge

Miami Spice Menu at Panorama Restaurant & Sky LoungeMonday, August 7, 11:30am-11pm – Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge, 2889 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove

Guests and visitors at Sonesta Coconut Grove Miami can dine while enjoying breathtaking views of beautiful Biscayne Bay  from its eighth-floor location, during Miami Spice, August 1 through September 30. Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge, widely recognized as one of the best restaurants in Coconut Grove, has crafted special three-course menus for lunch ($23) and dinner ($39) offering a wide variety of traditional and Bistro with South Floridian & Latin influences cuisine. “We tried to create something fun and different this year, with locally-inspired ingredients, to stand out from the other participating restaurants and really showcase what Panorama Restaurant and Sky Lounge has to offer” said Executive Chef Christopher Cramer. 

The award winning restaurant’s Lunch Spice Menu features a well-rounded assortment of items from Mexican Ceviche and Grilled Churrasco Steak, Seard Atlantic Salmon, to Tuna Lentil Salad. The mouth-watering Dinner Spice Menu is featuring full-size portion appetizers Grilled Octopus, Pei Black Mussels, and Quinoa & Arugula Salad; main dishes including Shrimp & Rigatoni with Arugula, Pan Seared Corvina Filet, or Porcini Dusted Beef Filet. For desserts choose between Fried Arroz Con Leche and Crème Brûlée Spoon Trio (original, caramel, and Nutella). To make dinner reservations at Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge call 305-447-8256. @SonestaCGMiami

Miami Innovators Association Launch Party

MIA Official LaunchWednesday, September 20, 6pm-8pm – Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th St, Graham Center Ballrooms, Miami

The Miami Innovators Association is officially launching with the most diverse panel to date. Featuring two social entrepreneurs coming directly from the Miami scene itself, Jossua Parini and Brittany Jarrin. Two of their long time affiliates, Andrey Parsegov and Marcella MacCarthy are also coming back for the launch after being part of the Summer Speaker Series. Come out, sit down, and relax over some free food and drinks! Try out signature virtual reality demos courtesy of Loft VR and hear about how MIA is aiming to change the innovative landscape of Miami forever from the founders themselves. 


Scandinavian Design House New Showroom Grand Opening

Scandinavian Design House New Showroom Grand OpeningThursday, September 14, 6pm-9pm – Scandinavian Design House, 3241 NW 38 St, Miami

You are invited to the Scandinavian Design House new showroom opening celebration and networking event! Join for a tour of Scandinavian Design House new facility. Manufacturer of kitchens, baths, wall units, interior doors and much more. Enjoy refreshing wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. Bring plenty of your business cards.


The Cupboard Ribbon Cutting

The Cupboard Ribbon CuttingThursday, September 14, 5:30pm-6:30pm – The Cupboard, 4703 SW 51st Street Bay 4, Davie

The Cupboard is a new Kosher choice food pantry for Broward County, for seniors and families in need. The entire community is invited to the inaugural celebration – Ribbon Cutting and Affixing the Mezuzah at 6:00pm. To help feed the hungry, please bring a Kosher food item to help us stock the shelves. @jfsbroward


Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day at John Martin’s Irish Pub

Halfway to St. Paddy's Day at John Martin’s Irish PubSaturday, September 16, 1pm – John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

As local Coral Gables residents seek a post-Irma retreat, JohnMartin’s provided that and more during their “Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Party” on Saturday, Sept.16. With live music, a raffle, whiskey tastings, hot food and drinks, this all-day celebration stole the show. It provided people with much needed down time as they prepare themselves for the workweek ahead and for some a place to cool down, charge their phones and connect to JohnMartin’s free Wi-Fi. JohnMartin’s is known for throwing a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17 and this halfway mark celebration is just a glimpse of what’s to come. #halfwaytopaddysday #johnmartinsmia #johnmartinsirishpub @JohnMartinsMIA

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Angel’s Envy Toast the Trees

Angel’s Envy Toast the TreesThursday, August 31, 6pm-8pm – Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Angel’s Envy hosted the launch event of Toast the Trees at Faena Hotel Miami Beach featuring bourbon cocktails, bites, toasts and posts! They’ll plant a white oak tree for every Angel’s Envy bottle or drink you buy during September’s National Bourbon Heritage Month—neat, on-the-rocks or cocktail. Here’s how: just snap a picture of your drink or bottle and post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #AE4THETREES.

Last year they partnered with The Arbor Day foundation, and thanks to your help they were able to plant 6,670 white oak trees in Daniel Boone National Forest. This year, they are hoping for even more pictures posted, and they count on you! For Angel’s Envy, giving back is just as important as creating some of the world’s best whiskeys. One of the ways they are helping out is by ensuring that there’s always a future for bourbon—it’s a subject close to our hearts. #AE4theTrees 


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Louver House Opening Celebration

Louver House Opening CelebrationWednesday, August 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Louver House, 311 Meridian Ave, Miami Beach

Real estate investment firm Mast Capital now proves its expertise in luxury development with the completion of Louver House, the firm’s first condo project in its diverse portfolio. Designed by award-winning Miami-based architect Rene Gonzalez, Louver House is a testament to the level of quality and high design that Mast Capital will deliver to subsequent projects. The four-story building brings 12 residences to the sought-after South of Fifth neighborhood and pays homage to the rich history of Meridian Avenue.

Architect Rene Gonzalez incorporated the South of Fifth community’s distinctive elements, like its lush tree-lined streets and storied past, into the very fabric of the building. He started by preserving the memory of a historic Belvedere bungalow that was once on the Louver House site. In its exact place, he created a louvered bungalow that will be the focal point of the entrance. Mast Capital also brought on artist Michele Oka Doner to create artwork that will hang in the lobby area. The space will be draped with plants from landscape architect Savino & Miller.

With only four residences remaining, Louver House will commence closings mid-August. Buyers, who are predominantly end-users, can now move in and start enjoying their large, landscaped terraces; proximity to the beach; the property’s beach concierge service as well as its neighboring shops and restaurants. Remaining residences range from 2,088 to 2,432 interior square feet, asking $2.5 million to $3.1 million. Sales and marketing for the Louver House are exclusively handled by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.


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MIAMI Magazine’s To Live & Dine 2017

MIAMI Magazine’s To Live & Dine 2017Wednesday, August 23, 6pm-9pm – The M Building, 194 NW 30th Street, Miami Design District

Miami magazine presented “To Live & Dine,” the 9th annual dining celebration that brings the magazine’s July/August “FEAST” issue to life. The epicureans experienced the best of Miami’s foodie scene at this highly anticipated, signature summer event. Mouthwatering fare from 15 of the top restaurants and chefs who are all part of Miami magazine’s feature “The Fifty Finest,” in the July/August “Feast” issue, thrilled taste-seekers with intoxicating and indulgent dishes that will also be paired with hand-crafted cocktails and wines by Voga Wines, Gemma Di Luna sparkling moscato and Russian Standard Vodka. Guests were encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Chapman Partnership who will host a raffle of prizes, and collect food for the Miami shelter.

Participating restaurants competed head-to-head for the “Hall of Fame” awards given by a panel of leading, local food critics who will choose the most decadent bites from the event. Restaurants included: Ariete, Dashi, River Yacht Club, Bakehouse Brasserie, Edge Steak and Bar, Scarpetta, Beaker and Gray, Kiki On The River, Seaspice, Bird and Bone, Lightkeepers, STK, Corsair Kitchen and Bar, Matador Room and Bar, and The Salty Donut.


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“Team Victoria’s Runway” Benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

"Team Victoria's Runway" Benefitting St. Jude Children's Research HospitalWednesday, August 16, 6pm-8pm – Robb & Stucky, 4711 Le Jeune Road, Coral Gables

Robb & Stucky, in partnership with Douglas Elliman and Aleren Boutique, hosted an evening of fashion and fun for a great cause. “Team Victoria’s Runway” featured a fashion show starring 10-year-old Victoria, a brave St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patient. Set within the luxurious Robb & Stucky Coral Gables showroom, the show featured fashions from Coral Gables boutique Aleren, as well as hors d’oeuvres, music and a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Victoria is a brave little girl who has been battling a brain tumor that is extremely rare in children. She has undergone three surgeries and proton radiation therapy during the past two years. Victoria’s friends and family lovingly call her a “little freak of nature” for her incredible grace, poise and persistence in the face of tremendous adversity. With her incredible strength of spirit, she has made it her mission to help other children and give back to the hospital that has helped her so much: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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