Marley Biopic Begins Limited Run in Miami
A new film reveals the elusive nature and fascinating life of reggae legend Bob Marley.
April 20, 2012
The film chronicles Marley’s life, through unseen footage and interviews with friends and loved ones, from his humble beginnings in Jamaica to his meteoric rise to musical icon status and humanitarian. “My life is only important if me can help many people, ” said Marley in a thick Jamaican brogue via archival footage.
Among friends and family featured in the film are his daughter Cedella, wife Rita, son Ziggy, fellow musician Bobby Wailer, footballer Alan “Skill” Cole, and mistress Cindy Breakspeare. Though the Marley family approved production, no subject was off limits, including Marley’s well-known promiscuity, the complex relationship he had with his eleven children, and his biracial identity struggles. At just under two-and-a-half hours, the film digs deep into Marley’s life and legacy—and the performance scenes alone are worth seeing on the big screen before the film leaves town. 90 N.W. 29th St., Miami, 305-571-9970
Weekend Recommender: April 19-22
Bask at a beach club, shop a vintage super sale, and welcome new nightlife in Brickell.
April 19, 2012
Jeronimo’s Bar Opening
Thursday through Saturday, April 19–21, 9PM
After a successful South Beach debut, Jeronimo’s will officially open its second outpost in Brickell with a weekend-long, burlesque-inspired bash. Featuring a dimly lit lounge space and plentiful bottle service, the Brickell location aims to bring a little more swank than its SoBe sister. 75 S.E. 6th St., Miami, 786-220-7690; jeronimosbar.com
Bella Beach Club Grand Opening
Saturday, April 21, 2 PM
Under the watchful eye of Tommy Pooch and Alan Roth, the Trump International Beach Resort adds a Mediterranean-inspired day lounge and restaurant to its repertoire. The chic white and aqua décor will serve as a backdrop for a who’s who of sun-soaked schmoozing. 18001 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-673-3873; bellabeachclub.com
C. Madeleine’s Designer Sale
Sunday, April 22, 8 AM–1 PM
For over a decade, C. Madeleine’s vintage boutique has dazzled shoppers and stylists by carrying coveted labels like Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Alexander McQueen. Sunday marks the fashion mecca’s third annual clearance sale, promising up to 95 percent off prized designer duds. 13702 Biscayne Blvd., N. Miami Beach, 305-945-7770; cmadeleines.com
Secrets of a Master Rum Blender
One of the foremost female blenders in the world discusses sipping rums and finding success in a male-dominated field.
April 18, 2012
Lorena Vásquez Ampié
Zacapa Rum is one of many brands participating this week’s Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, but its story is unlike any other. Nearly every detail that goes into producing a bottle of Zacapa rum, from aging to bottling, lies in the hands of one woman: master blender Lorena Vásquez Ampié, one of only four female master blenders in the world.
Produced in the Guatemalan countryside and aged within old American whiskey barrels at almost 1,500 miles above sea level, Zacapa slow-ages its rums using a signature Sistema Solera method. “By slowly aging our rums at altitude and using the complex Sistema Solera, we allow the rum and the wood sufficient time to exchange their individual virtues,” explained Vásquez. “This results in the incredible profile and depth that define Zacapa.”
Vásquez has been largely credited for perfecting the Sistema Solera process and thus distinguishing Zacapa in the spirits market. The brand’s use of first-pressed sugar cane in place of molasses (as used by the majority of rums) has also helped Zacapa win top taste honors. At the International Sugar Cane Spirits Festival, Zacapa took home the 2006 gold medal and, in 2007, the highest award in the aged rum category (15+ years).
We chatted with the woman behind it all to learn more about what it takes to become a master blender and the many virtues of fine sipping rums.
As one of four female master blenders in the world, what has your experience within the spirits industry been like?
LORENA VÀSQUEZ: It took a great deal of time and dedication to reach this position, and I’m extremely proud of my role with Zacapa Rum. I’ve devoted the majority of my career to Zacapa Rum. As master blender for the past 28 years, I believe I have one of the greatest jobs.
What type of challenges have you faced while establishing your career within such male-dominated industry?
LV: Males have consistently dominated the art of blending; the spirits industry has always been focused on masculine tastes. Due to the perceived male influence on the industry, the toughest challenge I faced while establishing my career was shattering the illusion that blending is a man’s job.
In addition to degrees in chemistry and food technology, what other sort of training do you have?
LV: Upon graduation from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de Nicaragua, I married a Guatemalan and moved to his home country. I then joined Zacapa Group, working in the quality control department. My extensive education along with this experience helped me develop an innate sensitivity to scents and flavors. I was passionate about learning the intricacies of crafting premium rum, which led to my position as master blender.
What do you find yourself drinking most often from the Zacapa stable of rums?
LV: I frequently enjoy Zacapa 23, served either neat or on the rocks and paired with a delicious meal. Zacapa XO, on the other hand, is more sophisticated, making it the perfect after-dinner drink. It’s quite delicious with a specialty dessert incorporating dark chocolate.
How do you see the brand, and sipping rums in general, evolving in the next few years?
LV: Spirit connoisseurs are becoming more educated about the versatility and complexities of rum. I would like people to appreciate the quality and robust flavors that rum has to offer, similar to other ultra-premium spirits such as scotch and Cognac. As more rum aficionados appreciate sipping rums, I hope that the deep aroma, full color, and rich flavor of Zacapa Rum will become a household name.=
Zacapa Rum will participate at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Grand Tasting, April 21-22, at the Deauville Beach Resort. 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-865-8511
Valencian Art Lands in the Design District
A new exhibit unites Spanish and Miami-based artists at the Buena Vista Building.
April 18, 2012
Valencia, Spain is known for its sophisticated use of street and structural art: Walk through its historic downtown center and you’ll see murals adorning everything from business entrances to bus stops.
ArtistaInvitArtista, an international artistic exchange project, hopes to bring a little bit of Valencia to Miami with “Common Gound,” an exhibit featuring the works of 11 Valencian artists and eight Miamians, each bound by their ability to create engaging installations by manipulating conventional materials.
Selctions include an intricately woven light installation by Miami resident and exhibit co-curator Alette Simmons-Jimenez, as well as Valencian artist Sebastián Miralles' mind-bending abstract structures that challenge notions of geometry and scale. The Miami showcase is the collective’s second presentation and is on view through May 4. 80 N.E. 39th St., Suite 120, Miami
Miami Spa Week Best Bets
Melt away stress at three of Miami’s most relaxing retreats.
April 17, 2012
Seven Seas Spa & Salon
Take time to rejuvenate and refocus with the much-anticipated return of Miami Spa Week. Now through April 22, coveted spa treatments and holistic fitness packages will be reduced to a mere $50 each. Hydrating facials, soothing massages, and pampering pedicures are just a few of the services available this week. Here are three of our favorite picks from this year’s Spa Week offerings.
Exhale Mind Body Spa at the Epic Residences & Hotel
Spa Week Specials: Smart Facial Peel to enliven complexion, a five-fitness class package that includes yoga and core fitness courses, and a Pure Manicure and Pedicure combo to spruce up your beauty routine. 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, 305-423-3900
Seven Seas Spa & Salon at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort
Spa Week Specials: 50-minute Elemental Facial customized to your skin type and 50-minute Elemental Nature With Aromatherapy Massage. Both treatments utilize only Aveda products and procedures. 16701 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-749-2100
Uhma Organic Spa & Green Shop
Spa Week Specials: 50-minute Sense of Awakening Hot Massage Treatment and 50-minute Revitalight Therapy Facial. Both treatments are exclusive to Spa Week. 726 6th St., Miami Beach, 305-695-0996
Dinner with Scarpetta and Perrier-Jouët
Perrier-Jouët and Scarpetta host an exclusive evening of Champagne pairings and Italian fare.
April 17, 2012
Four–star Fontainebleau gem Scarpetta will get an extra dose of decadence when Perrier-Jouët hosts a Champagne dinner at the restaurant on April 22. The evening will combine recently appointed chef de cuisine Nina Compton’s new dishes, such as diver scallops with sunchoke purée, with superb Champagne pairings like Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 chosen by Jouët chef de cave Hervé Deschamps. Dinner guests will be greeted with a champagne reception at 7:30 PM, promptly followed by dinner at 8 PM. As a keepsake, diners will also take home a Hervé Deschamps-signed bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut. The evening is priced at $250 per person, with tax and gratuity excluded. Reservations are required for attendance. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 877-326-7412
New Arrival: Joe’s Jeans
The Miami newcomer brings 55 shades of denim to Aventura Mall.
April 16, 2012
This Saturday (April 21), the search for the perfect pair of denim gets a little bit easier as Joe’s Jeans opens its first South Florida outpost in Aventura Mall. Joe’s ability to effortlessly fuse comfort with style has made it a favorite among celebrities like Katie Holmes and Whitney Port.
The Miami store will be the lifestyle brand’s sixth nationwide location, joining the ranks of New York, Santa Monica, and San Francisco. Miamians will be particularly delighted at the array of colored and printed denim on display (think Aztec prints over geranium red and floral crop pants). For short and skinny jean fans, the brand stocks styles in 55 vibrant spring shades.
Guys can peruse an assortment of dark washes, easy tees, and cotton button-ups. Don’t miss the opening day party featuring sounds by DJ Dutch and vintage tote giveaways with any purchase. 1951 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
Brunch Plans: Cecconi’s Sunday Feast
This Sunday, make time for Bloody Marys, gooey burrata frittatas, a killer raw bar, and so much more.
April 13, 2012
The buzz over the Cecconi’s Sunday Feast brunch ($35), which debuted earlier this month, is well deserved. For the feast, executive chef Sergio Sigala and pastry chef Oscar Bonelli put out five custom food stations with enough options to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. The egg station offers cheesy burrata or pancetta and mushroom frittatas, as well as classics like eggs benedict. A raw bar brims with oysters, juicy shrimp, and tuna and salmon tartare. Further legitimizing the “feast” is a carving station, cheese and charcuterie board, and dessert smorgasbord, plus pasta and risotto. Dishes are rotated from week-to-week, but often you’ll find a sublime Italian-style macaroni and cheese and saffron risotto. Live music and roving Bloody Mary carts also make regular appearances at the alfresco Italian restaurant. Bonus: Bellinis are complimentary and perfectly prepared. 11 AM–3 PM. 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-507-7902
PHOTOGRAPHS BY GESI SCHILLING
3 Nightlife Newcomers
Make the rounds this weekend at an opulent cabaret theatre, an alfresco dance lounge, and a multi-room mixology bar.
April 12, 2012
Located within the renovated Paris Theatre, Bamboo features superior entertainment technology and sleek, modern Gatsby-style décor. The venue boasts a state-of-the-art hydraulic and LED stage, a behemoth crystal chandelier, and posh white leather VIP seating. Bamboo plans to mix European-inspired parties with theatrical burlesque and cabaret performances, giving night owls a one-of-a-kind experience. 550 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-695-4770
Nightlife returns to the Design District with the birth of Gavanna, an indoor-outdoor dance lounge situated in the old Grass and The King is Dead space. Despite only being open on weekends, Gavanna’s “I’m Friends With The Owner,” Saturday soirée is bringing fresh faces into the District. 10 NE 40th St., Miami, 305-573-1321
This intimate mixology bar and gastro-lounge has locked in some serious culinary and cocktail talent. At the bar and back of the house helms are famed mixologist Tommy Merolla—known for his work at the Delano and Mondrian—and chef Matthew Goldberg, who was last at Wynwood’s Cafeina. Queen’s carefully crafted cocktails list ingredients like cinnamon-honey and tobacco bitters, while the small plates menu tempts with goat cheese and jamón truffles, ahi tuna sashimi, and more. 841 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-397-8056
Weekend Recommender: April 13–15
Shop a poolside trunk show, sample the Grove’s most delectable fare, and catch a sneak peek of a Shakespearian opera classic.
April 12, 2012
Shop Shantilly Jewels at GuyandGirl Boutique's poolside trunk show at The Shelbourne on Saturday
Shantilly Jewels Trunk Show
Saturday, April 14, 1 PM–6 PM
The Shelborne’s GuyandGirl Boutique is hosting a poolside trunk show featuring vintage-inspired jewelry and colorful accessories by Shantilly Jewels. Shoppers will enjoy a generous discount and time to chat with Shantilly designer Shandi Levy. 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-341-1392; shantillyjewels.com
The Great Taste of the Grove Food & Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday, April 14–15; 11 AM–7 PM
Join Panorama Restaurant at the Sonesta, Bizcaya at The Ritz-Carlton, and other Coconut Grove restaurants as they compete for “Best of Taste” and “Best of Presentation” at Peacock Park. Admission is $5 and food and beverage samples are sold separately ($2–$8). 2820 McFarlane Road, 305-444-7270; thegreattasteofthegrove.com
Roméo et Juliette Preview
Saturday, April 14, 7 PM-10 PM
The Florida Grand Opera will preview scenes from Charles-François Gounod’s French production of Roméo et Juliette amid the Dorsch Gallery’s present art installations. Admission is free and guests can sip a variety of complimentary cocktails throughout the evening. 151 N.W. 24th St., Miami, 305-576-1278; fgo.org