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VeritageMiami 2017

VeritageMiami 2017Wednesday, March 15, 6pm – Shops at Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables
Sunday, March 26, 11am – The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr, Key Biscayne

VeritageMiami will celebrate its 21st anniversary with four new dates in 2017, after the original dates were postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The four days of world-class culinary indulgence have been extended throughout the spring, beginning on January 27 with an Interactive Dinner, followed by a Craft Beer Tasting on February 9, a Fine Wine Tasting on March 15 and an Auction and Bubbly Brunch on March 26. Jeremy Ford, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 13, will lead guests in preparing a three-course meal at the Interactive Dinner. The new Auction and Bubbly Brunch on Key Biscayne, will feature southern favorites from the menus of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken – the restaurants of 50 Eggs Inc., founded by John Kunkel. 

  • On Wednesday, March 15, guests are invited to the Fine Wine Tasting, an evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings at the lush Shops at Merrick Park, with more than 65 wine producers and importers pouring 400 wines from around the globe and culinary treats from top dining spots.
  • On Sunday, March 26, VeritageMiami will culminate with an Auction and Bubbly Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Led by the king of southern fare John Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Inc. team of James Beard-nominated and award-winning restaurants Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken. The family-style brunch is paired with free-flowing bubbly, bourbon-infused cocktails and other spirited libations, all kicked off with a lively auction of one-of-a-kind experiences.

VeritageMiami is presented by City National Bank, and proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health. W. Allen Morris of The Allen Morris Company is once again VeritageMiami chair, along with his wife, June Morris. This year, Evan S. Benn, editor-in-chief of INDULGE magazine is helping to bring the best of South Florida’s restaurants to the Tastings, as VeritageMiami’s first Culinary Curator. #VeritageMiami @VeritageMiami 


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43rd Annual Love and Hope “Magical Mardi Gras Gala”

43rd Annual Love and Hope "Magical Mardi Gras Gala"Saturday, February 18, 6:30pm-12am – Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood

Hundreds of South Florida philanthropists joined Mistress of Ceremonies Rudabeh Shahbazi of CBS Miami for the Magical Mardi Gras gala at the Diplomat Beach Resort. The evening celebrated the 43rd year of the Love and Hope committee’s dedication to finding a cure for diabetes with the flair and fun of New Orleans’ world-famous carnival.

Guests enjoyed a festive and sophisticated evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction of luxury items, costumed performers, and more! All proceeds of this event – which has raised more than $51-million to date – support the cure-focused work of the Diabetes Research Institute at the UM Miller School of Medicine. #CureDiabetes @Diabetes_DRI

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“You Know Miami” Launch Party

“You Know Miami” Launch PartyFriday, February 17, 6pm-11pm – Wynwood 5th Ave, 2451 Northwest 5 Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Locals joined the launch party for You Know Miami, an exciting new platform featuring the latest & greatest in Miami! You Know Miami is collaboration of all things Miami, including businesses, people, and community. The evening celebrated the launch of the You Know Miami website and project to connect through events, posts, and reviews. Guests joined to venture new marketing opportunities and exchange with Miami’s best bloggers and networkers.

The concept behind You Know Miami was developed by Bayley Davis, founder and CEO of Ardor Consulting. She presented the concept to Pamela, the Creative Director, and You Know Miami was established. The objective was to bring together the experts of Miami to collaborate on a site that was a resource for all things Miami. #YouKnowMiami

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#PoshNation: The Seller Stylist Tour, Miami

#PoshNation: The Seller Stylist Tour, MiamiThursday, February 16, 6pm-9pm – Lantao at Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Miami’s top fashionistas got together to shop each other’s closets at Poshmark’s PoshNation Miami party! This Posh Party was the second stop on the PoshNation tour and held at Lantao at the Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel. It was a fun night out where guests could meet fellow Seller Stylist PFFs, Team Posh and Poshmark’s CEO, Manish Chandra. Guests also enjoyed a photo-booth, cocktails and giveaways. #PoshNation

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New World Symphony’s 29th Annual Gala

New World Symphony’s 29th Annual GalaSaturday, February 11, 6pm-11pm – New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, hosted its 29th Anniversary Gala celebrating the institution’s unique role at the intersection of education, classical music, technology, architecture and inspiration. The evening started with a NWS-signature blue carpet arrival, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a concert, a seated dinner, and Late Nights at the New World Center.  The concert featured an unforgettable performance by the New World Symphony led by Co-Founder and Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, and featuring six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald. Proceeds from the Gala benefit New World Symphony and its mission of preparing gifted young musicians for careers in professional orchestras, while providing meaningful cultural programs to the South Florida community.

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Cocktails with Beach Volleyball Champions

Cocktails with Beach Volleyball ChampionsThursday, February 9, 7pm-10pm – Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

The amazing international lifestyle and sporting spectacle, Swatch Beach Major Series, is back to Fort Lauderdale for a second year! For the first time in Swatch Major Series history, and in partnership with Red Bull Extreme Sports, the Fort Lauderdale Major teamed up with AutoNation for a super luxurious VIP fundraising event called “Cocktails with the Champions”. The event raised money for NSU’s Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research.

Guests had unique opportunity to spend an unforgettable evening with beach volleyball’s Olympic & World Champions directly on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach at the Beach VIP Club, by the B Ocean Hotel. Guests enjoyed the most amazing food from internationally renowned catering company DO & CO (also official catering company of Formula 1 and FIFA World Cups), and an intimate performance by reggae singer-songwriter Mishka, all while raising money for a wonderful cause!

2017 Fairchild Gala In The Garden

2017 Fairchild Gala In The GardenSaturday, February 4, 6:30pm-11pm – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables

Gala in the Garden set in a breathtaking, floral landscape, is Fairchild’s largest annual fundraiser, themed “Inspiration.” In its 24th year, more than 400 guests enjoyed an evening of unmatched beauty, while celebrating and supporting our programs in science education, conservation, horticulture and research. Gala in the Garden 2017 was chaired by Swanee DiMare and Frances Sevilla-Sacasa.

The black tie formal evening started with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, featuring luxury getaways and world-class experiences. Board of Trustees President Bruce Greer welcomed guests announcing that Fairchild has been rated the number one garden in the country by Charity Navigator. Gala Chair Swanee DiMare recognized the Board of Trustees and Gala Committee for their hard work. She was also presented with an orchid named after her, Renanthera Swanee DiMare. A longtime  benefactor of Fairchild, Joyce Burns was honored for her continued support of the Garden and her dedication to the Gala. 

Le Basque served a sumptuous gourmet dinner featuring a seafood cocktail; rioja braised short rib, and chocolate terrine for dessert. Afterwards, everyone packed the dance floor enjoying the upbeat tunes of the Soul Survivors Orchestra. Upon departure, guests received beautiful orchid plants to take home.

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Big Easy Restaurant Grand Opening

Big Easy Restaurant Grand OpeningThursday, February 2, 6:30pm-9pm – Big Easy Winebar & Grill at Brickell City Centre, 701 S Miami Ave, Suite 339A, Miami Brickell

More than 200 guests celebrated the official grand opening of Big Easy Winebar & Grill‘s first U.S. location at Brickell City Centre, a sophisticated dining destination hailing from the stunning Western Cape region of South Africa. Big Easy hosted a lavish gathering in conjunction with Miami Magazine and concept partner Golf-icon Ernie Els, whose nickname is “Big Easy”, based on his easygoing personality and effortless golf swing. Big Easy is co-owned by renowned boutique restaurant firm Grove Bay Hospitality Group.

The swanky soiree featured an abundant array of and authentic progressively-inspired bites prepared by Executive Chef Maryna Frederiksen and her talented team. In addition, guests also enjoyed handcrafted cocktails, African beers and Els’ award-winning varietals, and the private dining room was converted into a wine cellar experience. The intimate space housed an array of Els’ wines, complemented with delicious charcuterie and cheese.

Big Easy is a culinary experience that is first and foremost a superb grill restaurant featuring outstanding meats and fresh local fish, yet inspired by Ernie’s travels around the world. Some of dishes feature Ernie’s South African Heritage – Bobotie Spring Rolls (sweet ground beef curry with chutney) or Boerewors (lean farmer sausage), others celebrate Florida’s sensational seafood and Latin influence. #BigEasyMiami

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SWAY Nightclub Grand Opening Weekend

SWAY Nightclub Grand Opening WeekendFebruary 16 – 19, 10pm-4am – SWAY Nightclub, 111 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale

SWAY Nightclub Grand Opening Weekend – Fort Lauderdale’s newest nightlife experience. For more information and table reservations, please call 954-761-8686. Complimentary tickets grant admission before Midnight. Strictly 21+, dress to impress. #SWAYNightclub @sway_nightclub @DJZog @itsDJZILLA @djatrain @MRMAURICIO @iamhypnotik #Xander


Corner Porch Grand Opening Brunch Celebration

Corner Porch Grand Opening Brunch CelebrationSunday, February 19th, 11am-7pm, Corner Porch, 85 SE 6th Ave, Delray Beach

The Corner Porch is excited to announce that they are opening their doors to the public! Stop by our 1907 Historic Blank House for the Grand Opening, Brunch Celebration! Join for small plates and carefully hand crafted cocktails. There will also be live music; you won’t want to miss it!


VanDutch Presents “The Lounge” at the River Yacht Club

VanDutch presents "The Lounge"Saturday, February 18th, 3pm-8pm, River Yacht Club, 401 SW 3rd Ave, Miami

Join VanDutch and its partners to officially open the VanDutch Lounge at the River Yacht Club during the 2017 Miami International Boat Show. Guests will enjoy special pricing on food & drinks and a live DJ, along with an emmersive brand experience from partners like HUBLOT, Prestige Imports, Suit Supply, Toys for Boys, Zacapa Rum and more. Attending VanDutch Owners will receive exclusive specials and a complimentary bottle of the famed RYC Rose to inaugurate the opening of the VanDutch Lounge.


Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Opening Celebration

Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Opening CelebrationSaturday, February 18th, 10am-5pm, Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura

The Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutique, that officially opened in December, will present a day of beauty and celebrity open to all store-goers. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hear from famed wellness expert, five-time best selling author, and TV personality, Candice Kumai (E! News, The Dr. Oz Show, NBC’s Today and more) and learn about the world’s best kept longevity secret from the Blue Zones — the inspiration behind the new CHANEL Blue Serum. Then, from 2 to 5 p.m. celebrity makeup artist Angel Merino will be on hand to introduce the new CHANEL Rouge Coco Gloss collection, which features 24 high-shine shades. #ChanelBeautyAventura @AventuraMall

YAKU by La Mar Opens at Mandarin Oriental

YAKU by La Mar Opens at Mandarin OrientalFriday, February 17, 6pm-11pm – Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Dr, Miami Brickell

YAKU means water in “quechua” an ancestral language known as the main dialect of the Inca empire. Inspired by the panoramic water vistas and brought to life by the bustling Brickell skyline, YAKU BY LA MAR blends multicultural ingredients with Peruvian cocktails, light bites and a cozy waterfront gathering place. YAKU by La Mar, a waterfront bar and lounge at the swanky Mandarin Oriental featuring Peruvian-inspired punch cocktails from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Monte Carlo Yachts 80 American Premiere

Monte Carlo Yachts 80 American PremiereThursday, February 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm – MCY Stand on Collins Ave, Entrance #5, Miami Beach

Monte Carlo Yachts is a Beneteau Group company, the world leader in sailboats and the leader in Europe for motoryachts from 5 to 15 metres. Monte Carlo Yachts manufacture luxury flybridge motor yachts over 60 feet bringing together the excellence of Italian design, innovation and technology.


YES Miami: Bridal Cocktail Soirée at a&bé Bridal Shop

YES Miami: Bridal Cocktail Soirée in WynwoodThursday, February 16, 6pm-8:30pm – a&bé Bridal Shop, 319 NW 25th St, Unit 1, Miami Wynwood Arts District

Join this unique Bridal Event to celebrate the opening of a cool Bridal Boutique in the heart of Wynwood! Swing buy and enjoy some bubbles while you take some chic pictures with your besties, while listening to Live Music, chatting to some Top Wedding Vendors in the industry as well as checking all their beautiful gowns! Win a Bridal Gown during the event! #aandberealbride #aandbestylebook


TAG Heuer Announces J Balvin as New Ambassador

TAG Heuer Announces J Balvin as New Ambassador in MiamiWednesday, February 15, 3pm – Faena Hotel, 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

The Avant-Garde Swiss luxury watchmaker TAG Heuer landed in Miami, the capital of Latin American pop music, to announce its new ambassador to a worldwide audience – Multi Latin Grammy Award Winner, J Balvin. Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Watch Division and CEO of TAG Heuer, hosted a press conference at the two-story penthouse at the Faena Hotel, the gem of Miami Beach newest Art district.  @TAGHeuer @JBalvin @FaenaMiami #TheNewFaceofTAGHeuer #DontCrackUnderPressure #FaenaMiamiBeach

2017 USBG Bacardi Legacy North American Finals in Miami

2017 USBG Bacardi Legacy North American Finals in MiamiMonday, February 13, 6:30pm-10:30pm – 1306 Event Space & Bar, 1306 N Miami Ave, Miami

The 2017 USBG Bacardi Legacy North American Cocktail Competition finals are held in Miami at the 1306 Bar. All 12 U.S Finalists put their shakers up and duke it out for a chance to head to the Global Finals in Berlin and compete for the Legacy Crown. #USBG #BacardiLife #Legacy2017

The USBG Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition challenges participants to create the next generation of classic BACARDĺ rum cocktails that will stand the test of time. Each of the cocktails are judged by their balance, flavor, quality of ingredients and aesthetic appeal, as well as their enduring popularity and the story behind them. The judges for the North American Finals are Dickie Cullimore, Bacardi’s Global Brand Ambassador, Tom Walker, The 2014 Legacy Global Winner and Pam Wiznitzer, President of the United States Bartenders Guild.

The U.S. finalist contestants were divided by the coast:

East Coast Finalists:
Cody Henson, Savannah, GA
Darnell Holguin, New York, NY (winner)
Kayla Hasbrook, New York, NY
Rebecca Burkart, Houston, TX
Will Isaza, Boston, MA
William Patton, New Orleans, LA
West Coast Finalists:
Alex Chien, Columbus, OH
Cameron George, Seattle, WA
Donna Francis, Tucson, AZ
Ryan Wainwright, Los Angeles, CA (winner)
Vincent Toscano, San Francisco, CA
Topher Hartfield, Denver, CO

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Herradura Tequila Cocktail Competition Regional Final

Herradura Tequila Cocktail Competition Regional FinalTuesday, January 31, 6pm-9pm – Bitter Truth, 3252 NE 1st Ave #124, Miami Midtown

The Road to the Hacienda Challenge, a national cocktail competition conducted by and the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), features bartenders across the country showcasing their creativity and expertise through uniquely-crafted tequila cocktails. In addition to creating their own version of the original Horseshoe Margarita, participating bartenders were tasked with creating and presenting a twist on a classic cocktail made with Tequila Herradura. Nine regional bartenders competed in the 2017 Road to the Hacienda Challenge, sponsored by Tequila Herradura, where Robert Mercier and Leo Holtzman’s original tequila cocktail recipes were named the best in Miami. 

Mercier and Holtzman will move on to the next round of the competition, where they will compete with winning bartenders from the seven other participating markets. As finalists, Mercier and Holtzman will be given an all-expense paid trip to historic Casa Herradura, the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, where they will compete in the national finale. Using the finest ingredients, including local fruit variants sourced directly from the grounds of the Casa, finalists will have the opportunity to create a truly original Tequila Herradura-inspired cocktail for the chance to win it all. 

The Gardener’s Margarita - Crafted by Leo HoltzmanThe Gardener’s Margarita – Crafted by Leo Holtzman
1.5 oz. Tequila Herradura Reposado
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.75 oz. Simple Syrup
0.5 oz. Cointreau
3 slices Red Bell Pepper
1 slice Cucumber
1 slice Serrano Pepper

Muddle bell pepper and cucumber in a shaker. Add Serrano pepper and give two presses to release capsaicin. Add liquid ingredients, fill shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for six seconds. Strain into a salted sugar rimmed rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a red bell pepper slice.

Nacimiento del Legado Margarita - Crafted by Robert MercierNacimiento del Legado Margarita – Crafted by Robert Mercier
2 oz. Tequila Herradura Silver
1 oz. House Made Shrub
0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz. Organic Agave Nectar

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice and garnish with a sun-shaped lime.



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Pegasus World Cup Invitational

Pegasus World Cup InvitationalSaturday, January 28, 4:30pm-6:30pm – Gulfstream Park, 901 S Federal Hwy, Hallandale Beach

The Stronach Group’s inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational with a $12 million USD purse surpass the Dubai World Cup ($10 million USD) as the world’s new richest thoroughbred horse race. The race featured the most highly anticipated match-up in Thoroughbred racing history between California Chrome and Arrogate. Multi-Platinum artist Thomas Rhett served as the headlining performer on race day.  E! News host Maria Menounos reported live on NBC covering all the fashion, entertainment and celebrities at the race.

The Stronach Group and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational are proud to work with organizations dedicated to promoting and supporting the well being of its industry’s athletes, both human and equine. After The Impact Fund, founded by legendary NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, is a featured charity of choice. Together with The Stronach Group, After the Impact will facilitate a pilot program integrating retired jockeys into their comprehensive treatment program along with retired NFL and war veterans. In addition to the partnership with After the Impact, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will support The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

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Kendra Scott Miami Grand Opening Party

Kendra Scott Miami Grand Opening PartyFriday, January 27, 6pm-9pm – Kendra Scott at Brickell City Centre, 701 South Miami Avenue, Miami Brickell

Kendra Scott hosted a special ‘Kendra Gives Back’ party,  to celebrate the Grand Opening of its first Miami store. Located in Brickell City Centre, guests received a first look at the boutique and the latest Spring 2017 Collection as they shopped for a cause with 20% of the evening’s proceeds benefitting The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding research and finding a cure for diabetes. The soiree was co-hosted by T1D advocate, Shannon Allen. Guests enjoyed healthy bites provided by grown, Shannon and Ray Allen’s USDA organic certified fast food concept in Miami, as they danced the night away to  popular beats by DJ Amanda Blaze. The first forty guests also received a very special gift.

Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award 2017

Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award 2017Thursday, January 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm – Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation honored Emilio and Gloria Estefan with the Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award 2017. The award is given annually to an individual who represents the highest of values for which Joe DiMaggio stood. This year the award was for the first time given to a couple. Proceeds from this amazing event benefits thousands of children and families with live-saving care provided every day at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.


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Quest Workspaces Plantation Center Grand Opening

Quest Workspaces Plantation Center Grand OpeningWednesday, January 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm – Quest Workspaces, 150 S Pine Island Rd, Suite 300, Plantation

Quest Workspaces celebrated the grand opening of their 9th location and only co-working spot in Plantation. The 25,000-square-foot office is located in the Sabadell Financial Center at 150 S. Pine Island Road. Each Quest location features a slightly different stylish and modern office space design, designed by Elizabeth Bevan.

Quest Workspaces provides shared office solutions, from private full-time office space to virtual offices, co-working space, and meeting rooms as “a-la-carte” or prepackaged service. Suites and conference and meeting rooms are available for hourly, daily, and monthly rental. Plantation location boosts reception and concierge services, boardroom, conference and chat rooms, cafe with unlimited coffee and tea, phone-boots, lap-room with a treadmill, nap-room to relax, and open spaces for socializing and networking. Some of the current and former “Questers” includes BlackRock, Facbook, Hotwire, PIMCO, Expedia, SkyScanner, and Twitter.

Quest now features nine, state-of-the-art executive centers including: the Espirito Santo Plaza and 777 Brickell Avenue in the heart of Miami Brickell, 1200 Building in Boca Raton, 2525 Ponce de Leon in Coral Gables, 8200 NW 41st Street in Doral, the 101 Tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 150 S. Pine Island Road in Plantation, 515 North Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach and the Time Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.



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