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Director of marketing and special events, The One Group. Female-friendly filets: “We’ve taken the traditional, overly masculine steakhouse model and targeted it toward women,” says Catasso of STK, the new hot-spot restaurant brought to the Gansevoort South hotel care of The One Group, which owns hip bars and eateries coast to coast, including STK and concepts One, Tenjune, Bagatelle and more. Falling in love: Before moving from New York to Miami in 2002 to work with Karu & Y, Catasso, 39, spent a decade in the music business, touring the world with acts ranging from James Brown to disco diva Gloria Gaynor, who—incidentally— changed her life forever. “I was escorting Gloria down the red carpet at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, tripped and fell down in front of the paparazzi. Her European tour manager helped me up and later became my husband!” Mmmmiami: “I’m so happy Miami is becoming a food town,” says Catasso, who counts the sumptuous steaks cut in small, medium and large portions and delicacies such as the foie gras French toast among her STK favorites. “Thanks in part to the influx of Europeans and South Americans, this city is developing more sophisticated tastes and palates. It’s really growing up.” —Suzy Buckley
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New Year’s resolution: To get more involved in charity work
Favorite splurge food: BBQ chips
TV shows you stay home to watch: Hung and Big Love
Favorite dish on the menu at STK: Shrimp Rice Krispies and the medium-cut filet with the bold dipping sauce. Yum!
photographs by meg pukel (catasso), kate benson (depaul) and paul perdomo (giro)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.