Monday Night Mixology Events
Keep the weekend alive at The Broken Shaker, Cecconi’s, and The Social Club.
February 18, 2013
The Broken Shaker recently debuted Monday Off-Duty Night
The Broken Shaker
The Bar Lab boys Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta introduced Monday Off-Duty Night in early February, offering guests complimentary cocktail samples from featured liquor sponsors from 9 to 11 p.m. The lineup has already welcomed brands like Mandarine Napoleon and D'Ussé Cognac. 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach
Slide into the Soho Beach House for Friends of Cecconi's, a Monday night loyalty program offering 50 percent off specialty dinner items and discounted cocktails for parties of four or less, as well as access to invite-only tastings and events. Also check out the Italian haunt’s newest cocktails crafted by Los Angeles-based bar director Chris Ojeda. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-507-7902
The Social Club
The Surfcomber South Beach's lobby bar has just launched a new late-night Monday happy hour, complete with causal $3 microbrews, $5 wells, and delicious bar bites. The festivities kick off at 9 p.m. with music by DJ Kristian Caro. 1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Kelly Wearstler’s Stunning New Book
In Rhapsody, the interior and fashion designer offers a plethora of décor inspiration.
February 18, 2013
Kelly Wearstler holds a copy of her new book, Rhapsody
With an empire that already includes interior design, home accents, fashion, and coffee table books—including the recently released Rhapsody—Kelly Wearstler’s sphere of stylish influence appears quite complete. However, this spring, Wearstler is introducing two new elements into her world—a bridal registry on her eponymous website and a debut wall covering collection with Kravet, the company she also partners with for fabrics. “It’s so exciting,” she says of the launch that is anticipated for March.
Available now however is Wearstler’s fourth coffee table book, Rhapsody, which highlights six different Wearstler-designed projects. Large-scale images showcase the designer’s signature inspiration trays, candid photographs of shopping excursions, and portraits of the finished details. “In one room there could be something I designed and things I found in 30 different countries, all coming together in one beautiful story—that’s the rhapsody,” says Wearstler. “The book also talks about my love of metals, why I love them, and how I use them. With the ready to wear and the interiors, there’s always a juxtaposition of something that’s raw and refined.”
It’s true, metals play heavily into the designer’s aesthetic, from the golden lobby at King & Grove Tides South Beach to the gilded accents at BG Restaurant at New York’s Bergdorf Goodman and Oliverio inside Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel (the project that initially put Wearstler on the map). But the palette is also a key component in Wearstler’s collection of jewelry, accessories, and ready to wear available at Bergdorf Goodman, Intermix, and Kirna Zabete. “It’s a totally different animal and it’s been so super challenging, but I’m having an incredible time,” Wearstler says of the transition from interior design into fashion. “Once you have a voice, it’s just applying it and finding your groove. Everything inspires—a sweater can be a carpet and a carpet can be a sweater; a stair railing or a door handle could be a piece of jewelry, it’s always crossing over.”
Carnaval in a Cocktail Glass
Missed Carnaval? Grab a cachaça drink at one of these local watering holes and make up for lost debauchery.
February 15, 2013
All cocktails made with Leblon Cachaça
What We're Reading
Lady Gaga cancels her tour, New York Fashion Week gets a taste of the Magic City…
February 15, 2013
Got tickets for Lady Gaga's March concert in Sunrise? Nope, not anymore you don't.
Those who purchased tickets to Lady Gaga's concert at Sunrise's BB&T Center on March 15 are out of luck. The pop songstress has canceled the rest of her stateside tour due to a hip injury. [Rolling Stone]
This week, Curbed National takes a look at the mega-homes owned by Anheuser-Busch, including 1922 Palm Island, which was once owned by Al Capone. [Curbed]
A seven-foot Che Guevara-inspired artwork at the W South Beach has been taken down after eliciting a ton of backlash from Miami's Cuban community. The piece was created by artist Gavin Turk, who has done many works referencing Guevara, all as the artist’s bio states, “in the style of Andy Warhol.” [Riptide]
The Daily Front Row hosted a Miami Lounge with Daily Style Sessions to bring New Yorkers a taste of Miami during this New York Fashion Week, which coincided with a blizzard. Frequenters of the lounge included Carmen Electra, Angela Simmons, and Tinsley Mortimer. [World Red Eye]
Florida Senator and Miami local Marco Rubio's water swig during his State of the Union rebuttal has gone viral, causing endless internet memes and late-night video spoofs. [Huffington Post Politics]
Weekend Recommender: February 14-18
Art Wynwood, a Haitian dance troupe in town, and the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
February 14, 2013
Ayikodans Haitian dance troupe
Thursday-Monday, Feb. 14-18
The tents are back up in Midtown, this time to present Art Wynwood, an exhibition of emerging and contemporary artists from 70 international galleries. Art Wynwood's works will primarily emphasize street art, murals, and pop surrealism. The show kicks off Thursday with a VIP preview at 6 p.m. and will then open at noon daily through Monday. One-day fair passes are $15. 3101 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 305-728-0880; art-wynwood.com
Jewel at Fontainebleau
Friday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach's BleauLive artist series continues this Friday with an intimate performance by folk-pop star Jewel. Attendees can opt for a Valentine's weekend getaway and two tickets to the show for $595 per night, or purchase general admission tickets for $150. Jewel's acoustic set will take place inside the Fontaine/Fleur de Lis ballroom. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 800-548-8886; fontainebleau.com
Ayikodans 25th Anniversary
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17
This captivating Haitian dance troupe was revamped when Arsht Center president and CEO John Richard stepped in to rebuild the unit after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Since then, the Ayikodans have traveled the world with an ensemble of dancers, drummers, and vocalist. They return to the Adrienne Arsht Center this weekend to celebrate their silver anniversary and pay homage to their history with two new pieces. General admission tickets are $35. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org
50th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Saturday-Monday, Feb. 16-18
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is considered an anchor in the Miami arts community and celebrates 50 golden years this weekend. Catch hundreds of exhibitors, live music, and sizzling food through Monday. One-day passes are $10 and $5 for Grove residents. The festival will run along the streets of McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive, and Pan American Drive. cgaf.com
Ferllen Winery Art Series Launch
Saturday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Ferllen Argentinian Winery has partnered with the Amigos Near Foundation to launch the Ferllen Winery Special Edition Art Series this Saturday at Paramount Bay Miami. Contemporary Argentinean artist Pablo Contrisciani created the colorful label design exclusively for the winery. The event will feature a silent auction, open bar, and passed hors d’oeuvres by Novecento Midtown. Tickets are available for a $50 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefiting the organization's philanthropic efforts in Haiti. 2020 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami; ferllen.com
photography by carl juste
Miami Heat Players Strike a Pose
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade team up with the Miami City Ballet’s principal dancers.
February 13, 2013
The Miami City Ballet and the Miami Heat both celebrate 25th anniversaries this year, a feat that has helped crown the city as a premier artistic and sporting destination. To honor these silver anniversaries, Miami natives, sisters, and principal ballerinas Jeanette and Patricia Delgado teamed up with Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for a chic photo campaign. Dubbed “Ballet and Basketball,” the campaign will be the centerpiece of a local and national promotion for Biscayne Boulevard's blossoming arts and entertainment district.
“It’s always good for our fans to see something different out of us, to see us interact in a different way,” says Wade. “We feel at times we’re like graceful dancers in the air so it’s good to put the two worlds together.” And while the two disciplines hail from different worlds, they’re only separated by a few blocks: The Miami City Ballet, located in the Adrienne Arsht Center, is just down the road from the Miami Heat's AmericanAirlines Arena homebase. To boot, in their shared quarter century, the Miami Heat have brought home two NBA Championship titles, while the Miami City Ballet has grown to become one of the most revered companies in the world. The Delgado sisters have also had their share of acclaim. The New York Times called Jeanette “one of the world’s most marvelous ballerinas," while also nodding Patricia's ability to “catch the audience’s heart from her first entry and hold it.”
The Perks of Being a Plus One
In her new photo book, Sharon Socol goes behind the fashion world's closed doors as her husband's plus one.
February 13, 2013
Sharon Socol, author of Plus One: An Outsider's Journey Into the World of Fashion
While the fashion industry's eyes are fixed on New York Fashion Week, we’re focused on a pair of eyes that have seen it all. As the wife of former Barneys New York CEO Howard Socol, photographer Sharon Socol has had elite, “plus one” access to some of the most exclusive fashion shows, events, and closed-door tête-à-têtes. She began snapping candid images as she hopped from afterparty to runway show to backstage and beyond, and has now bound them into a book, Plus One: An Outsider's Journey Into the World of Fashion. And while New York is her playground, Miami is her home; Plus One was published this month by South Florida’s own Books & Books Press. Earlier this month Socol celebrated the book’s official launch with a signing and photography exhibit at Books & Books Coral Gables. Here, she describes her journey from outsider to insider to author.
Getting into the party is one thing, but feeling like you belong is another. As an outsider, how did you find your place in those high fashion social circles?
SHARON SOCOL: I am smiling with this question. Entering into my husband’s new world of fashion was a challenge. I did not feel at ease for a long time. Even now I still feel stomach jitters. I immediately selected a personal shopper to help me get with the dress code. As far as the people part of [Howard’s] world, getting to know those with whom he worked with was easy. The management at Barneys was most friendly and very open. The ‘players’ in the fashion world—designers, celebrities, etc.—were harder for me because I didn’t speak their language. I started to make the transition a few years in when I learned I could bring who I was to the moment and allow those with whom I interacted to meet me.
Did anyone ever disapprove of your taking photos at private events?
SS: Not really. In fact, many of the attendees at the parties and events had their own cameras.
Which of your photos is most dear to you?
SS: The question reminds me of who is your favorite child! [But] one of my favorites is a photo with Isabella Blow, English magazine editor and [milliner] Philip Treacy's muse. The photo was taken at one of the first Paris shows I attended. I had no idea who Isabella was. I saw a woman in a very remarkable hat alongside many others who were attending. She was sitting a few seats away. I was caught up in her hat and when she glanced my way I clicked the shutter. Later, when I viewed the image, I saw a circular shadow on the floor in tandem with the hat and a ghost-like model on the runway. I felt magic. When I included this photo in my edits, someone said, ‘Oh, that’s Isabella.' Since this photo was taken before she died, its meaning has increased.
Aside from the photos you collected for the book, what are the perks of being a plus one?
SS: I like this question. I liked meeting very nice people, learning about the history and art of fashion, getting very good tips about dressing, having my makeup and hair done for special events, and sometimes having a designer fit a dress, which is the story I tell in the essay of Plus One. I could experience this world one moment and go back to my world the next.
You shot many of these photographs before Instagram blew up. What are your feelings on this new era of mobile photography?
SS: It probably adds to the allure and is changing the effects of fashion. The phone is the most immediate tool to record what’s happening in fashion, or anything. Film needs processing, digital downloading, but phones need nano seconds to enter the world and reach millions, many of whom had never been reached before.
When did you decide that your photographs should be turned into a book?
SS: Plus One evolved from a life goal to publish. If I couldn’t be a novelist, then substitute a photography book. When I was switching to digital from film, I showed my fashion world photographs to my digital teacher. He immediately said, ‘There’s a book project here.’ Also, my husband had been encouraging me to do something with the photographs I have made during the last 35 years.
And the decision to use Books & Books Press?
SS: In early 2011, I edited and collated the images into a dummy version. After about six months, I found a New York publishing house that took interest. Three months later while waiting for them to respond, I decided to show it to Mitch Kaplan at Books & Books. I still marvel at how quickly Mitch responded by saying, ‘I want Books & Books Press to do this.’ I turned down the New York house and signed with Books & Books Press. That was a year ago.
Tell us about your "Photographing Ourselves" project.
SS: I developed this program for foster care children and adjudicated juveniles in Miami, and for children and girls at risk in the Lower East Side of New York and in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. These programs were conducted from the mid 1990s to around 2005. The children intertwined photography and writing to help improve their self-awareness and confidence. At the conclusion, an exhibition opening took place where the participants had the opportunity to share their accomplishments with their communities.
Jewish-Latin Fusion Eatery to Pop Up Next Week
Pastrami croquettas and molé braised brisket with sweet plantain kugel will top the four-day pop-up’s menu.
February 13, 2013
Ancho rubbed seared tuna, chicken liver kreplach, and strong broth
The South of Fifth neighborhood is getting a flavorful new addition during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. El Ñosh, a Latin American-meets-Jewish eatery, will pop up for four nights starting Thursday, February 21. The two chefs behind the pop-up—Eric Greenspan of L.A.’s lauded The Foundry on Melrose and Roberto Treviño, who specializes in Puerto Rican food—met on the set of The Next Iron Chef’s second season and have remained friends ever since. “We each bring our own sense of flair and whimsy," explains Greenspan, “but tied to technically sound cooking.”
Believe it or not, Puerto Rico, where Treviño has three restaurants (Budatai, Bar Gitano, El Barril), has the largest Jewish community in the Caribbean. And both chefs believe Miamians will likewise take to the hybrid cuisine. “I think the time has come to formally introduce this concept,” says Treviño. “There's isn't a more perfect town to debut this fusion than Miami, a city where both cultures have co-existed, mingled, and fused in many interesting ways.” Said interesting dishes include pastrami and dill pickle croquetas, molé braised brisket with sweet plantain kugel, and Mataz brei tres leches.
On the possibilities of a more permanent endeavor, Greenspan says, “The possibilities are endless. Treviño is a dear friend, talented chef, and businessman who I'd love to work with continually. There have been talks, and if the right opportunity presents itself, who knows?” Next Thursday's opening celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. and feature specialty cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, a live klezmer band, and Latin lounge music by El Shaman. Beachfront dinner service will continue through Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m. 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-967-2465
What to Wear to the Boat Show
Outfit inspiration for this weekend’s Miami International Boat Show.
February 12, 2013
As the Miami International Boat Show docks at the Miami Beach Convention Center, there’s just one question on our minds: what to wear? To get our sartorial ducks in a row, we scoured The Shops at The Fontainebleau Miami Beach (4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach) for nautical looks to wear on an afternoon sail or seaside stroll. Ida and Harry boutique and Aquamarine Swim Shop housed a few of our favorite finds.
Dena Marino Talks Swine & Wine
MC Kitchen's leading lady shares dish inspiration for the upcoming SoBe WFF event.
February 11, 2013
MC Kitchen chef Dena Marino
Dena Marino helms the kitchen at the Design District's recently opened MC Kitchen, creating ingredient-focused, rustic Italian dishes for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Coming up at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SoBe WFF), the Colorado native and Iron Chef alum will whip up a pork rillette cannoli dipped in cocoa fried rinds with an amarena cherry gravy for the Swine & Wine pork roast event (February 24). Joining her at The Biltmore for the roast will be host and fellow chef Michelle Bernstein, Goya Foods, and Pat LaFrieda Meats. Here we get insight on Marino's Swine & Wine dish, and her menu at MC Kitchen.
What inspired your pork cannoli dish for Swine & Wine?
DENA MARINO: South Beach Wine & Food Festival is all about celebrating culinary creativity, so we wanted to create a dish that was conceptual to the type of food MC Kitchen serves, but still playful. By creating the a pork rillette stuffed cannoli we were able to balance both sweet and savory, as well as use a majority of the pig. Our dish looks to achieve the perfect marriage of sweet, spicy, salty, and crunchy … all in a single bite!
How does your time spent in Colorado influence your cooking?
DM: We try to use certain products that we used in our other restaurants, which we've grown to know and love. We try to support small vendors, they don't have to be local, per se, but they have to be mindful and passionate about what they do. I can taste it and see it in their product. Speaking to taste, we also try to incorporate protein that speaks to Colorado and the Mountain West market. For instance, the venison we use for the Bolognese.
Any SoBe WFF events that you are looking forward to attending?
DM: I probably will not get to attend many— actually any—events, with the exception of the one I'm participating in of course. This is [MC Kitchen's] first year being open during the festival, so I want to be in the restaurant catering to the appetites.
Whose culinary style do you admire?
DM: There are many culinary styles that I admire. One is my mentor Michael Chiarello, but I also wildly respect Alice Waters, Mario Batali, and Eric Ripert.